So far so good! The race energy is roaring as everyone gears up for the season. Yesterday marked my third race attempt at Escape from Ft. Desoto. As my first EVER triathlon, this event holds some special memories. It's also the first race I won the right to get #1!! I did decent the first time, won the overall last year and ALMOST won again yesterday. In a Sprint, every second counts, so losing by 60 seconds or so is rough! The event is very well organized and flawlessly executed. Thanks to all of the great volunteers who support triathlon events, you certainly don't get the recognztion you've earned! All in all, despite 3 months of various lower leg injuries, I managed to give it my all. Sadly, a few good friends couldn't even compete due to illness and injury (I shed a tear for you). I always remind myself how lucky I am to even have the opportunity to excel in this sport. The local scene brings some amazing talent, which means from time to time...we all get our slice of humble pie. As far as a race recap....it was a sprint. We drank a few cups of salt water, sat on our bikes for a few minutes and ran out of breath for a bit....enough said:) Fortunately for me, I'm sitting on my couch, just recieved a painful yet necessary massage and am reflecting on a great weekend of training. Todays bike in San Antonio, Fl with Jon Noland and friends...was absolutely epic. My advice for anyone who wants to get faster is....train with the fastest people you know. !!Fort Desoto Results!! A serious thanks to Flying Fish Bikes for all of the continued support! The next 3 weekends, I'll be racing...so stay tuned for more race reports!
I'd like to keep this short and sweet so here is something that has been on my mind for the last 3 minutes. For any athlete who spends time trying to get faster on their bike, spend some time and money on a quality bike fit. There are loads of local bike shops to get the accomplished, obviously I suggest working with Joel at Flying Fish. I say that because I've come across a large number of athletes (4 to be exact), which really isn't that large but still deserves mention. ANYWAY, if you're spending a large amount of money on a bike, training and nutrition, why wouldn't you optimize all of your energy exertion? I've ridden by tons of people should seriously watch a video of their knee movement as they pedal. It's supposed to be straight up and down, not look like you're trying to do a jig at 17 mph. Next time you're riding, look down...if your knee is doing a figure 8 or moving all around like it's on crack, you're creating a future problem. Finally, kissing the front wheel isn't necessary, that's way being too aero doesn't make any sense when it compromises power production. The bottom line is, if you're putting in quality time to get faster, optimize your effort and make sure you're set up with the proper geometry by a well known bike fit specialist!
By the way, that new movie "Oblivion" looks awesome...Damn that Tom Cruise for being an awesome actor. Seriously, if you don't like Minority Report, your imagination and sense of awesomeness needs some work! BOOM!