Posted in Killer's Blog,UncategorizedDecember 30, 2011
I had one of those moments today. The world was turning as usual. I was holding doors for people, doing my coworkers favors, and then WHAM. I was hit by a piano being played by a skinny blonde lady with large pockets. That piano was playing New York, NY.
Starting Spreading The News…..I’m leaving today…
I’ve withdrawn my facebook membership to their group already. When my annual membership expires it won’t be renewed. I will not participate in any more of their events.
I got screwed by the same race twice – shame on me. I signed up for an unnamed race involving stairs put on by a group that likely has mob ties - so we’ll keep their name out of this too. I have raced this race many years now. Sometimes I did well. This year it was more expensive. I believe it was $100; which is more than I pay anyone for less than 15 minutes of anything. So, despite having small pockets, I signed up. My goal this year was top 3. Over the years, I wasn’t so far off.
After I signed up I was told the time changed and that the race would be in time trial format. I was disappointed but was willing to go with the flow. After all, everyone had to suck it up, right?
Not right. In fact, wrong… They shrunk the elite race this year and limited it to record holders. This was not mentioned on the sign up page. In fact, I had to email them to find out that only ten ‘record holders’ would be permitted to compete in the elite race. Now, I don’t have any formal stair climbing records but probably could have gotten myself one if I had been notified that was what was needed. However, that was never mentioned and now I just paid $100 to run up a bunch of stairs for fun. I could have done that for free. I signed up for one thing and got something very different.
This has made me very angry. I wasn’t given a chance to compete, since I didn’t know the prerequisites. Had I known, I would have definitely tried for a qualifying record (which details haven’t been disclosed to my knowledge – does it have to be a stair record? From what organization?). So, here I am the ass with my $100 fun run pass.
I know that this makes no difference to them. But this is my blog and I had to put it out there. It’s unfortunate because it was a really great race for me (and others) and I could have gotten a massage or a tattoo with that hundred bucks.
Posted in Killer's Blog,UncategorizedDecember 27, 2011
Recently, it was brought to my attention that there were a handful of folks actually reading my blog. So, it makes me feel a little guilty that I've been neglecting it. Approximately six months ago I wrote on my way up to spectate Lake Placid. Since then, I've completed the GORUCK 24 hour challenge on 9/11, learned to do pushups (huge for me), and ran a few road races. As we round the corner into 2012, I'm signed up for a couple things:
Miami Marathon (JAN) – Slightly terrifying since I haven't been running and its approximately one month away.
ESBRU (FEB) – Slightly confusing since they changed the time and format of the race this year.
Boston Marathon (APR) – Forgot about this one…
Big Sur Marathon (APR) – Too far away to consider it anything but a Spring vacation.
Mooseman Half Iron (JUN) – This is easily my favorite race.
Ironman NYC (AUG) – aka Ironman NJ. I have mixed feelings on this race. I'm sort of wishing I had signed up for IMLP instead. However, maybe I'll feel differently after its done. If we get some warm weather, I'll be happy.
Computrainer class starts in January. I am excited and hoping to find the winner trainer (the one that isn't working and allows you to win with no effort at all). Otherwise, as usual, I'm prepared to be clobbered by my friends.
For my New Years Resolutions I will attempt another running streak and 6 pack abs again. In true resolution fashion, I failed on both counts in 2011.
Finally, I will do my best to update the blog more often. More soon…
Posted in Coach's CommentsDecember 27, 2011
For those of you who are new around here, I figured it would be a good idea to fill you guys in on a little City Coach history. Back in April 2004, City Coach co-founder Christopher Bergland set the world record by running 153.76 miles in 24-hours on a treadmill. To this day it is the most amazing and humbling athletic accomplishment that I have ever witnessed.
On a diet of Pedialyte, Ensure, and just about anything else he could tolerate, Christopher ran continuously for a full day, only stopping for occasional bathroom breaks (during which the clock kept running.) He averaged 9:21.9 per mile for 24-hours and beat the record with just a few minutes to spare. Dean Karnazes, who was alongside and also shooting for the record, finished with 147.96 miles.
Details of the effort can be found in the Kiehl's press release, as well as at the Chapman Logic blog. As you can see from the chart below, Christopher's best hour was good for 7.27 miles, and in the 24th hour he was still going faster than 12:00/mile. In fact even his last marathon of the day took just over 4:30.
Posted in Coach's CommentsDecember 19, 2011
Posted in Team Race ResultsDecember 11, 2011
Congratulations to Luke McCambley on his podium finish at yesterday's NYRR Jingle Bell Jog. Luke finished the 6k (3.72 mile) course in 19:54 (5:21/mile), good for 3rd place.
Posted in Cycling AdvocacyDecember 6, 2011
With the recent vilification of cyclists by the NY Post, NY Daily News, as well as many within the NYPD and Parks Department, allow me to bring a little balance and perspective to the situation.
While it's certainly true that some cyclists break traffic laws and are a danger to others, it's also true that cyclists seem to be receiving a disproportionate amount of anger from the public, media and law enforcement.
The NYDN's four reporters who wrote the recent piece said that they witnessed eight cyclists speeding over the course of four hours. Contrast that with the observations of Transportation Alternatives who recently watched traffic during the morning rush on Jay Street between Willoughby and Johnston streets. In eight hours they found that 48 drivers per hour parked in the bike lane for longer than 10 seconds, (including an average of three per hour among police vehicles on non-emergency business). 18 drivers an hour blocked the bus stop, and 141 illegal u-turns were observed. Good luck finding a story about that in the Daily News.
Paule Herodote, the T.A. Brooklyn Volunteer Committee member who spearheaded the traffic monitoring effort said "Drivers on Jay Street display a dangerous disregard for their neighbors when they block bike lanes and bus stops and engage in potentially lethal behavior. Just as troubling is that the police officers we expect to enforce the laws are breaking them as well."
Here are a few more facts.
• More people are killed in traffic than murdered by guns in New York City.
• A New Yorker dies in traffic on average every 35 hours.
• Half of the people killed are pedestrians.
Despite these facts, the media, law enforcement, and the public seem more concerned with the danger of a 20-pound vehicle than a 2000 pound one.