Ganter, where you at?! -A Catch’em-Up Post

It sure has been a WHILE since my last blog post.  I can’t say that it’s been uneventful.  Or that I didn’t have anything to write about.  As you may have noticed from my Social Media feeds, quite the opposite is true really.  I was crazy busy.  Blogging slipped away, and for that I apologize.

Training to be a “high performance” endurance athlete is, well… hard.  For me, getting in fighting shape is hard enough that once something else (anything else, basically) hits, it’s hard enough to stay the course and complete the training let alone nutrition, rest, equipment upkeep, travel, etc required to do your job properly.  And during the 2016 season I had a lot on my plate.

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Matt Green Photo 2016

Last winter, we decided to remodel our north end cottage.  It was the kind of remodel where you wonder why you didn’t just knock the house down and start from scratch. The kind where you completely refinance (yikes!), build a new building next to your existing house, add a porch, pour patios, build a rental apartment, etc, etc.  You get the drift.  It was a six-month ordeal that hit right during race season.  In fact, the project wrapped up in August.  Just in time for the triathlon season to wind down. -Ha!

There was a lot on my plate in addition to training.  Physically and mentally.  I used to think I was invincible when I worked a bazillion hour work week and still raced at the top end of the amateur triathlon ranks. But as a professional I’ve realized that the faster I want (need) to go, the harder the training.  For me, that doesn’t allow room for much else.  And if I take on a new project, something else has got to give. During the 2016 season, it was web presence (among other things).  I had to streamline to a nearly Instagram-only engagement format.

Well that was handy, since I managed to not completely embarrass myself on the race course, and even step on the podium a few times.  Instagram is great to keep connected, but it isn’t quite rewarding to me creatively.  I have a desire to create art.  I don’t desire to be prolific, I just like to produce things I can be proud of.  Pots, sculptures, songs, videos, designs, etc.  In college, I studied chemistry and mathematics, but as electives I studied music, sculpture, guitar, as well as film & video production.  These remained important creative outlets, but I just didn’t know how to really make them jive with my athletic career.

Until now.

In this age of engagement, I see video (herein referred to as “film”) as a creative medium and to highlight my supporters.  That’s the way endurance sports marketing is evolving.  It’s time for some more entertaining and interesting content that takes people places and maybe even inspires. So for now, I’ll use filmmaking as a tool to convey those ideas and stories under my 10Ten brand umbrella.

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I plan to use my own experiences as a starting point.  But my ultimate desire would be capture and convey adventures of others.  I have ideas on how to do this, that would be unique and perhaps unexpected in the endurance sports space.  Of course, I’ll let it evolve organically as I do with just about everything in my life… but I have ideas about how to eventually bring a fresh perspective to the endurance sports experience.  And I can’t wait to bring those ideas to life.

For now, I’m in the early stages of (re)learning the nuts and bolts since a lot has changed in the last 17 years.  It’s been a rewarding learning experience so far, and I expect that to continue.  I’ve become so re-invigorated that I wake up at night with ideas.  I’m also brimming with new questions.  That’s a passion and creativity that’s been dormant for some time.  And until I get a pottery wheel and kiln, you’ll have to deal with my freshman year of filmmaking.

For now, heres a teaser from my winter cross-training montage coming soon:

I’ll have a lot of announcements to make in the coming weeks.  My 2017 racing schedule, partnership announcements, product highlights, and sponsor contests!  Thanks for sticking around, it’s going to be an amazing year!

-Chris

Cover: Scott Conover Photography 2016

Maxxis!

New to my team this year, I’ll be racing exclusively on Maxxis Tires!  Racing from deserts of Las Vegas to the forests of England has taught me (the hard way) that the right tire selection can make the difference between being in the race and on the ground.  So, I’m really looking forward to traveling with an arsenal of tires to choose from in order to maximize my chances of staying upright in all conditions.

In addition to manufacturing Automotive and ATV tires, Maxxis offers a huge selection of bicycle tires for us to choose from.  (Twenty six at last I counted!) Needless to say, there is a Maxxis mountain bike tire suitable for any condition, any wheel size, any riding style!  -Including fat bikes!

Take a quick look at their Bike Technology Page to learn about sidewall & puncture protection, Tubeless Ready Systems, and tire construction.

This year I plan to try some new tread patterns, but below are a few of the staples I will race on for the majority of my MTB and XTERRA racing.  These models and more can be found at George’s Cycles/G-Fit Studio in Boise.

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PACE

Pace

“A high-volume, low-profile tread design offers minimal rolling resistance and consistent traction across the profile of the tire.Continuous side knobs keep you planted where traction is critical, and the single compound balances traction and tread wear.”

Ikon

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IKON

“The Ikon is for true racers looking for a true lightweight race tire. With 3C Triple Compound Technology, high-volume casing and a fast rolling tread design, the Ikon provides exemplary performance in all riding conditions. As its name suggests, the Ikon represents all that is true in racing.”

Beaver

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Beaver

“Specially designed for racing in adverse conditions, the Beaver features a tread design ideal for wet and muddy conditions.”

Ardent Race

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Ardent Race

“The Ardent Race tire from Maxxis is ideally suited for technical XC race courses and endurance-length events. With its medium-height tread, the Ardent Race bridges the gap between the XC-oriented Ikon and the trail-oriented Ardent. The center knobs are ramped to reduce rolling resistance, and the side knobs are angled and stepped to provide great biting traction in corners. Choose the Ardent Race for your next demanding XC race or epic trail ride.”

ROLF PRIMA!

New for 2016, I’m proud to be joining the Rolf Prima Wheel Systems family! Rolf Prima has been hand building wheel sets in Eugene Oregon since 1997.  Rolf will be my title sponsor and has included me in their newly created Elite MTB/CX team for 2016! It’s no secret that the bike is the key to achievement in off-road triathlon.  So for that reason (and because I just LOVE bike racing) I’ll be racing mountain bike and cyclocross much more in 2016 than ever before.  In addition to developing my bike leg(s) for triathlon, it will allow me to showcase new mountain bike products on the national mountain bike circuit as well as in the triathlon space.

Most triathletes know Rolf Prima for their amazing road wheel sets including the Aeres and Vigor families of wheels and discs.  But, building on their signature paired-spoke and differential flange hub technologies, Rolf has launched exciting new mountain bike wheel sets!  Take a look and link to Rolf’s website below!

I’ll be racing on the no-compromises carbon fiber Alsea XC racing wheel set:

Alsea (I believe it’s pronounced Al-see, like the waterfall)

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For my off-road training and exploration, I plan to use the Ralos alloy wheel set:

Ralos: 

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I will also be training (and occasionally racing) on the time-tested Vigor alloy road wheel set.  It’s stiff, light and most importantly wind cheating.  The paired spoke design and intermediate profile cut through cross winds like butta.  This was my first set of wheels when I started in triathlon back in 2003.  I have a lot of fond memories flying through Buck’s County on the Vigor, so I’m excited to be on them again.

Vigor:

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