My name is Kurt Dallow and I’m in the 65-69 yo age group and will be competing at the Xterra World championship in Maui in a few weeks. This is my second trip- my family and I made a great vacation out of our last trip to the World’s Championship 6 years ago. Then, I was lucky to get in on the lottery. It was an incredible experience racing with some of the world’s best triathletes in a beautiful setting.
This year I qualified through perseverance. I competed at the Mountain States championship held in Beaver Creek, CO this year. Three miles into the bike leg, I had mechanical problems and pushed my bike the remainder of the bike leg. I was able to get support at the last aid station on the bike course and made it in just before the cut off time.
When you are in the 65-69 year age group, the numbers competing are less, so while placing a distant 3rd, the world’s spot rolled down to me. If I had DNFed – No Maui trip!
I have raced triathlons now for over 20 years and in the last 5-10 years have done mainly off road triathlons like Xterra. I am a sports medicine physician so my training time is limited Xterra meets my need to compete as I age.
My wife Cindy and I, now coach endurance athletes and provide both nutritional coaching and sports medicine advice. You can find us at 2Doc tri coaching
I am a Professor of Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics at Adams State University in Alamosa Colorado. Adams State is a small Division II University in southern Colorado sitting just above 7,500ft in elevation. I was born and raised in Minnesota and moved to Colorado five years ago to complete my Master’s degree in Sport Physiology.
This is my second year racing Xterra triathlon. I grew up running and always saved time to ride a bicycle. I was becoming extra fond of mtn bike racing after my move to Colorado, when a friend told me about Xterra, combining mtn biking and running after surviving a swim
sounded like fun. My first year of Xterra I raced two races, Xterra Beaver Creek and the Xterra World Championships. I qualified for Worlds at Beaver Creek through a roll over position. I didn’t feel as if I deserved the trip but didn’t want to end the season so soon. I am glad I went because it really fueled me for taking this year current serious and bettering myself in the sport.
This year I had a full race schedule planned from the end of May to the Xterra World Championships if I was able to qualify straight up. However, at the end of May I suffered a stress fracture in a metatarsal of my foot which put me in the pool and off the bike and out of the running shoes for eight weeks. This ended my entire summer race schedule.
I was able to maintain some fitness swimming and push the limits of my rehab to be ready for Xterra Fruita the weekend before Xterra Pan Ams. I had great outings in both races wining the open male category at Fruita and winning my age group at Pan Ams where I qualified for this year’s world championships where I am very excited to bring my current fitness and see what I can do.
My goal for Xterra Worlds is to mix it up in my age group and place high in the amateur rankings. I am really excited to get back on the mtn bike course hoping for little to no rain this year.