Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Laugh, Celebrate, Live , Love
Wear frivolous clothes.
remember to blog more than 5 times a year.
Here is a photo album from our friends Pam and Juan of our trip to Maui and Xterra Worlds 2009/
Here is a link to my next adventure in 2010. www.transandeschallenge.com Thanks to Rebecca Rusch for inviting me to partner her. Thanks to Trek bikes for supporting my going.
Prior to our adventure to the Andes, I am racing the Colorado snowshoe championships, Jan 16 (never say never) I am lucky enough to be on the red feather snowshoe racing team, www.redfeather.com, and have been using their fantastic snowshoes ( The Vapor and the Race 100) this winter. The Vapor are light and fast to run in, the Race 100's have more float for powder and deep snow.
Happy New Year everyone. Here's to 2010.
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Bad Gastein Falls, super neat.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Where are we?
WELL, Brandyn and I are eating I mean racing our way through Germany and Austria. We started in Denver airport with a canceled flight and were ugraded to Business class for the trans atlantic flight. Um.. the way to travel! So enjoyed it, was even a bit reluctant to sleep.
Munich, Dresden then Zittau, saw us in the far east corner of Germany right along side Poland and Czech. Sans our bikes, but no worries, Ina, Benno and the crew at Xterra Germany looked after us, and we where treated to an amazing, event, organised and professional , with a grassroots freindly atmosphere.
Our bikes came and so did Saturday with XTERRA Germany. A great race, I was 6th, Bran 11th. Pretty good for travel and not seeing the bike course. Then the party. Fun.
Sunday we caught the train to Dresden, as it turned out for brunch and some sightseeing.
This week has been quite a bit of travel. Its funny, in some ways I am experienced w/ travel, but I'm realising that its always so much easier when you've done something once before. Hence the relaxed attitude with this trip. My goal is to enjoy it and should I be lucky enough to do it again next year, then it will be so much easier and more focused on the races. For now, I'm like, relax, go with the flow and have fun.
We visited with Ken, Sandi and Colin in their new home Hopfen am see. Stunning, and great to see them and to ride.
8 1/2 hour train ride through the alps to Klagenfurt Austria, sees us in Klopernisee, with the 'Brits' Jim, Sam Garder, Paul Davies, Renata Bucher - well she's swiss- at Pension Agnes. Looking forward to an amazing race at teh European Championships. The swim at sunset the other night was one of the events of my life.
Who would have thought I'd ever be swimming in Austria??? as a professional um.. swimmer.. well triathlete.
Brian. He is going to Brazil for XTERRA Brazil.on Tuesday. Hopefully I still have husband when I get home. Last night I dreamed he wanted to retire so we could have a garden. Weird. Gunnison has a 90 day growing period.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
July is a little like xmas and birthdays rolled together and better:
1. Its not butt ass cold ( I know bad language on my blog!)
2. Has 4th of July weekend which as we live in the best place on earth in July means we have fun friends to visit and play.
6. The lake is warm and I love swimming there.
8. I start to feel fit in July.
July has the Tour de France too, so much quality TV. Sad and glad that it finished today. Less TV.. is a good thing. My plan to stretch and strength while the tour was on wasn't always carried out. More like coffee in the morning and falling asleep on the couch at night.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
But I thought tonight deserves a mention. On the way home from pre-riding the Beaver creek XTERRA course in Vail, and hot on the heels of an amazing few weeks with alot of amazing friends, Brian killed his first ever ELK.
It wasn't his fault - it lept from the side hill as we where driving up Monarch mountain pass and onto our bonnet and windsheild. All I remember is thinking Elk.. as bang.. the car fills w/ smoke, and airbags deployed. Are you ok.. yep, me? yep, ... Max? lets turn the car off.
As you can imagine .. chaos ensued but everything worked out and we are in Mountain motel in Salida waiting to be towed to Gunnison tomorrow.
On the eve of our 9th year wedding anniversery.. perspective..people you care about all really all that matter!
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Brian, Brandyn Roark Gray and I are leading rides at the festival. Join us for the riding, celebrating and racing.
the Crested Butte 40 is on Sat 27th.. limited to 100 riders. Now would be a good time to sign up!
Monday, June 8, 2009
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The Massanutten Hoo Haa, Kenda cup was held over the weekend. Kristi has raved about this race and as one of her favorites and I wanted in. Also its just fun to be in the East Coast MTB scene, see Jeff Schalk, Jeremiah, Sue and everyone. The course was so fun, alot of built trails some just finished last thursday, Rocky, muddy, rideable technical, hard as hell it turns out.
Wow.I had a hard race, one of those days, where all things come together and result in feeling like utter cow pattie poo. I even had a headache. and I wanted to both pull out or walk. But only on the climb as soon as I got to the top.. whoo hoo.. .. Massanutten Yee haa... too much fun..
So I dragged my sorry ass around and up the 2nd lap climb, and thought about how last week I could do no wrong.
In contrast Sue Haywood won the double XC closely with Cheryl Sorenson ( a Trek team mate I met for the first time.. what a cool lady.. tough!) and Sue won the Super D too. Good stuff!.
Brian raced in the Teva games, a flat tire put him out in the MTB event, then he stepped it up in the 10k trail running event, finishing a very respectable 11th in what is one of the US's most hotly contested running events.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009
Post dinner, it started to rain a bit.....
Then it started to rain allot ( completely pouring down) , along with the rain came thunder and lightening.
He worked into such a state that there was no way to calm him down. And after hours of this I realised there was no way I was getting any sleep - not with neurosis hell of a dog sharing the same space.
4am in the morning, the dog goes back to the back of the van and starts circling. I realise too late whats about to happen, I fly to sitting up and call Max .. NO.. as he explodes diarrhea everywhere... he reacts by runnig up to the front seat, spreading it everywhere.. everywhere.. I open the door yell ..OUT.. and sit in shock and horror at what just happened.
Did I mention its 4am and pouring rain. Crap!
Without breathing too deeply.. try to decide what to do now? .. in the dog's defense he comes over and looks at me with such fear and shame, I almost melt and forgive then and there.
Andrew, race organiser.. yeah.. no swim.Jen, and Jen.. pre race.
I quite like starting on dry -ish land
This pic is a bit close up for comfort .. but it is funny as it was muddy!
I slept with him on the bed last night, During the night, decided he can sleep on the bed any night. I love the dog.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Brian, I and Brandyn.
We drove East, stopping in Boulder on route to hwy 80 and Chicago, and meeting Brian. Nebraska/Iowa/ Illinois.. quite pretty, spring and green... and it was a long way!
Post Chicago we drove to Battle creek Michigan for the Midwest championship Xterra. Fast, fun, flatter trails made for a great triathlon. Nice swim, fast bike, enjoyable run. Race morning we where met with 30 degree temps and ice.. but race conditions where basically perfect. I rode into 2nd and finished 5th. Brian ran into 7th.
Solid races. The Xterra competition on the US scene this year is awesome. Top 5 in Michigan all finished top 6 at Worlds last year.
We stayed with Andrea and Brett in Michigan, and their two husky dogs. Great hosts and a really neat couple.
Post race Brian and I visited Ann Arbor for a day, it was really fun, student town, stayed next to a Trader Joes ( made me very happy) and we went downtown Monday evening to Arbor Brewing company ( made Brian very happy). Was a good time, lively town, relaxed.
Tuesday was another story. I dropped Brian in Detriot and drove all day through Ohio/Kentucky/Tennessee untill 11pm that night. Ugh.
Wednesday saw Max and I arriving in Alabama to Oak mountain. Love it here. Great venue and state park. To say I was wrecked is an understatement, couldn't ride my bike on the trails.. too much effort!
I met my host family for the weekend Jenny, Corbin, Cassie and Gauge. A good nights sleep and a new person with my name emerged on Thursday.
The Southeast Xterra was held yesterday and I had a solid race to finish 6th. I had good legs a good bike and improved run.
Xterra's are tough, today I am once again wrecked! So heading East toward Atlanta and north to visit Brian's sister in Gastonia, North Carolina. Next up is the ACE off road triathlon West Virginia this weekend. Apparently its quite the party. 1 1/2 miles downriver swim/ 7 mile run/ and 12 mile bike. Kristi of Dirtbean and I are going to camp and experience some West Virginia racing scene. I can't wait it has been a long time since I've raced in WV.
What a good life! Brian is in Gunnison, racing the Sage burner 25k trail race yesterday, which he won, and the half growler MTB race today. He was 2nd on his single speed.