July 19th, 2014 marked the end of a 52-week journey from top performing amateur triathlete, to long-term infirmed parasite sufferer, to unsure professional triathlete, to professional podium finisher.
When I decided to make a training trip to Colorado, I was most excited about its famed mountain biking. I soon realized it’s also a runners paradise. Sojourning in Avon, CO, I’m just a bike ride away from the perfect trail or dirt road to execute any workout my coach Josiah Middaugh can cook up.
I’ve seen plenty of remarkable sights on my Colorado training trip in preparation for off-road triathlon racing in altitude. However, serious run and bike training isn’t conducive to the unhurried, contemplative mindset needed to fully appreciate such natural beauty. So, with my workouts completed this past weekend, I headed out with my roommate to Glenwood Canyon to hike from the Colorado River up Dead Horse Creek to Hanging Lake.
The XTERRA Mountain Championships takes place in mid-July each year in Avon, CO and the adjacent Beaver Creek Mountain. It was recognized by Triathlete Magazine as having one of the most breathtaking swims in the sport. With the swim taking place at an elevation of 7,400 ft, this should be taken both literally and metaphorically. The 15 mile bike and 10k trail run segments are even more stunning; climbing, descending, and traversing the steep mountain slopes covered in pine, aspen glades, and meadows. While all off-road race courses are subject to change, here is a look at last year’s run course. Rumor has it that the 2014 race will run in the reverse direction, so be on the lookout for news from xterraplanet.com. Continue reading
A short shuttle bus ride from Avon, CO, Beaver Creek Mountain is a stunning resort with enough running and biking trails to delight nature enthusiasts and exhaust the even the fittest of endurance athletes. Continue reading
With some flexibility in my schedule for the summer, I decided to make a trip to Colorado to train at altitude for the first time in anticipation of the XTERRA Mountain and National Championships later this year. Continue reading
Historic and vibrant, downtown Richmond, VA is the perfect locale for XTERRA racing. The (James) River City a hub for entrepreneurs, artists, outdoor enthusiasts, and anyone seeking authenticity and a unique sense of place and community.
The past two years at this race have been very kind to me, with an epic battle with current pro Andy Lee leading to a 11th overall finish in 2012, followed up by a 10th overall finish and overall amateur title in 2013. My good fortune ran out, however, in my first year racing Richmond as a pro. Continue reading
The first ever XTERRA Pro Relay Team Shoot-Out presented by LuckStone is going down this Thursday at noon. In 15 tense and frenetic minutes of action, you’ll get a real sense of the spirit of XTERRA racing. Continue reading
Daniels’ Running Formula stands out in a crowded field of books on running. Detailed, practical, and data-driven, it guides readers through the physiological principles of training and the full spectrum of running intensities. Daniels then proceeds with training plans for novice to elite runners as well as distance specific racing plans for 800 meters to a marathon.