After a long, hot summer I always look forward to cooler weather, a harvest bounty at the farmers market, and the explosion of fall color. Here are some leaf season shots I took during recent bike ride around Durham and Orange county. Continue reading
The Effetto Mariposa Giustaforza II torque wrench helps me breathe easy after bike assembly and adjustments, especially with all the carbon bits and pieces
Small details matter in mountain bike racing. Racers spend countless hours training their bodies, tweaking their bikes, scrutinizing the course, line selection, tire selection, tire pressure, race strategy, nutrition, on and on.
Small details can make all the difference between a perfectly functional bike and a race ending mechanical. With this in mind, I was thrilled to join Effetto Mariposa’s athlete team in 2014. Continue reading
Top of the stunning Ogden, UT bike course. The playground and proving grounds fortunate locals, ENVE composites bike wizards, and Xterra athletes
The 2014 Xterra off-road triathlon US national championship marked both the end of my season and the beginning of my journey as a professional off-road triathlete. The stunning Ogden, UT area is a worthy venue for the annual event drawing a world-class professional field as well as the best amateur racers from across the country. Continue reading
Posted in Race Reports, XTERRA Off-Road Triathlon
Tagged bike course, Biking, challenging trails, Cycling, Mountain Biking, MTB, Off-Road, off-road triathlon, Ogden, Race Reports, Racing, Snowbasin, summer destination, Swimming, Trail Running, Triathlon, Utah, XTERRA, XTERRA Off-Road Triathlon, XTERRA USA Championship
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
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
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
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
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
Posted in Race Reports, Road Triathlon
Tagged Biking, Cycling, Multisport, Race Reports, Racing, Running, Setup Events, Sprint, Swimming, Triathlon, UNC Healthcare, UNC Wellness
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.
Posted in Gear Reviews, Nutrition, Training
Tagged active hydration, Cycling, fuel, Mountain Biking, race nutrition, Racing, Running, Swimming, training food, Triathlon