Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Easter Bike Ride

Jamis Race Machines!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

First Endurance EFS

When I placed my my recent order of First Endurance products, I was notified of a blog contest they were running. I entered my April 2nd First Endurance post and I won! They've credited my account for some additional product and I'm beyond STOKED to be able to order more! Since my last post I've used the Grape flavored EFS in a race situation for the first time and it was even better than expected. I tried it on a few training rides to be sure I liked the flavor, then at Sea Otter I raced with it in all 4 of my bottles. Friends, let me tell you something, it is DELICIOUS! For real! I love grape flavored EFS, simple as that. I had constant energy and I didn't end up with "post-race-tummy-issues".
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Daily Courier article

The Daily Courier called yesterday for an interview regarding the Whiskey 50, you can the entire article here! I'm super excited to race next weekend. It's such a great event with a Fat Tire Crit on Friday night around downtown with unbelievably excited spectators and the main event on Sunday with spectators everywhere as well!

Julbo at Sea Otter

This is my fourth year wearing Julbo eyewear to Sea Otter! (2011201220132014). For racing this year I've been favoring the Stunt or the Stony but in my haste, I forgot to grab either of those on my exit from my hotel room. Luckily I always have my Bora Bora's for driving and casual wear. They are super comfortable (and look fabulous!) but I was worried about the lenses fogging since they weren't meant for riding. A few minutes into my warm up for short track, I realized they were working perfectly! I raced in them Friday and when I saw a picture of them combined with my helmet I realized it made a groovy combo! So on Saturday I purposefully wore them for the cross country race! Both days there was plentiful sunshine that the Spectron 3 lens handled with ease! I went from racing to visiting sponsors in the Bora Bora's and never had a second thought about functionality or performance.No matter which Julbo frame I wear, I'm always pleased with the result!

Racing short track

Paths crossing!

Yesterday I set out for a training ride on the trails right by my house. At the same time my Dad took my son and my sister's dog for a hike. Without realizing it we chose the same trail so a few minutes into my ride I got to see my sweet boy!

Chance meeting with my boy on the trail mid-ride!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Sea Otter XC and STXC race report

It was a great weekend of racing in Northern California at the Sea Otter Classic. We had perfect temperatures for racing, unlike some of the past years where heat has been a major issue. 
Short Track took place on Friday morning. It was a longer course than last year, laps were close to 5 minutes with a flyover bridge, deep sand corners and plenty of spectators! Despite some very crazy travel (our airplane to Monterey couldn't land so we were sent back to LA to spend 5 hours in a hotel then re-routed to San Jose...) and very little sleep I placed 14th
Saturday's XC race was an hour longer than we normally race. 2 x 17 mile laps. I knew it would take me close to 2.5 hours so I wanted to partition my energy so I could finish strong. I didn't want to lay it  all out there in the first 45 minutes and start going backwards in the field during the second lap. Around 30 minutes in I was stuck behind a train of riders on some climbing single track and I knew I had more, much more. So when it opened up I passed 5 girls all at once! Shortly after I caught another girl and after that I rode mostly alone for the rest of the race. I caught one other girl on the second lap and Erin had a mechanical so I caught her then she passed me back. I kept pushing up every climb hoping it was enough to maintain my position. I rolled across the line in 12th place with a time of 2:33. I felt great after the race and I'm ready to keep the good energy rolling!
I raced my Jamis Dakota D29 Team. A hard tail was the only choice for both races in my opinion. There's essentially nothing technical on the Sea Otter course, just power is needed, so light and stiff is key.  Last year I raced my Geax Mezcals on this course but decided to stick with my Saguaros since some of the climbs seemed a little looser. Am I beginning to sound like a broken record with the Saguaros?! It's true, I love them in every condition! 
I was also concerned how my hands, feet, and seat would handle pressure on them for this extended amount of time racing. I'm thrilled to report that everything I use works great for me no matter the distance or intensity. The Mt. Borah custom chamois combined with the  WTB Silverado saddle was comfortable the entire time, I stood up a few times to give my legs a different workout but never because I needed to relieve pressure from my rear! My custom ESI grips kept my hands happy and my new Gaerne Kobras kept my feet happy! All of my equipment is dialed in so I can focus on the race!
Sea Otter XC

Sea Ottter STXC

Standing next to Melissa R. before the start of XC
XC Start 
STXC Start