One evening this summer NSQ and I were working out at the Lasker Pool in Central Park. In most pools we're firmly in the "medium" lane, but compared to the others at Lasker we're usually relatively speedy. (Kinda like being the nicest Nazi.) Anyway, on this particular evening there was one gentleman who wandered into the fast lane and began flailing away. After we passed him a few times, we found ourselves at the wall at the same time. NSQ politely mentioned to the gentleman that we were in the fast lane, hoping that he'd voluntarily move to a more appropriate lane. Without hesitation he replied "and I'm swimming as fast as I can". Apparently, he's not the only one. Check out this column from today's Washington Post.
In case you've missed the triathlon related court drama, the New York City Triathlon has sued the recently formed New York City Triathlon Club for infringing on the use of "well known and distinctive trade name and trademarks". In other words, Korff Enterprises (which owns the race known as the NYC Triathlon) didn't like the fact that former SBR Tri Club members (including the shop's owner) formed the NYC Triathlon Club. According to today's NY Times, yesterday, the court ruled in favor of the race and is preventing the club from using the name. The suit and the ruling raise a couple of questions.
Back in 1991, Don Davis (of SOS Triathlon fame) created the NYC Lifeguard Association Tri. In '82 he dropped "Lifeguard Association", and the first NYC Tri was held. He successfully ran the race for years before politics got in the way. When NYC was vying for the 2012 Olympic bid, Mr. Davis gave the rights to the name to NYC2012 for a whopping $1. Considering that Korff benefited from this arrangement and Mr. Davis' generosity, perhaps Korff Enterprises could have attempted to come to a more peaceful resolution with the NYC Tri Club folks.
After the NYC Marathon, I wrote a rebuttal to CNBC's Sports Business Reporter Darren Rovell, who felt that Meb Keflezighi was not "American enough" to deserve all the flag waving we were doing. I tried to make a valid, well thought out argument to counter Mr. Rovell's uninformed editorial. I think I did a reasonably good job, but all my efforts were a waste, because the epic efforts of my boy Paul Leone have put mine to shame. Check out Mebmerica.
Last week I was lucky enough to join Dr. Jordan Metzl and some of the area's top triathlon authorities at the 2nd Annual Amazing Night of Triathlon Education. The event, held at Rockefeller University, featured 10 minute talks on almost every subject relevant to Triathletes including training tips, nutritional information, injury prevention strategies, gear updates, sports psychology, and a roundtable of area triathlon coaches.
Check out the webcast of the event to see what you missed.
Last week we had a nasty little snow storm here in NYC. Kids got a snow day. Businesses closed. Folks hoarded milk as if a nuclear holocaust was imminent and they'd be locked in their bunkers for months. Still, our boy Paul Leone sent out the call on facebook at 2:44p at the height of the storm, "Snow Run 2010 is taking off from Chelsea Market at 4pm. Everyone is welcome. Shorts and sleeveless shirts encouraged but not required." And off they went. Paul was joined by City Coacher Scott Towle, as well as Ross McGraw, Erika, Old Glory, and a couple of other intrepid runners. You can read accounts from Paul and Scott on their blogs, but no matter what you do, don't miss the video, which is nothing short of epic.
So next time you're gonna skip a workout because of the conditions, derive motivation from our hearty, flag-waving, scantily clad runners, then cinch 'em up and get out there. I know I'll be thinking of them next week while I'm training in Curaçao.
I'm sad to report the death of Randi Rosenberg, co-founder of the Young Survival Coalition, which continues to support women under the age 40 with cancer. Randi is survived by her husband Matt (who introduced me to YSC and helped us arrange for the Race Across the Window to support the cause) and their daughter Alexandra.
To learn more about Randi, read this tribute at Livestrong. And please continue to support the YSC's Tour de Pink and other events.
If you're in Central Park, you may get to find out since one has been hanging out there lately. If you want to be safe, just run with a group. That's not to suggest that the coyote won't try to chase you down and have you for dinner – he will. But with a group around, you don't have to be faster than a coyote – just faster than the slowest person in the group.
It looks like the NYRR schedule has been posted. Among the highlights is the always mysterious Brooklyn Half Marathon. It;s set for 5/22, and it will once again begin in Prospect Park and finish at Coney Island.
In addition, the Run/Walk for Haiti, a 4-miler co-sponsored by NYRR and the Parks and Rec. Dept. is set for Central park on 2/20. According to NYRR "all entry fees will go directly to the NYC's Haiti Relief Fund, administered by the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City,
Every year, the very cool folks at Improv Everywhere organize a No Pants Subway Ride in an effort to elicit a reaction from unsuspecting straphangers. While we're not quite as edgy as all that, some of us have added a little twist to our Nike Run NYC Monday night runs. While everyone is toughing it out and running through the cold as part of our Winter Warriors program, a few of us have decided to run in shorts every Monday regardless of how cold it gets. Last week was decidedly unpleasant and tonight's not looking much better. Seemed like a good idea at the time.
Luckily for you, there's no pants prohibition for the masses, and you're all welcome to join us. The Winter Warriors meet every Monday at 6:30 at the NY Running Company in the Time Warner Center. Bag check and shoe trials are available, plus there are frequent runner incentives for those who come regularly.