Monday, July 23, 2018

CARS standings

The best five of eight races series will be wrapping up next weekend.  I won't be at the final race but I've only missed one race.  I'm currently sitting in 2nd place!  I'm pretty sure I'll win the age graded masters competition but the overall is a different story.  A lot will depend on who runs the final race and if they improve on their worst performances.  Sean McCauley has won the series with a perfect 5,000 points.  I'm only 44 & 45 points ahead of third and fourth place.  Both will probably move by me with "normal" performances at the finale.  Mark Laprade could also go by me but he will need a near perfect score.  How ever it shakes out, I had a lot of fun competing!

 
                    MALE CARS SERIES POINT STANDINGS     
               ********************************************
Points Gil  Sea  Nhti Canx Over Ccc  Luti Name                     Sex Age Hometown                   
====== ==== ==== ==== ==== ==== ==== ==== ======================== === === ======================= 
  5000 1000 834  1000 1000 1000 0    1000 Sean McCauley            M    26 Canterbury NH           
  4909 0    982  941  989  977  990   971 Dave Dunham              M    54 Bradford MA             
  4865 917  994  976  0    0    1000  978 Kirpal Demian            M    16 Bow NH                  
  4864 929  1000 962  922  979  994  0    Timothy Lindberg         M    24 Ashland NH              
  4837 0    961  929  915  971  993   983 Mark Laprade             M    45 Bedford NH              
  4816 954  1000 973  0    988  0     901 Samuel Berube            M    17 Bow NH                  
  4561 872  955  926  0    914  894  0    Darin Brown              M    51 Madison NH              
  4559 864  942  913  913  927  0    0    Glenn Miller             M    56 Campton NH              
  4504 833  946  915  0    885  925  0    Dylan Tuttle             M    21 Alton NH                
  4488 827  910  870  884  915  898   881 Mike Barry               M    61 Northwood NH            
  4470 841  920  895  0    0    945   869 Andrew Shepherd          M    18 Newbury NH              
  4460 863  932  892  896  854  0     877 Gary Lemay               M    32 Concord NH              
  4459 0    895  855  893  915  886   870 Greg Peters              M    60 Laconia NH              
  4408 830  905  880  895  898  0    0    Andrew Bengtson          M    42 Hudson NH         


Sunday, July 22, 2018

Week Ending 07/22/18

Steady week, recovered quickly from the trail 10 mile and was able to get in two races this week which met my goals. 

Week = 84
Month =154
Year = 2312
Life = 140,529

M - 5am Cemetery 6 in 8:00s
       3pm Edgewood 6 in 7:41s

T - 5am Cemetery 6 in 7:56s
      Noon lunch run Ballardvale 7 in 7:29s

W - 5am Cemetery 6 in 7:54s
        Noon lunch run Ballardvale 7 in 7:19s

Th - 5am Cemetery 6 in 7:48s
        PM Run/Paddle world championships - wup/wdwn and race total of 10 miles

F - 5am Methuen rail trail 6 in 8:05s

Sat - Bill Luti 5m, 3 warm-up, 1 in flats, 5 race, 5 warm-down

Sun - Jim Johnson memorial run on the Topsfield Rail Trail 10m in 8:25s




Saturday, July 21, 2018

Luti 5 mile

I hadn't run the Luti race in 10 years but was excited to be back.  I hoped to run within a minute a mile of my best time on this course (24:43).  If I was over 30 minutes I'd be disappointed.  My plan was 29:30, but I was also hoping to keep it close to a few of the guys who are right around me in the CARS series.  This isn't the last race but I'll miss the one next week so this would be my final chance to get some points.

I met up with good friend Scott Clark (CMS teammate from the olden days) and we got in a nice 3 mile warm-up checking out the last 1.5 of the course.  My right shoulder and chest was tender but only really bad if I coughed.  Other than that I felt pretty good coming off of the Run/Paddle race on Thursday night.  After switching into race gear I headed out for another mile, grabbed a quick drink and jogged the quarter-mile to the start.  The field was strong since this was also part of the New Hampshire Grand Prix.  There would be plenty of guys to race (and gals).  I was focused on my fellow CARS runners and my 50+ competitors.  Scott would be in the mix along with Brian Ruhm (GCS), Alex McHenry (GMAA), Charlie Bemis (WRT), and Rob Edson (UVRC).

I plunked myself on the inside right at the starting line and got out cleanly.  The road slowly bent to the left, so I eased over to the centerline cutting the tangent (no one else did!).  I hit the mile in 5:52 which was right around what I'd hoped for.  Next up was the biggest climb of the race, a half-mile that gained 150'.  I tucked in behind WRT's Jaclyn Solimine (originally from Haverhill) and worked to keep contact on the hill.  On the downhill leading into 2 miles I started gaining on guys.  I could see Mark Laprade about 20 seconds ahead, he is close to me in the CARS so I focused on him.  Mark Mayall (a top 40+ guy) was with him.  I hit 2 miles in 11:56 (6:04) and really concentrated on taking the tangents and pushing the downhill.  I caught a couple of guys and hit 3 miles on the St Paul's school campus in  17:38(5:42 my fastest split of the day).  The next hill really hurt but I had reeled in Mayall which made me feel good and Laprade was maybe 15 seconds ahead.  Solimine went by again and I latched on to her.  The 75' of climb from 3 to 3.5 hurt!  I was so happy to see 4 miles and the nice little downhill after it.  I passed 4 in 23:39 6:01 split and was hopeful that I could keep things rolling to the line.  I was still going back and forth with Solimine but not gaining any ground on Laprade.  I made one last move on the grass and kicked it in for all I was worth on the last 100 meters of track.  It wasn't pretty but it was a 29:37, pretty close to what I'd hoped for.

I ended up taking 26th place overall and first in the 50+.  Scott had a fine race taking 2nd in 30:18, 21 seconds up on 3rd place Brian Ruhm.

I headed out for a fantastic five mile warm-down that closed out the day on a very happy note!

MALE AGE GROUP:  50 to 59
Place O'All Time     Name                     Age Sex Race# Hometown                   
===== ===== =======  ======================== === === ===== ======================= 
    1    26   29:37  Dave Dunham               54 M      17 Bradford MA             
    2    31   30:18  Scott Clark               52 M     198 Gilmanton NH            
    3    33   30:39  Brian Ruhm                53 M     473 Hollis NH               
    4    34   30:47  Alex McHenry              52 M     275 South Burlington VT     
    5    38   31:21  Charlie Bemis             55 M     450 Derry NH                
    6    44   32:02  Rob Edson                 54 M     439 Canaan NH               
    7    49   32:31  Charles Whalen            56 M     350 Bretton Woods NH        
    8    50   32:35  Paul Donovan              53 M     385 Hollis NH               
    9    53   32:46  Dan Dipiro                52 M     299 Manchester NH           
    10   64   33:39  John Singelais            59 M     373 Temple NH               
        
Overall results
Place Gun  Chip Pace Name      Age Sex Cat 
1 25:07 25:06 5:02 Neal Darmody 28 M MTOP3 Bow NH
2 25:25 25:24 5:05 Brian Harvey 31 M MTOP3 Cambridge MA
3 26:01 26:00 5:12 Justin Freeman 41 M MTOP3 Campton NH
4 26:20 26:20 5:16 Kevin Greene 26 M M2529 Waltham MA
5 26:30 26:29 5:18 Ken Figueroa 24 M M2024 Sabana Grande PR
6 26:40 26:39 5:20 John Prizzi 25 M M2529 Waltham MA
7 26:50 26:48 5:22 Emily Durgin 24 F FTOP3 Brighton MA
8 27:04 27:02 5:25 Warren Bartlett 20 M M2024 Loudon NH
9 27:18 27:16 5:28 Chris Dunn 23 M M2024 Kennebunk ME
10 27:18 27:17 5:28 John Corona 26 M M2529 Portsmouth NH
11 27:29 27:28 5:30 Jacob Wormald 23 M M2024 Pelham NH
12 27:32 27:31 5:31 Brandyn Naro 31 M M3034 Raymond NH
13 27:53 27:52 5:35 Andrew Tuttle 23 M M2024 Alton NH
14 28:07 28:06 5:38 Rcl Schilkowsky 26 F FTOP3 Providence RI
15 28:14 28:12 5:39 Mark Furler 35 M M3539 Hollis NH
16 28:30 28:29 5:42 Jotham Burnett 38 M M3539 Canaan NH
17 28:37 28:35 5:43 Kanoa King 29 M M2529 Portsmouth NH
18 28:40 28:39 5:44 Mike Veilleux 40 M M4044 Weare NH
19 28:44 28:43 5:45 Adam Goldstein 35 M M3539 Hudson NH
20 28:48 28:47 5:46 Sean McCauley 26 M M2529 Canterbury NH
21 28:55 28:53 5:47 Matt Sawyer 45 M M4549 Eliot ME
22 29:14 29:11 5:51 Andrew Levesque 20 M M2024 Augusta ME
23 29:19 29:16 5:52 Mark Laprade 45 M M4549 Bedford NH
24 29:28 29:25 5:53 Kirpal Demian 17 M M1619 Bow NH
25 29:29 29:26 5:54 Luke Brennan 14 M M0115 Derry NH
26 29:38 29:37 5:56 Dave Dunham 54 M M5054 Bradford MA
27 29:39 29:35 5:55 Colin Lessard 16 M M1619 Bow NH
28 29:41 29:38 5:56 Jaclyn Solimine 23 F FTOP3 Haverhill MA
29 29:42 29:40 5:56 Thomas Cantara 27 M M2529 Nashua NH
30 30:16 30:15 6:03 Mark Mayall 46 M M4549 Maynard MA
31 30:19 30:18 6:04 Scott Clark 52 M M5054 Gilmanton NH

                         

Friday, July 20, 2018

World Run/Paddle championships


Run & Paddle “World Championships  07/19/18: I heard about the World Run Paddle Biathlon championships while at one of the NHTI races.  I was interested in trying something different.  I had done a kayak race last year and know that I’m very slow (and that my recreational kayak is not made for racing).  I enjoyed the race and figured that this would be fun and an opportunity to at least do some fast running prior to getting my ass kicked on the water.  I contacted the Contoocook kayak rental to see if I could get a somewhat faster boat, they set me up with a somewhat narrower and 2’ longer set-up than what I had.  It’d be faster but nothing like some of the racing craft people would be using.
I took off a couple of hours early from work and was at the NHTI boat launch about 2 hours prior to the race.  That gave me ample time to scout things out and especially a chance to check out the kayak.  It was a lot more “tippy” than I was used to and wow was it heavy trying to lug it to the water and back.  I was worried about getting hurt trying to carry it as part of the race involved lugging the kayak from the exchange zone to the water and then also taking it to the finish line.  I was happy to find that it was okay to drag it, and since it was a rental that would work for me. I had a bit of a challenge keeping it going straight as it did not have a rudder, otherwise it seemed comfortable.


An hour before the start I headed out for a longish warm-up.  I don’t like night races I’m just not programmed to run after 4pm.  At least this one wasn’t too late.  My hope was that I’d feel better if I did a longer warm-up.  It was pretty warm (mid-80s) but dry.  The course was a double loop on the trails around NHTI.  It was much nicer in the shade!  The course was basically flat and the footing was excellent, no rocks or roots just grass and some dirt.  I was hoping to run around 6’s during the race but was feeling crappy warming up.  My hip was still bothering me from last weekend’s trail race and my ankle was also not having a good day.  Pretty much a typical day so I wasn’t worried about how those would feel once I was racing.  I switched into race gear and did another mile before pre-race instructions.  After another ½ mile of easy running it was off to the start.

Part one of the race: The turnout was about the same as last year (15-20) and there were a number of categories (canoe, kayak, SUP) along with some doing it as a relay. I shot out into the lead right away with two guys right behind me.  It was so dry and I had cotton-mouth right away.  Ugh. At ½ mile my watch beeped and I was 3:01. Close to goal pace.  I still had company right behind me and knew I’d need every second I could get before we hit the water. I passed the mile in 6:01 (3:00) and started to hear the footfalls behind me fading.  I kept pressing as I headed into the second loop and reached 1.5 in 9:03 (3:02). Soon after I reached the “Sycamore Loop” which would add on ½ mile and had a pretty good lead by now as I hit 2 miles in 12:04 (3:01).  I mustered a bit of a kick and reached the exchange (2.4 miles) in 14:09 or 6:02’s. Pretty close to what I hoped for.

Part two of the race: I wished I had left some water at the kayak as I was still very thirsty. It took me 51 seconds to gather up the kayak and drag it to the Merrimack River and launch. I hit my Garmin watch again to get a separate time for the kayak.  I had no real goal pace as I wasn’t experienced enough to have any idea.  I could hear the announcer calling out 2nd place (and even third place) so I knew I only had 30 seconds over second and 1:20 over third place.  I tried to settle into a rhythm but just a few minutes in and I was feeling my arms and chest burning.  I’m really not built for kayaking and not training at all probably didn’t help!  At the Stone Dam kayak race last year, I’d done 7:45 per half-mile (upstream) and 6:30 per half-mile (downstream) so somewhere around 7’s seemed reasonable for this quiet section of the Merrimack.  I hit the ½ mile in 6:55 and soon after the second-place guy came flying by in his racing kayak.  I watched where he went on the turn (we’d loop twice around the island) and that helped me to avoid the shallows.  The downstream side of the island was really nice, much cooler in the shade and very scenic.  I was happy to increase tempo to a 6:28 half mile and soon after could see the end of loop one.  Just before I entered the second loop a racing canoe came by in a blur.  The guy in the canoe was flying!  He was part of a relay team so he hadn’t done the run part.  I was glad to be heading around again and could see a few people up ahead who were heading out on their first loop.  My next half-mile was 6:32. I navigated the shallows without running aground and was again on the nice part of the course.  Another racing canoe went flying by, this one with a team of two ladies in it.  They were hammering.  I dug in as I reached another ½ mile split in 6:24. Despite how tired I was, the pace was increasing.  I “kicked” it in and covered the last ½ mile in 6:11. I almost fell in the water getting out as my legs were wobbly.  The last 50 meters dragging the kayak up the hill was not easy!  The announcer had something to say about how I’d done Mt Washington and was working this hill (I don’t know about that, I was pretty wiped out).  It took me 41 seconds to reach the finish.  No one else had passed me so I ended up finishing in 4th place overall.  I won my category (Individual Kayaker 50+) and was the first finisher in a recreational (rather than a racing) boat. I guess I can say I won a World Championship!

This was a fun event!  They had hot dogs and hamburgers afterward and plenty of ice cold drinks.  All funds raised went to the NHTI XC team which is a great cause.  I hope to make it back again next year.

World Run Paddle Biathlon Championships - Concord NH - July 19, 2018 (2.4 mile XC race & 2.5 mile paddle)
Place Div/Tot  Name                           Ag S Category                                     Time   
===== ======== ==================== == = ==== =====
    1   1/3    CROSBY TAYMORE           25 M KAYAK INDIVIDUAL 18-49          42:40
    2   1/2    DAVE DUGAS                   65 M CANOE TEAM 50+                      44:59
    3   1/2    HANNAH RUBIN               20 F CANOE TEAM 18-49                     46:10
    4   1/2    DAVE DUNHAM             54 M KAYAK INDIVIDUAL 50+      48:12
    5   1/2    DENAE DOSTAL                36 F CANOE TEAM COUPLE 18-49       49:43
    6   2/3    JOHNNY SANCHEZ            23 M CANOE TEAM 18-49                    50:21
    7   2/2    AMY THORNTON              31 F CANOE TEAM 18-49                     50:23
    8   2/2    KEVIN PASCOE                 53 M KAYAK INDIVIDUAL 50+             51:41
    9   2/2    PETER HEED                    68 M CANOE INDIVIDUAL 50+            53:23
   10   1/1    DAVE KENNEY                 44 M S.U.P. TEAM 18-49                     55:59
   11   1/1    JONATHAN MCDONALD   13 M CANOE INDIVIDUAL 13-17          1:00:16
   12   1/1    EUGENE CONN                32 M CANOE INDIVIDUAL 18-49          1:06:58
   13   2/2    RACHEL KEAN                 19 F  KAYAK INDIVIDUAL 18-49          1:14:01
   14   3/3    THOMAS KEAN                21 M KAYAK INDIVIDUAL 18-49           1:14:02
   15   1/1    JULIE NICKNAIRKEAN      51 F  KAYAK INDIVIDUAL 50+             1:14:20
   16   1/1    BECKY MCDONALD          49 F  S.U.P. INDIVIDUAL 18-49           1:17:28




Thursday, July 19, 2018

Luti 5 mile


I’m looking forward to running the Bill Luiti race next weekend.  I’ve run it three times, although those times were a certified 8km (4.96 miles) instead of the newly certified 5 mile.  It looks like pretty much the same course.  The last time I did it was 10 years ago when Dan Verrington, Scott Clark and I took the top three spots in the 40+ and closed out the CARS series.  This will be my final race in the series this year and I may even finish in the money in the overall series!

Date                      Time      PL           Fin          Info
07/15/00              24:43     3              321         Hinga 24:33 Magill 24:42
07/21/07              28:13     16           401         40+ Fram 26:27, Verrington 27:13, O'Brien 27:27
07/19/08              27:50     11           333         40+ Verrington 26:44, Clark 27:22

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

20 years ago today - Exeter Kiwana's twice


20 years ago today (July 18, 1998).  I tried to pick up some extra cash by doubling up at the Exeter Kiwanis 5k/10k.  The races were held at 9am and 9:30am respectively so there was just enough time to jog from the finish of one race over to the start of the other.  I wasn’t the only one with the bright idea to run both races.  Nivaldo Filho, Jose Moreira, and teammate Dan Verrington joined me in both races.  I think money went 5 deep, but it may have only been 3 deep in which case Dan had the misfortune of placing fourth in both races!

July 18, 1998
    1   1/59   M0139 MICK O'BRIEN           38 M DURHAM NH                15:07*  4:52
    2   2/59   M0139 NIVALDO FILHO          38 M SOMERVILLE MA         15:18*  4:56
    3   3/59   M0139 DAVE DUNHAM            34 M BRADFORD MA           15:24   4:58
    4   4/59   M0139 DAN VERRINGTON         36 M BRADFORD MA         15:31*  5:00
    5   5/59   M0139 SHELDON YOUNG          25 M JAY ME                     15:45   5:04
    6   6/59   M0139 ROBERT DABRIEO         36 M WOBURN MA             15:47   5:05
    7   7/59   M0139 JOSE MOREIRA           30 M SOMERVILLE MA          15:52   5:07
    8   8/59   M0139 MIKE COONEY            36 M CHELMSFORD MA         16:10   5:13
    9   9/59   M0139 DOUG MARTYN            38 M NORTH ANDOVER MA  16:20   5:16
   10  10/59   M0139 SEAN DUNLEAVY          28 M MANCHESTER MA      16:33   5:20
   11   1/66   F0139 MOLLY WATCKE           27 F NEWBURY MA              16:38   5:22
   12   2/66   F0139 LYNN DENINNO           36 F WINCHESTER MA          16:48*  5:25
   13   3/66   F0139 LISA BRADY             35 F NEWMARKET NH              16:50*  5:26                            
 
   1   1/52   M0139 ALAN BERNIER           23 M DURHAM NH                  32:03   5:10
    2   2/52   M0139 ANDY SPAULDING         27 M NEW CANAAN CT        32:11   5:11
    3   3/52   M0139 DAVE DUNHAM            34 M BRADFORD MA            32:22   5:13
    4   4/52   M0139 DAN VERRINGTON         36 M BRADFORD MA          32:41   5:16
    5   5/52   M0139 NIVALDO FILHO          38 M SOMERVILLE MA          32:59   5:19
    6   6/52   M0139 TERRY MCNATT           33 M NEEDHAM MA              33:14   5:21
    7   7/52   M0139 LOU RISTAINO           39 M EAST BOSTON MA         34:03   5:29
    8   1/28   M4049 KEVIN PETELLE          42 M METHUEN MA               34:31   5:34
    9   8/52   M0139 JOSE MOREIRA           30 M SOMERVILLE MA          34:58   5:38
   10   9/52   M0139 DOUG JOHNSON           28 M CAMBRIDGE MA        35:38   5:44
   11   1/47   F0139 ROSEMARY RYAN          22 F BOSTON MA               35:57   5:48
   12  10/52   M0139 JOE FISCHETTI          38 M WESTFORD MA           36:07   5:49
   13   2/47   F0139 JULIE PETERSON         38 F BEVERLY MA               37:00*  5:58

Monday, July 16, 2018

Week Ending 07/15/18


Week Ending 07/15/18
Week = 80
Month = 170
Year = 2,228
Life = 140,445
This was a recovery week.  I was not particularly sore after the USA Mountain running championships but definitely tired all week.  As I try to always do, I just took whatever my body want to give.  That meant fairly easy running all week.  At times it didn’t feel that easy. 
M – 5am Cemetery 6 in 832s
       315pm Edgewood 6 in 803s

T – 5am Cemetery 6 in 811s
      315pm Edgewood 6 in 803s

W – 5am Cemetery 6 in 803s
       330pm Edgewood 6 in 757s

Th – 5am Cemetery 6 in 753s
       3pm Ballardvale 7 in 724s

F – 5am Methuen Rail Trail 6 in 758s

Sat – Running with the Beavers, 3 warm-up, .5 in flats, 9.6 race, 2 warm-down

Sun – 7am Pine Mtn run from Alton Bay with Petey, Clark, and Spence - 5m with 1,400 climb in 11:10's
          900am preview Luiti course 5m in 734s