Twenty-two athletes earned the perfect score of 325 points on the XTERRA America Tour, and of those 22 four won 7-of-7 races in their division. Last week we caught up with one of them, Chris Scott from Morrison, IL; and this week we meet another - Daryl Weaver from Lititz, PA (pictured above at the XTERRA East Championship).
XTERRA: When did you do your first XTERRA?
Daryl Weaver: My first ever XTERRA race was in July 2011.
XT: So you’re pretty new to XTERRA, what is your background?
DW: I have been a runner for 25 years (competing for only 8 of those) and a mountain biker for 19 years. Only in the last 6 years have I picked up swimming. I started competing in road triathlons 6 years ago. I try to race between 30 to 45 times every year.
XT: How many XTERRA races have you done, and won?
DW: Eight. One race in 2011 and seven this year. I have won all seven of my races this year in my age group, and I have won 6 of those 7 races overall.
XT: Have your races this year taken you by surprise?
DW: I was definitely surprised to win so many races, not only to win in my age group but overall in races too.
XT: What has been your secret this year?
DW: No real secret. I have been trying to go as fast as possible but within my comfort zone so as to not blow up during the races.
XT: I understand this will be your first trip to the XTERRA USA Championship race, who do you see as your biggest competitors?
DW: I do not really have any clue as to who my competitors are, but I am sure there are many. There are a lot of top athletes that turn up for Nationals. I'm just excited to get out there.
XT: How important is the Nationals to you?
DW: Pretty important considering this is my first full year on the XTERRA America Tour. It would be nice to do well, but I will take it as it comes.
XT: How does the course in Utah play to your strengths?
DW: I am a very strong climber on the bike and equally on the run and with the course at Utah being very hilly I see this working to my advantage.
XT: What is the most interesting thing that has happened to you, or that you have seen on the tour this year?
DW: To be honest I have been very taken back at how friendly everyone is at XTERRA.
XT: What kind of bike do you ride?
DW: A Specialized S-Works Epic
XT: What would you say your favorite XTERRA course is?
DW: I would say that the XTERRA Charlottesville course is my favorite. It has a very technical mountain bike section and a pretty good run course.
XT: What would you say your favorite thing about XTERRA is?
DW: I love to mountain bike and trail run and where better to do both in race conditions.
XT: What’s your local trail there in Lititz?
DW: There are too many to list. The area of Lititz has varying terrain with anything from hilly and rough, to nice smooth twisty singe tracks. My favorite trail has to be Spring trail, it is only about 1 ½ miles long but it has a fun downhill and a great climb. I have been on it too many times to count, but it never gets old. For me, I guess Lititz is the perfect place to train for XTERRA training.
XT: Do you have any sponsors?
DW: Only my wallet!
XT: What do you do for a living, and when do you practice?
DW: I work in construction three days a week for about 10-12 hours. On average I ride 2-3 times a week (road or mountain), I run once a week, I swim 2-3 times a week and I lift weights 2-3 times a week also. I try to race every week from April to November and I count those as workouts.
XT: Anything random we should know about you?
DW: God gave me the ability to be a do-it yourself kind of person, from building the house I live in to fixing up my junk vehicles to growing a lot of my own food.