Monday, December 28, 2009

2010 Race Schedule, Take 1

It's here, guys... the preliminary 2010 race schedule, or, in other words, what my life will encompass starting in March.

Format: Date; Race Name, Race Type and division, Race location.
Key: ECCC- Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference race (representing U of R); USAC- USA Cycling race (Representing Minerva Design); USAT- USA Triathlon race

March 6,7: GVCC Spring Giros series #1. Cat A. Rochester, NY.
March 13,14: Giros weekend #2
March 20,21: Philly Phlyer. ECCC Cat A. Philadelphia, PA.
March 27, 28: Giros Weekend #4
April 3, 4: Bucknell Collegiate race. ECCC Cat A. Lewisburg, PA.
April 10: Tour of the Battenkill. USAC Cat. 3. Cambrige, NY.
April 18: GVCC Spring Classic: Bloomfield Road Race. USAC Cat 1/2/3. Bloomfield, NY.
April 24, 25: ECCC Championships. ECCC Cat A. Dartmouth, NH.
??May 2: Hollenbecks Road Race. USAC 123 or 3/4. Virgil, NY (near Cortland).
May 8: Bristol Road Race. USAC 3. Bristol, NY.
May 15/16: Graduate from the University of Rochester!!! (holy crap)
May 22, 23: Syracuse Stage Race. USAC Cat 3. Syracuse, NY.
May 29/30: Looking for a multisport race this weekend... Perhaps Fly By Night Duathlon in Watkins Glen?
June 6: NYS U25 Championships at Powder Mllls Park Road Race. USAC Cat 1/2/3. Pittsford, NY.
?? June 12: NYS RR champs at Wilmington-Whiteface Road Race. USAC Cat 3. Wilmington, NY.
?? June 13: NYS Crit Champs at Saranac Lake Crit. USAC cat 3. Saranac Lake, NY.
June 16-27: Team Dolan Colorado Training Camp.
July 4: Tri in the Buff Triathlon, USAT Olympic Distance, Buffalo, NY.
July 11: Ironman 70.3 Rhode Island, USAT Half Ironman, Providence, RI.
July 17: NYS TT Championships, USAC 1/2/3, Cambridge, NY.
July 25: Shoreline Triathlon, USAT Sprint Distance, Hamlin Beach, NY.
August 7: Fronhoffer Tool Triathlon, USAT Olympic Distance--- Elite Division, Cambridge, NY.

Late August: Find a job, move.



November 13: Ironman 70.3 World Championships, USAT Half Iron, Clearwater Florida ***If I qualify at Providence***

Any ideas for races on the weekends I do not have races listed? Let me know!
More posts will be on the way regarding seasonal strategies and goals, as well as some stories, updates, etc.

God bless, train hard.
-Dolanosaurus

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Still here.

Well, yes, it certainly appears that it's been five weeks or so since I last made a post on here. To be perfectly honest, not too much has happened during that time period. When the spring comes around, we are going to have race reports, race photos, and even videos. In the meantime, I just have to report about surviving the Rochester winter.

Another college semester has come and gone. As always, it has flown by. This fall had its ups and downs. Such is life. It is what we learn from these experiences that is truly important in life. It makes you grow up. We always have to keep moving forward. I'm growing up, and that is scary. I'm a second-semester senior now. It's so hard to believe that three and a half years have passed since I first started this journey. All I can say is wow...


Anyhow, training is going well. I've been doing some quality work on the trainer, swimming fairly well, doing some lifting, and struggling to recover from a little bout of shin splints. I'm really not enjoying the freezing cold and the snow. It is looking like I am probably going to be moving to California next year. I think some true year-round training will be amazing. However, I will definitely be making the most of what I have here in the meantime. Tomorrow I break out the snowshoes.



I promise I will re-dedicate myself to updating the blog here. I have some exciting new sponsors to tell you about, and some other announcements, and maybe even some other fun stories. Thanks for your support, as always. I love you guys. Happy holidays! Stay warm out there.

-Dolanosaurus

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

My trip to the weight room

The past couple years I have made a proclamation that I would lift weights in the off season. However, after a few ridiculously painful, leg-crushing sessions which made it hard to walk (let alone run/bike, etc.), I lost interest. This year, I again vowed that 2009-10 would be the year when I would truly commit to the weights. And why shouldn't I pursue the lifting? First of all, my m.o. is that I get hurt running all the time. I think there's little doubt that there injuries have been related to muscle weaknesses and imbalances. Since I have to become a MUCH better runner, I am going to need to do a lot of running, put in the miles, and get in the key workouts. This is not feasible if you are injured, so I have to put in the work to help prevent these problems. Furthermore, although I am a strong TT man on the bike, I lose sprints to 115 pound women. I have no explosiveness in my legs. Talking to several people, I was informed that lifting can really help develop some fast-twitch, as well as help a lot with climbing and general power output. I know I'll never be a pure field sprinter (probably too scared to do that anyway), but I know it will help me. It is tough to find the time for lifting, especially with three other sports to devote time to, but this year I really will stick to it.

Anyway, the magic date to begin the lifts was November First, which was last week. Here is my account of the first trip to the weight room.

As I ascended the stairs to the weight room, all I could think was "okay, let's do this... JEFFREYYYYY DOLAN!!!!" (If you don't get that reference, that is totally okay). The mission: Get in, do some easy lifting, and get the hell out of that place. The weight room is a strange place... lots of metal; lots of huge people who like to grunt. It is not a place where skinny white boys like me really feel at home. I am surprisingly weak, and can lift next to no weight.

Anyhow, I gt in there, did some core work in the corner (skinny white boys can still get 6-packs!). Then it was time to work out the chicken-legs. As I sauntered over to the squat racks, I took a glance to my left, and marveled at the site of the enormous football player hang-cleaning with over twice the weight that I was planning on using for my squats. I was also impressed by the guy with no neck, he could easily crush my head with his hand. Good lord, these dudes made me feel inadequate. Oh well, I told myself I just had to get in and out. So I went through the workout, attempting to blend in and not draw attention to my lack of strength. I did not even allow myself to feel embarrassed by the girls who were squatting more than me (and these girls were not even on an athletic team!). I was pretty amused by the dude who spent more time looking at himself in the mirror than actually exercising, though. I also lucked out, because I finished my workout right when the girl's softball team walked in. Now there is a group that would make me look WEAK!

The workout itself went pretty smoothly. I used very light weights to get the muscles ready for the next however-many weeks of lifting. However, when I finished, I still felt like someone had slammed my legs with a sledgehammer. I slowly shuffled my way out of the weight room, stopping to get some Purell out of the GIGANTIC Purell dispenser (everything is bigger in the weight room!), and tried to walk down the stairs. This was pretty awful, mostly because I experienced a bi-lateral Quad cramp. In order to get out of the damn gym I had to resort to supporting myself with both hands on the railings, and keeping my legs locked, swinging from the hips. Essentially, I looked like a 90-year-old Frankenstein.

Do not even get me started on how my quads and ass felt when I woke up the next day.

I will be much stronger after a few months of this. I do not see how it could not help. Now that I have a full week of it under my belt, my legs are actually becoming accustomed to the lifting, and I have been able to resume my run and bike training without much of a problem. I am pretty optimistic about all of this...

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Thoughts about Triathlon Coverage

Shortly after Kona weekend, my Mom pointed out to me that there was absolutely zero coverage of the Ironman World Championships in the local Rochester newspaper: the Democrat and Chronicle. So I thought about this. Does it even matter?


Although some triathlon coverage would be great, I think most Triathletes (or at least me) do not think it is the worst thing that we are out of the spotlight of the main media. USAT currently boasts over 100,000 members, and I think all triathletes share a very special bond because of the knowledge that to understand this sport, you have to do it. People that do not race or have a family member that races are very likely to have a hard time understanding 2,000 folks clad in spandex with 5-figure-priced bikes and single digit body fat running around like they escaped from the psychiatric hospital. It's really a bizarre thing from the outside looking in, and I think we like it that way. One of the best things about the sport is simply that it is NOT a mainstream sport like football. Perhaps we wish we were all jacked 225 pound black guys who can run a 4.2 second 40-yard dash and can tackle a truck. But, we're not, so we've created a sport where we drag our gaunt, bony bodies as far and as fast as possible, and scrape the depths of our soul in attempt to find what we are truly capable of. It's something you really have to experience to understand, and although USAT is going great with membership, the vast majority of Americans want to sit on the couch and drink 15 beers as their favorite NFL team beats the hell out of the other team. And maybe we don't really care about these people, because they don't care about us. We have fantastic coverage of triathlon on our websites that are written for triathletes, by triathletes (slowtwitch, competitor, everymantri, etc.). Let the guys on ESPN talk 'til they're blue in the face about how to stop the wildcat offense on the football field... we will quietly continue to trek on, testing our limits, and experiencing the inspiration and power inherent in one of the world's purest sports. I'm not sure if it would really benefit anyone if the D&C tucked a hidden passage in the back of the sports section that alluded to some Australian guy winning some triathlon.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Hilarious

Every now and then I cannot find any acquaintances in the dining hall to help give me moral support while I attempt to choke down the U of R food (I have lost 10 pounds since I got back to school). In cases such as these, I reach for the newspaper and read about that day's events. About once a week, however, I peruse the student-created "Campus Times." I am a huge fan of the campus times. I think the contributors and editors do a fantastic job. Many of the articles are written with a humorous tone, which I love. My favorite section of the paper is consistently the Security Update section. It basically details some of the issues that erupted that week, requiring attention from UR Security. Obviously sometimes things happen on any college campus that are incredibly serious in nature should not be joked about. However, the incidents mentioned in the Security Update are usually somewhat minor. The reason I like this so much is because they are presented in a totally hilarious style, and some of the events are ridiculous in and of themselves. The column is written by Jerome Nathaniel, a very cool, very smart dude who I have a class with.

When I was reading the issue of the paper from October 8th, I came across a section in the Security Update that made me laugh incredibly hard. It is undoubtedly the funniest, most bizarre, and thoroughly hilarious entry I have ever run across. Enjoy...

Elevator Enthusiast Gets Escorted Out of UHS
On Oct. 3, at 1:25 p.m., UR security responded to a report of a male photographing the elevators at the University Health Service building and riding the elevators up and down.
According to Daniel Lafferty (Head of UR security), officers located a male matching the description and walking rapidly down Library Road.
When the officers approached the suspect, he admitted to being in the UHS building. Lafferty said the suspect told the responding officers he had a "thing" for elevators and wanted to check out the new ones at UHS. He further insisted that his spouse was an employee of the University.
He was advised that his behavior was inappropriate and was warned and released.


Monday, October 12, 2009

Amazing

Craig Alexander: Two-time Ironman World Champion. What an amazing performance on Saturday. Alexander came off the bike 12 minutes behind Chris Lieto, who absolutely shredded the bike leg. In the famously brutal Hawaiian heat and humidity, Alexander chipped away at the lead, stalking Lieto, pulling back half-minute chunks of time every mile. He had some trouble getting rid of the incredibly-talented Andreas Raelert of Germany, as the two ran stride-for-stride for quite a few miles. However, Crowie eventually was able to drop Raelert, and begin stalking his prey on his own. The pass occurred at around mile 21, as the tough-as-nails Lieto tried to keep pace, but simply could not. Alexander finished 2 minutes ahead of Lieto, in quiet disbelief that he was able to pull it off. He would later say that his main focus "was just to give a good title defense and put in a performance I could be proud of." Crowie, I think you can be pretty damn proud of yourself. You are a true champion.

The courage of Lieto was simply inspiring. To lead a race for that long and not win is heart-breaking, but he raced like you are supposed to: flat out until you have nothing left. He did not win, but he took a huge second-place result, and made Alexander dig incredibly deep into his soul to win. A true champion makes everybody else better. You did that, Chris.

Other notable performances: Raelert is a beast, and took 3rd in his Kona Debut... Chris McCormack fought leg cramps all day, had to walk some during the marathon, and still was able to regain his composure and running stride to finish an incredible 4th place... Rasmus Henning finished 5th... with a BROKEN HAND! Unbelievable. Andy Potts ran himself into 9th place with a 2:52 marathon, in a race dedicated to his recently deceased father-in-law. Great job Andy!

The Women's race was much much else involved. Chrissie Wellington gave us a lesson in how to go about demolishing a field. With a 20-minute gap over the second-place woman, and a new course record in hand, she crossed the line with her trademark smile, and did the Blazeman roll, to remind us that there are more important things that racing. Thank you, Chrissie.
Watching this race on the internet was absolutely surreal. It was the first time I have had the opportunity to watch it on anything else than the NBC 1-hour long show. In the 8 plus hour race, I watched most of it. I could not look away... the racing was so great. The best athletes in the world pouring out their souls in the Hawaiian heat, showing us what the human body and spirit are truly capable of. It makes me want to be better. It makes us all want to be better. Triathlon.

Photos taken from traithlon.competitor.com

Friday, October 9, 2009

Two Words: EPIC FAILURE


Well, for my first non-triathlon-related blog post, I will at least keep it on the subject of sports. As most of you know, I am a baseball fan, and have been a die-hard New York Mets fan since birth (thanks, Grandpa Dolan). I would like to sum up the 2009 season for the Metropolitans. In short, no other season has done more to increase my apathy toward my beloved team, or to decrease my interest in baseball in general. But don't worry, I will stand by my boys 'til death.

A year of promise started well, with a new stadium and the promise of erasing last year's monumental collapse (a re-occurring theme with the metsies). The first hitter in the new park was Jody Gerut, of the San Diego Padres. He hit a home run. I would consider this to be the point at which the season went to hell. But, thanks so my friends at deadspin.com, I was able to find a couple of other key dates in this 2009 season, which is one we would like to forget as soon as possible.

April 12- Daniel Murphy drops a routine fly ball with Johan Santana on the mound and leads to a loss. This would be the first of many similar incidents (April 21, June 25, etc.).

May 13- Jose Reyes goes down with a calf injury. Season over for our most talented and electric player.

May 16- Carols Delgado's seasons descends down the tubes with a hip injury.

June 4- J.J. Putz, our lights-out set-up man wrecks his elbow. Done for the year.

June 12- Shoulder injury for starting pitcher John Maine. To make matters worse, with the Mets winning by one run in the 9th inning facing the Yankees, Luis Castillo drops a routine pop fly, allowing two runs to score.

June 22- Carlos Beltran hurts his knee. Misses half the season.

August 4- Luis Castillo sprains his ankle while walking down the steps of the dugout. WOW!

August 15- David Wright, who hit 10 home runs all year (after consistently hitting 30 for the past 3 years), gets hit in the head with a fastball, putting him on the DL.

August 25- Johan Santana's season ends with a trip to the surgeon for his pitching elbow. Great.

Final record: 70-92. 22 games out of first place. What a terrible year. I think some things need to change. I hear rumors of them changing their strength/conditioning program, and all I have to say is "I should hope so." Nobody hit home runs, and everybody got hurt. Great job.

Next year? Well, that's why we have sports, so we can always look to next year. Let's proceed with a sense of cautious optimism, shall we?

Thursday, October 1, 2009

My Kona picks

Alright, ladies and gentlemen. There are several very special days throughout the year. For many triathletes, these may include, but are not limited to, Christmas/other Religiously affiliated traditional holidays, New Years, Birthday, Anniversary for those of us who are married, and Ironman Hawaii Day! It's the most prestigious race in our beastly sport. The fields are always loaded, and the head, humidity, and wind make it such that if you win this race, you have literally persevered through hell and back. This year promises to be one of the most exciting races yet. Let us examine the contenders for the 2009 Ironman World Championship, happening on October 10th!

The Dudes
Craig Alexander (Aus)- Last year's champion. Extremely strong among all three disciplines, but especially beastly on the run. Has not raced an Ironman this season, but has dropped the hammer on a plethora of 70.3 events. Perhaps most impressive was closing a 1:45 gap in TWO MILES to Chris Lieto at Ironman Boise 70.3.

Chris McCormack (Aus)- One of the most brash, confident fighters ever to race triathlons. His resume at Kona contains a win (2007), but also some epic failures. Last year his dream of a repeat was crushed by a mechanical mishap. He has had a successful season, and you know that he has targeted Kona as the most important race of the year for him. Watch out for him.

Eneko Llanos (Esp)- A real beast, who oftentimes finishes second, as he did in Kona last year. If he can put it all together, he can challenge for the win.

Normann Stadler (Ger)- The past five years in Kona for the Normanator have been all of nothing. In 2004 and 2006 he used huge bike splits to power himself to the win. However, in '05, two flat tires crushed his hopes. In '07 he stalled at the half-way mark on the bike to puke his guts out. And last year, he cramped badly on the run, after making a ballsey move on the marathon. Can he return to fine form in '09? We shall see.

Other veterans- Cam Brown, Timo Bracht, Faris Al-Sultan, Ronnie Schildknect, Chris Lieto and Timmy DeBoom have all had fantastic races here in the past. Can they pull something special this year?

Dark Horses- Andreas Raelert, Rasmus Henning, Andy Potts, and Terenzo Bozzone have all had success on the short-course circuit, and they have awesome speed. They have the ability to shake things up on a good day. Henning and Potts have both recently suffered bike crashes, which is too bad, because they have the potential to really put the pressure on the pure distance guys.

My pick for the win: I think that this year is going to be one of the most epic ever. Macca is getting older now and is incredibly motivated to win one more time. Yet, it will be difficult to beat Alexander.

Without Torbjorn Sindballe in the race this year, look for Chris Lieto and Stadler to push the pace on the bike. Lieto has been training with Ryan Hall in Mammoth lakes, so can he put together a good marathon and steal the win? It will be very tough for him. Look for the super-runners to catch him and Stadler about halfway, and we will see a serious duel between Macca and Crowie that will come down to the wire. Macca would seem to be the biggest and most aggressive competitor, but Alexander's win at Boise showed us all that if he is anywhere near the win, he will absolutely bury himself for it. Look for Alexander to pull away late in the marathon, and take the 2009 World Championships.


The women
Chrissie Wellington will obliterate the field, again.

Mirinda Carfrae, Rebecca Keat, and Yvonne Van Vlerken are all really good.

Wellington cannot be touched.

Motivation? Yes.

So, stay tuned for my Ironman World Championships predictions. In the meantime, let's remind ourselves what happened last year...

Friday, September 25, 2009

The Season-End Review

The nature of athletics, and life in general, is that things do not always work out. Through failure, disappointment, and challenges, we rise. We learn lessons, we endure, we rise. Was the season a tough one for me? Yes. Did I learn from it? Did I make the most of it? Yes. Did I rise? Yes, and I will continue to. Let's review 2009.

Spring months: Unlike last spring, I am not slow on the bicycle. Giros, collegiate races, Battenkill, Bloomfield... all good results. I begin falling in love with the bike. Pretty amazing to be able to put in a ton of work and not always be hurt. Should I just be a cyclist? It would be a lot simpler to only have to worry about all these different sports. I'm out running and I feel that damn pain in my calf again. That's it, I'm done with running, it's broken my heart so many times. I win at Bristol. Hands stretched toward the sky in triumph. I think this is it.

May 17, 2009:
This year was supposed to be about triathlon. But I think I'm done with triathlon. I am signed to to race in Memphis (huge race, destination race, family plans involved), and I cannot bail on this. I'll just race it for fun. I'll hammer the bike, and cruise the run. No problem.

The day before the race I am at the race site previewing the swim and checking out all the festivities. I'm starting to get excited. I have forgotten how much I love triathlons. Race morning rolls around, I am stoked. I am representing the U of R in the collegiate race. Taking on athletes from huge schools (Arkansas, 'Bama, Purdue, etc.). They all have organized clubs, coaches, and teammates. I don't. It's just me. I hammer the swim, demolish the bike, and do my best on the run. 3rd place isn't bad, is it? 9 minutes off qualifying for a professional license. I can do this triathlon thing. I have to get way faster on the run, but it's doable. I love triathlon. I AM NOT DONE.

June: Empire Cycling Championships. I cannot sprint, so I get demolished by Brendan and Jack after dragging the field around, but beat everybody else. I'm a cat. 3 cyclist. I get word that a new team is forming, and that I'm invited to be on it. I go from racing alone to being a part of the nearly unbeatable Minerva Design Team. Am I lucky? Hell yeah I am. I worked hard for this.

July: Running is going amazing. I went for a 90 minute run today. The main focus of my year, the Timberman 70.3 Half Ironman in New Hampshire is 5 weeks away. Fitness is coming around. I am going to do amazing. OH WAIT, later that night I am at work and I break my toe. Next day I go to the doctors: no running for 6 weeks. No Timberman. This shit happens to me all the time.

August: I am the U23 New York Stat Time Trial Champion! Next year I go for the overall!

They will not let me transfer my entry fee from the Timberman. I have to go and do the Aquabike (swim, bike, stop). Swim goes well, bike goes great (24.2 mph avg for 56 miles). Add the times up and add a running time that I am capable of, and it puts me in the top 10 and qualifies me for the World Championships. I can do this... I just have to wait until next year.

September: Close out the season with a win. A sign of what could have been, but also what is yet to come. Racing me next year? Be afraid.

Lessons learned: I love triathlon. It has been my dream for years to be a professional triathlete. I am not going to give up that easily. I need to be careful with my fragile running legs, and do all I can to stay healthy, all the while killing myself in workouts to get FAST. I can do it.

I'm pretty fast on the bike. Bike racing is the best way to train on the bike. I will make some serious improvements this winter, and I will be ready to represent Minerva Design in the spring.

When things do not go your way, you get creative and you get stubborn. You keep going. You keep fighting. Here's to 2010.

Fear the Dino.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Dating a Triathlete

I stumbled across this while doing my usual internet surfing thing. So no, I did not come up with this, but I thought it was quite amusing, and worth sharing.

Dating a triathlete...

"I am an outdoors type of person." Really means: I train in any type of weather. If it's raining, snowing, 90 degrees w/100 percent humidity, or winds gusting at 30 mph. I don't want to hear any complaints because I will still train in it and you're just a big wuss for complaining about it.

"I enjoy riding my bike." Really means: with or w/o aero bars, alone or in a peleton, I don't care. If you can't do a spur of the moment 30 miler then you're not my type. I will let you draft, but if you can't hang and I drop you - I will see you later. I am a capable mechanic, but don't expect me to change your flats or tune your bike. You need to learn that on your own.

"I enjoy jogging." Really means: Let's run hills until we puke. I have just as many shoes as you only mine are better because they are functional and all look the same.

"I enjoy dining out." Really means: I enjoy eating out, in or anywhere else I can find food. Don't be shy because with the amount of food I eat, you can have that main entree instead of a salad and you will still look as though you eat like a rabbit in comparison. Don't get your limbs too close though as I may take a bite out of you. Most importantly don't expect any taste off my plate unless you can bring omething to the party like more food. Eventually though if your not burning 4,000 calories a day your going to plump up and have a terrible complex due to watching me eat deserts and not gain any weight. Friends and family will eventually decide not to dine with us anymore due to my horrid table manners. Oh, and don't ask me any questions during breakfast, Mid Morning Lunch, Lunch, Afternoon lunch, dinner or Recovery Dinner as it does not lend to efficient food intake.

"I enjoy quiet walks on the beach." Really means: Walks on the beach warming up into an 8 mile run and then plunging myself in the ocean for a 2 miler. If you get in my way you're going to find out what mass start is and let me assure you that you don't want to find out.

"I find fulfillment in charitable work." Really means: If I am not racing, I am volunteering and I expect you to be there along side me as I stand out in 90 degree weather for 8 hours handing out sports drink to cyclists going 20 mph. Just stick the ol' arm out there and hope it doesn't get taken off.

"I enjoy sharing quiet moments together." Really means: It's taper time. Just back off because I am strategizing and in a pissy mood because I am worried about my "A" race and can't workout.

"I am an active person." Really means: Aside from my 40 hour job, and the 8 mandatory hours of sleep a night. 10 hours a week are devoted to me during the off-season and 20 during race season leaving us 4 hours. 2 of which are spent inhaling food and you not talking to me, so let's make the best of the 2 hours we will spend together on average each day. If you are a licensed message therapist or doctor this would make the most optimal use of our time together. Nutritionist is also acceptable, but I probably already know just as much as you.

"I enjoy road trips and leisurely drives." Really means: You have your choice of Wisconsin, Idaho, Florida, California, Arizona, and Canada, but don't expect to do much site seeing. If I get enough support from you we might be able to include Hawaii in there.

"I enjoy site seeing." Really means: Lets grab a mountain bike and get our HR's up to 90%. There's plenty of time to look around on the descent as trees and bushes whiz by you at 40 mph.

"I like stimulating conversation." Really means: while we are running, we can talk about food. Then we can talk about how we decided what to wear on this run based on the temperature at start time versus the temperature at the time we expect to finish, how horribly out of shape we are, how many miles we did last week, and how many we will do this week and next week. Then we can talk about food.

"I enjoy relaxing soaks in the tub." Really Means: I'm going to stop on the way home and buy two bags of ice, throw them in the tub with some water, and sit in this torture chamber for 30 minutes.

"I'm interested in photography" Really Means: My camera is permanently perched a tripod in front of my trainer. I obsess over taking photos of my bike position and analyzing them to get the perfect setup.

"I'm into in technology" Really Means: My HRM and bike computer are my best friends. Until you can give me some hard data that can improve my training, don't bother trying to buddy up to me. You could one day break into the top three if I find you as entertaining on long runs and rides as my mp3 player.


Original Source: http://www.beginnertriathlete.com/discussion/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=56596&start=1

Monday, September 21, 2009

Beginning with the end: Finger Lakes Triathlon Race Report

For my inaugural blog post, I plan to give a detailed account of the last race of the season. It makes a lot of sense, doesn't it? Not to worry, I will make thrilling posts referring to past events somewhere down the line. Until then, let us concern ourselves with Sunday's event: the Finger Lakes Triathlon in Canandaigua, NY.

Pre-race
It was pretty painful when that damn alarm clock started unearthing that ungodly noise at 4:15. Let me tell you a little something about 4:15... nobody is supposed to be awake at 4:15. Maybe fishermen or milkmen. But in any case, it is just unpleasant. Darker than midnight outside, and cold as winter. I slipped into autopilot mode, snarfed down a couple bowls of Frosted Flakes (I LOVE those), and packed up the car with Dad. Before we left, I made sure to shoot some nose spray up my nose to clear the sinuses... I got sick this week along with at least half of my U of R Co-eds. However, I felt pretty good before the race (aside from not really being able to breathe through the nose).
It was pretty awesome when we were driving down there and it was 38 degrees. Luckily (thank God), it would warm up before the race, at least enough to not freeze.
Registration went smoothly. Warm-up went well. The sun finally decided to show its beautiful face. I felt confident, and was ready to rock. "They cannot beat you. You are going to obliterate the field."

The Swim
It was pretty sweet when they announced that our "swim warm up time" would be from 7:15 until 7:20. Are you kidding me? Anyway, it took me approximately 10 minutes to walk from transition to the swim start area, because there were about 12 million people trying to do the same thing. As a result, the swim warm-up did not happen. But hey, worse things have happened, so I did some arm circles and smiled. For some reason the young (under 24 year old) men were starting in the 4th wave, so we had to wait around for 12 minutes after wave one took off. By the time it was our turn, I was more than ready to get this damn thing going. I went out nice and easy as to not blow up (no warm-up, remember). I tried to keep it nice and smooth. When I got to the far buoy, I started catching those who started in previous waves. Luckily, and somewhat uncharacteristically, I did not have to clobber anyone too hard, and nobody hit me. Most people just seemed to be afraid of me, and got out of my way. That's how it should be, eh? I would be just fine if I never got kicked in the face during a swim again. Anyhow, I got out of the water with the day's 4th fastest swim time.

T1
Uneventful.

The Bike
Dino time!! A challenging yet not outlandish bike course allowed me to use my strength to shoot past those who started ahead of me. I hit the rhythm, and my legs felt pretty lively. I was the second person into T2. That is I passed everybody that started in the waves before me (except for one guy), who had a minimum of a 4 minute lead on me. 58:24 bike split. I love the bike.

T2
I had the fastest Transition 2 time! That's a first. I really made sure to take my time in the Transitions, based on the fact that I have not worked on them for a very very long time. Who would have thought it, eh?

The Run
Ah, the hard part! I was nervous about the run, considering that I have no run training in me. After the broken toe this summer, I was unable to run for 6 weeks, and that basically set me back to level one. For the past two or three weeks, I have been attempting to re-introduce my body to running, but the most I have been running is about 4 miles at a very slow pace. SO, having to run 10K as hard as possible, after a swim and bike, was not something that would come easily. All things considered, I felt pretty decent. I ran down the only individual who was in front me of, and just sort of cruised. Things got very tough after 5 miles, but I knew I just had to gut out one more. It was pretty apparent after about 5K that I was going to win, and I was getting chills just thinking about being able to cross the line with my arms in the air. 6:25 pace is not fast. Not fast at all, and it will not get the job done where I am going. But I'm happy with it, considering I have not been running.



The Win does not make up for the season that could have been, but it was a great way to close out the season. Next year I will be much faster, and I will be targeting some bigger races. More on that to come in future posts. I am outrageously sore right now, but after the inflammation dies down, it will be back to work. The 2010 season starts next week. Fear the Dinosaur.



FYI: The dude who sprints past me in the finish line video was in the sprint distance race. He did not care to let me have my moment. Oh well. And the last 5 seconds or so of the video are supposed to be me dancing, but for some reason you cannot see any movement. Do not be concerned.