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.
Juniper's not sure how she feels about the early snow either.
I woke up yesterday to winter. It was raining when I went to bed but in the morning we had at least six inches of snow in the backyard and temperatures were in the teens.
This is a tough transition. On the one hand I need to be paddling, running and riding to train for the Abu Dhabi adventure race in little over a month. But with snow on the ground and everyone buzzing about the ski season, I’m also getting fired up for the rando racing season.
I’ve got some ambitious goals for this winter:
Pretty soon the road to our house will have enough snow on it for a quick tour to the mailbox and back on my SkiTrabs. Juniper and I really enjoyed skiing the 3 miles to the bottom of the hill and then skinning home last winter. It’s great training to pull the Chariot and the kiddo back home and I’m getting psyched to get back on it.
Also, I want to congratulate the rest of Team Nike on their finish at the Adventure Racing World Championships. Mike Kloser, Monique Merrill, Chris Forne & Gordon Walker raced through extreme heat, sand dunes and rivers with no water to finish 2nd at Ecomotion. Great job!
Finally, check out some sweet photos from last years Abu Dhabi race by Dan Campbell here.