When in doubt, go with the baby mama. As such, this week's winner is Johanna for her entry "what do you mean No Sleep 'til Brooklyn is past my bedtime". She got points for creativity and for DNA, since she is our adorable little friend Sebastian's mother.
As noted earlier, today's Philadelphia Triathlon was converted to a duathlon due to yesterday's tragedy. That didn't stop Terry Moore from finishing 10th in the Male Elite Division, and 25th out of 1800+ overall. Great work Terrell.
A few of us rode the hilly circuit at Harriman State Park Friday. After the third lap, I managed to control my wheezing long enough to say "I'm getting old." While it's true that sooner or later we all slow down, I suspect that many of us use our age as an excuse to make up for other (more real) shortcomings. Last year I wrote about Ginette Bedard, the septuagenarian wonder who dominates her age group. This weekend's Father's Day 5-miler was won by Yumi Ogita. At age 48, Yumi averaged 6:18 per mile.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not pretending that youth does not have its advantages. I'll bet on the world class 30-year old over the 50-year old any time. I have been (and remain) highly skeptical of performance improvements by already world class endurance athletes when they reach their 40's. But in my case, maybe I suffered on the hills because I haven't trained as hard this season as in the past, rather than because of my lack of youth. And maybe since I was never exactly world class, perhaps I can still improve. Instead of relying on the convenient excuse for a sub-par ride, I'd be better served to cinch up my Depends brand cycling shorts and work a little harder next time.
I'm glad to announce that I'll be speaking at the next NYRR Learning Series event, It's Time to TRI. Here's the agenda:
July 7, 2010
6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Robert Wagner Middle School 220 East 76th Street (between Second and Third Avenues)
Are you wondering what it takes to do a triathlon? Expand your fitness by adding a new kind of cross-training to your routine, and in the process, become part of one of the fastest-growing sports in the world. New York Road Runners is ready to teach you everything you need to know to swim, bike, and run your way through any race. Join our experts and your fellow athletes—everyone from the first-time triathlete to the expert is welcome—for this inspiring evening event, including top coaches, athletes, and specialists who will lead an active discussion about training, race-day strategy, nutrition, gear selection and so much more.
Join us at this NYRR Learning Series event led by:
Chris Coffin ASCA Level 1 swim coach Mikael Hanson certified USAT and USAC cycling coach and bike-fit specialist Scott Berlinger local coach of national champion triathlon team Full Throttle Endurance Jonathan Cane coach of last year’s NYRR Sprint Triathlon winners through City Coach Multisport Lauren Antonucci certified sports dietitian and founder of Nutrition Energy Rick Krupa elite triathlete
Register now for this free event because space is limited.
Once we reach 250 registrants, additional applicants will be put on our waiting list.
If you have any questions about the NYRR Sprint Triathlon on August 1 in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, check out the race pageor e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last night was the 5th edition of our annual No Sleep Til Brooklyn Century, held every year in Prospect Park on the Summer Solstice. Due to the nice weather, our increased popularity, and looser regulations at mental hospitals, last night was the biggest ride yet. We had 19 starters for the 30 fun-filled laps.There was a mixture of grizzled NSTB veterans including Leanne Elisha (the only other 5x finisher), Ari Maisonave, Tom Buffolano, Michael Borden, Scott Towle, plus some new blood - NSQ, Jene Shaw, Helene Roth and Andy, Agnes Zbylut, Kevin (Brickwell) and Kenny Schmitt, Pete Kocher (Ride Brooklyn), Charles Olson, Raul Martinez Jr., Francis Laros, Dan Gallagher, plus Robert Watson who was a couple of minutes late and chased us for 2+ hours. We were also joined by half of Brooklyn's helmetless cyclists at some point in the evening, though they scattered as the evening progressed. Apparently immune to social cues such as "this is a team ride" and "if you're here you'd better plan to ride 100 miles", they stuck to us like gum on the bottom of our shoes, happily along for the free ride that our engines provided. Though the organ donors were less than welcome, some visitors were welcome. Our friends Danny Artiga, Mordecai Zibkoff and Kevin McNeill each jump in briefly.
Total time was 5:13:27 for the 102 miles. That's an average speed of 19.52 mph, and average lap time of 10:26.9. Our fastest lap was 9:41 (when the group smelled the finish) and the slowest was 11:08 (when the group tasted their food). We also took a food stop that took 8:25. Despite the size of the group, the interlopers, and the masses in the park, the group stayed pretty much in tact throughout. Some wanted to go faster, some wanted to go slower, but overall we found the happy medium.
Special thanks to Green Light and Killary for delivering our supplies during the ride.
This year, June 21st is scheduled for June 21st. That makes it the perfect time for the 5th Annual No Sleep Til Brooklyn Prospect Park Century. This year's theme? Monday, Shmunday. Shut up and ride. Usual rules apply - in for a dime, in for a dollar, so don't bother gracing us with your presence for a lap or two, or even an hour or two. Thirty fun-filled laps of the park beginning at 7p. Thus far, we've had brutal weather for versions 2 and 4, but the weather looks cooperative for tonight.
If all goes according to plan, we'll have a report posted tomorrow.
This week's winner is the guy in the photo - Jon Miles. Because his entry - "wow, that's a THICK chamois" was deemed the winner, we will not publish the really embarrassing photos from this little encounter.