Tuesday, June 27, 2017

> 90% of Life (in my age group) Is Just Showing Up


The AZ Open Water event at Saguaro Lake on June 24 was the Arizona Local Masters Swimming Committee open water state championship. The heat the past 2 weeks meant that the swim was all non-wetsuit, and the AZLMSC involvement meant that the start time was pushed earlier by an hour; suit couldn't have zippers or ties; no watches; and they even checked fingernail length.

I stuck it out for the 5000 meter event, so I can tell people I swam a 5K. I wasn't as fast as I've gone in the past, but conditions weren't perfect. The swim required a 400m swim from the entry point to the start, and worse, a 400m swim past the finish line to the exit. Also, the start was delayed, as is now customary, which meant during the second 2.5K loop, motorboats were causing swells and leaving exhaust. But I had a pretty steady pace, and my rate for 5000m was faster than my fellow carpoolers' rate for 2500m. (Of course, they can smoke me on any run.)

Still, in my age group, just showing up and finishing is often all it takes. I finished in 1:53:17 (results here), and by the time I finished, they had finished giving out all the awards. I then asked to see the results sheet, and my age group (men 60-64) wasn't listed. A few minutes later, a volunteer came over and handed me a first place medal, saying that she didn't know what my time was, but she knew that I took 1st place in my group, as the only swimmer. 1/1 AG, 33/36 overall at the 5K distance. State champ!



Monday, April 24, 2017

AZ Open Water Swim, 3000m Lake Pleasant


It was the first open water swim of the unified 2017 season (no more separate spring and winter results) at Lake Pleasant, where the water temperature was 68 degrees and actually very pleasant -- once we got started. AZ Open Water was working out kinks in the new timing system (with timing chips on your wrist, you hit a timing pad while going through the gate each lap) that started all the races at least 30 minutes late. That's a lot of standing around in the sun in a wetsuit, so it was a relief to start swimming.  It took less time to swim than the delayed start and the incredibly long awards ceremony took, or so I'm told; I had to leave right after I finished to get to an aufruf at the New Shul.

1:01:06, which is 29 seconds faster than last year. They initially had my results in the open category, but in the correct wetsuit category, I was 7/12 men's masters, 7/12 all men (we were all 45+), and 8/20 all swimmers.  I finished only seconds behind someone else who passed me when I had to stop to reset my falling-off swim caps and goggles on the third lap (you beat me fair and square, David Hicks!).

Monday, April 17, 2017

Mt. Lemmon 2017


This was my second Brew Brothers ride up Mt. Lemmon, but this year, Milton and I talked each other into riding beyond Summerhaven, past the Ski Valley to the recreation area at the summit, an additional 1,000 feet of climbing. According to my Garmin (more generous than Milton's, so we're going with mine), that meant over 9.000 feet of elevation and 8,000 feet of climbing on the day.  A glorious ride. And thanks to John B.for organizing and Joe C. for driving and waiting patiently for Milton and me to return.

Milton has Passover water bottles. He's doing it right.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Desert Classic Duathlon



Pictures: Before the deluge (and mud); first run (both feet off the ground!); bike (in the rain)

Somewhat sub-optimal conditions for the 2017 Desert Classic Duathlon, with fairly heavy rain and wind, but not nearly as bad as the initial forecast. The weather generally held before the start, but shortly after the road bike duathlon left on Run 1 (the last wave, about 25 minutes after the mountain mike wave left; they wanted the mountain bikers to clear a road crossing before sending the road bikers out), it started raining. A lot of rain on the bike segment, and throughout the second run, which was very muddy. Then, after I finished cold, wet, and tired, it turned out my timing chip didn't work -- so they didn't have me at all. Luckily, the guy I finished behind vouched for me, and I got a semi-official time. 2:41:03, 58/84 overall, 40/55 men, 5/10 division (first page when you go to M 60-69). Not bad for the weather.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Tour de Palm Springs

The past two weeks have been pretty lousy for various reasons, but I did have fun doing the 50 at the Tour de Palm Springs last Saturday.  Pictures here.  The weather generally cooperated for the ride (except for the wind, but that's to be expected), then resumed heavy rains on Sunday and Monday, so I suppose that was a bit of luck amid 2 weeks' worth of crap.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Scottsdale Half Marathon


Formerly the Fiesta Bowl Half Marathon, now the Runner's Den Scottsdale Half Marathon.  I shouldn't have done this, I didn't train much, am still working off a cold, and the day before, drove to Yuma and back for a friend's funeral service, but it was fun to run with the NWLB/Fresh Hair team, and hey, who says no to Christina?  2:05:09, about at the 50th percentile overall, men, and age group (15/30 -- so I made page 1 of the results)  Pretty day, but I'm glad the race ended at 13.1 miles; if it had gone for 13.2, I probably would have had to walk the additional 0.1.  Remarkably even splits, however; my pace varied from 9:27 min/mile to 9:34 min/mile, just not in a reverse split, I gained 7 sec/mi as the day went on, alas.  Good to run with friends.  More photos here.

Was the team shirt ugly enough for you?