Monday, August 19, 2019

Lynn Woods relay


I’m looking forward to racing at the Lynn Woods relay this week.  It is always a fun and competitive event.  Two years ago I put together a (mostly) CMS squad of Senior’s (50+ age group) with the expressed goal of breaking the record.  We finished 52 seconds under the old record.  Last year I dug up the guys (Dan Verrington, Dave Quintal, and Joe Shairs) who also own the current Master’s (40+ age group) record with the goal of having the same guys also take the Senior record.  It was a hot and humid night and although we won the Seniors category and took 5th place overall it wasn’t enough.  Our 66:05 was the 6th fastest ever by a Senior squad.  We’ll be back at it again, hoping to take down that record.  In the history of the race 70 minutes has only been broken 15 times by Senior teams.

Time               Team              Year
1:03:47         CMS             2017
1:04:39         NSS              1992
1:04:40         TG               2002
1:05:23         NSS              2002
1:05:30         GAC              2014
1:06:05         CMS             2018
1:07:21         GAC              1996
1:08:31         NSS              2005
1:08:49         NSS              2006
1:09:30         Ajax              2010
1:09:40         Wicked          2012
1:09:41         WCRC           2015
1:09:51         NSS              1998
1:09:58         Wicked          2009
1:09:58         NSS              1997


Sunday, August 18, 2019

Week Ending 08/18/19


Week Ending 08/18/19

Started feeling better as the week progressed, although the headache has gone on for a solid week.


Week = 83           Month = 214       Year = 2557         Life = 144,592

M – 5am work 5 in 828s
       330pm Stevens to Stevens 5 in 843s

T – 5am work 5 in 813s
      330pm Stevens to Stevens 5 in 815s

W – 5am work 5 in 804s
        11am Vail trail loop 7m in 726s

Th – 5am work 5 in 803s
         11am Vail trail loop 7m in 706s

F – 430am Depot to stateline x 2 = 5m in 813s
       11am Ward reservation 8m in 844s

S - workout on Windham rail trail 3x800 w 800 rest, total with w-up/w-down = 8m in 710s
     10am nice relaxing 3 in 910s

S - 630am 7 out/back w Petey & D-la on the Chelmsford rail trail in 932s
      9am 8m out/back with GSRT group in 906s

Friday, August 16, 2019

Potential "Iron Runners"


I have 93 potential Iron runners.  In all 880 different people have taken part in the GP.  Typically about ¼ of the USATF entrants only do one of the races, New Bedford has always been an outlier with many USATF finishers who do not do any other USATF GP race.

Participation data:
13.1m
15k
5k
8k
USATF
538
433
325
289
Only this race
218
107
68
69
40.5%
24.7%
20.9%
23.9%
Total who did
4
3
2
1
93
100
225
462
880 Unique finishers



Potential Iron Runners:

Name
Gend
Age
Team
Total time
Total Distance
Pace
# done
1/2 mar
15km
5km
8km
Eric
Ashe
M
30
Boston Athletic Association
2:34:45
30.46
05:05
4
1:07:06
0:47:17
14:36
25:46
Dan
Vassallo
M
33
Central Mass Striders
2:38:40
30.46
05:13
4
1:08:13
0:49:04
14:50
26:33
Dennis
Roche
M
32
Western Mass Distance Project
2:40:09
30.46
05:15
4
1:07:09
0:51:16
15:05
26:39
Scott
Mind

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Another Old race (and old CR) lost


Sad to read that the Londonderry Old Home day race folded.  It was one of the oldest races in NH and my course record had held up for the last 28 years (14:44 in 1991).  The race with “Boogie” it it’s title moved to the OHD weekend so there will be a race just not the old-school one.


Course records I hold on races still being held (and on the same course I set the record):

Name
Date
Years old
Time
Dist
Location
St
Fudge Series
02/09/91
28.53
0:14:57
3.11
Tewksbury
MA
Nipmuck
06/02/91
28.22
3:01:54
26.22
Ashford
CT
Old Home day
08/17/91
28.01
0:14:44
3.11
Londonderry
NH
Freezer Five
01/01/92
27.64
0:24:00
5.00
Sterling
MA
Valentines
02/10/96
23.53
0:24:31
5.00
Bradford
MA
Red shoe barn
04/14/96
23.35
0:24:12
5.00
Dover
NH
Stu's 30k
03/09/97
22.45
1:39:15
18.60
Clinton
MA
Chicago Lakefront 50k
04/07/01
18.37
2:57:36
31.07
Chicago
IL
Stark Mountain
10/06/07
11.87
0:23:50
1.00
Fayston
VT
Bay of Fundy
06/25/17
2.14
3:53:31
32.50
Lubec
ME
PAWS on the trail
11/11/17
1.76
0:14:00
2.22
Reading
MA

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Lake Winni adventure


Rattlesnake Island:  I’d never been to Rattlesnake island before so when Petey came up with the idea of kayaking out to Scott Spence’s house for a visit I was on board.  Scott has a summer place on Rattlesnake and Petey recently got a place in Alton.  We’d done a road run from Petey’s place before and the time was right to check out Scott’s island paradise.  Scott came up with a plan that had us meeting at 6am then kayaking, hiking, and running.  It was going to be a full morning.  I was up at 3am and out the door by 3:15am.  My first stop was Gilmanton NH for a 4:30am run with Scott Clark.  We ran for an hour over some very dark roads (and trails).  It was cool and clear and great fun to chat with Scott.  Then I was off to Alton.

I met up with Petey and Scott a little after 6 and we quickly got our selves set for the mile (plus) crossing.  Scott had come across in the dark and noted that it was “choppy”.  This was Petey’s first time kayaking and he nearly ended up in the water as he climbed in.  The crossing was uneventful, and we covered the 1.5 miles in less than 30 minutes.  It was windy and a bit choppy but not terrible.  The view was excellent and the temperature (50-60) ideal.  We landed at Scott’s dock and quickly changed into dry shoes for the hike.

Scott led us up a trail he had marked that connected to the Lakes Region Conservation Trust (LRCT) trail that runs most of the length of the island.  We took a right (south east) and headed to the end of the island (which has a LRCT dock).  After a couple of pictures we started back the way we came and continued on to the summit (879’) which is the highest point on Lake Winnipesauke.  The day was just about perfect, it was warming up in the 70’s but there was a nice breeze and very low humidity.  We continued on to the north end of the island.  The official trail ended a little after the summit but residents can continue on a loop to the end of the island and back up to the summit.  We did the loop and then hiked back down to Scott’s.  The total hike was 5.05 miles with 1,379’ of climb/descent and many opportunities for fine views of the Belknap range, Ossipee’s, and even some of the White Mountains.



We took a short break at Scott’s then shuttled Petey back to Alton (via Scott’s “big boat”).  After that we had a very scenic ride over to Wolfeboro.  Scott and I finished our odd triathlon with a 4 mile run on the excellent Wolfeboro rail trail.  It was a long day but great fun!  Scott and I now co-own the Fastest-known-Time (FKT) for a traverse of Rattlesnake Island.  Petey doesn’t count since he doesn’t have a Strava account 😊



USATF Grand Prix standings M55

It wasn't pretty but I did not get shut out at the 5m (8km) last weekend.  So far I've scored at each of the GP races that I've been in the 55-59 age group.  Onward!


Current standings:

Men 55-59
Age
Team
Total
13.1m
15k
5k
5m
10m
10k
26.2m
Charlie Bemis
56
WRT
34
8
9
9
8



John Sullivan
58
HFC
28
9

10
9



David Lapierre
55
CMS
27
7
7
6
7



Dave Dunham
55
CMS
21

8
8
5



Nat Larson
56
GSH
20
10
10





Paul Hammond
59
WRT
19
6
5
5
3



EJ Hrynowski
56
GLRR
18
4
6
4
4



John Noland
56
WRT
13


7
6



Ken Warren
57
WRT
12
5
4
1
2



Ed Sheldon
55
CMS
10



10



Yun Gao
58
BEN
3
3






Robert Day
59
GLRR
3
1
2





Peter Lagoy
59
GLRR
3

3





Robert McCormack
58
HFC
3


3




Ed Finnegan
56
Una
2
2






Jimmy Fallon
59
HFC
2


2




Ray Gonzalez
59
CRC
1

1





Phillip Savoy
57
CMS
1



1





Lynn Woods relay

I’m looking forward to racing at the Lynn Woods relay this week.  It is always a fun and competitive event.  Two years ago I put together ...