Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Snowshoe season recap

I've been meaning to post this for a while.  Congrats to my teammates Tim Van Orden and Jim Johnson for winning the WMAC and Granite State snowshoe series respectively.

Snowshoe season recap

With the nationals in the Vermont the fields were a bit larger at some races this year and the depth was also a step up.   There have only been 30 races in New England/New York that have attracted 100 or more finishers.  This year there were four races with over 100 finishers including the National championships which attracted a record 327 finishers.

Rookies:  This was definitely a great year for rookies, as some fast road runners put on the snowshoes and hit the trails.

Top New England Rookies:
Nacho Hernando – Raced 6 times in his first season on the snow, beating some of the best locals in the process.  He took 8th place overall at Nationals and picked up two wins (and two second place finishes) in his four races in the Granite State Series.

Mike Galoob – Ran three snowshoe races making the most of it with a 1 second win at Prospect Mountain and an excellent 6th place overall at Nationals.  He was the top New England finisher at Nationals scoring a spot on the U.S. team in only his second time on snowshoes.  He also ran TWO legs on the winning relay team at Nationals (which I guess means he really raced four times on snowshoes).

Todd Callaghan – Ran three snowshoe races taking second in the masters in two and first in the 45-49 at Nationals.  He started the season finishing 2nd in the 40+ (and 6th overall) at Sidehiller and took 2nd in the 40+ and 3rd overall at Prospect.  At nationals he finished in 30th place overall and took home the Gold in the 45-49 age group.

Chad Carr – Started a year with a 7th place finish at Horse Hill, where he started very slowly and passed quite a few people in the loaded field.  He followed that up with a fourth place finish at Exeter where he qualified for the Nationals.  At Nationals he took 5th place in the 35-39 age group placing 22nd overall.

Kenneth Tripp – Ran his first two snowshoe races this year.  He took 5th in the 40+ at Sidehiller to qualify for Nationals and then finished 5th in the 40-44 at Nationals (35th place overall).

Eric Narcisi – Ran four of the Granite State Snowshoe series races and provided excellent coverage of the snowshoe racing season for Levlel Renner.

Here is my season, not my best but the goal was Nationals and I brought home the Gold:
Date                              Dist            Time            Pl            Field            Notes
12/22/13 Haverhill, MA            4.00            40:04            3            5            Winnekenni Snowshoe race                  
01/05/14 Newburyport, MA 3.10      24:35            7            17            Maudslay Snowshoe       
01/18/14 N Conway, NH            3.70            24:59            3            75            Whitaker Woods    
01/25/14 Sandwich, NH            4.00            29:14            8            119            Sidehiller
02/01/14 Hollis, NH        2.40            15:56            4            76            Beaver Brook   
02/08/14 Merrimack, NH            4.10            36:01            9            101            Horse Hill       
02/16/14 Woodford, VT            6.20            65:54            4            90            Prospect Mountain           
02/22/14 Exeter, NH        4.00            33:46            3            81            Exeter Hullabaloo         
03/01/14 Woodford, VT            6.20            48:19            21            213            USSSA national championships     
03/02/14 Woodford, VT            1.55            12:54            R            24            USSSA national relay     
03/08/14 Allenstown, NH            6.20            53:17            4            80            Granite state snowshoe champs 


WMAC series
There were 356 unique finishers in the 6 race series.  The series was a best 3 of the 6 races.  Laurel Shortell was the only runner to complete all six races (she has a streak of over 100 straight finishes in WMAC snowshoe races).

Top 5 men                                                                    Best            Total            #
Name                            Age            Town                Team            3 of 6            Points            Raced
Tim Van Orden                45            Bennington, VT   CMS            297.01            393.56            4
Tim Mahoney                  34            Holyoke, MA        CMS            294.44            294.44            3
Brian Northan                  38            Guilderland, NY               289.91            289.91            3
Jim Devine                      53            E Berne, NY                    274.52            358.96            4
Oswald Rodriguez                       35            Mechanicville, NY                        267.14            267.14            3

Top 5 women
Jessica Northan               38            Guilderland, NY               241.23            312.34            4
Dawn Roberts                 42            W Springfield, MA            WMDP            180.33            180.33            3
Theresa Apple                 53            Pittsfield, MA                  179.31            179.31            3
Mary O'Hearn                  27            Gansevoort, NY               160.77            160.77            2
Denise Dion                    55            Readsboro, VT                156.52            230.91            5


Granite State series
There were 323 unique finishers in the seven races.  Five runners completed all seven, the scoring for the series was best four of the seven but you had to run at least 5 to be included in the results.

Top 10 men                                                      Best            Total            #
Name                 Age            Town                Team            Four            Points            Raced
Jim Johnson            36            Madison, NH        CMS            398.64            591.91            6
Nacho Hernando            20            Concord, NH                  392.71            392.71            4
Dave Dunham            49            Bradford, MA      CMS            375.70            554.12            6
Ryan Welts            34            Northwood, NH   aR            374.47            463.86            5
Phil Erwin            46            Wading River, NY            aR            363.85            615.77            7
Scott Mitchell            44            Greenland, NH    aR            348.71            512.23            6
Chris Dunn            45            Strafford, NH      aR            348.43            508.11            6
Marek Telus            38            Hopkinton, NH   aR            345.67            504.92            6
Kenneth Willey            31            Claremont, NH   aR            340.57            340.57            4
Justin Beaudry            32            New Boston, NH            LL            326.33            473.40            6

Top 10 women
Kristina Folcik-Welts     36            Northwood, NH   LaSpor            333.03            556.67            7
Kyla Brustin                    33            N Conway, NH            WMM            293.13            361.84            5
Lisa Ransom                    51            Concord, NH      aR            275.94            338.12            5
Kerri Bassingthwaite            35            Nottingham, NH  aR            275.29            275.29            4
Meghan High                  44            Manchester, NH   Pies            265.40            376.10            6
Erin Beck                        28            Chester, NH        Pies            262.93            262.93            4
Ellen Tidd                       45            Hopkinton, NH   aR            254.29            360.76            6
Katherine Jenkins             34            Auburn, NH                    240.52            297.13            5
Nancy Brome                  51            Manchester, NH   Pies            240.16            350.94            6
Sinthy Kounlasa               57            Dover, NH        aR            238.89            291.17            5


Snowshoe nationals
3/1/2014 - Prospect Mountain, Woodford, VT – New England award winners
********** MALE OVERALL WINNERS ***********
    3   197 Nicholas Wheeler     28 Portland           ME   44:10
    4   159 Mike Galoob          40 Peace Dale         RI   44:30

********** FEMALE OVERALL WINNERS ***********
    1   373 Amber Ferreira       31 Concord            NH   51:31
    2   272 Kristina Folcik      37 Northwood          NH   53:51
    3   353 Ashley Krause        37 Easthampton        MA   54:44
    5   374 Abbey Wood           29 Laconia            NH   55:01


***** MALE AGE GROUP:  30 - 34  *****
    1    35 Kevin Tilton         32 North Conway       NH   46:24
    2    36 Robert Jackman       32 Warwick            RI   48:58
    3    33 Ryan Welts           34 Northwood          NH   49:37
***** MALE AGE GROUP:  35 - 39  *****
    1   226 Jim Johnson          37 Madison            NH   46:47
    2   196 Ross Krause          35 Easthampton        MA   47:13
 ***** MALE AGE GROUP:  40 - 44  *****
    2   157 James Pawlicki       40 Lynn               MA   47:57
    3   153 Ethan Nedeau         41 Leverett           MA   48:32
    ***** MALE AGE GROUP:  45 - 49  *****
    1   136 Todd Callaghan       45 Beverly            MA   49:09
    2   230 Phil Erwin           47 Wading River       NY   52:34
    3   106 Peter Keeney         48 Bar Harbor         ME   53:12
    ***** MALE AGE GROUP:  50 - 54  *****
    1   117 Dave Dunham          50 Bradford           MA   48:19
    ***** MALE AGE GROUP:  55 - 59  *****
    1   160 Ned Kennedy          56 Bolton             CT   53:57
    3    20 Jeremiah Fitzgibbon  58 Bedford            NH   59:33
    ***** MALE AGE GROUP:  60 - 64  *****
    1    86 Paul Bazanchuk       60 Center Conway      NH   54:20
    2   174 Keith Woodward       63 Stowe              VT   58:08
    ***** MALE AGE GROUP:  65 - 69  *****
    1   103 Allan Bates          65 Pittsfoeld         MA 1:03:57
    3   125 Tom Walton           65 Contoocook         NH 1:08:57

    ***** MALE AGE GROUP:  70 - 74  *****
    2   220 Zeke Zucker          70 Jeffersonville     VT 1:17:40
    ***** MALE AGE GROUP:  75 - 79  *****
    1   229 Ed Alibozek Jr       75 Adams              MA 1:27:26
    ***** MALE AGE GROUP:  80 - 84  *****
    1   231 Ed Doucette          84 Bennington         VT 2:14:24
    ***** MALE AGE GROUP:  85 - 89  *****
    1   184 Richard Busa         85 Marlboro           MA 1:56:10

   ***** FEMALE AGE GROUP:  25 - 29  *****
    2   350 Stephanie Wetzel     28 Fryeburg           ME   55:43
    3   339 Madeline Miller      28 Cambridge          MA 1:01:26
   ***** FEMALE AGE GROUP:  30 - 34  *****
    2   273 Melissa Donais       30 North Andover      MA   58:27
    3   349 Kyla Brustin         34 North Conway       NH 1:01:22
   ***** FEMALE AGE GROUP:  35 - 39  *****
    1   289 Nataliya Tereshchen  38 Nottingham         NH   55:44
    2   293 Jennifer Vandongen   37 Bar Harbor         ME   56:20
    3   271 Leslie Beckwith      38 Albany             NH   57:20
   ***** FEMALE AGE GROUP:  45 - 49  *****
    2   310 Regina Kavadias      48 Henniker           NH 1:11:42
    3   308 Elizabeth Bianchi    48 West Chesterfield  NH 1:11:49
   ***** FEMALE AGE GROUP:  55 - 59  *****
    4   329 Andrea Peterson      55 Saratoga Springs   NY 1:15:48
   ***** FEMALE AGE GROUP:  60 - 64  *****
    1   278 Marcy Schwam         61 Marblehead         MA 1:12:45
    3   340 Patti Dillon         61 Windham            CT 1:20:35
   ***** FEMALE AGE GROUP:  65 - 69  *****
    1   324 Kathleen Furlani     66 Broad Brook        CT 1:22:44
    2   279 Vicki McCloskey      65 Henniker           NH 1:23:06
    3   336 Patricia Tolleson    66 Broomfield         CT 1:27:57


                ********** TEAMS AWARDS LIST **************
  1. 2:19:11 Dion/South Hill Distance Pro(  46:24)
  2. 2:20:24 Central Mass Striders-Dion  (  46:48)
  3. 2:22:22 Cock-a-Doodle-Shoers        (  47:28)
  4. 2:31:09 Midwest Vortex Victors      (  50:23)
  5. 2:31:56 acidotic RACING O1          (  50:39)
  6. 2:38:52 Albany Running Exchange     (  52:58)
  7. 2:47:14 Paul Smiths College         (  55:45)
  8. 2:56:56 Trail Monster Running       (  58:59)
  9. 3:26:40 Medved-Dion Racing Black    (1:08:54)
         ****** SENIOR FEMALE - OPEN DIVISION TEAM RESULTS ******
  1. 2:50:13 Acidotic Racing W1          (  56:45)
  2. 2:56:50 Dion Women                  (  58:57)
  3. 3:13:10 Midwest Maivens             (1:04:24)
  4. 3:13:56 Medved-Dion Racing Black    (1:04:39)
  5. 3:22:15 Albany Running Exchange     (1:07:25)
  6. 3:54:52 Paul Smiths College         (1:18:18)


 SENIOR MALE - MASTERS DIVISION TEAM RESULTS
  1. 2:25:25 Central Mass Striders-Dion  (  48:29)
  2. 2:34:18 acidotic RACING MM1         (  51:26)
  4. 2:46:53 Dion Men                    (  55:38)
  5. 2:48:09 Trail Monster Running       (  56:03)
  6. 2:48:22 acidotic RACING MM2         (  56:08)
  7. 2:56:46 comprehensive racing        (  58:56)
10. 3:20:06 acidotic RACING MM3         (1:06:42)


SENIOR FEMALE - MASTERS DIVISION TEAM RESULTS
  2. 3:31:19 acidotic RACING MW1         (1:10:27)
  3. 3:35:16 Bratt Pack                  (1:11:46)
  5. 3:58:14 Dion Women B                (1:19:25)
  6. 4:00:13 acidotic RACING MW2         (1:20:05)
 




Monday, April 21, 2014

Chase the Gorilla down Argilla

I really needed to race this weekend to get my legs going.  With the U.S. 10k championships only a week away I'm sorely lacking any speed.  The mileage has been okay but my leg turnover has just sucked since hurting my hamstring last fall.

I chose the 'Chase the Gorilla down Argilla' 5k in Ipswich since I'd run it before and they put on a good race.  I headed out an hour before the race and felt decent warming up on the 5k loop.  It was breezy and temps were warming quickly.  I quickly switched into racing flats and did another mile with some strides to get me going.  I felt pretty good.

No one seemed to want to head to the front of the line so I lined up next to Dave Long and Matt Curran.  Oddly it looked like there wasn't anyone else here to challenge us.  Weird since a 17 flat is typically around 5th place.  I was hoping to run under 17:20 which was what I ran a few weeks back at the New England 5k champs.  I figured anything over 17:20 would be disappointing and really thought 17 O-something should be in the cards.

Some youngster bolted out but he was done by 1/2 mile and it was just Dave and Matt out in front and me and another youngster in third/fourth.  I felt awful.  Flat and dead-legged.  Dave and Matt would pull away a bit and then come back a bit.  They were a couple of seconds ahead at the mile which I hit in 5:27.  Dave then surged and put at least 5 seconds on us from 1-1.5.  At 1.5 I started to feel pretty good and pulled away from Matt and slowly reeled in Dave.  At 2 miles Dave was 2 seconds up (1104 to 1106).  Damn, I still thought I had a shot at the win.

It was not to be, I started to feel terrible again and kept trying to convince myself to hang on.  With a half mile to go Dave was about 7 or 8 seconds up, then he really opened it up.  I had nothing in response and struggled in to a disappointing 17:23 second place finish.  Fuck! I hope to go out faster than that at James Joyce next week.  Maybe I'm not as fit as I hoped?



lace No.  Name           Div/Tot  Div   Ag S City              St Nettime Pace  Guntime Pace     
===== ==== ============== ======== ===== == = ================= == ======= ===== ======= ====
   1  414 David Long       1/45   M4049 40 M Beverly         MA   17:03  5:29   17:03  5:30    2   94 Dave Dunham      1/38   M5059 50 M Bradford        MA   17:23  5:36   17:24  5:36     3  138 Nathan Hausman   1/36   M3039 35 M Wenham          MA   17:36  5:40   17:37  5:41     4  398 Matthew Curran   2/38   M5059 56 M Gloucester      MA   17:50  5:45   17:50  5:45     5  220 Charlie Mitche   1/11   M1419 18 M Beverly         MA   18:07  5:50   18:07  5:50     6  457 Tj Peckham       2/36   M3039 33 M Gloucester      MA   18:14  5:53   18:15  5:53     7  167 Jeff Kelly       2/45   M4049 46 M Byfield         MA   18:27  5:57   18:27  5:57     8  453 Jennifer Howla   1/47   F2029 26 F Danvers         MA   18:35  5:59   18:36  5:59     9  122 Brooks Glahn     3/45   M4049 40 M Marblehead      MA   18:35  5:59   18:37  6:00    10  445 Ben Strain       3/36   M3039 35 M Beverly         MA   18:48  6:03   18:49  6:04

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Week Ending 04-20-14

Another shit week, but I'm running so I really won't complain.  I'm feeling slugish and heavy-legged and my ankle was screaming "enough" by the end of the week.

Week - 96
Month - 270
Year - 1,406
Life - 124,427

M - Lunch 7 in 51:43
       PM Winni 6 felt terrible 45:05

T - Lunch 7 including 4x800 total 47:34
      PM Dan's woods 7 in 50:55

W - Lunch 8 easy in 64:37
        PM 6 on the Methuen Rail Trail in 47:55

Th - Lunch  in 52:42
       PM Dan's woods 7 in 49:52

F - 315am Industrial Park 5 in 41:31
      Lunch 7 in 51:21
      PM 3+ with Doug in Ipswich 26:34

Sat - 3+ warm-up in 24:06, 5k race in 17:23 ugly, 2 warm-down in 16:25
        Later nice relaxing 4 in 36:44

Sun - 630am 2 alone in to 7 with Petey and Scott S 1:17:28
         845am 4 at Winnekenni in 30:25

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Workout

Workout – 04/15/14

Well, you have to start somewhere!  I feel like I'm just about over the "sickness" that has had me hacking and stuffed up for the last two weeks.  My ankle is also holding steady so I figured the time was right to try a little speed work.

I decided to do 8x800 with 400 rest but since I was doing it at lunch I’d have to run it on the road. 

I mapped out where the 1/4 miles were but it was hard to know exactly how accurate they were.  Usually I had a good landmark but a couple seemed long. 

2 warm-up 14:40

800- 2:51 (into the wind)

Rest- 1:45

800 - 2:43

Rest - 2:02

800 - 2:43

Rest - 1:49

800 - 2:55 (into the wind)

Rest - 2:01

2 warm-down 14:01

I think that the ones into the wind were also a little long, especially since it seems like the rest was short as well.

I’ll take any workout at this point, so I’ll call this a good start.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Week Ending 04-13-14

My ankle was a bit rough this week, probably due to a bit more off-road running.  Downhill running and uneven footing aren't great for the ankle.  I kept the running "easy" to offset.

Totals
Week - 92
Month - 174
Year - 1,310
Life - 124,331

M - River 10 course in 78:05

T - Lunch 7 in 51:53
      PM Dan's trails 7 in 51:17

W - Lunch 6 (3 w Petey, 3 alone) 50:41
       PM 7 out/back with 54:01

Th - Lunch 7 in 50:49
       PM Dan's woods 7 in 50:40

F - Lunch 7 in 50:58
     PM 5m marking the course in 75 minutes with Tripp, Petey, and Tom H

S - 6am 6m marking the course and putting out mile marks plus 2 more 70:01
      Noon out/back 6m clearing the course with D-La

S - 630am 11 miles with Dan, Mark, Mick,and Mark...roads and trails around Winnekenni 1:29:354
      Later nice relaxing 4m out/back 37:45

Catching a moment of rest while working at the River Race

Friday, April 11, 2014

200 County high points (only 2900+ to go)

200th County High Point
 
I had planned on running a 50km race in Arizona to mark my 50th birthday, but my ankle injury meant that a 31 mile run wouldn’t be prudent.  Since I had a plane ticket I decided to do a bit of research and find some nice places to run in the Phoenix area.  Worst case, it would be a nice long weekend with some running in warm weather and sunshine.  I looked at a bunch of different county high points, quickly eliminating any that mentioned “exposure” or “scramble” and came up with Mt Union as a goal.
 
Mt Union was especially attractive as it had a fire tower on top and it could be accessed via a dirt road, so the footing would be good.  I bagged some other small hills while out running.
 
 
 
 

The ascent of Mount Union was pretty easy, although the access road was a bit rough for a low clearance vehicle.  The weather was ideal for the 3 mile round trip.  I spent about 5 minutes on the summit taking pictures.  There was a random snow shower while I was up there, just a few flakes flying but it added to the cool factor of this high point (7,979’). 
 
 From the “Hike Arizona” website:  When miners first explored the Prescott area in the early 1860's, some Confederate sympathizers among them named a nearby high peak "Mount Davis" for Jefferson Davis. In retaliation, Union loyalists named the adjacent higher peak "Mount Union".
 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

200,000

On April 9, 2014 I passed the 200,000 kilometer (124,274 miles) mark for lifetime miles run.  I figured since I’ll never reach 200,000 miles it’d be easier to hit some milestones if I kept track in kilometers.  200,000 kilometers is the same distance the moon was from the earth…about 1 billion years ago (it is now only half the distance to the moon).

Breaking down the numbers, it took me 12,909 days including 1,623 days off to reach 200,000.  That means I averaged 15.5km per day (9.6 miles) or 17.7km (11.0 miles) per day on days run.  It will probably take me more than a decade to get to 150,000 miles and a little after that I can hope to reach 250,000 kilometers.

 

Onward!