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 :-)


Sunday, August 27, 2017

Now We Are Back to Racing....Ex2 Adventures Blue Crab Bolt Trail Series

After a little time off from racing Sarah and I were back at this weekend at the Ex2 Adventures Blue Crab Bolt Trail Run Series (bit of a mouthful!) at Little Bennett Regional Park.  After it being all about the bike the last few weeks and bit of time crunch that limited the running miles, I wasn't overly confident of a result so decided just to thrash myself and get a solid workout done.  I was in for the 10km and Sarah was in for the 5km as she builds towards the Kapulua Trail Run in Maui.

I started out hard, on what was a great course....some good hills, river crossing and a variety of terrain. Through the first two miles I led but surrendered at the halfway point and eventually hung on for a hard earned 3rd place overall!  It was great to be back onto the trails and gives me a good point of reference as we head into the final two months before the Xterra World Championships.  Next for me is the Shenandoah 100mile MTB race next weekend.....now that should be EPIC!

Sarah had a great race of her own and nailed 2nd place in age group for another podium spot!


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Final Push....Got to Stay On It!

As others season's are winding down, it's hard not to begin to look forward to 2018.....eye's on the prize and the BIG race in two months!  Then it can be 2018 planning with a few beers!



Monday, August 7, 2017

You're Not Racing?.....

That's the question I have been asked the last few weekends since Iron Hill....perhaps I have a raced a lot so far this year but it only works out to be 17 races.  Anyways the answer has been no I am not, it's all about getting in the training now as a couple of big events are in the Fall and they are the goal races. First up is the Shenandoah 100 MTB race on Labor Day weekend and then it's the big Kahuna in Maui at the Xterra World's.

Train, train, train......the good news is that over the past month things have been progressing well and I can begin to feel the fitness increasing. This is especially true for the swim where a few solid weeks of consistency (not volume just consistency) makes such a big difference.


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