Busy week or so. So I spent the best part of a week after racing in Durango on my mountain bike zipping through the trails of Moab. We stayed in a private condo again and were not disappointed. The trails were unlike anything I had ridden before and although I might have thought I was a solid rider, Moab humbled me. One of the legendary trails to ride in Moab is called Slickrock and we rode it, all 12 miles. Slickrock is a vast area, which consists of all rock, so the entire ride is done on the rock. The most amazing thing about Slickrock is the amount of traction you can get, the climbs you are able to do are mind-boggling. The views from the Slickrock trail are amazing and offered many views of the Colorado River and Green River. We rode other popular trails while there but had a favorite in Dead Horse Point State Park, which the locals told us is not ridden very often because the other trails are talked about so often. The trail was so much fun and flowed so well we ended up going back and riding it several times, it too had stunning views. Several times we got up in the morning and rode, ate lunch and checked out a national park and rode in the evening, it was all about riding! I did feel I improved some skills on the mountain bike and the time in Moab was well spent getting ready for the MTB race season, but we had to head home. A cool side note; We came across some amazing Petroglyphs and Pictographs that were from 400-4000 years old.
2 days after I got home and still not unpacked I ran in the Rock and Roll1/2 Marathon in San Diego. I had been ridding for several weeks, sometimes twice a day and did zero running leading into the RnR. I knew this going in and was looking for a good time to the 10-mile mark, as this is the typical distance in the triathlons I do. I was very pleased with my race time to 10 miles and then shut it down; I was tired for sure and just cruised in. The hardest part about the RnR was running the 163 freeway, it is at an angle and played havoc on my right foot, which still hurts today. I put Aquaphor all over my feet prior to the Marathon and had no chaffing or blisters, gotta love this stuff. I wore the team kit and promoted Aquaphor pre-race/post-race and got a lot of good feed back and positive comments about the product. I also wore my GoPro and videoed the start of the RnR and was a bit worried the camera covered part of the team logo but found out more people were attracted to the camera first, then noticed and made comments on Team Aquaphor, even during the race people would come up to me and we would chat about it! I ran into a couple people from the team; I met Pam during the expo and Heather as we crossed the finish line.
I have since gotten back on the bike and spun up a few easy miles to get the legs back and felt real good, today I will hit some hills and see if I can not get them feeling even better. After 2 weeks on the bike non-stop I feel I have a good lead in for the race season and want to do a quick build phase over the next couple weeks and then hit the races hard.
I will try to add video later today in between training.
This was the view from the garage at our condo in Moab!
Here is Slickrock, simply follow the painted lines. It was a great view of the La Sale Mountains!
Sorry for the delay it has been a busy couple of days.
The Iron Horse Classic Race (IHBC) was unreal and I’m a better person for doing it. I can honestly say it is the hardest thing I have done on a bike, ever. To ride a bike at 11000 feet cannot be described with words. The day was perfect and the weather completely cooperated with the race. The race organizers said what they needed to say and told of the long history of the IHBC, which was celebrating it’s 40th year! Before I knew it we got the five minutes to go bell and then the gun sounded and we were off. As we raced out of town the people on the side of the road were solid and all I could really make out was the noise from the cowbell’s everyone had and rattled as you rode by, it was a cool feeling. I could also see the train racing out of town and could hear the old steam horn blasting away as if screaming.
The leg out of town was called flat but it still had an upward incline to it for about 15 miles. The locals I spoke with said to grab a wheel and stick to it to get out of the wind, so I did. At mile 15 the road pointed up for another 10 miles to Purgatory Ski Resort, it was a long 10 miles. Once we reached Purgatory we got a bit of a break and got a ¼ down hill, it was all a blur. After the ¼ mile we were met with a daunting 6 mile climb, with an average incline of 8% with no flats until the summit. Now keep in mind it is 8% average which means there are sections at 4% and sections at 10%, they killed your legs which were screaming all the way up while your lungs burned the whole time.
Once you reached Cole Bank Pass at 11000 feet the road pointed down, a fast down hill was just enough to get some water in and a Gu. The down hill did not last long and the road pointed up again to Molas Pass, another 11K and all the pain over again but worse because you were pretty gassed at this point. I hit the summit and flew down to the finish line in Silverton. On the way down a large Beaver or Ground Hog came running out on the raod right in front of me, I swerved around and thought of hitting this animal at 40 mph on a bike, not pretty.
Both passes were cover with snow and about the last 2 miles of each climb snow lined the sides of the road and covered trees and bushes alike. You could feel the temperature change when you road in the snow lined road. There were natural water falls all over the place. The scenery was absolutely gorgeous and I set my GoPro to take a picture every 60 seconds for the first 2.5 hours of the ride.
My greatest memory as I look back is I was able to ride within myself. I kept things right where I wanted them and meet all expectations I had going into the race. I completed the race in 3:35:40. In the thin air I was able to keep my heart rate below 159 which was great as I usually can hit 175+ on hard training rides.
I was able to pass out Aquaphor and get the word out about the great product. 3+ hours is a long time in the saddle and if it were not for the Aquaphor I used prior to the race I would have had serious chaffing issues.
I cannot seem to get the photos to work on the blog and will try to get it fixed asap.
I’m now in MOAB for MTB ridding, more like a mini camp for me and I hope to leave here much more equipped for the summer series mountain bike races. I will follow this post up with another tomorrow of the Moab details but a teaser would be Slick Rock trail in 3 hours (average rider in 5 hours) and Dead Horse Point trail, in one day…this is serious mountain biking out here! I should use this time wisely and get much better on the bike in down hills, look out summer series here I come!
The trip was long, 14 ½ hours long and it was a good safe drive. Other than a navigational error with my co-pilot, causing an hour detour, everything was fine. Dinner was a couple packages of lunchmeat at 80 MPH.
We arrived in Durango at 12:30 San Diego time and unpacked half the FJ before we ran out of energy, besides being a bit cold…42 degrees. I ended the evening with some potato chips and a gluten free beer and feel asleep at 2:15am.
Woke up this morning, cleared the head and had some breakfast. After a quick visit to the LBS (Local bike shop) we drove out on the road to see what the racecourse had in store for us. Over the 50 mile course we have to make two really big climbs with the first having a gradual upward tilt lead in of 15 miles, which then starts a hard climb. When we go to the top of each climb there was snow everywhere and it was cold. The wind was blowing at around 40 MPH and doubts started to enter our minds. The thought entered my mind of surviving being more important than racing.
After checking everything out with the route we headed back to town for a MTB ride. We headed out and did about 15 miles of ridding, with some harder than we wanted climbs. The idea is to get your body familiar with what it feels like to ride hard at this altitude. The biggest thing I noticed was my heart rate jumped up fast and my recovery took longer than expected, something to keep in mind on race day.
Tomorrow one of us is getting up to head out for an early ride to confirm the wardrobe, the other two are looking at a nice hour or so spin in the afternoon when the temps get a bit warmer to keep the legs loose and ready for Saturday morning. Also registration packets need to be picked up and we have a mixer/happy hour party in the evening we have to attend.
Durango is very beautiful with a river running right down one side of town, fly fishing looks to be a good option if I have time. The town is starting to fill up with people and I think there will be waits everywhere within a day or two.
Sorry for some reason the pictures are not loading, I will try and fix this tomorrow.
First let’s take a moment of silence for the people in St Louis~
About 24 hours from now and we will push off toward Durango and Moab. As I pack the cooler and dried food I find myself watching the weather closely. It looks like possibly we could get mid 70’s for Durango and mid 80’s for Moab, but thunder storms are all over the place. Better than the snow last week but still could have an affect on the week.
As I pack I feel as though I want to bring everything, is this because I over do it when it comes to preparation? Every time I open a drawer I add something to the packing list. I’m tired of going to the store and buying this or that too, seems like that is all I have done! This cycling trip has cost me a small fortune, not to mention having to put new tires and wheels on the FJ because the tires were shot and one had a nail in the sidewall. URGH!
I did some hill repeats the other day and Wyatt shot this picture of me for someone doing an article on me. It was hot and I was tired!
Today I will tie up loose ends and make do the final packing.
Okay time to catch up with me and see what I have been up too lately…
Last time I had a Blog it was because of my need to update hundreds of people on the health of a victim who was injured in a bad crime here in San Diego. Well, since then I can say things are much better now and though they will never be back to “Normal” I think it is safe to say things are as normal as they are going to get for the Schneider’s. I can report they came and stayed with us for a few weeks and we traveled to Australia a few months back and spent time with the them, it was great to see everyone and their beautiful country, I’m ready to move there for sure.
I have been spending plenty of time racing and training. Last year I competed in a 24 Hour Mountain Bike (MTB) Race, and several other local MTB races, doing better than expected. I need to get some speed in the down hill portions but my climbing is strong. I also competed in an indoor triathlon series and have some great times and places to show for. Last year was about gear upgrade and some good solid training, with some races scattered in the mix. I did find out I am allergic to Gluten and since eliminating gluten from my diet completely I have seen my energy levels rise.
This year I found myself being selected as one of 200 amateur athletes being offered sponsored to which I proudly said yes and joined Team Aquaphor for 2011. If you are not familiar with Aquaphor you are missing it. I have used the product for years and was all too happy to help promote it at races and training events. After a long exhausting but exhilarating day of racing, give your skin a big thank you by applying Aquaphor to dry, cracked or irritated spots on your body when you get into bed. Your toes and irritated blisters will love you and be that much more ready to hit the pavement sooner. If you don’t race then use it on those tough dry spots, you will see a huge difference! They have a lip balm, which kicks ***! If you want a sample of Aquaphor let me know.
My race schedule this year is very full; I have several half marathon’s, Oly tri’s along with some endurance races and rides, not forgetting some MTB races along the way. I looked at this year as my exposure year, to get out and compete in countless events, trying to think outside my box a bit more. My desire is to promote my sponsor and make new friends along the way while making contacts and finding more training partners. I might have picked up a new sponsor, 3Bar but have not gotten a confirmation yet. I stumbled across the 3bar and saw it was gluten free so I tried it…the rest is history. 3Bar will be with on training days and race days, it tastes great and is packed with healthy alternatives to the typical energy bar filled with crap that is bad for you. It is the only bar which I could suggest to everyone, whether you race or need a pick me up at 2 in the afternoon, this should be your goto bar! Even if I do not secure sponsorship with them I will still get the word out, the bars are just that damn good and good for you also!
I’m headed to Durango CO in less than a week. The plan is to race a train from Durango to Silverton in what is known as the Iron Horse Classic, a short 50 miles with thousands of feet of climbing in elevations well over 10 thousand feet…who talked me into this? I blame my trusted training and race partner, who is also a great friend Kevin. Kevin sent me a text one night about 11pm saying he just signed up for the Iron Horse and would not be satisfied until I also signed up. I caved to the pressure and signed up for the pain! Did I mention it snowed today in Durango…! The next few days will be about packing everything up and getting the FJ pointed towards Colorado and making the drive. I will be filming my experience over the next couple weeks to give those a behind the scenes look at what happens around large race events, from the evening mixers to the pit stops along the way, stay tuned for some laughs.
After a week in Durango we are then headed over to Moab for what I call a week of MTB clinic…it will go something like this; Breakfast-ride-lunch-ride-dinner-sleep, repeat next day. The idea is to see the best MTB spot in the world and use this time to strengthen our skills for the summer series MTB race held here in San Diego, maybe I will even do the 24 hour race again in the fall?
Thanks for reading and staying connected with me. You can find me on Facebook and Twitter and follow me here. I will post as often as something interesting comes up, and with me that could be often!
Hi and welcome to my place on the web. Just a quick note to say stay tuned for lots of updates and explanations of up and coming events. I will also talk about being Gluten Free and the sponsors I have. Just keep an eye open, as I will update soon so you can follow all my crazy adventures to include the Zombie Apocalypse!