Thursday, June 24, 2010

Another weekend of fun suffering...

So we headed up to Salida Colorado to hang out with a bunch of family and do some races...Salida is an awesome little mtn town and every year they have this huge festival called FIBARK...its a ton of hippies and boaters from all over, but they have some fun running races and just added a MTB race last year (score!). I always look foward to this weekend and its killer training since salida is at about 8,000 feet elevation! So first race is the HILLCLIMB...its a gnarly 1.25mile race stright up "tenderfoot" hill and straight back down. My uncle was basically "the dude" back in the 80's on this race (its been happening since the 40's i think) so this race is fun and it was one of the first races i ever did when i was a kid. So ive raced it like 10-12 times....I've won it the last 5 times i have done it (and actually have the current record at 10:32). I did a hard 2.5hr workout the day before so i was worried the legs wouldn't fire like i needed, but they did. I won the race and did 11:08. Coming down is where you actually win or lose this race. Some kid beat me to the top by 5-10sec. Saturday was the 5k road race...pretty flat, but its at 8,000 feet so no one is setting any PR's...went out fast and let this guy (kid) catch me and then we ran the entire race side by side...he outkicked me at the end, so i was second in 17:44. After the race i talked to him and found out he runs at Tennessee and runs the mile...i had no chance! Sunday was the MTB race...i was super excited to do this race. The day before i rode one lap (6.5 miles and 1100ft climbing) of the course and knew it was gonna be a tough day. The race started at 10:30 and was already in the mid 80's when we started. I had a secret weapon though...i left my thin baselayer soaked in the ice cooler and put it on right before the start. There was only like 15 of us in the "cat1/open" field, but i knew a couple of the local guys would be flying. I was taking it easy for the first bit but some LOC dude decided to light it up right i had to keep him close. It was basically a long loose fire road climb (almost 1000ft)...then gnar tech steep downhill, then flat, then down to start/finish area. The 2 local dudes made work of me on the downhill on the first lap...i was close enough top see them starting second lap. My plan was to make a move on the climb second lap. I had Becca hand me big plastic cups of ice water in the fead zone (secret weapon #2) ...we started 2nd lap and once we hit the climb i dropped the 2 dudes like a hot pan. First dude was fried and 2nd dude kept me in sight...i know they could go down faster than me so i needed to grind the climb. Started my last lap in the lead and took more ice and 2 fresh bottles (it was in the 90's by then)...climbed hard but even pace. Rode the downhill carefull but fast as i could. Knew i had about 1-2 minutes on 2nd place so i was feeling good...had about 1/2mile to finish...then PSSSSSSSSS, my back tire was flat! Since i was almost to dirt road to finish i just cruised in the flat (had to run through a couple rock sections) pedaled through finish with flat tire....for the overall WIN!...2nd place was only 10sec behind me though! dang. So pumped the FELT carbon 9er...its killer. (Pics from the mountain mail paper in salida.)

Hillclimb (at top, then back down!)

Xterra Race Reports...over due.

XTERRA 4 CORNERS (NM): This is an awesome race... one of the best run races around and the whole town supports the race. They even set up grandstands for "locals" to come check out the action! The race started Early to save us from some NM heat. Woke up early with the dudes and we hit Dennys for some pre race food (gross, but somehow good?) SWIM: Started out pretty good, its full damage control for me every time i swim in a race. 2 lap course and it always takes too long. Hung with Will then he swam away from me (never happened before). RUN: Yep, you run second at this race. Started out strong and caught Nick Goodman, we ran the next mile or so together then i pulled away, was running strong and felt good. I let up towards the end of the 6mile run to save some juice for the bike leg...Nick beat me into transition...which was ok because i knew we could ride out together. BIKE: Started the bike with Nick and Mike (single speed maniac!) we hung together through first singletrack and Me and Nick took pulls on the road section. Once we hit the main singletrack i was feeling decent so i decided to just slowly ramp it up and not blow it all trying to drop Goodman. (im finally getting smart in my racing!) It worked well since i also seemed to be riding the corners a bit faster. This bike course is awesome...feels like a giant BMX track..tons of rythm rollers and tight corners, but you have to be able to keep the power up. Caught Will Kelsay in the big rollers section and couldn't drop him. We rode the rest of the course together and ended up catching Jason (thats when i knew i was having a killer race)...the three of traded blows and tried our best to get away. It was and epic battle that felt like a road race! Will beat me into the last tight corner before the finish line...i finished right on his wheel for 3rd overall (1st place amateur) and jason was only 5 sec about tight. Such a RAD way to finish.

SO after the crappy post race food, and cool awards...Me and ED Oliver packed the car and started the 4hr drive to Show Low AZ for the Xterra Dueces wild. It was 102 degrees as we drove through AZ! kept ice on my legs and did my best to recover...(pedialite, pretzels, ice on legs, compression socks, good tunes)

XTERRA DUECES WILD (AZ): Next day! Another eraly morning breakfast at dennys...but the motivation and pump was not there like the day before. I was more laid back and "whatever" up until the start since i was tired from sat race. SWIM: It was a long 800meter swim for 2-3 longer. My shoulders hurt the whole time...brutal. Came out like 20th or so. BIKE: Tough course that required some handling skill and navigation...yep navigation...the course whas not marked well at we all did some bushwacking but no one seemed to get off course to much. Started the bike with Nick Goodman again and ED (hammer) Oliver. We pushed the pace and passed a ton of dudes. I got away from both of them on the only longer climb of the course. Kept it strong to transition and could see Will Kelsay leave transition as i got close. He had about 1.5min on me so i knew it would be tough if he ran ok. As i ran out i saw NicK Goodman coming into to T2...damnit! is what i thought "this is gonna hurt" because Nick is a good runner. I just had to hold it together for the next was not easy. the hills hurt and the heat was on big time. Everytime i could see Nick he was only 30sec behind me..ouch! Was somehow able to hold him off...and pulled out another 1st place amateur and 2nd overall. I was psyched, and super done after 2 days and 2 Xterras. Ed crushed everyone in his age group and finished 7th overall. The worst part....the 9hr drive home. Thank God for Chipolte and AC. (no race pics because i never "buy" photos of myself racing...doesn't feel right)

Monday, June 7, 2010

2 Xterras...2 Days...2 States

Over the weekend I raced Xterra 4 Corners (NM) and Xterra Deuces Wild (AZ).
I was able to put together two very solid races back to back....2010 is killer so far!

Saturday: Xterra (NM). I was 3rd place overall and 1st place amateur.
I managed to throw down the fastest bike by 2 minutes over entire field. Thanks FELT 29er!(1:14:24)

Sunday: Xterra dueces wild in AZ. I managed to repeat and was 1st place amateur and 2nd overall.

Needless to say the 10hr drive home for Monday work was the hardest part of the whole weekend.


Tuesday, June 1, 2010


Took Ryders training wheels off on wed...My brother shot this video on Sun.

Ryder Jay from isaiah jay on Vimeo.