Xterra World Championships Part 1

After buying a mountain bike a little over a year ago, I had no idea I would find myself in Hawaii competing in the Xterra World Championships. I’ve been doing triathlons for 7 years and have always enjoyed simply laying down on the aero bars and cranking it out. Not in Xterra! There are 6 qualifying races in the US, and I was fortunate enough to qualify for this wonderful event that is going to blow up now that Lance Armstrong has put his stamp of approval on it.
Well, back to the race. We arrived 5 days prior and that may have been a mistake. I decided to rent a bike for myself and Eddie Thomas (who also raced) from my good friend Donnie Arnoult who owns Maui Cyclery. We all rode the course on Thursday along with Bham stud Casey Fannin. The course immediately goes up a hill that even my easiest gear could barely handle, however I felt stupid strong which was a sign I was leaving my race on the practice field too early.Unfortunately, we all continued to ride the 4000 feet of total ascent 18 mile course (we actually cut the course a bit to save our legs) it didn’t work. Friday rolls around and Eddie and I proceed to run the run course and do a little swim. Stupid is as stupid does. The run was straight up and straight down. With two days to go, I’m getting worried that I’ve brought a knife to a gun fight, even though I’ve had a great season and have ridden some crazy courses including Leadville and ORAAM, this is going to hurt. Stay tuned for Saturday and the day before jitters.

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