Photo from Vail Mountaineer
I had almost forgotten that I raced in the second race of the Pedal Power Snowshoe Series last weekend – the Pazzo’s Holiday 10K in Eagle-Vail. Ian convinced me to race so I convinced Jess to join me so I had some company for the ride to the Vail Valley.
Due to the winter storm that moved in the night before, both the highway and the course were exciting. I have raced this race many times even about twelve years ago when it was a night race. The course has never been the same twice which is something I love about Pedal Power’s races. These are not groomed races. They are on singletrack and have long stretches of untracked powder. 10K took me an hour and fifteen minutes…and I won the women’s race. I think mile 4 took me almost 20 minutes due to the steep climbing through plenty of fresh snow.
I had not been on snowshoes for two years since I didn’t do any racing last year while pregnant. The fast women arrived – Anita Ortiz, Lisa Isom, Mia Stockdale – so my goal was top three and to run well not leaving anything out on the course. I managed to pull away in the first few minutes and finished the the race running scared that one of these ladies would catch me at some point. Surprising myself with more fitness than I realized I had back at this point, I finished the race feeling strong and had a blast!
Please see the Vail Mountaineer for a story and more photos (page 5, 18 & 21) as well as the Pedal Power site for complete results.
Saturday was yet another beautiful Colorado day and a great day for racing. The Pedal Power races typically start a little later in the day which gives the day some time to warm up especially above 10,000 feet. We arrived with plenty of time to get my gear set up in the transition area and get out for a quick warm-up on the bike.
We started with a 5k snowshoe on 75% singletrack which was very enjoyable especially on my Atlas race shoes. I settled into my pace with Lisa Isom close behind all the way into the bike transition. I transitioned well and got out on the bike course and quickly realized my tire pressure was not perfect. The back end of my bike was fishtailing and often sinking into the groomed nordic trail. I was running about 10psi in some tubeless Maxxis Crossmark 2.3’s, which felt fine on my practice ride, but as soon as the groomed trail got a little chewed up during the race, they were terrible. Lisa rode past me looking like I was standing still and continued a great ride to eventually put over three minutes on me by the time we got to T2. I was unable to catch Lisa in the skate but I still had a great race and felt like I raced strong and definitely had a lot of fun.
Juniper, Ian and I enjoyed some sledding, sun and good food while the results were organized. Lisa got me by about 3 minutes while Mike Kloser posted the fastest skate ski of the day to pass Travis Macy. Stephen White made up lots of time in the bike and skate to move into 3rd. Results are posted here with all the splits.
Mike Kloser finishing the snowshoe leg.
I wore my helmet on the run to help keep my transition onto the bike as fast as possible.
Heading out on the bike.
Lots more photos here thanks to my great support team – Ian & Juniper!
More rando racing this weekend at the COSMIC Crested Butte race. In the meantime, I’ll be getting out on my bike training and trying to get the tire pressure dialed to hopefully defend my title at the XTERRA Winter World Champs in March.
I’ve been competing in multi-sport races of all kinds for the past several years but I’ve never done a true winter triathlon. So, the whole family is headed up to Tennessee Pass tomorrow so I can race the 2nd Annual Pedal Power Winter Triathlon. It’s a 5k snowshoe, a 10K bike (on packed snow trails) and then an 8K skate ski. It sounds like there’ll be some good competition for me including Olmypian Rebecca Dessault and Xterra pro Lisa Isom. I haven’t been on my bike since December in Abu Dhabi and I’ve only been skate skiing a few times this season, so I don’t have high expections for a win; I’m just hoping to race strong.
Most of all, this will be great training for the upcoming Xterra Winter World Championships, where I’m going to try and defend my title this March. Adam Chase has a nice story about last year’s race in this month’s issue of Running Times. Click the image on the right to read the article. Or better yet, buy the March issue of Running Times on your local newstand. It’s a great magazine.