Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
I brought JR to the airport yesterday to send him back to the US :-) He had a really nice person at the check in...unbelievable...nice people at the airport!!! I went back home, slept a little bit and went to teach my classes: Flexi Bar and Spinning. Soooooooooooooo much fun!!! I love to teach classes. The today I had two Lactate tests in a row, everything went well, the blood that I tried to get out of the people came out nicely and both people were able to push themselves to a very high wattage. I have one more tomorrow, again on an Ergometer. I am really excited-testing people is sooo much fun. I will get a portable lactate machine, so if anyone needs a lactate test, let me know and I can probably give you a great deal. And everyone should know that lactate tests are very important to figure out training zones!!! So if you are serious about training and competing...lactate tests.
Tonight I tought another spinning class and we did a 20 min. intervall and some time trialing!!! That was fun, I am getting paid to train:-)
JR is in Tucson right now, at El Tour De Tucson, in the desert, crazy how it can be cold here and summer like temps there...
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Since I moved to Germany to take a full time job that includes some 40-60 hour work weeks, weired hours and also weekends where I have to work, I have not had enough time to train. Another reason is that the pool hours are so strange that I cannot go swimming every day. They close at 6pm, I get off work at 9pm, they are closed from 12-3 pm, that is when I have time to train,...
Oh well, I got sad not to be there and to watch it online...Every athlete's goal is to make it to Worlds or something like Worlds. I made it and couldn't go :-(
One thing is for sure: I will try to qualify again, and I will be there, and I will kick butt!!! SO WATCH OUT!!!
Thursday, November 6, 2008
I also had swimming on my plan today, but...holiday in Bavaria, pools are closed. It is a holiday that the rest of Germany has never heard off:-)
I can't believe it is already November, Christmas is just around the corner.
That is it for now, more to come tomorrow, snow, rain, sun? We will see...
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
So back to Bad Toelz I thought. It is a 25 meter pool, nothing special about it. Yesterday, there were probably 20 people in the water. GREAT...how am I supposed to swim here and relax... but OK, I made the best out of it and just tought that this is good practice for swimming in open water. Germans are very funny, they swim and they don't really care if people want to practice or if people are training seriousely...they just swim all over the place.
In the end I made it without bruises:-) And I ended up doing a continous swim with looking up and a lot of sighting!!!
But I have to admit, the pool in Flagstaff was awesome compared to this one. 50 meters, most of the time you get your own lane!!! NICE...
So today I wanted to go swimming again, I was excited for it, but the pool closed at 6 pm and that was when I got off work... GRRR
I will try again tomorrow, when I have my 4 hour break at work!!! Yippie!!!
Saturday, October 25, 2008
After about half an hour of going through the forest: An opening and a restaurant. But it is too early for us to eat and drink.
On top of the mountain. Every mountain has a Gipfelkreuz, a cross to show you that you have reached the highest point.
The view from the top of the mountains. The really big mountains are further into the Alps. The view was great.
This is Lake Tegernsee, where I currently live.
The Alps, just across the border to Austria.
Bavarians drink a LOT of beer here (even in the morning, a Bavarian breakfast consits of Beer, Sausages and Prezels). When you look at a menu, you see this:
Water 2 Euros
Applejuice 2 Euros
Beer 1,80 Euros
FUNNY!!! And you see a ton of different kinds of sausage!!! :-)
More updates and stories about living in the Alps will follow.
Monday, July 14, 2008
It is a video of the guys finishing at the Oceanside 70.3, and...when they finish you will see a female running out of the transition with a grey top and black shorts and sunglasses. That's me!!!
Monday, June 2, 2008
JR is racing in Philadelphia this weekend, I might be racing at the Tribal Triathlon at Lake Pleasant.
Today was my first ever 6km pool day!!! And it was fun :-)
Alright, more updates coming soon,
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
More updates coming soon,
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
I am staying in Flagstaff :-)
GOOD LUCK TO JR IN THE STAGE RACE!!!
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Drivin' the break up the climb.
My teammate Brian Jensen and I on the top 2 steps of the podium.
Brad White getting his moment of glory for being crazy strong. He won two jerseys!
I'm framing this jersey.
So next is the Tour of the Gila in southern New Mexico. It starts on Wed. next week. Its a super tough stage race - over 24000 ft of climbing in 5 stages. We are hoping to continue on this wave of momentum and get more good results. I also would love an opportunity to pay back my teammates for their efforts and selflessness.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
This week has been good for training. I did a couple long rides with good climbs and yesterday I spent an hour motorpacing along the coast. Living the dream. I'm so tired today that I can't seem to get off the coach.
We're racing Sea Otter in Monteray, CA on Saturday. Our team won the race last year so there is a bit of pressure to repeat. With some of our main competition doing the Tour of Georgia the field will be a softer than normal. I hope we bring it home.
Monday, April 14, 2008
I went to the race all alone at about 5 am, got the bike out of the car and put the race wheels on. I rode to the transition, which was about 1 mile away from parking with my coffee, wetsuit, and all the other equipment in my hand. My age group was in the water at 7:20 am. I was really surprised-I really enjoyed the ocean swim. The 1.2 Mile loop went by in no time, run through transition, do the cyclocross hop onto my TT bike and I was off on the bike course. The bike course was great. There were 2 no passing sections and unfortunatelly those 2 sections took a long time because the person in front of me went really slow...I ended up riding a fast 2:40 hrs (including the slow section :-(), the fastest female split was 2:30 hrs-I think that I might have gotten close to that if I would not have started in wave 13, the hold up in the no passing sections and also if I would have known how to pace myself-there was a bit of energy left over!!!
OK, then the 13.1 Mile run-it got a little bit warmer and I ended up running a little bit slower then I wanted...but that's OK, it was my first Half Ironman and only my second Half marathon ever!!!
I ended up winning my age group and qualifying for Kona and the 70.3 World Championships!!! I turned Kona down, but I took the 70.3 Spot-I AM GOING TO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS!!!
The greatest part is that I would have won the next age group as well. I ended up being 5th Amateur.
It was a great and fun experience and I cannot wait to do my next Half Ironman!!!
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Saturday, February 23, 2008
We started our racing season this month. First we raced at the McDowell Circuit Race in Phoenix. I had a 35 min. race at 8 am in the morning-and it was very cold...it is true what everybody has told me about deserts!!! They are freezing at night and in the morning and they are hot during the day. I won the women's Cat 4/Masters race and I also took home a pair of continental tires that I won in a prime. Jr took 5th place in the Pro 1/2 field (the men's races are crazy-there were about 100 people in the race). There were two pretty bad crashes in JR's race-luckily he was not involved!!!
This is me at the McDowell Circuit Race.
JR at the McDowell Circuit Race.
The next day we raced in Scottsdale at the Old Town Crit. This race was awesome, the course was very short and had 8 corners. It was my first chance to race with the Pro women and it was a lot of fun. My category finished 5 minutes before the Pro's, I ended up second. Jr and his teammate worked together and his teammate ended up in second place-JR had a really good race, he was responsible for keeping the pack off of his teammate.
The following weekend was the Valley of the Sun Stage Race. Unfortunatelly I was too late to register for it, but it was a lot of fun to watch JR race. The TT was on Friday and it was raining on and off. JR felt really good during the TT and he took 7th place. Saturday was a Road Race and JR and his 2 teammates looked really good out there. The 2 ended up taking 5th and 7th place overall. I made JR get up really early in the morning on the last Stage of VOS (about 5 am). I was competing at a Triathlon in Chandler. It started at 7 am, and it was very cold-almost everybody has trouble getting their helmets off after the bike because of frozen fingers...I felt really good and took first place in the women's field and second overall!!!
Finishing up the running part of the Chandler Triathlon.
JR in and another guy attacking during the Criterium at VOS.
Last weekend we went back to Phoenix again to race in the Scottsdale Grand Prix. I just received my upgrade, therefore I was allowed to start in the Cat 3 field!!! Yippie!!! My race was 45 minutes and I felt really strong. I won all 3 Primes and I took the overall win :-)
Scottsdale Grand Prix.
JR's race was 70 minutes long-he had such a great race. He looked so strong out there-but after 50 minutes, during a really hard effort, his chain snapped and he was out of the race:-(
I am just glad that he can handle his bike really well and he managed not to fall. Imagine going all out and all of the sudden there is no resistance anymore...
So the last few racing weeks were a lot of fun (also because we got to go to Phoenix and escape the Flagstaff snow!!!).
Next weekend we will be racing in Yuma at the North End Classic.
Monday, January 14, 2008
The things flying aroun in the air are plates. So the girls were riding a unicycle with one leg only and the other leg held plates and those plates were thrown from one girl's foot onto the other girl's head. They caught around 5 plates like that and at the end one of the girls caught a teepot with her head only while riding the bike. By the way: the unicyles were about 1.50-2 meters tall!!!
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
This post will be mostly pictures since they can explain the beauty much easier.
We went for a hike in the hills the first morning. Bergamo got its first snow of the winter just in time for my arrival. This is actually a pic of Cene a few kilometers from Bergamo and the village where Bazz lives.
Bazz with his girlfriend Anna and her 7 year old son Patryck.
These were the views that greeted us on our ride in the hills outside Bergamo. Amazing scenery here and according to Bazz Bergamo is not the best of Italy. I hope I make it back someday to see the rest.
And what would a trip to a european city be without visiting the old city and seeing the castle/fortress. Its an amazing experience to walk by buildings and on roads that were built so long ago.
Tomorrow we're heading back to the US. We'll be working for Cliff Bar this weekend at the Rock n Roll marathon Expo in Phoenix. Next week back to my real job - training. I'm really motivated to get back on the bike and log some long rides. The vacation has been great but its time for structure and familiarity.
Happy New Year everone!