Jesse Tubb and I rode into Xterra Ex2with a plan to pull a Shake in Bake. I went after the Tri Solo to chase more points to qualify for the USA Championship. While Jesse hit the Duathlon to chase a spot on the podium. Lucky it all came together for us. I took 2nd in the age group getting 67 points and Jesse nailed the 1st place spot on the podium.
This was my 3rd Xterra for the season. I was 2nd in the US point standings Atlantic region, only one point behind 1st place. Everything was set for a great race, course was dry, sun was out, the Superfly 100 was looking, and I was feeling fast. That might have just been the 2 large cups of coffee.
On the first lap of the swim I saw some nasty toes go by and knew right way it was Eric Sorensen. I jumped on his toes, knowing he would have a fast pace. I checked my pace time on Suunto t6d on the short run between swim laps. I was a little ahead of pace but felt good. I could not keep up with Eric and was on my own for the 2nd lap. I hit T1 and jumped on my Trek Superfly 100and was out on the bike. The Suunto bike pod engaged and I was right on pace. I was confident going into the bike as I had done Ex2Aventures 9hr Cranky Monkey race on the same course 2 months earlier. I rode smart and had no problems. A quick dash in and out of T2 I slipped on my K-Swiss Keahou with the Sunnto foot pod. I was running down the 5 remaining miles. I took a moderate pace for the first 3 miles. As mile 3 to 4 has you scrambling down rock's and crawling backup the other side. Then I opened it up for the run into the finish.
My nutrition was right on. I had a bar at the being of the bike and GU Roctane gel at the end of the bike. On the run I had a GU Roctane at miles 2 and 4. I sucked back a bottle or two of the course Gatorade.
Crossing the finish in 2nd place gave me enough points to be ranked 1st in the Xterra Atlantic region and 13th nationwide.
I found Jesse in 1st for the Duathlon age group and 2nd overall. We could not be happier with how our day went.
I am racing my 3rd Xterra tomorrow for the season. Xterra is a point series to earn a spot for the USA Championship. I am currently ranked 2nd in the Atlantic region. One point behind the first place holder. Hopefully tomorrow will bring me that needed point.
The Trek Superfly 100 is ready to go. I double checked everything and had my last shakeout ride Thursday. I could not be happier with performance of the bike. For my riding style the Superfly 29'er has definitely made me a faster rider.
I have made some adjustments in my transition setup. I will cover my T1 and T2 in a YouTube video next week. I have dialed in my nutrition with GU Energy gels. I have a triple threat bar at the start of the bike,GU Roctane at the end of the bike, and a GU Roctance every 2miles of the run. I wash it all down with GU Brew and try to finish at least 2 bottles.
The results should be out in a few days and I will post another update and video.
Kimani and I pedaled into the Ex2Adventures 9hr Cranky Monkey race with a expectation to have fun. First or last as long as we had fun getting there. Between us we hammered out 11 laps of fun. I could not have pedaled with a better partner. We are already discussing what in next on the duo team race schedule.
Last weekend was the fourth and final race of the Ex2Adventures series. I ran in 3 of 4 races. The first race I finished 3rd in my age group at Prince William Park. Then in the second race I was having IT Band problems and finished 24th at Hemlock Overlook park. I missed the third as I was schedule to run in the Van Metre 5 miler. For the fourth and final race at Wakefield Park I came back with a strong finish in 6th. I finished the series with enough points to place 8th overall for my age group.
In trail racing you see a lot of trip and falls due to the terrain. It finally happened to me in the 4th race. I was around the 2 mile mark coming up to a stream crossing, a muddy stream cross at that. Something caught my right toe and I did a huge barrel role through the mud and landed back on my feet. I had some scrap on the elbows and both calves. Other then be covered in mud and with still 2.5 miles to go I was in good shape. In the spirit of trail racing the number two point series finisher, Reggie Hall, was right behind and stopped to check on me. We never slowed down, but there was a race leader willing to take the time to help out another racer.
After losing 160 lbs, I wanted to point this out as an example of how I was able to stay focused. By being involved in a activity with a group of people working to lead a healthy and fit lifestyle has kept me motivated over the 4yrs. Reggie did not have to check on me, but is not about finishing first or last. It is about accomplishing your individual goals with a group that supports you.
Thanks to the great crew at Ex2 for putting on an outstanding event. I have raced in several of their events and will be competing in the Xterra on July 12thwhich they host in Flintstone, MD. I am already trying to work the Fall Backyard Burnseries in my schedule.