Tuesday, May 25, 2010

summer open sprint tri

I decide to blow out some cobwebs and race a great sprint tri up in longmont, near boulder. While the rest of the homies where off sweating balls in Xterra Waco I decided to get my "TRI GEEK" on. Plan: Go race a sprint after some big volume, have fun, turn myself inside out, not be the last place elite racer (there was 12 of us). Got up butt crack of dawn at 5am...and loaded the boys and gear. Ryder was in his pajamas and kinda pumped for no real reason (rad!). Jammed out to some M83 and JayZ on the 1hr drive to longmont. I didn't race any road triathlons last season so I had easily forgoted the huge amount of aero gear you will see at any given road tri. Since we are near boulder this race was exceptional on seeing"uber fast tri geek" kits. I don't have an aero helmet and I think I got a dirty look from someone because my road bike is not carbon. Water was cold (60*)! Got in a quick warmup. I am really stoked to be swimming in the new Xterra Vector Pro X2. It fits amazing and the Xterra Wetsuit crew has been really cool to help me out this season. Thanks guys! Check out my new Mafia Racing skinsuit....so rad! I am also rocking sable goggles. Check out SABLE they are worth every penny.
The Race: I felt ok in the swim, a little tired from masters the day before (i gotta up the pool time!). Managed to get out in 11:35 for a 750. Time to crank and pass some people. Passed about 10-15 people in transition (37seconds!) and started the 12.5 mile bike. It took a bit to settle in a good pace but i was passing dudes left and right. I swear i was the only one without a TT bike/disc/aero helmet. I rode myself into 10th place overall and averaged 25.5mph..all good and the bike was over way to fast (not bad since i haven't done any max efforts on the road bike!) Came into transition with another elite dude (tim hola) was hot on my heels and no one in site in front of me. I was struggling to get any turnover the first 3/4 of a mile, but it flushed out and i was able to pick up the pace and actually caught 2 more racers that were hurting. Finished my 5k in 18:30 with a 5:58mile pace. Not great but i was going slow the first 3/4mile...so i was happy. Crossed the line in 8th overall (1:00:47). Felt good about the race and had fun, Good day!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

adventure xtreme 12hr race

So we headed to Buena Vista for some adventure racing this last weekend. The race is part of adventure xtreme series...and i am down with anything EXTREME! .. (Mt dew, rollerblades, red bull) all the normal extreme stuff. We raced as a 4 man team. Hairy Jason, Casey Hill, Boogie, Myself. Old man ed http://www.oldmaned.blogspot.com/ was gonna race but he had something come up...probably osteoporosis was acting up or wheelchair needed fixed?? So we took a gamble and recruited a guy named "boogie" last minute....lets just say we did better than any NFL team got in the first draft. The dude was strong like on ox and was down with all our sarcasm for 10.5 hrs. Woke up at 4am, drove with casey to race (after he got speeding ticket). The race started with a 3+ mile run up some steep hills to break things up, then quick change (except for jason) and hop in the kayaks for 6mile downriver paddle. Water was low, so it wasn't as EXTREME as i had dreamed of the night before. Over the next 8 hrs we biked, hiked, ran, traversed this massive canyon on ropes (way extreme!...casey was scared) drank, ate, got cold, got lost, got pissed, laughed at caseys shorts (he wore some WAY SHORT old school bright blue tri shorts just to be funny) we suffered and came up with some great extreme nicknames...Jason (sebastian) Casey (lawrence) Me (doug) Boogie (to good to change). We finished with some major ass kicking on the final bike portion and we finished 2nd place in the 4 man open division. 10hrs and 26min of training for the day.

Boogie getting extreme at the finish.
About to get extreme on the traverse!
Jason pooped his pants...you can't stop for anything in these adventure races.

snowing behind us!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

the good things in life

Becca killed the Cherry Creek Sneak....ran 38:00 for a 5mile race.
Ryder liked his snacks and watching all the people in short shorts.
Speaking of short shorts, got some new swimsuits in the mail a couple weeks ago.