Saturday, November 24, 2012

Jingle Cross did not Rock.

Ok I lied... Jingle Cross Rock really did rock...just not for me on Day 1 and 2.  To avoid an overly Debbie Downer start to this post lets just say this.

2 Race Day Ending Mechanicals Back 2 Back  =  Thrown Bike and Hard Core Meltdown

The guys at Foundry are absolutely the best though and feeling sorry for me lent me one of their awesome Foundry Auger bikes for Day 3 and I was able to race hard not worrying about my bike and managed to nab the 3rd spot on the Cat 2/3 Podium.  Sure everyone else was racing on 2 day tired legs....but heck I was racing off the back of an emotional freak out....pretty much an even slate in my opinion.  I was hungry.

 
The race itself was awesome and will surely be a must do on my cx schedule next year.  It takes place at the fairgrounds in Iowa City.  There were logs you had to run over, a fly over, and we even rode through a barn with horse stables and Christmas music.  Then there was Mt Krumpit....a massive beast of a hill that they change up each day to add variety.  2 of the days it was a run up and 1 day was a ride up.  They also had some real sketchy off camber stuff you had to ride down 2 of the days....this stuff is my favorite.....love letting the rear wheel slide out on the turns...bas @ss!

Other big things...I SOLD MY TRI BIKE!  yes way!  Its official, I've decided to solely focus on mountain biking and cx racing!  This new adventure is so exciting for me that I've even decided to stop running...for now.   I've got big racing plans and yes new big goals for the 2013 season, so I need to win the lotto asap so I can afford them...but at least this does fit with my LIVE LIFE NOW motto.  Between both Tom and my race schedules we'll be racking up some serious  miles this year and also taking part in an extensive ghetto hotel tour.

oh...and LISA BOUGHT A FAT BIKE!!!!!!!!!!

 
I am so pumped for us to go riding and I"m already trying to convince her that yes its only right you race these bikes too... and yes you have to race with me in Marquette in Jan.  Road Trip!!!....oh and sorry we're staying at the Super 8.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Mill City CX Race

Brrr...what happened to the warm summer days.  Last weekends race in Bayport, MN was a frigid 30 degrees!  I was actually nervous to race my bike in these conditions as I had no clue what was the appropriate clothing choice.  Usually in these situations I go for the less is more option.  Well that option wasn't such a good option last weekend.

Half way through the 1st loop my fingers were freezing and I was already regretting my glove choice. After we made our way through the first creek crossing my feet were completely soaked!!! Crossing a creek is gnarly cool as you can see below....and I was super stoked about this feature....however, by the time the race was over it was a full on sprint to the car to warm up my toes!  Yikes I am scared for State and Nats as I'm sure it will only be colder!

 
It was a a pretty good race for me, I had a good start and was happy to be riding in the top 3 for the majority of the race trading places wtih Jen. She suffered a flat on the 2nd to last lap so I was able to ride to 2nd place. 

 
 
We are currently in  in Iowa City for Jingle Cross Rock.  First 2 days have gone horribly with a couple mechanical dnf's...UGH!!!! I am really good at breaking bikes, I've learned this is one my strengths.  Fortunately the QBP guys are letting my ride a Foundry Auger demo for tomorrows race....hoping to at least FINISH the darn thing!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

IRONMAN FLORIDA - Numero Cinco!




Well I'm not sure if you are even allowed to start blogging again after taking a 3 month hiatus, but who is writing the rules anyhow??

Of course a LOT has happened so I'll spare the gritty details outside of the fact that I am no longer a triathlete!!!  I know...shut the front door!  Randomly at times I felt like I was losing my identity...seriously??? don't be ridiculous.  Bottom line...I love to ride...and I've come to realize that the dirtier the better!

ouch...this hurts A LOT!
 
Ore to Shore was a blast as was Cheq 40.  I suffered, learned a lot and can't wait to better my results next year!  I spent 2 long weeks in a cast after a nasty mtb crash at Murphy. You want to play you have to pay I guess.  This fall has been a whirlwind.  I hoppped on a CX bike for the first time 1.5 months ago and I friggin love it!  I've probably raced cx more times in the last month then I raced tri's all year!  Let me tell you...this sport hurts!

Tommy on the other hand...he is still die hard triathlete which I adore and totally "get."  He has spent the fall mostly on the trainer in our living room....and rocking Ironman Florida in the lovely Panama City...aka...Red Neck Riviera.  This was to be his 5th Ironman and so proud of this man cuz for whatever reason some days you wake up and the sun doesn't shine....it wasn't his day. But finish times are not the spirit of Ironman...it's crossing that damn finish line that is. My cute man one up'd me crossing for the 5th time last weekend!  11:47 is a pretty damn good time!!

Not only did Tommy lay waste to Ironman Florida....so did plenty more of my besties! Everyone perservered and finished...and actually most people PR'd.  The craziest thing on earth though....our good buddy Jeff Pearson was the 500,000th Ironman Finisher of all time.  Can you believe it?  1 in 500,000....fireworks went off when he crossed the line, it was incredible!

We celebrated afterwards with Corona's on the beach, way too much seafood and way to much fun!

 
I'm about to head out the door to Mill City CX sufferfest....then next weekend we're heading to Iowa City for 3 days of Jingle Cross Rock!! This cyclcross festival is supposed to be one of a kind!  It will be my first trip back to Iowa City since college in 2003. dang....