Pumpkinman 2011

 Pumpkinman 2011- The race this year was probably twice as crowded as last year since Pumpkinman was hosting the Southwest Regional Triathlon Championships. There were lots of people from CU, CSU, BYU, Air Force Academy, U of A and other colleges. Keith and Katherine did awesome in their first triathlon! I felt pretty good but finished 5 minutes slower than last year, though I did place a lot better, I guess that's what happens when there is a lot more traffic. Again, perfect weather. Thank you Zazoosh for putting your watermark all over our pictures...
Katherine at the finish line

Keith at the finish line

Beautiful morning
Explaining the new swim course, this year it was a rectangle instead of out and back.

Transition 1, probably the longest and most narrow transition ever since it runs up an old boat ramp.
The long climb up from Lake Mead to Boulder City

 A few more lessons learned from this year: not knowing what time it was, after waiting in a long line for the bathroom, by the time I got down to the water I only has 30 seconds before my wave started (just like last year). I think next time I'm going to wear a watch. Also since T1 was so long I decided to run barefoot to the end and mount my bike with my shoes already clipped in. That was a mistake to try on a hill, it would have been better to put my shoes on first. Still a fun race, looking forward to next year.

Mt Charleston Hill Climb

This was my first year doing the Mt Charleston Hill Climb, actually it was also my first time to the Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort which is where the climb finished. The weather was perfect, temperatures were down in the low 50's for the start of the climb at 3312 ft, sunny and very little wind. The race started at the bottom of Lee Canyon road and the 95 and climbed up 17.5 miles to 8669 ft. That meant over 5000 ft of climbing. As we gained elevation it was awesome to slowly see the landscape change from desert to evergreen forests and even snow at the top, in fact the ski resort had one of the lifts and runs open. The climb was challenging and I struggled to keep 8 and 9 miles an hour through the race, at steeper slopes I think I even got down to 5 mph. The temperature at the top was in the low 40's and it felt good. The climb was fun but even better was to see my family waiting at the finish. After the race at the top there was an overpriced BBQ so we got to hang out for a while and let Jonas and Anna experience the cold and snow.  The last few switchback were definitely the hardest as it gets pretty steep right before the resort, that's where I saw Kirsten, Jonas and Anna.

One more turn then the finish

Anna staying warm next to Kirsten
Jonas throwing a snowball