TIPS FOR THE TRAIL - PREPARING FOR XTERRA NATIONALS
By Rachel Cieslewicz
Late summer is an exciting time for endurance athletes. Many of us have built a solid base of training and racing miles by this time of the year. What it means to "fly" is a concept loved and lived, as we put our finely-tuned bodies to the test. Locally, we know who our competition is and where our strengths and weaknesses lie. But where do we stand on a national level? The XTERRA Trail Run National Championship is the perfect opportunity to find out!
This year, the XTERRA Trail Run Nationals is being held at the Snowbasin Resort near Ogden, Utah, for the first time in the event's history and is open to runners of all ages and skill levels. Registration is available at http://www.xterraplanet.com/xduro/nationals.html.
With that said, there are a few things you should know about Snowbasin to make your trip a success. Utah has a dry climate, meaning very little, if any, humidity. That is not to say it doesn't rain! September is an interesting month. The odds are that it will be a crisp cool morning, easing into a gorgeous warm fall day. But … it could be a sweltering 90 degrees at race start. Or perhaps 30 degrees and snowing. Welcome to northern Utah! I suggest bringing at least a set of gloves, a hat, and jacket, just in case. Come well rested and hydrated, especially if you are coming up in elevation.
The XTERRA Trail Run Nationals are just shy of two months out, which is perfect timing for one more build up to race day. To prepare for this race, take a snap shot of your fitness, motivation, and health. How do you feel? What are your energy levels like? Do you have the drive to do what it takes to find your best athletic potential at nationals? If needed, take one week easy. Then spend the next five weeks thinking quality. For many of us, mileage is already up to an adequate level. Snowbasin, Utah, is at elevation, but it is not a crazy high level. The challenge is that is it is one of our amazing epic ski resorts that make Utah famous. Terrain can vary, but expect some sustained steep, rocky climbs, twisty single track, and tricky rock gardens. Here are some workouts to get you ready for race day.
NEW NAMES TOP PHILLY FINALE
The final race of the 2011 season for the XTERRA Philly Trail Run Series was highlighted by some new - and fast - runners.
Stephen Lobianco and Francesca Magri took top honors at the XTERRA Hibernia Park Burn Trail Run at Coatesville, Pa., on Sunday, July 24. Both runners were competing in an XTERRA trail run for the first time this season.
Lobianco took top overall honors, completing the 21-kilometer course in 1 hour, 39 minutes, 59 seconds. He ran alone for most of the course, although he said it may have been due to one of the other lead runners taking a wrong turn.
"I started the second loop thinking I was in second place," said Lobianco, 26. "Since no one was really close, I was literally stopping at every water stop to drink one full cup of water and pour one on my head. It was not until I crossed the finish line that I realized that the previous leader had taken a wrong turn and dropped out, leaving me the win."
Magri was an impressive fifth overall and first among the women with a time of 1:56:05. It was the first XTERRA trail run race of her career.
"I loved it," said Magri, 27. "Tough course with good variation of uphill and downhill trails, with
perfect placement of fields to catch your breath. My favorite part was the creek to run through and cool off, especially for the second lap."
Magri dominated the women's field, finishing 15 minutes ahead of the others. Alice Kassens placed second in 2:11:03, and Corrine Banks was third in 2:16:22.
BARRICKLOW, DOROUGH WIN NORTH CAROLINA RACE
Zachary Barricklow is hooked.
After completing his first XTERRA Trail Run last weekend, Barricklow can't wait until the next one. It probably helps that he won his first one.
Barricklow was the overall winner of the XTERRA Beech Mountain Trail Run at Beech Mountain, N.C., on Sunday, July 24.
"That was my first trail run, and I loved it," said Barricklow, who is 28 and resides in Boone, N.C. "I kind of didn't know what to expect. I just did it because I was looking for a race in the area that weekend, and it fit my schedule. But now that I have done one, I'd definitely like to do more."
Barricklow (pictured at right) completed the 10-kilometer course in 50 minutes, 47 seconds. He normally competes in road races, and is aiming to run in the Boston Marathon in 2012.
In the women's division, Ashley Dorough of Asheville, N.C., placed sixth overall and took top female honors with a time of 54:52. There have been two races in the 2011 XTERRA North Carolina Trail Run Series, and Dorough has been the top female at both races.
Kimberly Hefner of Rock Hill, S.C., placed second with a time of 56:19, and Leigh Adams of Hampstead, N.C., was third in 57:47.
Race photo courtesy www.greatactionportraits.com
XTERRA SOCAL RUNNER EXCELS IN SWISS ALPS
Jonathan Toker, one of the top runners from the XTERRA SoCal Trail Run Series, placed 20th overall at the Zermatt Marathon in Switzerland earlier this month.
Toker completed the course in 3 hours, 46 minutes, and said his experience from previous XTERRA SoCal Series races helped him deal with the grueling climbs.
“With over 6,000 feet of climbing and 1,200 feet of descent, it was a tough day,” he said. “But with scenic views of the Matterhorn and the Swiss Alps, being breathless was also due to the scenery! All the local SoCal XTERRA races have certainly helped with training for that event.”
Photo courtesy Jonathan Toker
WIN A FREE OUTRIGGER STAY ON MAUI
There's still time for another chance to win a free stay in Hawaii. Outrigger Aina Nalu, located on the island of Maui, is giving one lucky XTERRA Tribe member a free 3-night stay in a new one bedroom resort condominium.
It's all part of Outrigger Hotels & Resorts XTERRA Tribe Promotion where every month through December, you have a chance to win a free stay in Hawaii at one of their Resort Condominium Properties throughout the islands of Hawaii.
Entries must be received by August 1, 2011 and certificate is good for stays through June 30, 2012
ENTER TO WIN TODAY
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