Archive for May, 2010

The Start of Summer

Posted in Random Stuff, Triathlon with tags , , , , , , , on May 28, 2010 by brianestover

It’s Memorial Day weekend. The official start of summer for you non desert dwellers. This usually marks the end of the first month of summer for us. But this year, we are still waiting on our first 100 degree day. Not that I’m complaining. If we have to wait until next year for a 100+ day, no worries Mother nature, keep us waiting. I’m good with that.

It’s also the kick off of a few weeks of racing. Monday is the Sahuarita Triathlon. I’m hoping to improve upon my 6th or 7th place finish from last year. But realistically, I’ll probably finish in 6th or 7th place again this year. The following Saturday is the Deuces Wild Triathlon Festival. It’s an awesome weekend of racing up in the mountains of AZ. There is an olympic distance and half ironman on Saturday, then an Xterra triathlon on Sunday. You could get two days of racing in if you had a mountain bike. Plus it has one of the best product raffles of any race anywhere in the world. I’ve seen people win Kuota bike frames, Mavic wheel sets, 2XU wet suits, Zipp wheels and a ton of other stuff. Good times for sure if you win something bad ass like a set of 808’s!

Speaking of mountain bikes, I’m off to Trisports.com to order my Scott Spark 20 mountain bike this afternoon. Best of all it comes in black. You can’t go wrong with a black bike. You’ll be seeing this at a mountain bike race near you next year. Most likely on the ground with a rider tangled up in it. You’ll probably have to look behind you to get a good view of it, unless you happen to be lapping me when I crash. If so please don’t run over me. Please.

Who knew you could special order a mountain bike from Trisports.com? I did. And now you do as well.

Nothing else exciting is planned, other then taking my favorite 12yr old out to dinner and to see Shrek in 3D. I hope I don’t cry. It’s embarrassing to cry in front of a 12 year old girl. Not that I would know that. I hope she doesn’t cry either. What do you say to a 12 year old crying over an ogre? It was a lot easier when she was 5 years old and crying. Then a hug could fix anything.

What a big surprise.

Posted in Random Stuff, Triathlon with tags , , , , , , , on May 20, 2010 by brianestover

Or as Gomer Pyle would say Surprise surprise.

Surprised that Floyd Landis admits to doping during most of his career. Only naive people think the upper echelon of endurance sports are totally clean. And yes, I’m talking about triathlon as well. It was after all the sport with the most positive but thanks to a Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE) not positive tests a few years ago.

But endurance sports aren’t the only dirty sports. Track and Field, especially the field part. I personally know two field people who have been popped for drug use over the years. The NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and any other league has people using.

So if you are surprised, I’m surprised by that.

Kicking Ass….again

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 16, 2010 by brianestover

It was a good weekend for Accelerate 3 athletes. 3 races in 3 states with 3 podiums. Once again proving that good things come in 3’s.

Kerry raced the Florida 70.3. What does she do this past week? She gets a new bike. Then proceeds to ride to the 4th fastest bike split in her AG, which I might mention is her longest ride on that bike. Not content with that, she throws down the fastest run in her AG, the second best overall female AG run split and the 13th fastest female run of the day. Not to shabby for her second ride on the new bike. I’ll post her power numbers as soon as I get them.

I raced the Tempe International Triathlon today. It was awesome to see a lot of my Trisports.com teammates out racing and placing in their age group or overall. After swimming a bit off course, I ended up 7th Overall and won the M35-39 AG. I started the bike and my legs were flat. The watts were low and I was riding like a pussy. It took getting passed, only for a bit, for me to snap out of it. I rode the second 20k loop 1.5 minutes faster and just over 20 watts higher then the first loop. I ran roughly the same time as last year, but the run was about .4 longer this year. I’m exiting the water here. Thankfully, other then the guy right behind me, I still had a decent gap on the rest of my AG field with only one guy out in front of me. AP/NP 238/251

Rich used the fastest run split of the day to leapfrog from 5th after the bike to 2nd OV at the Peachtree International Triathlon. Midway through the bike people started launching attacks. Rich just rides smart, in control, letting everyone chase each other down. Exiting T2 he put the wood to them, making some people rather unhappy as they tumbled down the results sheet. AP/NP 273/280

Time to Race!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 14, 2010 by brianestover

Well sort of. I’m out of the training funk I was in for about 5-6 weeks. But fitness follows training. My training has just started to climb up, my fitness is still in the basement I think. We’ll see this weekend at the Tempe Triathlon. Last year was a good hit out, placed 3rd overall. This year maybe a top ten? Maybe. We’ll see. The swimming has come around, went through 400 yards today in 5:15 with a bit of a negative split. Did some 100’s in 1:10. So if I can find some good feet, that part of the race should be ok. Hopefully this year it won’t be a 2k swim but the advertised 1.5k.

The bike? Who knows. I’ll ride it set up like this.

Hopefully it’ll prove to be a good day. The weather is looking good, mid 90’s for the high. Since it’s typically over 100F this time of year I’m not going to complain.

The run. Another BIG question mark. Ran 12 this morning and my legs feel it. I just have to keep sticking in the miles since the big showdown with Jeff at Vineman 70.3 is right around the corner. He’s feeling cocky because got a bike fit from Kevin at Iron Gear Sports and he swam a 14 minute 1k the other night in open water. I’m not sure I even know how to swim that slow! Zing..Take that Jeff!

So I’m looking forward to answering some questions and getting some data from this weekend’s race.

There are a bunch of Accelerate 3 athletes racing this weekend, have a great race, go fast or I don’t know you!

I Love Swimming

Posted in Swimming, Triathlon with tags , , , on May 12, 2010 by brianestover

Well actually that is a big, fat lie. It’s pretty obvious that I’m not a big fan of the pool. It’s getting into the water that I hate. But today, today, was one of those days where you are swimming effortlessly. Everything is clicking just right. All you hear is the splash of your arms hitting the water, it was like I was a metronome. Long, slow effortless strokes.

Within the first 50 of hitting the water, I knew it’d be a good swim. My nose strap breaking couldn’t stop how good it felt. My 400’s were just under 1:20 pace breathing every three strokes. To finish the set I did 3×200 descending on 3 minutes. Hit the wall in 2:42, 2:38, 2:35. Effortless. That 2:35 required no more effort then the 2:42. I’m actually almost optimistic, about my swim anyway, heading into this weekends triathlon.

Ironman St. George

Posted in Triathlon with tags , , , , on May 8, 2010 by brianestover

Ironman St. George. Described as one of the hardest IM’s in the world. It claims to have the hardest Ironman run course. Water temps in the upper 50’s, on the bike it’s uphill, downhill, uphill, downhill then the first lap ends and you get to do it again. The run course offers no shelter, no place to hide your weaknesses. If you’ve ridden above your capabilities even a little, the run course will punish you, spank you like a dominatrix never could. It’s been called by other coaches a destination Ironman not a PR Ironman. I call bull crap on that, except maybe the dominatrix part.

If you are prepared and have put in the training then every course offers you the chance to PR. You’ve already met Cory. He is the one athlete I had racing IMSG. A local fellow at that.

He didn’t listen to all the crap about go, have fun and don’t worry about your time. He wore some pink compression socks (I can’t coach and be a fashion consultant to everyone it seems), had over a hundred family and friends lining the course. Put some pressure on himself to have a great race. You know what he did? He went out took all the pressure and kicked it’s ass. Set a PB. By 50 minutes. On a destination IM course. You know what else he did? He closed the race with an IM run PB. So much for going to check out the scenery. Better to throttle the course then have it throttle you.

Wildflower

Posted in Swimming, Triathlon with tags , , , , , on May 4, 2010 by brianestover

Wildflower Triathlon. When you talk about Wildflower you talk about hallowed ground. One of THE great triathlons of all time. Sure it’s a great race, but it’s also a logistical pain in the ass. You are in the middle of nowhere. Literally ~ 50 miles from the nearest hospital. Which, btw, is in Templeton, not that I would know that normally. But now I do. Why? Because I’m a great, good Samaritan.

So onto the race. It’s no secret that I’ve not really been training much nor did I really care if I raced or made the trip. Being the Genius I am, I racked my bike the night before. Even though the rules aren’t 100% clear on if you can or can’t. If you ask that is the best way to get a no. If you’ve already done something, well then people tend to figure out how to make it work. Anyway, wet suit on, ready to go, warmed up the micro-climate in my wet suit, around my feet, swam a minute or two and lined up in the front. Hey I may not be training much but I’m still a better swimmer then 90% of all triathletes. Gun goes off, a few guys get away from me. There is a line of guys on my feet. All of them except one guy defected to the feet of the guy to my right. Bad decision dudes. I’ve been doing this a long time and I’ve got some skills. So the drag race to the far turn buoy begins. I slowly, and I mean slowly eek out about a body length and a half lead on that train. It’s like two great cycling teams setting up their sprinters and I’m the lead out guy (probably not the position you want to be in when you are only 15min into a 4.5+ hour race). As we get closer to the turn I start looking around and doing some math. Those suckers to the right never see it coming. Since they are slightly behind me, and off to my right and there is a group of people from a slower wave in front which I should catch just before the turn and they will be between me and the other guys, a good idea pops into my head. An idea of pure, evil genius. I start angling into the turn and herd the wave before towards the apex of the turn. The slower swimmers, the guys from my wave and the buoy all converge in one spot and all those bodies and buoy just won’t fit. Either they have to stop swimming or the buoy has to start swimming. The guy on my feet, who I hope appreciates my move of pure genius, treachery and superior swimming skills, and I slide right on by. My little maneuver got us about a :20 gap on those guys. So lets see, I can swim harder or swim smarter? Hmmmm? Give me smarter every time.

The guy on my feet pulls on through, I push the pace a bit to make sure he keeps it honest then slip onto his feet. Damn right he should be paying me back! We exit the water, get to the bikes, I hop on my more or less reliable Specialized and roll out of transition. About 2 minutes into the race I realize I’ve got about 50psi in my front tire. Hallelujah! Day done, no flat kit and I’m out of the race! Best freaking news I heard all weekend.

Walked back to transition packed up and that was that. End of race, beginning of the beer drinking, after a side trip to Templeton to take someone to the hospital of course.