Posted in Blog,Team Race ResultsMay 28, 2012
Last weekend Agnes Zbylut, Jessica Purcell-Zebrak and Steven Zebrak thought it would be be fun to head up to New Paltz for the toughest race they could find. And head up they did. For those of you who aren’t familiar with American Zofingen, it is the brainchild of our friend John McGovern, who is a fine athlete, and a fine human being, but clearly a sadistic bastard. As such, he scouted out the steepest hills he could find.
The duathlon is 5 miles of trail running, 85 of the hilliest miles imaginable, and then a little 15 mile cool down run. (No, I did not omit a decimal point.) Agnes partook in the duathlon, finishing 5th among the women. Jess and Steve did the 56 mile Half Iron ITT, with Jess finishing 2nd among the women, with Steve less than four minutes behind her.
Congratulations to all three.
Many of our athletes started the holiday weekend off with the 1.6 mile Great Hudson River Swim. Those who are training for Ironman NY, or who just wanted a well organized open water swim joined in.
- Jess Purcell 38:16
- Nate Land 45:33
- Dan Seidler 47:34
- Steven Zebrak 49:11
- Agnes Zbylut 49:51
Congratulations also to our Monday night swim coach Robert Valentin, who finished 8th overall in 30:08
Posted in Blog,Favorites,NSQ's BlogMay 25, 2012
I fondly remember the 2010 race season where I vowed in the beginning of the year to get into “sick-nasty” shape. This entry is dedicated to all you folks out there trying to have a child but feeling despair.
In 2009, I went to my doctor with the very crazy thought of becoming a mother. I was very fit and looked it. Along with my fitness was my amenorrhea. She suggested I eat a cookie, gain some weight, and come back to her in a couple months. What I heard was, “Hit it.” Despite thinking that you can’t get pregnant without seeing your period, I was still hopeful, and sure enough I got pregnant instantly. Really? It’s this easy? Everything went smoothly until it didn’t. Twelve weeks into carrying my bundle of joy, I learned on Christmas day in California that I had miscarried. I had my D and C while I was there and traveled back to NY with an empty womb.
I still owe you guys lots of race results from the past few weeks. Here’s the first.
Congratulations to Matt Duelka, who returned to racing with a solid 23:46 at the Forest Park Classic 4-miler, which was good for 7th place overall and 2nd is his AG. Friends of City Coach and JackRabbit staff, Chris Guerrero (1st place overall), Laura Casner and Doug Oldiges also performed admirably.
Yesterday I wrote about the woman who was originally credited with finishing 4th in the 40-44 age group at Saturday’s Brooklyn Half Marathon. She was later removed from the results, as apparently someone else wore her D-tag. Apparently this was far from an isolated incident. There are certainly several other suspect times, but there are two that jump out, and show just how widespread the cheating and banditry was at the race.
The winner of the 35-39 women’s age group has also been removed from the results after Brightroom photos showed a man wearing her bib, and credited with her time. Apparently not even a very nice man, because a guy he pushed during the race is the one who publicly outed him. The moral of the story is that if you’re a bearded man masquerading as a woman, at least be polite.
On Saturday I obliquely referred to a possible cheater at the Brooklyn Half.
Transferring bibs in NYRR races is against the rules, but it’s NYRR’s problem. Unless you beat one of our runners out of an award while using it. Someone’s gonna get put on blast on the blog this week when the Brightroom photos come out.
Allow me to be less oblique. The woman who was listed in 4th place among the 40-44 age group had never broken 2:00 for a half marathon. Heck, she’d never run faster than 8:00 miles for any distance at an NYRR race. That made her performance seem suspect. When the Brightroom photos showed up last night, I fully expected to see someone else with her bib. Maybe a guy. Maybe a woman other than the one listed. But somebody. Much to my surprise, no one seemed to be wearing that number in any photos. Not only did she elude Brightroom’s still photographers, no one wearing that bib was in the videos at 15k or the finish. That seemed curious.
Belated by hearty congratulations to Kevin Motsch for his second place finish at the 50s For Yo Momma 50-mile trail race. Kevin finished in 9:05:37. That may seem like a long run, but it was really just a training day for the Chairman of the Ohio chapter of City Coach, since he’s in training for a 100-miler next month.
Great job Kevin.
Congratulations to Bobby Dweck and Nate Land on their performances at yesterday’s Red Bank Tri. Bobby, who likes to race long was urged to race the sprint by his coach. Despite coming out of his comfort zone, Bobby finished 17th out of 160 finishers. Nate, in his longest race to date finished strong even though he “trained through” the event.
Nice work boys.
Congratulations to the lovely Jessica Purcell who finished 7th out of 166 women at the Got the Nerve Triathlon to Benefit the IM ABLE Foundation. Kudos also go out to her equally lovely husband, Steven Zebrak, who was 17th out of 59 in his AG.
Not bad for their warm up race for the weekend.
City Coach was born in Brooklyn and our first JackRabbit program was the Brooklyn Half Marathon
, so we have a special place in our cold little heart when it comes to the Brooklyn Half. So after all the drama about the course, the fees, the size of the field, as well as a heat advisory for a day when the temps topped out in the low-60′s during the race, we’re happy to report that we had a very strong showing in the County of Kings.
I’ll keep updating results as they come in. Here’s what we have so far.