- Thanks for the link Mariela! Me and three others went up on sat afternoon. Pretty warm and humid without rain. Not too many people, but enough! We missed theMessage 2 of 3 , Dec 3, 2012View SourceThanks for the link Mariela!Me and three others went up on sat afternoon. Pretty warm and humid without rain. Not too many people, but enough! We missed the half and full marathon people. We did catch the drinking and the annual bike toss. I'm seriously thinking of doing more upper body workouts just to compete in that crazy thing. Also nice was the FELT bike distributor was there were a trailerful of stock hi end bikes to try out. Very sweet…Lots of people from Austin…Kinda of a loud and rowdy night, but still managed to get some decent sleep. The races started late, 9am for the full and 9:45 for the sprint so sleeping in wasn't too much of a problem. Although people started arriving around 7am.Overall atmosphere we pretty laid back and casual. But you shouldn't take that to mean that the course isn't!Eric Henao | email | twitter | facebook | linkedin
The 5k run part was very killer steep baby head rocks. Loose. Multiple hills up and down one after another, like a roller coaster, but at least 100meters each with no level between them. And steep! Total power walking done by me to preserve my breathing/keep it under control.
Since this was my FIRST Mtn Bike race AND race with a Transition area, the whole transition thing was kinda new for me. I was more worried about getting disqualified more than anything else, so just took it slow and easy changing out making sure I did everything I needed to.
The bike part, of 12 miles, starts of pretty killer. The steepest hills are in the first 1/3 of the course, which makes it pretty punishing breathing wise. I dismounted twice to climb some inclines.
The Back 1/3 of the course was MUCH faster with a few tricky decents, but my breathing was regained and I was just holding on with all I got. I was very aware of how weak my shoulder strength is so kept my self under moderate speed on tough decents until I felt more "rested". Then there were other parts where I just plunged down the decent and flew past other riders unsure of the trail. I tell you, having ridden the trail the weekend BEFORE was a HUGE advantage!
Best moment…passing the super decked out high end technical triathlete on the brand new ~$8000 OBERA mtn bike. She was on the side of the trail with some sort of chain/derailure issue. Flying by her on my 8 year old Specialized EPIC was a totally selfindulgent high. "Jenni" my bikes name, performed admirably. Decents felt totally incontrol and we just floated over sand pits. I still believe that my or any mtn bikers ride on such terrain/races is your ability to shift quickly and rapidly/many times. If your not shiftin' your getting passed…
Last 1/3 of the bike brought the return of long steep hills, one which required a dismount to climb. Another section, called the Grind, also dismounted, but because of the conjestion of other riders unable to make it up. I came to another tough section called the Wall, about a 20-30ft steep ravine drop off with a steep incline coming out, Think of it like a Big Steep V. I actually stopped at the beginning top, waited for the people to clear and then just coasted right through and passed about 3 people right at the top as they were catching their breath. Best section was a long stretch near the end where my speed topped out at 21 mph on a long slow decline…total blast!
Rolled into transition area and got ready for second run. Realized I had not changed my watch to bike mode. oh well. Got my self ready and head out to conqure the 5k of hills. Knew i was going to be walking up most of them, so just keep my energy in as much reserve as possible…Still killer tough. Actually had a bit of a thigh cramp/spasm on the hills which was a first for me. I continued on just walking for a bit and it went away, but it left soreness. On top of my legs just feeling devastated at this point, I pushed on realizing at this point that it's all mind over body. With only a short distance at this point and doing a quick "body checkin", I pushed it through. The only thing I kept in the forfront of my mind was foot placement on the rocks so I wouldn't slip.
For the last 100 meters, sprinted in like a mad man with the best running form I could muster!
After race beer, two kegs of two different kinds of Fat Tire, sausage in a tortilla or a vegetarian option, along with chips, crackers and some bagged cookies, all you could eat, with plenty of left overs.
Also available, post race massage! Free from some really AMAZING ladies out in Austin. I've had several sports massages in the past and could immediately tell that this group was very talented and knew what they were doing. Maybe it's because there is such a big tri community in Austin? Dunno but it as great nontheless.
On of my companions, Mandy Walter, placed 2nd in her age division, 39+ age, and another, Fred, place 3rd, 39+ age. Both competed in the SPRINT version. (3k,6mile,3k)
I didn't place, but that wasn't my goal. It was to finish and get an experience of the event and trail. So I can come back next year and kick some dirt!
Over all, fantastic fun experience. Had a great race where I was in a perpetually good mood. Constantly shouting encouragement to other participants was lots of fun, especially seeing their surprise and enjoying their recipicating calls of encouagement back. Definately a good vibe out on the trail.
To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting. - e. e. cummings
- This one is the one about which I cringe thinking. I only did the half marathon trail on Sat but managed to gain the distinction of the only runner in theMessage 3 of 3 , Dec 3, 2012View SourceThis one is the one about which I cringe thinking.
I only did the half marathon trail on Sat but managed to gain the distinction of the only runner in the history of Dirty Du who approached the finish line from different direction ;-) Wanting to break away from group of runners in the, I decided to take off alone but incorrectly read a sign in the last few miles. I was on a different ranch, different route about 1.5 miles away from the finish line.
The last miles were unforgivingly tough and rocky...especially with my choice of footwear.
As I approached the finish line, the music in my head changed from the glorious "Chariot of Fire" to a mere defeating cartoon soundtrack of "Wa..wa...waaa"
Luckily no bruises or major injuries despite...just dented pride that's all ;-)
-AdelaideOn Sun, Dec 2, 2012 at 6:28 PM, mariela_botella <mvbotella@...> wrote: