After a successful season at The Cycling House I was eager to hit the race scene and test my endurance limits. In 2014 I decided not to race triathlon and have some fun adventures and race a couple of ultra marathons. For 2015 I wanted to race a blend of triathlon, mountain biking and ultra running. Basically I wanted to jump into whatever felt fun.
Upon my return to Missoula, Montana from Tucson I jumped into the Montana World Championships; Grizzly triathlon. Unfortunately after a long drive the sprint distance triathlon is usually a role of the dice for me. I had a solid swim despite a lack of swim training, flat bike and decent run. In the end I finished 7th, I can’t lie I was disappointed, but motivated never the less.
I returned to Mallorca, Spain with The Cycling House for my 4th tour. I was lucky enough to jump into my first draft legal olympic distance triathlon. I had a blast racing the draft legal format! We logged some big miles in Mallorca and my love affair with the island continued to grow. I returned to Montana fit and ready for a big block of training to get me ready for Ironman Coeur D’Alene. I jumped into the Pengally Double Dip trail half marathon, which features thirteen miles of Missoula trails with nearly 3,000′ of climbing. The race included a solid Missoula ultra running crowd and I was able to snag 4th place and 4 minutes off the winning time. I learned that my downhill running needs some work!
After a decent block of training I made another European trip working The Cycling House’s inaugural trip in Provence, France. Mount Ventoux is a beast and the cycling in Provence is challenging, world class and beautiful. After hopping back over the pond less than a week out from Ironman Coeur D’Alene I was feeling decent although rumors of a 106 degree race day loomed.
Ironman is always a roll of the dice, sometimes the dice roll completely off the table. The race was hot! My splits on the run reflect the difficulty that I ran into out on the course. After experiencing chills my body stopped sweating despite temperatures approaching 105 degrees. I had to take an hour or so intermission mid marathon to get my body temperature down and attempt to finish. While contemplating the race under an aide station tent I decided sometimes the race really is just finishing, it was not going to be a personal best, podium finish or anything special but pride and determination got me to the finish line. I was not disappointed with my race but I was eager for another endurance challenge. Up next will be a 60 kilometer ultramarathon in Cascade mountains of Washington.
I leave you with a video from an epic study that I participated in back in 2007 with The University of Montana exercise science department.