Last year I competed in Lake Placid, but DNF’d (Did Not Finish) due to missing the bike cutoff for the second loop. You could imagine my excitement and my anticipation (patiently plotting my revenge on the Lake Placid course) to this year’s race. I made sure I practiced more hill climbs (Central Park loops, 9W & Bear Mountain) and added leg work in the gym to help on climbs.

I will finish this time… Well, at least make the bike cutoff.

“How’s training going?” “Meh,” I shrugged. I had no idea. I was wandering in a forest without a compass.

Pour yourself a drink. If you are impatient, please skip to race day.


An IronMan is a 140.6 mile triathlon. My journey to IronMan Maryland 2015 started with a shirt.

Yes this shirt:

IronMan Maryland 2015

August 2013 Tough Mudder New England.

NYC RUNS Riverside Park 5k

Course map courtesy of Strava

While I would usually be excited for my first race of the season, I was dreading this race. I was not in top running shape. I had been focusing my training time on cycling.

This is a throwback post from July 2012.

Three months ago, my coworker asked me if I was interested in signing up for Tough Mudder. I looked at the website video and was scared but intrigued. Tough Mudder New England at Mount Snow? I could do more than 25 pushups and 6 pullups but am I ready? 

Photo Credit by Reebok Spartan Race

This is a throwback post from June 2013.

After completing Tough Mudder last year, a few friends contacted me to try a Spartan Race. I agreed and signed up.

“Are you kidding me? I have a race on Saturday.”

 

My brother-in-law informed me that he was going to propose to his girlfriend Friday night. It was Monday of the Brooklyn Half.

WTF? I just got passed by banana man.

A man in a banana costume passed me at the 1/2 mile marker and my ego sinks. I could not catch him. 

After the NYC Triathlon, I felt great but my celebration was short lived. I had to concentrate on speed work and I limited alcohol and junk food for two weeks. I really wanted to get a new personal record (PR) on this race. I also wanted to get a better bib number for next year’s NYRR races. My best 5k times this year were 24:01 and 24:02, but they were for non NYRR races. 

“ARE YOU READY?” inquired a friend.

 

I shrugged. “Yeah, I was ready months ago…”