I am now focused on my Columbus Marathon training. On the horizon, I have set my sights on the full distance at Cedar Point for 2010 and am pretty excited about that. Even more exciting, I think I have found the perfect person to take me under their wing and coach me through the journey!
I am done with the xterras for the year. They were super fun and I will do plenty more, but it was just unfortunate that in the 3 I did this year, difficulties seemed to just come up in all of them (Asthma at trimax and bike issues at other two). I guess I should mention that I was stoked to get the following email....
"Dear XTERRA Competitor:
Congratulations! It’s my pleasure to invite you to compete in the XTERRA USA National Championship
As a leading regional points scorer, you have earned a slot at this prestigious event, where the title of National Champion in your age group will be up for grabs.
The field is limited to those racers, like yourself, who have qualified in the eight XTERRA regions throughout the country."
Unfortunately it is just not in the cards this year....maybe another one!
My last Xterra, M2Xtreme out at Holiday Valley, NY was looking promising as I was second place female and feeling strong, but then my rear derailler snapped off. It was my first DNF ever in an event!
I think I have finally got the bike figured out with a few trips to the bike shop and a bunch of new parts (new chain, new cassette, new rear derailler & hanger, new chain rings). The mtn bike seemed good as new riding it two weeks ago out at Raystown PA and last weekend at Camp Manatoc (minus my endo to face-plant over the bars).
Next few weekends tenative schedule-
9/5-7 : 20 mile run with VR, road bike fun ride monday
9/12: Mantua 9 mile potato stomp race (12 pack on the line to beat a friend...can we say motivation :-))
9/20: Geneva Tri (last tri on the year!)
9/26: Akron Marathon relay
9/27: Crankfest at West Branch ???