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Discussion: Nor'easter Reverse Sprint RR

Subject: Nor'easter Reverse Sprint RR

By: Scott M.

Written on: Monday April 16, 2012

Message: Well... I neither won nor crapped in a squating position so this might be rather boring compared to Ben G's report but I'll give it a go anyway. This is the 2nd year we've hosted this race here at UNE and I am one of the 3 people that help coordinate it.

I fueled saturday night with a half a pizza I ate while setting up the transition area. I remember thinking this isn't good, as I reached for another and another and another - but it's pizza and oh so good!

We started with the run and I hoped for a 6:20 pace for the 5K and nailed it the 1st two miles, but fell off the pace for the last mile and finished in 6:31 pace overall. I have really worked to get into the 6:XX pace category so I was happy.

The bike had a long "run out" and "run in" in the time (almost a full minute) so I was excited to see a 22mph average overall. I caught a handful of "runners" and one of our students that did the whole thing barefoot (which I learned as a result is ok with the USAT). The winner slapped down a 25mph average which is just beastly. He's training for Lake Placid and from what I saw is ready to roll.

The swim was a short 150 yards snake swim but it's really not that easy after running and biking. I managed to pass a couple of guys in the pool, which was the oppostie of what happened to me last year. The last guy I passed on lap 5 grabbed my foot/ankle TWICE so much that I had to actually kick him off. After we finished he apologized for the "contact" as he put it, and I played it off with a no problem. He knew and he knew I knew so, that's all that mattered. And, frankly, I beat him to the exit by 2-seconds. BTW, to underscore Clyde's email about fast transitions - I beat him by 17 seconds in the transition area, so there was 1 place better as a result.

Post race, I get the same thoughts I always get after suffering a sprint/Oly race which is why do I torture myself like this, is it worth it.... then I went home took a nap, then drank 3 ice cold beers and ate chinese food for dinner and it helped!

Subject: RE: Nor'easter Reverse Sprint RR

By: Brad H.

Written on: Monday April 16, 2012

Message: Congrats on a great race! A good run, great bike ride, and still managing to pass people in the swim - sounds like a fun way to start the season!

Subject: RE: Nor'easter Reverse Sprint RR

By: Suzanne C.

Written on: Monday April 16, 2012

Message: What was the distance on the bike?

I love sprints. They get me very excited about the season. Sounds like fun! Great job on hitting your pace on the run.

Subject: RE: Nor'easter Reverse Sprint RR

By: Heather N.

Written on: Monday April 16, 2012

Message: Excellent! Are there any ankle-grabbers lurking on this site who can explain this phenomenon...is it accidental or strategic?

Subject: RE: Nor'easter Reverse Sprint RR

By: Clyde W.

Written on: Monday April 16, 2012

Message:
Nice work! Sounds like you placed well but you didn't mention that...? I wonder how much better you would have done with a couple less pizza slices!? And as you found out later, we do this sport to be able to have beers and Chinese food guilt-free! Congrats!

Subject: RE: Nor'easter Reverse Sprint RR

By: Suzanne C.

Written on: Monday April 16, 2012

Message: Ankle grabbers suck.

I'm sorry to inform you Clyde but pizza makes you faster. Trust me.

Subject: RE: Nor'easter Reverse Sprint RR

By: Paul B.

Written on: Tuesday April 17, 2012

Message: Sounds like a great race, Didds. What ever happened to the other half of the pizza? you left us hanging...
Suzanne included crapping in her race report, as did Ben, please, we want the details!

Seriously, though, nice pace on the run and bike!

Subject: RE: Nor'easter Reverse Sprint RR

By: barbara g.

Written on: Tuesday April 17, 2012

Message: Great fun Scott. I like the reverse race idea!!! I'm with Suzanne on the pizza - perfectly balanced race food - pre and post, although the beer is essential, it adds the carbs so necessary to adequate recovery.

Subject: RE: Nor'easter Reverse Sprint RR

By: Teri d.

Written on: Tuesday April 17, 2012

Message: Yes, the whole reason I train: pizza! Congrats on a good start to the season.

Subject: RE: Nor'easter Reverse Sprint RR

By: Scott M.

Written on: Wednesday April 18, 2012

Message: The bike was 11 miles. I got close to 23mph not including the run in and out. I'd like to hit that or, of course better, for a sprint race this year. I think I can do it.... I just need to suffer a little more!

I was 8th overall out of 160.

Thanks for the kinds words all race season is finally here!!!

Subject: RE: Nor'easter Reverse Sprint RR

By: Suzanne C.

Written on: Wednesday April 18, 2012

Message: Yes, suffering is good.

Subject: RE: Nor'easter Reverse Sprint RR

By: Ronald F.

Written on: Friday April 20, 2012

Message: Great going Scott. Great that you helped get that race together too.
Maybe the ankle graber was just trying to teach you. Being the faster swimmer could you just grab his ankle to pull yourself over him quickly. No one likes to be overtaken slowly. On second thought maybe just swimming over him with a push off his head or shoulders. would be quicker. But seriously great race. Have a great season.

Subject: RE: Nor'easter Reverse Sprint RR

By: Jeff P.

Written on: Monday April 23, 2012

Message: Ankle grabbers amaze me as well. I encountered a lot of this in IM Wisconsin swim. My theory(no evidence - feel free to reject it) is that people who come in contact with feet using their hands instinctively grab much like they would as swimming in a pool and coming to the wall and the hand touches it - they grab the wall for a feeling of security. It's almost like when you suddenly fall and your first instinct is to spread your arms to reach for something to stabilize yourself before you get hurt. So grabbing the ankles in the swim may offer some sense of security when a swimmer is struggling a little. Maybe they are just jerks and trying to pull you back to swim over the top of you - I don't know :)

Subject: RE: Nor'easter Reverse Sprint RR

By: Kris D.

Written on: Monday April 23, 2012

Message: just might be me but with all the talk in the "custom Paint job" thread (about the prision and custom paint job on JK helmet) and the "ankle grabbers" talk here-i thought i was some where else for a second!!!

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