Monday, December 12, 2011
Sunday, October 2, 2011
I will be back for next year's Nationals in better shape and a bit wiser. A big thanks to my Pops, you were awesome, couldn't have done it without you.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
Saturday, June 11, 2011
I'm not one to be long winded so I'll make this race re-cap short and to the point.
I got knock around by other swimmers, had a tough time catching my breath, swam almost half the course breast stroke, found my stroke half way through, ended strong passing at least a dozen from the half way buoy.
I know the course well and today rode it well. I did have heavy legs coming out of the swim and struggled up the first climb. Everything was going well until about two, three miles to the end of the bike leg. While dismounting my bike, my right hamstring cramped. Not a big deal for the bike, but the cramped leg would end up really slowing me down on the run.
Pathetic. My cramped up Hamstring slowed me to a virtual crawl. Ended up taking me almost twice as long to finish the 5 mile run. I almost didn't leave T2 because I knew what layed ahead of me, miles of suffering. I worked through the cramp and found some sort of form somewhere between mile 3 and 4. I hung in there and finished the race which now I am really glad that I did. Total time of 3:34, I was shooting for around 2:50.
I learned a lot today and I am hoping I have a better race in two weeks down in Little Rock
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Monday, May 2, 2011
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
I got to pre-ride the bike course late on Saturday, a little later in the day than I would like but I couldn't have gone any earlier as the 6 hour race didn't finish until 4:30. So, I got out on the course at 5 and did a leisurely lap, 1.13 for the 10.5 miles. I've got to say that I absolutely love this course, nothing technical but it is tight through the trees at times. Not a lot of climbing just short ups and downs and lots of opportunity for speed. I will be back later in the year for a mountain bike race.
The time change coupled with partying till 1130 with my sister didn't help with the 630am wake up call. I actually felt better than I thought I would and as soon as I got to the race site I was feeling good and ready to race. It was a small field of 40-50 participants with most looking like they have done a multi-sport event before.
I lined up third row with about 10 people ahead of me. We had bout 400 yds of pavement before singletrack. When the gun fired a lead group formed and I didn't feel comfortable with their pace so I stayed back and ran at my pace. Over the 2 mile run I lost about 3 minutes on the leader. My bike leg was consistent, I passed a few riders and no one passed me.
Here is where my race got a little interesting. At the very end of my bike leg I notice someone getting closer to me. About 800 yds to the end of the bike the trail does a switchback and I was able to see who was closing in on me. It was a chick. Damnit. It is one thing to be chicked when she is way ahead of you, but to be caught is a whole different level. We entered and left transition together, basically we were running side by side into the singletrack. She let me go ahead and stuck close. We pass a guy right before the only lengthy hill of the course. I slowed a bit on the hill and she passed me with a half mile left in the race. I really couldn't keep her pace and she got me by 30 seconds. In my defense, she was the overall female winner. However, I was the first guy to get "chicked."
Me about 5 minutes post race.
I ended up with 2nd in my AG and 11th overall. Not to bad, next race there will be no adult beverage consumption for me. I had a great time and the whole experience really let a fire within me. I feel more amped to train and I can't wait till I can line up for another race
Post race fun at Oaklawn
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Back to my schedule, I have 6 XTERRA races on my schedule and that is pretty much it. I may try to fit in a local running or mountain bike race if it fits my schedule, but my main focus will be the XTERRA races with my ultimate goal of qualifying for XTERRA Nationals in late September.
March 13 Du it in the Dirt Duathlon
April 17 XTERRA South Central Championships
April 30 XTERRA Lake Degray
May 14 XTERRA Epic Ruston, LA
June 11 XTERRA Eureka Springs Eureka Springs, AR
June 25 XTERRA Dawg Dayz Little Rock, AR
August 7 XTERRA Iron Will Jonesboro, AR
September 24 XTERRA National Championships
I am lucky with so many races here in my home state, four XTERRA races in a state as small as AR is awesome. Big props out to the race promoters for putting on these events, it take lots of time and work and I thank each one of you. Thats all for now, bedtime is soon as I am ready to get out tomorrow and enjoy some spring like weather.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Sunday, January 30, 2011
My new bike at Slaughter Pen
Looking down at some riders, love this time of year on the trails, no leaves equal great views