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Snake Gap Mountain Bike Time Trial



2012 started with some fun (as usual) down at the Snake Gap MTB TT in Dalton, GA. Two of my buddies, Craig Evans and Matt Schupp, and I headed down the day before to do a little spin at Raccoon Mountain along the way.


Trying to look cool at the overlook on Raccoon Mountain the day before the Snake Gap

 

Because this was the first race of the year, and quite early in the season, all of us were a little nervous about our fitness. We knew it was going to hurt and we were going to suffer, but at least we would all be hurting together.

Getting ready to throw down at the Snake Gap MTB TT

 

It was a free-for-all time trial start, which meant that whenever you got to the start line, that’s when you started. Craig and I left 10 seconds apart and I soft pedaled to wait up for him so we could ride together. We then proceed to crush it. Check out the data that I collected on my Timex GPS Global Trainer.

Data from my Timex GPS Global Trainer via Training Peaks

 

I was stoked and quite pleasantly surprised to feel very strong right from the start. Craig and I rode together until the last few miles, where I turned the throttle and put 1:40 into him to pick up the win in 2:48:55. Not a bad way to start the year!

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Bit of a Scare




Monday morning started out quite interesting for me. I hopped in the Van-borgini to head out to LifeSport Chiropractic, only to find when I arrived that I was the third appointment of Dr. Lisa’s day that she had missed. That wasn’t like her at all. Erica, the girl at the front desk, and I started getting a bit nervous because we knew she took a trip out to Fruita to do some back country speed hiking. I started posting on Twitter and messaging on Facebook to see if anybody knew anything. Nothing…

Since my dad is a member in Search & Rescue, I figured he’d have some advice on the situation. A quick call to him, had me dialing the number for the Mesa Country Sheriff’s department. The woman at dispatch searched through the names and found that 2 people that had been picked up Sunday night. It was Lisa and her friend Chris.

It turns out that they were fine on the way in on Saturday and Saturday night, but on the way out on Sunday they fell in a river while crossing it and their maps and GPS watches were destroyed. If Lisa had been wearing a Timex GPS (not some brand that rhymes with Flarmin) that wouldn’t have been a problem, but since she wasn’t, she and Chris were stuck in back country without any type of guidance. To top it off, they were now wet and freezing. I’m still trying to figure out exactly who called S&R that day, but somebody got the word out that they were missing right away and by 11:30pm Sunday evening, they were rescued.


They are both safe and sound now, but like I said, we had a bit of a scare Monday morning.

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Better the 2nd Time Around



After a rather dissapointing first race up in Winter Park, I was ready to have another go at it. The race this week was the Valley Point to Point. Excited for a bit less climbing, a bit more technical riding, and getting in a proper warm up, I was ready to rock! Bring on the mud!

I have come to realize that I really stink at starts right now, but I’m improving. The start of a mountain bike race involves going as hard as you possibly can, feeling like your lungs and legs are going to explode, then settling into a resonable pace and see where everyone is at. As usual, I popped off the back of the main pack almost instantly. No worries though because I had a plan!

Check out the file from my GPS Global Trainer and you will see that I started rather conservatively and then as I neared the end of the race, I really picked it up. I had been working on that with my coach a bit over the last few weeks and it really paid off. I kept thinking to myself “In the first 1/2 of the race, don’t be stupid. In the second 1/2 of the race, don’t be a wuss!” And it worked!

Just a few miles into the race I was around 20th or so, and as I crossed the line, I had worked my way up to 10th! I was stoked to have executed my plan nicely and rode like I knew I was capable of riding on the day. Noticing after the race that I was only 3:30 down from 3rd place, really got me fired up too! I wish I could make it back to more of these races and work my way up to the podium, but with my “Triple 6” races coming up, I’ll miss the rest of the Winter Park Series. I can’t wait to go back next year!

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Gearing Up For A 50k Run in China



Curious about EXACTLY what gear I use for a 50k running race? Well here it is! This is the EXACT list of things I will be wearing/using during the North Face Endurance Challenge 50k in Beijing, China.


Watch – Timex GPS Global Trainer. After the craziness is said and done,  I want to share with you the course profile, my pace, my heart rate, and other fun data from the race. Out on course I’ll be able to see how far until the next aid station (they tell us the distance between) as well as how long the next climb is.


Clothing – Sugoi Turbo Singlet – Timex branded of course. And to hold in my thunder thighs – Sugoi Piston 200 shorts. The compression of the shorts will help lessen the fatigue on my legs over the 31 mile race. And for the footsies, I have a pair of Timex branded Wigwam socks.



Glasses – Rudy Project Ability. These things are light weight, don’t slip around on your face, and give amazing coverage without any blind spots.



Anti Chafe – SBR TriSlide to keep my thighs from rubbing together and starting a forest fire.





Hydration – The Nathan Quickdraw Plus for water and the Nathan Sprint for PowerBar Perform sports drink. I like to have a bit more water, so that I can pour it on my head as I run. I can easily refill both at each aid station. The Quickdraw also has a little pocket where I can bring an emergency PowerBar Gel. Eating is key during a race that is as long as this one!




Shoes – Saucony Peregrine. With only a 4mm heal to toe drop, these trails shoes feel very “minimalistic.” There are no rock plates, torsion control, air/gel cushioning, just a few millimeters of higher density foam. They are thick enough to protect from those sharp, pointy, bone bruising rocks, yet still pliable enough to allow for me to feel the ground below me. The upper is durable, yet unrestrictive.





Camera – Go Pro camera with chest strap to capture the excitement along the way.



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The ULTIMATE TransRockies Experience (1of4)



This year I attempted to do something no one has ever done before – finish both of the TransRockies events in the same year. Doesn’t sound like to difficult of a feat, but when you start adding the numbers its rather brutal.  In the next few blogs (4 to be exact), I’ll give you the down & dirty details of my 13 days of racing this past August.


 The mountain bike race had over 39,000 ft of climbing across 240 miles in 7 days. We started in Fernie, British Columbia and finished in Canmore, Alberta. My Timex teammate, Matt Boobar, and I represented Sugoi and Timex as we battled our way to several podium finishes and a 5th place overall in the GC in the rainy Canadian Rockies.

 

 

The running race, though it may sound a short in comparison, was just as hard if not harder! My partner, Amber Monforte, and I had originally planned to podium  every day and in the overall GC, but as we started the 6 day, 125 mile race that would eventually lead us over 21,000 ft of climbing, we quickly realized that was a lofty goal.

 

 

The TransRockies Mountain Bike Race – Stage 1

Stage 1 was slightly different from the upcoming stages because it was a time trial start. After acquiring UCI licenses the day before (it took us nearly 5 hours to get all of our registration sorted), we were seated to start at 2:08pm. As we sat in our hotel room on day 1, we watched the rain dump down on the athletes out on the course. We fully expected to be riding the whole time in the mud and end up coming back looking like the bikes in this pic (see my clean pre-race bike). Luckily for us, the rain stopped just as we rolled to the start line. The ride was a rough one with Matt riding strong the first half and pulling me, and then me taking the lead and pulling the 2nd half. It was only 29k, but it took us 2 hours, 27 minutes to end up crossing the line in 7th. I made the comment to Matt that this was the first race that I had ever worn Chamois Butter for and it felt like I had diarrhea in my shorts the whole ride. Fun stuff!

All and all it wasn’t a bad first day. We finished 7th overall and 5th for the UCI teams. This is important to note because even though we were concerned with our overall placing each day, the prize money was only distributed to the UCI teams.  

The pic below is all the data from stage 1 that I gathered with my Timex GPS Global Trainer. If you haven’t seen the Global Trainer, you are missing out! This thing is freaking awesome. It is super customizable and incredibly easy to use. I set mine up for the race so that on one screen I could see distance, overall time, elevation, and heart rate. The only thing I think it is missing is a windsheildwiper. Matt and I covered ours in mud from the get go!



Day 1 data from my Timex GPS Global Trainer


The TransRockies Mountain Bike Race – Stage 2

After spending hours packing, figuring out what to wear on what day, and getting all our nutrition sorted out for 6 days, we were ready to head off to the start line. As you can see from our lists below we favored the custom Timex cycling kits by Sugoi. It was really fun to look so sharp.

 

What better way to start the day, then to do a little breaking & entering in your own hotel. I accidentally locked the keys in the room and there was absolutely no one around. I mean no one! We looked everywhere and tried calling for help, but to no avail. So I figured I’d put my swimmer shoulders to use and “lightly” pushed them against the hotel room door. That thing shattered like a squirrel under a semi. Bam! Problem solved.

Stage 2 was the first “real” start we had for the race. The entire field lined up and launched into action to the tune of Highway to Hell by ACDC. We hammered up a long dirt road to start things off with our performances being the opposite of yesterday. I was working to keep Matt with the pack and not blow up myself at the same time. We reached the top of the climb and got to do one of the funnest, steepest, brake heating descents I have ever done! I blasted down the entire thing only having to get off during the final 100 meters because it was absolutely unrideable! And they said that couldn’t be done! Ha!

At the bottom, we have our first minor set back. Matt got a massive chunk of weeds stuck in his cassette during our insane descent. Just a few minutes to dig it all out and we were back on track. As I mentioned earlier, our day shaped up to be somewhat the opposite of the previous day. As we sped along the single track and dirt roads towards the finish, I was hurting. Matt pulled almost the whole time and we crossed the line the exact same as yesterday – 7th overall and 5th for the UCI teams.

 




 The TransRockies Mountain Bike Race – Stage 3

Our first podium finish! 2nd overall on the day! Holy cow! It didn’t come without a few set backs, but we were quick on our feet and even quicker on our bikes!

Stage 3 started with a long road section (nearly 40k) that was a bit hairier than I would have thought. With over 300 mountain bikers packed together on our parade around town and then quickly funneled onto a short single track, there were several crashes. Matt and I stayed clear of those and worked our way up to the front pack til check point one. The lead pack of ~60 turned into two smaller packs of around 20 and 40. We were in that 2nd pack of 40. As we approached check point two, the group thinned out and we were psyched to hit some single track. That’s when we hit our first problem.

Just minutes after check point two, I snapped my derailleur clean off. Luckily it was just the derailleur hanger that broke, so Matt jumped in and quickly converted my bike to a single speed. We had to lock out the rear suspension so as not to snap the chain (when the rear suspension activates, it changes the chain stay length and can put enormous load on the chain causing it to break), and that left me with a leg burning, rough ride for the rest of the day. Check out the spot right in the middle of the data below where the red line drops. That was us stopping to fix my broken bike.



We used our triathlete legs to fly up the long climb to the Continental Divide (nearly 5k of hike-a-bike), and work our way to 4th place overal. As we ripped down the descent on the other side, team positions went nuts! We leapfrogged from 2nd to 5th. Back and forth, back and forth. Everyone was having mechanicals and flats, and it was a game of who could fix them the fastest and the most efficiently.

The last few miles into the finish would have been quite comical to watch because up to this point the grade had been steep enough up or down that I could either run, or ride without peddling. Those last few miles were just flat enough I couldn’t do that. I was doing my best to hang onto Matt’s casual pace as I pedaled over 110 rpm. My legs were spinning as fast as I could, but when you’re in the wrong gear there is only so much you can do. I kept looking over my shoulder expecting to see the fully geared teams come up on us, but we had put enough of a gap on them coming down from the Continental Divide, that we held on for 2nd overall (and 2nd in the UCI teams)! Woohoo!!!


 To hear all the rest of the details from TransRockies Mountain Bike Race, check back for the next installment of


The ULTIMATE TransRockies Experience

 

 

 

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