I raced another off-road triathlon this past weekend: the ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships slash XTERRA Southeast Championship in Pelham Alabama. It was in Oak Mountain State Park, outside Birmingham, and for my first trip to Alabama this was pretty much the ideal destination.The trails were really nice, the terrain beautiful, and the people hospitable. I had a great homestay too. [caption id="attachment_3634" align="alignnone" width="119" caption="See, the trails were nice!"][/caption] As for the race, it was rendered yet another non-event-of-2012 for me when I started getting searing back pain almost as soon as I hit the trail on the bike. It hurt so much.  I'm ...
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! ...
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'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 ...
OK technically we are not in the same room, but we're in the same house sharing the same kitchen and bathroom (!!?). I am roommates with a cover model! Check out Dan Hugo! And if you want me to ask him to sign your copy of the magazine, let me know. He's really nice and I fixed the TV for him this morning so he could watch the Tour. So, as you might guess, so far so good here in Boulder. I was lucky to happen upon a sublet situation with Will Kelsay, his girlfriend Shelby, and Dan. They are all ...
I had an amazing cyclocross ride yesterday, I did the first part of the Xterra course from the weekend (Tunnel Creek Road and the Flume Trail) and then went on to Spooner Lake. It was SO BEAUTIFUL, plus the rains and races over the weekend made for a nicely packed and fast trail... any of you NorCal 'crossers who want to head up here and ride with me, just let me know. I promise that you will not be disappointed! [gallery=october7]
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