2011 XTERRA South Central Championship, Waco, TX

Photos by XTERRA Photo (www.xterraplanet.com)

On Sunday I managed to make it 2/2 in the XTERRA Pro Championship Series with a second win on the twisty technical course at Cameron Park in Waco.  I think the mood at this race could not be beat.  Everyone was happy to be there, stoked the course was fun and was being drenched in Texas hospitality to the point you just didn’t want to leave.  Definitely a different race course than last week with us overheating in wetsuits and enjoying a warm sunny day of racing on actual trails that are fun.  The top five changed a little this week although Shonny and Christine Jeffrey were again right behind me (Christine throwing down the fastest swim… of ANYONE!) with Suzi Snyder taking fourth and my Specialized teammate Emma Garrard rounding the podium in fifth.   Watch out for Emma.. she has been in winter tri mode until 2 weeks ago and is already moving up the podium!  Texas is Shonny’s course and it took everything I had (mainly only a better swim)  to beat her as she is going well and it was on a course that suits her very well.  There was a shiny belt buckle on the line to up the ante – so I think all the girls were bringing it in Waco.

waco win
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The main shoutout this week goes to Ian Moore from Bicycles Outback.  We had a great evening at his store on Friday with Conrad and I holding court with a number of triathlon keeners while those who were only mildly interested drained the keg.  Ian is the only reason I made it to the start line on Sunday after I detonated my chain and derailleur the day before the race.  Note to self:  when you fix a link of your chain, make sure it still moves or else it is going to get stuck in the pulleys of your derailleur and bend it to crap.  If Ian had not actually put HIS OWN chain, shifter and derailleur from his bike on my bike I wouldn’t have been racing since I had not brought spare parts this trip.  Given Ian was once upon a time a world cup mechanic to the top racers on the WC circuit he is beyond capable of fixing anything but my derailleur was unfixable.  Thanks for the vital organ donation to my bike Ian!  The athletes also have Ian to thank for putting tons of energy into making Waco a stop on the tour this year and for getting important sponsors like beer and a DJ so people can have fun watching.  They do it right in Texas!  Read More…

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2011 XTERRA West Championship, Las Vegas, NV

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The first race on the XTERRA tour in years past always seemed really early and my fitness was always a mystery coming straight out of Canadian winter to toe the start line. This year the race was even earlier but unlike past seasons, I already had some hard racing in my legs to take the guesswork out of my form.  With gorgeous, sunny weather to enjoy the day, I took the win at the first race of the XTERRA season  with a “measurable delta” (we love you Mark Cote!) to Shonny V second, Christine Jeffrey third, Kelly Cullin fourth and Danelle Kabush rounding the podium in fifth.

I really want to thank Day Deans Buchan-Cedar Hill Sports Therapy Chiropractor, Paul McIntyre-Broadmead Orthopaedic Physiotherapy, and  Markus Blumensaat and Chelsy Low- RMTs at Leftcoast Health for turning this injury around for me.  I really wasn’t sure if I could handle the extreme terrain of an XTERRA after I finished the 70.3 in Oceanside, so winning this weekend is a testament to how awesome these therapists in Victoria really are.  Thank you thank you thank you!! 

Also a big thank you to Specialized dealer Las Vegas Cyclery.  My bike was shipped in advance to their awesome store where I just had to roll in and pick it up good to go.  I never could have felt so comfy arriving late without that hookup.  Thanks so much you guys!

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2011 Oceanside 70.3

This was my first time at the Oceanside 70.3.  I have done the 70.3 distance six times but Oceanside always seemed too early, too cold (in California!) and too close to the XTERRA season.  Now that XTERRA is firmly placed in the backseat I can now start to try new races and where better to start than one of my favorite California towns.  Luckily San Diego was showing off with some spectacular weather pre race so we were treated to an all together perfect race as far as conditions, organization and course were concerned.

The Specialized US team racing here was completely spoiled by the awesome Specialized pit crew. We were babied by Jeff, Myron and Jo who are the most awesome and pro onsite staff in the industry.  It was great for us to have a place to hang out and a crew to keep us dialed and calm while we wound down from team camp (more on that later).  Jen, Ben, Des, Jordan, Rasmus, Jimmy and I were all there to represent the big red S.  I also managed to spend some time with Shawn from AVIA who kitted me out with the new cool stuff.  Same with Karen from Profile Design. I have a totally custom men’s Wahoo wetsuit that I am quite comfy swimming in now.  Shimano also dialed in my new Di2 on the Shiv so I had pretty much the coolest bike possible for race day.  You can see it now at B&L Bikes in Solana Beach if you are interested.  READ MORE FOR THE STORY… see tab…

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