|finishing race #1, an extremely hot 5k|
Racing on back to back weekends is always a challenge, both from a recovery standpoint and when considering how to structure your training between efforts. Yet, it goes without saying that Jesse loves a challenge. After all, he did once complete his two fastest Ironmans two weeks apart (Ironman FL and AZ back in 2011).
Since we last talked, Jesse not only completed back-to-back weekend races, but he threw in a third half-marathon the following week. Here are his race reports:
Meet Me Downtown 5k
This night time 5k is one of my favorite SAR races. It takes place in downtown Tucson, and the race ends at a beer garden with an always fun after party. This probably draws people in who would otherwise skip a race that, without exception, seems to be on the hottest day in May. This year, we lucked out with a very cool 93 degrees! In typical triathlete fashion, I rode the 80 mile version of the shootout before resting and attempting to recover for the race that evening. Our informal but awesome LTTC (Lucas Tyler Track Club) has won the team competition the last couple of years, and I was excited to once again be on it! With our two star runners out of the race, there was more pressure on me than I would have liked. The gun went off and I found myself just off the back of the front pack. I looked up the pack and Robert Scribner wasn't that far ahead of me. I could have bridged up and stayed with them, or tried to run a smart race. I decided that they were just bit fast and backed off and ran my own race. This left me solo the entire time, which was not ideal, but I ran a 16:46. I was happy given the heat, and left feeling ready for the next two weekends of races!
Deuces Wild Triathlon Festival - DeuceMan
On June 3, I raced the half ironman at a long standing AZ event, Deuces Wild. We rented a Top Step Training house for the race which was possibly a tad too awesome. In hindsight, I could have been more mentally prepared for the task at hand instead of distracting myself with socialization. Either way, it was great to have Laura, Josh, Sarah and Sarah racing the Olympic, as well as Dan Zamora in the half! I love the vibe at Deuceman, as it feels more like an Xterra or Wildflower than your typical Ironman event. It was also great to know I was in the hands of Trisports.com, who always put on a stellar event. We took off on the swim and immediately James Haycraft and I opened up a gap on the field. Halfway through I convinced him to let me take a pull and we traded pulls all the way home. It is always fun to race with a friend, and I was hoping we could ride in similar fashion. I even tried stalling as I tripped over a giant mat exiting the swim, but my fastest leg in triathlon (T1) proved a bit much and I had a small lead out of transition. The first three quarters of the ride is FAST, and even with lower power I felt like I was flying. Then you turn a corner and realize why: You've basically had a downhill tailwind for the first 38 miles. Turning into an uphill headwind made the last bit of the race feel like a death march. When I began running, I remembered that Sean Anderson warned me that the run course was challenging. I appreciated that, as it somewhat mentally prepared me for the hills, heat and elevation, which in combination made for one of the hardest run courses I've ever set foot on. I was happy to cross the line for the win, in 4:20, just three minutes off of Lewis Elliot's Course Record. Of course this means I'll need to give it another shot next year! All in all it was a fun race experience, and good practice for racing solo.
|Podium with Zamora and James!|
Right after Deuces Wild, we headed up to Durango for our summer traincation. Unlike the past few summers, where we've had a blast moving around between different states and countries, we really wanted to stay put and train hard in one spot this year. At over 6,000 feet elevation, and home to my previous training grounds, Durango was the perfect choice. At Amy's urging, we decided to meet the running scene by jumping into a local half marathon! The last time I ran this one was in 2008. I ran a 1:26 then, and this year I was happy to run a 1:20. I was even more excited for Amy who won the women's race! We took the bus out for this iconic, small town, point to point race. We arrived just in time for a short warm up and panic pee before the gun went off. Amy was running the race more as a progression run, which was smart. I, however, was planning on running with the lead group as long as I could. The first mile was a controlled six minute pace, which proved to be too slow for the leader (who didn't seem to know the mile markers were not accurate). The eventual winner and I decided to stay with him as he blasted the second mile in 5:21. NOT IDEAL. Three miles in, I was in survival mode, and our group was down to two. By mile six, Kyle the winner had a few yards on me, and I couldn't bridge the gap. I was happy to get second, and see some familiar faces at the post race beer and pool party!
|mid panic 5:21 mile|
Now that the races are over, Amy and I are getting settled into training in Durango. It is great to be back on my old stomping grounds with some good old friends around and new friends to be made! I am finally getting used to the altitude, and the dogs seem to appreciate the cooler temperatures as well!
|Run with a view|
|And an Addy|