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My Three Race Week

Posted by Matt Liebsch on Jul 6th 2015

Two weeks ago was one of the busiest race weeks of my life. Tuesday I raced up Mt. Tamalpais, Thursday I raced the Paddle Derby with Kjell Peterson from Duluth and Saturday the 27th I raced the Tri Loppet off-road triathlon.

The first event in my “intensity block”, as Brian Greggs calls it, was a mano-a-mano race up Mt. Tamalpais. I raced in double pole technique and my friend and competitor, Enrique Cubillo, raced in “stand-up-spike” technique. His company SUSOIX (pronounced suh-soy) sponsored the race up Mt. Tam which climbs from near sea-level to over 2,500ft covering 9.5 miles. I meet Enrique though social media and was intrigued with his company, new sport and product. SUSOIX/spikeboarding is part skate board, part Nordic ski, and part paddle board. From SUSOIX's website:

“SpikeBoarding™ is influenced in three equal parts by the sports of Nordic Skiing, Stand Up Paddle and Switch Kick Longboarding. Those three melded into one with a meditative end towards motoring forward, on flats, uphills, downhills and with as much efficiency as the full body can generate.”

View From Halfway up Mt. Tamalpais

View From Halfway up Mt. Tamalpais

The race itself was great. I felt good, the weather and scenery was amazing...it was my first time to the Bay Area and I wish I could have spent more time exploring. None-the-less, I had a ton of fun with the time I had, and my and Enquire's race even got some coverage in the local Mill Valley Herald newspaper.

Full coverage of my Mt. Tam race is available on YouTube

The second event in my race week was the Hoigaard's Paddle Derby. I used this event as a tune-up for the paddle leg of the Tri-Loppet. Expert canoe racer Kjell Peterson came down from Duluth to race the Derby with me and the Tri-Loppet. Thursday's race was a neck and neck race against Dana Henry and Mike Brumbaugh and we lost it the sprint finish but Kjell and I got a solid hour of racing to find each other's rhythm.

The last race of my busy week was the Tri-Loppet. New this year, to be considered in the competitive/prize money category, all racers needed to be in a “stock” boat. Most racers choose a Jensen18 or a Minnesota2. Kjell and I traded his MN2 for a more comfortable Jensen18. With Kjell's massive paddle power, we were the 4th boat out of the water. Transitioning to the running leg after paddling all-out for 40mins never felt more uncomfortable and I never felt good but I managed to pass all the other racers and transitioned to the bike leg in 1st place. The bike leg went very well, especially since Larry Foss with the Fix Studio borrowed me his Focus 650b mountain bike...that thing was a rocket on the mixed road/single track course. Following the race, it was a blast catch up with all the local runners, skiers and paddlers over a Surly beer.After all the travel and racing I found myself on the backside of a very taxing week. I find it important to remind myself that getting faster/fitter is a byproduct of resting after training/racing so this week I find myself trying to dig out of my fatigue. The most helpful items I focus on after a bigger week are sleeping a bit more, eating clean, ice baths, foam rolling and stretching. I know once I recovery from this intensity block I will fitter and fast.

Great Ending to a Good Week - On Top of the Podium

Great Ending to a Good Week - On Top of the Podium

After all the travel and racing I found myself on the backside of a very taxing week. I find it important to remind myself that getting faster/fitter is a byproduct of resting after training/racing so this week I find myself trying to dig out of my fatigue. The most helpful items I focus on after a bigger week are sleeping a bit more, eating clean, ice baths, foam rolling and stretching. I know once I recovery from this intensity block I will fitter and fast.

Gear West will be hosting a SpikeBoarding demo July 18th at 8:30am. Come try SpikeBoarding out, have fun, and meet SUSOIX founder Enrique Cubillo.

-Posted by Matt Liebsch on Jul 6th 2015

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