Sunday, November 13, 2011

Indianapolis Half Marathon

November 5, 2011 - Indianapolis, IN - Set a PR for 13.1 miles today in the Indy Monumental half-marathon of 1:39:06 @ 7:33 pace breaking my 2009 personal record by 50 seconds. See all 35 races at AthLinks.  Temperatures were in the 30's but I was comfortable on the run.  Lack of training miles and long runs all summer played its toll on my legs.  Hamstring and calf cramping started in on mile 7.  This was a physical limitation as my HR averaged just 160 bpm and declined over time.  Results

 Garmin 110 Data.

15K Dino Trail Run

October 8, 2011 - Southwestway Park, IN -  2nd Place Age Group at this annual event that consists of 9 miles of single track trail running with some seriously steep inclines (see elevation below).   1:15:21 for 18th out of 96. 

Difficulty rating: Hills: 4 / Surface: 3 (1=easy, 5=difficult)


Garmin 110 Watch Data.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Muncie Powerman Olympic Triathlon

October 1, 2011 - Muncie, IN - 2nd place in age group. Missed 1st place by 3 seconds.  Third age group award for the tri season.   

The weather was 41 degrees with strong winds.  The water temperature was a chilly 61 degrees that forced the race director to mandate wetsuits.

Due to the dangers of hypothermia and the whitecap waves in the Olympic 1500m swim was reduced to 400m for all participants.  The swim was like no other.  I have not witnessed so many swimmers at the end of the tri season needing help from the kayaks and getting pulled into the safety boat. 

After the 4 1/2 minute swim it was a long run to transition to dry off and put on the winter gear for the bike.  The temp was still around 45 with gusting winds.  I had to wear gloves and a light jacket on the bike to keep from becoming a popsicle.  The two loop bike course had some rolling hills and was very windy. Averaged 20.8 for the 25 miles and consider that an improvement.  

Experienced an abdominal cramp in T2 while bending over to change my shoes that brought me to a stand still for at least a minute before going forward.  The run, similar to last year, started with completely numb feet for the first 1.5 miles.  Finished with a 7:53/mi 10k.  Definitely have room for improvement at the olympic distance. 

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Eagle Creek Sprint Triathlon

August 20, 2011 - Indianapolis, IN - Another age group award race this season.  Very surprising, but as the 40-44 age group is typically the most competitive and deepest in triathlon, the race management for the Eagle Creek series provides awards based on these criteria. Finished 45th (out of 490) overall and 9th in the AG.

Actually, I was just hanging out post race with Gregg as he was waiting for his 1st place overall award in the duathlon (congrats Gregg!) as they called my name during the awards roll down.       

Swim: (500 Yd) 11:05.4 (148th)
Despite the blue-green alge warning and the subsequent waiver needed to swim, the water was warm (80deg) and smooth.  The swim was a time trial start so there was not much congestion.   

T1: 1:14.9 ( 85th)

Bike:  (10 miles) - 27:07.2 @ 22.1 mph ave (32nd)
New Frameset - 2011 Orbea Ordu Gold
Received the my tri bike frameset this week but did not have a chance to ride it before the race.  Road it around the block working on the setup with Zach and then brought to the race.  The course has constantly rolling hills and the new bike performed very well.  It is very responsive and climbed well.  Looking forward to getting more saddle time in the future and more improved times. 

T2: 1:34.7 (196th)

Run: (3.1 miles) - 21:53.6 @ 7:17/mi ave (73rd)
The run begins with a steep hill and then levels out for an out-and-back route.  It usually takes a mile to get the legs transitioned to run form.  I left my HR watch at transition so had to gut it out.  Overall it was a great race day and look forward to one more this fall.


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Cicero Triathlon - Best at 40

 August 6, 2011 - Cicero, IN - Achieved my first triathlon Age Group award this weekend by placing 4th out of 32 in the M40-44 group with a time of 57:02.  Since the field was split into two groups (40 and over/under 40) and the winner was removed from my AG awards I moved into 3rd. Thanks for the gift certificate to the Runner's Forum.  

The course started with a unique short 350 yard swim across Morse Lake.  The 9.5 mile bike loop course was mainly flat through a residential section and across country roads.  The  3.1 run looped mainly through quiet residential neighborhoods with a couple of small hills.

After the 7 min swim, I was concerned with having to use my old road bike in the race as my tri bike was crushed a couple weeks ago.  Felt pretty good with a 22.1 average but was concerned I left it all on the bike.  A small incline on the beginning of the run locked up my calf with a cramp; I worked through it and finished with a 7:07 pace. A good day overall. 

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Door County Half Iron Triathlon

July 17, 2011 - Egg Harbor, WI - Physical and Mechanical Difficulties.  July 22 was an unusually hot day for upper Wisconsin. The temps reached the 90's with high humidity. Coming in with poor fitness made it a long day on the run. A lot of ice down the shirt and walking in the hot sun up some steep hills led to an 11:41 pace on the run. This was my slowest 70.3 at 6:27 to place in the top 50%. I was just happy to get across the line, especially as my kids ran down the long finishing shoot with me. A much needed week vacation enhanced recovery the following week.


On the trip home after two days of travel and long drives the tri bike experienced the greatest trauma of the week as it was forced into the top of the garage door while still attached to top of the car. Accidents happen, but I would have preferred it happened to my 10 yr old road bike. Now it is time to look for a replacement.

Monday, April 18, 2011

5K with @DeanKarnazes, Ultramarathon man

April 17, 2011 - Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Ran  the charity 5k with Dean Karnazes.  It turned out to be a 'fun' run of 2.5 miles or once around the Indy 500 race track.  The run was a great meet and greet with Dean.  He was very gracious with his time and took pictures with everyone.  Dean had already run through Indy the day before and came back for the fun run.  These 15 5k's to raise money for charity do not count toward his miles as he runs across the country.   It's pretty amazing that he has already run more than 2,000 consecutive miles through 9 states and three time zones.

I raised $85 so far on my fund raising page @  

See full run recap from Dean's camp at:

Video Recap.  

Friday, March 18, 2011

Fundraising for the "Action for Healthy Kids" Campaign

I will be running with Dean Karnazes, Ultramarathon man, at his April 17th Charity 5k Indianapolis event to raise money for "Action for Healthy Kids."

My Fundraising Page is @  I would like to raise at least $100.  A $5 donation would equal $1 per kilometer.

All proceeds and registration fees will benefit Action For Healthy Kids. Action for Healthy Kids® is the nation’s leading nonprofit and largest volunteer network fighting childhood obesity and undernourishment. They help schools become healthier places and kids learn to eat right, be active every day and be ready to learn. Money raised goes directly to creating healthier schools and combating childhood obesity nationwide.

You can also register to run one of the 12 5k events as Dean runs EVERY DAY on his trek to run across America.  Run with Dean 5k Registration.

Track Dean's Run Live! @ Fan Page on »

Dean's Blog:

Monday, January 17, 2011

Garmin 310XT giveaway @dcrainmakerblog

There is a giveaway for a Garmin 310XT at  Hoping to win so I can replace my Garmin 305 that didn't make it out of the ironman swim this summer.

This is the main site: