Xterra Triathlon 2006 is History!


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Xterra Triathlon 2006 is History!

What a magical day up at Incline Village, NV. This was my 2nd time racing in the Xterra Triathlon and I can't wait for 2007! This race is all about the mountain bike ride (22 miles - about 18 of it uphill starting at 6,500 feet!).

This year my training partner and good buddy Brad Reynolds did the race as well. Last year an illness kept him from competing but not from bringing his son and Zed out to watch. This year we drove up together, sans kids, and gave it our all.

I kicked butt over my last year's time. Took off a whopping 27 minutes and and felt so much stronger throughout. I came in at 4:16:25 vs. last year's time of 4:43.34.

Everything about this race is 'the badest, the roughest, the this, the that'. It's an exercise in marketing superlatives. We were standing on the shore about a minute before the start and the announcer, Kahuna Bob, comes over the PA system. "268 of the roughest and toughest athletes are one minute away from XTERRA 2006!"

My thought was one of panic. 268 racers? I'm some dude out here for a fun race -- shouldn't there be at least 2,000 other guys like me? 268? WHAT THE HECK AM I DOING HERE? Too late, 10, 9, 8, 7 ...

Lake Tahoe was a lot calmer this year which made for a great opening to the race. I came out of the water (1/2 mile swim), shed the wetsuit while running the 1/4 mile to the transition area (T1), changed into my bike wear and was into the bike race at 25:07.

This bike ride is for real. It's the part of the race where all the superlatives are justified. It leaves Incline Village on a paved road and after a mile or so you meet your destiny: Tunnel Road. It's a 3-mile incline that takes you up to just over 8,000 feet elevation. The air is thin and the hill is steep and sandy. Then you ride the infamous Flume Trail, The Rim Trail, and then head back down Tunnel Road back into Incline Village. By the time I finished the bike ride, transitioned into running gear (T2), and made it onto the running course, the clock was reading 3:44:06 and I was beat.

That bike ride kicks your butt into several directions at one time. Legs pulsing, arms asleep from that final bumpy descent of Tunnel Road, and lungs begging for oxygen. I wanted to lay down with my bike and recover, but there was no time. That would come 1/2 hour later!

The run is a very scenic 5K (3.1 miles) over some logs, creeks, and rocks. I willed myself to not stop running no matter how badly I thought I needed to. I made it! Did a 10:07/mile pace and that's about as good as it gets for this 44-year old non-runner. I can bike and swim until the sun goes down but running has to be a part of your life from the beginning, and it hasn't been.

I came in with a big smile -- especially when I saw the clock and realized I was really ahead of my 2005 time. There is one picture that was taken the second I saw the clock, I can tell by my face.

Swim - T1 = 29:08
Bike - T2 = 3:31:52
Run = 37:34

Swim - T1 = 25:07
Bike - T2 = 3:19:56
Run = 31:22

Next year I swear my finish time will start with a '3' - I'm working hard and I'll make it.

Here are a few pictures from the race:


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