Some links to photos from Xterra Lory:
Attack Position (bike)
I'm not sure how I've come to a point in my life where I find myself dressed in a skin tight lycra suit and sitting on a Slip-n-Slide but oh well. At this point I'm not sure which of my sports is weirdest.
The final rankings came out for Xterra and I ended up 7/18 in my age group in the Mountain Region. If I had done the Mountain Regionals in Beaver Creek and simply finished I would have come in 5th in the overall standings and qualified for Nationals without having to do any out of state races. Or if I had done one other race and come in 4th place or better I also would have qualified. Unfortunately qualifying and being good enough to go and be competitive are 2 different things and I'm a long way from there. Also qualifying wasn't a goal for this year so I only entered 2 races and you can count points from up to 4 races.
The big question though is do I try to qualify and be good enough to go for next year? I looked at the slowest and fastest of the competitive people who did the 2 races I did and I'd have to improve 1.9-2.8 mph on the bike for Lory, 2.5-3.6 mph on the bike for Indian Peaks (more technical, longer and at a high elevation). I'd have to improve 4:10-4:45 min./mile on the run for Lory, 4:56-5:31 for Indian Peaks. My swim times are competitive (faster at Lory) with the slower person but way off the fastest person. I'd have to go from 1:54 min/100 yards to 1:25 min/100 yards and that represents a lot of work for very little overall time gain. I know I can take a few minutes per mile off of my run because I'm so slow right now. I just didn't have a lot of time to build up my running after recovering from the hamstring strain this summer. But can I take off enough in a year to be competitve? Not sure about the bike speeds either. I can certainly get a bit better but how much hammering away can these old joints take? And is the type of training going to be fun and worth it?
I could shoot for the long course Xterra's instead. But is that training going to be even worse for injuries? Not sure I have the patience and desire any more to train for a race that takes 6 hours. I know I can do it but it's tedious and time consuming. Training to be faster/more competitive might be more fun and certainly a different challenge than I'm used to. I guess I've got plenty of time to decide, they haven't even announced date/location for next year's nationals let alone all the qualifying races. I hate the end of race season, I always wish there was more and start obsessing over next year.
Strum says, yeah, whatever
Maybe if you got yourself a big stick you wouldn't worry about such silly things as races