XTERRA Wild Horse Creek

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Hello fellow triathletes!

Another fantastic race occurred this past Sunday at the Hyalite Reservoir.  Well over 100 hundred athletes showed up for a brisk morning competition.  The algae in the water was in full bloom, the temperature was just right.  The mass start, for me, is one of the most exciting parts of the race.  Will I, or won’t I hold my position?  Two laps with a “beach” run in between is great.  Although, there is definitely no beach at Hyalite.  A pretty casual T1 and I was off on the bike.  There were a bunch of competitors on the trail., which made it tricky to pass at times on the rooted, singletrack trails.  Climbing up Hood Creek, my friend Harry passed me, and decided to push the pace for both of us.  If you have never done the Hood Creek Loop up at Hyalite, it is worth it.  A nice sustained climb with a screamer downhill.  Totally worth it.  If you are not a speed freak, you can take it nice and slow and enjoy the beautiful scenery.  Mountains and wildflowers, oh my!  T2 was very quick and off to the Crescent Lake trail (times 2).  There is no steady section here, it is either up or down.  Hard to get your rhythm going.  All in all a solid race.  The Wild Horse XTERRA is growing in numbers every year.  I’ve done the race 4 years in a row now, and I am not disappointed!  I hope in the future, it will become the Mountain Cup XTERRA race.

I am off this weekend to another XTERRA race in Nederland, CO.  (5th race of year).

Matthew Parks, USAT Level 1 Triathlon Coach, Bozeman Triton Coach, Nationally Certified in Therapeutic  Massage and Bodywork

Please let me know if you have any questions or need some advice.

406 580 7987 or matthewbryanparks@gmail.com.

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