I raced my first triathlon of 2012 on April 14 outside Las Vegas. After racing one super fun small Xterra last year, and after spending more and more time on my mountain bike to the point of justifying a gorgeous upgrade, I decided to race the Xterra USA championship series this year! Las Vegas was the first stop. The swim was pretty normal, there isn't a whole lot you can do to make an off-road triathlon's swim more "rugged" than an on-road triathlon's. It was a little bit cold though. My swim was OK, I started out on a girl's feet and after a couple hundred meters I realized hey wait a minute, this girl is SLOWER than me! ...
...in which the high life was lived. [nggallery id=62] The polo match defies description in many ways but in keeping with my website's tagline, I'll give it a quick go. The place dripped money, and it wasn't even a Pretty Woman-type tournament. I did wear a sun dress just in case. The spectators consisted of about 10 cars parked on a steep rise overlooking the field. It was evidently a very exclusive New Year's Eve invite. We sat on the grass and watched what seemed to be mostly 19-20 year old guys gallop around and around. Some had been flown in from Europe and Argentina to play. I heard one chatting up a girl, she asked if the poor horses were OK. ...
This past weekend I headed to Aberdeen, South Dakota with one of my roommates, Will Kelsay, to race Xterra Forest Drive. We had five great days of non-stop adventure, presented in verbal and pictoral detail below. Thursday: Goal departure time: 12:30 pm on Thursday. Actual departure time: 12:34 pm on Thursday. Yes! We are already winners on the road to success! One lengthy celebratory lunch at Chipotle in the 29th St. Mall (I know, only 2 miles from home) later, plus realization we forgot some stuff at home, and suddenly we are at actual actual departure time of 2 pm. Can’t win ‘em all. Anyway then we drove and drove. We disagreed over music (boys and their Nada Surf, uhgh). We compromised via ...
[caption id="attachment_3403" align="alignnone" width="200" caption="Above Eldorado Springs, early in the Rattlesnake Gulch route"][/caption] "Why are you riding your bike up here?" (little kids ask good questions). "Because someone told me it would be fun." As I expected, and as I predicted to the kid's mom, now that it's over it was totally fun. [caption id="attachment_3404" align="alignnone" width="200" caption="The Face of Fun"][/caption] But during it, tears may have been shed and leaps off mountains may have been considered and no it was defiantly not fun and who the crap did the bike store guy think he ...
And it continues to be fun... [nggallery id=54]
I'm flying to Rev3 Portland on Friday. My training has been good and I'm really excited to race. Plus with the new course, this is shaping up to be my first-ever "flat and fast" triathlon! Oh and to recap June 2011, which is among my most poorly-documented months since I started blogging 5 (?!) years ago: [caption id="attachment_3346" align="alignnone" width="200" caption="It was nice."][/caption] --- This is not me. There was a mouse day before yesterday. It came into my bathroom when I was brushing my teeth and I'm still hoarse from screaming. (Alternative hypothesis: I re-injured my throat with today's now-the-mouse-is-decapitated scream.) In other animal news: yesterday I ...
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