Sunday, October 27, 2013

Victory Velo Unofficial Halloween Duathlon–Robin

Oct 27, 2013 - Victory Velo, Auburn
Run <6m – Bike >9m
51:22-1hr28min approx

Claudia Sidijaya, Dave Carder, Dan & Dawn & Devon Tebbs, Gary Carpenter, Jesse & Carrie Warda, Kayden Kelly, Leleh Dunkle, Paul Connolly, Troy Soares
Another year, another set of costumes!  Troy as a Human Fly Swatter and I as some sort of Fairy Princess.  Though I’m not always in shape for this event, especially after slacking on the training after IM Tahoe, it’s still a fun thing to look forward to!
We line up on the street in front of the shop.  Ready, set, go!  I’m amazed watching Troy take off in his very bulky costume.  I don’t know how he does it!
Within the first mile, I loose sight of the top pack of runners.  Go Troy, go!  Mile 1 is 8:57.  I miss having my racing legs.  These legs feel heavy!
We hit the trail and the field has really spread out.  I’m close to Tuesday Track veteran Dave Carder.  He’s running with his dog Zoey.  Zoey is just all over the place checking things out but she also finds a way to catch back up again.
Mile 2 is 8:29.  It’s a downhill mostly but I still feel winded.  Dave starts to fall back to keep Zoey with him.
Mile 3 is 8:38.  I’m alone at the moment which makes it harder to push.  I still have 3 more miles, ugh!
Mile 4 is 8:26.  Dave is catching back up.  I can hear him calling Zoey and I can hear the clinking on her collar.
131027_vvdu_robin_runMile 5 is 8:13.  More downhill and the finish is near.  Dave pulls off to wait for Zoey and I continue on.  I see the bridge and know my bike is waiting for me.  I’m not sure where Troy put it but I’m sure I’ll find it
Jay Garrard is taking my picture so I say “Bippity, Boppity, Boo!  Troy put my bike right in front and I almost miss it. 
This part of the event is for sure my least favorite.  I do not consider myself a mtn. biker mostly because of lack of experience and great fear of falling off a cliff.  I struggle to get to the climb because of this fear.  I let a rider go by and he’s gone in an instant.
Finally I make it to the climb and for a moment am relieved.  It’s nice not to have to dodge obstacles but it’s not fun climbing.  Troy and I pre-rode the course yesterday.  Though it was needed practice, the timing of it the day before the event wasn’t so great.
I reach the Culvert Trail finally!  Lord, please protect me!  They have really made this course nice!  I actually feel comfortable on 90% of it now because it’s smoother.  I find myself smiling inside and enjoying the ride. 
Towards the end of the trail it gets rocky and technical.  I walk 2 small sections but am still proud of how I rode. 
I cross over Old Foresthill Road and over to the Mammoth Bar trail.  This trail I dread!  Not only 131027_vvdu_robin_bikeis it covered in many spots with jagged rocks, it goes along a cliff!  I do well for the first third and then it gets ugly.  I walk several spots even sections I rode the day before.  The fear is starting to overtake me…but I manage to make it to the bottom.
There is Jay to take my picture.  I smile…mostly in relief and thanksgiving to Jesus for me being in one piece!
Time to climb Stage Coach.  This should be fine, just a constant grind.  On my way up the trail it gets really rocky and there is a walker right there.  I stop and start running with my bike.  I never have to do that here!  I pass the guy and try to start up again on the hill…come on, you can do this!  I ‘m able to start up.  Thank you Jesus!
The rest of the climb is uneventful.  I’m wiped out as usual but very glad to have one of my few mtn. bike rides of the year done!  Thank you Jesus!  Another fun year!

Victory Velo Duathlon - Troy

Oct 27, 2013 - Victory Velo, Auburn
Run <6m bike="">9m
1:47:42 (42:38 - 1:05:05)
Claudia Sidijaya, Dave Carder, Dan & Dawn & Devon Tebbs, Gary Carpenter, Jesse & Carrie Warda, Kayden Kelly, Leleh Dunkle, Paul Connolly, Robin Soares
My 4th year.  It's free, it's simple, it's a great group of athletes and a great shop (Victory Velo).  I drop off our mtn bikes 1000 ft. below at the river. Jay is there to keep an eye on them.  Robin drops off the kids with McKenna.  We meet at the Victory Velo Bike Shop in Auburn.  Pretty much everyone is in costume.  I'm a fly swatter ready to squash a fly on my head  (Robin had the great idea and it turned out well) and Robin is a fairy.  There's also Wonder Woman's, Beach Guy, and Beer Keg Guy.
Dan Tebbs gives the brief description, a couple pictures are taken, and "Go!"... we're off.

Up the steep Cherry Ave.  Young kid Zack is out in front. Then Paul from the track.  I'm feeling some air resistance from my giant fly swatter but I'm just glad it's holding together well.

We carefully negotiate the rocks along the train tracks.  Then shoot down the Western States trail.  I love the looks of hikers when they see the crazy costumes coming down the trails.
At one point, some walkers point out, "your friends are taking the short-cut.." There's a couple little bypass trails I typically take on training runs and, yep, I can see Kayden and other leaders on it.  That's ok, they're faster than me anyway.

Bounding down the treacherous trails, the swatter and the fly and hanging in there and continuing to chase each other.  The swatter is digging into my back so I readjust a few times.  Along the river below I do my best to make up time.  It's hard work but only a mile to go.  Along Hwy 49 and I know the drivers going by are wondering about the crazy site.

5.8 mi, 42:38.

I come into the bike transition area in 5th place and make a very quick transition.  There's a few people there to cheer us on.  Now to see how biking goes..
I can feel the swatter bending back in the wind.  The trail is really bouncy and along a dangerous drop to the river below.  The aerodynamics are pulling me odd directions.. need to focus and not crash.

I push the climb the best I can.  It's definitely not my fastest.  But it will be fun coming down.  I see more people at the top, tell them Happy Holloween, and then get ready to descent.  I try to straighten my swatter first as it's now falling to the side.  After clipping many low branches, the swatter and the fly are starting to show the wounds of their epic battle.

The culvert trail descent has really been worked on.. there are berms everywhere.. it's definitely a downhiller's delight.  Although, with my costume and lack of practice, I'm not too eager to try any jumps and banked turns.  Just cruising at pre-crash speed and really enjoying myself.

No problem through the tunnel since the swatter is now horizontal to my side.  On the Mammoth Bar trail it's fast and rocky, but lots of fun little ramps and hills.  I'm by myself and enjoying the views. 

Then I see Paul.  His tire is flat.  I give him my pump but it isn't working for him.  He doesn't want  a cartridge, choosing to walk the last mile and catch a ride out.  I just got passed by Doug and another rider so now have a goal to catch them.

Up Stagecoach trail I work super hard and pass them.  They're on single speeds which are tough.  I'm getting chuckles from people seeing the dilapidated fly and swatter now.  I keep my position and finish with everything I got in 5th place. 
9.4mi, 1:05:05.

It was a really fun day.  Robin made it through safely as the first girl.
I'm always relieved that she doesn't crash.  She's good about that, even though she only mtn bikes a couple times a year it seems.  We get the kids and head to chuch.  I'm so thankful that the Lord has heeled my foot (4 years ago) so running, although hard, is a joy and blessing.  Even fun races like this we remind each other are opportunities to give our gratitude to Jesus for doing the hardest thing for us.. making racing seem easy in comparison.  God is good!

·         Guys…
o   2nd Jesse Warda or “Bike Crash Guy”
o   4th Kayden Kelly or “Tutu Guy”
o   5th Troy Soares or “Fly Swatter Guy”
o   8th Gary Carpenter or “Beach Guy”
o   Honorable mention… Paul Connolly or “Biker Dude” was in 2nd until he flatted on the Culvert Trail.  Great effort Paul!

·         The lovely ladies…
o   1st Robin or “Fairy Girl”
o   2nd Dawn Tebbs or “VV Girl”
o   ? Leleh Dunkle or “Wonder Woman” Power Team
o   ? Carrie Warda or “Wonder Woman” Power Team
o   ? Claudia Sidijaya or “Wonder Woman” Power Team