Monday, May 20, 2019

Early Birthday Bike-Swim Weekend

I'll be out of town (at Louis's law school graduation) on my birthday, so I swapped out the usual year X 100s swim and bagels at the Village for a bike-swim weekend. Saturday, Tri Scottsdale and the Village (great cookies, Abby!) organized a ride up Mount Lemmon in Tucson, then Sunday was Arizona Open Water 4000m at Bartlett Lake. I was a tad slower in the swim than 2 years ago, but nobody who finished ahead of me had ridden their bicycle up and down Mt. Lemmon the day before. A very nice weekend. Saturday, about 3.5 hours up, 1.5 hours down, 59 4 miles, 7,871' vertical gain. Sunday, 1:20:33 for 4000m, with full swim results here. And now I get a rest week - with NYC bagels, too.

Monday, May 06, 2019

Cactus Man Triathlon

I was hoping for better, but I started feeling poorly Friday afternoon, and had a sore throat Saturday night, so once I started the run I threw out my sub-3-hour goal time. I hoped to finish only without getting really sick, and my stretch goal was in under 3:15, and my really optimistic take was 3:10. But I must have been doing better than I thought, because my final time was 3:05. Solid swim, OK bike, and while I had to walk through each water stop and twice on the second loop, I still had about the same time on the run as I did in September for an Olympic tri: Swim 27:57; T1 3:21; Bike 1:22:43.4; T2 2:33; Run 1:08:36.1; Total 3:05:10.7, 9/18 ag, 145/214 men, 177/322 overall. Not a bad day, all considering. But what's with these fractional seconds on a 4Peaks Racing event?

Thursday, May 02, 2019

Splash & Dash #1

A sweet little event at Tempe Town Lake, with 2 swim options, then a set run, which can be dropped for people who only want to do the swim, plus relays. So, 6 different race categories, then all the age groups. The weather was nearly perfect; the water temperature was 74 degrees, so it was wetsuit legal and pretty much everybody wore one, as did I, for the open water practice. Results here; 1:04:33 for the 1500m swim-transition-run, which was 30/58 overall, 23/40 men, 3/4 a.g. in that category. That's nearly 5 minutes faster than last year (over a minute faster on the swim and over 3 minutes faster on the run), probably because of the weather but also a stronger run than last year. On to Cactus Man on Sunday.

Photo credit: Pedro Gomes (the triathlon coach who gave us the only advice I remember: "With 17 hours, you can do pretty much anything.")

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Ladies and Gentlemen, The Harvard University 100th Anniversary Reunion (pause) Band!

Of course I'm going to embed the HUB 100th Reunion hype video as soon as I saw it.

It's not clear anymore if I was ever as young as those current Bandies in the video, but the records say otherwise.

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Powerman Arizona Duathlon

Broken finger from a fall on the second trail run 500m from the finish, and was dead last in my age group. But there were only 3 in my division, so Podium!

When it doesn't hurt so much to type, I'll add more.

UPDATE: I'm still typing one-handed, but surgery went well and I can peck my way through this update. Overall 2:44:38, which is 21 seconds faster than last year, even with the fall and picking myself up and folding my broken finger against the rest of my hand to finish. Run 1 30:55, T1 2:43, Bike 1:34:20, T2 2:26, Run 2 34:16 (last year was 34:09, so I was doing pretty well for me). 23/36 overall, 14/18 men, 3/3 age group. Full results here.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Scottsdale Half Marathon

 The Scottsdale Half/5K is usually a fun event, with a huge Tri-Scottsdale/Team Fresh Hair turnout. I had two goals after last year's bad race: (1) not get injured, and (2) finish. And I did, although it was a slog. I tried to stay even, but my pace slowed over the miles from 9:30/mile down to 10:00/mile. But I didn't get hurt, I finished, and I beat last year's time (which was deceptively good) by 14 minutes, although I was 6 minutes behind 2016. But for not training enough, and not getting hurt, it was a pretty good day, and based on how much trouble I had sleeping Sunday night, I gave it my all. My time was 2:11:50, a 10:04 pace, 27/37 division, 342/476 men, 628/1033 overall.

Here's the link for the finisher video. You can tell I gave it my all; I thought I was gliding to the finish, but it looks like my legs are gonna fall off.