Last Note Before The Race

Sorry the site has been so quiet lately… I guess I was just head down, get ready and stop thinking for a few weeks.  I thought about posting some of my progress but then I ended up not.  I did a bit of twittering but the proper posts were missing.  It also didn’t help that I don’t have a computer ready to go right now but excuses, excuses….

So tomorrow is the BIG ONE.  We are in Maui rested, relaxed and ready to go.  Tomorrow I am going for a fourth title and Ross is going to be Twittering the events as they unfold.  You can find his posts here at on the left hand column of the site, on my facebook page and on my twitter page at

I have been asked the question “How do you feel?” so many times this trip and it is tough to really put my finger on exactly how I feel.  Ready, excited and motivated are a good place to start.  This race is very unpredictable so coming here at your best form can sometimes not be enough.  I hope that this year that will be enough.  So I am going to do what my friend Lynley suggested and “embrace the opportunity I have to be here”.  That is a very good way of describing how I really feel.  Grateful, fortunate, happy and proud to be here, with a big group of my friends and Mel’s Rad Racing Team.  Life is good.

Until tomorrow.. when it is show time!  If you are here in Maui to race, please come visit me at the Specialized tent at 11 am downstairs at the Makena Golf Resort.  We are giving away posters and goodies to racers!

Gu Interview with Holly Bennett in Maui

Holly Bennett and I sat down together over breakfast and did a little post-race interview. Definitely a bit "on the edge" of appropriate but somewhat funny nevertheless.

Now I am going to have Sam looking for a fictional rematch…..

Read on for the link….



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Where do we go from here?

Ok, I could not stand another day of my "wee wee wee oh cry cry I had a bad race in Chicago" post so I am posting something new.  Yes, Chicago was so incredibly bad I wish I could erase my presence on the start line.   What do you do?  If you are sick, you are sick.  Probably should not have started but I did and it went poorly and wow, that is terrible.  Yes, you are only as good as your last race.  However, now that I have spent the last week recuperating (read: not training) I am fortunate to soon have the opportunity to toe the line again and turn my  next last race into something worth talking about.

So the question is:  what is the next race?  Unfortunately, not Los Angeles.  7 days of no training means Mel is flat and I think I need to go bike racing.  I am going to fly straight to Colorado and do two stage races instead, one road and one mountain, to make sure I can fly uphill on sandy terrain, going from 6,700 feet to up to 8,800 feet in somewhere over an hour and less than 90 minutes, then scream the descent with the greatest of ease and then run a freakin fast 10km.  Oh yeah, and swim in 50 degree water with higher surf than Hawaii.  That is Xterra Nationals and that is the next race I am going to win.

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