On tap for the weekend: Shack up in a fun hotel in downtown Portland to explore the city, race Xterra Portland on Saturday and close it out with the Xterra Hagg Lake Half Marathon on Sunday.
Thursday we drove the 3-ish hour trip from Bend over the Cascade mountains and ended up at the Ace Hotel. Since we arrived late, decided on dinner just downstairs at Clyde Common....turned out to be a great decision.
|Interesting hotel room decor....hipsters...|
|course recon on the Cannondale 29er|
Saturday, the race was ON. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't nervous- the course was much more technical than I had anticipated and my main goal was to get through the bike in one piece.
The race format was 1000m swim, 16 mile mountain bike, 10k trail run. (Oh, and thank you Xterra for the sanity of a 9am start!)
I exited the 2- loop swim as 2nd female and hopped on my bike....
|Oh, swim shots are always so GLAM!|
Off the bike, I was sure I was ready for a good run and I ran out of T2 knowing I was in 2nd position but not knowing how far back....I happily found that my legs came to play and cruised out on a mission to see where that first girl was!
|lookin serious...Love my Zoot Ultra Tempos even for the trails!|
Saturday afternoon, we "recovered" with some wine tasting (gotta try all the Oregon Pinot Noirs) and a food and wine festival - the Bite of Oregon where we continued the wine (and beer and cider) tasting.....
|had a few Pinot noir flights...but not too many because....|
Sunday was the trail half marathon back at Hagg Lake (. Why not go all in for a "dirty" double training weekend with a bit of race pep? Don't worry, I didn't go TOO big on Saturday night for Sunday's race festivities)
Again, the race morning was chill, fun, good vibes everywhere...Not much to say about a half marathon on rough hilly trails other than that it was hard, fun, and NOT fast! I had a blast and went out fast to get ahead of people on the single track. No other ladies came with me, so I settled in after a mile or 2. After mowing down a couple of "four mile freddies", I found myself in 4th position overall and just kept trucking to the finish, w/ my 2nd win of the weekend. We'd planned a few miles for a cool down, but decided the race had certainly been enough, so hopped back in the car and trucked it back to Bend, OR.
A weekend well spent and I had such a blast exploring Portland and racing with the Xterra folks... My Cannondale Women's hard tail 29er is super fun and getting back to the roots of why I love to race was resfreshing.....
So, when you have the chance- do something new that scares you- never hurts to mix it up! (well, until the day after ;).
Thank you to all of my sponsors and supporters who helped me have an amazing Xterra weekend!