Saturday, October 28, 2017

Xterra Maui 2017 - Day 2......

What a difference a day makes!  After the sloppy conditions on Thursday, the heat and wind had done wonders on the bike course that I didn't even have to clean my bike after a pre-ride of the lower half of the course.  By Sunday it should be hero dirt with plenty of grip.

The pre-ride was nice and easy just getting used the trails and generally chit-chatting with a group of the east coasters here on the island. The legs felt good and I can't wait for the race now....

Later in the afternoon we headed down to D.T. Fleming Beach to practice in the surf. Since the storms earlier in the week the surf has really been up, so much so that the Peahi (Jaws) big wave surf event was scheduled rapidly for this weekend (40-60-ft waves).  Playing in the surf was fun but I am show many are nervous ahead of Sunday. Weather forecasts show that the swell will begin to clam down for race day morning.

The evening was spent at the pre-race dinner where the Xterra Warrior award gets given and the recognition of all the global races around the world.....way too many to put on the bucket list!

Friday, October 27, 2017

Xterra Maui 2017.....Day 1

After a day of travel on Wednesday, Thursday was our first full day and with the bike trails still being closed for much of the day from heavy rain earlier in the week it meant a short and slippery run on the run course and then a ride on the road in the afternoon.  Good news is that the forecast doesn't call for more rain before race day so the course should be in great condition by then.

We also did the usual registration stuff, got a little technical fix of the bike from the guys at Krank Cycles and then headed off along the West Maui road to take in the sights and the Nakalele Blowhole. We hadn't ventured north of Kapalua when we were last here in 2015 so it was all new!

We ended the day with dinner at Maui Brewing Company and before long fell asleep as we recovered from the travel......good news was that the legs felt good on the bike.....almost time to let it rip!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Nothing to See Here.....But a Win is a Win!

As we are into the final month of preparation before Xterra Worlds (did I mention that was Oct 29th?) it's all about training and making sure I don't get sick.....primarily making sure that I don't get sick.  Unfortunately work may play a part in that as it looks like I might have 6 different flights before actually landing on the Valley Isle of Maui.

But I have been doing well with training and continued with the ethos of this season....consistency! Nothing too big or demanding, just solid weeks back to back to back and so on.  I did jump into some races the last few weeks and these included:

1. Wolf Bouncer XC first Pro/Cat 1 XC MTB race after upgrading late this season. It was short at just an hour but the key was to get a good race pace session in and it didn't dissappoint.....60mins at threshold and a 4th place finish!

2. Tri for the Chesapeake....was the next day and is a local sprint triathlon that Parvilla supports. It was actually my first "road" triathlon since 2014 and I went for the road bike as I don't have a tri bike at the moment. It worked out well as I felt good in the swim (without a wetsuit), nailed the bike and the trail was 5 miles so was able to take the over win by quite some way (about 15mins). Another good race pace session.

3. Hyattsville Cx....this was this past weekend and I raced the 1,2,3 race as it was the only time I could manage. It was a baptism of fire for the first cross race of the season and only time I have been on my cross bike all year. I was thinking that it might have been better to race my MTB. It was fun though and I can't wait to get back to 'cross after Maui.

Now to hone the fitness for October 29th......

Monday, September 18, 2017

Shenandoah 100.....So Much Awesomeness!

It seems a while ago that I went an raced my first 100 mile MTB race at the Shenandoah 100 but two weeks ago I did and it was awesome.  At some point I will download all my thoughts and what I want to try and improve upon in 2018 (That says a lot already that I want to go back next year!)

The vibe, the trails, the support were all great...yes I made a detour of 5 miles due to a poorly placed sign that kept me for going sub-10 hours but still a hell of a day.  I think I might like the marathon MTB races :-)