Thursday, April 23, 2009

the new whip, skinfit, and more sea otter...

Trevor and I post race! So glad to be done and back at the house.

Damn... the race at Sea Otter kicked my ass. I took monday completely off and got int some easy riding and running on Tuesday and thought I was shaking out the race effort. On Wednesday morning I hit the trails on my new bike (more on that below) and then met a solid crew for the Lululemon run including Trevor, Karl and Mac. I could not throwdown and I was tired. Trevor was running solid and I really wanted to go with him but it would probably have set my recovery back even more if I did. So I cruised a bit and will hopefully be back to normal by Saturday. We have a solid bike/run workout planned.

The most exciting thing going on this week in that I am on my new Yeti ARC. I got the frame and parts on Monday and Tuesday and gordon did his magic. we weighed my epic before it was ripped apart and it came in at 24.5 lbs. Not that light.

gordon swapped some my parts from the epic to the Yeti frame and I also got some new light weight parts. Here is the finished product... all 20.8 lbs of it





wednesday morning i hit the trails first thing to test it out. i was kind of nervous because the geometry is way different than the epic, i was riding a 1.9 rear tire, and was hoping that I would really like the feel of the hardtail. All I can say is the new whip is a rocket. I was flying up the climbs and hitting times I usually only hit when I am going for it and I was pretty much just cruising. I kind of expected this but was still shocked at how much more efficient the light, hardtail was on the climbs. What I didn't exptect was how fast it was descending. This bike fits me perfect and is a lot more nimble than the epic. I also really like the tire set up: 2.1 Crossmark EXC on the front and a 1.9 Larsen TT EXC on the rear. They hooked up in everything and I was really able to rail the turns.

The bottom line is the bike is rad... and fast. I can't thank gordon enough for building it up so quick and working with me to drop some of the weight. Pitchers of Palm are in his future.

unfortunately it couldn't stay clean forever!


Below are some more photos from the weekend. Notice all the Skinfit gear! I put my Skinfit gear to the test this weekend. We rode some cold mornings, a foggy wet morning, and then a super hot, dry race on Sunday. No matter the conditions the gear I chose worked perfectly. On the cold/damp mornings I wore my Klima baselayer, headband, and Vento jacket. I stayed warm and dry. Heading to the race on Sunday I wore my favorite piece of gear... the Vento Vest. I also raced in the my Matisse & Jacks skinfit kit and a Kilma Soft baselayer. Solid. I was able to handle the hot conditions no problem.

I highly recomend checking the Skinfit store and trying out some items. I am sure you will not be disappointed. Also check out the Skinfit blog to stay updated on what the team is up to and what events you can expect to see the Skinfit crew at.

Skinfit!


about 15 minutes post race... I still felt like I was going to throw up.


rolling into the finish.

14 comments:

Jaakko Hiekkaranta said...

what? the new ride is not mud-resistant :)

good luck on it on Saturday!

Donald said...

Your Yeti is only .2 lbs less than mine! HA! still a very handsome ride bro.

Carolina John said...

nice new ride! that's the same feeling i got the first time i took out my road bike. awesome!

you're really rocking that 'stache now too, i see? nice touch brother.

Luke said...

new rig looks sweet man! now have fun cleaning it from head to toe every week...gotta love new bikes!

runninggunner said...

The new ride is sweet! Super light too.

GZ said...

So that photo with the bush in the background almost make it look like you u ave good long 80s hair.

Nice new wheels. Does it get a name?

Pedal Circles said...

Have fun this weekend on the new bike!!

MJ said...

The new ride looks awesome and A LOT lighter! Also, like the pink accents...

Looking forward to hearing about the first race on it...

Cheers,

Ryan Denner said...

ok, when we ride, its gonna hafta be on the roads!!!

j.p. patrick said...

Sweet ride, dude!!

Zippy said...

That's a big watts/kilo gain. You'll be loving that at Idyllwild.

FatDad said...

Dude,
I totally skipped reading the rest of the post so I could comment: that bike looks sick! The pink is rad.
20lbs is about the same poundage that I've added to my frame since Vegas! haha
rip it!

Matt said...

Sounds like Mr. Glavin's fitness is coming off the hook. You're in good company. Great pics.

Did you like the Central Coast or what?

How bout a little 5 game winning streak! Let's hit up a game dude.

Paul said...

How do you feel about a hard tail vs a xc full suspension for down hilling?