Archive for June, 2007

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Spectating at the Patriot Half

June 30, 2007

http://patriothalf.com/I’ll be heading down to the Patriot Half Iron tomorrow as a spectator. It’ll be my first time actually just watching a triathlon, and not racing. It should be interesting.

I’ve heard tons of good things about the course and it seems to be really well organized. I know a few other New England Tri-bloggers out there are going to be there racing. I’ll be keeping an eye out for everyone and will be cheering you guys on!

The weather forecast looks perfect. 73 and partly cloudy.  On top of providing moral support and offering a few celebration beers to finishers, I’ll be shooting some video and taking some pics. I should have a nice little montage edited together sometime early next week. Something along the lines of my old Mutlisport Expo video.

See you kids early tomorrow! REST UP!

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Broke Back Knee

June 29, 2007

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Ran the JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge

3.5 Miles and 12,000 runners in downtown Boston.

I came in to the race with almost three weeks of solid rest from running/biking and felt really confident about being able to run the whole thing (without pushing too hard) and not having any pain/discomfort in my knee. Unfortunately, that was not the case…

Lessons:

  • See a Doc.
  • Do more stretching
  • I’m not out of the woods yet, so I’ve still gotta be gentle with my knee.

Race Time:

  • official race clock: 37:20
  • my watch: 32:26
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Athlete: The Movie

June 23, 2007

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I can’t remember quite how I found it (so I’m sorry I can’t give anyone credit for pointing it out..), but probably stumbled across it in one of the hundreds of triathlon blogs that I’ve managed to subscribed to in the last few months. (If you are interested in seeing all the tri-blogs I read, lemme know and I’ll send out an OPML file with all of ’em that you can add to your RSS readers, now enough of me being a dork…)

Athlete: The Movie. Looks like the next biggest thing after the “What it takes” movie for endurance athletes. Check out the trailer (below) and the blog and let me know what you think. The director (or whoever is authoring the blog) didn’t know what a CompuTrainer was, so I’m assuming (s)he isn’t an edurance athlete. It should be interesting to see how a documentary on endurance athletes made by an “outsider” turns out.

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Abandonment

June 23, 2007

I’ll try and keep this post from getting too whiny, but here it goes….

It has been two weeks to the day since my knee first started hurting, I’ve been icing it and taking advil whenever it has been bothering me (which has been less and less lately). I had a pretty active Wednesday at a company party (relative to the week or so prior, not compared to my standard triathlon training) of a marathon frisbee game, tug-o-war, volleyball, a three-legged race (where I DESTROYED the competition btw) 🙂 .

Then, Thursday, I made a guest appearance on the company Softball team. Softball was never one of my strong points and have my share of embarrassing childhood memories on the little league team, but I held my own and all the while my knee never slowed me down for a second. I was cured! And just in time for the next day’s race back in my home town. That one race I’ve always wanted to do, THAT race that I would read about each year in the newspaper since before I even got started in triathlon… was this Friday! The Lake Waramaug Sprint Triathlon.

I didn’t have any expectations, and just thought it’d be a fun race to jump in on last minute. Plus, my mom has been wanting to see me race, and it helps that the house I grew up in is just 4 miles from the start line. I had all my goods packed up and layed out on the floor the night before, prepped to get out of work early and make the trek from Boston to Connecticut to make it there in time for the 6:00 start. All I needed was that last minute test run (literally) to make sure my knee was good-to-go before I layed down the cash and committed to the course.

Friday morning comes around, I slap on my running shoes (which must have gotten very lonely from the lack of attention that they’ve been getting lately) and did a quick loop around the ‘hood to make sure there are no surprises once I commit to the race course.

Everything was going swimmingly, (err… runningly?) for the first mile or so. I felt pretty tight, as expected, but nothing a little mid-workout streach session on the side of the road can’t handle. Then, (dun dun DUN!) it happened. I could feel that little tingle along the back of my right knee. I was in denial for a minute as I just tried to walk it off, and tried to convince myself that my easy +10 min/mile pace couldn’t have possibly brought back the injury that had kept me in the dog house for two weeks, but it had. It just got worse and worse, until my gait actually started getting effected and I was doing some wierd limp-run sort of thing down the road. I knew it was over.

It was really disappointing, not only just knowing that I still wasn’t ready to start hardcore training again, but that I’d have to wait another year before doing the Lake Waramaug Tri. My mom, the nurse, suggesed to start taking advil around the clock, even when it doesn’t hurt, and that should help the inflamation and speed along the recovery. For now I am following mother’s orders and am making a Doctor’s appointment first thing Monday morning.

Until then, keep on training tri-studs! Put in a good workout for me, as I’ll be couch-bound for a few more days (I’m hoping it is not weeks) and will be getting fatter and slower by the day. haha.

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Bum Knee = Walden Swim Tonight

June 14, 2007

I’ve been nursing a bum knee since I somehow ended up hurting it while commuting to work on my bike last Friday. It didn’t seem that bad, but when I went roaming around Harvard Square, I started limping pretty bad and new it was time to rest it.

BTW, rest is not easy! I’ve gotten so used to working out consistently and was really enjoying feeling really strong and fast… Oh well.

Anyway, my .5 mile test run this morning didn’t go so well and it looks like I still need a few more days of rest and Ibuprofen before I can do any running/biking, which brings me to my next poing.

Walden Pond swim tonight! All this non-working-out has gotten me jittery and I’ve gotta get out of the house. Swimming should be fine since it doesn’t put any pressure on my knee, and that is what seems to bother it.

I’ve got my wetsuit packed up in my trunk and am going to head over there right after work, so if anyone reads this in time, come on over and drop a comment to let me know that you are coming. I should get there sometime between 6:00 and 6:30. Hope to see a few of you folks there.

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Race Report: My First Olympic

June 11, 2007

When I first signed up for Mooseman back in February, I was REALLY worried that I wouldn’t be well enough prepared and I would end up making a huge mistake and dying out on the race course. I had only done one sprint triathlon last summer, and that was really flat.

Then, I started hearing all of the rumors about how hilly the bike course was, and how cold the swim was, and I was constantly reevaluating my decision to lay down the money and commit to the race.

After 3 months of early morning workouts, long weekend bike rides, cold winter runs along the shore on Swampscott, boring hours spent on the bike trainer, biking to work to squeeze in a few extra miles… I was really feeling myself getting stronger and stronger. I think the turning point was when I saw some pictures online of the dreaded “Devil Hill” just 5 miles in to the Mooseman bike course and instead of feeling that deep pit of dread in my stomach, I was actually excited to conquer it and face the challenge.

Come Race Weekend:

Mooseman Gear Prep
I took Friday off of work so that I could get up to the hotel, pick up my race packet, check out the bike course and have time to settle in and organize everything for the early morning race the next day. Just driving the course was a little testing on my nerves, but it was good to get out there be able to visualize myself on the course.

Checking out the race finish

Saturday morning, I woke up showered, had two muffins, a glass of OJ, and a half-bottle of gatorade and did a final check on all my race gear before packing up and heading to the race site. As I set my my transition area and pulled on my wetsuit, my heart was thumping out of my chest. I had done all I could to prepare, how it was all about execution.

The Swim:

Mooseman Swim Start

It was time to toe the line at the swim start in the first heat. I could feel all the hundreds of spectators and racers lined up behind me cheering us all on, and ready for that first gun to go off. I was PUMPED! The gun goes off. I run forward and dive into the frigid 60 degree water, sticking to the middle of the pack, just trying to dodge as many rogue elbows and off-course swimmers as possible and settle into a nice groove and not spend too much energy. I could have done a better job of drafting, and leapfrogging for position, but I was more concerned with maintaining a good pace and saving my energy for the next two legs of the race. Swim Time – 28:39

Mooseman Swim Exit

The Bike:

Mooseman Triathlon - T1

I feel pretty fast through T1. I flopped on my butt, let a couple of wetsuit strippers pull it off of my feet, threw on my bike shoes, helmet, glasses and race belt and ran toward the road. I was feeling good, just spinning the wheels to get some blood back in my legs when, SNAP. My race belt and number fall off and go flying behind me. I’m not sure what the rules are about racing without a number, but I kinda freaked out about being DQ’d (even though I had my number on my bike, helmet, shoulder and hand) and made a quick pitstop to spin around and pick it up, and almost fell over in the process. Another racer whizzed by me and yelled out “take a breath man!” He was right, I had lost my focus and I needed to get back in the zone. I tossed my number in the pocket of my tri shorts, and jumped back on the bike.

The hills were rough, there were almost no flat sections where you could just get in the zone and pump out a few fast miles. My derailer was also all messed up, hopping in and out of gear, and actually scaring me a few times up hills, thinking I was going to jerk forward and fall on my face. I eventually had to make a quick pit stop, do a quick adjust, and keep on rolling. I was able to take in a GU and a water bottle bottle of Nuun on the bike.

I failed to pass a single person on the bike, but I blamed that on being in the first wave, and tried to not let it bother me, as I still was making good time according to my bike computer. Bike Time: 1:31:11 (17.9 mph)

Mooseman Triathlon - T2


The Run:

Again, I made it through T2 pretty easily and was feeling really good. I pulled the race belt out of my pocket, which popped off of my waist again in just about the same place as it did on the bike, but grabbed it again and kept pushing forward. As I reached mile 1, I was passing a few people, but really starting to feel the pain. Then, I bonked. I realized how little calories and water I had taken in on the bike and started downing the two GUs I had stored in the pocket of my tri top and took Gatorade and water to make some on-road Nuun to try and get some energy back in my legs. I run/walked the first three miles, and was getting burnt up by the sun, pouring water in my head at each mile marker.

Mooseman Run Start

At mile 4, I started to feel some energy back in my body, and was happy to see that the GU/Nuun/Gatorade was doing its job and hearing the music playing off in the distance and the cheers and celebrations going on at the finish line helped push me forward. I was burnt out and made one final sprint toward the finish, and was PSYCHED to see the clock at just over 3 hours. Run time: 59:06

Mooseman  Olympic Triathlon

Overall: It was a really awesome race and I was really happy with my performance. I clearly need to manage my nutrition a little better on the bike and the run, and make sure I go though one more gear check on race morning, but I didn’t let any of the little glitches bother me too much and kept pushing on to the finish line. It was a really great race, gorgeous venue, and I got to run into Chris, Kim, John and his family! Hopefully I’ll be running into them and a few other triathletes at some other races this year. Final Time: 3:03:18

Next big race? Firm Half?

Oh and all of these pics, and the rest on my Flickr page, are all courtesy of my own personal race photographer/girlfriend who did a kick-ass job of spotting me out of the crowd and getting some nice pics of a great weekend. Thanks Sam!

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Mooseman Results

June 5, 2007

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Hey everyone. The race this weekend went Amazing! I just barely missed my goal of 3 hours, but didn’t care. I was really happy for my first Olympic. I felt really good on the swim and the bike, but started to cramp up on the beginning of the run really bad. Nothing a few GUs, Gatorade, and Nuun can’t take care of. Next time, I’ll have to make sure I take in some more nutrition on the bike next time.

Here are my times. I’ll post a full race report later in the week. Until then, check out everyone else’s times here or Chris’ report here.

.93 Mile Swim

Place 215

Time 28:39

T1

Time 2:46

27.25 Mile Bike

Place 293

Time: 1:31:11

Avg Speed: 17.9

T2

Time 1:37

6.2 Mile Run

Time: 59:06

Pace: 9:31

Total:

3:03:18

8th in my age group! (M20-24 )

250th Male

351st Overall