The month (or two) that was …

November 4th, 2011 by

As I’ve admitted, my blogging has been at best, poor over the past couple of months, but that’s not to say that I don’t have anything to blog about. Quite the opposite – it’s probably been the most busy and fun 60 days I’ve been lucky enough to have because of triathlon! I thought I would do a post mostly of pictures with some quick captions to cover some of the period …

Racing along the Pacific Coast Highway during the Malibu Triathlon on Sept 18th – for the relatively ‘boring’ concept of an out and back – its one of the nicest I’ve raced; the waves crashing and the surfers running to catch them is kinda cool I think.

The ‘Big Thompson’ ride in Boulder is quite the famous ride. I actually only did it the once during my 2 month stay up in the mountains, but it sure was a stunning route to ride and probably one of my all time favourites.

Race briefing the day before, at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Las Vegas, Sept 10th. This was the first and who knows, maybe the only time that our entire team were or will be racing at the same event.

Running down (the steep!) hill during the LA Tri on Sept 25th – bang smack in the middle of downtown LA, which I thought was really pretty cool – not even just the race course was closed off, but all the cross streets also. It was also the first time in a very long time that I felt I actually ran the entire run leg of a triathlon and was pleased with how I went – a 33.30 10k for me is getting close to as good as I can go, and I was pleased with my 5th place that day.

Riding during the LA Tri … I – ironicaly for me – ended up ‘out of the race’ early door due to an uncharacteristically por swim. I had to chase quite hard during the early miles of the point to point bike. – Sounds easy, but these are often the hardest as you simply have to sit in the TT position and get no break for corners, slight hills etc. I caught Stuart Hayes (GBR) and Filip Ospaly (CZE) around half way on route to a 57min 40k bike.

I had just finished the Mauna Lani 10K fun run on the grounds of the resort, sponsored by K Swiss…. I’m here with fellow team mate Matt Lieto and our K Swiss Marketing contact, Ben Harper. It was a fun and relaxed evening run, but quite hard given Joe Gambles and I had not long finihsed a tough 5hr ride along the Queen K.

The sunsets are pretty special on Kona. – This was one Joe and I watched in the company of a couple beers about 5 days out from his race just off of the famed Ali’i Drive, at mile 5 on the run course. – He moved out of the Mauna Lani the week prior to be closer to race site, just to make things easier logistically, and I stayed there a few nights too.

Joe and I at the Vegas 70.3 race briefing on Sept 10th. I was pleased to be there … in June there was no chance I thought I could qualify for the World Championships.

Finally …. me out on the Queen K Highway watching the World Ironman Championships with our Trek mechanic Mark Andrews (centre) and a fellow athlete Jesse Thomas. It was great fun to get out onto the course and see the race unfold.

Thanks to Rich Cruse, Ramon Serrano and Kevin Koresky for their various images in this post.