I arrived in South Africa nearly a week ago now, after throwing together papers and grades and getting the heck out of Siberia Colorado. It's amazing, I am so happy I came! Honestly the only disappointment thus far was that on the plane from Amsterdam to Cape Town we had a real-time map of where we were and I slept through Libya. How boring of me to miss it! Here's a rough description of the week: I am in Stellenbosch, in the Western Cape province, where Dan Hugo lives when he's not in Boulder. On Friday I went with Dan and 5 other guys over to a town called George, also in this province but a good day's drive away. We ...
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 ...
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 ...
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