Alu Man was fun as usual, did it on "Day 0" of Cycle Oregon since it was on the way out to Elgin. Unfortunately did not go one place better but still happy with my performance.
Cycle Oregon was very cool, managed alot of riding at threshold and really built the proverbial fuel-tank for a future run at Long course racing. It was alot of miles in general and I was happy to have it behind me as I was pretty fatigued by the end..
Beaver Fever Duathlon didn't quite unfold the way I imagined it would but happy to have raced decently under the circumstances.
The end of the season is always a bit melancholy really, after all I'm a year older and I have that to look forward to the next year, and well, I don't look forward to it! I have to admit I've had alot of years of great racing, literally thirty years now. :)
It's a time of reflection: what went right, what went wrong, where am I weak, where are areas I can improve more?
The bike: Truth is my riding suffered in Seattle, too much time inside and not enough intensity. I didn't know how far behind I was until the last couple of seasons. I've made steady progress from a power perspective but at this point I *do* have concerns about how much more I want to get the bike nailed. As it is my threshold power numbers are higher then I ever thought they'd be and at my weight, it's exciting, that said I do have a consistency issue, it's not always a guarantee I'm going to pump those numbers out and a bit frustrating when I don't as it's part of the race plan. There are question marks about how I should continue to eeek bigger power numbers.
I'm finally making some changes around equipment, I'll be on a dedicated road bike for training and will race a dedicated TT bike. I really hope to do the TT series more often next year, the mental focus is something that I need to get down.
The swim: Well, I didn't race long but I had a much more consistent season then ever before so there you go. It would have been nice to see if it had translated into something over 2k but c'est la vie.
Run: I'm fine, didn't have a bad run all season.. At Beaver Fever my chest totally tightened up during the first run which was annoying, seemed like an allergy attack and I did have to take it easy for a sec, collect myself and go back to the race, which I did but then I felt odd the whole bike.. Well, it could have been the cold, who knows? Needless to say, I won't be changing much here and I'm not worried about it.
Time to rest.