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Should I Go Tubeless?

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One of the most frequently asked questions we get is whether or not to go tubeless. The short answer is – it depends. A tubeless setup gives better performance and reduces the risk of flats, but is a little more expensive and requires a little more maintenance.

What is tubeless?

As the name implies, “tubeless” means there is no tube in the tire. There are also “tubular” tires, which are tires that actually look like a tube but have tread on it. Tubeless tires, the much bigger trend, look similar to standard tires but have thicker sidewalls and a little bit different bead (the portion of the tire that comes in contact with the rim) to help retain the air better. Tubeless-ready rims on tubeless wheels are also shaped a little bit different to help with keeping the tire inflated. Tubeless tires have been used for years on cars and motorcycles. Because bicycle tires are lighter and thinner, sealants are normally used to fill the micro holes common in tires, help keep the tire bead sealed, and to fill those small thorn holes you can pick up on the trail. 

Benefits of going tubeless?

  • You get better traction because you’re running a lower tire pressure
  • They corner better
  • With the latest tire technology and rim designs that are wider, you get much better performance
  • Because there is sealant in the tubes, you get increased puncture resistance
  • Without a tube installed, the “snake bite” puncture is eliminated (punctures caused by pinching the tube against the rim from running too low of tire pressure)
  • They are lighter than a tubed setup
  • They ride faster and roll better
  • A tube can be added to the tire if you ever have a puncture you can’t seal

Negatives of going tubeless?

  • Cost – depending on how you’re set up now, you may need to pay more for tires and rims that are tubeless compatible. Or at a minimum, you may be able to use rim tape and a tubeless ready tire. Check with us for tubeless options
  • Maintenance – you’ll need to replace the sealant in your tires every 2-6 months
  • More complicated to set up initially.

What pressure should I inflate my tubeless tires to?

Generally, you can run a tubeless setup about 10 psi lower than a tubed setup. Stan’s No Tubes, one of the leaders in tubeless technology, recommends the following on some of their wheels and it is a good general rule:

Rider Weight in pounds divided by 7 = x

x – 1 = Front tire pressure in PSI

x + 2 = Rear tire pressure in PSI

Example: 185lb rider

185/7 = 26.4

Front tire pressure: 26 – 1 = 25 PSI

Rear tire pressure: 26 + 2 = 28 PSI 

 

Do I need a special rims or tires?

Many manufacturers like Mavic, Shimano, NoTubes, and Fulcrum offer airtight rims with no spoke holes that are specifically designed for tubeless riding, but on most rims you do have the option of using a tubeless conversion kit that makes the rim air-tight. It is important to use a tubeless –ready tire, which traditionally have thicker sidewalls for performance and seal on the rim better.  Before converting a rim to tubeless be sure to check with us to ensure the rim will accept the tubeless bead profile of the tire.

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James Lawrence Q&A: One on One #505050 Triathlon

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On June 7, 2015, James Lawrence, AKA the Iron Cowboy, will attempt the incredible: 50 full Ironman distance triathlons, in 50 consecutive days, in 50 different states. Say what??  Yes, you read that correctly.  James will be doing a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and a 26.2 mile marathon run, every day, for 50 consecutive days, in every state! That’s 7,030 miles of swimming, biking, and running.   FOLLOW JAMES’ JOURNEY ON FACEBOOK and FEZZARI INSTAGRAM.  Fezzari Bicycles is not only excited to sponsor this amazing fete of human determination, strength, and abilities, but more importantly, we are excited to sponsor a great person.  A while back we were able to sit down with James (which is a hard thing to do, considering his training schedule that sometimes is 12-14 hours a day), to learn more about him, his family, and the reason behind the 50-50-50.

Fezzari Bicycles: James, we’re glad to have you in the Fezzari family. Can you tell us a little about yourself?

James Lawrence: I was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  Growing up I committed many hours to wrestling.  I was undefeated my senior year, and ultimately won the provincial championships.   At 23, I had a unique life changing event that led to the opportunity to move to Utah.

FB: What was this life changing event?

JL: The carnival came to town and they offered a cash prize to whoever lasted the longest on a Ferris wheel. We got 2 five minute breaks in each 24 hour period. I survived 10 days – longer than anyone else and won the cash prize.  I used the cash prize to head down to Utah.

FB: How did you survive that long on a Ferris wheel?

JL: I learned to not eat or drink too much because I didn’t want to have a bathroom urge stop me.  I also learned to focus.  I learned in that time that I have pretty good determination.   Once I set my mind to something, I do everything I can to accomplish it.

FB: So you headed to Utah, and then what happened?

JL: I met my wife, Sunny, in college and we were married in December, 2000. One day, she challenged me to a four mile fun run and was amused by how much I struggled. She decided I needed a bigger challenge and signed me up for a marathon. In April 2005, I crossed the finish line of my first marathon. After this taste of endurance events I moved into triathlon, which ultimately led to my world record experiences!

FB: You’re obviously an accomplished triathlete. What’s something people may not know about you?

JL: Not many people know that I am a huge Spiderman fan, so much that I have a Spiderman tattoo on my back. I have watched a ridiculous amount of Dora the Explorer and SpongeBob over the past 10 years with my kids. I’m not a morning person at all, but I’ve managed to show up to every early morning tee time and race start. There are strange things about my body as well. I have a cauliflower ear, hammer toes, protruding veins that will make any vampire excited, and have smoother legs than most women you know.   Ironically, I rarely shave my face.  Above and beyond anything else I love fruit, angry birds, movies, sushi, travel, water sports and being with my wife and 5 children.

FB: You are listed in the Guinness Book of World Records. Can you tell us more about those records?

JL: I currently hold two Guinness World Records: one for the most 70.3 (half ironman) races done in a single year and the other for the most 140.6 (full ironman) races done in a single year).  I accomplished these records between 2010-2012.  In 2015 I have something pretty special planned that I hope will inspire people and also make the question what the human body is capable of.

FB: You must have to dig pretty deep to do things like this. Where do you get your determination and resolve?

JL: In my opinion it comes down to being able to control your mind and have a good game plan in place.  There were moments of extreme pain, excitement and also boredom… let’s just say I learned many lessons and much about myself during those years.

FB: Are there any tips that you would recommend for others in their training?

JL: Yes, hire coach, surround yourself with a supportive cast and don’t settle for mediocrity.

FB: A lot of people have wondered if it’s even physically possible to do the 50-50-50. What do you say to them?

JL: First of all, I’m in the best shape of my life. I’ve actually been training and planning for this for a long time. It’s not something that I just thought about and said, “Tomorrow I’m going to go do the 50-50-50.” Because of that, I believe it’s well within my capabilities. My goal is to keep my heart rate between 120-130 beats per minute. I only have to do that for 12-14 hours a day. There are a lot of people walking around that are overweight, with high blood pressure and diabetes whose resting heart rate is in that range and they have to maintain that for 24/7/365. I only have to do this for 50 days in a row. They’re the ones we need to be worried about.

FB: What happens if you get an injury?

JL: Let me just say that I’m not going to push myself to the point of death or anything – I have a wife and 5 kids that mean more than anything to me. That said, I know there are going to be tough times. There will be times that I might be puking on the side of the road. But that’s life – there are good times and tough times – you just push through.

FB: What if you get a sprained ankle or something?

JL: I’ll put a boot on and push through it. We’ll deal with the things as they happen. This is going to be exciting.

FB: Are all of these events sanctioned Iron Man events?

JL: No. They don’t have Iron Man events every single day, but all events have been mapped out and all distances will be verified by Garmin. Also, I have been amazed at the outpouring of support. In each state there will be people participating with me from local tri clubs. We are inviting anyone to come out and do the event with us, or come do part. Come swim with me, come bike 10 miles with me, come run the last 5k every day.  I’m so humbled and appreciate all the support.

FB: So where do you go after this?

JL: A long rest! I’m going to definitely need it.

FB: We wish you the best of luck!

JL: Thank you. And I want to thank all those who have helped to make this possible!

 

James will be completing riding a Fezzari T5 Triathlon bike, and two Fezzari Foré CR5 road bikes as he sets out to break another world record.

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How to Prevent Flats on Road Bikes

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Most road bike flats are not caused by external punctures. They are caused by riding at too low of tire pressure. When you ride at too low of pressure, it can cause pinch flats. Pinch flats can happen when you go over a bump and the tube is pinched between the rim and the bump that you ride over. It might not immediately go flat, but it will cause a weak spot in the tube that can wear out prematurely and cause a flat later.

Road tubes should have around 80-130 psi (check the sidewall of your tire). Because they are thin and run at a high pressure, the air pressure in the tube can drop as much as 20 psi per day. So make sure to check your tire pressure before each ride.

Make sure you have a good pump with a gauge that you can accurately measure tire pressure. Most air compressors won’t work because the they don’t go to a high enough PSI and aren’t precise.

Get a sturdy, long-lasting pump like the Fezzari Aireport Pump. It can pump up both Presta and Schrader valve tubes and has a bleed-off valve button in case you over-inflate a little bit. It also has a big gauge for easily determining your tire pressures. The body is made out of aluminum and the handle is wood for a good solid feel while pumping. It will last a long time and is a necessity for any biker.

Iron Cowboy Triathlon | 50 Full Ironman Distances in 50 States in 50 Days

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Fezzari is proud to sponsor of one of the greatest feats of human endurance and determination the world has ever seen. James Lawrence, born in Canada and now living, training, and raising his family in Utah, is planning this summer to complete 50 Ironman distance triathlons, in 50 states, in 50 days. In case some of you don’t know what that entails, that’s a 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim, a 112-mile (180.25 km) bicycle ride and a marathon 26.2-mile (42.2 km) run, raced in that order and without a break.

Just completing one of those is an achievement that eludes even the most determined and fit people. But to do 50 of them, in 50 different states, in 50 consecutive days is an achievement that will definitely stand the test of time. Even the attempt to do it is mind-boggling and makes one question if it’s even physically possible and wonder why someone would attempt such an achievement.

James, aka The Iron Cowboy, is in extraordinary physical condition, but he’s even more mentally sound and determined. He got a glimpse of this determination at a younger age when he endured longer than anyone else (10 days) on a Ferris Wheel when the carnival came to town in Calgary. His mental toughness and physical ability will be pushed to the extreme this year. Find out more about James, his amazing determination, and how you can join him in his efforts to raise awareness of childhood obesity in the video below.

 

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Foré CR5 Industry Review: Peloton Magazine

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The 2015 Fezzari Foré CR5 road bike was recently put through a long term review by Peloton Magazine.  The Foré CR5, part of the Fezzari Foré Collection, is the latest and greatest in road race and all-around road bike performance.  What did the riders and testers at Peloton Magazine think of Fezzari’s latest creation?  Scroll down to read the full text or grab the full digital issue at PelotonMagazine.com

 

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Fezzari Foré CR5 Review Peloton Magazine March 2015, The Climbing Issue

 

FEZZARI FORÉ CR5 DURA-ACE 9000

More dollars equals fewer grams. Heading south of 15 pounds? Expect to spend a grand for every 100 grams you shave —ludicrous, unless you are a climber. Trying to go light on a budget has led people to do crazy things like take a drill bit to components or even—god forbid—buy consumer direct.

Fezzari Bicycles is a consumer-direct brand, meaning you buy from Fezzari, not a bike shop—and the markup that would be earned by a shop is passed on to you in savings. Interestingly, Fezzari has made a reputation with customer service. How can a direct company do that? It has a monster 23-point set-up that allows you to tweak every component and touch point, and you can swap parts adnauseam. Want pink bar tape and cables? Fezzari will do it.

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The Details 

Fezzari’s latest bike is the 2015 Foré CR5, the fourth iteration of the Foré, the brand’s all-around road race machine. Fezzari wanted this bike to produce a big leap in Foré performance and for the first time the bike is in the fight with the big boys on the scale. At less than 900 grams for size 53cm, only the super bikes such as Emonda, Addict, R5 and EVO are significantly lighter.

Manufacturing techniques newly available to Fezzari helped make this possible, and Fezzari actually could have gone lighter. Instead, the manufacturer chose to add a few grams and use them strategically. The bike’s center of power has been significantly stiffened, while ensuring it wouldn’t beat you up by allowing deflection in the seat cluster, something that requires heavier, lower-modulus carbon. It’s a thoughtful and mature way to go about bike design that results in relatively slender tube shapes up top, with large diameters through the bottom of the frame.

Of course, going light requires more than a light frame and here again Fezzari has put a lot of thought into the Foré CR5. Rather than load it up with cheap parts and slap a Fezzari logo on them, Fezzari spec’d the bike like it was destined for the WorldTour. The group is full Dura-Ace 9000, including chain and cassette, and the cranks spin on a Praxis bottom bracket. FSA K-Force carbon handles the bars and seat post, while the stem is the only component wearing a Fezzari badge, an 88-gram alloy featherweight.

As with any bike, all the hard work can be undone by poor wheels. This happens time and time again with brand after brand. Fezzari avoided this by reaching out to a neighbor, Utah’s Reynolds. The Foré CR5 comes stock with the new Assault SLG, one of the fastest sets of all-around carbon clinchers available—stiff, lively, with beautiful handling. Assault SLGs cost $1,850 and are standard on the Foré CR5, and the 205-gram Schwalbe One tires ensure not an ounce of their performance is lost. The entire thing, sub-900-gram frame, Dura-Ace group and Reynolds wheels sells for $5,200. That’s Ultegra with alloy clincher territory for most brands. It’s just over 15 pounds on the scale in a size 58cm. Swap to Reynolds’ 1,365-gram Attacks and it is UCI illegal; plus, you actually save money. Insane.

The Ride 

We’ve come to expect a few things with bikes that share the Foré CR5’s slender lines and tube-to-tube construction. They are very comfortable with a lively feel that unfortunately do not translate well to big power or full-throttle cornering. The Foré CR5 defied these expectations. It has a smooth ride for long miles as well as a responsive, almost percussive feel at the bottom bracket when riding out of the saddle; but it more than holds its own during big sprints or testing the limits of traction down a technical descent. The grams sacrificed in the name of power transfer and handling have been well spent.

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It particularly shines while descending. Set your line into a corner, load the inside bar to help the front tire bite, and the Foré CR5 traces a true line, handling the load at the head tube with ease, to let you rocket from the exit under full gas. During big power loads, sprinting or attacking over a roller, the bottom half of the bike is rock solid, snapping back and monolithically. Big riders will feel some flex at the bars, but unless you’re Marcel Kittel it won’t hold you back.

The work up top done by the seat cluster and slender 27.2 FSA post pay off with a buttery ride. It’s no magic carpet, but then a rider on a 15-pound race bike needs some feedback—you just don’t need your fillings rattled out. Fezzari got the ride quality spot on, threading a tight needle that will appeal to a fit fondo rider and pure racer alike.

The Rider 

The Foré CR5 rider prizes ride quality over all else. He or she wants light and stiff, but not at the expense of feel at the saddle, bars or contact patch. This rider is interested in saving some serious money, isn’t a label whore, and is willing to spend some of the savings on a six pack for the local bike shop owner on pulling in for a tune-up. p


BOTTOM LINE

PRICE: $5,200

WEIGHT: 15.2 lbs (58cm)

SPECIFICATION: Shimano Dura-Ace 9000, FSA K-Force bar and seat post, Fezzari F88 stem, Prologo Zero II Pas saddle, Reynolds Assault wheels with Schwalbe One tires MORE: fezzari.com

 

 

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INDUSTRY REVIEW | Fezzari Foré Cyx Cyclocross Review

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We recently sent a Fezzari Foré Cyx cyclocross bike to Cyclocross Magazine so they could put our new bike through the paces. We custom built this bike based on their measurements through our 23-point custom setup. We added a few requested modification along with the Fezzari touch. How did the bike fair in the Northern California races? Grab the full issue and see why this became their go-to race bike.

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See the full Fezzari Cyclocross lineup at Fezzari.com

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Kona Ironman World Championships: Iron Cowboy’s 36 Ironman Finish

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Big congrats to Iron Cowboy James Lawrence on his 36th Ironman Finish at Ironman Kona World Championships.  It’s a pretty amazing journey.  Thanks for telling us what it takes and what this amazing day was like. James races his Fezzari T5 Triathlon bike.

Wow!  I am still in disbelief that I actually did this race!  When I started triathlon over 10 years ago Kona was just a dream, the impossible dream.  Everyone talks about Kona…. Kona, Kona, Kona.  I’ve done a few Ironman races over my career, and without fail the one thing I hear about the most is Kona and the buzz of qualifying.  Everyone talks about it, but few will ever accomplish this triathlon dream.  It is hard to qualify in any division, and I know first hand how difficult it is for men 35-39 to qualify.  My best IM is low 10 hours… respectable yes, but in order to qualify I need to be low nine hours.  I’ve done the math and with my God given talent, five kids and real life, the sacrifices necessary won’t work for me.  At any given race there are just a handful of slots available for the big show, the World Championships.  Typically it is the genetically gifted athletes who have realized their gifts and developed these gifts with lots of hard work.  In 2012, Ironman announced a new program called the Legacy Program.  This is a program for loyal Ironman competitors to have a chance to grace the Kona stage, based on the number of Ironman races completed in a lifetime.  One of the requirements of this program is a minimum of 12 WTC Ironman races to be completed.  Most individuals take a lifetime to achieve this mark.  When they announced this program, I was just wrapping up 30 Ironman races in one year, this satisfied the 12 minimum races in a single year with ease.  Another requirement is to have done an Ironman race the year you meet the 12, and to also be registered for another Ironman the following year.  I met this requirement as well.  You are then put into a pool and they pull “so many” names to be invited to race in Kona.  Two years later my name was pulled and it was my time to go and dance.

I invited my parents, from Canada, to come to the big island of Hawaii to watch.  My dad had never seen me race an Ironman and my mom only on two occasions, my first and Ironman Canada when it was still in Penticton.  It was the four of us headed to the Island, myself, Sunny and my parents.  I wanted to enjoy the week and to not only be focused on the race.  We did a slew of activities to kick off the week including: sea kayaking, snorkeling, cliff diving, zip lining, volcano exploring and a night manta ray dive.  All were incredible and so much fun.  The second half of the week shifted to race stuff.

During the Athlete parade, we met all the Utah athletes and one of them offered to let us stay at their house the night before the race.  This was a huge help, as our condo was about 45 min away and would have made for an early, early race morning.  The house also served as a perfect ‘home base’ for Sunny and my parents on race day.  Thank you Cameron and LaRane for being awesome!

I slept well, despite no air conditioning, and woke up excited for the day.  Again, I couldn’t believe I was at this race…. I wasn’t nervous at all and ate my bag of rice and quinoa, like I always do prior to an Ironman.  Cam and I left the house with plenty of time and walked down to the race start.  The pier was already buzzing and the energy was awesome!  The winds seemed calm and it looked like it was going to be a perfect day.  For some reason, they decided to do tattoo race numbers and all the athletes were herded into these lines so that volunteers could apply the numbers.  The system was HORRIBLE and I couldn’t help but wonder what was wrong with a good old fashioned sharpie.  Anxious and not willing to stand in the ridiculous lines, I sacrificed some of the water in my bottle and applied both Cam and my numbers.  We slid through the crowds and popped out the other side.

There’s not much to do in transition race morning of an Ironman.  Most everything should be done in the days proceeding the race.  I quickly pumped up my tires and placed my bottles on my bike.  Walking back out of the transition area, I stopped at a series of tables where volunteers where doing last minute ART (type of massage) work.  My right leg had been bugging me all week, so I plopped onto a table to see if he could work out any last minute kinks.  I actually felt better and headed toward the swim start.  On my way there I saw Macca and walked over to him and gave him a high five.  I had hoped some of his Kona Championship pedigree would transfer to me during this high five exchange…. as you will find out later, it did not :)
I zipped up my BlueSeventy speed suit and walked off the pier into the famous swim start.  This was the first year they separated the woman and men age groupers.  The men went off first and the woman 10 minutes after.  With this being the world championships and swimming not being my strongest of the three events, I positioned myself near the back of the pack treading water and waiting for the deep water start. I was calm.  Totally at peace with whatever the outcome was going to be.  Sitting in the water, I felt very little pressure to perform.  I was honoured and overjoyed with the simple fact that I was there.  I was in the same spot as so many triathlon greats.  BOOM the gun blows and I start out super slow, super chill.  I am near the back of the mass start and wasn’t concerned about a fight or separating myself from other athletes.  In fact, this was one of the least violent swim starts and swims I have ever experienced.  Three reasons for a calm swim experience: 1 – I positioned myself appropriately, given the quality of the field and my swim skills. 2- I started out super slow and controlled.  I have found in my training experience that when I start out slow, I seem to end up with a better net swim result. 3- Most of the field are seasoned athletes and decent swimmers, meaning they swam straight.  There were very few swimmers making random left and right hand turns, swimming across the paths of other swimmers, and very few swimmers doing the dreaded underwater breast stroke kick of death. I was told there is typically a small current against us when swimming out to the boat and to not be discouraged when I look at my watch at the half-way point.  I found some great feet and just settled in.  The water was clear all the way to the bottom and the ocean was alive with fish.  I swam easy and the guys I was following did a great job swimming the buoy line.  I reached the boat, swam across the top and made the right hand turn for home.  I glanced at my watch and it was right at 35 minutes.  I was so happy since my goal was 1:10 and after swimming out and across the top I should easily reach this goal, only having to go straight back in and now I should be swimming with the current.  Well, this was the first cruel trick this island had in store for me today.  Due to the winds that had rolled in, I guess the current or tide had switched and was actually hurting us coming in.  I felt as if my effort was equal to my swim heading out, but when I popped up out ofthe water my swim time read 1:18…. meaning an 8 min slower swim on the way in :( .

Overall I was really happy with my swim.  My effort was consistent, my swimming was straight, and I didn’t overdue it.  I quickly picked up my transition bag and headed through transition to my Fezzari bike that was patiently waiting for me.  Off towards the Queen K I go!

I had no issues through transition and felt really good coming out of the swim.  I felt good.  I was ready.  The first part of the bike was a short out and back on the Kuakini Hwy.  This section is in town and mostly protected.  Everyone is super excited at this point of the race and most are going too hard, myself included.  I was 20-30 watts above where I should have been and people were still zooming past me.  I kept saying to myself, “Chill, chill, chill.  Focus on you, your race and what you are doing.  Chill, chill, chill.”  So chill I did.  Early in the ride, I rode up to my good friend Sonja, who is a beast and ended up second on the day in woman 35-39.  I joked with her before the race that she wasn’t allowed to catch and pass me in the water (remember the woman started 10 minutes after us men).  Well, she did just that!  I joked with her for a second on the bike and then she took off like she was coming out of a cannon…. I never saw her again ’till late in the run.  The ride really started once we turned onto the Queen K.  Right out of the gates, the winds were present.  I thought nothing of it and knew that this was Kona and that it was suppose to be windy.  So bring it on!  I put my head down and just dialed in my watts.  I settled in nicely and started banging out the miles as David Warden had instructed.  David has been instrumental in getting me back into shape and will be the man to get me ready for my 50/50/50 challenge.  As we progressed down the Queen K, the winds got worse, and worse, and worse.  I knew I should stay down, stay in aero, but I was scared.  The winds had become angry!  They had become violent!  I found myself up, out of my drops, white knuckled, trying to just keep the bike upright.  One gust in particular scared me silly, which set me up for a disastrous rest of my ride.  There were four us, legally spaced, and suddenly  this gust hit us from the right, blowing us through our lane, over the center line, and into on coming cyclists.  Luckily none of us crashed.  Some cyclist weren’t so lucky and there were many reports, post race, of crashes caused by the wind.  Sitting up in the wind is the worst possible scenario to achieve maximum speed.  I started to get passed left and right, but couldn’t force myself down into the aero position.  I was getting defeated mentally which is rare.  Usually I’m mentally tough!  “Bring on the element!”  I say.  A guy wearing a chocolate milk kit biked past me that looked like Apollo.  I asked if it was him and he said, “No, I’m his stunt double.  I believe he is 10-15 minutes up the road.”  “Bummer,” I thought…. my Cowboy vs. Apollo undefeated streak wasn’t looking good.  I KNEW once I got to Hawi that it was going to be a magical ride back to Kona.  It HAD to be a tail wind!  I surveyed the trees, the bushes, and the resistance against me.  There was no possible way we’d be riding into the wind on the way back.  I FINALLY made it to Hawi and made the turn.  BOOOOOOM!  It was like a different island!  It felt like I was shot out of a cannon.  On the way out my watts were in the 220 range with my MPR coming in between 14-20…. After Hawi, I was pushing only 160 watts, in total recovery, traveling at speeds in excess of 30 mph.  This was about to be a 50 mile PR for me.  I was so excited.  I thought how perfect this was that I was going to be able to go this fast, with this little effort, and save so much for the run!  I was re-motivated and super excited – I was back!  This state of euphoria lasted only 5 very short miles before making a slight right back on the Queen K and back towards Kona.  I couldn’t believe it!  Dead into the winds again!  How is this possible?!  I mean, I’ve heard them say it on TV; but still, how on earth is this possible?  A head wind?  Come on, really?  My hopes of a record time back to town were dashed and I settled in for the long ride back Due to the winds, I was out there much longer than anticipated.  We had planned for specific watts, but not for a 6 hour ride!  My legs grew heavy and I was short on nutrition.  I started to not feel well and coke from the aid station was all I wanted.  I limped into town, but still had a smile on my face.  I saw Sunny and my parents and they looked concerned.  I was a good boy, stayed at my watts and just kept peddling.  Eventually I would get to the finish and would be able to start the run.

I was in the best run shape that I have been in in a long time.  I was pain and injury free (thanks to Dallas at Utah Spine and Sport and Natalie R for their magical hands).  I had PR’ed (personal record) at a run earlier this year in a half Ironman.  I was ready to run!  Coming off the bike I felt good, but not awesome.  I noticed my heart rate was high on the bike, based on the watts I was pushing.  David wanted me to go out hard and just hold on for as long as I could.  He wanted to see how far I could make it at a certain pace.  He said that slow down in an Ironman is typical, so let’s cover as much ground as possible before this happens.   This race really wasn’t my main focus (it is Brazil in 4 weeks), and again I was just happy to be there amongst so many greats.  As I ran out of transition and up the road, I could hear them announcing the winner of the race coming in.  Holy cow!  I must have really been out on my bike along time :) I came out of the gates at a conservative 7:45 (slower than David wanted), but that was all I had…. and it only lasted 4 miles…. ahhhhh!  It was going to be a long marathon. I was hot.  I was tired.  I was beaten.  Mentally defeated.  This just isn’t me.  This isn’t the IronCowboy!!!  I knew there was no point turning myself inside out over the next 22 miles.  I would save it for another day – I would save it for Brazil.  Even if I had run a PR marathon on this day, it wouldn’t have mattered.  The competition here is unbelievable.  So what was the difference between 100th and 200th…  at this point, nothing.  My goal was now to smile, thank the volunteers and cheer on the others around me.  Remember the winds on the bike course?  They were now a blessing on the run course.  We had cloud coverage and a light breeze, which is rare and welcome.  Oddly enough, I was slightly disappointed (I will explain in a moment). My cramping became worse.  It was the worst in my upper inner leg.  So running fast was out of the question and my stomach was starting to turn.  I couldn’t figure out why.  I had practiced my nutrition A LOT and have had minimal issues.  Unfortunately sometimes it is just not your day. I had made it all the way out to the turn in the ‘energy lab’ and committed to run through it and experience it’s infamous heat (insert disappointment).  The cloud coverage made the ‘energy lab’ normal… somewhat cool.  At mile 18.5, I buckled over to the side of the road and threw up a bunch of liquid; man I hoped that would help.  I started to run and a guy that had passed me while I was pulled over remarked, “Oh my!  You are running again!  I’d be down and out after what you just did!  Go get ‘em!”  I laughed and said,  “Thanks,” and finished up the ‘energy lab’ out and back. The next 6 miles were full of emotion.  Happy… Sad… Tired… Energetic… Excited… Disappointed… Stressed… Relieved… but mostly gratitude  Grateful for Sunny, my kids, my health, the journey, all of it. I turned the corner and started to head down Ali’i drive.  I heard cheers from the crowd and tried to hold myself together.  I’ve crossed a lot of finish lines, but none more meaningful than this one.  This was bigger than 30 in a year; this was Kona. Total side note – the most inspiring person on the course was by far Apolo Anton-Ohno.  He REALLY impressed me!  We raced in Boise earlier this year.  I ran him down and beat him overall.  I didn’t think there was any way he could take himself from that performance in Boise to what he pulled off in Kona.  On his first Ironman, on that stage, in those conditions, he managed a sub 10 hour race.  Of all the celebrities/athletes that have graced this course, who didn’t deserve to be there taking the spot from a deserving athlete, Apolo earned his right to be there with that performance.  Hines Ward, Tera from the Biggest Loser and chef Gordon Ramsey… THAT IS HOW YOU DO IT.! Congrats Apolo and you sir have my respect!  I hope we meet again in the future and settle our 1-1 record :) After the race I hugged Sunny, my mom and dad and just thought to myself, “We did it…” What is next?  Brazil… Then prep starts for 50 iron distance courses, in 50 consecutive days, through all 50 States.  #NoGoalTooBig www.ironcowboyjames.com

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Weight, price, and performance, are just three of the things Switchback Magazine praised about in their industry review of the Fezzari Solitude carbon hardtail 29er.  The power transfer of the frame for the XC racer, good handling, and comfort of ride when the trail gets rough also impressed the testers.  Switchback testers also really loved the 23-point custom setup they received on their test bike, making mention of Fezzari’s truly unique business model that couples direct to rider shipping with the personalized service of a brick-and-mortar shop.  Also notable is how the Solitude compared to other bikes with similar spec, the Solitude being pounds lighter and thousands of dollars cheaper.  Pick up a copy of the Switchback Magazine August/September issue on newsstand or click the photos to see the full review.

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