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.
Here's is a copy of todays workout. Keep in mind my focus is Florida Ironman in November. This set's the distance, the intensity and the order of the workout. My secondary focus is racing Xterra offroad Tri's which is a 800 meter swim.
Warm-up: 800 meter swim at a 1:36 per 100. This is a steady tempo and covers my Xterra training500 - kick w/fins & broad500 - paddles & buoy Main set:4x 50's at :45sec w/ 15sec rest2x 100 at 1:30 w/ 30sec rest1x 200 at 3:00 w/ 30sec rest2x 100 at 1:30 w/ 30sec rest4x 50's at :45sec w/ 15sec rest Cool down:2x 50 - breast stroke 25 & back stroke 2550 - kick board no fins50 - bouy no paddles50 - finger tip drag swim100 - catch up swim
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I came to Ann Arbor hoping for a great race. Everything came together for me.. Finally no flat tires. The Trek Superfly 100 was the right bike for this fast course. I had a great run and to my surprise 1st place was mine.
This was my 2nd Xterra of the season and the 1st place points put me on the path to the USA Championships.
Eagleman Half Ironman was my 9th half ironman finish. Each race has presented its own challenges for me. Today's challenge was another flat tire and the brutal heat.
The flat tire was overwhelming disappointing as it was my 3rd flat in the last 3 races. Time to pack up my toys and go home. Sometimes its not about the sacrifices you make to be at the starting line but just good luck.
I will be in search of some good luck for my tires.
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.
I was 3rd out of water, crushed the swim in 11 minutes. My plan was to pedal smart, hold my position and save it for the run. 5 miles into the bike, I was 4th or 5th and boom....I flated the front tire. I rode it to the rim, changed it as fast as possible. Even a couple of minutes lost on a fast course like Reveille Peak Ranch is the difference between finish at the front or middle of the pack.
I still picked up some point for the Xterra series. Looking forward to the next race.
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