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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
I won the Big Sky Duathlon on Saturday! It's the second of three races in the Mile High Duathlon Series. I finished third in the first race of the series, and Saturday's win moved me to the front of the standings. The final race is on Labor Day Weekend. I'm doing the series for fun, because racing is fun, and also for preparation. I'm traveling to Gijon, Spain in September to race the ITU Duathlon World Championships. Saturday's race was a short one, 4k run/25k bike/4k run, which was a blur. It was over before I knew it! After racing Rev3 Portland six days previously, I was worried about residual fatigue, but I was diligent about ...
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