Posted in Blog,NSQ's BlogAugust 12, 2013
It takes a village to raise a child. Same can be said about an athlete. So many people helped in getting me to the start line.
I don’t remember the last time I’ve entered a race feeling so unsure of my training. I did the best I could in preparing given that my Achilles tendons have been really bad for well over a year now, and particularly bad in the past 6 months. That said, instead of running for the past few months, I deep water ran and then ran at 75% body weight on the alterG this past month. I wanted the reassurance of having a good run to test my legs before race day, but as Coach Cane told me, “You have one bullet in the gun. You can’t shoot before race day just to see if the gun works.”
Posted in NSQ's BlogJanuary 7, 2013
“What fuels me is when people around me act cocky. I like to be as low-key as possible, so when I hear women talking smack before a race, I eat it up. Confidence is great, but when you’re openly bragging about your accomplishments, who you are, and what you’re going to do at the start line, you’re only helping me.”
2012 Overall Duathlon World Champion (she beat everybody!) Laura Kline is a petite, muscular, powerhouse of an athlete whose toughness as an athlete is diametrically opposed to her kindness as a person. Her disarming smile and genuine words of encouragement could easily draw her competitors into a false sense of complacency, until the gun goes off and she shows her mettle. In France at the World Championships, she led from start to finish, running the first 10K portion of the race in a blazing 38:25.
Posted in Blog,NSQ's BlogJanuary 5, 2013
After a very full 2012 racing campaign, in which I raced more duathlons, triathlons and running races than I had ever packed into a season before, Coach Cane (a/k/a my lucky husband) didn’t have to tell me twice to shut it down after my last competition.
Posted in Blog,NSQ's BlogJanuary 2, 2013
“I have failed many times in life inside and outside of sports. It has made me realize that whatever the outcome, success or failure, it’s ok. Essentially, we must not be defined by our sport or our shortcomings, for we are so much more than that. And yes, everything, even failure, happens for a purpose.”
Even though Corrie Kristick swam Division 1 at Rice University and is a nationally ranked age group swimmer, she doesn’t consider swimming to be her sport. Maybe it’s because she’s a 2:56 marathoner, having run that time 2 months after running a 3:02 marathon. But she doesn’t consider herself a runner either. Nationally ranked duathlete? Wrong again. Her storybook ascendance as a triathlete is where Corrie says her talents lie.
Posted in Blog,NSQ's Blog,UncategorizedNovember 21, 2012
“That deep practice concept is interesting. It describes my training process. I set a race date, set a goal time, see how close I come, and then move on to the next one. It can often be frustrating to fall short, but when you do hit your goals, it’s amazing. It’s important to set ambitious, but reasonable goals.”
While we have many talented athletes at The Dalton School (and a stunning number of those in Sin Quee/Neiers House—I’m just a little biased), few of them have reached the level that Dalton alumnus Jeffrey Weinstein has. It is rare to find a runner of his caliber in any private school setting.
Posted in Blog,NSQ's BlogNovember 15, 2012
“Most everything I do well now, I failed at first. I learn the most after I fail or watch someone fail. It hits me hard and I hate the feeling and learn from it well.”
I met Gail Kattouf at this year’s Duathlon Nationals, where she ran and rode the course as if it were a downhill, while the rest of us felt otherwise. She excels in running, duathlons, and triathlons, and among her many accomplishments, she was this years overall winner at Duathlon Nationals and last year’s overall winner at the Duathlon World Championships. I was curious to read the path Gail took in becoming such a dominant athlete. Some of her times include: 2:05 Olympic distance triathlon; 4:56 mile; 1:20 half-marathon; 4:31 half-iron; and a 37 minutes 10K off the bike. Yeah, that kind of dominance!
Posted in Blog,NSQ's BlogNovember 8, 2012
Fear of failure is what makes me successful. – Meb Keflezighi
In my last post I wrote about my project examining how elite athletes achieve personal best. I’m fascinated to see the path these athletes took and how they came to be so good. It’s informative to learn how many athletes who are perceived as “gifted” actually know plenty of failure, as well as to see how much time is needed to cultivate those gifts.
Posted in Blog,NSQ's BlogOctober 26, 2012
Back in 2008, a few photos of me were used in a New York Times “Personal Best” by Gina Kolata. Those two words – personal best – are particularly meaningful to me.
In January, 2012, I wrote my sabbatical proposal to the Faculty Review Committee at The Dalton School. I was fortunate to be honored with the grant to pursue racing and interviewing elite athletes. Over the next few months, I will be posting these interviews. Below are excerpts from the proposal.
Remember how my season was to end after I went to France? Well, I am trying to pack in as many possible PRs before I sit and do nothing in November. The goal this weekend was to run sub-19 for 5k. Fast, flat course in Brooklyn: Get to the Point 5k on Sunday, October 14 . Small race with a great vibe and Brooklyn Lager at the after-party. The last time I raced it, we had the Nike smart car and hilarious photos. Good photo ops, good friends, and a chance to go fast? Sign me up.
Nate Horne, Gloria Radeff, Green Light and Seb, Yves-Marc Courtines, and Jonathan and Simon were all there racing and cheering. Plus Simon did his first race in the baby jogger with Jonathan pushing, and they tied with Johanna and Seb. Proud Mama here. I placed 6th overall and won my age group by over 3 minutes.
Posted in Blog,NSQ's BlogOctober 10, 2012
In February 2003, I ran my first NYYR race, a 10K at 7:19 pace, clocking in at 45:32. Only 5 women in the race broke 40 minutes, and the winning time was 36:49. I placed 39th in the race out of 1,026 women. While that time is certainly respectable, there is a different demographic of women who now toe the line at these races. The races are much bigger, and there are more fast and slow athletes showing up.Today 45:32 wouldn’t make the first page of finishers (50 to a page).
I was 31 years old, had always thought of myself as an athlete, but couldn’t quite piece together how to train properly so that my races would reflect my athleticsm. Whatever I was doing that didn’t work, I continued to do, and continued to feel like I would never figure out the formula. Folks who didn’t look the part – whatever that means – were at bag check by the time I finally made it to the finish line. (It took me years to realize there is no one look and not to size people up on the line. Uhm, life metaphor.)