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Xterra Beaver Creek 2010

Me - happy to have beaten Dave
Me – happy to have beaten Dave 😉

Xterra Beaver Creek (sport course for me) was this weekend. I hung out with and raced with my buddy Dave Kupernik and his friend Tom.

Dave and I have a little buddy rivalry developing, and even though we’re friends, we made no secret of the fact we were gunning for each other. By the way, Dave is the BEST realtor I know and can be reached at

For me, the weekend started by packing up the family (Meredith and all 3 boys) and heading up to the Westin in Avon. Packet pick up and the usual Friday night Beaver Creek festivities followed. Took my older two sons – Andrew (5) and Jason (almost 3) to the hottub for some late night swimming.

For some reason, I couldn’t sleep friday night, tossing and turning. I got about 4 hours of sleep and was up bright and early to set up my transition areas.

The swim was in Nottingham lake in Avon, about 2 blocks from the hotel. Start time was around 8:30.  When the gun went off, I wished Dave & Tom luck and hit the water. The lake was warm, about 68 degrees & I swam at 16:47.

Off to the bike course I went. Even though it’s just a 9 mile course, there was about 2200 feet of climbing. It’s pretty much all suffering for the first 3 or 4 miles, then a fast and moderately rocky downhill. I finished the bike in 1:45:51.

The run seems like just as much climbing as the bike (really only 600 feet). I got lost on the course last year, but there was a dude to direct us at that spot this year. I was slow on the run, managing to cover the 3 miles in 41:26 (really, it’s a lot of uphill).

Total time 2:50:12.2. That’s 22 minutes faster than last year. I’m not trying to imply that I’m good at this, but I am getting better. Dave finished only 5 minutes behind me after giving up 13 minutes on the swim. He’s a stronger biker and runner than I am, so I have to keep working on that swim. He’s going to be back with a vengenance in 2011. Anyway, after the race, it was back to the westin for some fun with the family at the pool. That hotel is awesome, and I highly recommend it.

Getting ready for the Creek

Xterra Beaver Creek is this Saturday & I’m gearing up. I’m pretty sure I can knock a bunch of time off of last year, so we’ll see.

I may try to get out for an easy ride today. We’ll see

Training July 13, 2010

Still kind of beat up from the ass kicking I took up at WInter Park. So I went for a slow 5-mile run just to get everything moving. Nothing seems to hurt during the run, so that’s a good thing.

Training 7/9-7/11/2010

Ok, on Friday 7/9/10, I did a “quick” 1600 meters in the pool. Strange as it may sound, I think the swim is now my strongest of the three. I guess that’s because they can’t make me swim uphill in the races.

Saturday 7/10/10 – Winter Park Valley Point-to-Point Mountain bike race. That sounds really cool. The race was about 18 miles over some fairly sttep and rocky stuff. I got caught in a pretty big downour which turned the course muddy and slippery. And so I crashed a lot. Finished second to last amongst the men-folk. In other words, kinda got my ass kicked.

I’m seriously thinking about getting a road bike and starting to do some tris down here in Denver.

Sunday 7/11/2010 – Took a day ‘off’ and lifted. Needed some upper body work to match the soreness in my legs from the bike crashes.

Bike fit at Retul was awesome!!!

Glenn Hyman Retul Santa Cruz

 Here I am getting the bike fit at Retul today. Todd Carver spent an hour and a half with me.

What a great experience. Check out . Thanks Todd!

Yes, I’m still training – 7/6/2010

Ok, as expected, I fell behind in the blogging about the training. I will catch it up, I promise.

I took today off after a long weekend of mountain biking, swimming, and bricks. I’m off all this week, with a mountain bike race at Winter Park on Saturday 7/10. After that, it’s Xterra Beaver Creek (sport) on 7/17, Xterra Indian Peaks 8/8, and Xterra Lory 8/29. Then it’s onto kettlebells and lifting season.

Tomorrow I’m bringing the Superlight to Retul for a bike fit with Todd Carver ( If you’re in Winter Park on Saturday, look fo the slow gut in the Jolly Roger jersey.