Monday, October 31, 2011

End of Season Bike Blowout!!!

Blue Comp Cycle 2010 Triad SL TT Bike $4000
-Size Medium (54cm) 5'6"-5'10"
-SRAM Red Build Kit
-Carbon BB30 FSA Cranks
-Aerus Carbon TT base bar and extensions
-Reynolds training wheels

Blue Comp Cycle 2011 AC1 SL Aero Road Bike $5500
-Size Medium (54cm) 5'7"-6'0"
-SRAM Red build kit with TRP Super Light brakes
-Zipp 404 Tubular Wheels
-Aerus Carbon and Alu Super Light Stem

Blue Comp Cycle 2009 XC1 Hardtail Mountain Bike $2400
-Size Medium (18") 5'6"-5'11"
-SRAM XO build kit with gripshift
-Fox Vanilla Float Air 4" front shock
-Truvativ Stylo Cranks
-Mavic Crossride Wheels
-Avid Juicy Carbon disc brakes

Intense Cycles 2009 Spider Dual Suspension Mountain Bike $2400
-Size Medium (18") 5'7"-6'0"
-4" Front and Rear suspension
-SRAM XO/X9 Build Kit with gripshift
-Truvativ Carbon Crank
-Avid Juicy 7 Disc Brakes
-RockShox Reba World Cup Front Shock with lockout and Manitou 3Way Air Rear Shock
-Easton carbon bar and EA90 stem
-Easton XCOne superlight wheels

Having coffee and bagel post swim at Paul's Pay and Take cafe/bar

After Pan Ams I headed straight up to Flagstaff, Arizona to get some altitude prep in for the Guatape World Cup. Guatape is at roughly 6200ft so training in Flag at 7000ft has been a perfect prep.

Having never been to Arizona to train, Simon put me in contact with local legend Paul Brinkman who takes care of all new comer triathletes to Flagstaff. Paul picked me up in Phoenix and gave me the tour through Sedona on the way up to Flag (including Sedona's inappropriate rock formation).

I then settled into my awesome homestay with Ryan just outside of town but next to the trail network. The training is so awesome up here. There are endless trails and runners to run with, a great six days a week masters swim group and fantastic safe riding. If I had a mountain or cross bike there would be endless riding as well.

Fellow ITUer's Gavin Noble and Jens Toft have been up here prepping as well as well as Torsten Abel getting ready for I'm Arizona; so lots of people to hang out and train with.

It has been great to train in a new place and meet a fantastic group of people guaranteeing I will be back.
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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Pan Ams Bronze done, up next Guatape Colombia World Cup and last race of the season

After a really strong prep and a good rest I felt really strong and confident in my run going into Pan Ams. I was a little flat the first 5km two weeks earlier in Hualtulco but two hard bike run workouts and a track session later I had my leg speed back.

Pan Ams was a big race in that winning would guarantee Canada an Olympic spot. With no Olympic points available it was Medal or nothing and ideally Gold.

It was also a strategic race as the Americans and us are competing for the final country spots at the Olympics. So the pressure was on and the race was a very tactical one keeping an eye on the Americans as well as the other countries vying for the Olympic spot on the line.

I had a good swim in the 29C water and got out in the lead group of five on the bike. We tried to stay away but with no Americans in the group they chased hard from behind to catch up and it was a group of 25 by the end of the first lap of six. We then played a cat and mouse game with the Americans and Brazilians with multiple break attempts but no one wanting to get away we entered transition as a large group. The last few turns in were very technical so after the Americans drilled the 1km stretch before I jumped into the corners hard and got in and out of T2 with a five second gap. I then focused on the leg speed I had been working on and put down a 2:50min first km in order to force a break and see who wanted to go for it. I separated myself and was only joined by Huerta of USA and Colucci of Brasil. My planned worked as we then ran together for 6km and built a gap on the rest of the field. I did small surges regularly through corners and aid stations to test there strength. At almost 6k I surged out of the 180 turn and up the slight incline and then Huerta came over top even harder and he and Colucci gapped me by 15m. I reeled them back in to 10m or so but couldn't finish the close. I ran the next 2k just behind them and then with a km to go the started challenging each other and the 35C heat started wearing on me and I just focused on pushing hard to the finish and holding the Bronze medal.

Though I was one spot lower then the Rio Pan Am games four years ago, this Bronze medal means so much more after all the hard work this year to get back in shape.
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