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2017 Central Park Duathlon Race Recap

Date: October 22, 2017 Location: Central Park, New York City Weather: 57 Degrees and Sunny Distance: 2 Mile Run / 12 Mile Bike / 2 Mile Run Finish Time: 1:01:02 Overall: 8th out of 290 Age Group: 1st out of 35 In the weeks leading up to this race, I’ve been focusing on increasing my running volume (40 – 50 miles per week) for the Philadelphia Marathon next month. To that extent, my performance in this race is strong evidence that the increased mileage is generating dividends. I believe that my current running fitness is at its highest level ever. This is great news for my goal of qualifying for the Boston Marathon because I’ll need to shave 13 minutes off my marathon PR of 3:18 in order to...

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Ironman 70.3 Maine Recap

Date: August 27, 2017 Location: Old Orchard Beach, Maine Weather: 70 Degrees and Sunny Distance: Half Ironman (1.2 Mile Swim, 56 Mile Bike, 13.1 Mile Run) Finish Time: 5:04:43 Place: 225 out of 1,721 Overall / 41 out of 159 in Division Segment Breakdown Swim Time: 44:31 Pace: 2:18 / 100m Rank: 1,172 Transition 1 Time: 00:05:32 Bike Time: 2:34:44 Pace: 21.71 mph Rank: 206 Transition 2 Time: 00:02:51 Run Time: 01:37:05 Pace: 7:24/mi Rank: 137 This race was the culmination of my triathlon season and days later, I am still overjoyed with happiness and delight from a wonderful weekend in Maine for my first Ironman 70.3. To think, just three months ago I could barely swim 25 meters in a pool and on Sunday, I successfully...

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Taper Crazies!

I've had the taper crazies for the last two weeks! Have you ever had them? Perhaps you were never properly diagnosed!  Tapering is the process of reducing training volume, frequency and intensity in the final weeks leading up to a race. The optimal length is 7 days to 3 weeks, depending on the distance of the race. Too short a taper will leave you feeling tired on race day, while tapering too long will lead to a loss of fitness, so it is important to maintain a proper balance. One would think that getting more rest would make you feel great, but the truth is tapering isn’t fun and most athletes dread it because of unfavorable side effects. Hence the...

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Pequannock Triathlon Recap

Location: Pequannock, NJ Weather: 75 Degrees and Sunny Distance: Sprint (400m Swim, 11m Bike, 5K Run) Finish Time: 58:26 Place: 9th Overall  / 1st Age Group  Segment Breakdown Swim Time: 8:28 Pace: 2:07 / 100yd Rank: 109th   Transition 1 Time: 42.70 Seconds Rank: 6th Bike Time: 28:04 Pace: 23.0 mph Rank: 3rd Transition 2 Time: 55.60 Seconds Rank: 153rd Run Time: 20:12 Pace: 6:22 Rank: 5th This race was on my calendar for months and it couldn’t come soon enough! There was a lot of anticipation and emotion because it was held in my hometown, Pequannock, NJ. The race site was located in an area that I frequented as a kid, PV Park, which is a man-made lake and recreational complex. I arrived...

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