Yes the Ridley Dean is still for sale but more importantly I realize that a significant amount of time has passed since my last post; ooops! But I have been writing a little…
Where to begin? The season at Tucson wrapped up in mid-April after hosting over 12 camps from January until April. Obviously we were very busy and my blog suffered the consequences. The funny thing about winter for me is that I buckle down with work and training and live in a little bubble for 3-4 months. Well; the bubble is broken and I have been roaming the streets, trails and coasts of several states and a couple of countries. Wrapping up after another great season at TCH in Tucson was bittersweet because I knew that I had a few fun weeks ahead before I start my next adventure (more to come about this).
In April I raced my first race up in Phoenix in the Leadman series. The race was a little last minute because we had a camp going on at The Cycling House but I made it a quick trip. Unfortunately the race was a bit of a cluster. My last minute planning, poor course markers and lace of volunteers made it a training day rather then a race. I started my morning out in Scottsdale and decided to check the start time on the way to the race. I looked at the race start time about 3 weeks ago and between then and now it changed from a 8 am start to a 7 am start. I gripped the wheel of Crusher and accelerated as much as the old VW would let me because it was already 6:30 and I was still 20 minutes away. I had the pedal to the metal and was flying at 75 mph when I realized the majority of the roads were closed for the race. I had to take a very roundabout route to the race start. Parking was difficult and I grabbed my bag and started to run. This made for a really good warm up but left me with no time to prepare so I threw my bag on the ground found a volunteer to pump up my tires and ran to the race start while attempting to put on my wetsuit. I had less then a minute once I entered the water before the gun went off. Making the race was a small victory and I occasionally found myself shaking my head in disbelief that I actually made the start. Unfortunately after the bike I went from 3rd overall to 14th after missing an early turn on the run and adding a couple of extra miles. It made for a good training day despite all the mishaps and I was happy with my overall fitness.
A few weeks later I made the two day drive up to Missoula, Montana for the Grizzly triathlon (Montana World Championships). I arrived on Friday ready to race Saturday; rock star racing! The Grizzly triathlon will always have a special place in my heart but this year my heart was not ready for the A game that some of the other competitors brought. I missed the podium for the first time in several years finishing 4th . Regardless it was great to be back in Missoula for a few days of sleep, trail riding/running, and to hang with friends. Missoula was a really quick trip and after only 4 days their I was on a plane heading back to Arizona. Drew and I picked up my VW (Crusher) in Phoenix and started a one week California road trip to Wildflower. The first stop was San Diego to pick up some surf boards, hang with Drew’s parents, ride bikes and surf. We had a great couple days in San Diego then headed up the coast for Ventura, California. We had an amazing place to stay on the coast just outside of Ventura, California and our days passed quickly with; runs, surfs, rides and lounging. It felt really good to have a few days without routine after 4 months of camps.
Our next stop was San Luis Obispo to pick up a 30 foot RV for the Wildflower Triathlon Festival. This past year I started another branch of The Cycling House called The Racers’ Roost and hosted the first “ultimate racing experience”camp at Ironman Canada. It was a hit and Wildflower was the perfect venue for our second camp. I absolutely love the atmosphere at Wildflower and feel like this race is what triathlons used to be like before the M dot races took over. The weekend has a festival feel and is often times called, “The Woodstock of Triathlon.” Tent camping is typical and the park has over 10,000 people camping every Wildflower weekend. I wanted to offer our clients an easy way to enjoy Wildflower and the atmosphere it has to offer so Chef Drew and I set out to get it done TCH style with an RV. We handled all of the transportation, bedding, tools, Hammer Nutrition fuels, bike builds, food, logistics, etc. and the Roosters’ were able to race with ease!
The food was amazing, the race was great and we had some very good times! In addition to hosting the camp I also raced the long course which is always a challenge. The race did not disappoint and some very warm temperatures had me wishing I was on the sidelines cheering. I finished and logged some more good training and the race provided me with some fuel for the fire for the 2013 season. After the race I pounded some Hammer Nutrition Recoverite and had a few REM caps before bed and it had me recovered and ready to cheer on Sunday. The Roosters’ both raced well with a very solid long course finish and a podium age group finish for the other in the Olympic distance race. A huge congrats to Scott and Judy for their finishes at Wildflower! Please check the website if you are interested in Wildflower 2014.
After Wildflower Drew and I wrapped up the trip with some time in Big Sur, Santa Cruz and San Francisco. The trip was a blast and at the end I jumped on a bird headed for Mallorca Spain for the 3rd annual camp at The Cycling House Mallorca. I will surely have some good tales from the island and upon my return to the states I will make the journey out to the east coast to stay with my girlfriend, Bri. Until then….