Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Ready to Withdraw...Race Time
I was inspired on Monday watching the QC Criterium bike race. Local rider Jeff Bradley placed 16th of over 80 riders who began the pro race. Jeff has really helped my biking the past few years with indoor workouts, hills repeats, and group rides. Jeff is a former Tour de France rider and Seven Eleven pro who was an alternate on the 84' Olympic team. Even at age 51 he was still able to compete with kids half his age in a stacked field. It was awesome to see him race so well and it inspired me to believe that anything is possible...at any age.
This past week I've been riding my 1998 LeMond Alpe D'huez road bike because the crank on my Shiv broke and it was sent off to Zipp for a replacement. I'm not sure if the replacement will arrive in time for the Pigman Sprint but I know the guys at Healthy Habits will have something for me to make the race happen because as much as I've enjoyed riding the 98' LeMond it isn't a bike I want to race on. I plan to see Dr. Kaminski for some ART work this week and also get in for a massage to get my legs race ready. The key for me this weekend is how my legs are feeling coming off the bike. They haven't felt particularly good running for nearly a month since I did the 1/2 marathon in Des Moines. I need them to be there on Sunday or it will be another disappointing finish for me in Cedar Rapids. If the legs are where they should be I should be in the mix for a top 3 finish.
GU Energy has been a sponsor of mine for the past 3 years and they have really allowed me to get nutrition to make it through all these workouts and races. I've been blessed to have their support. They put together short bios on all their pro athletes. Mine can be found by clicking here. Thanks for reading. Enjoy the summer...school is out and now I can train like most other pro triathletes and even better is that I can now recover like a pro triathlete should. DREAM BIG!!