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Quintana Roo Adds Bike Rental at IRONMAN Events

Bicycle Manufacturer Expands Commitment to Triathletes for 2014
Chattanooga, Tennessee (April 9, 2014) – Quintana Roo (QR) has announced that they will begin a bike rental program geared around the IRONMAN race series in North America, beginning with the IRONMAN Texas race on May 17, 2014. QR will make their full range of tri-specific bikes available at a dozen IRONMAN events via an online reservation system at RentQR.com or a link through the individual IRONMAN race sites.

The rental service as provided by QR will address the concern of many athletes who wish to ride a pro-grade race bicycle at a destination event but face the dual challenges of travel expense and logistics with their current bikes. The QR staff will be on-hand at all IRONMAN events where rental service is available to service and fit bicycles, as well.

'We've had requests for this at almost every race we've attended over the last three years, ' said Peter Hurley CEO of American Bicycle Group, parent company of QR. 'When you look at the cost of traveling with a bike, the need for a bike case, and the confidence necessary to pack it safely, this is a great solution.'

QR will increase its presence at IRONMAN events for the next three years with an increased footprint and expanded service offerings to triathletes. The rental program is an easy way for an athlete to upgrade their bike for race day without having to spend $7,000 or more for the latest gear.

'There are a bunch of different ways for athletes to transport their bike to a race,' added Mac McEneaney, Director of Sales and Marketing for Quintana Roo, 'but I think a lot of athletes don't want to be without their bike for the two weeks it typically takes to ship. Additionally, we have had dozens of international athletes approach us at race expos asking for this option. We think it will be a success.'

Triathletes who visit RentQR.com will have the chance to review bike choices and place a reservation. Each confirmed registration will be accompanied by a fit review session with a certified QR staff member to confirm the size of bike and fit requirements of the athlete prior to the event.

About Quintana Roo:
Quintana Roo was the first company to create a triathlon-specific wetsuit over 25 years ago, and then a tri-specific bike two years later. QR remains the only company in the world wholly committed to triathlon by focusing solely on creating the best fitting and most aerodynamic, functional triathlon bikes in existence. Follow QR at quintanarootri.com and @quintanarootri.


Weekend Review: Florida 70.3, NOLA 70.3, and Leadman AZ #itspersonal

Florida 70.3
When Cait Snow came out of the water in 5th and hammered her way to 1st off the bike with a 2:22 split, well, the field didn't stand a chance...


With a 1:20 run split, Cait increased her lead over 2nd place to over 6 minutes- there was no catching her on Sunday.


Her combined splits of 27:17, 2:22, and 1:20 were good enough for a 4:13 finish, with 2nd place nowhere in site. 


Third podium and first victory in 2014 for Cait Snow.


Of course, what added to the excitement of this race was the combined "Snow storm" of both Cait and her husband, Tim


While Cait went on to win the women's race, Tim was working his way through the age group ranks, coming out off the bike in 5th and running his way to 2nd place in M35-39 with a 4:19.

Also racing was fellow QT2 pro Jacqui Gordon, who finished 12th overall for the women's Pro race.

In the Pro men's race, QT2 pros AJ Baucco and Pat Wheeler finished 14th and 18th. Baucco finished with a 4:12, putting in a solid 2:16 bike split and Pat Wheeler came across the line with a 4:16.

NOLA 70.3
While QR athletes were tearing it up at Florida 70.3, the same was happening a few states over in New Orleans, as pros (Haley Chura, Jennie Hansen, Robbie Wade) and age-groupers alike (Katie Ingram) rode QR to podium spots and WC qualifiers.


When the gun went off and the women's pro wave started, you can be sure who led the women during the swim and out of the water.


That's right, defending race champ Haley Chura, who came out of the water in 24:12.


Dropping back a few spots on the bike, Chura started the run in 6th overall.


However, she was able to fight her way back to 5th, good for a 4:27 finish and a podium spot.


For QT2 pro Jennie Hansen, NOLA 70.3 was the first race back after a rough off-season. Coming out the water in 15th, Jennie worked her way up through the bike and the run with 2:22 bike split and 1:26 run, good for a 6th place finish. 


In the men's pro race, QR pro Robbie Wade put down a 25:45 swim, a 2:16 bike, and a 1:17 run to go 4:02, placing him 7th overall.


However, it wasn't just QR pros who had fantastic races. Katie Ingram (who has a fantastic blog) earned a spot at this year's WC 70.3 in Mont Tremblant, finishing 6th in her age group.  
Leadman 125 AZ
And, in the middle of the desert, QR pro Jesse Vondracek was killing it at Leadman 125 AZ. 


2nd out of the water and 1st onto the bike.


Jesse led the bike for most of the race.


Almost too fast to get a picture. Almost.


2nd overall at Leadman 125 AZ.


Congratulations to all of the athletes who raced this weekend, especially to everyone who rode a QR! #itspersonal
 



It's Personal for Carl Brummer: Kona Race Report, Part 2

I start out very easy on the bike. I have two water bottles, and I use one immediately to drink some and then pour over me. Might as well start cooling.

A few weeks ago I visited Benny Svendsen at Veloposition to get my first professional bike fit. It resulted in adjusted shoe angle, and both the seat and handlebars were moved 2 cm back. Interestingly as a consequence I now sit further back on the saddle, and thus I have moved maybe 4-5 cm backwards. Tricky to change so close to an IM, but it felt right at the test ride.

I take my gels regularly and at each aid station I catch a bottle of water to pour over me, and an additional to drink. Then back to aero position and focus forward. Some passes me and I pass others. The only people that interest me are those with numbers between 700 and 945 because they are in my age group. But I only notice it, I'm determined to master my own race and it is just too far left to let others determine my speed.

After about 60 k the climb towards Hawi begins. So far everything feels great; fresh legs and tailwind. Frequently I get overtaken during up hills, and overtake on the flat parts and when going downhill. We're still not even half way on this bike ride that serves as warm-up for today's marathon.
I meet the first from Pro field on their way back to Kona. They too seem to be working quite hard today.

Arriving in Hawi, I can hear my number being called out when I pass the Special Foods station, so then
I know that they're looking for my bag with Enervit. I round the cone at the turning point and then it's time to catch my bag - yes - it works. I pick out the smaller bag with mixed Enervit gels and replenish my stores. Less than 90 k to go now - lovely.

From Hawi it gets a bit messy as many want to squeeze into the 10 m gap I'm trying to keep to the athlete in front of me, and then they slow down... Finally I decide to push it a little harder get free space.

The referees are doing a good job, but as usual there are too few to be able to control the lengthy field. Some athletes are apparently drafting, and seem more concerned to look back after referees than forward. Honestly I do not understand why that kind of people do an Ironman. Cheaters go home. But, let's focus on my own performance and use the energy for Watts not Waste. Top speed over 70 km/h, so even a long distance race has it's moments of speed and I send very grateful thoughts to Brad and Christof in the QR team who tightened my hubs and got my rear brake working again yesterday!

Out on the Queen K again and then it is about 50 km left. Now it's head wind and the speed drops significantly. At an aid station I see A Raelert get off, not his day today.

I get small sensations of cramp in the back of the thighs. The distance is starting to take its toll. With about 10 k left I increase power however to ride pretty firmly the last bit toward Kona. I reckon that I will have a really good bike split, 4.51, and it feels wonderful to enter Kona and prepare for T2.

I leave my Illicito to one of the volunteers and run towards the transition gear. A kind volunteer helps me - and empties my bag on the floor...! Arrrgh - I had put everything so carefully in a certain order to make a fast transition. I put on my tri top, socks, running shoes and race belt.
Hat, sunglasses and cool wings are put in place as I leave the transition.

I can hear my friend Martin calling out that I'm probably in the top 5 in my AG - a good day so far!

The running is initially contradictory. It's pretty fast, but it doesn't feel particularly good. After four kilometers I stop and take off the shoe to adjust the sock since I had started to feel a blister. A little early for blisters!

Usually it takes a couple of kilometers to get into the run, but now it takes just over 7 km. Not until the turn out on Alii Drive is it possible for me to get some nice running feeling. I pass some of those who recently passed me and it feels better.

Back in Kona Palani roads 500 m uphill is waiting. It is quite heavy, but I keep on running. Martin and
Sussi are cheering at me. Did he say 3rd?

Then it's out on the Queen K, and now it's heavy. Or rather hurting. I have very sore Achilles tendons so my running technique is not the best and it makes the rest of the legs hurt too. Ad to this a fair level of fatigue. I walk through the aid station: water sponges, water, cola, ice, water, sponges, and then off we go. A funny moment is when I mix up the water and coke so I pour the coke in my face to keep cool – it stings sharply in the eyes, and episode that cheers up a bit, and I need that.
Now it starts to get really tough. This is where the race changes from being a physical challenge to be primarily a mental struggle.

The body status: Over heated, super tired and aching.

I stop. I need a restart.

"Talk to me K. It's not you versus me – it's us, we're in this together."
After some hesitation Queen-K gives me her answer "OK Carl – I'm here, let's do it."

Queen K and I start working together. She challenges me when it's slightly upwards, and then she gives back when the road descends.

After an eternity, I arrive at Energy Lab. I meet some of my AG competitors who are ahead of me. I grab my special needs bag. To my great joy, I have put in 2 Enervitene Comp in addition to four gels. I squeeze one immediately and save the other for the last 10k.

The hill towards Queen K actually feels endless. Gosh – an IM sure is tough is my strongest feeling right now. I'm more fatigue than I can remember ever during a race.

Out on the QK I notice a little headwind and it feels really nice. With 10 km left I decide to try an increase in speed. I lift the remainder of the race out of its context and view it as a single 10 k race. 10 k – that's easy! Time to show what you are made of: I disconnect the pain center and focus on running technique. It works for a while, although I can sense that there is a thin line between performance and shut down. With 6 k to go, I think of the race in Frankfurt. Then at 6 km to go Åsa and Vendla told me to give everything I had order to secure the victory.

It's a special feeling to keep running as hard as I do now. It is insane painful and somehow beautiful at the same time.

If I stop, I will probably fall apart, so I keep pushing it through the aid stations without deceleration. The coke is splashing and ice flying around. The sponges are handed out by younger volunteers and I almost run them over since I have a little shitty track control now.

I pass other athletes all the time and get encouraging comments from the audience, "Way to go man! Nice pace! Looking good." It helps. Up the last little hill, turn right to run down Palani. I consider some alternatives and select "All in."

KJ – a Swedish pro watching the race at site had an encouraging comment afterwards "You were among the fastest down Palani, pros counted" - It pleases a 45-year-old.

After Palani there is 1500 m left. It's probably the longest 1.5 k I've ever experienced. Turn around the corner at Uncle Billy's. 500 m left.

With about 100 meters to go, I see the finish line and the clock showing that I will become the second fastest Swedish athlete ever here in Kona. The last 2 k I have sprinted tempo 3.40/k (6.06/mile) pushing my self beyond the limit. I literally fall over the finish line at 9.13.09. 4th in my AG - I made it!
I will get my Umeke! But first I get 1 l i.v. in the medical tent ?.

The other day I was asked if I had never failed as a comment to my progress. My spontaneous response was 'No'. The woman who asked was a bit concerned what would happen the day I did fail. What if a race didn't go well? Would I be able to handle it? I then explained that I don't always succeed. But the opposite of success isn't failure. It's experience. You see, training and racing is a continuous personal development process. Either you succeed, or you learn. By keeping it personal you can't fail.

My personal goal for the coming season is "Sub-9, Top-10, chasing 3." I want to finish IRONMAN Kalmar sub 9 hours among the top 10 Swedish athletes incl. PROs, and run the marathon in close to 3 hours. This gives me direction for my daily planning and fuels my mental engine during training sessions. Will I make it? I don't know – but one thing is sure – I will continuously work on my personal development.


I wish you all the best with your ambitions for the 2014 training and racing season– it's personal!

Carl received the "All-World Athlete" Award from WTC for his race in Kona.


It's Personal for Carl Brummer: Kona Race Report, Part 1

IRONMAN: It's PersonalBang bang bang,
My heart is pounding heavily, my breath is at the limit and every muscle in my body is acing, as it should be during the run at Ironman World Championships in Kona.
There is only one problem:
Right now my speed is zero. I'm standing still. Time is running for sure, but I am not.
I've got about 20 k left and I simply need a restart. So, I close my eyes and whisper, "Talk to me K. It's not you versus me – it's us, we're in this together."
After some hesitation Queen-K gives me her answer "OK Carl – I'm here, let's do it."

So – I start running again, and remember a quote I got from my daughter Vendla, "I don't finish when I'm tired, I finish when I'm done."
Now, I don't know about you, but for me this self-talk is key. An IRONMAN is just as much a battle of minds as a battle of muscles. And right now I fight to choose the right mindset – the one that will help me reach my ultimate goal: Finishing top 5 in my AG in Kona.

Since all that you know about me is my speed a minute ago (i.e. close to zero), here is a back ground:
I grew up in the small village of Vikhög in the south of Sweden in northern Europe. In the beginning of the 80:s we heard of Ironman Hawaii and set up our own 'Vikhögs Ironman'. We ran around the village, got to the next by village on our bikes and back, and finished off (!) with a swim around the harbor. In total about 10 k, so it sure was a super sprint. I got caught by this wonderful juvenile sport and continued training and began racing over the Olympic distance. In 1997 I finished in 6th place in the Swedish Championship. Since our first daughter Hilde was born that year I decided to quit tri to focus on family and work.

However, the dream of becoming an Ironman lived on, and five years ago when I turned 40, I got a slot for the Ironman distance in Kalmar from my wife Åsa. So my Litespeed Tachyon from -97 got down from the garret and I even found my old QR wetsuit in the closet! And, I started training. In August 2009 I made it from start to finish in my first Ironman, and I was stuck again…

So I upgraded my gear and set me some new targets. One thing led to another and in august 2011 I went sub9 in Kalmar (8.57.54) finishing 8th in the Swedish Championship. For the 2012 season I switched my QR CD.01 for an Illicito. I got it on May 31 and had my first ride two days later in the Swedish Duathlon Championship. I used the first half of the bike leg to get familiar with the new bike and then I decided to push it a bit… 'I thought it was one of the referees on a motorbike approaching from behind when you passed me,' one of the competitors told me after the awards ceremony. My first ride had earned me the Swedish Championship (not as AG, but overall!) – I guess you call it love at first ride.

I qualified for Kona 2012 in Frankfurt, and I had a nice experience in Kona finishing 10th. At the awards ceremony I saw the beautiful Umeke bowls given to the top 5, so I defined a new personal goal: To get back in 2013 and try to reach the podium and earn an Umeke.

For me training and racing over the Ironman distance is a continuous personal development process. I need the competition to push my self, but I race to beat my self and explore my personal limits. To do this I need inspiring and challenging goals. As an Umeke from Kona.

2013: Once again I qualified in Frankfurt at the European Championship. This time by winning my AG earning me an awesome big M-dot award. The day in Frankfurt turned out to be really hot during the run, so it was good training for Kona.

Now, let's get back to the race in Kona last October.

As everybody else I had an early breakfast today; some oatmeal, a cup of Kona Coffee and two Enervit Pre Sport gels. I was happy to feel ready and fit since taper week has been more focused on getting rid of a cold than training. I got to body marking well in time, checked my bike and then went for a warm up swim as the pro field started their hard days work. I reminded my self of the reason for being here: Because I want to! So, let's enjoy the day.

I swim towards the starting line. It is just over 15 minutes that we are treading water and holding positions. It gets somewhat cold but the sun is rising over the mountain ridge and it really feels magical.


Then – BANG - 2100 healthy souls set off towards the buoy 1.9 kilometers out into the Pacific. I'm in the middle of the field and surprised by how smoothly it goes. There is good room for swimming. Pretty soon, however, the inevitable occurs: The field is compressed into the middle and it becomes considerably crowded. There is no way to keep a decent stroke, instead, I struggle to find some water to put down my arms in. There are bodies everywhere and the swim technique is a joke. Priority is protecting your face to avoid kicks and punches, and I do of course want to breathe a little now and then. The mental dimension of an Ironman has many faces - the mantra right now is "calm and fine, keep going forward." I smile at the memory of my friends comment from a crowded training session "There will be new opportunities to breathe, and sooner or later you will get air, just keep on swimming."

Eventually the field is so extended normal swimming is possible. During the year I received help from Anna-Karin at simcoachen.se and AK 's voice is now my main companion; 'Drop your neck Carl, good, left hand out, yes exactly, frequency Carl, keep going", etc. I'm able to get into a relaxed and at the same time powerful swimming. It's Saturday morning in mid-October - and I'm swimming in the Pacific Ocean outside Kona - soooo beautiful!

Just over half way out to the turnaround, I notice that I'm swimming on the most right side of the field. Since I promised Hilde and Vendla not to do that (due to the sharks...) I yield of slightly inwards in the field. It's hard to laugh during swimming, but I've pretty funny when I do this.

We round the boat at the turnaround and start swimming inland again. With just over 500 meters left I try to increase speed and overtake the guy just in front of me. In my mind I hear a speaker's voice, " ... and Carl makes his move...' I lie side by side for a while and can't help laughing when the speaker then says "...oups, Carl seems to be moving back'. I realize my limitations as a swimmer and stay put for a while.

I exit the water after 58 minutes! My wristwatch is crying out loud: Way to go - perfect!

I pull off my swim skin as I run to grab my bag containing my speed top. Goggles, swim cap and swim skin in the bag, hurry hurry, toss the bag to an official and start running towards the bike while I struggle a bit with closing the zipper. The speed top is super tight and the run is a bit wobbly. After an hour in horizontal position with focus on arm stroke the shift to running is pretty tough.
There are bikes all over the place - good! The alternative: Just my bike there easy to find wouldn't be so nice. Right, right, straight, left, left. Yellow tape on the ground, the next set right, the fourth bike on the right. Sunglasses and helmet - check and then grab the bike "Coming through, coming through!"

Time to ride.
180 km.
It 's pretty far.

Stay tuned tomorrow for Part 2


Weekend Review: IRONMAN South Africa and Galveston 70.3 #itspersonal

IRONMAN South AFRICA

Looking to repeat last year's victory, Jessie Donavan returned to this year's IRONMAN South Africa. Coming out of the swim in 9th, Jessie put her self in 5th place by the end of the 112-mile bike leg, a new course for 2014, with a race-best split of 5:17.  She was able to hold on for the run, moving up a spot into 4th, good for a 4th place finish in a time of 9:49.
Galveston 70.3
Meanwhile, in Galveston, Texas, as Donavan was finishing IM South Africa, the 2014 edition of Galveston 70.3 was just getting started. Even with winds up to 30mph, the race proved to be a very good day for athletes riding QR.

In her debut race as a QT2 pro, Kait Anelauskas stormed through the swim to come out of the water in 4th place with a 27:16 swim.


Giving up a few spots on a very windy day, Kait took advantage of the wind in order to set herself up to run down almost everyone ahead of her. 


Her combined splits of a 27:16 swim, a 2:25 bike, and a 1:24 half-marathon gave her a 5th place finish with a time of 4:21. Not a bad way to start the year, especially considering that it was a 7 minute PR.

Not too far behind Kait, fellow QT2 pro and QR rider Amanda Kourtz had a solid race, rounding out the top 10 female pros. 


Coming out of the water in 20th, Amanda's 2:21 bike split and 1:27 half-marathon moved her up into 10th place, and she finished with an overall time of 4:31. 

Of course, what race report would be complete without mentioning our very own Peter and Lorraine Hurley? For those of you who don't know, Peter is the CEO of QR, Lorraine is his wife, both are avid triathletes, and Galveston 70.3 was a good day for the both of them.


Peter's race in Galveston 70.3 was the debut race for our new PRsix; even running a set of deep carbon wheels in 30mph crosswinds, Peter said that the bike barely shuddered, tracking straight and true. Coming off a rough race back in January and struggling with injury last year, Sunday's Galveston 70.3 was a huge confidence booster for Peter as he continues to prepare for IRONMAN Chattanooga.

And Lorraine? Well, even on a day with thunderstorms and 30mph winds, she was able to set a new 70.3 PR by over 20 minutes. As they put it, their expectations for the race were so low due to the weather conditions that they couldn't help but have a good time.


Congratulations to all of the athletes who raced this weekend, especially to everyone who rode a QR! #itspersonal



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