I’m headed to Lake Las Vegas this afternoon in Henderson, NV for the first XTERRA Cup race of the season. Looks like there will be many top pros in the men’s and women’s field: Nico Lebrun, Conrad Stoltz, Brian Smith and Josiah Middaugh for the men and Melanie McQuiad, Danelle Kabush, Jenny Smith and Jenny Tobin for the women. Jari Kirkland and I are looking forward to sharing a condo with Nico Lebrun and Jenny Tobin in order to get all the good tips. I’m definitely nervous about my fitness level but looking forward to getting the first race under my belt.
I woke up yesterday to clear blue skies and calm water, which would be great every other day in Hawaii, except for a Colorado girl like me, that meant a lot of HEAT. The race started with a 1.5 km swim off Makena Beach. The swim is gorgeous but it didn’t go as well as I had hoped. I’ve now learned that many of the women wear XTERRA Speedsuits when we are not allowed to wear full wetsuits. The Speedsuits help with flotation and reducing drag in the water. I think I need one to help with my swim. That, and LOTS more time in the pool this winter.
Starting with a bad swim makes the rest of the race mentally tough. I felt like I never got my rhythm on the bike and couldn’t really get going. I was fortunate enough to have no mechanicals or flats but it still wasn’t quite enough. I survived the run and crossed the finish line in 15th. Not terrible but a little disappointing. Just that much more motivation to get better at swimming and race better next year.
I want to congratulate Danelle Kabush (2nd place) and Jenny Tobin (7th) on their awesome finishes! These are two moms that ROCK and motivate me!
I had such a good time at the Beaver Creek XTERRA two weeks ago that I somehow convinced Ian to drive back to Utah for the XTERRA Mountain Championships in Snowbasin (where I won the Winter XTERRA Worlds) last weekend.
We arrived in Ogden on Friday afternoon after driving the seven-hour slog scenic route north through some of Colorado and Utah’s lesser known hotspots like Rangely, Dinosaur, Vernal and Roosevelt. How come Rangely never makes any of those magazine ‘best places to live’ lists like Carbondale just did? Continue Reading