Posted in Coach's CommentsMay 5, 2010
We're happy to welcome XTERRA wetsuits as an official sponsor of City Coach. Some of our athletes – including Nate Horne – already wear XTERRA and speak highly of their suits, so we're excited to bring them on board. XTERRA offers a variety of suits from entry level to state of the art, so we're confident that they'll "suit" all our athletes' needs.
Posted in Coach's CommentsApril 30, 2010
Spring's here, Boston's over, and now it's time to get down to Red Hook to work on your speed. Whether you're a sprint or Ironman triathlete, 5k runner or marathoner, the track work can help you improve your form and speed. Drills, race paced intervals, and the reward of me springing for ice cream in ten weeks. What could be better? Register through Jack Rabbit's website or contact me with questions. City Coach athletes contact us for a special discount code.
Posted in Coach's Comments,MythsApril 28, 2010
Gary Null is one of the great snake oil salesmen of our time. He makes unfounded claims, has dubious credentials, and sells products that mostly do no real good, or in some cases do some real harm. According to today's New York Post Null was almost killed by one of his own nutritional products, and is now suing its manufacturer.
Pause for a moment and take in the delicious irony. A fraud who almost dies from his own garbage. And then still has the stones to sue the people who make it for him. It reminds me of the guy who kills his parents and then throws himself on the mercy of the court because he's an orphan.
To read more about Null and his questionable claims, check out his profile at Quackwatch.
Posted in Coach's CommentsApril 21, 2010
Check out this column by Kevin Paul Dupont in the Boston Globe. In it he complains about the large foreign presence at the front of the pack at the Boston Marathon. He writes "to me it's just not sporting to see someone from another continent, with a name I can barely pronounce, never mind spell, dash into our town, snatch a piece of our heritage, pocket a huge was of cash, then bolt".
Dupont's ignorance and xenophobia are mind boggling. He ignores the fact that many of these interlopers are paid appearance fees by the BAA and other sponsors, who obviously want them there, and as he misses the good old days when white guys named Kelly won in a field of hundreds, he ignores the economic impact that 25,000 runners have on his city. Does he really think that the Boston Marathon would have reached the heights that it has if they didn't have the best runners in the world coming? And does he think all the MOP foreigners who go to Boston and stimulate their economy would do so if the field didn't include world class runners? And for that matter, does he think that world class American runners like Ryan Hall and Meb would bother coming to Boston if it were not a world class field?
I'm sure that when Dupont was a kid, he'd take his ball and run home (slowly) from the basketball court every time he lost a game. Personally, I find his self-defeating, and exclusionary attitude to be offensive and small minded. Hopefully this will prove to be his only attempt at writing about running. Maybe now he can rail against all the Latin Americans that play for his beloved Red Sox.
Posted in Coach's CommentsApril 18, 2010
We're in Boston for the marathon and will be tweeting from Wellesley and then Heartbreak Hill. Check out my twitter feed for updates on our athletes as well as the leaders and friends as they go by. Plus we'll have a full recap here at the blog once the dust settles. Look for Kevin Starkes, Terence Gerchberg, Scott Towle and Adele Laboz in black and red, plus lots of other friends out there.
Posted in Coach's CommentsApril 15, 2010
Pictured in front of Niketown's "Wall of Air", are Polly de Mille from the Sports Rehabilitation and Performance Center at the Hospital for Special Surgery, and yours truly. Polly made a great presentation at the Science=Speed Speaker Series Tuesday night. Runners were given practical information on VO2 max, lactate threshold and running economy, and ways to improve each. And, to the great relief of those in attendance, there was no written exam after the workshop.
Posted in Coach's CommentsApril 13, 2010
As of now, River Road is more appropriate for cyclocross training than for us roadies and triathletes. According to streetsblog.org, work to clear the downed trees will begin soon. Until then riding it is mostly impractical. The exception is the north section in Alpine, which you can access off of 9W. You can still head in near the Police station and do hill repeats down to the Alpine boat basin if you're looking for a challenge.
Posted in Coach's CommentsApril 13, 2010
Here's an update on the race coming up this Sunday in Prospect Park at 8:30 AM.
Dow Live Earth RUN FOR WATER 6K
Cost: $20 — ($40 less $20 off code : PROSPECT)
Some of you hadn’t yet heard about the artists that are
performing in the Water Village at 10 AM: THE ROOTS featuring JOHN
Posted in Coach's CommentsApril 12, 2010
Please join us at Niketown (57th St b/w Madison & 5th) on Tuesday night for the latest in the Niketown Speaker Series:
SCIENCE = SPEED
As usual, I'll be the moderator, and our guest speaker will be Polly de Mille of the Hospital for Special Surgery's Sports Rehabilitation and Performance Center. We'll discuss VO2 max, lactate threshold and running economy in practical terms, and show you how you can work on these variables to become a better runner.
Come for the run at 6:30, or just stop in for the Speaker Series at 8. Hope to see you there.
Posted in Coach's CommentsApril 10, 2010
A good time was had by all at last night's Nike Air Testing night. The runners were treated to post-workout battery of tests including a step test, vertical leap test, and – for three lucky raffle winners – a VO2 test. Plus there was Jamba Juice all around. The best part of all is that – as pictured in the "thorn between two roses" photo at the left – we got to wear lab coats. I love my job.