insane NYC bike race – Google Video

Bicycling is one of my first passions. I remember I was a teenager and I had my first 10 speed, I would go out riding for hours on end putting hundreds of miles on my bike. And then in my early 20’s I began doing triathlons and again putting thousands of miles on my Cannondale. When I saw this video on Google video today, it reminded me of the feeling of freedom that first drew into the world of bicycling.

insane NYC bike race – Google Video

Sand Key Triathlon – Training Programs

While looking through some up comming races in the Tampa – Clearwater- St. Petersburg area I found this “The Sand Key Triathlon Training Program“. While it may seem a little pricey @ $600 it seems to be a fairly complete “one stop shop” for prepairing you for their sprint distance triathlon.

The Sand Key Triathlon is a sprint distance (Swim 1/4 mile — Bike 10 Miles — Run 3.1 Miles) in Clearwater, FL.

The clinic takes you from beginner to well prepaired over the 12 week span. It starts on June 26th and the race is on September 25th 2005. There are weekly seminars as well as weekly group training events. They are also putting on 2 free workshops (July 30 & August 27), if you are not interested in the whole class.

Girl Power Triathlon

As I start to gear up for my triathlon season this summer you will see me writing a lot more here, as was the case last year, about triathlon and fitness in general.

I frequently am asked if there are shorted “female only” triathlons. There are several great series that are put on my Danskin and Reebok that I know women who have competed in and highly reccomend these races. I came across this in an email the other day and thought I would post it here.

These races are (from what I hear) great for women that want to just do a triathlon without the competitiveness that sometimes gets infused into the sport.

Reebok Women’s Triathlons

Danskin Women’s Triathlons

GirlPower Triathlon Series Race #1

300m pool swim – 8 mile bike
2 mile run

Aimed at introducing women of all ages to the sport of triathlon, the GirlPower Triathlon is designed to be a non-intimidating, non-competitive fun environment fostering fun, fitness, and friendship. Remember, the GirlPower Triathlon field will cap at 700 participants.

You Go Girl!

Current Price: $35

Le Tour

I had planned to post something different tonight but this was just a little too amusing to pass up. I just finished watching the Tour de France Stage 17. It was absolutely incredible! Lance won by over one whole minute on an average 11% grade climb up L’Alpe d’Huez from Bourg d’Oisans.

This is not news, just about everyone that will pick up the sports section tomorrow will know about this. What I found funny enough to post about was that while showing Lance riding up the mountain side they showed an arial shot. I could clearly read some of the painted words on the roadway, some of which were in English. The one that caught my eye was, “Lance, Rip Their Balls Off!”

07-11-2004 Clermont Triathlon #2

Ever feel that you are running through some Escher drawing? M. C. Escher

That is kind of what it felt like to me at the Clermont race the other weekend.

I did have a pretty good race though, at least according to the timing system. I was some-how kicked in the chest while starting the swim & I had barely trained for any of the events. I knew that this race was going to hurt… a lot. This was more or less a race to prove to myself that I could still do it (race), and to motivate me to train more.

I rode out there with Land Heintzberger, a really cool local elite (soon to be pro) triathlete. The results are available on the CFT Sommer Sports site, or on this server.

  • Swim

    The swim looked a little long, but that’s just all the better for me. I really can’t complain about that. As usual it was a beach start with about 20+ in my age group. I positioned myself towards the middle of the clustered group. I usually have a strong swim leg and I counted on that. I am not afraid to bump a little in the water, as long as no-one does anything foolish like grab my ankles or anything. Well things started off fine. The person in front of me stopped at some point, stood up, fixed his goggles, and started swimming again. At this point I had come across him. As he began swimming again I was in just the right place to get a nice swift kick to the chest. It was not his fault, just some bad luck. But… I finished the swim after recovering and a little struggling. Nice course, good planning, overall 9 out of 10!

  • Bike

    The bike course was Hilly… very hilly… very very hilly. You get the point. I had done almost no hill training except for a few meager rides on the Gandy Friendship trail which has only one bridge type rise to allow tall boats to safely pass underneath it. There were more than a few times that I began to think about walking. I either need to get another gear or get better at hills before the next race.

    A good deed: About half-way through the bike leg after coming out of a corner and heading directly up-hill I passed some young girl walking her bike and crying. I huffed at her, “are you alright?” She cried, “yes, but my bike wouldn’t pedal!” I immediately knew that I could fix it in either mere seconds or not at all. So, I crumbled to my good will and told here as nicely as I could manage to get over next to me and I would take a look. Several seconds later and two very greasy hands later we were both on our way. I powered (crawled) my way up the hill and away.

  • Run

    Painful is the word that best describes this leg. Again I had done NO running training on hills prior to the race. This really hurt. The run was not as steep as the bike, but it still hurt. I couldn’t feel my legs or face for the first mile or so, but I finished. Race number 332

Overall I have to say that it was an excellent race. Well organized and a great course. My only complaint about the entire thing was that there was a mix up with my number initially. The bike number didn’t match the other numbers that I was given. My Chip was assigned number 332 and I had 332 for my run number, but the vinyl sticker for the bike was 331. Easily fixed though. I had to walk past the transition area (from body marking) to the registrations and packet pick-up tent to get a repaired number from the event staff then walk back past transition to the body marking area again. Ok, I guess that is two complaints. The workflow could be a little better organized, and a little closer attention could have been paid when assembling the packets as I was not the only one to have this problem with the bike (or run) number.

A Mishap in Training

Friday I went for my usual bike ride over by Northshore Pool. I had a great ride of around 20 miles. I held a great pace (for me) of 19.7mph. I felt absolutely great. So great in fact that after my ride while I was warming down I was screwing around on the bike trying to do wheelies… Needless to say after several (fairly successful) attempts I crashed. I just pulled a little to hard and then put a little too much power into the pedals and I went over backwards.

I knew that eventually I would crash, but that is not what is really getting at me. After I got up and checked to make sure I was all in one piece without any unusual new bends in my arms or legs. I checked my bike and everything, even the Derailleur
was intact. When I was packing all of my equipment back into my car I was, of corse, a little distracted. I neglected to pack my front wheel, which I must remove for the bike to fit into the car. I had made it about 3 minutes down the street when I realized the bike was there but the front wheel was missing. Two minutes later I was back in the parking lot. The 2 women that were packing their bikes into their cars when I left had gone, and so had my wheel.

I checked with the pool staff, they had not had anything turned in.

The irritating thing is that whoever would steal this probably has a bit of money. Last I checked Target’s bikes didn’t accept 650c wheels!