Rocky Knob Bike Park

Rocky Knob might be the most progressive bike park in NC. There is something to challenge and delight everyone.

Rocky Knob might be the most progressive bike park in NC. There is something to challenge and thrill riders of all skill levels.

For any mountain biker in or passing through the Boone, NC area,  Rocky Knob Bike Park is a can’t miss experience. Continue reading

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Biking in Boone

Pictures and words can't encapsulate the majesty and grandeur of Western North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains

Pictures and words can’t encapsulate the majesty and grandeur of Western North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains

They say you don’t count the days in the mountains, but I’m clinging on to them for dear life. Some very generous family members are letting me stay in their cabin near Boone, NC for a few weeks. I’m dividing my days between education consulting work with an unbeatable view, and lung searing training leading up the XTERRA USA National Championship. Continue reading

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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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