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.
GU Energy send me a case of the mix flavor gels and GU Brew Electrolyte tablets. The mix flavors had some good ones and a few funky ones. I always throw a few extra ones in my jersey as you never know and the funky ones are always great give aways.
This will be my first change to use the Electrolyte tablets. I will let you know what I think in a few days.
What do a ring master and a human Jesus lizard have to do with running? No, not the Bay to Breakers though good guess… Brooks Run Happy University is the common thread.
Last year saw the birth of the Brooks Run Happy University, a program open to those who purchase a pair of Brooks shoes. The program offers anyone from beginners to elite runners a community to join of like minded runners . The goal is to provide resources and tools to support runners in their running journey and educate them on anything and everything running - from nutrition to training advice.
In 2010 Brooks also rolled out their Run Happy Cavalcade of Curiosities - a custom double-decker bus featuring all things carnival. “The Brooks Cavalcade of Curiosities brings to life our passion for running and our ‘Run Happy’ ethos in a new and captivating way. Ultimately, runners receive expert advice on their running technique and are recommended the perfect shoe for their stride, but all is skinned in a celebratory and fun way,” said Brooks Vice President of Marketing Dave Larson. The carnival on wheels made its debut at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in San Diego and the tour has since brought entertainment and education to towns all across the nation following the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon series.
“Let’s face it, no one loves using a porta potty on race day,” said Dyana Berger, Marketing Programs Manager for Brooks Running. So at each Rock ‘n’ Roll event Brooks offers a very unique experience for those who purchase more than $150 of Brooks gear at the expo – entry into the RunHappy VIP restroom trailers, which means hot running water, flush toilets, and a few extra goodies, including GU Chomps.
So why use a porta potty when you can have the VIP bathroom treatment thanks to Brooks?
So next time someone asks you, “run happy?” your affirmative answer might mean more than you had once thought.