April: After a leg opener at a road cycling race at the Air Force Academy I started off at Xterra West Championship in Las Vegas as the first important race of the year. Had and excellent swim and was riding great when the worse happened, flatted on the bike while I was in 3rd. I had to run a tube in the back tire due to a mechanical from pre-riding in the days prior to the race. Of course that tube flatted and my spare flatted as well. Will Kelsay save my day/race/season giving me a tube and air 15min later. Got going and raced as hard as I could and managed to work my way back up to 10th, never give up!
|The ridge home stretch in Vegas|
May: Did a little sprint tri in Denver to hopefully take my title back at after not racing last year but didn't have quite the fitness and lagged on the run and finished 4th. Later that month had a nice road trip to Waco, Texas with Will for Xterra South Central Championships. I again had a great swim, but my legs just weren't there on the bike and I lost time and places. A lack of a base on the run hit me yet again and I dropped a few more it wasn't horrible but not quite what I was hoping finishing in 7th.
|Twisting bridge in Waco.|
June: In early May I got a surprise email from Xterra asking if I wanted to go to Brazil for the first ever Xterra Amazon in Manaus. That was an easy yes and it was an amazing experience. I will post a long race report that I had written up in the near future. Overall the race was good, fun and interesting swim, hard hot and humid bike and a tortuous run by the end and finished 5th. For all the suffering I wouldn't trade the experience for anything in the world. The following week I got to see the last of my best girlfriends from high school get married, another experience I wouldn't miss. I followed that up with a trip to Richmond for Xterra East Champs. I had a solid race with a good swim, an okay bike but a very nice run that really put a spring in my step and confidence that I just need to push harder and finished 6th. The following weekend I headed to Utah for the Dinoland Triathlon again and defended my title there getting my first win of the year.
|Diving in to the piranha infested Amazon|
July: The month of July was all built around one race that just about every Xterra athlete guns for because we are just about all from Colorado we all want to do well at Xterra Mountain Champs in Beaver Creek. Things had really gone well in training and all I could hope was that everything would come together for this race. I had great swim and came out of the water first a good sign and just hoped things continued on that path. Out on the bike I held the lead through the majority and came into transition in a fight for 2nd with Seth Wealing and Josiah Middaugh and we were trailing Nico Lebrun by only about 30 seconds. I ran well but Seth was on top of his game and Josiah's fitness was a bit better than mine so I finished a very respectable 4th. I have never been so sore after a race though and it wasn't until a massage 4 nights later that had me in the fetal position that everything finally got worked out.
|Podium Xterra Mtn-Me 4th, Josiah 3rd, Nico 1st, Seth 2nd, Cody 5th|
|Mom (Black Top) and Dad (#236) Xterra Lory Champs!|
|BC Riding-wood plank bridges|
|Dan and I chasing after Conrad|