Saturday, April 23, 2011

Chicken Dinner Road Race

The Chicken Dinner Road Race was the last of the George’s Spring Series that I planned on racing because the Emmett Roubaix was on the same weekend that I would be racing Wildflower. This would be my last hard effort before starting into my short 5 day taper for Wildflower.

It was a beautiful day with almost no wind and plenty of sunshine. It was going to be a great day for racing. My only plans for this race was to push the pace for as long and hard as I could and just see where the wheels started to fall off. I was not there for the Metamucil ride this time because I needed a really good workout and I was either going to do it by myself or drag a pack of guys along with me.

Wanting to get this started out right, I rode out with the pack through the neutral zone and then broke the pack. Behind me I hear, “No DEIM!” I knew they didn’t want to go hard until probably the end of the second lap but I need to maintain a certain pace to make this a worthwhile workout. I let them work to catch up with me then I sat out front and pulled the entire group so I could set the pace.

We had a really good first lap and the official said that we had the 2nd fastest lap next to the Pro 1 Men…I like that kind of pace. I continued to work with the group into the second lap and even sat back and allowed myself to draft a little when some of the guys moved up front to take a pull but I was not going to sit back and suck a wheel in order to stay with any break away. Anytime the pace started to drop I would break out front and keep us going. I didn’t realize how much work it can be to pull that big of a group at that pace for that long.

On the last lap there was a break away with a couple of guys and a couple of gals sucked their wheel and held on but since I was out for individual effort I tried to rally the remaining guys and coach them on how to work a pace line but there just wasn’t enough organization and experience with this group to make it happen. Of course there was one guy that was on the same team as the guys that broke to the front and he kept trying to sabotage the pack I was in, to the point where he was being dangerous and almost wrecked me twice. He was getting upset that I was trying to coach the rest of the pack along and even became belligerent to the point where I decided that for my own safety I needed to excuse myself from this testosterone enraged freak. I headed out in front of the pack and rode the rest of the race on my own.

Immediately after I finished racing I grabbed my Trek Speed Concept rocket, some nutrition and a fresh water bottle and headed back out on the course going reverse direction so I could finish my workout and take advantage of the flaggers that were still at the intersections. Completed the day with a good 8 mile run and then headed home to start packing for the road trip to California.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

TYR Hurricane Wetsuit Fitting Clinic

The final clinic I was hosting this year before the season began was a TYR Hurricane wetsuit fitting clinic. I often get asked from a lot of triathletes where to get a wetsuit and how to tell if it fits. Since there aren’t very many options to choose from here in Boise and going online to try and buy one with using only their sizing chart can be frustrating and lengthy, I worked with Ryan Dolan from TYR to organize this clinic. Everyone was welcome to try on the different sizes and Hurricane series wetsuits and Loren from TYR and I would make sure it was the proper fit. Purchase was optional but if you did it that night, you would at least make sure you had something in time for the Boise 70.3 in early June. There were just over 25 people that took advantage of this opportunity and many others that wanted to come but had conflicts; maybe we can do it again next year.

TYR also had goggles, swim caps, race kits, training gear, luggage and transition backpacks on site for everyone to be able to try on or look at to get a better idea of what else was available and see in person instead of online. Often times you cannot see this kind of gear unless you go to a big race and then see some of it in their Expo area.

Big thanks to John at George’s Cycles Fairview store for helping to facilitate this clinic, opening up his store and making room for everyone that came to take advantage of the free fitting. Also a huge thanks to Ryan and Loren at TYR for helping make this happen.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Spring Sprint Triathlon

Just finished racing the Spring Sprint triathlon. This is a local Tri that is good to shake off the cobwebs. It's a two day race where the swim is done indoors on Friday evening and then the bike and run is done the following morning. It's a fun little race but still brings out most of the "big guns" to test out what they've done for winter training.

It was fun, I finished 1st place overall female but felt slow, especially on the swim cause I went out too hard and was sucking wind the last half of the swim. It doesn't help when you have kids and other racers jumping into your lane thinking that you're only warming up. I only have one picture of me on the bike for this one because "The Saint" had to take kids to baseball games on race day. I love that man.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Tri Nite 102 – Transitions

TRI Nite 102 – Transitions is an opportunity for anyone to come and learn some of the tricks about making a clean transition from myself and a couple local experienced triathletes. Since it’s still way too cold to dawn wetsuits and work on that portion of the transition, this clinic simulates coming in from the swim, minus the wetsuit, and then also T2. The timing of this clinic is to specifically prepare racers for the upcoming Spring Sprint later in the week.

Big thanks to Ryan, Eric and Nicole for helping out.