Monday, June 29, 2015

Week Ending 06-28-15

Recovery week.  Calf strain at Mt Washington and some sort of illness made this a somewhat rough week.  Got my 80 in...

Week - 80
Month- 321
Year - 1442
Life - 121,530

M - Lunch 7 54:45
       PM rail trail 4+ 32:21

T - Lunch 7 53:03
     PM rail trail 4 33:49

W - Lunch 7 52:14
       PM Dan's woods 6+ 51:18

Th - 5am Industrial park 5 44:15
       PM rail trail 6 47:21

F - 8 on the rail trail 57:47
      Winni 5 in 38:21

Sat -- 4 at Winni on my own 33:46
         into 7 with Petey and Tripp 1:12:03

Sun - 530am Industrail park 5 in 36:57
          730am 5 on the Ghost train trail w Dan and Kutya 41:54

Foggy Basin at Winnekenni park

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Mt Washington - actual vs age graded

I thought it'd be interesting to see my age graded Mt Washington versus my actual times.  I knew that my 2010 time would be my worst (I was hurt most of the year and lucky to be able to even run).  The surprise was how even or even faster my age grade times have gotten.  So although I've slowed considerably after 2001, I've been pretty steady since then.



Year Time Age Adj
1988 1:00:50 1:00:50
1989 1:02:59 1:02:59
1990 1:01:37 1:01:37
1991 1:02:07 1:02:07
1992 1:03:18 1:03:18
1993 1:00:44 1:00:44
1994 1:03:22 1:03:22
1995 1:03:20 1:03:20
1996 1:02:24 1:02:24
1998 1:03:03 1:03:03
1999 1:00:37 1:00:37
2000 1:02:48 1:02:48
2001 1:04:20 1:04:01
2003 1:06:18 1:05:04
2005 1:10:37 1:08:20
2006 1:09:29 1:06:45
2007 1:10:40 1:07:24
2008 1:09:08 1:05:27
2009 1:09:22 1:05:11
2010 1:12:00 1:07:09
2011 1:09:11 1:04:02
2012 1:08:19 1:02:45
2013 1:10:44 1:04:28
2015 1:11:35 1:04:13

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Team record progression

Cat Year Club Time Yrs since Broken by
M Open 2012 Team Colorado  5:12:28 7 0:05:31
2005 CMS 5:17:59 6 0:02:45
1999 CMS 5:20:44 3 0:03:31
1996 CMS 5:24:15 1 0:01:42

Sub 1:15 at Mt Washington

It is pretty damn hard to run under 1:15 at Mt Washington, but even harder as you get older and slower.  Only 28 people have ever run under 1:15 after turning 45 years old.  Simon G ran the second fastest time ever for a runner over age 45.  I came in at 24th on the list this year.  Some very good runners on this list!

Rank Ind Rank # by  Time Name Year Place State Age
1 1 1 1:02:24 Simon Gutierrez 2012 9 CO 46
2 2 1:04:02 Simon Gutierrez 2015 6 CO 49
3 3 1:04:33 Simon Gutierrez 2011 5 CO 45
4 4 1:04:44 Simon Gutierrez 2013 4 CO 47
5 5 1:05:11 Simon Gutierrez 2014 6 CO 48
6 2 1 1:05:45 Craig Fram 2008 10 NH 49
7 3 1 1:06:29 Andy Ames 2008 14 CO 45
8 2 1:06:58 Craig Fram 2009 11 NH 50
9 4 1 1:07:09 Francis Burdett 2011 11 MA 46
10 5 1 1:08:19 Dave Dunham 2012 26 MA 48

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Mt Washington hike

For the first time in 20 years I could not run down Mt Washington (due to my arthritic ankle), so I made the best of it and came up with some “high points” to visit.  After a quick change of clothes I grabbed my camera and Action Dave and headed back up to the summit where my loop would start.  The weather was perfect with clear skies and very little wind.
 
I headed down the connector trail which was a rocky jumble that dropped 300’ in a ¼ mile.  My legs were a bit wobbly from the race but I took my time and was cautious.  This took me to the White Mountain National forest high point, which appeared to be a grassy flat area near the trail.
 
From the WMNF HP I continued down the connector then turned onto the Gulfside trail.  This was a lot less steep, dropping another 300’ in ½ mile.  The Gulfside Wilderness high point was also close to the trail on the edge of the massive drop into the Gulfside.  I took a few pictures then headed up a connector trail the dropped me at a parking lot on the Auto Road.


 
From the road I climbed to the Nelson Crag trail then did a quick out and back to bag the Ball Crag summit (6105’).  I took some pictures from this point including some shots of the summit from an angle I’d never seen before.  From Ball Crag I completed the loop by climbing back up to the top of Mt Washington (6288’).  I finished the hike with a short visit to the summit building where I bought a couple of (expensive) Cokes for the ride down.



 
I definitely missed getting to run down on such a beautiful day, but the new (for me) views made it well worth missing.
 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

55th Mt Washington road race - My 25th

This was my 25th time racing up the Auto Road to the top of New England and it was the least prepared I’ve ever been.  Since getting injured on Christmas day I’d missed nearly 3 months of training.  With only 11 weeks of running behind me I felt my preparation was lacking.  Normally I’d get a fairly good idea of my “mountain fitness” by doing some of the USATF NE mountain series prior to Mt Washington, but this year I’d only been able to race Wachusett Mountain and that isn’t the best indicator.  I felt that I was rounding into shape so my goal was to run under 1:15.  I thought if the weather was good and I had a solid run I might have a shot at Sumner Brown’s 1:12:37 from 1994.  That is the fourth fastest time in the 50+ age group.  The other three times by Craig Fram are so crazy fast that they are not even a consideration.

Dan Verrington and I met up and headed out for a warm-up on the Great Glen trails.  Erik Vandendries (running his first Mt Washington) and Tim Mahoney joined us for part of the run.  I felt lousy, which is either a good sign or a bad sign.  Unfortunately you never know until the race starts which it is.  I went over to the start as the final call was being made and found a spot on the front line.  I hadn’t started on the line in a couple of years but no one seemed to be itching to get up front so I took advantage.  With the traditional firing of the cannon nearly 1,100 of us took off.

The first two minutes of flat running to the start of the climb are always a bit crazy with some sprinting out.  I think of it more as a warm-up of sorts and just focus on staying on my feet and not getting run over.  I got to the start of the climb in about 50th place which is typical.  Soon after reality hits and people start to come back.  I normally write splits down, but this year decided to not worry about it and just watch for others in the 50+.  I knew I’d want to pass four miles in about 35 and then run 10 minute miles for  the second half.  That’d mean and opening mile around 7 minutes followed by 9 minute miles through the half.  For some strange reason the race crew decided to not put the mile markers in the traditional location at the Auto Road Mile Posts (which for the race would be .9, 1.9, 2.9 etc).  Instead it appeared they put the first mile mark about 1 mile into the race and then each mile after that was closer and closer to the Mile Posts.  Weird!

Anyway, I didn’t see the Mile Post but did see the race mile marker and realized that the location was wrong (the time was clearly way too slow for it to be in the correct location).  During that first mile I’d moved up through many of the early starters and was pleased to be running with many of my CMS teammates.  I could see Francis Burdett up ahead but didn’t see Craig Fram, they’d be the top two 50+ runners so I had my sights set on them.  Teammate Erik Vandendries was also one of the top 50’s entered and he was right there with me at the mile.

After the mile I locked onto teammate Todd Callaghan and we stayed within a few feet of each other as we started picking off more of the line of people in front of us.  It was good to have someone to work with.  We slowly reeled in people as we moved up towards tree-line and the half-way mark.  Francis was 15 seconds ahead and by now I realized Fram was not in the race (he would have been ahead of me).  I kept myself in check, not wanting to make any big move to catch Francis.  I usually feel better as we get past the half and it gets cooler (although on this day it was pretty comfortable the entire way).  Todd and I had moved up to 25th place by ½way (33:56).  Right after the half I made a conscious effort to close the gap on Francis.  Todd fell back as I caught Pat Ard (Whirlaway) who offered encouragement as I went by. 

Somewhere on the long straight between mile 4 and 5 I caught and passed Francis and surprisingly also caught Kevin Tilton.  Both also offered encouragements as I went by, I just grunted back using all of my air to keep going.  This got me into the top 20 but also got me in the position of not being able to see my competition.  I knew if I kept my shit together I’d come in under my goal time but now I was also thinking about winning the 50+ age group.  Francis has incredible leg speed so if it came to a kick he’d bury me.

I took a quick look back at the Hair Pin turn (1 mile to go) and could see Kevin and Francis about 20 or 30 seconds back.  Anything can happen, especially when climbing 700’ in a mile at 10 minute pace.  I kept my head up as the summit building loomed larger.  The crowd on the final climb was one of the biggest and most vocal I’ve ever seen on Mt Washington.  As I neared the top I heard them announcing the first woman.  Apparently she’d been just out of sight at the hair pin and had made up 20 seconds on me in the second half.  I dug a little deeper and they had to move the women’s finish banner out of the way as I crashed through the finish line (four seconds up on the top woman).  I slogged over to the summit and on wobbly legs completed the final scramble up the rock pile to the top.

I had a lot of time on my hands after the finish since I would NOT be running down for the first time in 20 years.  It was a perfect day to be on top so I headed out for a 45 minute hike that would take me to the White Mountain National Forest high points, the Great Gulf Wilderness high point, Ball Crag, and back to the Mt Washington summit.  It turned out to be a pretty interesting loop and I enjoyed getting view of the surroundings and the summit that I’d never seen before.

I only saw a few of my teammates on the summit and after the race.  Most had pretty good days.  Francis, Erik and I swept the top 3 spots in the 50+ and along with Dan Verrington and Ernie Brake set a new team record, taking 17 minutes off of Whirlaway’s previous time. 

Once we got down from the summit I had the great honor of inducting teammate Eric Morse into the Mt Washington Hall of Fame.  The awards ceremony after the HOF inductions was a bit of a cluster and took forever.  It was worth it if you stayed until the end and saw amazing 95 year-old George Etzweiler take the stage to a standing ovation.  He completed the 7.6 miles and 4,800’ of climb in 3:28.

 
CMS at Mt Washington:
 
Pl
Time
Name
Cat
Cat Pl
Age
Gnd
City
St
19
1:11:35
Dave
Dunham
M5054
1/90
51
M
Ward Hill
MA
21
1:12:08
Kevin
Tilton
M3034
6/68
33
M
North Conway
NH
22
1:12:19
Francis
Burdett
M5054
2/90
50
M
Worcester
MA
23
1:12:20
Erik
Vandendries
M5054
3/90
50
M
Chestnut Hill
MA
25
1:12:55
Todd
Callaghan
M4549
2/107
45
M
Beverly
MA
29
1:13:56
Sam
Wood
M2529
8/55
28
M
Laconia
NH
31
1:14:31
Matthew
Veiga
M2529
9/55
28
M
Lynn
MA
33
1:15:19
Tim
Mahoney
M3539
5/93
35
M
Holyoke
MA
54
1:20:15
Patrick
Rich
M3539
10/93
38
M
S Hamilton
MA
56
1:20:28
Dan
Verrington
M5054
5/90
52
M
Bradford
MA
59
1:20:51
Ernest
Brake
M5054
6/90
53
M
N.Sutton
NH
128
1:29:14
Leslie
O'Dell
F3539
2/53
39
F
Albany
NH
149
1:31:02
John
Pajer
M5054
14/90
52
M
Leicester
MA
156
1:31:31
Paul
Bazanchuk
M6064
4/57
60
M
Cyr Conway
NH
223
1:36:27
Melissa
Donais
F3034
11/45
31
F
N Andover
MA
245
1:37:24
Barbara
McManus
F4549
3/55
47
F
Worcester
MA
253
1:37:47
David
Lapierre
M5054
23/90
51
M
Chelmsford
MA
285
1:39:55
Danielle
Lapierre
F2024
2/15
20
F
Chelmsford
MA
341
1:42:38
Stephen
Peterson
M4549
41/107
49
M
Chelmsford
MA
401
1:46:05
Alicia
Eno
F3539
13/53
37
F
Worcester
MA
404
1:46:18
Stephen
Laska
M5054
42/90
53
M
Holden
MA
422
1:47:39
Robert
Thomas
M5559
21/76
55
M
Charlton
MA
540
1:54:10
Christine
Cheney
F5054
15/40
53
F
Spencer
MA
572
1:56:19
Kathleen
Murphy
F5559
6/15
57
F
Worcester
MA
612
1:58:45
Walter
Kuklinski
M6569
13/34
66
M
Princeton
MA