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!
As the snow starts falling here in Colorado tonight, I can’t wait for the warm weather and beaches of Maui at the XTERRA World Championships this weekend.
Of course, packing for a race like this is NOT something I look forward to. This is my first XTERRA Worlds, but as they say in the West, it’s not my first rodeo. I’ve packed my bike and gear on airplanes for dozens of races over the years.
Here’s how I’ve found is the best way to pack my bike in a hard case for a flight:
- Remove both wheel and skewers
- Take off the pedals
- Remove the seatpost
- Reduce tire pressure
- Remove handlebars and stem
- Remove deraileur hanger (with derailuer attached)
Place your wheels in disc up and then add the foam padding. Weigh your box and check the weight limit on your airline’s website to see how heavy your box can be. Add as much other gear as you can (shoes, helmet, race food, etc). DON’T put you CO2 canisters in the box (best to buy them at your race destination if you can).
Here’s what I’m bringing to Maui: my Giant Anthem Advanced bike, my Giro Ionos helmet, lots of GU Energy Gel packets, a Hydrapak Gelbot that holds water and GU, Nike cycling shoes and Nike trail racing flats-both with SOLE Custom Footbeds inside, my SixSixOne gloves, extra tubes, Squirt chain lube, a Blackburn pump and a couple of tools.
Tags: XTERRAWorld Championships, Giant Anthem, GU, Giro, SOLE Footbeds
On Thursday, Juniper and I are leaving for Maui for the XTERRA World Championships. My good friend Pam is also coming along to watch Juniper while I’m racing…Ian has to stay home and work 😦
I’ve been training as much as possible, swimming in the Hot Springs Pool, riding and running whenever I can. I’ve also been watching some training videos like this one from XTERRA World Champion, Melanie McQuaid.
It’s funny though, none of the videos I’ve found suggest chopping wood to train for XTERRA:
Hopefully, this will be my secret weapon for the race!