The 10th Annual XTERRA Guam Championships was my fitness resolution which I made and committed on January 1st while in Niseko, enjoying the fresh powder snow and sensational Japanese cuisine. I chose a concrete goal ~ an off road triathlon which would require me to swim 1.5km, mountain bike 30km and run 8km. It's been several years (at least 5) since I've completed a full triathlon due to my prolonged injuries from my shoulder and knee. It's been fantastic to get back into training shape with incremental improvements in the water and the bike.
I ventured to Guam alone as Russ had to a work camping trip last weekend so I was a bit nervous about preparing for the race alone. Two days before the race, I got on the bike course, where the infamous red dirt covers at least 10km of the bike course through its hills and drops.
Racing XTERRA is an adventure because we get to race alongside professional triathletes who are incredibly fast as well as kind. Renata Bucher is a long-time friend who's visited Saipan about 10 times and we've also traveled to Switzerland to see her as well. XTERRA brings friends together from across the globe. By the way, Renata won XTERRA Philipinnes and XTERRA Guam!
A race is not a race without proper nourishment. Paul, front right, made THE BEST pre-race meal with two delicious and healthy salads, plus grilled fish, chicken and steak. Yum! It was delicious and I'm sure it helped me feel good throughout the race.
The run portion was the last part and I ran/walked through the jungle/river course. For the infamous waterfall, I scooted down on my butt, wearing my bike gloves and waded through the chest high waters to eventually reach the finish line.
My good friends, Tyce and Renata were there at the finish.
Here you can see how my bike shoe separated from the sole. The sole has a metal plate which connects to the pedal. Because it wouldn't disconnect, I couldn't get off my bike when I needed to stop. My solution... I just bought a new pair of bike shoes for the XTERRA Saipan race tomorrow.
Tomorrow... XTERRA Saipan where Russ and I will both race in the Sports Division.