Cranberry Olympic – 21 August, 2016

Cranberry Olympic 3rd Place

Overall: 3:02:05.1

After hearing about it from TriFury teammates for years, I finally had a chance to enter and compete in the Cranberry Trifest Olympic race. The Trifest actually runs two days, and consists of a sprint race on Saturday and the Olympic on Sunday. I entered the Olympic race intending just to run it for fun, without worrying about speed or placing. Surprisingly, I captured third place, and even more surprisingly, there were more than three people in my age group (which is usually how I reach the podium).  Here’s how it broke down:

Swim: 0.9 mi / 39.32 min, finishing 6 out of 7 in my age group. I’m not the fastest swimmer by far, and with Jamie telling me the water temperature was 81 the day before, I skipped the wet suit, which probably added ~4 min to my time. The swim was unique, as they ran it as a two loop course due to low water levels. My wave was right in the middle (4th), so by the time I got out there, I was  getting run over by the elite first wave swimmers, and then run over by the younger, faster swimmers in the later waves. I got smacked, and smacked, got poked, and poked, got grabbed, and grabbed, more swimmers than in any race ever. All part of the fun. I hope they keep the same course for next year.

T1: 1:52.8 min. Although I probably lost ~4 min on the swim without the wet suit, I made most if not all of it up in T1. Had I worn it, it probably would have taken me five minutes to get out of it and on the bike, as getting out of a wet suit while sweating profusely takes more time than it saves.  I also skipped the socks for the first race this year, for which I paid for later.

Bike: 26.2 mi / 1:22:55 hr / 19.0 mph average, finishing 2 out of 7 in my age group. Like Mass State, I concentrated on keeping my heart rate in a relatively low zone. The bike course was nearly identical to Patriot Half, with a few sections cut out to change it from 28 to 26 miles. Jamie recommended taking salt tablets, so I took one at the start along with the ‘Gu’ every 30-40 minutes and liquids. I didn’t know I was averaging 19 mph until getting my results after the race.

T2: 2:25.3 min. Seems a bit strange that my T2 was ~32 seconds longer than T1, although I don’t know where the timing mats were located. I did make it a point to have  a good drink from my bike bottle before going out, and did have to fight a bit with the speed laces on my shoes. I will have to check these, specifically the right shoe, as you will see.

Run: 6.2 mi / 55:21 min / 8:56 min/mi average, finishing 2 out of 7 in my age group. This run was actually quite nice, as I was expecting the run to be similar to Patriot (hot, sunny, with little shade). Although there were sunny sections, and it was getting quite warm by this time, the run was mostly shady. I made it a point to walk through every water station (one every mile) and get some water, and took another extra salt tablet at the first water stop and a Gu just before the third stop. After the second mile, I could feel holes getting worn in my right foot. While I had skipped socks with my bike shoes many times before, this was the first sockless run in my (relatively) new racing flats. I concentrated on everything other than my feet, and finished the race with two smaller blisters on my toe and heal, and a large (~3″) long blister right along the instep of my foot.

Overall, it was a great race, and I hope  to be able to sign up for both the sprint and Olympic races next year.

Go Me!

Did my swim yesterday morning (30 laps, 1,500 yards), and entered it into Garmin Connect where I keep track of my training, races and other fun activities. Found that since Joyce gave me my 305, and along with the 405, I’ve recorded 2,000 activities for training, racing, and just out having fun:

Lifetime Totals:
Activities 2,000
Distance 14,172.19 mi
Time 1,756:11:17 hrs
Calories 1,088,086 C
Elev Gain 274,570 ft

Or in other words, since starting keeping track of my miles, I’ve gone, under my own power, between Boston and Los Angeles four times, and now about 3/4 of the way there on the fifth trip. I’ve climbed 52 miles, and 10 feet. Burned enough calories to offset 514 lbs of brownies. Go Me!

Crash!

Was riding to work this morning on my bike. I had just crossed into Lowell along Pawtucket Blvd, where the road is relatively wide, with a wide shoulder good for cycling. I must have hit something in the road, or some  broken pavement, because my front wheel twisted and I went down on my right shoulder. After getting up, and getting myself brushed off (and thanking the Lowell Police offer who stopped to ask if I was OK), I realized that my right shoulder was sore, and I wasn’t going to make it to work on my bike.

I rode home, and after taking off my reflective vest, jacket and other cool weather gear, I went up and had to wake Joyce. Joyce took one look at my right shoulder, and said “… you’re going to the emergency room.” After checking to ensure the kids knew we were leaving and they were to get themselves ready and out the door for school, off we went.

After x-rays confirming my collarbone was broken, the doctor said no exercise for the next four weeks. Baystate Marathon is out this year. With luck, I will be able to run Tyngsboro Trot and get myself ready for Mill Cities Relay.

The goal for 4,000 miles under my own power for the year is probably out as well. I did make it (to date) to 3,157 miles, perhaps I can add a few miles more after this all heals in November and December.

Lowell Super 5k

George and I ran our second 5k race today. Weather was a bit on the cold side, but still not too bad for the first weekend in February. Besides running to have fun, George was also running as part of his Boy Scout fitness requirement.

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George was a bit nervous at the start, as he had to show an improvement over his last 5k time back on January 1st.  I knew he was going to do fine, as we had been practicing together around the neighborhood and on the basement treadmill since the Lowell 1st Run. (The little boo-boo on his lower left lip is where we learned not to try taking a sweatshirt off over our head while running on the treadmill.)

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George did great, taking over five minutes off his previous 5k time (36:57 to 31:28), and afterwards enjoying refreshments, several bowls of pasta, cookies,

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and the company of other athletes including fellow TriFurians and Ironman class triathletes Claire Cloutier and Steve Ford (left), and George’s science teacher Ms. Shelagh O’Brien (right).

Lowell 1st Run 2013

Although a cold and windy day, George and I ran our first road race together yesterday. The Lowell 1st Run is a nice 5k New Year’s Day race just up the road in Lowell. George did great, considering the weather, crossing the finish line

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and picking up his ‘space blanket’, his finisher’s medal,

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and several bowls of pasta.

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Happy New Year!

We had a great New Years Day here. After a quiet morning with New Years Bread (no one got the coin), I ran the Lowell 1st 10K Run. Like last year, it was a clear and sunny day. Unlike last year, the temperature was in the low 50’s. I started out expecting colder temperatures, and dumped the running tights and gloves just before the start of the race. I took off my hat half-way through, and wished I had also dumped the long-sleeve base shirt as well. Saw a lot of people suffering under too many layers.

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I took just over seven minutes off my 2009 time, and saw quite a few other TriFury people at the race as well.