Posted in TriviaMarch 31, 2011
Our judge for this latest contest was my sister, Rachel "I Wuz Robbed" Cane. She's not bitter over her defeat in the recent Limerick contest, but is happy to be doing the judging this time around. Sis is feeling a little indecisive today, so she has declared the contest a tie. The winning entries are:
1 – Contents of box not returnable once opened – NSQ
2 – There has to be a cheaper way to get to all these tri events - Rui
Contratulations to NSQ and Rui, each of whom are clever and speedy. Apologies to the other fine entries that didn't quite make the grade but as I pointed out to my darling sister, complaining will not change the results.
Posted in Team Race ResultsMarch 30, 2011
Congratulations to the indefatigable Agnes Zbylut, who set a PR of 3:46:05 at the Ocean Drive Marathon last weekend. Because her coach is an ogre, Agnes didn't even get a taper for the race, since her focus is on Ironman Lake Placid and other long running events this season. Not a bad start to the season.
Posted in Coach's CommentsMarch 24, 2011
JackRabbit is hosting the first ever NYC Running Show on April 22-23rd. Over two years in the making, the show features 30,000 sq feet of expo space, clinics, speakers, panel discussions, and social events. Over two dozen of the top brands in running & triathlon will be exhibiting, including major booths from Asics, Brooks, Saucony, Mizuno, Vibram, & Adidas, along with New Balance, Garmin, Zoot, Sugoi, CEP, Feetures, Nathan, BlueSeventy, Powerbar and many more.
Speakers and panels include Scott Jurek, Matt Long, a panel discussion on the trend to minimalist shoes & barefoot running, a seminar on women's health issues in running, an information session for participants in the Ragnar Relay, clinics on improving running form, stretching and strengthening, nutrition, tackling new race goals, and many more. You'll also get a chance to meet the six runners chosen for JackRabbit's "Run for the Rabbit" fundraising campaign this year.
A $10 ticket gets you $15 off your purchases at the show, and there will be great free gifts for people who spend over $100, $200, or $350. It's a great opportunity to gear up for spring and start the season right!
Posted in MediaMarch 23, 2011
There's a nice summary of the Multisport World Conference at the Triathlete Magazine website. I'm always happy to see my name in print, and it's even better when it's written by our old friend (and former athlete and coach) Ms. Marty Munson. If you missed the workshop or the webcast, check out some of the top tips from my colleagues and me.
Posted in TriviaMarch 22, 2011
Folks get lots of opportunities to laugh at me, so usually I use embarassing pictures of other people for our caption contests. But this one – taken as I rolled around on the floor at the recent Multisport World Conference – is too good to pass up.
Post your caption in the comments section by 3/30. The winning entry will receive an autographed glossy print suitable for framing.
Posted in Team Race ResultsMarch 20, 2011
Just a preliminary report as I'm at the airport but our runners did a great job today. I couldn't be prouder of both the times and the negative splits. They were smart and disciplined, and I believe everyone PR'ed.
- Stephen England: 1:18:55
- Deanna Culbreath (NYF): 1:24:27
- Sheila Monaghan: 1:24:29
- Bonnie Averbuch: 1:29:16
- Alisa Stern: 1:29:57
- Keila Merino: 1:30:23
- Jessica Purcell: 1:30:54
- Jean Cassandra 1:30:59
- Sara Bibi 1:36:30
Congratulations all around.
Posted in Coach's CommentsMarch 18, 2011
Our friend Joe Benun just keeps getting faster and doing more good things. Last time I mentioned him it was for helping motivate and organize over 170 teens from Brooklyn run the Disney Half to raise money for charity. (He flew in from Israel for the event and was the third male to finish.) Before that it was for doing his first Ironman, and finishing under 12-hours. Now it's for being the subject of a great article in the Jerusalem Post, which is highlighting Joe's running and fundraising for the upcoming inaugural Jerusalem Marathon.
Oh, did I mention that Joe is 18-years old? Keep up the good work Joe.
Posted in Coach's CommentsMarch 16, 2011
–noun, plural -nies.
1. the use of words to convey
a meaning that is the opposite
of its literal meaning.
I like Irony. Calling the big kid "Tiny" makes me laugh. And I think it's hysterical that the fear of big words is known as hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia. (No, really.) So when I saw that Paragon was holding a "Run Like a Girl" running event last Thursday I thought it was great. After all, some of the toughest, most dedicated athletes I know are women, so I appreciated the irony, and poking fun at such a silly stereotype. Then I saw the following tweet from Paragon:
Because of monsoon rains predicted in NYC, we have regretfully decided cancel tonight's "Run Like A Girl" event.
So much for irony. That's not like calling the big kid Tiny, it's like calling the dwarf Tiny. Not so funny. For the record, it was a very nasty, rainy night. But everyone that I talked to (both male and female) managed to survive their run.
There's a great story and video on NY1 about some 4th and 5th graders from PS 269 in Brooklyn who ran a mile to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project. The event was sponsored by NYRR's Might Miler program, and had raised $5,000 so far. And if one mile doesn't seem like a long distance, remember what a mile felt like when you were 9-11 years old.
Congratulations to the kids of PS 269 for the athletic and charitible efforts.
Posted in TriviaMarch 14, 2011
We have received the results from our Poetry Judge. We have kept her identity secret in order to avoid the potential for sucking up. We thank our judge for her work. Despite protests from NSQ and others, the judge's decision is final and cannot be influenced by me or any other outside voices. If you wish to, you can view the complete list
of submissions including the winners.
- The In Case You Forgot I'm Foreign Award to Annyong Bluth, who might want to explore a new theme.
- The Really, It's just Shrinkage Award goes to Ken, who probably shouldn't protest so much.
- The Obsequiosity Award goes to Sara Bibi, who clearly thinks flattery will work on JC. It won't. [Don't listen to her Sara, flattery will work with me.]
- The General Consensus of at Least 2 or 3 People is that I Talk Good Award goes to Billy Simmons, who is becoming quite the sycophant.
- And the winner a/k/a as the Triathlons Ain't Easy Award goes to Yen for her final entry.
A wet suit, it got stuck on a man,
This was never a part of the plan,
The strippers did yank,
And got to his tank,
T1 done, he biked, then he ran.
The judges are also awarding an additional special award to Yen for being so prolific. It is formally known as the Maybe I'll Win Through Sheer Volume Award.
Nice job to all contestants. Now go swim, bike, and run!