I often grumble about people going for a leisurely walk in the name of charity and asking me for money. Many of these ventures are done for fine organizations and I usually make a modest donation because it's a worthy cause. The fact that someone is taking a walk or riding their bike for a few miles does not move me in the least, nor does it impact my donation. And of course I have a particularly big burr in my saddle when folks ask for money when part of my donation is going to pay for their wetsuit or travel expenses to a marathon or tri (and they conveniently forget to mention that). Well, here's a charity endeavour that's grumble proof even by my standards.
Eddie Izzard is my favorite cross-dressing comedian. In fact, he may be my favorite comedian, period. Mr. Izzard, who is raising money for Comic Relief just finished his 43rd marathon in 51 days. Izzard is not athletic, but he is dedicated. What he did is truly inspirational and shows just how much someone can do if they put their mind to it. Many of the marathons were done at a walking pace, but he has been getting faster as he has progressed. And there's certainly no questioning his dedication to the cause.
Another race, and another strong performance by Michael Borden this weekend at the Mighty Hamptons Tri. Michael chopped eleven minutes off his 2008 time for a strong 2:33 finish. We also noted fine performances from friend of City Coach Sarah Harrison and former CC'er Rod McClave. Congrats also go out to Dr. Rob Meislin who finished the race with an abbreviated, CC-approved training plan.
In further news, Hanna Jones and Lauren Dewey travelled to Washington DC this weekend for the Naton's Tri. Lauren finished an impressive 35th out of 1,400+ women, and Hanna was 167th. Both are fast and getting faster. Congratulations ladies.
Congratulations to Leanne Elisha who continues her strong season with a 3rd place AG finish at the SOS Triathlon. For those of you who are unfamiliar with SOS, here's the course description from their website.
"A 30 miles bicycle climb (1000′) will lead you from the historic town of New Paltz into the heart of the Shawangunk Mountains to the Lake Awosting Parking lot of Minnewaska State Park. From there, you will run 4 miles on forest trails to Lake Awosting and swim 1.1 miles along the northwestern shore. Following this first swim, you will run 5.5 miles of rough trail overlooking the valley of beautiful Lake Minnewaska where you will swim .5 miles along the southeastern shore. Next you will run 8 miles over the trail to Lake Mohonk where you will be met with your final swim. During the last third of this .5 mile swim, if you breathe to your left your exhaustion will give way to awe as you catch glimpses of the famous Mohonk Hotel built into the cliff alongside the lake shore. Following the final swim, you will face a .7 mile sprint-climb to the finish (260′). At the finish enjoy the historic Smiley Memorial Sky Top Tower (1542′) and excellent views of five states.
During each swim contestants are required to carry their running shoes and any other gear needed as no contestant will be returning to the starting point of any of the swims. If you decide to accept this survival challenge you will spend time developing a system to carry your gear through the water. Whatever system you develop, remember you will have to carry it with you during all parts of the run, and its effectiveness must last through three swims."
Also racing were friends John McGovern, Dr. Mike Halstead, Scott Willet, and my old junior high school buddy Bruce Cadenhead, each of whom I was happy not to see at yesterday's race. (They're nice guys, but I wanted to win my AG.)
Forget all the other races this weekend. Even if they were bigger, more competitive, and more prestigious. Obviously all anyone cares about is the eagerly anticipated Golden Girls Challenge, which was contested at the Vassar Medical Center Duathlon. City Coachers Shane Neil, Paul Santini, Danny Artiga, Helene Roth and I fought it out in a small field. When the dust settled, all of us finished in the top 12 and all came home with hardware. The order of finish was:
Jonathan Cane – 5th place male, 1st place 40-49 AG
Shane Neil – 8th place male, 3rd place 30-39 AG
Danny Artiga – 9th place male, 2nd place 40-49 AG
Paul Santini – 10th place male, 1st place 18-29 AG
As for the wagering, I managed to come closest with my bet. Rather than having my morals called into question, I will donate the entire sum collected to the National Brain Tumor Society in memory of Kathleen Lewis.
After the race, the group made the all-important stop at IHOP where we scared the women and children by consuming mass quantities. All in all it was a good time with good friends. Congrats and thanks to all.
The results from the weekend's many races are trickling in. Here's the first report. Iris Shalam (2:02:46) and Adele Laboz (1:40:54) both set a PR this weekend at the Chicago Half Marathon. Congratulations ladies.
Assuming this report is accurate, at least it makes a little sense now. Hermaphrodites are apparently not that rare. She probably never knew, which is why there was no attempt made to feminize her appearance, as has been the case with so many other athletes who presumably were suffering the secondary effects of the use of performance enhancing drugs. It will be interesting to see what happens with her medals and the future of her competitive career.
According to the Science of Sport, "Even if all this were true, it still does not necessarily mean that she will be disqualified from future events. There are conditions which are allowable,
which would see Semenya being able to compete after surgery (the
surgery, by the way, is for health reasons. If you have internal
testes, then they can become cancerous, and so must be removed).
Congratulations to Nicole Sin Quee on her 2nd place overall finish at the CP Bi this morning. Despite a mechanical which cost her a few places on the way out of T1, NSQ passed all but the eventual winner, Lynn Frampton, of the British National team, who dominated from the gun.
Tom Buffolano had a strong race, setting a PR on the course, and is right on schedule for the rest of his season.
Whenever folks dare to break our strict “no injuries” rule, I encourage them to try deep water running. Lots of questions ensue. Since I learned of it from the late Doug Stern, I figured you might as well too. Below is an article stolen from his website.
DEEP WATER RUNNING by Doug Stern
Deep water running is the best cross training venue for runners. It will allow you to train if you are injured and speed up the recovery process. It will enhance your speed if you are healthy and provide a whole body workout which will increase your joint range of motion strengthen postural muscles.
The water has certain properties which lend itself to non-weight bearing resistance training. The most obvious is its buoyant affect. We float at or near the surface of the water. You can run in the water without any pounding on your feet or joints. Secondly, the water is viscous or thicker than air. As you move your arms and legs through the water you encounter a tremendous resistance. This resistance can be used to repair and strengthen muscles and joints. The faster you move your arms and legs the greater the resistance you will encounter and therefore the harder the workout and the greater the strength gain. Water exerts greater pressure on our bodies than air does. Plus running in the water allows us to do more exercise bouts with less recovery time than a similar workout done on land. The water pressure coupled with the lack of gravity acting on you and water’s cooling affect allows for faster recovery from strenuous exercise. Blood flows back to the heart faster and the body is cooled quicker in the water than on land.