Blueseventy!

I’m proud to announce that I have extended my partnership with blueseventy!  In 2016, I will again be racing exclusively in blueseventy‘s Helix Wetsuits and  PZ3TX Swimskin.  My swim has been steadily improving with hard work, dedication and support from blueseventy.  In 2015 I had my best swim finishes in my professional career.  So I’m stoked to again swim in products that are the choice of “…olympic champions, world champions, and the fastest swimmers and triathletes…”.

I posted this picture last year, but it’s still the case: If you know me, you know with my “exceptional” natural buoyancy (or lack thereof) I can walk on the bottom of the diving well.  But this is what happens in a Helix wetsuit:

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You can actually see my heels!  Not only is that an advantage for me, but it swims like a sleeveless, and swims FAST!  So, yes this suit was helped TREMENDOUSLY when the swims were wetsuit-legal.

I’m proud to support a company that makes products that leave me no excuses.  I have to work HARD because I know people are working just as hard to make sure the swimwear will do it’s part.  Part of blue seventy’s mission is “to make products that enhance the experience of swimming for everyone who wears blueseventy.”  From my experiences last year, I’m confident that these products do enhance my swimming experience and triathlon experience.  Having on more than one occasion, been jazzed up to be right in the mix with the top triathletes in the world coming out of the water.

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I’m proud and honored to continue my relationship with blueseventy.  I will be showcasing their products through the Xterra America Pan-American Tour, as well as in the Pacific Northwest in conjunction with Boise’s blueseventy retailer TriTown Boise.  We will be partnering on events such as the XTERRA/Off-Road Triathlon Clinics, weekly open water swims, and events based around local triathlons. Please check in with my website, and with TriTown’s Event Calendar for details as we go!

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Of Altitude and Attitude

(An XTERRA Mountain Championships Race Report)

I have diverse interests.

I’m a scientist.  But I’m also an artist.  I like physics.  But I like to make pottery.  I like to work scientific with instruments.   But I also I like to play musical instruments.

So I have a healthy inner conflict about data.

And what makes me an artist, surfer, musician, should naturally makes me ambivalent about data.  In fact, I don’t like “paralysis by analysis”.  There are just so many things in life that can’t be boiled down to numbers.  Regardless, I generally like data.  I was trained as an Analytical Chemist.  So I’ve generated mountains of data in the lab.  I’ve used it to help make millions of dollars worth of decisions.  Data helps me come to conclusions and make important decisions.

Luckily, instead of generating “mountains of data” I now I generate “data on mountains”!

I’ll get to the data later, but this brings me to this month’s XTERRA Mountain Championships at Beaver Creek, Colorado.

Basically, I had a bad race.

I’ve bitched and moaned before about my woes of racing at higher altitudes.  But last year, I had an “outlier” performance (to use a light data term.)  In an attempt to gain some more points in the US Points Series, I trained right through the Mountain Championships and ended up walking away with my best placement of the year.  In fact, it was my first pro paycheck!  So, understandably, despite knowing that I don’t perform at my best at higher altitudes,  I was OK with going back.

This year though, I had two 3rd place finishes and a 4th coming into Colorado.  The US Points Series only takes your best 3 of 4 Regional Championship races (West, SE, East, Mountain) and the US Championship.  So from a purely points-series standpoint, I didn’t even have to race.  But, as a Professional, the real goal is to make money.  And I feel like I belong racing the guys at the front.  So I decided to race.  It wasn’t even a question.

However, the lead-up to this race was not ideal.  We had record temperatures in Boise (109F, 43C), so I took an impromptu trip to San Diego to escape.  If you know me, I don’t travel all that well and my fitness is highly dependent on my ability to put in uninterrupted training.  Also, I committed to trying to do 2 weeks at higher altitude ahead of the race, which took me up to Sun Valley at 6,000′, back to Boise at 2,700′ and out to Colorado.  When I got to Colorado, turns out I lost my housing.  So I had to scramble to find places to sleep.  First air bnb, then at a friend’s new home at almost 9,000′ above sea level (OUCH) and then at a homestay.  I developed bad altitude sickness while at 9,000′ and really never recovered until a few days after arriving home in Boise.

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All in all, I took an expensive, lonely, and frustrating sight-seeing trip to Colorado and felt sick the whole time.  I did get to connect with some great people.  But I owe pretty much everyone an apology because I was feeling miserable.  My body was all kinds of confused, screwed up or feeling sick for about three weeks straight.

In the last two days before the race though, I was finally settled in at a homestay around 6,000′ elevation.  My body started to feel a bit better and even perform better.  So despite still feeling a bit sick, I was now optimistic.  On race morning, my legs felt good on my warmups.  I felt I had weathered the storm so-to-speak and was thinking I was ready mentally to “giv’er” and have a ripper of a race.

The swim at the XTERRA Mountain Championships was reversed this year, swimming counter-clockwise around Nottingham Lake at over 7,000′ elevation.  The start was cramped and I was relegated to the 2nd line.  …not where I wanted to be.  Still, I got out strong and settled into race rhythm a bit early knowing high altitude is not where you want to over-bake a swim start.  Once in rhythm, I accidentally started pulling to the right a bit, caused by putting my head low to get my hips up.  It popped me off the back of my pack and I had to correct before the 1st buoy.  I put more power into every stroke after the buoy and found myself on Chris Foster’s feet with someone just beyond him.

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I felt like we weren’t swimming fast/hard enough so I made multiple attempts to pass, but once out of the draft I didn’t have enough sustained power to get around.  After trying to pass a few more times at buoys, I felt like the best strategy was to just keep swimming as efficiently as I could.  I sat on with these two swimmers and prepared to destroy the bike leg to get as deep into the race as possible.

After two laps, we hit the beach and I noticed it was Ryan Ignatz with Chris and I.  I was pretty stoked at this point since Ryan is from Boulder and had out-swam me by a significant margin in past years here.  Progress.  The three of us came out of T1 simultaneously.  Unfortunately for me, I forgot to secure my cycling shoes to my crank and they flopped all around erratically as I tried to mount.  With the uphill grass mounting area, I lost momentum and had to dismount and run a bit as Ryan and Chris rolled away.

I quickly got going and pushed hard with my feet out of the shoes to catch back up.  I got back to Chris and put my shoes on at full speed.  Ryan had about a 20 yard gap on us by the time we started to climb.  I remembered how last year on the early part of the climb, I felt very good.  This year I was sucking wind.  My breathing was audible as I pushed hard to get to Ryan.  I passed Chris and another athlete, and then Chris Legh.

Soon after, however, Chris Foster and the other athlete re-passed me.  The gap to Ryan was not growing, so I settled in behind these two on the early part of the climb.  According to my bike computer, the course climbs steadily for 1,900′ total, from 7,100′ to 9,000′ elevation.  So basically, it’s a big-ass climb where you get significantly less oxygen as you go. 🙂

It’s not a technical climb at all.  It’s a fitness test.   And speaking of fitness, I was impressed with Chris Foster’s preparation.  He was climbing very well.  He asked if I wanted to pass him and I just told him that if/when I can, I will.  I was struggling to get enough air.

But about 15-20 minutes into the climb, my breathing relaxed a bit and my legs started to feel better.  I passed the two riders in front of me and pulled away steadily.  I was excited that my body seemed to start working suddenly.  There was hope that I could make some headway!  Turns out, I didn’t catch anyone but Brendan Rakita, who unfortunately had suffered a flat.

In fact, despite “feeling” better, my power was the same on the first half and last half of the climb.  This is just more confirmation that the way I feel and the way I perform are two separate things.  Nevertheless, I “felt” good and was racing hard.  I came into T2 in 8th place, disappointed but ready to put in a run into the money.

That is, until I started running…

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Last year, my run performance was propped up by the fact that the run was reversed.  There was a lot of running on long, shallow climbs broken up by short, steep descents.  For me, this is a recipe for fast running at altitude.  I can just get into a rhythm and suffer at a sustainable level, using my efficiency for speed.  However, like two years ago, the course was clockwise this time.  This meant brutally steep hills and shallow descents.  The shallow descents are a minor issue.  I’m not as efficient running down hill as I am on flats and moderate climbs.   But steep climbs just take lots of power and high VO2 max. Unfortunately, it proved too much for me this year.  I ran my body into such oxygen debt that I got light headed and fell.  I actually fell off the trail on a straightaway trying to “recover” from the uphill efforts.

To add insult to this, for the first time in two years I was reduced to a shuffle at points.  And it wasn’t by choice.  My body shut down.  My mind got cloudy.  Alarm bells went off.

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Now, I’m a decent runner.  I also consider myself mentally tough.  E.g., I came off the bike in 7th place one month earlier at XTERRA East Championships.  There, I ran into 4th place in oppressive heat and humidity, with the fastest run of the day.

And despite not being able to stay upright or think straight, I pushed myself to run.  And when Chris Legh caught me on a downhill, my instinct was to get on his shoulder. To show him I’m not going anywhere without a fight.  But reality hit hard when we started going up a steep jeep road.  I popped again and he ran away.  It was a long and mentally painful run to the top of the 2nd climb and stumbling back down the mountain to the finish.

I’m not sure I’m happy with how I handled my poor performance.  This was the first time in a race this season that I was truly unhappy with my performance as it was happening.  I physically couldn’t run as fast as I wanted and needed to.  Unfortunately, looking back I think it showed in my attitude.  And for that I’m not proud.  At the finish line someone said “great performance!” and I said something to the effect of “No, it wasn’t”.

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Which was technically true.  However, I should have just said “thanks”.  So if that was anyone reading this, I apologize.  I’m going through a learning curve.  Just like learning to finish well gracefully, I have to learn how to take a lickin’ gracefully as well.  So I’m taking away that I need to just put my emotions aside a bit and realize that we don’t always “knock it out of the park”.

I ended up getting 9th overall, 9th pro.  Results can be found here.

No paycheck.  Lots of travel bills, and three weeks of time invested, two of which at high altitudes.

When looking at my performance vs. 2015, I simply had a bad race. Compared to myself and compared to the competition, I swam about the same (maybe a bit better that the preceding year), but then I rode poorly, and then ran even worse.  Ugh!

I’ve got a lot of work to do to right that ship.  But I don’t think it was my overall fitness at play in Colorado this year.  It was a less-than-perfect preparation.  I’m going to need to stay in a good rhythm of training going into the next stop of the XTERRA US Tour when we hit the US Championship in Ogden Utah on September 19th if I want better results.

I’ve heard it mentioned a few times that this course is a good analog for the Nationals in Ogden, Utah.  I don’t completely agree.  For one, the run course at Ogden is at 6,000′.  That’s high up, but it’s lower than even the swim in Colorado.  The run has a few short pitches, but it doesn’t have two massive 2-mile steep climbs.

Also, the bike course is significantly different in a few ways.  Not only does it start and end at altitudes (4,500′ and ends at 6,000′) both lower than the lowest point on the Beaver Creek course, but it’s comprised of two distinct climbs.  The lower climb is gradual, with a technical descent afterwards.  The top climb is slightly steeper and tops out at 6,500′ before a long descent to T2.  Still lower than the swim in Beaver Creek.   So no, they’re not similar courses.  People from more moderate altitudes can actually compete with Coloradans there.  I don’t get altitude sickness in Ogden which sits at 4,000′, so that’s a start right there.  Living at high altitude is an advantage that many people can’t afford.  I’m fortunate that Boise sits at a modest altitude while having a low cost of living.   This lets me have a good quality of life, while building good fitness on awesome terrain.

Speaking of fitness… an interesting insight into my current fitness was an uphill time trial I did 5 days after the race in Colorado.  I climbed the aptly named “Hard Guy” trail here in Boise at TT effort. (For reference, this was my third workout of the day, so I was not at all “fresh” just as in Colorado)  But I used the exact same everything in terms of equipment and nutrition.  Unlike Utah, the Hard Guy climb is a good analogy for the climb in Beaver Creek.  They are both about 4.4 miles with 1,900′ of continuous climbing.  The biggest difference is that this one starts at 3,500′ and ends at 5,400′ elevation.  (Beaver Creek climbs from 7,100′ to 9,000′ according to my altimeter)  When you live at 2,700′, that’s significant difference.  How significant?  Well, I said I don’t mind data… so let’s look at some simple data:

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That’s a difference of 56 Watts average, and 1.2 mph on a VERY similar climb.  To put it into perspective, (ignoring that I didn’t know where the segment actually started) I was about a minute off of Nico Lebrun’s KOM and half a minute off of Michael Tobin.  Both XTERRA World Champions.

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Now, that was when they were climbing with two other athletes.  And I wasn’t there.  So, I don’t know how hard (or not hard) they were going.  All I have to go by is the data.  And in a town of serious mountain bikers, no one has beaten those times.  On the most popular climb.  (The QOM is Kristin Armstrong, BTW)

But KOM’s and comparisons aside.  I’m as fit as I’ve ever been in my life, and climbing well in Boise.  And certainly better than I did at higher altitude five days earlier.  And I have every reason to believe I’ll go faster in Utah than I ever have.   I believe in hard work.  I’ve been putting in very hard work on a consistent basis, all year long, and steadily getting better.

If only there were a way to tell if you were getting steadily better…

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So Strava has it’s uses.  (Downhill it’s kinda dangerous, uphill it’s proving fairly useful!) My recent fitness on this particular test piece was over a minute faster than the preceding month.  Over three minutes faster than May, and over five minutes faster than my best effort last year.

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But I’ve hit a slump in terms of results.  It happens.  I’ve watched other athletes go through the same thing for various reasons.  It could caused by anything from too much air travel, to plain bad luck.  And it will pass.

“Do what you ought, come what may”.

Right now, what has come is a slump and I’m continuing try my best to do what needs to be done, regardless.

When you hit a slump, it’s important to be thankful for those who see you through thick and thin and support what you do.  I wouldn’t be in such a great position this year (3rd Overall in the XTERRA US Pro Tour) without the guidance of my coach Paulo Sousa.  Also, I owe a HUGE thanks to my title sponsor Equal Earth.  Thanks to my sponsors and supporters: Champion System, Blue Seventy, First Endurance, G-Fit Studio Boise and TriTown Boise for putting me in the best equipment to do my job!

Up next is XTERRA Portland on August 8th.  If you’re in the Pacific Northwest, please come out and race!  In addition to an awesome XTERRA, there’s also a MTB race and trail running races!

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(Just Barely) A XTERRA Southeast Championship Race Report

Phew!  It sure was a short three weeks between the XTERRA Western Championships and the Southeastern Championships.  But in those three weeks, I was able to put some really good “hay in the barn”.  In fact, all indicators are continuing to creep in the right direction.  Good thing too, because after my first XTERRA podium (3rd) in Las Vegas, I was no longer “flying under the radar” as had been mentioned a few times since Vegas.

I was really stoked to be interviewed by XTERRA shortly after the race. What a great opportunity to start a dialogue with my fellow XTERRA warriors!  Since that interview, I’ve had nothing but fantastic interactions and support from my XTERRA family.  It’s added a whole new dimension and depth to my XTERRA experience.  -Just awesome.  I look forward to building on these friendships!

Flying under the radar.  That was never my intention.  But it definitely brought up the question of how I was going to manage “pressure” to perform in pre-race discussions.  Totally fair.  I’m confident in the work I’ve done and the fitness I’ve worked hard to build.  But you just never really know how things will go until you are put in the situation, do you?

To add to any uncertainty, there were some new variables thrown into the second race of the XTERRA US Pro Tour.  Kiwis Braden Currie and Olly Shaw had come over to spend our Summer in the US and give us an always welcome dose of international talent.  They had come off of some really impressive results in the XTERRA Asia-Pacific tour during their summer.  So I knew they would be in the mix for sure.

While the preparations and travel to my race in Vegas went smoothly, the same was not the case for the Southeastern Championships.  A bit like last year, it seems like almost every little thing was “off” and I was having some trouble getting into the frame of mind to race.  I was going through the motions and getting my prep done, but at times I was not quite looking forward to racing.

Sometimes lots of small things are going in the wrong direction, and it’s easy to get down or negative.  Like pulling your old speed suit out only to find it to be ripped way down the front.

But there was literally one moment when I had to stop and remind myself…

Life will always throw curveballs.

And my attitude is what matters.

I told myself that I was here to do a job and I needed to get it done.  From then on, I had the frame of mind to do the job regardless of how I felt about what was happening.  So, for example… I sewed my old speed suit back together:

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Don’t worry, a new blueseventy PZ4TX swimskin is now here as of press time! Yeah!

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Check out the 2015 Blueseventy PZ4TX Swimskin!

Oak Mountain State Park is amazing.  The park is full of beautiful old-growth deciduous forest.  The trails are top notch.  There’s a bit of everything for everyone.  But the attributes that make them amazing are also what make them so difficult. This bike course seems to want to destroy people. I did manage to break my hand and knock myself out on this course in 2013. In the days before the race, people were crashing left and right just leisurely pre-riding it.  Including myself.  I pretty much shoulder-tackled an old-growth oak.  The oak totally won.  Luckily, I didn’t break anything.  And it didn’t affect my ability to swim later that day.  I actually swam pretty well.  Go figure. Maybe I should keep crashing until I can swim in the front pack.

Anyway… race morning came quickly and I rolled smoothly through my typical routine.  The weather was beautiful for a triathlon.  Calm water, mild temperatures and a non-wetsuit swim.  The first half of the trails were wet and slippery, the last portion was bone dry and sandy.  Bizarre.  It was like a storm hit half of the park.

For once, instead of giving you the 1st-person play-by-play… I’ll spare you the details.  It’s not that there wasn’t exciting racing, carnage, race tactics, and serious suffering going down.  There sure were.  But something interesting happened to me that hasn’t happened in a long time.

The race just flew by.

I was on auto-pilot.

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Don’t get me wrong though, I remember in vivid detail every moment of the race. I made decisions, I executed. But it just flew by.  It’s really weird.  And hard to explain.  One example I can give is that I went through the most technical section, called “Blood Rock”.  I could see in my periphery that there were numerous spectators lining the trail, but I didn’t hear anything.  Not just absence of cheering, but I didn’t hear my bike, my breathing, anything.  It was absolutely silent to me.  -So weird.  I have no idea if anyone was cheering, but I saw people all around, and I saw the rocks, the terrain… but it was like tunnel vision. Maybe they were just bored and disappointed that I didn’t crash…

I felt like each portion of the race was ending quickly.  This is really cool and also really strange at the same time.  I think the reason is that I’ve started to really focus. I’ve noticed in my workouts that I don’t delay between tasks or intervals.  I also don’t extrapolate my mind to the next interval, or workout, or next day, or next week… etc.  I’ve started to be able to focus better on what I’m doing and just move to the next task.

So I think what happened in the race is that I focused so well that I tuned out distractions and this made time seemingly fly by.  Call it the “flow state” or whatever.  Regardless, it was neat.

In the end, I was in a race.  I swam strong although not as fast I’d like.  I rode through everyone in front of me with the exception of Craig, Josiah and Braden.  I ran Craig down and finished 3rd.  I do remember an unusual amount of suffering during the run.  Looking back, it was a bit embarrassing.  Allison Moore said I sounded like I was about to give birth. Yikes. But I’ll take the embarrassment if it means I can be in the hunt for a podium spot!

I finished in “3rd”!

IMG_0838The same position as the last race in the series.  Consistency.

And this time I knew what to do with my hands:

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I got to stand on the podium with Josiah Middaugh TWICE!  How cool is that!? What an honor.  After the race, I got to spend some time with Josiah, his brother Yaro, and Brad Zoller.  They are great people and a riot to get “peanut busta parr-fats” with.

I was stoked to use my brand spankin’ new custom Champion System Triathlon apex tri suit as well as podium shirt for this race!  I’m extremely greatful for their support this year, and for making such sweet products.  Please check out www.champsys.com where you can design your own incredible apparel and “#beyourownbrand”!

Anyway, with two 3rd place finishes… one would think that puts me in 3rd overall in the series, but WRONG!  Since there were two different winners, I’m in 2nd!  Ha!

XTERRA Pro Tour Point Standings as of May 2015

XTERRA Pro Tour Point Standings as of May 2015

This is great.  I’m going to have to work my butt off to stay there by the end of the season.  But I’m up for it.  In fact, since it took me 2.5 weeks to post this race report… I’ve already been putting in significant work towards just that!

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Post workout fetal postion. Nothing a milkshake couldn’t cure!

Speaking of “significant work”… a few people in Alabama still insisted “you have to be doing something differently this year…”  I assure you that I’m doing the same things I was doing last year.  I’m just trying to do them consistently and better each time.  But yes, compared to two years ago, I’m doing everything a bit differently.  It’s just that no one cared last year. 🙂  It obviously starts with my coach and squad.  I’m trying to be better on all fronts: from focus, simplifying, season planning, equipment choices, executing workouts, better nutrition periodization, surrounding myself with supporters, marginalizing negativity and negative people, etc…

I’m trying to do everything better than I did yesterday.

If you’re a fan of #TheTriathlonSquad (which I hope you are!) then you can sort of piece together specific workouts, etc.  But you won’t learn how to be a better athlete from “so and so’s favorite bike workout”, or even “my typical training week” on some forum.  More importantly, there’s an underlying theme if you look at each of the squad’s blogs or interviews, etc. The most important thing (in my opinion) is our/Paulo’s shared work ethic.  It goes by a few terms, including:  “LEED” (Live Excellence Every Day), and #DYJ (Do Your Job).

It’s a job.  Before telling a professional triathlete that they are working too hard… ask yourself if you’d tell a medical student that they are studying too hard to become a neurosurgeon.

“You’re practicing too hard to become 1st chair violin!” -Said no one, ever.

Triathlon is a job (or a hobby) that you choose to do.  Or choose not to do.

There’s no “sacrifice” of “having a normal life” involved.  This is your “normal life”.  I recently watched a terrific interview with Gwen Jorgensen on witsup.com, where she corrected the interviewer when addressing the subject.  There’s a brief moment when she was quick to say that we don’t make sacrifices to do our job.  We choose to invest in our careers.

So if you decide to move abroad, or choose train so hard that you are periodically really fatigued… that’s required investment in your career goals.  Repeat after me: “This is the life I have chosen.”  Just like pulling an “all-nighter” or working weekends when a deadline approaches.

#DYJ.

Long winded, I know.  And I don’t mean it to be “high-horse” sounding.  But it kept coming up.  So, that’s what I’m doing differently.  It starts with believing in Coach Paulo’s training.  Then, I do my job on my end. Paulo does his job with an impressive level of professionalism, so I strive to match his level.  And it’s moving my career in the direction I want.  -Awesome!

But wait Chris!!!  You have to “have fun”!  You have to “be happy”!  Well yeah.  But “happiness” and “fun” can mean different things to different people.  Working a field can bring a farmer happiness and satisfaction, even though it’s not easy work.

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There are a lot of my competitors out there working very hard with a high level professionalism.  I think about that every day. I admire them.  I want to race them.  I want to compete with them.  That’s what makes me happy.  The hard work required to do so is fun for me.  It helps that I ride a mountain bike, because that truly is “fun”.  I love working hard with athletes that are much better than I am.  That’s fun and rewarding at the end of the day.

I’ve digressed (again) but this time around I’ve been thinking about a lot more than a race or a specific result.

Mostly, I think I have had a training-induced lack of creativity!  I pledge a much more entertaining blog post next month!

Next up is the XTERRA Eastern Championships in Richmond Virginia on June 14th.  Being originally from Pennsylvania, this is as close to a “home town” course as I get on the pro tour.  Having won a Duathlon National Championship and coming in a close 2nd in the Duathlon Off-Road Nationals both in the “RVA”, I have an affection for that town!  Even if the XTERRA course there is a bit, well… interesting.  The swim is especially bizarre with a crazy zig-zag down, up, across, up, across, down and back across the James River.

On that topic, here’s brief side-note:

I’m looking forward to clear instructions before the pro swim this year.  Last year I obviously did not get the memo about being able to start WAY up river and also unaware that a critical buoy was “optional” and got crushed by 5 minutes in a 1000m swim!  I’ll point you to last year’s blog post  since I’m tempted to launch into a full-on rant about fair play and clean sport.  …that I just deleted. -ha!  I’m happy to explain my position on this and many other topics in painful depth and detail …in person.  For now, I’m working hard to let my performances speak for me!

That, and I’ll have someone videotape the swim. 😉

Looking forward to Richmond and the 2nd half of the XTERRA season in the Northern Hemisphere!

See you in the dirt!

Photo: Xterra 2015

Photo: Xterra 2015

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Welcome blueseventy!

I’m proud to announce a new partnership with blueseventy!  Starting in 2015, I will be racing exclusively in blueseventy‘s newly updated 2015 Helix Wetsuits and  PZ3TX Swimskin.  I’ve been putting in very hard work to improve my swim.  So I’m really excited to swim in products that are the choice of “…olympic champions, world champions, and the fastest swimmers and triathletes…”.

Blue Seventy

If you know me, you know with my “exceptional” natural buoyancy, I can walk on the bottom of the diving well.  But this is what happens in a Helix wetsuit:

F895E761-23E5-4697-8E68-64A900C01EBDYou can actually see my heels!  Not only is that an advantage for me, but it swims like a sleeveless, and swims FAST!  So, yes I’m excited to compete in this suit.  I’m putting in hard work on my swim with no excuses.  So I’m proud to support a company that makes products that leave me no excuses.  Part of blue seventy’s mission is “to make products that enhance the experience of swimming for everyone who wears blueseventy.”  From my initial experiences, I’m very confident that these products do enhance my swimming experience, and that’s exciting.

I’m proud and honored to start a relationship with blueseventy.  I will be showcasing their products nation-wide through the Xterra America Pro Tour, as well as in the Pacific Northwest in conjunction with Boise’s blueseventy retailer TriTown Boise.  And as an added bonus, I’ll be able to look almost as cool as Guy Crawford this season! 😉

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