Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Philly Triathlon

I ended up 7th at the Philadelphia Triathlon, which isn't a great result or worth much money.  However, I was happy with the progression of my fitness.  The swim was good.  The bike was poor but I haven't been working on it.  The run was okay despite being tired from training.

The race was great: perfect weather, good road conditions, and a great home stay.  Thanks again to the Ryans for hosting me for the 5th time.  If you want to do a destination urban race, Philly is a great race to do.

Andy Potts           1:46:06
Matt Reed            1:46:47
Greg Bennet        1:46:48
Cameron Dye       1:48:23
Chris Foster         1:49:32
Andrew Yoder      1:49:41
David Thompson 1:50:54
Tim Reed             1:51:49
Holden Cameau   1:52:00
Stephen Hacket    1:52:53

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

DC Triathlon

I felt like crap the entire race, but my result wasn't too crappy.

Top Six: Becky L, DKT, Nicole K, Tim R, Alicia K, Paul M, Rebecca W, Jordan J, Laurel W, Holden C, Tenille H
I finished 3rd at the DC Triathlon Sunday.  I had a good swim for me, which probably saved the day.  I came out just 30 seconds behind the leaders, except John Kenny.  He was off the front.  The bike ride was a struggle.  My legs felt weak and burned the entire race, but I did ride to the leaders.  Paul Matthews rode off the front gaining a 2 minute advantage going into T2.  I came into T2 in 3rd, 30 seconds down on Jordan Jones.  Tim Reed ran up to me and we ran together until mile 4 when we both passed Jordan Jones.  Tim slipped away and finished 20 seconds up on me.  Paul was 90 seconds ahead.  My run was okay, but slightly off pace.  I was happy to cross the line.

This result put me in 8th for the 5150 series, so I should make it to the Championship race in Des Moines.

Series Standings

Men's Results
Paul Matthews       1:49:58
Tim Reed               1:51:05
David Thompson   1:51:24
Jordan Jones          1:51:50
Holden Comeau    1:52:38

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Top Ten Reasons to do Trinona Next Year

I think Trinona is my new favorite race, displacing Escape from Alcatraz.

10. Adhesize bike numbers: No tape or pins required.  White numbers on black background was unique too.

9. They have race T-Shirts that my wife will actually let me wear outside the house.

8. Winona is only a 2 hour 20 min scenic drive from the Twin Cities

7. Choice of Sprint or Olympic distances.

6. Great city park for the race venue and plenty of close parking.
5. A super "cute" kids race the day before.  Great if you have young ones, and incredibly fun to watch.

4. Four Hotels with in 1 mile of transition

3. King of the Bluffs competition - toughest Olympic distance bike course in the Midwest.

2. Substantial hardware.  Trophies are made of stone and are worth keeping

And, the number one reason for doing Trinona is...

1. Podium Girls - That's all you need to know.  Why aren't you signed up and training for next year.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Looking for a Training Partner

All of my training partners have disappeared.  It's too hot for Henry (the dog) to run.  One of my human running partners had a baby and the other two humans moved.

If you are someone or know someone who wants to train hard, let me know. The individual must be willing to do most workout from St Paul, MN.  Cycling and/or running involved.

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Rev 3 Quassy Half

Good run, an okay bike, but the run hurt… At mile 6 Merlin was telling Cougar that, “We’re running on vapor.”

I was actually looking forward to this race. It’s a tough race all around and as expected the field was stacked like every race this season. Forty men started the race. The water temperature was 69 degrees and the air temp was 49 degrees. This means no wetsuits for the pros, which also means you won’t fell your feet or genitals until the run. I was happy with my swim, roughly 50 seconds back from main break of 5. John Kenny was off the front. I had put plenty of good competitors behind me, including Joe Gamble and James Cunnama (eventual winner). The bike was okay too. I caught the break of 5 early; the best guess is mile 10. So, I thought I was riding well. I took advantage of the descents hoping to slip off the front two times, but that didn’t happen.

The critical section of the bike was the last 20 miles. Joe Gambles and James Cunnama caught us and made a big push. I wasn’t able to keep up, and a few people did better than I in the closing miles of the bike. I started the run with Matty Reed, Richard Allen, and John Kenny. Richie Cunningham was just ahead of us. The race order at this point was Andrew Starykowzic, James Cunnama, Joe Gambles, Terenzo Bezzone, Paul Matthews, Dan Hugo and then us. My feet were still frozen, so I jammed them into my shoes to hard and folded the insoles in the toe box, which I didn’t know until mile 2 as my feet warmed up enough. I stopped to fix the problem and lost contact with Richard Allen and Richie. However, my running legs were still pretty good at this point, so I had hopes of catching back up. I did pass Dan Hugo, but was repassed at mile 10.

That Mig messed Cougar up
My splits were 2 mile 10:31, 3 mile 16:16, 4, mile 21:45, 5 mile 28:20, 6 mile 34:40, 7 mile 41:50, 8 mile 48:30, 9 mile 54:40, 10 mile 1:00:13, 11 mile 1:05:50 13.1 mile 1:26ish.  At mile 6, Merline was telling Cougar that, “We’re running on vapor...” (Top Gun reference) I would have liked to slow down. However, I was in 8th (in the money), so I needed to keep fighting.  Nutrition wasn’t the problem. It’s was the distance, training, and hard racing that did me in. Yeah, I could have us been more conservative, but I'd perfer to race for the win. I’d rather be in contention for the win at some point and finish 14th than never be in the race and finish 8th.


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