Sunday, September 23, 2007

2007 Codfish Bowl XC

Saturday it was back to Franklin Park in Boston for my first XC race in 9 years. October, 1998 was the very last time I laced up the spikes on the line at Franklin Park. Although unseasonably warm (about 80ish +), it felt good to be back running on the old course again. This was the 40th running of the Codfish Bowl. The race used to be on our schedule at UML. I ran this race 4 times from 1995-1998. Back then the field was far faster/deeper, but now it seems that the race has fallen out of popularity over the past few years. Only about 90 or so ran this year (with a dozen or so unattached/open runners). Regardless, I used this as a launching pad back into the world of XC running. Though about 2 minutes slower than my typical Franklin Park jaunt back in the day, it was a fun time nonetheless. I got to say a quick hi to Ed Lyons (Bentley coach) briefly and he was his typical witty self, exclaiming immediately that he had seen me 5 or 6 years ago and I had looked like a 'sumo-wrestler' back then....but I looked ok now. Good stuff. Click here for the Flickr set of pictures taken by the lovely and talented Kristin! Next up will be Topsfield and then eventually back to Franklin for the Mayors Cup in October. Still trying to convince Lavalley to come to his senses and sign up...

Codfish over the years:

1995 - Place: 9th - Time: 25:42
1996 - Results lost over time...(comment if you have them...)
1997 - Place: 12th - Time: 25:48
1998 - Place: 6th - Time: 25:29
2007 - Place: 15th - Time: 27:21

Monday, September 10, 2007

2007 Firmman Triathlon

Photos from the 2007 Firmman Triathlon at the Narragansett Town Beach, Narragansett, RI. I went down to see Matt Sullivan and his girlfriend Jen compete in their first half-ironman. I was able to bike the entire half-marathon leg and take some nice shots of Sully's run. He had the 6th fastest overall run time at 1:29:06 (6:47 pace) which is very impressive, given the heat of the day. His girlfriend Jen also had a fantastic showing here with a 2nd place finish in her category (Female 30-34) and 100th overall in 5:15:31.

Sully's Splits

Overall (70.3 Miles)

Overall Place: 52nd
Category Place (Male Open 30-34yrs): 11th
Overall Time: 4:58:58

Swim (1.2 Miles)

Overall Place: 375th
Category Place (Male Open 30-34yrs): 34th
Swim Time: 39:45

[Transition 1: 1:52]

Bike (56 Miles)

Overall Place: 122nd
Category Place (Male Open 30-34yrs): 19th
Bike Time: 2:47:04

[Transition 2: 1:09]

Run (Half Marathon - 13.1 Miles)

Overall Place: 6th
Category Place (Male Open 30-34yrs): 1st
Run Time: 1:29:06

Saturday, September 8, 2007

2007 Ollie Road Race

Today I dove back into the racing thing again with the Ollie 5 Miler. Needless to say that the 90+ degree weather didn't help things, and I blew up quite effectively after 2 miles. My splits were totally off today as well. I know I went through the 2 mile somewhere around 10:30ish and then everything seemed to fall to crap. 2 really slow middle miles and then a slightly faster 5th mile didn't help things today. Very rough time overall. The only comfort was to see that I wasn't alone. There were blowups everywhere. I couldn't get a groove going and for the first time ever in a road race, I actually grabbed water (at every single water stop). I hydrated more in last 48 hours than I usually do, in anticipation of this disaster, and I still broke down. Kristin got some decent pictures again of some MVS folks. Click here for the Flickr set.