Monday, June 21, 2010

A cool story

Just thought I would pass along a cool story about one of our family friends, who has embarked on an epic journey. Dave Fuller is an assistant cross country coach with my dad Up at Ferris high school. He and his son have decided to ride across American unsupported this summer in order to raise funds for hospice. Here is an article about why they have decided to do it, and if you want to follow their journey you can follow their blog that will be updated as they go. You can also donate to the charity on their blog site.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Medical Lake Trailblazer Triathlon

I love small town laid back races. Having a relaxed atmosphere helps you loose those pre race nerves that often plague you before big races. There are a lot of things that make this race a blast, but one of the coolest parts about this race is being out on the course with so many friends. In spokane most Triathletes know each other, and when everyone gets together to race a good time always ensues.

This year Dave Erickson came and made a video of the race for everyone who competed to enjoy. He did an awesome job and we all owe him big time for making this sweet video. The video is divided into 3 parts (swim, Bike, Run). So instead of a long post about my race I will let the video do the talking. I will say I am very happy with my race results, and can't wait to race this race again in the future!

Part 1-The Swim

Part 2- The Bike

Part 3- The Run

Some more photos from the day

Monday, June 14, 2010

Boise 70.3

I don’t know what it is about Boise, but this race always hurts. My main goal for the race was to prove that even without my run I can still be competitive in a triathlon. I wanted to improve on my swim time from last year and also show that I can hold my own on the bike.

The swim-29:56

A photo taken by Alex Endo before the swim start

I have been working on my swim for a while now and I knew there really was no excuse not to beat last year’s time. How much faster would be the real question? Sitting in the water waiting for the gun I was actually pretty excited to get the race rolling. My wave headed out last, and after the horn sounded I just focused on a high turn over and getting out fast. I started on the far right side along the buoy line, and right away two swimmers shot off the middle. I quickly tried to get over to them to draft some feet, but they were quickly gone. It didn’t take long for another swimmer to pull up next to me, so I slowed down a little bit and pulled up on his feet. I held these feet all the way to the first turn buoy, but after the turn we were swimming through a huge crowd and I lost the feet I was following. I will admit I was a tad bummed I had lost the feet ahead of me. But none the less I kept pushing on, weaving through the waves of people that started ahead. Just before the last turn I glanced to my right, and noticed a white cap. After glancing over a couple more times I quickly realized that it was the feet I was following earlier. Sweet!! I moved to my right a little and was back on some feet. Finishing up the swim I felt very relaxed. This was my first race in my new Helix wetsuit and I can honestly say I loved the suit! As I stood up coming out of the water I looked at my watch and saw 29min. I was stoked, I wanted to break 30 min and I had achieved my first goal of the day. I was 4th out of the water from my wave and my official time was 29:56. This is a six minute improvement over last years time. Huge thanks to Kevin our swim coach at Whitworth masters for working with me over the last year. My swimming has taken a huge jump, and I owe it to him pushing us in workouts at the pool

The bike-2:26:39

From the start of the bike I pushed a solid effort. The wind was absolutely brutal out on the course, and it took some focus to keep my bike upright. Due to the strong winds that were blowing, it became hard to stay in the aero position. I focused hard at staying low, and not getting out of aero. At one point early in the ride, I was riding by another competitor and the next thing I knew he was leaning on me due to a strong cross wind. I just leaned my shoulder into his as he yelled, “sorry I will get off your shoulder in 2 seconds”. Laughing, I told him it was ok. I guess doing some mountain bike races when I was young paid off J. I tried to ride controlled as I rode into the strong headwinds, and when a tailwind was present, I laid down the hammer. Nutrition wise the bike went great, the night before I laid out a plan of nutrition, and as I came off of the bike I felt well fueled. Although the bike was the windiest ride (in a race) I have ever done, it was also one of the best rides I have ever had. Yes the time was slow, but the effort was solid. Overall on the day only 2 other age group athletes out rode me, and this is a huge improvement over last year.

The Run-1:31:34

Starting the run

Finishing up the race

I started the run very conservatively, because I really had no idea what to expect. For the beginning 1/3 of the first loop, I was running very cautious and slow. I ran solo for a while, but it didn’t take long for an athlete to run up and pass me. At that moment my decision was to tack on and follow this athlete. It worked well for the remainder 2/3 of the first loop, I ran shoulder to shoulder and stride for stride with this other competitor. Shortly after the first lap he started to build a gap, and soon thereafter he was gone. The temps were hot, and people were cramping left and right. Due to my lack of running I wasn’t sure if I would be the next victim of cramps, but I had been drinking citrus Nuun all week to keep myself hydrated. Cramping never became a problem. Right around mile 8 things started going down hill, and my pace started to drop. Nutrition wise I was fine, and there was no pain from the injury in my leg. My legs were just working at their maximum capacity. I gave 110% on the run, and really a 1:31:34 was all I had for the race. I am happy I stuck the run out, as it was at times not easy to keep going. My plan to just put one foot in front of the other got me through the 2 loop run course.

Overall I am very happy with my race in Boise. I am happy that I have improved on my bike and swim, and now I just need to get back into running shape. A huge thanks to Dave Erickson for driving down with me. I had a blast and chances are I will back next year. If you are ever thinking about doing Boise 70.3, my advice is to go! The community support is awesome, and the venue is top notch. I love the idea of starting at 2pm, and wish there were more half Irons that started this late. So for now the main goal is to get back into shape, I will post on here what my next race will be. Thanks for reading.

Thanks Dave for the after race photo

Friday, June 11, 2010

Boise 70.3 Pre Race

This is my second day here in Boise and things are going great. Got some good pre-race workouts in and now it is time to hang out and get ready for the race. The race has not even started yet and I am already having a blast. I drove down with Dave Erickson, a local T.V. news anchor from Spokane who is not only covering the race but competing as well. This morning we got up early and headed out to lucky peak reservoir to get in a little swim, The water was a little cold (loose your manhood type cold), but one race day it really does not matter cause everyone has to deal with the temperature of the water. This is my first swim in my new Helix wetsuit , and it felt awesome! my confidence in breaking last years swim time just grew a little. Later in the day while out riding I saw an old rival from last year (Its a friendly rivalry) Matt Sheeks. I was riding in the opposite direction but once I saw Sheeks go by I quickly flipped a U turn. Last year at Lake Stevens 70.3 Matt passed me on the run, I passed him back, but with about 400 meters to go Matt returned the favor and beat me. He is racing Pro this year and after our ride is looking fit. My bike is all set up and ready to go, so for now I think I will go check out down town Boise, before I head out to the airport to pick up my dad.

If you want to check out some of the stuff Dave has been working on for the race, here are some videos. It is cool to follow Dave around while he interviews all the pros, and if he needs someone to hold the camera that is where my film shooting skills ( lack there of actually :) ) come into play.

Athlete Check in

Interviews with some of the Pro's
Chris Lieto

Craig Alexander

If you check out Dave's Blog covering his road to Boise you will find more videos leading into the race, more pro interviews, and a look at some of the race course.