Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Operation Mountain Goat: Week 3 Recap

I really meant to post more while up in Sonoma but we were busy and having too much fun to really spend much time on the computer.

I don't even know where to begin... but I'll start with a quick recap of my training last week. It was solid... a lot of riding. I got in some good riding while up north. The highlight was 3:45 ride Saturday morning. I headed out early and all alone. I cruised the Vineman course and extended it a bit to get in about 70 miles. The riding up there is incredible... I may have to do this race next year. Other than that everything else was super mellow and all about recovering from the 2.5 weeks of crushing myself.

me and beth heading down to the swim start.

Now on to more important things: Beth's race. Despite being sick and not sleeping well she put together a killer day of racing. I was in awe. I new going into the race that she was prepared and ready to go for it, but her crazy travel schedule and how sick she was had me concerned. I can honestly say that if I was feeling as bad as she was I probably wouldn't have toed the line of hard half ironman.... but she's a tough one.

the champ...

coming in off the bike. sweet aero lid!

I watched the race with her parents and had a great time and she ended up having a great. Race... go read about it. now.

I also go to hang out with Trevor and Jessica for a bit as well a bunch of other people I knew up there racing. Good times.

After the race we checked in to the Hotel Healdsburg. Sick place. Sunday night and all day Monday were filled with eating killer food and drinking some really good wine with her parents. We had a blast! Perfect recovery days.

Acorn winery.

Beth Frolicking in the vineyards at UNTI. It was out last stop. I think she was starting to feel it!


i love grapes.

drinking good wine and learning about Biodymanic farming (weird).

the crew. great times!

The only bad part of the trip for me was losing my Zipp 404 front race wheel. Beth used it in the race and when I was packing up her bike after the race I left it sitting on the side of the road and drove away. I realized 10 minutes later but when I got back somebody had already picked it up. Major bummer... but I'm over it now.


GZ said...

Bummer on the wheel. But good call ... it is a thing.

What was your nutriution like on that 3:45?

beth said...

thanks for everything...especially making me look tough! you're awesome...and i couldn't have done it without you...seriously.

the only thing i hate is how you always post the good pictures before i have the chance!! guess i'm a SLACKER!

Cliff said...


Ditto on bummer on the wheel. At least you had a great time.

Jim said...

Sounds like a good time was had by all. Livin the life just keeps on rollin.

Jim Vance said...

My old 404??? Say it ain't so! You're a terrible parent!!!


Ryan Denner said...


Vineman is def a sweet race, and usually the conditions are really hot - just to your suiting (last year was like 94 on the run for me).

be careful though, you said you may do this race next year, and my IMLPRR *almost* makes you wanna do an IM. don't get carried away, xterra stud!

Jaakko Hiekkaranta said...

good stuff apart from the wheel! but hey wheels come and go :)

you should definitely do Vineman next year!

Jeff Kerkove said...

Mmmmmmmmm, vino.....

Rachel said...

Wow--that sucks about the wheel! I totally want to do this race next year! Nice job.

runninggunner said...

Looks like a great recovery plan.

Too bad about the wheel.

Donald said...

Keep on kick'n ass! Call me so we can set up my visit to San Diego this winter! Donald