Dang I mean really DANG time flys. It is late Thurs just before midnight and we fly out of Ontario @ 6 a.m. tomorrow for Boulder. Jodi races Sunday. The race will be live with athlete tracking as they all wear a chip. You can follow her race and cheer!! She should be in for a very good race. Lots of other fast women but she no doubt is one of them. If she has her day many if not most and quite possibly all.......................could be run down during the marathon. I will be there for support. Clapper. Camera Man. Pit boy building her steed as well. Good luck Jodi and enjoy the Rocky Mountain beautiful course!
Raced at Industry Speedway again last night. Was not difficult but came to the conclusion the sports triathlon and speedway have zero, zilch, nada, nothing in common. For one and there are many, if you receive ANY outside assistance on a triathlon course you are disqualified. That means you could have detonated 90% into an Ironman race, flat on your back due to no blood sugar and if accept even a tootsie roll from a kind fan you are DQ'd. Pretty dumb. Very dumb. Lots of doping going on in both professional and amateur ranks of triathlon. Accept a gum drop on race course and you are canned.
Speedway racing on another note one is totally or near totally reliant on their pit crew. Most are speedway riders, previous speedway racers but all passionate, knowledgeable and the help is simply off the hook. I would be even more lost without them. Thank you Doug Greyson. Bobby Campbell. Tom Rishton. Big Jim and Nathan Siegel and......................Buzzzz!!
Jodi again IMO is spot on for a great race in less than 2 weeks in Colorado. 2.4 mile swim:112 mile bike: 26.2 mile run. Yep Ironman. At altitude. Her new Quintana Roo with 700c wheels fits her exceptionally. She looks great on it. She rides it even better. Got caught getting a very wet taste of Hurricane Dolores last weekend while riding back through Camp Pendleton on long training ride. Even the lifeguards were running for cover!!!! Ironman Boulder August 2nd. You can follow Jodi live on Ironman's website race day.
I took a long break from activity in regards to blog. After roughly 10 years just desired to. Work has been busy. Life has been busy. But still training like a nut. Ready for some events.
Something I had not been doing also was speedway. Until last week anyway. Friend and fellow racer Tom Rishton was over the top kind and lent me his bike and his help. Here he is setting me up with the Jawa's kill switch. Yep, wrap this around your wrist and if crash the bike should shut down and not go like a buzz saw on crack into the stands mowing down anything in sight. Fortunately I stayed upright. Great time that speedway racing. Thanks Tom, Buzz, Doug, Travis, Nathan, Dorcey Wingo, Paul and Bruce Flanders and race promoter Kelly Inman for all contributing to the fun had.
So took the fellow Sebatian we homestayed for the week of L.A. Tri race down to Zoot Sports in Carlsbad for a visit for himself as he wanted that over Disneyland (and no chance in heck I was going there). Molly Kline of Zoot handed me a "VIP" coupon while @ their HQ visit to order some shoes on line. And @ 50% off I pulled the trigger. (did not know discount amount 'til checkout so was on the fence til then) I love their racing flats and have used them through the years.
Thank you Molly!
This is Jodi @ Ironman CDA this last June. That is her in the Zoot wetsuit. 11th out of the water in division. She prepared well for the chilly and hilly 112 miles on the bike and entered run transition in 2nd place. Then caught the leader @ mile 12 and continued to enter a different zip code qualifying for Kona once again. Ironman Boulder coming up for her. Always exciting.
Brief cap on Sundays race. Corey of Coates Cyclery gets the rock star status as he hooked up the German athlete Sebastian we homestayed with the gear he lost during travel. Then Corey and his relay team took 1st place in all relay categories. Edging out LAPD by a few minutes. All that and Corey donates this awesome Felt Triathlon bicycle to a lucky and deserving individual @ the next race. Pretty sure derserving more than lucky is the operative word.
1st place for myself as well as Jodi. Cool. I did not run all week. I couldn't. I left my legs on Camp Pendleton last weekend. So banked on experience : )
Jodi was fresh as a daisy. Ironman Boulder coming up and she is on par.