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.”
Get the red, white and blue uniforms printed. Isang Smith and Sheila Monaghan will be joining grizzled veterans Nicole Sin Quee and Jessica Purcell at this year’s Duathlon World Championship in Ottawa. While NSQ and Jess took the easy way out and qualified off of last year’s ranking, Isang and Sheila raced their way in at today’s Orange County Duathlon. The Orange County race was one of three regional qualifiers, and the top six in each age group get a shot at Worlds. Thankfully, Isang and Sheila didn’t cut it close and make their coach sweat. Isang was 6th overall and won her AG, while Sheila was close behind in 7th, and finished 3rd in her AG.
Congratulations ladies. Get ready for the road trip, and those spiffy Team USA uniforms.
Over a week has passed since the tragedy at the Boston Marathon. And while events like that put things in perspective and remind us that now matter how seriously we take racing, it’s not really that important, our athletes’ efforts still deserve recognition. Below are the team’s results from the day. We look forward to being back next year, for the 118th running of the Boston Marathon.
- Jeffrey Dweck – 3:06:04
- Alisa Stern – 3:20:00 (PR)
- Sheila Monaghan – 3:20:00
- Keila Merino – 3:24:25
- Dan Seidler – 3:24:57
- Cipriana Cuevas – 4:21:26
- Elizabeth Ann Corkum – 4:21:26
Liz and Cip are both coming off of injuries but didn’t want to miss the race, so they ran together at a comfortable pace. Sheila ran with Alisa and the results were a 10+ minute PR for Ms. Stern. And while Keila’s time might not blow you away at first glance, it should be noted that it was her second marathon of the day.
Most importantly, I’m glad that our team and friends are all safe and accounted for. Our condolences to the victims and all those impacted by the bombing.
Congratulations to any and all City Coachers at today’s NYC Half. Some were shooting for PR’s, some used it as a tune up for Boston or London, some are just rounding into shape, but all performed admirably. The day included some personal bests, and some remarkably smart racing and even pacing. Nice work team.
- Deanna Culbreath (NYF) 1:24:34
- Jeffrey Dweck – 1:25:39 (PR)
- Sheila Monaghan – 1:27:01
- Alisa Stern – 1:29:29 (PR)
- Sophia Barnathan – 1:34:40
- Daniel Seidler – 1:38:22
- Sara Bibi – 1:38:55
- Adele Laboz – 1:40:15
- Evan Epstein – 1:43:34 (PR)
- Ralph Toussie – 1:44:31
- Carol Chera – 1:53:41
- Britten Leigh Cosgrove – 1:57:01
- Iris Shalam – 2:07:21
- Michele Levy – 2:09:37
City Coach athletes made their way to Chicago and did not disappoint.
- Luke McCambley 2:37:29 (PR, new team record)
- Kevin Starkes 2:43:51
- Stephen England 2:46:23
- Ruy Guimaraes 2:52:22 (PR)
- Bonnie Averbuch 2:58:33 (PR, new team record)
- Bridget McKenna 3:08:02 (PR)
- Tim Armstrong 3:09:11
- Sheila Monaghan 3:14:00
- Keila Merino 3:21:04
- Alisa Stern 3:33:01
- Adele Laboz 3:35:49 (PR)
- Sara Bibi 3:45:00
Congratulations to Sheila Monaghan on a strong performance on the hills of New Hampshire. Sheila finished the Timberman 70.3 in a swift 5:25:22.
Still more weekend races to report. We had a busy little team.
Never underestimate the heart of a champion. – Rudy Tomjanovich
Every year I say I couldn’t be more impressed and proud of our team. And then the next year I’m even more impressed and proud. Today’s results were tremendous. But first, a quick lesson in the brief history of the NYRR Sprint Triathlon.
Congratulations to Sheila Monaghan, who finished 4th overall at this weekend’s Litchfield Hills Triathlon. And in case you’re wondering, the good folks at Litchfield Hills have replaced the customary 4th place chocolate medal with a nifty beach ball. Who knew?
Great job Sheila.
To say that it was hot for yesterday’s Boston Marathon would be an understatement. To say that I’m proud of our team for toughing it out despite the conditions would also be an understatement.
Late last week the forecast started looking bad, but they were still “just” calling for temps in the 60′s at the start, and high 70′s or low 80′s my early afternoon. At that point it still seemed manageable, and runners hoped to put together a fast race. By the time the race rolled around, temps were well into the 70′s at the start, even worse for the second and third waves, and hit the 80′s early on. At that point it became clear that the standards by which the race would be judged were very different than other years.