XTERRA Mountain Champs has always been an important race for me being essentially a home race and one to gain confidence from before going back in to a heavy training load leading in to USA and World Champs. Last year I had a very off day and I was determined to not relive that experience. A number of the other guys were not expecting much from me since I had only returned from a couple of races in Europe on Monday preceding the race and they had seen me low in the results in the previous races. The only though for the race was that I had nothing to prove to anyone else, I needed to prove everything to myself.
I positioned myself high on the shore for the start and was able to run a few steps and dove in and got body length on the field at the start. Normally a roadie but venturing into the off road scene Kyle Leto caught up and we swam together through the first lap. Kyle slowly began to gap me on the second lap but I decided to play it a bit safer and maintain my pace rather than push it to stay on his feet since we were at 7500 feet. I was also banking a bit on the coming ride that even though it isn't technical it is much different than the road and I would put time into him even though he is a strong rider.
|That is me to the far left in the 2XU suit.|
|Slim lead up the switch backs over Josiah with Ben closing in.|
|SRM Powerfile from 2013 XTERRA Mountain Champs.|
|Mtn Champs Podium: Cody, Me, Josiah, Ben, Ryan|
XTERRA Mountain Champs Highlight Video
Nitty Gritty Details:Clothing: 2XU Custom Compression Team Kit
Swim: 2XU X:3 Westsuit, 2XU Race Goggles and 2Toms SportsShield.
Bike: Pro Cycling Specialized SW Epic 29, Fast Trak 2.0 @ 23psi Front, Renegade 1.95 @ 27 psi rear with Effetto Mariposa Caffelatex sealant, SRM Rotor 3D+ crank, 38-27 Q-Rings, Sidi Terra, Rudy Project Wingspan helmet and Rudy Project Stratofly w/Multilaser Orange Lens
Run Nutrition: Flask 1st Endurance EFS Liquid Shot