Posted in Team Race ResultsApril 30, 2012
Nicole Sin Quee and Jessica Purcell made a field trip to Tucson, AZ for the Duathlon National Championship this weekend, and both ladies had impressive and inspiring performances.
The course included a pair of 5k runs on a challenging course, and a 35k ride on rolling terrain between the runs. NSQ was 8th into T1, made up some ground on the ride and though she struggled with the Arizona heat late in the race (and was the medical tent’s “first wabbler”) when she finished she became the 40-44 age group National Champion, and finished 8th overall. She even got a nifty custom National Champion jersey for her efforts.
Posted in AthletesApril 25, 2012
Alisa joined City Coach in 2011, and has already made some noise in both running races and triathlon. Plus she regularly scares anyone who mistakenly wanders into the fast lane at swim practice. Alisa was a miler in college but is now focused on longer distances.
- Family: Parents Cindy and Eric (live in London), brother Jesse (lives in Thailand)
- Occupation: Account Executive at Spongecell
- Weapons of choice: Asics Sneakers For Life, Nike Shorts, Happy Hours/Karaoke/Dance Contests
- Racing Highlights: NYC Half Marathon almost dying keeping pace with Deanna Culbreath but auto qualified for the marathon! NYC Marathon: Started throwing up at mile 20 and continued to until finishing… but I finished!
- PR’s - 5K: 20:17, 10K: 42:34, 15K: 1:07:25, 1/2 Marathon: 1:31:05, Marathon: 3:45:15
Not only is Forget the PR 50k one of the best names in racing, it’s also an opportunity for our Ohio chapter (a/k/a) Kevin Motsch to show its strength. The aptly and amusingly named race boasts 50k of trails, including 4500+ feet of climbing. Two years ago Kevin finished in 5:35, while this year he moved up to 6th place, and a time of 4:55:09.
Nice work out there today by the team at the NYRR Run for the Parks 4-miler. Jeffrey Dweck lead the way for CCMS with a PR of 25:25 (6:22). In her final pre-Duathlon Nationals tune up Nicole Sin Quee was right on his heels, finishing in 25:34 (6:24), which was good for 2nd place in the 40-44 AG, and 13th overall among the women.
Adele Laboz, Michele Levy and Eli Yedid were also on hand, following coach’s orders to take it easy and have a good time.
Congratulations all around.
In case you’re considering skipping your run this weekend because it’s too hot, cold, wet, dry, hilly, flat, or for just about any other reason, please consider the case of Simon Wheatcroft. Mr. Wheatcroft lost his sight at age 18, yet continues to run. Like other blind runners, at times he runs with a guide, but at other times he runs solo. On the road.
According to The Guardian “He also recruited technology to help him form his mental map of the area, using a smartphone app, RunKeeper, to provide aural feedback through headphones about his pace and distance. This information could then be cross-referenced with his knowledge of the route and any obstacles, giving him extra confidence regarding his surroundings.
Posted in AthletesApril 19, 2012
Among other things, Scott Towle has helped oversee our running program, and has volunteered his time for both editions of Race Across the Window. Even though he’s back home in Texas, he’s still very much a part of our crew.
- Family: Parents, 1 sister, 4 nephews. Outside of that, many of the City Coach crew and some of the RUN NYC folks.
- Weapons of choice: Nike Lunar Racers, Cervelo P3, Trek 1500, Mt Dew.
- Racing Highlights: 7th Place at the Knickerbocker 60K, 11th place at my first 50 miler, completing IMAZ, running the Boston Marathon carrying a full-size American flag while still completing the run faster than my GF’s PR at the time, running 6 miles in a blizzard with minimal clothing and some of the best co-workers in the world.
- PR’s: Marathon: 3:05:13, 50 Miler: 9:14, IM: 11:46. Can’t remember the last time I raced anything shorter.
- Other: You can train better than everyone else in the field, but without mental toughness, you are nothing.
Posted in AthletesApril 18, 2012
Dr. Lauri Young brings speed, culture and modesty to our group. In addition, she’s the founding member of the Staten Island chapter of City Coach and if there’s any doubt of how hard she works, take a look at the photo to the left. Smart money says there’s lots of hardware waiting for her in 2012.
- Age: 52, yeah, I’m that old
- Family: I have lots. Some are related to me and some are not.
- Occupation: Professor of Musical Theatre, pianist, composer, arranger, vocal coach, conductor, writer
- Weapons of Choice: Brooks Adrenaline, Felt road and tri bike, sense of humor, red zinfandel, habanero peppers and my imagination
- Best Races: 2008 NJ State Sprint Tri lst pl AG; most of my 2010 season–five sprint races three first pl. AG, one fourth overall, 2nd pl AG NJ State Sprint Tri
- PR’s: HM 1:43:36; 5K 22:14; playing six straight hours of Beethoven Piano Sonatas New Years Eve 1999
- Goals: Run a marathon faster than snail’s pace. Ride a century. New PR for HM. Have a colonoscopy.
- Other relevant details: Two quotes from my beloved father, who was a physician and very physically active.
“You are only as old as your arteries.”
“If you stop moving, you stop moving.”
To say that it was hot for yesterday’s Boston Marathon would be an understatement. To say that I’m proud of our team for toughing it out despite the conditions would also be an understatement.
Late last week the forecast started looking bad, but they were still “just” calling for temps in the 60′s at the start, and high 70′s or low 80′s my early afternoon. At that point it still seemed manageable, and runners hoped to put together a fast race. By the time the race rolled around, temps were well into the 70′s at the start, even worse for the second and third waves, and hit the 80′s early on. At that point it became clear that the standards by which the race would be judged were very different than other years.
There’s a new women’s City Coach marathon record, and it’s held by Bonnie Averbuch. She just ran a 2:59:40 at the Rotterdam Marathon. Bonnie ran 1:30:45 for the first half, and then negative split it with a 1:28:55 on the back end. It’s wonderful to see all her hard work and discipline paying off.
Congratulations Bonnie. We’re all happy for you and proud of you.
It’s looking like the conditions will be challenging for Monday’s Boston Marathon. If the current forecast holds, most of the race will be run with temperatures in the low to mid-70′s, which is far from ideal, but also better than the mid-80′s that are predicted as the day’s high.
High temperatures can lead to dehydration and overheating. Your body tries to stay cool by sweating and by sending more blood to the skin where it’s cooled. That’s all well and good, except that your working muscles want that blood for themselves. As such, you’re having an internal tug of war over your finite blood supply. Either you slow down because your muscles get less blood, or you overheat because your body isn’t using its resources to cool you. One way or another, something’s gotta give.