Saturday, April 30, 2011
2011 is underway! Just finished my first race of the season with a time of 1:37:04, placing 11th in my age group and 31st overall. The run course was an out and back one direction and then another out and back the opposite way. I ended up leading the run for the first 2 ½ miles. No one wanted to push the run, and now that the national championship has two 5K’s instead of a 5K and a 10K, it definitely favors the cyclists. I had no intention of letting the pace stay slow and ended up running 5:08, 5:10 for the first two miles to keep it honest. In the last mile we climbed a serious hill, and I eased off letting some others push the pace up the hill hoping to rest a bit before starting the bike. The bike course was hilly with several hair pin turns. I have yet to see my splits or average mph but know my second loop was faster than my first. It seemed as though I could have continued at what I was riding, but everyone else I was racing were flying. An analogy would be for the cycling I had been training for a 5K and we raced an 800m. When I finished up the bike with no wrecks or flat tires, I was extremely excited. I took off running, but the legs felt pretty heavy after trying to keep up with the sprinters on the bike. All in all, I felt it was a good race and start to the season, but as a competitor I am definitely hungry for another race and know where I need to put in some time before the KS Half Ironman. It feels good to be done; I am so blessed to have two amazing parents who drove me down here to compete, awesome sponsors who had me as the only one in the TYR Carbon kit and looking sharp along with the pink Oakleys and Brooks rocking the T6 racers, keeping me as one of the top runners. Finally, I must close with a shout out to my Savior; each race ran for him is a success and a blessing. I will continue to think of myself as the donkey on which Jesus rode, for at times it may seem as though I am in first, but truly it is Jesus who is using me as an instrument to grow his kingdom. Thanks to everyone.
Friday, April 29, 2011
After an average night of sleep at best, I managed to wake up to a very windy and hot day. I pray that tomorrow is the opposite. I took the bike out for a quick ride to make sure everything was clicking and ready to ride. Today was an exciting day of gifts, starting with the goody bag with some decent gear, then followed by receiving my new race uniform courtesy of Kompetitive Edge. I can’t wait to race in the state of the art TYR Carbon uniform. Had several friends ask where I would be eating before such an important race. With the help of my dad, I settled on Black Angus, and it was delicious. The final question I was asked today was; am I ready to race? I never know a good answer for this; I am not nervous as I know that the preparation is there. I simply pray to glorify God and let his will be done. Last year I felt ready to rock and had 2 flat tires. So to answer the question I would say that I am well trained, well rested, and strong in my faith. With that, I plan to have fun and race to the best of my ability. I’M PSYCHED!
Thursday, April 28, 2011
After a very long drive, I made it into Tucson. It has been almost 23 years since I last set foot in Tucson; my parents love to remind me of what happened last time I was here. At nearly 2 years old I managed to fall onto a cactus and while my parents cleaned all the stickers off of me they did not realize that I had a lot more under my shirt. This time I hope to have better luck. Once I arrived I was so ready to get out of the car, lace up the shoes and take in the city, the weather, and the fresh air. Despite a little car sickness in Starkville, CO, I had a relatively laid back trip of resting and catching up with my parents. We took a short break on the way down at the Hard Rock Hotel in Albuquerque. Tomorrow is bike check in and I plan to check out the course while spending some time resting in the hotel. The weather right now is very warm, but luckily it appears I will be racing Saturday morning in high 60’s and low 70’s. Time to rest.
Friday, April 15, 2011
USA Duathlon Nationals (5K Run, 35K Bike, 5K Run)
Tucson Arizona, April 30th 2011
Kansas Half Ironman (1.2 Mile Swim, 56 Mile Bike, 13.1 Mile Run)
Lawrence Kansas, June 12th 2011
Loveland Lake to Lake Triathlon (1500m Swim, 48K Bike, 10K Run)
Loveland Colorado, June 25th 2011 (My Birthday!)
Boulder Peak Triathlon (1500m Swim, 42K Bike, 10K Run)
Boulder Colorado, July 10th 2011
With the 2011 season about to start Kompetitive Edge is helping me to stand out. It appears there may be some PINK flying down the road this summer!