Monday, July 19, 2010

New York City Triathlon

Coming to the New York City Triathlon ended up being an excellent decision for me.   However, making the commitment to come was a difficult decision.   Numerous variables had to fall into place to make it worth while.  There were 2 other national races (Vineman 70.3 and Racine 70.3) and a local race I thought about racing instead.  Getting in two hard days of training would have been a good option too since I’ve raced for 4 consecutive weekends.  The scale tipped in favor of New York because:
  • I was able to find a cheap flight;
  • I had a place to stay with family;
  • NYC is part of the Toyota Cup Series;
  • Being 2nd in the Toyota Cup Series Standings earned me a free entry, and
  • Registering for a WTC (Ironman) pro race cost $775.

The New York City Triathlon course was actually a pleasant surprise.  The swim is 1500 m in the Husdson aided by the current, so it favors me.   I came out to the water only 30seconds down from the leaders and was able to pass everyone ahead of me expect Filip Ospaly and Kyle Leto right out of transition.  The bike course is on the West Side Highway which sounds straight and flat, but I would describe it as winding with rolling hills.  I caught Filip shortly after the first turn around on the North side of the course.  Filip did a good job holding on for the 2nd half of the bike, and at the second turn around Filip was less than 10 second behind.  Matty Reed was 60 seconds behind and Kyle Leto roughly 2 minutes behind.  After passing Filip, my goal was to get 30 second going into the run.
As I ran up from the river and onto 72nd Street Filip surged passed me.  The mile run on 72nd Street heading toward Central Park is the only flat section of the run.  In Central Park, the course winds and rolling along the perimeter.  At mile 2 Filip had 25 seconds on me.  After my poor run last week at Life Time Fitness Triathlon, I was hoping to redeem myself.  He ran 31:36 and I ran 32:21.  At the finish line I managed to hold Filip’s lead at 34 seconds (1:46:28 to 1:47:02).  Matt Reed dropped out after injuring himself in T2.

Overall, the race went well.  The high temperature for the day was in the 90s and the humidity was stifling.  When I stepped out onto the 34th Street at 4:15 AM to ride to transition, I was immediately perspiring.  All ladies in night club dresses looked rather sticky too as they were heading home from an evening out.  The bars and clubs close at 4 AM in New York.  I would have like to seen a picture me riding a geeked-out tri bike by drunks try to flag down a cap in Midtown Manhattan.  The other interesting photo optortunity of the day would have been me riding through Columbus Circle around noon in my tri suit, aero helmet, Felt DA, and Zipp 999s.  The great thing about New York is that I actually fit right in.  No one even gave me a second glance.
Mens Results
1.Filip Ospaly1:46:28
2.David Thompson1:47:02
3.Kyle Leto1:51:34
4.Jordan Jones1:52:28
5.Ethan Brown1:52:49

Toyota Cup 7/19/10
1. David Thompson 22,000 points
2. Filip Ospaly 17,000 points
3. Matt Reed 17,000 points
4. Bevan Docherty 10,000 points
5. Matt Charbot 9,000 points

DKT Finishing NYC Tri on NBC Nightly News

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Check out DKT finishing 2nd in 1:47:02 about 50 seconds into the video segment

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Life Time Fitness Triathlon

Another Life Time Fitness Triathlon in the books.  I finished 7th which is okay, but I always want to do better.  I did managed to give the home town crowd something the cheer about.  I came of the bike in 4th with Craig Alexander and Andrew Starykowciz right behind me.  I wanted to hold onto Craig for the first mile or two but that wasn't happening.  Craig was running well and I wasn't.  I had cramp in my diaphragm or bad side stitch.  I ran through and the stitch disappear around mile 2.  From then on, I was able to find some sort of running form but not what I had hoped for.  Filip Ospaly and Clark Ellice passed me at about mile 3.5 and 5.  However, the crowd did get to cheer for a sprint to the line between Cameron Dye and me for 6th and 7th.  I caught a glimpse of Cameron with around .4 miles to go and got within feet but wasn't able to get by.  He still left enough in the tank to close the door on me in the last 10 yard or so.  Summing things up for me: fair swim, fair bike, poor run, but an all out finish sprint finish.  Sprinting all out to the line makes me like I at least tried my hardest.

1. Matt Reed (USA) 1:48:34
2. Matt Chrabot (USA) 1:48:42
3. Craig Alexander (AUS) 1:49:45
4. Filip Ospaly (CZE) 1:50:49
5. Clark Ellice (NZL) 1:51:23
6. Cameron Dye (USA) 1:51:28
7. David Thompson (USA) 1:51:29
8. Greg Bennett (USA) 1:52:07
9. Andrew Starykowicz (USA) 1:53:30
10. John Kenny (USA) 1:56:39 

I did ride my new 2011 Felt DA for the race.  I because I wasn't traveling there was time to  build it up on Thursday and test ride it on Friday.  

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

2011 Felt DA

The 2011 Felt DA is a great looking bike and it looks like the design is mechanical sound too.  I'm hoping to build it up for the Life Time Fitness Triathlon this weekend.  The changes I noticed from the past DA frame are the:
1. Seat post and seat post clamp - new shape and better clamp design. The post also has a battery mount for DI2.

2. Bayonet 3 fork and stem assembly
3. New frame shape - deep shape to the stays and lower stack height
4. New propriotery rear brake mount under the bottom bracket. It was previously mount on top of the chain stays behind the bottom bracket.
5. More internal routing on the cables

Minneman Triathlon

Events like Minneman Triathlon remind me why we do this sport: warm weather, friends, fun, and going as fast as we can.  The day seemed perfect despite the high humidity and 20 mph South wind.  The wind was actually coming from the best direction possible for the layout of the bike course.  It aided riders on the longest section of course, and the headwind portions were split into 2.

The big excitement of the day for me was that my wife, Hannah, did Minneman Triathlon too.  She had a good time despint being sick and is considering doing two more this year.

The swim course had more running than the previous 2 years. It was probably a little short, which is why  Thad Ingersol and I did the .3 mile swim in 4:23.  I remember the swim being 6 minutes and change in the past.  Womens and Mens elite races were going to be interested.  I wanted to see how the race between Cathy Yndestad, Julie Hull, Suzie Finger, and Jenny Shaughnessy played out.  Since I've been traveling to race most of the season, I hadn't seen these ladies race.  I also wanted to see how Kevin O'Connor, Patrick Parish, Devon Palmer, Thad Ingersol, and Dan Hedgecock stack up against each other.

Looking back as we exited the swim, Devon, Kevin, and Patrick were right behind Thad and I.  I planned on trying to blow-up my legs on the bike in preparation for Life Time Fitness Triathlon this coming Saturday.  This year I managed 27.6 mph versus 27.1 mph in 2009 and 26.4 mph in 2008.  I ran within seconds of my previous times, so Life Time should go alright.

In the men's race,  Devon tried to hold off Patrick on the run, but Patrick managed to pass him late in the run.  Kevin had hoped to beat both of them, but he was involved in a crash right before transition.  He finished ,but the crash took him out of the podium race.  From what I saw, Cathy built up a cushion on the bike and was able to run uncontested to the finish.  Jenny Shaughnessy held on to 2nd.

1. David Thompson  51:12
2. Patrick Parish  53:15
3. Devon Palmer  53:26
4. Matt Payne  53:40
5. Kevin O'Connor  54:00
6. Dan Hedgecock  5:17

1. Cathy Yndestad  1:00:02
2. Jenny Shaughnessy  1:02:12
3. Jenny Wilcox  1:02:31