XTERRA USA Champs. Plumbed the deapths of empty legs, but won 6th XTERRA USA Series title

conrad stoltz xterra nevada 2008 by rich cruse
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by Rich Cruse

What a weird, weird day.

I finished 8th. 8 minutes down.

In my whole racing career, I have never had legs as amazingly empty in a race, especially after feeling so good in the lead up. I wish I could have posted my Tuesday bike time instead of my race day bike time. Even including the almost BASE jump in the time.

The swim went relatively well, I was 50″ behind the Seth Wealing and felt pretty good on the flat and the early climb. However, when the pitch got steeper and I started laying the power down, my legs, well, powered down. My lower back usually gets sore, but I can manage it by stretching, standing or backing off for a while, but this time it didnt get better. I wasn’t even breathing hard- which says a lot for this altitude. 6500-8800ft. I got to the flume just behind Josiah Middaugh and thought: ok, now thats its flat and supposedly more technical, I’ll catch up, overtake, make time on the downhill and battle on the run, but it wasn’t even close. I tried and tried to find the proverbial “big blade”, but I was spinning in the granny.

The race within the race was the XTERRA USA Series Title. I made the math beforehand. Fellow South African Dan Hugo was 2nd in the Series with 3 second place finishes and I was leading with 3 wins. If Dan won, I had to finish no worse than 4th to win the Series and the $14 000 prize. Second is “only” a harsh $7000. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine of dragging ass in 8th, trying to calculate how much Dan had to drag ass for me to still “win” the Series. I got 8th and “won” by 8 points, as Dan finished 4th.

Phew.

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Gert Wilkins 21-10-2008, 11:58

Geluk met die reeks oorwinning Conrad. Voorpoed met Maui!

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jacky 08-10-2008, 09:23

don’t worry conrad everybody can say :after a bad race we have a the next won better and the next one is at maui.
you are w ell i am sur and is not normal for a nrmal man to hve a bad time one moment in the race.
dont worry be happy.
see you soon
jacky les bons tuyaux!!!

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Nanna 07-10-2008, 23:17

Glad you still won the series. Have a good rest and go slow on those berries! Have a good (legs) day at Maui

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jameson 07-10-2008, 21:20

Congrats on the series win dude! Sunday was rough… Tahoe is my least favorite race… bring on the heat and Maui! See ya in a couple of weeks. – james

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