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 www.davekupernik.com.
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.