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Rolf Prima Tri At The Grove – Race Report

In Uncategorized on July 27, 2011 at 11:25 PM

By: Eric Taylor – Sales Manager @ Hutch’s Eugene

First I want to thank everyone who put on the race. These events are a TON of work, and I think most of us underestimate how much time goes into creating a successful race. Thank you Rolf and Dark 30 Sports for putting on THE best race of the year.

This race was my first Olympic distance race. The Granite Man race was close, but not quite this long. A lot of people were surprised that I was going to do this longer race, but for me, it was just a natural evolution. This distance appeals to me the most and I felt mostly prepared for the race.

When race day came, I felt like an old pro. I knew what to do with my stuff in transition; and I knew what was going to happen in the water – I was ready to rip. The Sims and I got there early so that we would have plenty of time to setup transition and get Annette in the water at 8:00.

Annette’s race started without any issue and mine & John’s race followed shortly after. In the water I was bored. Forty freaking minutes in the water is a long time…. I felt good and went my typical pace of slow and steady. Considering where my swim started in December, I felt great.

T1 went well and I got the bike up to speed as fast as I could. I knew I had nothing in the run and need to make up time on the bike. The bike course was AWESOME. Thanks to Annie Loe for putting together such a great course. I finished 26 miles in 1:10 and averaged 21.5mph. I had put on a set of aero bars for this race and it was a noticeable difference.

T2 was easy and then I began the grueling 10k to finish up the race. The run was slow. I pushed myself as hard as I could, but I really didn’t have it in the run. I ran ten-minute miles and finished in an hour.

I felt great at the finish. I had left it all out there and finished my first Olympic distance triathlon. I know that if I want to continue with triathlon, I have to focus on running. It was clear that the race was won in the run. I was passed back by a number of people I crushed on the bike. The nailed me in the run.

I’m looking to improve my running this up-coming year by getting involved in a few running races as well as looking for some great running groups. If you have any good suggestions on falling in love with running, I would die to hear them :)!

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The Specialized Demo Is Back!

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2011 at 5:48 PM

By: Eric Taylor – Hutch’s Sales

Monday August 22nd we will again combine the demo with the monday night road ride. However, this year the ride will be leaving from Evviva (evvivatraining.com) @ 6pm. Specialized will be here by 5:30 with bikes setup for customers to check out. Please show up early if you are going to take a bike so that we can setup seat heights and swap pedals.

 

I will again have a signup list for this night. I would like to reserve this night for those really interested in a particular model. This night is designed to give you the opportunity to test out the potential bike of your dreams that just needs the longer ride to be sure. I will update the blog with bikes available when I get the list.

 

Tuesday August 23rd from 4 to 8pm we will be setting up at the Calvarly Fellowship Church. They are located on the corner of west amazon and fox hollow. Tuesday night will be a great opportunity to test out road and mountain bikes. I would encourage customers to do shorter rides and take out multiple models this night.

 

With this location, you will also be able to give a mountain bike a decent test on the ridgeline trail. The loop is short enough that you will be able to get a couple rides in and check out different bikes.

 

I will update the blog as things progress. We are looking forward to a really fun night and a great opportunity to check out models in a way that you just can’t get at the store.