Monday, March 8, 2010

winter/spring madness

The road to Wilsal/Clyde park from the cabin(crazy mountain stretch)the best 15miles in cycling!

The transition has begun from winter to spring! but of course in Billings/Bozeman we like to hold on to more than one or two seasons as long as possible. I have been training pretty diligently since my broken rib delay and have found my self getting into a good rhythm with my workouts-- I have been skate skiing,swimming, road biking, running,and doing bodywork on a regular basis for 16hrs a week for the past month. getting ready to toe the line in a few races this spring. being nearly 50 yrs old, having done triathlon training since 1986, having 2 young kids and a cow aortic valve provides a bunch of challenges to training and racing for me. The process is still interesting to me and with my family in full support of racing full on in 2011( when I will be racing in the 50-55) I am going through the process and see what kind of fitness I can get to this year and beyond.

the loggers loop at Bohart ranch dawn patrol

Chloe has been skiing off the top of Bridger bowl and last weekend she skied off the PK lift! awesome what the ski school did this year for her skiing. Sarah has kicked it into gear as well! I will let her tell you in her segment. I will tell you that our newest addition is a complete joy and such a good baby! she is supper easy! knock on wood!

The warm weather has finally melted the snow in Billings which has made the ridding good and a good segue to moving from indoor training to the pavement outdoors. But in Bozeman spring skiing is very epic! the skating early at Bohart ranch has been perfect and last weekend Sarah and I pulled Cale for the first time in the chariot. Its been a few years since I did this and it reminded me how hard it was!

I also joined Nikki Kimbal(3 time western states champion) for her group run on Sunday for 12miles. getting those long runs is hard for me on my creeky knees for sure. but when Niki runs 3.5hrs the day before it makes a good easy pace for my long run. My bike ride in the Sheilds valley was just the best with blue sky's open roads, no cars and yes Bald eagles!

bald eagle on my ride to Wilsal last Saturday

Many of the clones are getting ready for early season events including. Paolo Gerbasi, Dan Brewer, Sarah Heaton and Adam Weaver for the Cali 70.3, Todd V for the vegas 1/2. Kevin Welsh for the Boston Marathon and the Florida 70.3. Mike Fogassey for the Florida 70.3, Sarasota 70.3 among other events. Its going to be a busy year of training and racing!

also on the local and semi- local training front-- we are having an informal training camp in Denver from April 1st-4th. Itinerary to be posted soon. and a epic summer extreme training camp in July-- the details of this camp will also be posted soon.

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