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Friday, July 25, 2014

Cranmore Mountain race

Cranmore Hill Climb
I started the day with a “fun” one hour ride on the ElliptiGo.  The West Side road is a great place for a ride and I couldn’t resist getting some time in on the Go prior to the Cranmore race.  With the posterior tibial tendon and bone bruise injury I knew I was not able to race but figured since I wasn’t limping I could walk the course.  My plan was to walk it as fast as possible, figuring that’d be nearly 2 hours of work over the 6.2 mile course with over 2,000’ of climb/descent.
I rolled into the parking lot an hour before the start and tracked down RD Paul Kirsch to see if I could head out early.  After taping up and grabbing my camera I headed to the start line and was out on the course 30+ minutes ahead of the official start.
I briskly walked the course and felt I worked pretty hard, despite not running.  There were many spots that it was tempting to run but I knew I needed another week off before I could safely start back.  By the time I was into the second loop I began getting caught by the race leaders.  It was fun to take some pictures and walk along with some of the guys on the steepest pitch.
The end result was a better than expected 1:41 for the 10k loop.
It took me a while to get loose from the 100k double crossing of the Kanc the day before and it showed in my splits:
Up: 33:14
Down: 19:48 (53:03)
Up: 29:40
Down: 19:22 (1:41:05)
2nd loop - 49:02


Monday, June 16, 2014

New England 5 mile championships

USATF New England 5 mile championships

It has been a couple of months since the last USATF NE road championship race (collectively the series is called the ‘Grand Prix’).  This weekend was the 5 mile championships at a new venue.  The last few years it had been held in Carver in July, picture hot and humid (but scenic).  Merrimack NH, and specifically the Brewery was anything but scenic but at least it wasn’t hot in humid.  It was warm (70s) and there was a very strong wind to contend with.  At least the head-wind would be during the first half of the race and then a tailwind for the last two miles.

D-La, Dan, and I carpooled and arrived extra early for the ½ mile hike from the parking area to the race site.  We got together with a group of CMS guys and checked out the first (and last) 1.5 miles of the course.  We’d driven the other part previously so there would be no surprises.  The course was very flat except for the hill at the start/finish.  Fast times could be run on this course but the 15 mph headwind may have really slowed things down.

I got on the line in the 7th row, right behind Dan and waited for the craziness to begin.  Oddly it seemed that people didn’t go out super-fast at least until we got up the hill and on to the DW highway.  Then a lot of people zipped on by while I tried to latch on to the back of a group to hide from the wind.  It took me most of the first mile to catch the lead women’s pack and I hit the mile in 5:46.  That was just about what I wanted considering the wind (my goal was 28:20 or 5:40 pace).  Dan was 2 seconds ahead of me and I thought “keep him close”.

I slowly moved by people and after the first ½ mile of the race was only passed by one or two people.  I hit 2 miles in 11:24, a surprising 5:38 split.  Dan was now 3 seconds ahead and the lead woman was between us.  From two to three miles we did a big loop and started running back through the people on the way out.  A few yelled for me, which was nice but also alerted Dan to exactly where I was.  I hit 3 in 17:08, which had to be in the wrong spot.  It was probably about 5 seconds short of the correct location.  Dan was 4 seconds ahead and I still thought I might have a shot at him over the last 2 miles.

Three to four miles was my slowest mile of the day at 5:52 (but if I’m correct on three being off by 5 seconds this would be a 5:47).  I was not happy, since this mile was with the wind and I’d maintained pace on Dan.  Just after the four mile I passed the lead woman but just couldn’t close on Dan.  He extended his lead to six seconds with a strong last ¼ mile.  I ran out of steam on the final downhill and only just barely held off the top woman.

Although the time was slower than hoped for (28:37 – Chip time of 28:34), looking at other guys times I placed just about where I should.  I can’t complain about finishing third in the 50-54 in a New England championship!

Next up:  Mt Washington

Top 5 50+
1Robert Cipriano 54  28:12 Somerville Road Runners
2 Dan Verrington             51  28:31 Central Mass Striders
3 Dave Dunham  50  28:37 Central Mass Striders
4 Paul Hammond 54  28:49 Whirlaway Racing Team
5 Michael Cooney            52  28:57 Whirlaway Racing Team
Overall and CMS
1          JEFF VEIGA        23         LOWELL MA        24:19    RUN
2          BRIAN HARVEY   27         BOSTON            MA        24:27    BAA
3          NATE JENKINS    33         N ANDOVER       MA        24:37    CMS
4          ERIC ASHE         25         BOSTON            MA        24:53    BAA
5          SEAN DUNCAN    24         ARLINGTON        MA        25:02    WMDP
22         PATRICK RICH                 37         S HAMILTON MA 25:55    CMS
23         SCOTT LESLIE                32         RUTLAND MA      25:58    CMS
32         MORGAN KENNEDY          26         GRAFTON MA     26:17    CMS
33         GREG PUTNAM                44         STONEHAM MA   26:18    CMS
53         COLBY CHRUSCIEL           21         TEMPLETON MA  27:09    CMS
63         JOE SHAIRS                    46         PEABODY MA     27:42    CMS
64         MATTHEW VEIGA                       27         LYNN MA           27:46    CMS
67         JAMES PAWLICKI                        39         LYNN MA           27:55    CMS
68         ANDY MCCARRON            31         KEENE NH          27:58    CMS
81         DAN VERRINGTON           51         BRADFORD MA    28:31    CMS
86         DAVE DUNHAM               50         BRADFORD MA    28:37    CMS
90         JASON PORTER               44         BEDFORD NH      28:40    CMS
98         ARTHUR BESSE               41         TEMPLETON MA  28:51    CMS
126       NICK TAORMINA             41         GLOUCESTER MA            29:44    CMS
149       MARTIN TIGHE               56         PROVIDENCE RI  30:27    CMS
165       DAVE MINGORI               47         CHARLTON MA    31:20    CMS
168       SAM WOOD                    27         LACONIA NH       31:26    CMS
318       DAVID LAPIERRE             50         CHELMSFORD MA            35:38    CMS
399       WILLIAM GONSORCIK      47         WORCESTER MA 37:33    CMS
426       STEPHEN LASKA             52         HOLDEN MA        37:57    CMS
498       FRANK RUGGIERO            55         LUNENBURG MA  39:37    CMS

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Wachusett Mountain race

Wachusett Mountain – This was the 22nd annual running up Wachusett (and it was run an additional 10 times in the 70’s-80’s) and for me it was my 18th time doing this race.  The only race I’ve done more is Mt Washington.  This is no Mt Washington, but it is difficult in its own way.  In recent years the course changed from an “up only” to an “up/down”.  I like up only races much more than the up/down but at least this version of the up/down (which was first used last year) has zero trail and only about 1.5 miles of dirt road.  The remainder of the course is paved.  With 2.85 miles and 1,200’ of climb to the top and 3.35 miles and 1,100’ of drop to the finish this course will beat you up.  The climb isn’t quite the steep climb I like but the last mile of climb is steady and tough.
My goal this year was to run the up part as hard as possible and then hold on for dear life on the descent.  Last year I had a good battle with Craig Fram on the climb and fought with Ross Krause for the last 2 miles of the descent.  I wasn’t sure how this would play out but based on how Tim Mahoney had been racing this year my focus was on staying with him on the climb.
After a 3 mile warm-up on the course (with teammates Tim Mahoney and Paul Bazanchuk) I changed into racing flats and headed out for another mile and some strides.  I felt pretty good and very nervous, both good signs.  As 300 sprinted out I found myself right where I wanted to be (parked behind Tim).  In the first ½ mile we weren’t in the top 25, but by the mile we’d passed a lot of fast starters.  CMS did a nice job of putting the race on but for some reason did not put out mile markers (ugh!).  On the downhill heading into Wachusett Mountain state park Tim pulled ahead and I just tried to keep him close.  By 2 miles (or so) he started to pull away and I passed the last guy I’d get which moved me into 10th place.  I tried to keep pushing the uphill but Tim slowly drifted away as he closed on Todd Callaghan.  I hit the top in 21:21 which was 17 seconds slower than last year.
Now the crazy downhill run started and I pushed it as hard as I could.  I knew from going around the summit fire tower that there were a couple of guys not that far behind.  I didn’t ease up at all on the descent and was hoping that I’d be able to break Craig’s time from last year (39:21) which since it was the first time the course was used would be the course record for 50+.  I kept thinking I heard footsteps behind me but maybe it was in my head.  With about a mile to go I started to run out of gas despite it being downhill.  My ankle was getting sore and I just wanted to be done.  I didn’t ease up but I just didn’t have the speed I had last year.  I rolled across the finish in 39:32, 11 seconds shy of Craig’s record and 55 seconds slower than I ran last year.  All in all it wasn’t bad, I felt I gave a good effort.  I was really amazed to see how fast Eric MacKnight ran to take the win (34:52).  His time was pretty sick!  CMS took the team titles in Open, Masters, and Seniors.  We had five finish in the top 10 and four in the top 10 for the 50+.
Now two weeks to recover and then a tough stretch of races through the month of June.  I hope to drop my mileage down (I was 100 this week) and see what I can do at Ascutney, USATF NE 5 mile, Mt Washington, and USATF NE track 5,000.  If nothing else it will be an interesting month with a little bit of everything thrown into the mix.
Pl Time Name                Age      City                  Team
1 34:52 Eric MacKnight    25M      Ballston Lk, NY    Fleet Feet
2 35:43 Justin Freeman    37M      N Hampton, NH   Team RUN
3 36:23 Jim Johnson        37M      Madison, NH       CMS
4 37:17 Matthew Veiga   27M      Lynn, MA          
5 37:52 Kevin Tilton        32M      N Conway, NH    CMS
6 37:53 Nick Rindenello    27M      Harvard, MA       
7 38:13 Todd Callaghan   44M      Beverly, MA        CMS
8 38:29 Tim Mahoney      34M      Holyoke, MA       CMS
9 38:53 Andy Scott         23M      Somerville, MA   
10 39:32 Dave Dunham    50M      Ward Hill, MA      CMS
50+ results
1 39:32 Dave Dunham     50M      Ward Hill, MA      CMS
2 44:01 Paul Bazanchuk   59M      Ctr Conway, NH  CMS
3 44:55 Rob Tomko        50M      Old Saybrook, CT           
4 45:25 Erik Wight          54M      Amherst, MA      WMAC
5 45:45 G. Rurohenpoller 53M      Cambridge, MA    COMM RUNNING
6 45:54 John Pajer          51M      Leicester            , MA      CMS
7 46:45 Todd Brown       50M      Rocky Hill, CT      NMC
8 47:36 Marty Lechleider  56M      Beverly, MA        WCRC
9 49:37 Michael Auger     54M      Westminster, MA NMC
10 50:11 David Lapierre    50M      Chelmsford, MA   CMS

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Sleepy time

Sleepy Hollow (USATF New England Mountain/Trail championships) – I took it very easy for the week leading up to Sleepy Hollow.  Cortisone shot on Monday and started taking antibiotics for walking pneumonia meant a few days of very relaxed running.  My stomach was a mess from the antibiotics but by Saturday I wasn’t feeling too bad and if nothing else I was well rested.

Dan Verrington swung by and picked me up along with teammates Mike Quintal and Dave Lapierre.  I had planned on driving but dire warnings of undriveable dirt roads near the race site meant we’d need some high clearance vehicle.  It was nice to have a group for the nearly 7 hours (over 400 miles) of driving we’d do on race day.  The noon start really made logistics interesting; I hate late starts like this.  It ruins the entire day.  We made good time to the race and picked up our numbers a little over an hour before the start.  The temperature was ideal (about 50) and we’d get moments of almost sunny sky mixed with moments of rain/drizzle.

Dave passed on the warm-up so we grabbed Martin Tighe (fresh off his Boston Marathon win in the 55-59 age group) and headed out to check out the last 1.5 of the course.  The footing wasn’t bad, the biggest issue was not knowing if you would land on solid ground or plunge in ankle, calf, or knee deep.  This made for some tentative steps.  I tried to stay on the very edge of the trail and this seemed to be the best location to find firmer ground.

A record crowd of over 200 lined up and got some quick instruction from race director Kasie Enman (who then handed off the megaphone and jumped into the start, she’d be racing as well).  It seemed to me that everyone sprinted out at the start.  I found myself out of the top 50 200 meters into the race as we started the first steady climb.  I focused on Kasie who had home-course knowledge and watched where she went for the best footing.  It was sort of like snowshoe racing when you try to get your foot planted in the same spot as the runner in front of you.  I slowly moved by some of the fast starters.  It was cool seeing the line of people weaving through the trees on the single-track.

The first downhill was just crazy.  I was very tentative and watched Kasie put over a minute on me during the ½ mile of wild descent.  Ernie Brake went flying by me near the bottom and I latched on to him as we hit the grassy milder descent.  Then we hit the longest sustained climb of the race.  This was where I needed to make some hay (  I passed Ernie and then set my sights on the line of folks in front of me.  Again I slowly reeled in a bunch of people.  I could see teammate Tim Van Orden up ahead and hoped I could get a bit closer to him.  As I hit the top (about 3 miles into the race) I caught a group of three guys and we stuck together on the long descent back to the start/finish.  This was some of the fastest running on the course.  The woods road was in pretty good shape and the grade was just about perfect for running.  My goal was to stick with the three guys and keep TiVO in sight.

I lost some ground on the trio and timed Tim at 15 seconds ahead when we passed the start/finish with about 2.2 miles to go.  The final loop was the easiest with only 300’ of climb, but it was a good nasty little climb on single-track.  I caught back up to the trio and just before the top of climb went around them and around Tim.  Then the downhill started and one of the guys flew by.  I held off Tim until nearly wiping out on a wooden footbridge that was incredibly slippery.  The last mile was fast running on a wide grassy trail and Tim really hammered it.  I couldn’t go with him but tried to keep it close while holding off the guys who were running me down.  I never got back to Tim but I also didn’t get caught and crossed the line in 19th place in 47:39.

I was surprised to find out later that I’d taken the New England 50+ title (my first NE title in the new age group).  I’m hopeful that I’ll make gains in the coming weeks as the illness loses its grip.  Mountain racing season will really start picking up steam over the next few weeks!

1 40:44 Josh Ferenc        20-39    Saxton River, VT BAA
2 42:49 Jim Johnson        20-39    Madison, NH        CMS
3 42:56 Kevin Tilton        20-39    N Conway, NH    CMS
4 43:13 Nate Jenkins       20-39    N Andover, MA   CMS
5 43:14 John Stanton      20-39    Burlington, VT    GMAA

8 43:52 Michael Quintal    20-39    N Andover, MA   CMS
9 44:20 Todd Callaghan   40-49    Beverly, MA        CMS
18 47:34 Tim Van Orden   40-49    Bennington, VT  CMS
19 47:40 Dave Dunham    50-59    Ward Hill, MA      CMS
30 50:54 Ernest Brake      50-59    N.Sutton, NH      CMS
34 51:44 Martin Tighe      50-59    Providence, RI    CMS
36 52:14  Dan Verrington  50-59    Bradford,MA       CMS
112 1:05:19 Robert Thomas 50-59 Charlton, MA       CMS
140 1:10:24 David Lapierre  50-59 Chelmsford, MA   CMS
156 1:12:59 Karen Zanni     50-59  Wilton, NY         CMS
196 1:29:59 Walter Kuklinski 60-69  Princeton, MA     CMS
208 1:44:28 George Boudreau 40-49 Dudley, MA     CMS

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Grand Prix Standings

I haven't seen anything on the USATF site so here is my take on the current standings:

NameAgeClubTotal points10 mile13.1 mile
NameAgeClubTotal points10 mile13.1 mile
NameAgeClubTotal points10 mile13.1 mile
NameAgeClubTotal points10 mile13.1 mile
NameAgeClubTotal points10 mile13.1 mile