The second annual JackRabbit Battle of Brooklyn was held Sunday in Prospect Park. It was a fun and productive day all around, with strong performances from the City Coach team as well as our JackRabbit Beginner Running class and the Run for the Rabbit crew.
For the team, Bonnie Averbuch finished 2nd overall among the women, and Jean Cassandra was 9th. Chris Solarz was 4th in the men's field.
The Run for the Rabbit runners each ran well as they continue to improve on their way to their goal race at the Hamptons Marathon next month. It continues to be exciting to see their progress.
The Beginner Running crew also perfomed admirably. A few of them did the full 10-miler, while most opted for the three person relay. Regardless, it's always rewarding to see folks enjoy their first race.
Oh, I almost forgot to mention that I ran dressed as George Washington, complete with powdered wig and a musket. It seemed like a good idea at the time. After all, what better way to commemorate the original Battle of Brooklyn? I learned a few things in the process. First, someone needs to make wigs of more breathable, wicking materials. I was sweating like a pedophile on a playground. Second, muskets are heavy and unbalanced. (Insert joke here.) Definitely not ideal for running ten miles. Third, you get lots of love if you overlook the first two items and run the whole damn thing with your wig and musket.
For the record, the best comment of the day came from the race winner, Lauren Perkins, who shouted "that's the spirit" (get it?) as she lapped George. I also appreciated the guy who asked "do you have a license for that?" George responded "I'm the father of your country, I don't need a license for a gun", to which he responded "I was talking about the wig!"
The photo gallery (courtesy of our friends J. Geoff Badner and Brian Cristiano) is available for your viewing pleasure. Special thanks to Gail Myers for the musket, and Paul Leone for George's wig.
Loyal readers will remember that our Dear Coach entries are actual correspondences that I've received from our athletes. Names are changed to protect the innocent, but the text is unchanged. Here's today's exchange between one of my new athletes and me regarding the upcoming track workout.
Earlier this week I scolded Luke McCambley for being out of uniform during his win over the weekend. After all, just because Luke has all the talent and does all the hard work, doesn't mean that I shouldn't get all the glory. Now the truth has been revealed. The Daily Westport Photoshopped the shot of Luke on his way to victory. The un-retouched photo is displayed below.
Our friends at TriEssential have even made Luke's photo their Essential Pic of the Week.
Our boy Like McCambley has been knocking on the door at the Westport Road Runners Summer Series, and now he has a victory to show for it. Check out the nice write up of his victory at The Daily Westport. Normally we scold team members who obscure the team logo with their hand or by turning away from the camera, but Luke has taken incognito to a whole new level. Remember everyone - I'll pay for the City Coach tattoo.
The City Coach/JackRabbit cheering section was out in full force, and included Keila, Agnes, Gary, NSQ, Johanna & Seb, Lexi, Matt, Troy and more.
It was also great to see all the JackRabbit triathletes, as well as friends Doug Oldiges, Stacy Creamer, John Neiers, Julie Cook, Susan Stanley, John Williams, lots of BTC and Columbia U racers. And of course, congratulations to former City Coach athlete Bec Wassner on her three-peat.
It looks like the water conditions are safe, and all systems are go for Sunday's race. Here are a few tips for those of you who are racing.
* you must go to the official pre-race briefing. * you must leave your bike in transition on Saturday. Partially deflate your tires then or you risk having them explode from sitting in the sun. Re-inflate to proper pressure on race morning. There will be neutral support and floor pumps in transition. * on race morning you must leave transition by 5:xx (depends on your transition, so check your athlete's handbook), so be sure to get there early. Security will not let you in if you arrive late. Crying and begging will not help, though bribery has been known to work * remember that you need to get from transition to the swim start, so leave ample time. You can check a bag at swim start, so you don't need to walk barefoot. * draft as much as possible during the swim. * be sure to sight regularly during your swim. Don't trust the swimmer in front of you to go straight. * do not try to stand too early at the end of the swim. The surface is muddy and sticky, and you can't walk in it. There will be volunteers to help you out of the water. * there is a considerable run from swim finish to T1. Be sure to quickly go through the shower as you exit the water unless you want to have an oil slick goatee in your Brightroom photos. Then get your cap, goggles and the top of your wetsuit off. You will be running down to T1 in a single lane. Stay to your right or risk getting hit by an oncoming bike. * move quickly but in an organized fashion in the transition area. * leave your bike in a small ring to exit T1. You'll begin on a narrow section along the water, make a sharp right turn, then go up a short, steep hill. You need to be in an easy gear for that hill and you need to slow down before the turn. * there are 180 degree turns at the top and bottom of the course. The southernmost point is south of the finish, so you'll need to come back north for about a mile. During that mile be sure to stretch your back for a few seconds and spin a light gear. * on the run be aware of your form and stay relaxed so you get your legs back as quickly as possible. * eat a normal, high carb diet and stay well hydrated from now through race day. * have a light breakfast 3 hours before the start. Take one gel 30-60 minutes before the start. * drink at least one full bottle of Gatorade or other fluid replacement drink on the bike. One gel late on the ride is a good idea as well. * drink at every aid station on the run.