Thursday, August 15, 2013
Xterra Mountain Championships
With a chance to test the results, Sarah and I headed out to Colorado to do the Xterra Mountain Championships Pro Series race in Vail this last July. We decided to kill two birds with one stone and took the kids and grandparents with us for a vacation as well. Made the trip a winning situation no matter how the race went. But the race was good, not great, but good. The swim was a crowded, rough affair that found me having to settle down (tread water) for a minute or so about 2 minutes into the race to get my heart rate down enough to be effective. Not sure if it was the altitude or the guy hitting me in the back of the head numerous times or both but after a minute to settle in, I swam 26 minutes for the 1500 and came out about a minute behind my goal which seemed to make good sense.
After the swim, the bike was just good again. I made enough headway to only get passed by a couple guys while passing a big chunk of racers myself. I rode hard, felt alright, and honestly probably struggled more with it being the first real chance to ride single track this summer. Iowa's been flooded all Spring and Summer so without a chance to pre-ride (I will pre-ride Nationals) I found myself a little ginger on the controls when we really hit some trail. Huge thanks to Chris Ridder for the hook up w/ the ENVE Wheel set for the season. These babies are light, fast, and incredibly efficient. I loved em and can't wait to really work em over at Nationals.
The run was fine by all standards. I was 7th overall in the run w/ a 10 min. section where I lost form a bit. I don't think I hydrated enough and will be going back to using a hydration pack for Nationals just to ensure I keep up on it. 23rd overall and that was 11 spots higher than last years' Nationals placing and it seemed like we were only missing a few of the Pros that will attend Nats. So here's to hoping for a good top 20 finish at Nationals and a chance to carry my new-found focus for Xterra into another winter off-season and come out smokin' next Spring. Thanks for checking in and we'll try to keep the posts a little more timely.