I have had great results at Mountain Champs through the years and headed in with a plan to go at least one step higher this year. The swim was two loops in Nottingham Lake in Avon, I started strong to get out of the riff-raff then settled in to a good pace not wanting to push to hard since we were swimming at an elevation of 7500 feet. Once I settled in I was not going as hard as I wanted but couldn’t push any harder and an odd thing as well is I felt that I couldn’t breath. I stayed on the feet of Craig and Conrad through the first lap and felt a bit better toward the end and tried to take the lead only to have Craig surge back in front. I had nothing to respond and slid back into his draft for the second lap and exited just behind.
|Chasing the sea level guy out of the water, hmmm means one thing, Craig is on fire! (XTERRA)|
|Pacing Henestrosa up to the road. (XTERRA)|
|Through the trees sucking wind (XTERRA)|
|Descent to Finish (STG)|
|SRM Powerfile from XTERRA Mountain Champs|
|Headed to the steep section (STG)|
|In to the Finish (STG)|
With two and a half months till USA Champs there is a lot to be worked out and get the things that aren’t clicking worked out so I can be firing on all cylinders. I am in a tight battle in the points series with Craig, David and Will for the 3rd - 6th spots. I have made some adjustments to my schedule for the remainder of the year and this will be an all XTERRA year as I will not be doing any of the road triathlons as originally planned. I will be back racing in about 3 weeks for XTERRA Mexico and hope I will be able to perform at the level I am fully capable of that will be followed up with XTERRA Canada.
Thanks to Stumbling Toward Greatness (STG) and XTERRA for the photos
Nitty Gritty Details:Clothing: 2XU Compression Tri Singlet, 2XU Compression Tri Short
Swim: 2XU Velocity V:2 Westsuit 2XU Comp goggles and 2Toms SportsShield.
Bike: Pro Cycling Specialized S-Works Epic 29, 2.0" Fastrak @ 24.5 psi on the front and 1.95" Renegade at 29psi on the rear, Effetto Mariposa Caffelatex sealant 80ml in each wheel, SRM Rotor 3D+ crank 40-27 Q-Rings, Sidi Terra, Ergon HX2 glove and GS1 Grip. Rudy Project Windmax helmet and Rudy Project Noyz Fluo Pink w/Lazer Blue Lens.
Bike Nutrition: 2-20oz bottles of First Endurance EFS Grape and 2 gels.
Run: Colorado Running Company Inov-8 X-Talon 212 with 2Toms BlisterShield and Rudy Project Noyz Fluo Pink w/Lazer Blue Lens