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Posted in Triathlon with tags , , , , , , , on June 3, 2010 by brianestover

1 to go, then it’s time to start thinking beat Jeff at Vineman. He’s been talking junk, and I’m a teeny, tiny bit worried…not.

I’m amazing, really, I am. At the Sahuarita Triathlon first I get punched in the eye by someone from a previous wave who was heading off course. Got a small shiner for my efforts there. In the construction zone on the bike, I managed to ride off a 3 ft ledge, caught a good bit of air testing the flight characteristics of my Transition without crashing, then I managed to step on a traffic cone and roll my ankle just after mile 1. My left ankle. The traffic cones were on my right. Wtf? How does that happen? Seriously? How? Wasn’t able to really do much more then hobble on it for about half a mile. It was just before the 2 mile mark before I could really start to run on it. By then there were a few more people ahead of me. Managed to pass the guy in my AG though in the final 2km but it probably cost me 1 spot on the overall.

Spent the rest of the day laying on the couch watching netflix on the xbox and icing my foot. Needless to say training has been slim to none this week, thanks to being clumsy.

I’ve also been sleeping in every morning because I stayed up late partying like a rock star one night. It’s rather evident to me now, rock stars have a very tough life. Especially if they are an early to bed early to rise person like I am. One night of only a few hours of sleep and 3 mornings later, I’m still dragging ass.

Looking forward to heading up to Show Low, AZ this weekend to race the Trisports.com Deuces Wild triathlon. Hoping this week of no training, watching movies and learning that I’m no rock star pays off with a decent result.

so so wet

Posted in Triathlon with tags , , , , , , , on February 20, 2010 by brianestover

No it’s not a porn review, that’s my other blog 😉 It was raining again in Tucson today. Unfortunately, I enjoy riding in the rain. Call me crazy or odd, go ahead, you won’t be the first. I’ve got all the proper kit somewhere. Rain cape, neoprene toe covers, water proof booties, neoprene gloves. Add in some leg/arm warmers plus an undershirt under the long jersey and you are pretty much set for a sort of comfy ride.

Since I’m participating in a race next weekend, I figured let’s go with the Specialized Transition. Lets call that mistake #1. Even though it was sprinkling when I left the house, I choose to leave the rain cape on the couch and go with the vest. Lets call that mistake #2. The neoprene gloves were left on the shelf where they normally rest. And you see where this is leading to, mistake #3.

Once it actually started to rain, it wasn’t so bad. Kind of warm, a light drizzle and a tailwind that would push me up the back side of Gates Pass with it’s 14% grade. My kind of climbing! Prior to that, rolling along Kinney Rd the side wide and a little lean and you were motoring along at 27mph.

But once I hit the bottom of Gates, I noticed I could see my breath. No good can come of that. Cold and wet facing a 5k descent after a climb. The wind started to pick up and it began to rain harder during the climb. One over the climb, going down the descent was sketchy. Sketchy because every horror story you’ve ever heard about Specialized Transitions brakes is true. They don’t have the best stopping power normally. When wet they have almost no stopping power. I was going 25mph downhill with a death grip on both brakes. Full squeeze and no slower. Normally I don’t mind going 35+ downhill. But when it’s wet, and you have slippery aluminum base bars with almost no place to put your hands when braking, it’s a little sketchy.

This is where mistake #2 and 3 come into play. With a rain cape, I probably wouldn’t have been shivering. Cold + wet + 5km downhill = lots of shivering and numb hands. I’d have called someone for a ride but there was no way I could use the buttons on my phone. Awesome!

The aftermath:
A pile of wet clothes and shoes minus jersey and undershirt which are in the washing machine.

Warming up:

Oh so much fun, once I stopped shivering after I got home. I sure hope my shoes dry out before tomorrow’s ride.