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Friday Night Lights Run…Stop, Drop, & Roll!

Extravagantly-lit Christmas lights home in Bethlehem that was the destination for the Friday Night Lights run by the Aardvark Running Store.

Extravagantly-lit Christmas lights home in Bethlehem that was the destination for the Friday Night Lights run by the Aardvark Running Store.

Last Friday we made our way down to Bethlehem for the Aardvark Sports Shop’s Friday Night Lights run. We got there a bit late due to traffic, but we called the shop and they actually kept somewhere there to wait for us. Pretty nice of them. We started off in front of the Bethlehem Brew Works and made our down Broad Street in Bethlehem. The sidewalk on Broad St. was a bit of an obstacle course with its sections heaved and hoed up & down and left & right. As we got close to 8th Ave, I moved to the front of our small group of 6. The next thing I knew I was rolling down the sidewalk. I tripped on one of the heaved sidewalk sections and instantly fell into a somersaulting roll down the path.

After getting back to my feet, I began to take inventory. My knee and my left hand were a bit painful, but fortunately no blood. My glove palm was ripped open so hopefully Santa brings me a new pair for Festivus this year. I do have another pair, but they have been adopted by my wife. We continued down the busy streets of Bethlehem and the pain eventually subsided. Whew!

We eventually made our way to the Christmas light house. As you can see it was pretty lavishly decorated. Hate to have their electric bill. As we stood there cars were lined up to rolling  past. I waited a bit to try and get a decent pano shot with my iPhone. I still had to crop out one minivan that would not move on the left side. After oohing and ahhing for a few minutes we made our way back to Bethlehem. We met up with some friends afterwards and enjoyed a nice dinner(after an extremely long wait) at the Brew Works. I had the Stuffed Pepper and Minestrone soup which was killer. The ACH-47 Pale Ale was also pretty killer. Good times.

One other thing was that my cold has finally headed out. The damn cough took its good old time going away, but it finally did. It feels good to finally get a full week of training in again. Back on the horse!

 

Race Report: Steelman Olympic 2012

The day begun as a typical race morning with the alarm beeping away at 3:50AM. I slept well until about 1AM and then it was up every hour checking the clock. I stuffed down some chia seed toaster waffles with maple syrup and a cup of coffee. Then after a quick morning constitutional, I racked the bike on the car, through my gear bag in, and off we headed to Lake Nockamixon by around 4:45AM. The race “athlete note” said to be there by 5:30AM, so we were under the gun. I still had to pickup my race packet and decorate everything with the appropriate number placards. We decided to bring our dog, Yuki(pronounced U-kee and not after the Philly newscaster), along since he was so excited this morning. He actually followed me out to the car without me knowing it and he usually does not leave the house without a leash on. He seemed pretty stoked to go along so we tossed him in the car too.

The ride down there went pretty fast since the only people on the roads at that time on a Sunday morning are triathletes and bakers. Once we hit routes 313 and  563, it was a solid line of vehicles all with bikes mounted to them in some fashion. Once we got into the Park(Lake Nockamixon), we were directed into the upper parking lots. This really stinks since it is a 15-20 minute walk each way to transition. The thing that really sucked was the kids directing traffic started redirecting people back down to the Marina right after we parked. The marina is where the race start is. We made our way down to the marina and I picked up my race stuff and got marked with my number, 171. They were not bashful with the markings, and I don’t think there was any direction that you could not see my number. I sauntered into transtion and bumped into my coach and his wife who were doing the sprint relay together(btw…loved your shirt Scott! Smile ). After a quick chat, I was off to find a spot on the racks.

Steelman does not assign rack spaces based on your bib #, which makes it a bit of a free-for-all to find a transition spot if you are not an early bird. I was able to find a few inches of rack at the back of the 5th row from the Swim In and the one guy next to me moved over a bit too. while setting up my transition spot, I was starting to feel some pressure building in my lower digestive track. I then headed over to the outhouses after getting my space in order. As I came around the corner of transition, the shit-house line went on to infinity. Shit!(pun intended) I ran into my wife and Yuki and we headed to find the end of the line. It was 6:40AM and the race was starting at 7AM. The line moved fairly quickly though and I was able to get in there before transition was closed. Whew…much better!

I got down to the swim start for a quick warm-up. Water was really warm and it was not a wetsuit legal swim. I think the water temp was around 80 degrees F. My warm-up swim felt good which gave me some confidence. Getting out of the water was a bit chilly though as the air was still a bit cool. Good thing I was only the third wave.

The Swim(.9 mi)

I waded out to the start for my wave and stayed to the far right side. There were a few guys in front of me and when I realized that there was still about 10-15 feet from them to the start pylon, I waded out past them. The gun went off and we were off. The race start adrenalin got the best of me and I realized I was kicking much more than usual. Not having a wetsuit also causes me to kick more to get that same level of buoyancy too. I tempered the kicking and settled into a steady stroke. After making the first turn buoys I started to feel a bit of stomach malaise which started playing with my mind. Apparently, the buffet food fest I had at the Honey Underground Vegan Supper Club was not the wisest of choices for my pre-race dinner the night before. I had fairly open water, but still managed to get punched in the nose. I love when you think you are free and clear and some dude comes out of nowhere and cuts right across your line. Then he proceeds to take a stroke directly into your head. He then bounced off me and redirected back in the other direction. WTF??!

Thoughts of “blowing chunks” started to consume my mind. Where do I go to do that? Do I have to swim out of the general path of swimmers? That would be gross. I would probably follow me too. Eventually that subsided, but the swim seemed to take forever. I didn’t look at my watch the whole time so I really had no idea how I was doing time-wise. Eventually I reached the boat ramp exit unscathed and was glad to have that behind me. I don’t know how many times I have to screw up that pre-race dinner before it sinks in to eat something basic and don’t overeat!!! I hit the timer at ~32:00, which is about 2 minutes slower than last year. Given I didn’t have a wetsuit on this time, it isn’t horrible, but I just didn’t feel great like I have before.

Swim Result: 32:05 for .9mi(1500m) (Pace1:57/100 yds) 

T1

The run to transition was a light jog and several people passed me. I was still suffering from my “full” feeling in my stomach. My wife said I didn’t look good coming out of the water. I found my bike lane, but there was another guy in my lane with the exact same bike as me, so I studder-stepped a bit until I realized I don’t have Zipp race wheels on my bike. I wish, but they are worth more than my bike. Talking to this guy later I found this bike is a 2006 model. So my good friends at Cycles BiKyle sold me a 3 year old bike as new when I bought it in 2009. I had rubberband-ed my bike shoes to my bike to avoid another bad bike mount, but they both snapped when I pulled the bike off the rack. Great…here we go again. I actually had a good bike mount so it was a non-issue.

T1 Time: 1:55

The Bike(24.6 mi)

The bike went well. I kept a high cadence the whole time. On the climbs I dropped down to the small chainring and spun away. I saw so many people standing up pushing big gears and thought about how they will pay for that later. I also had a bottle of Skratch Labs hydration mix on board and did a bottle and a half of water, which kept me hydrated well into the run. The sodium and minerals in the Skratch mix really helps to get rid of the cramping on the run. I was actually a little full of water on the run, but not too bad. Tried to kick it up a bit on the 2nd loop of the bike and then ease up for the drive back into the marina. One guy went flying by me in the the dismount area and ended up taking out a slew of other guys and crashing to the ground. Was kind of humorous to watch really. Even though I felt like I was taking it easy on the bike my overall pace was faster than last year I think. I think this is testament to my training plan and performance this season. Also I have 15 lbs less weight to carry around too.

Bike Result: 1:17:27 for 24.6mi ( Avg Speed 19.1mph. Event results say 20.8mph)

T2

T2 went ok too. Had a little issue getting my shoes on but nothing too bad. I didn’t wear socks with my New Balance Minimus Zero’s and they were fairly new so I could be in for some issues on the run. They are very smooth inside though and I didn’t have any issues with them on short runs.

T2 Time: 1:28

The Run(10k)

The run started well and finished even better. I truly felt the best I have ever felt on a triathlon run. Holding steading on the bike really paid off here. This is the kind of thing where experience pays off. I started off running a <= 8:30 pace for the first half of the run and increased the pace up a bit on the second 3.1 miles. I saw high sevens during the end. There was one guy in my age group that was just ahead of me and I tried really hard to catch him in the end. I didn’t get him and he got me by 4 secs. Oh well. Still felt really strong at the finish and I think I am started to gain some maturity in my racing.

I hadn’t seen my wife and my dog the whole race, so I was wondering where they were all day. I eventually found out on the run. My wife ended up volunteering at the run aide station at the turnaround for the Olympic distance run. I dropped the water she handed me on the first loop and she said I was the only person to drop a water all race. I had asked her “where’s my dog?” and she said “over there.” So when I looked away I missed the cup. I wasn’t allowed to say anything to my dog as he would start freaking out if he saw me. It was pretty funny though because he was checking me out when I went by.

Run Result: 50:47 for 10k ( Avg Pace 8:12/mi )

Race Summary

Despite the swim, I think the race overall was personally successful. I cut off ~15:00 off of my time from last seasons’ race. If I was going to have a bad leg the swim is the best one to have it in, but I think that issue is the easiest to resolve. Although I seem to keep making that mistake over and over again. The difference between 23rd(my AG Place) and 10th place is only 10 mins, so if can chop off another 10 mins next year I could be in top ten. I will be moving up to the 45-49 group next season, so no idea what that will be like. Hopefully some of these guys retire!  As a reward to myself I had 2 slices of CHEESE pizza which was quite yummy! So I should be good on vitamin B12 now for a while. The weather today was perfect with moderate temps in the morning and low humidity. Was a great day to race.

Click here for the my actual race results…

Click here for the overall race results…

Overall Finish Time 2:43:40
Overall Place 135/380
Gender Place 109/229
Age Group Place 23/45

As of this writing I am feeling quite well. My coach published this weeks training schedule and it looks like a doozy. No rest for the weary! We are heading up to the Finger Lakes this weekend, which is a great place for a training weekend. Open water swims in Keuka Lake are always a good time. Stay tuned and thanks for reading!

Ironman Miami 70.3 – Race Day–Bike

The Bike(56 miles)

Race Bike Course Miami, FL 10-30-2011I shuffled my bike through the large white inflatable archway with “Bike Out” printed across the top.  I headed over to the left side of the mounting area to get on my bike out of the way of others coming out. There were crowds of fans cheering on each side of the gate making it very load and chaotic. My left bike shoe got caught under my pedal and unclipped. I heard a onlooker yell to “take your time” which really helped. I calmly grabbed my shoe, put it on and continued to mount my bike. The rain was coming down pretty good as I navigated between the high rise buildings on the streets of downtown Miami. The first few miles consisted of some sharp turns and seemingly slippery roads. I cautiously rode while trying to keep up some speed. Looking at my computer showed my heart rate to be high zone 4-5(~160-165bpm), which surprised me since I didn’t feel like I was working that hard. I thought maybe it was just my HRM flaking out again. There were a couple diagonal RR crossings which were VERY slippery. I saw one guy in front of me just drop to the ground and he was not going very fast either. I gingerly made my way over both crossings without issue. Whew!

2011IMMiami703_BR-8Eventually we got out of the downtown area and the road straightened out to a four lane highway. The race occupied the left lanes on each side of the divided highway which is a quire different. The wind was whipping at a good clip as a headwind and crosswind. Despite that I was averaging ~20.5 mph. I had thought I would be in the 23-24mph range, but that was being a little over confident with the wind as it was. The scenery on the ride was not real great. Many strip malls and businesses along the way. The road surface was not as smooth as I would expect from a Florida highway. It was worn down a bit and contained little pock marks that look like they could do some damage to my wheels. I had grabbed a pack of Clif Shot Blocks before I left my transition spot for the bike and gobbled them up during the first few miles. I had 5 vanilla Clif gels taped to my bike crossbar for my feeding enjoyment during the bike ride. I had  2 before the 27 mile turnaround and a half a banana from the 14 mile aide station. I had 4 water bottles figuring one every 45 minutes. I reached the turnaround averaging 20.4 MPH and my heart rate was still around 160(HR Zone 4). I thought I should probably try to get down a bit to save something for the run.

Race Miami, FL 10-30-2011, Speed - DistanceRace Bike HR Graph Miami, FL 10-30-2011, Heart rate - Time

2011IMMiami703_BR-9The second half of the bike started with a partial tailwind which was a relief. I kept a nice cadence and my average MPH held steady. Then the road turned southeast and I was back to a crosswind again. Now my legs were starting to feel it a bit. I dropped into an easier gear so I could spin out some lactate from my quads. This caused my speed to drop a bit. Several lines of other cyclists past me drafting wheel-to-wheel, which is illegal. If that wasn’t enough the last rider almost crashed me by getting over before he was fully past me. I shouted some expletive at him, but they just kept on moving. That really got me torgued up. My pace had started to slow a bit and I was starting to creep back into the high 19 MPH range. My HR was dropping as well so I thought that may be good. Heading back into downtown I hit a very deep, narrow pothole pretty hard. I was worried I may blow the tire, but it seemed to only bend my rim or bust a spoke since my wheel started rubbing my brake pad. I loosened up the brake calipers as wide as they could go and that seemed to help.

The volunteers covered all the RR tracks with plywood on the way back, so they were a bit less treacherous on the return leg. As we headed back into downtown, the wind was funneling through the buildings and the rain seemed to have started again. It was so hard to see I had to squint. It was like riding in a wind tunnel and someone was behind the big prop spraying a firehose. I unattached the velcro on my shoes and rode the last 1/2 mile with my feet on top of my cycling shoes. Finally I reached the dismount area and jumped off my bike and entered the big white archway to transition.
Bike Time: 2:55:31 (19.1 MPH)

T2
I scurried down the long lane back to my transition spot near the exit to the run and racked my bike. I had to put socks on my wet feet since I never was able to adjust to running without socks in my New Balance Minimus 10’s. They are great minimal “barefoot feel” running sneakers, but they are not sockless. So I had to waste a minute putting socks on. I grabbed my Ironman running hat, put my Fuel Belt on, grabbed another pack of Clif ShotBlocks and headed out on the run.
T2 Time: 4:10

The Run(13.1 miles)

run-courseMy legs felt a little crampy, but not horrible. I had my Garmin Edge 305 set to “Auto Transition” so I could just hit the lap button and it would switch to the next leg and keep track of transition times. I must have hit the lap button twice cause when I started the run it said “race complete”…I wish! I quickly switched it to normal Run mode and continued on. I started chowing down on my ShotBlocks and as I was putting them in my mouth I heard Denise yell and dropped a couple on the ground. The run headed down along the bay seawall for a half mile and turned around and came back again. Denise was on the wall so I got to say hi again. The run then headed along the bay, out to Biscayne Boulevard by the American Airlines Arena, where the Miami Heat plays, and then over MacArthur Causeway Bridge to Watson Island and then back again. 

Race Run 10-30-2011, Pace - DistanceRace Run 10-30-2011, Heart rate - Time

Still smilingThe bridge really sucked. It was relatively steep and the wind was whipping over the side which made things a little difficult. I kept a slow and steady pace as I wanted to make sure I had something left in the tank for another lap. My legs got more crampy as I went on. I was afraid to up the tempo too much or I would have seized up my quads and had to walk the whole way. After the first quarter of the run, I decided I was going to start walking the aide stations. This would give me a chance to lower my HR a bit as well as make sure I got all my fluids in without spilling all over the place. This helped for sure. At this point in the race I was beginning to really not care about my times and all I wanted to do is make sure I finish this thing. With the whole Pocono fiasco and the expense of coming down to Miami for this race, there is no way I am not finishing this thing. Even if I have to crawl across the line.

IMMiami703_2011-0818Denise kept changing her position on every lap, so I never knew where she was going to pop out from. Little did I know she was strategically placing herself so she could run into a restaurant and eat lunch while I was suffering away. The 2nd 3.2 mile stretch went fairly well. I was still moving along fairly slowly, but I was trying to be steady. The 3rd quarter-3.2 mile stretch was probably the worst for me. The thought that I had to go back over that damn bridge 2 more times was eating at my mind. My time on this segment really showed it too. I was somewhere in the 11 min/mi range which is practically walking. I suffered through it and kept my head in it. When I made the last turnaround on Watson Island I knew this was  the home stretch.

2011IMMiami703_BR-11My pace started to pick up a bit. This just goes to show how much of this stuff is in your mind. I had some cola at the aid stations which also gave me a last minute boost. I could feel it now…I was going to complete my first half ironman. I made some S turns through the outdoor mall and down to the bay walk where the crowds were lined up cheering away. If that doesn’t give you a last boost of energy I don’t know what will. I heard Denise call me from the right side and I gave her a sort of mid-way high five. Then it was down to the finish. It seemed like there were about 10 photographers all crouching down behind the finish arch. I heard the announcer call my name and say that I was from Pennsylvania, then I raised my arms for the last push through the gate. FINALLY!!!

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The Finish(6:08:54)
I was immediately met by people taking my chip off, then over to the finalist medal girls. The four girls giving out medals just stood there, so I picked one to go to and she through it over my neck. I grabbed a water bottle and headed to the t-shirt tent for my finalist tee. I then searched for my wife who was separated by several corale’s of fencing. The finish line was strange in that there were no access for fans to be lined up along the sides. There was an area that looked like it was for eating but no one was in it. and then there was a big tent area for massages. There was another empty area behind that with nothing, which is where I met up with my wife. We hugged for a few minutes and a lady next to us took our picture. Things were sinking in now.

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I decided to get one of the free massages which I had never done before. I was so glad I did. I don’t think I ever had a guy give me a massage before(not that there is anything wrong with that Smile ), but I really didn’t care. This guy worked me over really good. I felt like I was back in Thailand getting a Thai Massage again. I will definitely have to take advantage of that again.

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We headed over to the food area to get something to eat. Food was pretty lame or I just got there too late. Rice and rock-hard chunks of pork. I  will pass. I grabbed my bike from transition and dropped it off at the City Bikes tent to be shipped back home(I still haven’t gotten it back yet and it has been over a week). We then headed back to the hotel for some dinner and a beer. We would then be flying out first thing in the morning.

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Steelman 2010 Triathlon Race Report

SteelmanTriRun638 It’s hard to believe I have embarked on my third triathlon already in the last year. The Steelman was one I had steered away from last year due to a longer than usual swim. The Steelman Sprint consists of a 860yd(0.5 mile) swim, a 15 mi. bike and a 5k(3mi) run. This year it seemed to be the missing piece to my puzzle. I am preparing for my first Olympic distance tri, The Quakerman, this September which is also at Lake Nockamixon. I had attended two open water swim clinics at Nockamixon earlier in the summer to hone up on my weakest sport of the three. The clinic left me with good amount of confidence in the swim. So in order to keep that rolling, I thought the Steelman sprint was the perfect event to parlay that confidence. The Steelman sprint swim is a half mile which is only a tenth less the Quakerman Olympic swim and all other sprints I had done previous were only a quarter mile. The only bad thing about the timing of this event was that I pulled a calf muscle(soleus) about a week and half before the event. I had laid off it totally after it occurred and babied it with ice and rest, so I wasn’t sure if I was going to last the whole run or not. The worst thing would be if I totally ripped it and could not attend the Quakerman. So if I got any pain it would be a walk event.

The Steelman event is very well organized and has been recognized by Triathlon magazine as well as good reviews from competitors. The coordinator had sent a slew of emails out notifying everyone of every little thing came up, in addition to an 80+ page Athletes document with full instructions. No lack of communication here! I decided to head down there on Saturday to do my packet picket and do an easy ride of the bike course. They had a little mini-expo setup so I picked up a few things for my new bike.

The athlete instructions said that sprint distance athletes must be in the park by 5:30AM due to the closing of the main road(RT 563) for the race. We would also not be allowed out of the park until at least 10:30AM that morning. That is a bit of a drag especially for any spectators that want to see you race. Due to this restriction I told my only fan, my wife, that she did not need to attend this one. It is just a training event for me anyway. I thought being there by 5:30AM would give me plenty of time to warm up in each discipline, but the long line at the port-a-potty consumed alot of time and they also closed the transition area at 6:45AM. This was really annoying since my wave of swim didn’t go until 7:45Am! A whole hour of standing around. Fortunately my swim instructor was there to watch the event and I shot the breeze with him for a while.

After standing around for an hour, they finally called my wave for the swim start. When we all got in the water everyone was hanging back from the start buoy except one guy. The announcer made a funny comment about it and we all moved up. The water temperature was 80 degrees, so wetsuits were not USAT legal. I really was prepared for this and had practiced this in the swim clinic. I started out staying to the inside of the buoys. This was nice since there wasn’t any traffic to contend with, but when I tried to get in to round the first turn buoy things got a little congested. Course was a bit of a rectangle with a counter-clockwise direction. Things got a little better after the second turn buoy and everyone started spacing out. I did take a couple breathers on my back, but this was by far the most consistent swim I have had as well as my longest(0.5 mi). The open-water swim clinics I had taken earlier definitely increased my swimming confidence and my ability to relax in the water. Swim Time: 17:50 (Pace: 36:23, 232/537)

T1 was ok. A long jog into the transition got my bike and out of there. Biggest mistake here was running out of transition while being on right side of my bike. I didn’t realize this until I tried to get on my bike and then I had to move  around to the other side. This was also my first tri with my new bike, a Quintana Roo Caliente, and I had not practiced any transitions with it. This became quite evident with both T1 and T2. Something to work on for next time, which is the main reason I did this race. One other note is that my Swim Instructor, Scott, was there cheering in the transition area which was pretty motivating. T1 Time: 2:02

I was pretty excited to get out on the bike course with my new tri bike. The Nockamixon bike course on Rt 563 is fairly hilly compared to the past two tri’s I did in NJ, but not that different from what I usually ride at home. I was hoping that this may be a bit of an advantage for me compared to some of the flatlanders in my wave. Coming out of the transition in the marina the first thing you hit is a little steep climb out towards the road. That really wakes the legs up after swimming for 20 mins. I think a couple guys passed me going up it but I ended up passing them before we got out to Rt. 563. This one guy in the Olympic race and I kept jockeying back and forth the whole time. I would pass him on the hills and he would pass me on the flats. It kind of helped keep my motivation to stay with him. Bike Time: 41:12 (Pace 18.6, 45/537)

T2 was a little bit of a rough time. First off I came flying into the dismount area and almost flipped my bike over when I got off. The bike is much lighter than my old bike and I didn’t distribute my weight properly. Nothing a little transition practice cannot cure. Then I could not find my stuff in the transition area. I was a row over and just could not see it. I even had my Austin Powers towel hanging there which I thought would be really noticeable. Apparently not. Despite these hiccups, my time wasn’t too bad. T2 Time: 1:28

The run was the part that I was most wary of due to my calf injury. I didn’t know how long that I could last running without that coming back again. I surely didn’t want to make it worse, so if it did start hurting I would probably be walking the rest of that leg. I started out very slowly making sure I was in my best Chirunning form. My calf felt really good and I started thinking I might be able to run the whole time. Then came the halfway turnaround.  About a tenth of a mile after that it felt like someone stabbed my in the back of the leg! Shit! How could that go from feeling fine one second to piercing pain the next? I walked a little bit, but kept giving it another try…nothing. Then I somehow found a form that I could run and it didn’t hurt. I think I was basically keeping that leg straighter, kind of like I had a leg cast on, and was able to make it the whole. It wasn’t fast by any means but if I could salvage my overall race a bit it was worth it. Run Time: 28:16( Pace: 9:07, 321/537)

My overall time was 1:30:45 which is ok. Hey it was only a training  race anyway, so I am happy with it. I definitely got some things to work on for my Olympic race which is my high priority. I finished 14 out of 39 in my age group which puts me solidly in the top half. The only thing that kinda stinks is that a solid run could have put me in the top 5 or at least close. But there is always next year. The post-race food was pretty good. Tons of fruit and some pizza and cookies to satisfy my post-race junk food urge. Hung out for a bit, talked with a couple I knew and eventually they let us out of the park.

 

 

 

 

 

Race Result

Place Bib#  D Name                   Age G City    St Rank 860ydsw Pace  Tran1   Rank 12.8mbk Rate Tran2   Rank 5krun   Pace  Penalty Final   Div/Tot  Div     Gen/Tot  G  
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122    638  S Brian Schwind           42 M ALBURTI PA  232   17:50 36:23    2:02   45   41:12  18.6    1:28  321   28:16  9:07         1:30:45  14/39   M40-44   82/291  M 

Links:

Sprint Order of Finish Results

Spring Award Winner Results

Lessons Learned From My Second Triathlon…

This past Sunday(June 6 2010) I completed my 2nd sprint triathlon. The event was the Belleplain Triathlon hosted by D&Q Events. I had compteted in the Duathlon two years ago and my wife had had also competed in it two years before that. It is very well run and the course is great. Very flat and shaded. Overall, I was pretty happy with my outcome but I wanted to document both the pros and cons of my result. One of the major things since my last triathlon was losing ~35  lbs. This alone has made a huge impact mostly in the fit of my wetsuit. Another was my change in running form. Adopting a fore/mid-foot strike(Born to Run and Chirunning ) has made a huge impact on my run speed and endurance.

music note While writing this, I was listening to “Mary Jane’s Last Breakdown” by Keller Williams & The Keels

Belleplain Tri Photos

Positives

  • Transitions were majorly improved thanks to practicing. T1 went from > 2min to 1:21.
  • Bike Avg Speed was fastest yet @ 22.1 mph and placed in top 8.
    • I particularly enjoy passing the guys on the $3000+ bikes and aero helmets like they are standing still. 🙂
  • Run felt good. Enjoyed the off-road trail and went faster than I realized. 6:38 pace???

Things to improve upon…

  • Pre-Race
    • Eat less. Had a PowerBar harvest and a ClifBar 2 hours prior to race. Felt very full during swim. Could cut back to one bar or small bowl of cereal.
  • Swim
    • Need to stay the back and outside of wave. Starting in the front middle of the pack of my wave was not a good idea. Running into guys in front of me and guys behind me running into me messed me up a bit.
    • More Open Water Swimming. It is just a whole different world especially when vis is poor. Hopefully open-water clinic and time in Finger Lakes will help.
    • Swim to Shore. Should keep swimming until I cannot swim anymore.
    • Endurance! In order to complete the Olympic distance I am going to have to really work on the swimming.
  • T1
    • Ditch the socks. Need to try this in practice to make sure I don’t get blisters. This will get T1 under a minute I think.
  • Bike
    • Keep Improving.  Would like to get up over 23MPH avg.
  • T2
    • Keep it up.
  • Run
    • More speed work. Up the pace.

 

music note While writing this, I was listening to “Switch and the Spur” by Keller Williams

 

Belleplain 2010 Sprint Tri Results

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Place        Name          City, State    plc|grp age s  Bib SwPl  Swim  Pace T1Pl   T1  BkPL   Bike   MPH  T2PL   T2  RnPl   Run    Pace  Finish
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35     BRIAN SCHWIND       ALBURTIS PA       6/19   41 M  115   90  9:49  2:19   49  1:59   21   41:38  21.9   49  0:57   47   20:31  6:38 1:14:52

LBI 2009 Sprint Tri Results

Place        Name          City, State   Age s cat  Bib SwPl  Swim  Pace T1Pl   T1  BkPL   Bike   MPH  T2PL   T2  RnPl   Run    Pace  Finish
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62     BRIAN SCHWIND      ALBURTIS PA     40 M      173  149  8:10  1:56   50  2:23   23   28:56  20.7  128  1:54   91   25:48  8:20 1:07:10

Belleplain 2008 Duathlon Results

Place        Name          City, State   Age s cat  Bib R1Pl    Run1  Pace T1Pl   T1  BkPL   Bike   MPH  T2PL   T2  Rn2Pl  Run2   Pace  Finish
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16    BRIAN SCHWIND        ALBURTIS PA   39 M      330   20   13:49  6:55   38  1:21    8   41:21  22.1   35  1:15   31   25:00  8:04 1:22:45

2010 St. Luke’s Lehigh Valley Half Marathon

My running has finally gone to the next level. Never thought of myself as a runner, but thanks to some modifications in technique last year, after reading "Born To Run" by Chris McDougall  and “Chirunning” by Danny Dreyer, I can now consider myself one. Running has now become an enjoyable, effortless and , pain free activity for me, where it used to be the opposite. My IT band pain has gone away and running 13.1 miles has become fun. The St. Luke’s Lehigh Valley Half Marathon was a great course and I would definitely do that one again.

St. Luke’s Lehigh Valley Half Marathon 2010
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