ENVE MTB Wheel Review

After extensive training and racing on the their 29er all-mountain rims, it's clear that ENVE stands well above the competition

After training and racing this season on their 29er all-mountain rims, it’s clear that ENVE stands well above the competition

ENVE composites makes some of the most sought after carbon road and mountain bike wheels and components in the bike industry. Unlike their competitors, who predominantly outsource manufacturing to China, all ENVE carbon rims are made in the USA at their headquarters in Ogden, UT. Renowned for quality, dependability and innovation, their products help triathletes and cyclists of all persuasions continually push performance boundaries. Knowing all this, I was floored when I won the  2013 XTERRA ENVE Performer of the Year award. Continue reading

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Rex Wellness Sprint Triathlon

Banner of race bib numbers from dozens of athletes lining the wall at the Rex Wellness gym

Clearly, the Rex Wellness Center in Wakefield is no stranger to endurance athletes

After spinning like crazy in my 34T single chainring mountain bike and getting smoked by a few fast dudes with TT machines at the UNC Wellness Center Sprint last week, I decided to dust off my road triathlon bike for the Rex Wellness Center Sprint Tri in Raleigh, NC. The event is produced by FS Series, a company that offers a fresh alternative to SetUp Events for NC Piedmont multisport athletes. Continue reading

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UNC Super Sprint Triathlon

First road tri in ages! Shared a bit of the off-road experience with fellow racers.

First road tri in ages! Shared a bit of the off-road experience with fellow racers.

Eager to reacquaint myself with the triathlon community as I settle back into North Carolina living, I signed up for a couple of short local races. No pressure, just a fun opportunity to get to know some other locals in the sport. First up was the SetUpEvents UNC Wellness Super Sprint on Sunday, August 10 at the UNC Wellness Center at Meadowmont in Chapel Hill. Continue reading

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Race Day Nutrition

Pancakes, cornbread, and bananas are my go to fuel sources for long bike races. OSMO keep me hydrated.

Pancakes, cornbread, and bananas are my go to fuel sources for long bike races. OSMO keep me hydrated.

Note: This post is cross-posted on the Sport Tracks blog at sporttracks.mobi.

In the middle of spring semester of my sophomore year of college, I signed up for a nearby half-iron distance triathlon held the weekend after final exams.  I managed to squeeze in a good bit of training between coursework and paid work, and felt prepared for a good performance going into race weekend. Having never raced anything longer than an olympic distance triathlon or read anything about fueling for endurance competition, I was ignorant to the paramount importance of a solid race day nutrition plan for optimum performance.

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NC Piedmont Climbing: Pilot Mountain

A stunning landmark and the crown jewel of the Saratown Mountains, Pilot Mountain is the road bike climbing destination in North Carolina's Piedmont region

A stunning landmark and the crown jewel of the Saratown Mountains, Pilot Mountain is the road bike climbing destination in North Carolina’s Piedmont region

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XTERRA Mountain Championship 2014

First time on the professional podium at the XTERRA Mountain Championships; elated with the performance

First time on the professional podium at the XTERRA Mountain Championships; elated with the performance

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.
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Colorado Is For Runners

Wide, flat dirt road with mountain ridges lining the sides of the valley, poofy white coulds under a regal blue sky

Runners heaven just might be Homestake Reservoir Road in Eagle County, CO

 

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.
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Hanging Lake Hike – Glenwood Canyon Colorado

Turquoise lake fed by a several waterfalls, surrounded by tall pines and flanked by several hundred foot rock walls

Hanging Lake is a rare sight to behold

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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XTERRA Beaver Creek: Run Course Preview

Narrow dirt singletrack weaving through a thick aspen glade, white bark of the 30 ft trees glistening in the sun

This is XTERRA

 

 

 

 

 

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

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Colorado Altitude Training: Beaver Creek Mountain

Narrow dusty single track traversing a steep mountain slope, with a pine covered mountain rides in the background underneath a magnificent blue sky

A view from Allies Way trail, heading up towards Beaver Lake

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

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