Last week I was lucky enough to join Dr. Jordan Metzl and some of the area's top triathlon authorities at the 2nd Annual Amazing Night of Triathlon Education. The event, held at Rockefeller University, featured 10 minute talks on almost every subject relevant to Triathletes including training tips, nutritional information, injury prevention strategies, gear updates, sports psychology, and a roundtable of area triathlon coaches.
Check out the webcast of the event to see what you missed.
Last week we had a nasty little snow storm here in NYC. Kids got a snow day. Businesses closed. Folks hoarded milk as if a nuclear holocaust was imminent and they'd be locked in their bunkers for months. Still, our boy Paul Leone sent out the call on facebook at 2:44p at the height of the storm, "Snow Run 2010 is taking off from Chelsea Market at 4pm. Everyone is welcome. Shorts and sleeveless shirts encouraged but not required." And off they went. Paul was joined by City Coacher Scott Towle, as well as Ross McGraw, Erika, Old Glory, and a couple of other intrepid runners. You can read accounts from Paul and Scott on their blogs, but no matter what you do, don't miss the video, which is nothing short of epic.
So next time you're gonna skip a workout because of the conditions, derive motivation from our hearty, flag-waving, scantily clad runners, then cinch 'em up and get out there. I know I'll be thinking of them next week while I'm training in Curaçao.
I'm sad to report the death of Randi Rosenberg, co-founder of the Young Survival Coalition, which continues to support women under the age 40 with cancer. Randi is survived by her husband Matt (who introduced me to YSC and helped us arrange for the Race Across the Window to support the cause) and their daughter Alexandra.
To learn more about Randi, read this tribute at Livestrong. And please continue to support the YSC's Tour de Pink and other events.
NSQ, Hanna, Jene, Michael and I made a field trip to historic Morristown, New Jersey bright and early on this brisk morning for the second in the NJ Trail Race Series. Jene won the 5-mile version of the women's race and Hanna won the 10-miler. Each won American cash money, along with a gift certificate that expired some time during the drive back.
Michael had a strong showing in his return to racing, and I wheezed my way through the two hilly, snow covered loops. As for NSQ, she was the second woman across the line for the 5-miler. Unfortunately she was registered for the 10-miler and lost the trail somewhere during the second loop.
I got a puppy approximately 5 weeks ago. I'm trying to figure out how to tie it into the blog. What does having a puppy have to do with running, swimming and biking? Well, he would prefer that I not do any of that and, instead, focus on my dog toy throwing skills. He would also like to shred all my running sneakers and ice packs. No, I really can't work him into this blog. Even if he is really cute and literally chewing up a great deal of my time.
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Also chewing up a great deal of my time has been physical therapy and chiropractor visits – pretty much every morning before work. It seems my hamstring problem is coming from my back. Oy. I'm always blogging about an injury! I was watching Forrest Gump the other night and admiring his fictional run. So simple. Injuries are frustrating partly because they take away some of that simplicity. With an injury you're at PT, icing or playing with a stupid theraband when you could be just running (or biking or swimming). All of the rehab activities seem reasonable if you're a professional athlete but when your a busy recreational athlete, not so much. I'm running out of hours here! I'm hoping I'll be back at 100% in the next month. I haven't seen 100% in a long time.
Nate's streak got me interested in trying a running streak again. Talking with Leanne about Lake Placid convinced me that I should be targeting that for 2011. I actually requested the time off already so I can go stand in line again this year. That should be another good story. I have a bunch of races planned for this season. So if I can get to 100% or at least above 80%, we might slide back on track.
If you're in Central Park, you may get to find out since one has been hanging out there lately. If you want to be safe, just run with a group. That's not to suggest that the coyote won't try to chase you down and have you for dinner – he will. But with a group around, you don't have to be faster than a coyote – just faster than the slowest person in the group.
A couple of years back we pointed out a Spirit Airlines ad with some suggestive copy. Exhibit A is pictured to the left. At the time, they swore that it was an "innocent mistake". Of course I was skeptical, and used it as an opportunity for fun little contest. For those of you who claim I'm just a big, fat cynic for discounting the theory that Spirit didn't realize their provocative language, I present Exhibit B.