On my second-to-last day in South Africa, I raced the Totalsports Challenge Terra Firma. It's so named because it's based off the original Totalsports Challenge that runs concurrently, and has 7 events, and Dan Hugo has won it a hundred times, and those events are a mix of land and sea stages. The Terra Firma race skips the sea stages (two paddles and a swim) for those of us whose legs are faster than our arms. So it went: 50k road bike, 13k road/dirt run, 25k mountain bike, 9k beach run. The race is point-to-point with three separate transitions, so at Christmas after a suitable amount of wine I successfully roped Dan's uncle Michael into sherpa-ing me at the race! Except ...
I went with Dan to his family's traditional vacation spot, in Langebaan, a town on South Africa's Atlantic coast that is about a two hour drive from Stellenbosch. It was a great long weekend! It seems that a tradition in this community is for extended families to vacation together, so I got to meet some of Dan's uncles and cousins and also his friends' extended families as well. Everyone was incredibly hospitable to me, and very knowledgeable of both American politics/economics and world affairs. Conversations were consistently productive. Everyone was also very active so there was lots of training over the weekend, enough to finish off the last ...
I’m all introspective because this was the last race of my season. But I have a quiz to write so I’m bailing on my original plan of writing a playlist-themed race report, complete with samples and instrumentals. It was getting predictably over-involved and I’m probably the only one who would have thought it was awesome anyway. But I will tell you that Crystal Castles’ Vietnam, off their second eponymous release, was playing in my head for virtually all 4 hours 42 minutes that I was racing. It was a good choice – "I'm alive", indeed (side note yes I know that's not the exact lyric in the song sampled, Walk in the Park, but that sure is ...
Subtitle: THAT WAS AWESOME I am en route from Spain back to Reality. It has been a whirlwind and amazing trip. I almost don't know where to start, because so much of duathlon and ITU and international racing still feels new to me, not to mention Spanish language and cuisine (I think the only things that felt routine were my Recovery Pump sessions and pre-race PreRace!). But, you know, "rarely at a loss for words" and all... It was awesome. The race format was 10k run - 42.5k draft-legal bike - 5k run. The U.S. Duathlon national championship race, at which we qualify for worlds, is 5k run - 35k non-draft bike - 5k run, which is quite different. ...
I really wanted to do a play on the word Du. (You're welcome). (Sorry). Anyhow this year I'm doing lots of Duathlons (run-bike-run races). I went to Nationals on the last day of school/first day of exams back in April, I am headed to Spain in three weeks, and in the interim I did the Mile-High Duathlon series here in Colorado. Today was the last race, the West Side Duathlon down in Arvada. [caption id="attachment_3440" align="alignnone" width="149" caption="Pre-race openers through Wash Park"][/caption] This was a really cool course, it actually reminded me a lot of the Nationals ...
I raced the San Francisco Triathlon at Alcatraz yesterday. Then I flew home, slept a few hours, went to class, taught class, taught another class, went to another class, walked home, and stared at my computer. And got furious at a couple people because it was easier than admitting I was tired. So you guys are IN LUCK, this will be a medium-to-not-quite-long race report! The race was great, because I adore San Francisco. Cold, windy, foggy, I don't care, I love the city's vibrance and personality almost unconditionally. Which is a good thing, because otherwise I might have gotten really frustrated early on in yesterday's race and I might have given up. The current was really strong in a not-favorable direction, which ...
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