In previous entries, I have talked about moving to the world of XTERRA triathlons, which is something I will likely still do at some point, but the world has presented me an opportunity. The national cross country championships will be help 90 minutes from my house in Winter Park, CO. I can’t help, but feel this is a sign from the universe that I need to refocus on XC racing (which I love).

As such, I have identified a tentative new race calendar and made modifications in my life to allow me to get some big volume leading up to the big day. I’m not going to let this opportunity slip by and, while I might not win, I’m going to give those guys a hell of a run for their money. I’m still working out some details, but I’ll hopefully be ready to publish my calendar as well as season goals in the coming week or so. 

Time to go shred some trails!

I’ve started a new journey, triathlon, and now that I have almost two weeks worth of training, I have some thoughts on how this journey is going to go.

Overall, my training has been super light and my numbers reflect this. I have only done 5 runs, 2 bikes and 5 strength sessions in the last 10 days. My goal for this is to start slow, very slow. When I was initially training for XTERRA Lory last year, in an effort to get fast quickly, I ramped my volume up too fast and ended up having some issues. Specifically, I had issue in my knees and joints from ramping both volume and intensity on the run too quickly. I’m not making that mistakes this time and, so far, it’s going better.

However, I am running into some issues in my shoulder and shoulder blades when running. I get really bad cramps in my upper shoulders and pain in my shoulder blades that has been lasting multiple days. After some initial research, it seems to be something called “Scapular Wing”, which is basically a muscle weakness in the shoulder blade itself and can be easily corrected with a combination of stretching and strength training. I am going to be keeping n eye out on it and possibly see a physical therapist about it though. If it’s not basically gone in two weeks, I’ll go see someone about it.

Beyond that, I have hardly touched my bike, but am slowly ramping volume there as well. I suspect I’ll be back up to 5-7 hours of riding a week in the coming month and will be mostly focused on sweet spot efforts to gain fitness back quickly. I will be waiting to get back into the pool until after the first of the year as I took to swimming really fast last year and ended up swimming consistent 1:22 per 100 in the pool and would likely have been a little faster in open water with a wetsuit. By age group standards, that basically front pack, so I don’t see a need to do much swimming at this time.

Lastly, I have an initial race calendar put together than comprises 1 sprint triathlon and 5 XTERRA races, but I will wait to announce that until I have solid 2019 dates for those races. I made assumptions on their dates based on previous years, which is general safe, but occasionally races will change weekends or be cancelled all together.  

Until next time!

Form is in a good spot
Lap times got faster over the course of the race

Racing on a mountain bike blows
Bike weight made a HUGE difference on the run ups
Made too many mistakes on lap 3 (and the whole race in general)

Action Items:
Need to reverse tread direction
More skills practice in the coming weeks