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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Colorado Altitude Training: Red and White Mountain Ascent

OPEN 29er mtb resting on red rocks, blue sky with some white clouds

Near the summit of Red and White Mtn in Eagle County Colorado, Sawatch range in the distance

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

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Race Report: XTERRA East Championship 2014

Fifteen pro XTERRA athletes posing for a group photo in the XTERRA race vilage on a rainy day with RVA downtown in the skyline

Good times in RVA at the first ever XTERRA pro relay – photo by Jesse Peters

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

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Race Preview: XTERRA RVA Pro Relay Team Shoot-Out 6/12/2014

15 professional xterra racers, arranged into five teams

The line up for the first ever XTERRA pro relay this Thursday ahead of the East championship race on Sunday

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

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Book Review: Daniels’ Running Formula

daniels_running_formulaDaniels’ 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.

Click here for my full post over at SportTracks.

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