May... Xterra Alabama & BE Beast of the Southeast (Nashville)
Alabama is always a fun time with the whole gang converging on JR's place in Hoover. After the Xterra Vegas incident, I was hesitant in my expectations and just wanted to get a solid race in. I also remembered to bring my wetsuit so wasn't caught out in that bizarre situation. Good swim, solid bike, ok first 5km run, held on for 8th. But I did finish the run actually running so forward progression....Good.
|Always fun Oak Mountain trails|
From Alabama it was a group caravan over to Nashville TN for the inaugural Breakthrough Endurance BEast of the Southeast race weekend, and more wet muddy trails, yeah!! (I live in Tucson = no mud, ever) Craig Evans and company put on a stellar, action packed weekend in which I raced the Super-Sprint Off-Road Tri Friday afternoon (3rd), Olympic Distance Off-Road Tri Saturday morning (4th), Short Track MTB Saturday afternoon (3rd) and Sprint Road Tri Sunday morning (1st). I would not recommend this much racing in one weekend, the body definitely took a beating, but it was fun.
|BigFish super fast neoprene skin ;)|
|Tennessee - Hot & Humid|
June... Xterra Richmond
Duathlon, need I say anymore. There really wasn't an alternative as the James river was truly un-swimmable but really duathlons and I don't tend to get along. I did make up for it and go for swim with my bike halfway through the second lap of the bike (see bike course photo below) and managed to pull out a 7th. Best result of the Xterra series for me, go figure.
|Yes, the water is part of the BIKE course!!|
July... Cedar City Fireroad 100
|Spectacular Utah Scenery (and suffering)|