Life as a triathlete, Vehicross's and off-roading

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Lightning as a motivator

While out on a ride yesterday one of Arizona’s famous monsoon storms decided to roll in. I was about 45 minutes from home when all hell decided to break loose. The sky grew dark, the wind kicked up to 30+ mph, the temp dropped from the 90’s to the low 70’s and liquid sunshine began to dump from the sky. None of that bothers me to much. But, when lightning starts popping all around you at close proximity it kind of motivates you to pick up the pace a bit so you can get some cover. My usual loop of 1:35 was completed in 1:26…this on tired legs after racing a 1/2 Ironman 4 days prior!


ZuZoo rocks Moab

Just returned from a week of camping and offroading in Moab, Utah. This was my 5th trip there and I am still amazed by the beauty. The weather was nice and sunny the first 2 days. The rest of the week we were greated by cool temps , wind and scattered rain…but that didn’t stop us. With a mix of Isuzu’s and a jeep or two we hit the trails. Day 1 a few that arrived early hit the Dome Plateau trail. Day 2 we started the Cliffhanger trail but we didn’t get far before 2 in our group suffered carnage…both radiators. Day 3 a group of 25 vehicles hit the 7 mile rim trail. The day started off under rainy skies but cleared up nicely. On day 4 our group headed out to the Hells Revenge under rain drops making the slickrock…..well, slick! We followed that up with a few of us making a quick trip to Baby Lions Back. On my final day we we ran through Steelbender once again greeted by liquid sunshine. The next morning I packed up and then ate my customary banana walnut pancakes at the local pancake house. Then made the drive south back home.

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Trip pictures…

The trip north from home

Dome Plateau

7 Mile Rim

Cliffhanger

Hells Revenge and Baby Lions Back

Steelbender

The trip south home