Posted in Coach's Comments,FavoritesApril 28, 2009
This weekend there were three noteworthy events.
- Sherri Shepherd (the noted scholar from The View) tells us how important the March of Dimes is to her and that she flew across the country to participate in their fundraising walk. She even spoke and tweeted of how inspired she was by seeing a woman displaying her dedication to the cause as she walked with two canes. Sherri made her priorities clear when she dropped out after less than two miles (out of the 6.2 that everyone else did) because her feet hurt.
- At the Heritage Run in Rockford, Illinois, there is a kids’ race before the 10k. This weekend it rained, and there were puddles on the course. The kids wanted to run and the parents wanted them to do so. The organizers canceled the kids’ race, but still held the party and gave everyone a finisher’s medal and certificate. Parents complained to the race organizers that rewarding non-perfomance was a bad example and pointed out that the conditions were not unsafe, but to no avail.
- The More Marathon was canceled due to the heat. The Half Marathon was changed to an untimed “fun run” with no advance notice. Despite the fact that many women had flown across the country and trained hard for the race, they were not allowed to race the Half Marathon – no times were recorded and no winner was announced. Temperatures were in the 70′s at the start and only reached 80 two hours after the scheduled start. Anyone who completed 7.5 of the scheduled 13.1 or 26.2 received a finisher’s medal. Athletes who wanted to run the full marathon were not allowed to do so.
I’ve never won a running race or a triathlon, and unless someone goes out with a big Wiley Coyote-style arrow to misdirect the leaders, I never will. Yet I don’t begrudge the fast kids their accomplishements. We’re not all winners. That skinny African dude who came across the line an hour before I did is the winner. I worked hard and did my best, and I’m proud of that – but I did not win. Please don’t give me a gold medal because I wanted to win, because I meant to win, or because my delicate feelings are hurt that someone went faster than I did. And please don’t give me a finisher’s medal if I don’t finish. On the other hand, if you could talk to my college professor about that C-minus I got when I meant to study…..
Posted in CheatersApril 27, 2009
Have you seen my car?
Well, I saw the backseat.
No, I'm talking about the whole thing.
A couple of months ago, I read a story about a woman who claimed to have completed a swim across the Atlantic. AP was all over the story of 56 year old Jennifer Figge. "During her taxing journey, Figge had to battle waves of up to 30 feet
and strong winds, and the inclement weather forced her to veer 1,000
miles off course; she originally was supposed to swim to the Bahamas.
Her longest time in the water was about eight hours." Ms. Figge was accompanied by a boat and surrounded by a cage to protect her from sharks, and she wore a wetsuit.
Here's the problem. Her boat traveled 2,100 miles. She now admits that she only swam about 250 miles, and there were entire days when she didn't exit the boat. She also now says that she never planned to do the whole thing, but here's a note from Hal Higdon (yes – the Hal Higdon) who is the father of her publicist, that was published before the event. "So, you think running a little old 26 miles and 385 yards is an
accomplishment? Well, yes it is, but consider Jennifer Figge, who later
this year will attempt to become the first woman and the first American
to swim across the Atlantic Ocean, from Cape Verde Islands off the
coast of Africa to Barbados. " And here's the NY Times story. "Figge plans to swim 2,100 miles, from the Cape Verde Islands off Africa
to Barbados. She will do it in a shark cage attached to a sailboat,
swimming for six to eight hours a day without rest. The journey will
take about two months and, if successful, will make her the first woman
on record to swim across the Atlantic."
The shame is that the woman is clearly a talented and dedicated athlete. Had she not engaged in hyperbole, we'd be lauding her accomplishments. After all, I'm not about to swim 250 miles in a month. Instead, she embarassed herself, and all the press outlets who initially published the story without recognizing that no one can swim 70 miles a day for a month.
Posted in Coach's CommentsApril 26, 2009
The MORE Women's Marathon, which was scheduled to start at 7:40 this morning was cancelled by the NYRR due to the heat. The Half Marathon which was set for 8:00 has been changed to a "fun run" and will not be timed or scored.
It didn't hit 80-degrees until nearly 11:00 – after anyone running the half would have finished. Certainly there have been marathons and half marathons held in worse conditions. Is this an overabundance of caution? Is this because they fear that more and more runners are underprepared for races? Would they do this for the NYC Marathon or NYC Half? If NYRR fears hot temperatures, why schedule the NYC Half for the middle of August?
Yeah, I know. Where the heck have I been? Work. That's all I can say. The day job. Due to work commitments, I will not be racing any tris this season. I will be running only. No, I didn't do it on purpose. Yes, I'm sure. The bike and I were working it out. There's just not enough free hours in my week right now. It's easier to squish runs into the cracks of the day. So, that's what I'll be doing.
The next race on my calendar is the North Face Bear Mountain Endurance Half Marathon. It's a couple weeks out. I did the 10K last year and had a great time falling, bleeding and running. Of course, I was in much better shape last year with the Ironman training. So, this year it should be, well, painful-er.
Posted in Non-ProfitApril 24, 2009
Last year eight of us rode the Miles for Mom indoor century in memory of my mother, Helene Cane. We raised nearly $8,000 as well as three ponytails for Locks of Love. This year, we decided we needed to raise the bar, so here's the plan. On Tuesday, May 26 eight riders will begin a simulated 3,000 mile relay on a Computrainer situated in the window of Jack Rabbit Sports' Union Square store. We'll ride continuously for over a week, until we've completed the stationary cross country ride. The event is being held as a fundraiser for the Young Survival Coalition. Young Survival Coalition (YSC) is the premier
international organization dedicated to the critical issues unique to
young women and breast cancer. YSC works with survivors, caregivers and
the medical, research, advocacy and legislative communities to increase
the quality and quantity of life for women diagnosed with breast cancer
ages 40 and under.
As the event gets closer, we'll keep you posted on the details. Obviously we'd love it if you could come by and cheer us on from in the store or on the street. And if you can, any donations would be greatly appreciated. In the meantime, as we prepare for the ride, as usual, I'm looking for help. Here's what we need:
- Event Coordinator/Publicist. Someone to help put together a press release, coordinate volunteers, publicize the event.
- Rider(s). It looks like we may need another rider or two. You'd be expected to ride a Computrainer for 3 hours per day for 7-8 days. Availability for a late night/overnight shift would be great.
- Tech Support. We'll need help setting monitors/TV in the window, a webcam and feeding it to the webpage, and uploading video and photos. Plus we need to borrow a flat screen TV or large LCD monitor.
- Computrainer Support. If you're competent in setting up a Computrainer for rides, we can use your help.
- Ride Support. We'll have hungry, thirsty, needy riders, and it's important that we not distrupt the store operation. If you can stop by and help keep things moving smoothly, we'll need your help.
If you're able to help with any of the above, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know what you can do. Thank you.
Posted in TriviaApril 23, 2009
The winning caption comes from Tom Buffolano's entry, "
Honorable mention to Lauri Young's "
For future reference, it's worth noting that since she's usually the judge on these items, flattering Nicole (as Ms Young did) almost guarantees you a spot on the podium.
Posted in Coach's CommentsApril 22, 2009
Registration opens at noon on May 1. There's no lottery this year, so be at your computer, poised and ready to go at noon.
Posted in Coach's CommentsApril 22, 2009
If Emily Kindlon plans to wrest the Media Whore award our of Nicole Sin Quee's greedy little hands, she's going to have to rethink her strategy. Ms Kindlon is featured in the latest issue of Metro Sports Magazine, but didn't bother to tell any of us, post it in her blog, or even send out press releases the way NSQ normally does. Since Ms Kindlon is being so shy, and since Metro Sports hasn't bothered to make the piece available online, allow me to provide the transcript. Those of you who roll old school can pick up the paper copy of the April edition and check page 11.
EMILY KINDLON, 28, BROOKLYN
Kindlon approached the recent 86-flight Empire State Building Run Up with a smart strategy: "Get to the stairwell first. Otherwise, you'll get tripped up in the crowd." Her plan lead to a top finish amoung local women (fifth overall) in 14:22. Now training for the North Face Endurance Challenge at Bear Mountain, NY in May, Kindlon hopes to compete on the international stair-climbing circuit. "There's a race in the Sydney Tower," she says. "I'd love to do that."
Posted in TriviaApril 21, 2009
The woman pictured to the left is a world champion athlete. This photo was taken on Ocean Parkway in the Brooklyn Half Marathon within the last five years. Can you name her? (Click on image to enlarge).
Posted in Team Race ResultsApril 20, 2009
Gary Berard is in with a time of 2:53:04. That's a 3+ minute PR and an impressive race. Congratulations on a great performance, and the best photo of the year Gary.