Simon and I pointed the car to Vermont and took the lovely NSQ and equally lovely Jeannine Bardo to Sprint Nationals this weekend. The drive was long but well worth it, as the ladies performed admirably. As a result of their efforts, both ladies have earned a slot at next year’s World Championships in London, England.
- Nicole Sin Quee – 3rd place in AG, 15th overall
- Jeannine Bardo – 8th place in AG, 76th overall
In addition to the racing festivities, we spent Friday evening with the Vermont cheering squad, Erin Kaufman, Mark Tashjian and their wonderful daughters Ella, Robin and Phoebe, who made sure that Nicole and Jeannine were well rested and well fed.
Check out the photo album for a few shots from the weekend.
Congratulations to City Coach’s Luke McCambley (1st overall, 55:23), Bridget McKenna (2nd woman, 1:04:05) and Sarah McWenk (1:33:38) at today’s JackRabbit Battle of Brooklyn. In addition, we had out JackRabbit Beginner Running group (coached by Sarah and Emily Kindlon) in full force at the race. While none of them raced dressed as George Washington, nor did they carry a musket, they all performed admirably.
Great work team.
Ho hum. Another weekend, another race, another age group win for Dr. Lauri Young, another group of disgruntled 50+ women. This time at the Sylvania Sprint Tri in Sylvania, OH. We look forward to your return to our fair city Dr. Young, but I suspect that the 50-54 year old female triathletes in Ohio will be even happier to see you leave.
Congratulations to Fabian Gallardo, who finished 4th at the Central Park Triathlon. Fabian had the fastest swim of the day and had a strong, consistent race in his final Ironman NY tune up. Nicely done Mr. Gallardo.
Posted in Blog,Coach Cane's BlogAugust 13, 2012
Rule 1.0 in the City Coach handbook states that if you run a race two days after a long run, when your coach has you scheduled for something else, you will be put on double secret probation, and you’ll get the McKayla Maroney face from your coach.
Subsection 1.1 states that if the race is a charity event put on by another of your athletes, the fine will be reduced to simple probation.
The obscure, little-known Subsection 1.2 states that if you win said charity race, all is forgiven.
Good job reading the fine print Jeffery Dweck, and congratulations on your victory.
Big congratulations to all our athletes who raced the inaugural Ironman NYC yesterday. The race was full of crazy logistics, less-than-pristine water, a steep (but-not-as-steep-as-next-year) price tag, and lots of other challenges, but they all stepped up. Some had impressive debuts, some set PRs, some struggled. But all made me proud by working hard and giving it all they had. That’s all I ever ask, and I was not disappointed.
- Jessica Purcell 11:26:44
- Fabian Gallardo 11:46:02
- Dan Siedler 12:24:44
- Steven Zebrak 12:25:35
- Danforth Houle 13:15:27
- Anthony Monahan 13:24:08
- Agnes Zbylut 14:07:39
- David Rodriguez 15:23:13
Also thanks to the small but mighty (and vocal) cheering section including Liz, Chris, Deanna, Mark, Ricky, Carolyn, Jean, Simon and NSQ.
Lauri Young is at it again, racing faster than I can blog. Here are her latest, impressive results.
Stay tuned for another race, and presumably another impressive result from Lauri again this weekend. Congratulations Dr. Young.
The team of Nicole Sin Quee, Isang Smith, Simon and yours truly made the trip to Maryland last weekend for the inaugural Maryland Women’s Duathlon. The plan was in place:
- Nicole would race the Elite field
- Isang would race the Age Group field
- They would both win their respective races
- We would celebrate and have a festive drive back
At first, all went according to plan. Nicole started at 8:00 with the Elites. The 40+ ladies left at 8:02 and finally Isang and the young guns set off at 8:04. NSQ was 3rd into T1, second out of T1, and then came into T2 with a 1:30 lead. She actually opened up the lead a little bit and was first across the line. Meanwhile, Isang had not only caught two of the ladies from the Elite field (who had a four minute head start) but she also distanced herself from the rest of the age groupers. She led after the first run and opened it up from there.
So everything went according to plan. The ladies were waiting for their awards, and would then get rewarded with a trip to the amusement park and Waffle House before heading home. That’s when the Race Director came over and told us that the Head Referee had penalized both Nicole and the apparent runner up for illegal passing. The official acknowledged that there was no intent to cheat and no benefit gained from the illegal passing, but would not budge. She penalized NSQ not once (which would not have impacted the standings), but twice. That moved Nicole to second, and elevated the woman who was third across the line to the winning spot. Suddenly the ride back to NYC wasn’t going to be so festive after all.
Still, there were far more positives than negatives. The good folks at Rip It Events did a great job, and were very gracious hosts. Isang’s debut in a City Coach uniform showed just how talented she is and how good she’s going to be. We left with lots of swag and prizes. We saw old friends and made new ones. Hopefully we’ll be back next year, with lots of podium photos.
In the meantime, now might be a good time for everyone to review the USAT list of most commonly violated rules. And then you can read Ms. Sin Quee’s account of the race.
Posted in Assistant Coaches,CoachesAugust 2, 2012
Isang competed for Columbia University’s Track and Field team from 2005-2009, and place 3rd in the Ivy League Championships in 2008 for the 400 meter hurdles. She is the Coach of the Sacred Heart Track and Field, and coaches several programs for JackRabbit Sports. Isang recently earned an Associates Degree from the Swedish Institue of Massage Therapy.
Isang works on our group programs as well as individual coaching for sprints, distance and multisport. She also races for City Coach, and currently focuses her own training on marathons and triathlons. She loves to sing, crockpot cook everything in sight, and help people get into an active lifestyle.
Posted in Blog,Coach Cane's Blog,MythsAugust 2, 2012
I’m a big fan of massage for a number of reasons. Massage can reduce muscle spasms, it can help increase ROM, and – possibly most importantly – it feels really good. Licensed massage therapists are health professionals who are required to study anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, etc, and they deserve more respect than they are often given. (Can you imagine unlicensed physical therapists or chiropractors practicing in storefronts or advertising withoutany state intervention the way so many “masseuses and masseurs” do in NY?)
Still, there’s a statement that’s constantly repeated by a lot of massage proponents that I’ve never heard defended with science. I’m often told that massage helps promote the removal of “toxins”. In fact even Massage Today has acknowledged the lack of truth in such claims.
There’s a statement, seemingly pervasive throughout massage education and massage books, that unspecified toxins accumulate in the body, and that these toxins can be flushed out by massage. I believe this is yet another myth that continues to be passed on as misinformation to massage students. This is not to dispute that there are very real toxins that accumulate in the body, notably persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in fatty tissues and heavy metals in skeletal tissues. However, these toxins are too chemically bound to their target tissues to be significantly liberated by the mechanical motions of massage.
I also hear about massage promoting lactic acid removal. As previously discussed here, it is well established that lactic acid is not the culprit in delayed onset muscle soreness. But even if it was, I know of no science supporting the claim that massage can reduce lactic acid. A study published in the International Journal of Sports Medicine that examined massage vs. active recovery vs. passive recovery from exercise quickly debunks that myth.
Analysis of lactate values indicated no remarkable difference between massage and a passive type of sitting recovery period. It was observed that in short term massage recovery, more oxygen was consumed as compared to a passive type of sitting recovery. It is concluded from the study that the short term body massage is ineffective in enhancing the lactate removal and that an active type of recovery is the best modality for enhancing lactate removal and that an active type of recovery is the best modality for enhancing lactate removal after exercise.
In case you’re saying “but coach, this is 2012, no one still spouts those old wives tales”, think again. Check out this nugget/infomercial for Trigger Point’s Cold Roller in the latest Outside Magazine.
By all means get a massage if you want to. There are perfectly good reasons to do so. But let’s get rid of this nonsense about toxins, soreness and the evils of lactic acid.