Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Reflecting on 2010

Well 2010 has come to an end and now seems like a great time to reflect on last year.... Goals are a funny thing for me. It seems even when I reach them I always find something that I feel like I could have done better.
I'll start with the road running races that kicked off the year. The season kicked off with a 3 minute 5 miler PR at the St. Paddy's Day 5 in Spokane. My goal was to run sub 30 and I went low 28. You'd think it would have been a great feeling however... I was beaten by a dude pushing a stroller! WTF! Sorry for the harsh letters, but that hurts! I'm hoping the kid in the stroller was small but to be honest I never saw him since I was behind him the ENTIRE time!
Next up, was the Rapid Rabbit Run 5 miler. I finished 5th there the year before and it starts at East Valley High School (my Alma mater). Oddly enough as a baseball player there in high school we were forced to run it, and I hated running so much that a group of us ducked into a neighborhood about 1/2 a mile in and waited about a half an hour then jumped back in. My how things have changed. Anyway, back to the race. My goal for this was to finish top 3. I ended up winning it. My first ever overall win! This was a great feeling! I actually couldn't find much wrong with this one. I even got a trophy.
Two weeks later I did the Recycle Run. It was a dead flat 4 miler and I again took the overall win. I was able to run with more confidence knowing I had won a race the week before. The best part about this race? They give away recycled trophies and I got first pick. Naturally I went with the biggest one. The figure on top was of course a man in a wheelchair. Another great race.

Here's a close up shot of my Grand prize
The week after was Bloomsday! I love this race! 40,000 people running through the streets of downtown Spokane. I've ran this race over 15 times, but I peaked at 10 years old with a 58:40. Last year I went 44:xx and I thought that was my peak, but this year I was running better than I ever have and cut 3 minutes off from last year. I finished 70th and after the Kenyans were dropped from the age group ranks I ended up 10 in my AG. Nobody lets my head get too big though, some of my friends were quick to point out that I got chicked by 13 women. I didn't get beat by any stollers though.
After Bloomsday it was time to start the tri season. As I've said before I like to start my season with Onionman in Walla Walla. This year was
no different, however I'm horrible about procasinating and I let this race fill up before I signed up. This left me scrambling to find a spot. With a week left I finally tracked down a spot. A local triathlete named John Martinek wanted to get rid of his wifed slot. I met him at his house and got everything squared away. This left me without a hotel plan so I decided to drive down the morning of. I Got there with about an hour to go and got ready to roll. I wanted to go top 3 in my AG and I didn't quite get there. I finished 10th overall and fourth in my AG. I was a little disappointed, but it was still did better than the year before and I ran my best 10k ever. I thought this was setting me up for a great Ironman CDA.
In the week following Onionman things started to fall apart. My left leg was struck with ITBS. I shut down the running for the 3 weeks before Ironman and skipped The Moses Lake Tri. It was really a bummer, because I was running better than ever prior to this.
I think this is a good place to stop as this is getting a bit long. Next time I'll dig into Couer d' Alene the summer and my thoughts on Kona.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Team Planet X 2011

I'm sure everyone is getting sick of seeing pictures of bikes on my blog but I got some exciting news last week.
As you can see I sold the Cervelo and bought the new Felt b12. Well.... 2 days after I got it all put together I found out that I have been selected to be on Team Planet X for the 2011 season. The team is made of 25 age groupers from around the country. I'm super excited for the chance to represent an elite team like this. I guess I better start hitting the training hard if I'm going to be racing for more than just myself.
For those of you that don't know Planet X is an awesome bike and wheel company.
Where else can you land a full carbon bike with Sram red components and deep carbon race wheels for $3500?

I'm honored to be a part of the team next year and can't wait for 2011. However this most likely means my brand new felt b12 has to go.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Out with the old, In with the new!

I sold the Cervelo, and I really feel good about the a local triathlete that will be giving it a new home. This was an excellent bike for me, but my carbon envy finally got the better of me. So without further ado I'd like to introduce the new Felt. After one trainer ride I can say that it feels great. Robin at Fitness Fanatics did a great job getting me old all squared away in a much more aggressive position than before. I just can't wait until the roads are clear so I can take her out and see what she can do.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Time to let her go


I ended up falling into an incredible deal on a new Felt tri- bike so the wife is enforcing the one tri-bike per person rule. The Cervelo has got to go! It's a 2008 54 cm ultegra build. I bought it new from Fitness Fanatics in July of 2008 and have completed 3 Ironman races. This bike and I have been through a lot together so it's a little bitter sweet to let her go. We've tremendous highs together (5:09 Ironman Cda bike split, our trip to Kona together) and some lows (the well documented crash). In regards to the crash the bike came out a lot better than I did with only a scratched right bull horn and a scratched pedal. It was completely gone through by fitness fanatics and I put another 500 miles on it post crash including Ironman Hawaii. Would I ride it if it was defective? No way!! I'm gonna be a dad soon and I have to provide for the family. So here are some pictures. I'm including the various nicks in the paint none of which is any more than a nick

Can't get much more aero at this price
Upgraded Cee Gee's pads. So Comfy!
Nick in the paint from cable rubbing
Brand new Felt 3.3 Saddle if you want it.
Or the original Profile tri saddle.
Paint chip from the trainer.
Another trainer paint chip
Foot rub on the crank arm. Not from the crash.
Another paint chip from the trainer.
Scratch in the decal.
Paint rubbed off from the aero drink bracket.
Paint Chip from lack of flexibility. Can't my leg that high.
11-23 cassette

Paint chip from trainer again.

The damage from the crash. Now covered by new bar tape. You can't even tell it's there.
Lightly scratched brake lever.
Pedal is pretty scratched but I rode it for the rest of the season. Just looks ugly.

Well there you have it. If you have any questions feel free to e-mail me at mallen4574@aol.com.