Archive for September, 2011

Outsprinted

Posted in Triathlon with tags , , , on September 19, 2011 by brianestover

Dusty strolled over to the Nautica Malibu Triathlon this past weekend. On the whole he had a pretty good race even if he strayed off course in the swim. He rolled in T2 as the first biker in from his age group. Being closer to the finish line then your competitors is never a bad position to be in. Very late in the run, in the last km in fact, he gets passed for the lead in his age group. The string snapped with about 400m to go putting him down :12 at the line. All in all, considering he lost about four months at the beginning of this season to running, he should be pretty happy with how things are turning out. His age group competitors probably not as happy. His swim and bike are near the front of his age group almost every race he does. Once his running comes around, look out folks.

You can read his report here.

James was part of a relay. Not to bore you with race results, but he was 1 minute faster this year then last. Over 14 miles. That’s not insignificant.

That’s it for racing this weekend. Only a few more weeks left in the season for everyone. I think you’ll be seeing some good results in a multitude of races in October.

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A Fast Weekend

Posted in Triathlon with tags , , , , , , on September 13, 2011 by brianestover

At the Best of the US triathlon, James went seeking redemption from his USAT Nationals race. Miraculously the water temp dropped about 6 degrees overnight, making the swim wet suit legal. James said f*ck it, I’m going with the swim skin. Mainly because he left his wet suit at home. Gun goes off, and one non neoprene dude along with a bunch of wet suit clad guys hop in the water. James ends up pulling the lead group around the course exiting the water in third place overall. He finishes the race in 5th overall with a solid showing all around. I’m pretty happy with his progression this year. There hasn’t been a lot of fancy workouts. Just doing the work day in and day out. His results show what happens when you step up to the plate and make that sort of commitment.

Billy headed out west to sunny CA to race the SuperFrog half triathlon. He grabbed 2nd in his age group and was 27th overall.

Billy cornering at Super Frog half triathlon

I went up to LV and hung out with Sarah, Dusty and his girlfriend Ashley. We watched the LV 70.3 WC’s. All in all watching a triathlon is 100x more boring then participating in one. We also managed to turn $1000 in $2350 in under 25 minutes at the blackjack table. That’s a better ROI then some of the triathletes made by grabbing a podium in the elite race. It’s a World Championship, these are the top triathletes in the world and they are racing for peanuts. It’s a shame that the WC race doesn’t have a WC prize purse.

This Sucks Ass

Posted in Triathlon with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 5, 2011 by brianestover

I’m back in NC for a bit. Since I’m a bit on the chunky side for me, but still a slim MFer compared to most people, I was looking forward to getting in some miles around the Piedmont Environmental Center’s trail network. It’s my favorite place in the world to run. London, Brussels, Prague, Antwerp, Venia, Sydney, Melk, Auckland and several other little towns across Europe, while nice to run in, for some reason to me, just don’t quite match up. Maybe it’s the lack of people I see, maybe it’s the wildlife, maybe it’s because they remind me of a time long ago. What ever it is, whenever I’m back, I seem to head straight there first thing every morning to run.

Last time I was home, I didn’t get much running in, seems there were a few more things going on that required my attention. This time though, the first thing I packed in my bag were two pair of running shoes and four days of running clothes. Then I strapped on my Garmin watch and only then did I get dressed and pack the rest of my stuff.
I arrived Saturday evening, hung out with Dad, watch ECU take an early lead to #12 ranked South Carolina, only to forget how to play defense (again) and get outscored by a lot (again). Sigh, some things never change. Head to bed excited to run the next morning.

Sunday I wake up only to feel like crap. Sore throat, small fever. WTF? Really? Unf*cking believable. Maybe it will go away. Wake up today, Monday and guess what? Still feel like shit. In fact I woke up at 8am and by 9am, I had to go take a 90 minute nap. Talked about bummed out. I’ve got post nasal drip dripping on my parade. Totally sucks. On the optimistic side of view, I’m hoping that maybe Tuesday or at worst Wednesday I’ll be able to go log a few miles on the trails.