Thursday, December 31, 2009

2009 Recap

I guess New Year's eve is a good time to reflect on 2009 and then move on. One thing that comes to mind, even from the ATT guy - way to much in 2009!! I trained almost 11 months straight, with only a short respite after LP. 2010 needs to be much more focused and maybe a shorter season - at least in running and triathlon. I just squeaked by without injury this year. Maybe next year finish earlier and do cyclo-cross again. That said; I am racing at the half marathon championships in 5 weeks!

Okay, so here's my conclusion on 2009:

Best Swim:
Lake Placid 65:01 - even though it is not a PR (64:45 IM France 08) - it is by far my best swim to date and the fact that I came out with the good swimmers is huge. I will look to better that time at LP this year.

Best Bike:

I have two (1) the 430 mile Rochester Ride - nothing could be more mentally challenging then riding 3 days in the rain. (2) and this will surprise a lot of people - Clearwater 70.3 2:18:27 (24.3 mph) and even though I had an issue with a race official (I don't do the peleton thing like every one else), I was absolutely flying and I think 2010 on the bike is going to surprise a lot of people.

Best Run:
This won't surprise anyone; The 113the running of the Boston Marathon, 2:52:10 a new PR at age 43!!!! In fact, this may have been my best race ever! As things just went perfect from preparation to crossing the finish line. A sub-2:50 is in sight and that will be the goal on April 19th, 2010.

Okay, enough blogging about myself. I hope everyone has a great New Year and it is time to kick of marathon training as April is right around the corner! Cheers! I will post a race schedule soon.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Kyle Bowers Crowned Canadian Bareback Champion

The "other" Kyle Bowers that is ... Hey, this guy is pretty hard core - on his last ride he dislocates his shoulder and is in a whole lot of pain, as they crown him champion. Maybe this Kyle Bowers is Addicted to Riding or Addicted to Rodeo Training? Whatever the addiction is, I'm sure it is in the blood, as this guy seems to have it ... and I like pain .. why else would I be in the sport of marathoning and triathlon? Anyway, enough of the addicted non-sense. I hope everyone had a good holiday! The start-up back running is going well - if I can just keep the fork out of my mouth - I will return to normal body weight. This picture brings me back to my teen years when I used to ride horses and cared for a horse on a farm when I was 15. Luckily they did not make me do shovel duty - just stuff on the other end and brushing, etc. Anyway, you can google this guy as he seems like the other Kyle Bowers athlete on the internet. We have family up in Calgary - maybe sometime I will get to meet this cowboy. Anyway, I PROMISE to recap the year on my next post and take a last look on 2009! Cheers, Kyle Bowers the "Runner/Triathlete"!!!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

TG That's Over!

Three weeks and no running, a bad recipe for the ATT athlete. Only the other addicts understand what the ATT is like, good or bad. I ran 3 miles this morning on a treadmill at the gym. Not very exciting, but I need to re-acclimate with New England weather - especially with the arctic blast that is going on. Also, I have started up again, but with a lifetime of experience doing this; I understand to ramp up very slowly before the real training starts. That said, I will continue to cross-train and focus on core work along with the base marathon training. Anyway, the weight thing is under control and I am trying to drop a few pounds over the next week (only to be regained over the holidays). The knee thing was definitely from turns in the pool (I seem to remember the same thing last year?). After swimming outside all the way into fall and then swimming in a pool, it can be appreciated that there could be up to a 100 or more turns swimming 3000 yards or so, depending on the workout! I'm trying to push off easier and that seems to be helping. Everything felt dynamite during the run and I'll start testing things on some longer runs in a week or so. This pic is from Clearwater of course, with the palm trees by the beach. Hmm ... so why am I living in New England? I'll post again next week and recap 2009, as it looks like I will be off the air through the holidays. -Kyle

Fresh Air Fund And The NYC Half-Marathon

The Fresh Air Fund is looking for runners and sponsors to join our Fresh Air Fund-Racers team for the NYC Half-Marathon this coming March 21st. This is a great way to participate in NYC's premier half-marathon road race while helping Fresh Air Fund children. Over the last year, support from fund-raising has helped us give nearly 10,000 inner-city children country experiences that they're still talking about! We rely on donations this time of year to keep our programs strong for the summer months, and helping children is a cause we are interested in. To make a donation:

For more information on the NYC Half-Marathon:

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Two Down, One To Go

The first two weeks of no running is now over. Plan is resume from the respite on 12/17 - a full three weeks off. For the first week, I was definitely lost and didn't know what to do with myself. It is a difficult thing for me and the addiction is strong, but this week has gone much better and with a week to go I will start-up again and drop the pounds I have been gaining at a rapid rate. I need to be careful because the masters half marathon championships is 2/7 and that is only six weeks of training plus one week taper - plenty of time, as long as I don't get too fat! I think running through the holidays is a great idea, especially with this off-season loss of discipline thing. I need to avoid gaining all that weight like last year. I am a little afraid to step on scale, because every time I do, it is at least one pound more! I have also been off the bike - time to put the cross tires back on, as winter has come to stay and I have a full three months of winter bike commuting ahead. Anyway, I am always amazed at how quickly this time of the year flies by - I am looking forward to joining my BAA team-mates for some long runs and getting back and spin/bricking with MRC boys. I'll recap 2009 on my next post. -Kyle

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Ayer FD Thanksgiving 5K Yields Hardware

This time it wouldn't be me getting the hardware:

469 154 Molly Bowers 31:27 10:08 9 F3/11 F-10 BOXBOROUGH MA
470 155 Kyle Bowers 31:27 10:08 44 M81/87 M4049 BOXBOROUGH MA

Now if I could just get her to practice ...

I am officially "off" running for two weeks - then slowly starting up again and targeting US Masters Half Marathon Championships on 2/7 in Melbourne, FL.

Monday, November 16, 2009

2009 Race Season Comes To An End

Wow! What an intense year 2009 has been! This has been my most athletic year ever with 11 months of training! I am glad to be done. We arrived back from FLA yesterday afternoon. What a great vacation we had. I am so glad I decided to go down there and race. It was really awesome to race with the world's best 70.3 athletes and as you can imagine, everyone down there wanted to win. It was interesting to meet so many people from all over the world and see some great athletes in action. In addition, we saw a German kid come out of nowhere to win the race (Raelert) - over some huge names in a stacked pro field.

I swam Thursday morning during the remnants of Ida. I got out quick because the waves were big, but as I got further out, they got bigger! I was trying to swim through these 15-16 foot waves that were cresting. It was crazy and I concluded after a decision to cancel the swim might be a possibility. Instead, the race directors moved it to the harbor side which was much more calm and protected. As it turned out on race day, the wind was gone and they could have done it out by the pier, but I think it all worked out okay. I'm not a big fan of the TT style swim start, but I still had a good swim without any drafting. The bike course is just completely flat. The run is not so easy as it goes over the causway bridge four times, which is a decent climb. Anyway, here are the numbers:

Swim: 30:52
T1: 3:27
Bike: 2:18:27 24.3 mph
T2: 2:38
Run: 1:32:37 7:05 min/mile
Total: 4:27:59

A new PR! Of course, I have nothing to compare this race to, as this thing is designed to be fast in the first place. My knee held up and I had a strong race throughout. I do have some opinion about the race and I will not ramble on about what has already been publicized about the race - you can go read about that elsewhere. It is an urban race on urban streets. The bike course is very tight and it was very close to a (road) bike race with lots of cornering bunched up 3 or 4 wide, especially in the beginning. I did see three crashes - one right in front of me. I could see it happening and triathletes just aren't roadies and don't handle the bikes well and ... cones everywhere are disastrous. There were some guys putting hands on others, but I think people are just so nervous and want to avoid crashing. There are a lot of turns as mainland Clearwater isn't that big - that means lots of turns and several hair-pins - zig-zagging all over the place. It was a great day to race and just beautiful and sunny. It did start to warm-up on the run - high 70's?? but I was okay with that. It is Florida and you can expect it to be warm and sunny. Three weeks ago it was in the 90s. They are well prepared on the run course with lots of water, sponges, drinks, etc., so you can get a cool-down at each aid station. That sun is hot though boy - I had 30 on and still got a sun burn. My pale body has just not seen the sun for two months and that was probably the hardest part about the run; very little shade.

Anyway, my conclusion about the race; anyone who has the desire to go down there and race, I highly recommend it. Even though 70.3 is not my strength, I still had a great and fun experience. It was really just a race for myself. Also, I think this race, along with the sport is getting harder and more competitive each year. It may be harder to qualify in years to come, as the international competition is also growing. I am very glad I went and to put things in perspective; you will hear the words "former-pro, not a new comer to the sport, former Olympian, ITU champion, etc, etc." a lot during the awards ceremony and I'm not just talking about the pros. These athletes are fast and the amazing times are proof. I wouldn't have changed a thing about the trip - stay at the Sheraton Sand Key or Marriott (Sand Key) as this is the nicest part of that area, out of the town center and no riff-raff.

Well, all the knobs have been turned down and the switches are in the off position. We will once again, have to see how strong the ADDICTION TO TRAINING is .... as in the past I have struggled with the off time. Right at the moment I am happy and content. 2009 was a great year for me! with many PRs with some great, good and so-so performances, but with a lot of racing and a number of new adventures. At 44 I am as fit as I have ever been. I am also improving in the sport of running and triathlon, and more passionate now then ever about the athletic lifestyle. It is ironic that I would discover the ability I thought I never had and maybe still don't, but the extra hard work makes up for the lack of ability - as I now approach the 45-49 age group - T.G.!

In 2010 I hope to reinvent myself once again. There definitely needs to be a focus on speed, as with all this endurance training and age, it seems to be the thing that I need, to go faster! This will probably be my last (certainly this long of a) post for a few weeks, but I will come back and recap the year and list best races, etc. for 2009. I will also post 2010 race schedule as it is now getting fairly set in stone with a the pre-registering and $$ flying out the window. New for 2010: (1) I am going to start logging all of my training miles. I've never been great at it and it is another thing to do, but I will try. (2) This blog site needs to be revamped. I look at all the others and they are so much better kept, organized, etc. I will try. (3) I am contemplating running some winter track - what does everyone think? I don't want injury, but it may be the one thing to help me get faster.

I hope everyone has concluded their year of racing (if they haven't already 2 months ago) and are looking at off-season and giving the body rest. I am a firm believer in the periodization thing and in 2009 it worked great. I had very little problems - no real injuries - and with all that training and racing, so I must be doing something right.

I enjoyed last week and will continue to celebrate this week. I don't want a repeat of 2008 - 15 pounds during off-season! Maybe join a gym and look forward to some XC skiing or whatever else.



Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Foster Grant 70.3 Triathlon Race Week

We fly out to Clearwater this afternoon. Everyone is excited to go! It looks like hurricane Ida is clearing out and we will have good weather later in the week. The 44 year-old body is holding together - just barely! May need to bring some glue to hold body parts on. I am looking forward to going all-out-all-the-way on last time in 2009!!

Good luck everyone racing!


Saturday, November 7, 2009

Last Day of Training in 2009

A couple of hours on the trainer today will finally cap off the year. Weather forecast for Clearwater, FL on 11/14 is 85 degrees and sunny, so I was fully dressed with the heat cranked up in the basement. It probably won't help, but I will continue to over-dress on any workouts between now and Tuesday evening when we fly down. No matter what happens - it is going to be a fun 5 days down in the Sand Key Resort. I hope the weather cooperates, as there is some chance of rain also. Anyway, the knee seems like it is okay - I've just had no recovery in any of the last three big races - so I am pushing it, but will survive and be in off-season soon enough.

Anyone racing at the Foster Grant 70.3 World Championships (keywords) email me at and I'll try to organize a swim for Thursday am.

Rock On!


Monday, November 2, 2009

Manchester City Half Marathon Report

Wow! What a beautiful day to run up in Manchester. When I woke up, it was raining and I almost turned around and went back to bed, but it cleared up and was a perfect day to run. Here are some pictures from last year, on a cool blustery, but also clear day.
That was a huge race yesterday! Lot's of spectators on the course - I was really impressed with the large numbers of people cheering on. Kudos to Sarah Normand for turning MCM into a big race and lots of fast runners up there this year trying to grab money, especially in the marathon. The Kenyans must have come up from the Bronx in a bus or two and there were just as many watching as running. Also, runners from all over the country had come up to race. I think they were all deceived by the slow times last year. Winning time this year was 2:23!
Okay, so moving on to the race report:
First of all, I give myself credit for going at an all out pace only two weeks after running a marathon! I missed the first mile, but my second mile split was 12:19. I ran with the Kenyan women because I am not fast enough to run in that first pack - those guys just took off and I just don't have that kind of speed. The women were talking to each other - I don't know what they were saying, because they were speaking swahili. That course goes right to the hills and boy is that course hard! My legs began to tighten-up and at about half way they were tight and I was done. The second half of that race did not come easy. I was working VERY hard just to run at the pace I was going at, which was decreasing with every mile.
Anyway, I ended up 16th overall and just missed the master's money, but ended up 1st AG with the no double-dipping rule. It's a little embarassing, but I would have beat myself going through the first half last year - a testament to how well I ran last year at the marathon. My legs are surprisingly beat today - that is proof of how hard that course is.
Anyway, kudos to BAA team-mates Jacquelyn Cilley 1:34 who ran well after being under the weather this week and Pat Moulton who stayed with the lead pack up until 18 after just winning Hartford marathon (for the 2nd time in a row) in 2:25 a few weeks earlier - also brother Casey 6th 2:36.

I am already thinking and talking about running the Manchester Marathon in 2010! - now that is called addiction.

I leave for 70.3 World Championships one week from tomorrow! My last week of training in 2009.



Saturday, October 31, 2009

Manchester Half Marathon

Tomorrow is the Manchester Half. I'll be looking to place in the master's division, but we'll see how it goes. Lot's of bike miles this week, mostly on the trainer. The legs feel pretty good though, so I expect I will be able to have a good race, despite running Baystate two weeks ago. I've finally found my way back to the pool also, so it has been a busy week. I will probably front load this week and then start into some sort of a taper for Clearwater.
My PR half marathon is 1:22:08 at New Bedford 2007. The Manchester course is very tough, but the goal is to break 1:20 and walk away with a new PR. If that fails, it will be fun to race back up there again this year and I'll start thinking about marathons for next year.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Crossing Back Over (Again)

The whole mess caught on camera. Thanks for the idea Mark and kudos to you for cheering everyone on all day in the rain - there are better days ahead. Also, kudos to my Dad for handing out those GUs - I never saw any at the aid stations until about 22 - way to late. I have fully recovered from the cold (that was inevitable) and I am back on the bike trying to turn myself back into a triathlete for one last time for 2009. I have been running since Tuesday and the legs, surprisingly enough, have bounced right back. I can't remember the last marathon where my recovery has been so quick. Today was a 2:40 brick; 2+ hours on the bike and a hard tempo 5+ miler at around 6:40 pace (last mile 6:25), which felt hard - 6 days after the marathon! Also, I can't believe I am training like this at the end of October! ... but the addiction is strong and I will need to mix hard and easy days, as to avoid injury. Tomorrow will be a day off, really the first day since the race. I also need to scope the weather channel for a good outside day for a long TT workout on the race bike - hopefully I will get some good days in the next two weeks to ride and do intervals. Also, desperately need to get intimate with the pool the next two weeks, as I am now 9 days from my last swim and open-water season is definitely over for me. I can't take any risks after being in that hypothermic state last weekend, so my next open water swim will be in Clearwater.
Next race will be Manchester City Half Marathon next weekend. I feel no pressure with this race. I will race as well as I feel that day. There is prize money at this race, however I will need to have an outstanding race like last year to get me back into the money. See last year's race report; Manchester Marathon was my best running race in 2008 and gave me the renewed confidence to come back and run 2:52 this year at Boston.
Anyway, 11/14 is coming fast and I can't wait to go to FLA and get back in the warm sun. This winter thing has come to stay and I think the snow last weekend is an indication for things to come. It is weird, but somehow I am already used to being on the trainer hours at a time. I'll post again next week. -Kyle

Monday, October 19, 2009

Baystate Marathon Race Report

After running competitively for 34 years, I believe these were the worst conditions I have ever raced in. Certainly the worst of the 31 marathons I have run. It was day that looked like the conditions were going to be pretty good. I was talking with a woman in the parking lot before the race and she said the weather forecast was for the rain to stop around 10:00. Buddy Jim said that it was supposed to rain hard around noon. I had heard that we would have a Nor'easter and that it would be wild in the afternoon. Anyway, it was evident at the start that a lot of fast people had bailed out. I saw team-mate Mike at the start and asked "Where is everybody?" and the answer - they are not coming. Off to a quick start, I was saying at mile 5 that I didn't know what everybody was talking about - these are great conditions! The kiss of death; then all hell broke loose. I was right on track through the first half, fast and felt good, but by mile 16 my toes were numb and at mile 22 I could not feel my feet. Those 37 degree puddles you could not avoid, worked on my feet to the point that they were gone and so was my PR. My race was over, I could run, but couldn't get a good push off with my toes and was falling way off pace. Thanks to Dave for trying to pull me along the last mile plus, but I was just done and not caring about time. I would finish at 2:56:23, 62nd overall and 15th in my AG behind friend Dima. It's pretty funny I would be complaining about having a bad day and running 2:56 (my third fastest marathon and non-Boston PR)! I am just feeling the pressure to get that sub-2:50 marathon on my resume. Anyway, time to get back on the bike. I leave for the 70.3 world championships in three weeks.

Anyway, I would like to congratulate:

Jim Koch, 3:07 and first Boston qualifier (on his first try too)!

Mike Brown Dowling, 1st BAA and 2:34:39 in those conditions? unbelievable!

I am celebrating this week (and still asking myself why I raced in those conditions).

I will post again in a week or so.


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Taper Week

It looks like I've survived the beating over the last few weeks. I started taper week with a long over due day off and did absolutely nothing. The body feels good and I've managed to get myself in decent shape. I feel relaxed about this weekend. Weather looks to be good for the race, although I am not glad to see the cold weather come rolling in so early in New England. Anyway, I'll do some easy tempo tomorrow and take the final two days off with no running and try to stay off the bike.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The Good, the Bad and the Over-trained

Not some spagetti western, it seems like I always fall into the third category. Last Friday/Saturday, I absolutely blew-up. I've managed to come back this week and feel a lot better, but I desparately need to get to taper week, which starts next Monday. This training period has been unusual, as I have only trained for seven weeks for this race. LOTS of speedwork and not much junk miles, although I have tried to keep long runs at LSD pace. I have managed to walk the fine line again, but the 43 year old body has stayed together and I think I will have a good race on the 18th. Baystate will be my 31st marathon and I won't be holding anything back. That said, I need to be REASONABLE on what I expect to get out of this race. I need to go hard and yes, I am looking to PR, but I need to stay under control (no caps lock needed!). Mark and I will be trying to get the BAA masters into a scoring position. This marathon is the NE marathon championships and we will be tailing some of the BAA big guns and ... a lot of fast runners from the other teams will be there. Anyway, I will continue to pound on myself for the next five days and then stop. I seem to be used to the torture at this point anyway.

I hope to see a lot of folks at Baystate! Keep fingers crossed for a cool October day.


Thursday, September 24, 2009

Baystate Approaching Fast

I've really been feeling the pressure to pile on running miles as well as speed work; which seems to be non-existent after months of endurance training. All this running has just smashed my legs and they seem to be shot on just about every run. Bike miles are also lacking now that marathon training has started. Need to figure out how to train for Baystate and Clearwater at the same time without training all day. Baystate is now 3.5 weeks away, which only gives me 2.5 weeks max of training left, so for now, that will be priority 1. The good new is ... this warm weather should keep me going in Walden for at least two weeks. The sharks start next week, which should help me with my swim speed.

Anyone else going to Cleawater?? Let me tell you the bucks are just flying out the window and .. I'm shipping my bike with TriBike Transport. I don't have time to break down my bike as we fly early am the morning after the race. I'm nervous about it, but everybody says it works out great, but I insured my bike (on top of their insurance) anyway, just in case they smash the frame. If you have used them, let me know your experience.

Anyway, I may add Manchester Half Marathon to my race list. It's a stretch for me to race a half two weeks after a full, but it might be a good sharpening tempo run for Clearwater. I can't resist, because the race director sent me a complimentary elite application as a congrats for last years podium.

Anyone that has done Clearwater, please let me know what you think. I know that folks have a lot of different opinions about the race, but I heard last year the weather was beautiful. It is going to be a fun trip and is DEFINITELY my last race of the season (maybe).


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Muskoka Race Report - Going To 70.3 World Championships

Wow, What a weekend! I am completely exhausted and still need sleep. 4 days of driving in 5 days for a total of 1500 miles, but after 4 failures at qualifying for Kona, I return with a qualification slot for the Foster Grant 70.3 World Championships. I am really glad I raced in Muskoka and it has been a long time since my last 70.3 series race - Timberman 06 I think? That area is really beautiful and the cottage we had was great -right on the water and the kids spent the whole time in the lake and ... the weather was absolutely perfect, including race day. It is a haul up there, but everyone did great, including the dog. Anyway, the race went great and I am happy with my time and it was a big effort. For me to race like that in the late season was hard, after taking a 3-4 week respite from training after Lake Placid. I really only trained a few weeks and went up there and raced. Here is the report:
The race:
Takes place at the DeerHurst resort in Huntsville, Ontario. Everything about the race was great, except I was not staying at the DeerHurst and they make everyone take a shuttle bus from the air strip to the resort. This was a bit of a pain and made the race spectator unfriendly (also no dogs at the resort). The should try to open up parking at the ski area, but I can understand that area doesn't have the infra-structure to support all of those cars, which I am willing to be would cause a lot of traffic problems. I ended up riding my bike back to the cottage after the race, about another 7 miles of hills.
The Swim:
Yup, long and in the fifth wave. I look at the results and the times look slow for my wave. I swam hard, but may have opted to swim an inside curve to last turn buoy because of all the traffic. I am happy with the swim and it was a big effort for an almost 35 minute leg. My swimming has come a long way.
T1: Out of the water on the 18th hole and a 400 meter uphill run to the transition area (Deerhurst parking lot). I am running past a lot of people walking up the hill. Time 4:02
The Bike:
2:46:16, 21mph
and then the surprise 58.3 miles and ... I was pre-warned about this course; I was told that "the hills are relentless," " not like Placid" and "don't burn yourself out in the first 25 miles." I admit that I under-estimated this course and the section of quote "pebble lie" - which means they spray some tar and drop pebbles on it. It was dangerous to say the least and I am just not used to riding in loose rocks, sand, etc. It would be more appropriate for a cyclocross bike. Anyway, I could have been better prepared for this course - doing two TT loops of Oak Hill doesn't cut it and my legs were beginning to feel tired at mile 20!! I still road hard though and will take 21 mph anyday on that course. I thankfully did not flat on my tubular disc. There were a few 40s that passed me, but this was a competitive race. Finally reaching the resort, I felt tired and wanted to keel over on one of the soft golf greens and take a nap. My legs were beat and I wasn't sure about the run, but then ...
The run:
I had a great run and felt really good. Lot's of hills and the turn around is up a stair-step hill of about a mile and a half. It looked like I would run 1:26 or 27, but then another surpise; I was just about to cross the highway to run back to the resort, when I was signal to turn down this walking path, which zigged and zagged, and up and down these little goat hills, which threw me off pace. I had a great run and ran down a many in my AG.
71st overall, 10th AG
Let me tell this sport is out of control. I got the last official qualifying slot. Everyone in my AG grabbed and I was VERY lucky to be headed home with one in my hand. That said, this M40-44 AG is VERY competitive. I knew this would be a big race and it was with a lot of fast guys. That said I am psyched to being to Clearwater for the Championships and this did not come easy. It seems every race I do is more competitive for these slots then the last.
Anyway, it was a big race. Craig Alexendar 3:58!!! He beat me by one hour. 10 minutes on the swim, 28 on the bike and 20 minutes on the run!! It's dumbfounding to think he could run 1:11 after biking 2:18 on that hilly course, but I guess that what separates the best triathlete in the world from a hack like me. He is my pick for a repeat win at Kona next month.
On to the 10K NE championships this weekend.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Muskoka Race Weekend In Jeopardy

Oh no! I am fine, but two sick kids at home. We are supposed to leave for Ontario today. May be able to do the 12+ hour thing tomorrow or lose one night in the cottage - that is costing $300/night. Yup, the even gouge triathletes way up there. I am too poor to be doing this sport. We need to figure out a plan, as it looks like I am not going solo - the same discussion we are having about Clearwater, so I might not be grabbing one of those slots anyway. If we do get on the road, we have 12+ hours to discuss me going to Clearwater alone vs. Kids out of School vs. $$$, which I am running out of with all these expensive races - including the ones I have already forked out for 2010!

Anyway, wish me luck. It looks like a beautiful area up there. I am looking forward to rubbing elbows with Craig Alexander and Lisa Bentley. They have quite a stacked field of pros this year including Tweilzek - the winner at LP this year and local Janda Ricci-Munn.

The bike course is a little long at 58 miles and very challenging, which should work in my favor.


Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Race Schedule

I am back training and everything is going well. This training period is short, but I have a high level of fitness and just need to drop a few pounds to get back to race weight. With all the races I have coming up, I need to focus on quality, but keep everything under control. Thanks to Mark I am back at the track and doing speedwork, which I desperately need. Although with Baystate coming up, I am trying to raise my base miles to marathon level training. The race is right around the corner and there is not a lot of time to do the traditional training thing, so I will train as hard as possible and then just race. It worked last year for Manchester. I just need to set reasonable time goals. Anyway, Muskoka is one of the last 70.3 races around that I could do and get into. They have 50 qualifying slots for Clearwater, which is Nov. 14. Plan is to get one of those slots and race down there. Anyway, here is the schedule:

Muskoka 70.3 Triathlon Sept. 13th, Huntsville, Ontario CA
Lone Gull 10K NE Championships Sept. 20th, Gloucester MA
Baystate Marathon NE Champioships Oct. 18th, Lowell MA
Clearwater 70.3 World Championships Nov. 14th, Clearwater FL

I'm in too good shape to let myself go this fall, so why not race?


Monday, August 24, 2009

Next Race Muskoka 70.3

Finally, the RD has let me into the race. It will fun to race up in Ontario. Of course, the plan is to grab a Clearwater 70.3 slot and race down there in November.

Read about Muskoka here.

Time to get the body back in gear.

I'll update in a few days with a race schedule.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Lake Placid Race Report

My fourth attempt at this distance would send me home with no slot and already looking toward next year. Wow! What a competitive race! It seemed liked there were endless 40s and 41s on guys calves; a definite sign I need to age up and get the hell out of this age group.

Another bad sign; the first slot would go to former professional athlete Curt Chesney at a time of 9:18. I guess coming from a pro cycling background doesn't hurt. The good news at the roll down: a record number of slots available announced (everybody cheered). The bad news: almost all got grabbed in my age group and I was a long shot at best to start with. Anyway the race report:

Night before the race, trouble sleeping. Too many chocolate chip cookies? Probably just too wired up and maybe taking this thing too serious. 3 hours sleep total = not good.


Not making the same mistake as in 2007 - lined up to the right, where less bodies were. Swim start was not too bad, but got real physical fast. The fight began about half way down the first stretch. I got kicked in the chin towards the end of the first stretch. My jaw was okay, but I could taste blood in mouth and knew I must have gotten the inside of my cheek. First loop exited side-by-side with Kimball, so I know things were going well. Second loop was uneventful. Swim right down the line for a while and things seemed rougher as I got away from the line, so tried to keep it close.

Time: 65:01

This is an LP PR and only seconds from my IMF PR, so I was very pleased.


Sleepy start. Not pushing too hard and don't want to make the fast first-loop mistake. Rain, wind, but light and the first loop felt easy. Back and forth with Steve, we were both being conservative. Grabbed a few GUs with caffeine and started to wake up. Finished loop one and was ready to go. I took off right from the start of loop 2. I was really feeling good and ready to make a race out of this thing. Lot's of speed leading into the downhills and a new PR; 54 mph on the downhill. I was absolutely flying and the only issue was I was going 20 mph faster than everyone else. I kept yelling "left" as they all drift out going down the hill. My fear was crashing into one of these guys floating out and not paying attention. As bizarre as it was going into the Hazleton turnaround - both legs cramped going up the last hill. I must have been dehydrated? I had been drinking lots of gatorade and had plenty of nutrition, but it must not have been enough. I think the day played tricks on everyone as we went from rain to humid to dry during the day. I began to drink tons of gatorade - maybe three bottles in the last 20 miles. They showed signs of cramping again, so I would go to a lighter gear, fighting the headwind coming back up the hills in the aero position.

Time: 5:38:00 19.9 mph

The run:

All systems go. Even though I had cramps, my cycling is stronger this year and I felt like I as going to have a good run. All went well first loop (split 1:41+). I was on my way to what I thought would be a 3:25, which would be great considering it was warming up. Loop 2: legs are good, tired, but running well. Temperature is warm (78 or 79?) and sunny. I'm beginning to pray for that thunderstorm or just rain to cool me off as I am now very hot and it is wearing on me. I make the turnaround, see none of my team-mates, promise myself I will continue to run hard to the ski jumps, but ... (no warm weather acclimation)+(don't run well in the heat well anyway) = (tough marathon). My pace is now slowed and I am hot and starting to labor. I feel like I am the only one running and I probably was for long stretches. The aid stations are packed with folks on loop one and the one place I need to walk - at the aid station all the cups get grabbed in front of me and I stop to walk and tell one of the guys I need a drink - can't run off with out drinking or it will be over. At every aid station I was taking gatorade, water and coke and ice, with a sponge over the head - that's how you survive. I make the ski jumps and the up hill begins. I am really blowing up and it is a struggle to run, but the legs are still moving. I know miles 24 and 25 must have been in the 10 min/mile range, but ... I am still running. I am also picking off maybe a dozen or more in my age group, most are walking. I make the turnaround at the lake and begin to push that last mile, as I just want this thing to be over. I cross the line in fashion and then lose equilibrium for a few moments as all of sudden ... I can't stand-up - like a drunken sailor. I guess I had exerted myself - probably the heat on the run more then anything.

Time: 3:38:33 8:21 min/mile

Overall Time: 10:29:44
Overall Place: 116th
AG Place: 28th

Final notes on the race:
My second fastest time only by seconds. I can't believe I was 116th overall, but 28th in my age group - with 50+ professionals in the race - ughh! The time is slow, but it was definitely a tough day and I think I still performed well, considering the elements. I am already signed-up for next year, as everyone knows this will again be my best shot as I age up. So ... refocus, improve and come back year grab the slot and I want a spot on that podium!!

Cheers! - Kyle

I will post next week on future race plans for the year. I haven't exactly thrown in the towel yet.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Ironman Lake Placid Race Week

The countdown to the race has begun. As I promised folks I would - I have been tapering, somewhat. This will be my fourth Ironman and I feel like this is the one I am finally going to nail. I have paid my dues, but still need to hit my time goal to get that trip to Kona. The pressure is on! and ... I will be signing up again for next year the day before the race. I CAN NOT WAIT to get up there and get into the race environment. It never gets old for me. We will be leaving tomorrow am for Glens Falls and then arrive early Thursday, so I can get registered, etc. and get some riding in around town. Lake Placid Forecast for Sunday: 76 deg.F with scattered thunderstorms - about the same forecast as last year when it rained 3 inches the day of the race. Oh well, after riding across the northeast for three days in the rain, I guess I can handle racing one day in it. I like this picture (above) of the ski jumps, because you make the right turn on the last loop of the run and head back toward town to the finish. LP is really a beautiful area and I have come to fall in love with the Olympic setting and all ... some blue sky like in this picture would also be nice. Anyway, I don't have much to report, all has gone well through this training-period, which really started Jan. 1 for Boston. I think I have really held onto my running fitness this year and continue to progress in the other disciplines. However, being without a car and riding my bike everywhere - it has been almost a year now since my beloved mercedes was totaled - I keep showing my kids my new car every time I drive by the mercedes dealership. For today, it will stay new, because riding every day has become my lifestyle and riding in the rain is certainly better than 18 deg. and snowing. It has really worked for me and I see a strong bike segment coming in this year's race. The LP bike leg is definitely A LOT easier than that painful bike course in France. I will be looking to one-up. The body has really held up this year - I have no issues, which is great. This may be my last post before the race, so I wish all my team-mates, friends and all of the competitors GOOD LUCK! I am unsure if they will have internet access up at the house, but if they do I will try to keep everyone up to date on pre and post race activities.

Cheers! -Kyle

Monday, July 20, 2009

NYC Half Marathon Helping To Provide Disadvantaged Kids with Summer Experiences

The Fresh Air Fund is looking for racers and sponsors to join the Fresh Air fund team to run the NYC Half Marathon on August 16th.

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Since 1877, The Fresh Air Fund, a not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer experiences in the country to more than 1.7 million New York City children from disadvantaged communities. Each year, thousands of children visit volunteer host families in 13 states and Canada through the Friendly Town Program or attend the Air Fund Camps.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Ride Report - Boston to Rochester NY

I am alive and well. Sorry so long off the air, but it was a full ten days without laptop and no Internet. The adventure is over. Ride summary: 3 days, 432 miles exactly, no major issues with the bike or body, only major issue was rain and being absolutely pounded by thunderstorms.

The report:

Monday June 29th Day 1:

Projected departure time 7:30, actual departure time 8:15. Weather currently raining heavy, but forecasted to end mid-morning and then scattered thunderstorms. Time 8:15, my wife pointed to the door and said "go" (the same wife that did not want me to do this at all). I don't know what I was waiting for. The rain to stop? I then grabbed the cross bike, which was weighed down like a TANK (which I will now refer to the bike as "the tank" for the rest of this column). The tank had a rack with bags containing everything I thought I would need to survive 3 days minus food - with extra tubes, pump, tools, on and on ... and a one man ditch tent, that resembles a sleeping bag with two poles, one at the feet and one at the head. I never did weigh the tank, but it was in the 65+ pound range and HEAVY. I had rode it around the block the evening before questioning what the hell I was doing.

The departure, weather: heavy rain. It absolutely poured the first two hours and I was wet. It was causing stress with the trucks, traffic and I couldn't see where I was going. Also, I opted to put the bike computer on the tank - a constant reminder of how slow I was going. Oh and the climbing by Mt. Wachusett, a grind up the hills and I refused to stop, but the weather began to improve and I kept rolling. First construction surprise, workers downing trees, 20 minute delay, but one of the workers started to tell his buddies that I was riding to Rochester, which they all got a chuckle out of. First bike incident, lot's of climbing past Wachusett and long downhill in Hubbardston, fast and led to a minefield of pot holes at the bottom which was not good, but I didn't crash and managed to slow the bike. I then thought I had broken spoke in the rear wheel and was freaked out as I locked the brakes. What had happened was the tent and a bunch of stuff shook loose going through the holes and was being hit by the spokes. Not again, I tied everything down, better, tighter and to the seat post. This was a certain crash if it had happened at high speed. The road (route 62) is not good in that section and very bad leading to Barre. I don't recommend riding an expensive bike and had justified to myself that I had chosen the right bike (not much of a choice from the carbon tri-bike - no way the rack was going on that one!). The ride around the Quabbin Res. is very scenic, but HILLY. You'all know - the Quabbin century do'ers how hilly that area is. Now raining again, but light. My stop in New Ipswich attracted this hard core - a little intimidating - tattoo'd - pierced - roadie chick (I liked her chain ring tattoo though) that I chatted with for a few minutes. When I told her what I was doing, she said "right on!" and maybe we were on equal wavelength of craziness at that point. Then off again, I refused to look at the map and ended up in Amherst (not North Amherst as intended) for lunch at a nice deli, but added another 10 miles. Off up route 116, flat until Conway, then climbing - Ashfield, more climbing. Man! the tank was really slowing me down, Every hill is a grind and I can't seem to make time. I had concluded that this would be four days; an option I had reserved for bad weather, bike problems or whatever. I was second guessing my choice of carrying all this stuff and maybe I should just dump it somewhere and get this thing going. Up and up, I can't remember too many long down hills ... but then, just as I was starting to think of a plan B, the Berkshires ... The clouds are now gone and the sun is behind greylock and the view is fantastic. The long fast downhill into Adams, constantly over the speed limit. Time 7:pm. I realize that I will reach my destination before dark; Clarksburg State Park, 3 miles of north of N. Adams about 13 miles away. I really started to enjoy this part; beautiful scenery, evening riding, not a cloud in the sky. I was relaxed and peddled on to the state park where the ranger was having a field day when I rode in and asked for a grassy site on a safari field or something, as I have nothing but the ditch tent and a Boston marathon space blanket. He gave me a blank stare and replied "no" but he had a site which had a 3 foot strip of moss mixed in with some rocks, which I set the tent on. I also asked him for directions to a general store, as I had absolutely no food. He told me there was a store down the street in Vermont (park sits on the corner of MA on the VT border) and had food and beer, wine and was a liquor store (I am looking down at the piece of paper he has just handed me that says no alcohol in the park - wink, wink!). I sprint off to Vermont and arrive at the store minutes later - the one critical mistake! - 8:pm in nowhereville VT - they are closed!! and I have no food. I knock on the door and beg the woman to let me in or I will have nothing to eat. She does, I quickly grab food and a couple of beers and we chat for a few minutes about ride. I went back to see the ranger to get fire wood that I would gladly pay $5 for at that point, but he has gone home. As it gets dark, I am quickly getting any of the half-burned, wet remnants out of the surrounding site's fire pits and some kindling (the campground is virtually empty), but everything is wet. The paper that says no alcohol in the park burns first, but is then dead, but I am next to the bathroom which has ... drum roll please ... an endless(?) supply of toilet paper, which burns great and I have a great fire, eating my dinner, with all that road dirt showered off and drinking a few beers. I am beginning to really like this trip and conclude my next trip will be across the entire US! Satisfied and warm from the fire, the ground isn't really that uncomfortable and I manage to find a spot where a rock isn't drilling into me. And then the problem; it's not that I am uncomfortable laying there on my back, it's that the ground is cold and cooling my core. I am actually less cold to sleep on my side, although it is less comfortable. Back to sleep and then the next surprise ... 4:am ... I hear one and then another, there is a whole pack of coyotes and they are all around. I fall back asleep just to dream that they are trying to get into the tent and awake to the large "crack" of the space blanket, as I jolt awake.

Day 1: 140 miles exactly, just under ten hours of riding time.

Tuesday Day 2:
Departure time: 8:am

Second mistake; I leave the camp site with only a few ounces of gatorade in each bottle. I avoid Route 2 as long as I can and detour around into Williams, but I am through before I know it and I am headed into the mountains. I figured I would hit a gas station or something, but was wrong. Now the taconic pass; 5.5 miles straight-up. Anyone know the elevation? We think it is around 2700 feet or more. The climb would take just under an hour, but the weather is beautiful, blue sky again and I am loving the scenic vistas. The downhill; 40 mph the whole way and was fun, but risky with the tank. I am glad to be past what I thought was the end of the tough climbing, yeah right. I then make another long climb (1200 feet?), lousy roads and I finally find a country diner where I need fluid and could use something to eat. Seconds later I see another cyclist pull-up with the same rig and we start to chat. He is doing a coast to coast ride one week of vacation at a time and is headed to Boston to finish. I tell him my deal and when I tell him that I slept on the ground, he says "you wouldn't want to do that when you reach my age". I cut him off and ask how old - "43" - I say yeah me too. He stares at me like I am nuts for a minute and tells me I don't need to be sleeping on the ground at "our age."

Off to Troy and I am hoping to ride some of this Mohwak-Hudson-Erie bike trail, losing trucks and cars for as long as I can stand riding a bike path. I am way behind schedule and when I get to Troy there are signs for the bike route that lead me into dead-end streets. I conclude there is no bike trail or path and cycle off to find myself on the opposite side of the Mohawk river riding the scenic riverway (road) route. It's not too bad and not busy at all and I ride on for many miles through some nice sections. It is hot, sunny and humid. I exhaust bottles, stop at the store and I ask about the bike path. I hit the path after the next bridge and its okay, but it doesn't last and eventually throws me into the middle of Schenectady (thumbs down) and I am completely screwed-up and end up down a highway-access road. I had to cut off the thing off-road as I am now pretty good at handling the tank, which is made for off-road when not weighed down, heading west on Route 5. I would follow Rt. 5 and enter the next section of bike path outside of Schenectady. The trail gets worse, detours and I am now riding in dirt and it is starting to pour. I put on my rain jacket and I am soaked anyway, can't see where I am going and can hear thunder behind me. The good decision; I ride on, but it is treacherous. The trail is now mud, I am going 11 mph and I can feel the rear wheel slipping. I am done with the bike path, but ride for 5 miles more of this - I can't even see the canal and haven't yet. It is not scenic and is unmaintained, unused, in disrepair and not even paved or hard packed. I am off for good and continue on Route 5(S). I survive and escape the thunderstorm - dirty, soaked - I have been peddling in soaked shoes now for two days straight and my feet aren't doing good, but I pedal on. I am way behind schedule and desperately want to ride as far as possible, so I don't have to go through this a fourth day. Into the evening; I hit a 1.5 mile climb, straight-up, out of the saddle and in my easiest gear, the whole way. I finally reach the top, but I crack. No campground for 35 miles, soaking wet, filthy, all of my stuff is wet. I had ridden by a farm where they walk the cows across the road, which they had defecated all over and with all of the pouring rain - I had manure juice coming off my front wheel onto my bottles, the bike and me. I am exhausted. I begin heading for Utica, which is still 27 miles away and it is the same routine; no food and running out of daylight - I had left my bike light at home, but had a headlight, but that may be risky going into a city. Arrival time: 8:15, Super 8, downtown Utica.

Day 2: 150+ miles, 10.5 hours, 8:am to 8:10pm with stops.

Wednesday, Day 3, Utica to Rochester est. distance 130 miles, departure 8:40am:

Wife estimated distance at 120 miles on mapquest, so I figured 130. I took advantage of the continental breakfast and left full with extra food and two cocktails of Orange Juice, ice and water to go - plus plenty of caffeine - late, but there would be no stops. Utica went quick and I was back out into the rolling hills again. Then the bad part; Syracuse. Stop lights, traffic, like cycling through Boston. Light every 75 yards. I eventually started to blow through them, just to end up screwed up again and had to divert the route because of highway. I rolled by an Italian pizza place and felt hungry. For the last two days the stomach had been off, no appetite at all, so I figured this might be a good sign and stopped. I got redirected back out on the bike - a little bit of rain 2 or 3 times, but the feet are still dry. I was going to make it today or bust, and felt strong. Stayed with Route 5 because I thought there wasn't going to be many hills, but it turned out to be very hilly in the finger lakes area. Seneca Falls: stopped at a cafe for more caffeine and it is now raining again and not looking good. I cycle off, later to be cut off by a massive thunderstorm. I'm out in the corn fields of upper state NY and can see this thing from a long way. It is big and angry; puffy white clouds with a flattened top, massive bolts of lightning 3 or 4 at a time in the middle and what looked to be a black curtain on the bottom. It was impressive. There is no way I am riding into this thing. I checked the map and opted to ride directly north. I actually ride away from this thing and continue down Route 31 due west. I have added distance, but once again get lucky and would sail the rest of the way arriving around 7:15 pm to cheering family, immediately bathe and start drinking - and celebrate!

Day 3: 142 miles

Anyway, there were some lessons learned, if it is possible for me to learn any. I'm not sure about the solo thing. I was definitely starting to talk to myself on day 3. A pretty good sign I was going crazy. Anyway, the type A needs to one-up and I am up for suggestions? Across the US? The RAMM? 24 hour mtn. bike race?

Please leave a comment and let me know if I need therapy.


Friday, June 26, 2009

Next Stop, Rochester NY

Monday morning the 29th, I will get on my bike and ride from Boxborough MA to Rochester NY over three days. The trip looks to be in the 450-470 mile range, but everyone knows my history of getting lost, so I will probably add to that figure easily. I have agreed to bring a map, but I'm not guaranteeing that I will actually look at it. For me, this ride is about touring the northeast and getting an enjoyable three days of riding in. This is also my first time at a solo ride like this, so I'm trying to prepare for the worst case scenario of bike problems, weather and any other unforeseen disasters. Pray for good weather! It has been horrible here in New England and I feel like every time I get on my bike, it starts to rain. I have had a race here, 6 out of the last 7 weekends, so I'm done with any more of that. Add a whole lot of training and it makes for a tough 7 weeks, but everything has gone well and the body is healthy. Now, just need some decent weather and I'll be all set.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Mooseman Race Report

I can't complain, it's a PR by almost 14 minutes. I haven't really done that many half-irons; Moose, Timberman and Patriot. Mooseman 2005 was my first big triathlon, only 4 years ago! and I have never really approached it as a target race; e.g. riding 325 miles the week before is not a great taper for a race.

Race Results:

Swim: 31:54
Bike: 2:36:23 (21.5 mph)
Run: 1:28:49 (6:47 min/mi)

11th AG, 51st overall

Race Report:

Stacked race! Many Pros. Lot's of really fast runners. Strong breeze off the lake, freezing cold water! Could not feel my feet out of the water. Tried to put on socks before the bike shoes and was having legs cramps. Bike was strong, but back was bothering, especially on the hills of the first loop of the run. Started to fall off pace and was struggling to get it back. Last 5K back felt better and legs came back for a fast and redeeming finish.

I'm happy. I think one of these years I will train and taper for one of these races and come back and do a 4:30. An expensive, but well done race with lots of stuff. The body is very tired and I need to resolve the back issue (not related to IM training - I think I said that before). I need a couple of days to clear the had and then it's back to the Kona-or-bust wagon.

Congrats to MRC guys racing up there; Jim, Ian, Lynn, Cort, Paul D. and Paul W. and all the new guys on the team!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Mooseman Half Iron Race Weekend

Wow! The seaon is really flying by. The miles and intesity have been huge! My battered body is managing to stay in one piece, just barely. Last weekend was the Epic Training Weekend. Kudos again to Mark D. for making this happen. Weather not perfect in the beginning, but nice in the end. New PR: 130 miles with Dave from his house in Milford to Eastham on the Cape. It was a great ride and a first time one-way distance cycle to the Cape. We just barely made it and landed at 8:pm with the temperature dropping, rain and not much daylight left. Total numbers for Epic Weekend:

Swim: ~ 2.5 miles
Bike: 325 miles over 3 days (new PR)
Run: 20 miles (13 mile run Sunday)

and on to the last race before IMLP - Mooseman Half. I was a late entry into this race due to Lancaster being canceled and this is the only one that worked. I will be looking to PR. I hope I can recover before Sunday. I still have some aches and my back is bothering due to non-training activity, but probably compounded by swimming. I aslo had two track workouts, one with Mark
on Tuesday (wow he looks fast, add 3 seconds to his numbers for mine) and one with Bill on Wednesday. I'll have about 48 miles running this week which is a good step up, but not good tapering for a race. Anyway, I'll post a race report on Monday.


Thursday, May 14, 2009

One Down, One To Go ...

Sudbury Sprint was fun (2nd AG, 7th overall). Need to dust those cobwebs off the bike and get better in the pool. I'll never be good at those short distances anyway, but I am pleased to have one of the fastest bike splits of the day. I get to do it ALL over again this week at Lions in Marlboro (250yd swim, 9.3mi bike and 5K). These distances suit me a little better. It will be a fun race then back to SERIOUS IMLP training. We did 81 miles out to Wawa with no shortage of climbing. Looks like we're the last group to make the summit as they just closed the area for the construction that's going on. A good week of training. As I ramp up, I'l start posting some numbers. Cheers! -Kyle

Monday, May 4, 2009

Reving Up The Engine

I'm back at it again - the training has restarted and I am ramping back-up. I had two long runs; one with BAA master's star Mark and one with Walt (former 2:20 Boston), I also had one long bike, but the legs were still recovering. However, everything else has had quick bursts and intervals. I need to get faster!! This weekend is the Sudbury Sprint Tri and I want to be able to go fast! The only problem is I am an endurace athlete, so we'll see how it goes.

Next week - back to IMLP training.


Monday, April 27, 2009

Post-Marathon Rest Week Concludes

Well, I have reached the end of the post race "noodle" week. One week of baconators (no wonder why Americans are so fat), ice cream and beer will get that out of my system. A week of partying comes to an end and I need to start getting serious about the switch over and organizing my schedule the next few weeks. I even stepped on the scale last night to give myself a scare, but it will be back to reality (after the BAA reception tomorrow night) with focus on diet and training. And ... I have another race in two weeks! Sudbury Sprint triathlon is 13 days away! I have done it again; 5 months of endurance stuff and now I try to switch over to fast, fast and more fast. It's a short race though - the shortest tri I will have ever done, so I might take the pressure off and do it as a hard workout (yeah, right). Unfortunately, no pictures yet. I'll still try to find some and ping those that got me on the course. My total workouts last week were a 20 min spin and a 2.5 trail run. I am going to start easing my way back this weekend hope to get a bonus long bike with this beautiful spring weather. Hope everyone has gotten some rest. I don't want to screw up again - I'm taking it easy and will ramp my way back into full blown IM training torture next few weeks. Looking back at the training numbers, I wouldn't change a thing. I will still come back next year and try for a new PR. On to the Kona or bust wagon for now. -Kyle

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

113th Boston Marathon 2009 Brings New PR!

This race report is simple; I had a great race, on a great day and felt great!

Time: 2:52:10 New Marathon PR !!!

The temperature was 43 degrees to start and 52 at Boston with some sun and clouds. The only negative was the head wind which got progressively worse toward Boston - with some very heavy gusts at times. I enjoy these conditions and will take this over a hot day like in 2004.

My pace was strong and very consistent. I only gave back time in the hills and with the headwind. The last mile was tough, but I still felt fast through the entire race.

I feel like this may be the comeback year for me. Also, great to see team-mate Mark Bell come back this year and score second for the BAA masters. I wish I could have found that other ten seconds, but I finish this one happy and content to have had my best race at age 43. My BAA-team did very well and we had quite a showing.

I have a renewed confidence in my running, now that I seem to have proven myself to be peaking in 2009. None of those other shorter races matter and I will be looking to find a non-Boston PR this year, probably at a smaller and easier marathon such as a Baystate, etc.

I will celebrate this race for the entire week! and then restart IM training next week with bike centric workouts.

That's it. I hope everyone had a great race! and congratulations to everyone that finished!!

I know look forward to a new IMLP PR this year and getting the family to Kona in October!

I will post some pictures when I get them.


Thursday, April 16, 2009

The Final Few Days - Race Week

Boston # 2223

Qualifying Time: 2:56:59 (Manchester Marathon 11/08)

It has been a few weeks since my last post. All has gone well. The final few week's numbers are what you would expect. I just finished a 15 minute light tempo and will wrap-up tomorrow with an easy half hour run, and then it will be the race.

I think I have paid my dues this year. At the cost of a lot of hard work and a bit of torture too. Long term forecast is 50 degrees with afternoon rain and a head wind coming off the ocean. Sound familiar? That's about the same conditions as 2007 which yielded a 2:53:11 PR. I'm okay with light rain and windy/cool conditions - I always run my best times in those conditions - Manchester Marathon = 35 degrees, windy, blustery, etc. Bring it on!

I conclude this training period with no issues. I have been off the bike this week and it is weird to actually drive a car to work every day. I think after this week is over I will go back to riding each day, but it is an unusual treat for me to be able to listen to music each day to and fro work. I do crave the bike though and look forward to "crossing" over and doing some long rides now that warm weather is here and I don't have to wear all that gear!!

I hope everyone's training has gone well and the most important thing is to get rest the next few days. This is a big year for the Boston Marathon! Ryan Hall and Kara Goucher potential winners - keep fingers crossed. This year marks running partner and four-time winner Bill Rodgers returns to the race. We ran together yesterday and he looks good. Our group is the self-proclaimed "Ice Road Runners" - read this months article on him in Runner's World Magazine. I think this will be a great year for him.

Anyway, the final words are what you would expect. I will not be holding anything back. I am due for a big race as the two prep races; DH Jones 10miler and New Bedford races were just insult and punishment on top of a whole lot of training. The goal and it is always the goal with me; to come out with a new marathon PR for 2009!


Monday, March 30, 2009

21 Days and Counting: Looking at the Training Numbers

Steve and I squeaked in the 18 miler just as the weather conditions started to deteriorate. I had added a long sleeve coolmax after the first loop with Annie. Then the day would just be a damp, raw and treacherous rainy day where I did not go outside for the rest of the day. That will be my last LSD run and next weekend I will go to MLR 14-15 or so and then start to shut things down. Last week was another good week with hard workouts and some good distance. I'll post the numbers (total and long run) for the 16 week training program here, starting with week 2. People can then look back and comment after Boston on whether they think the mileage is enough or too much.

2) 45mi (LR 16mi)
3) 37 (10)
4) 59 (16)
5) 57 (19)
6) 72 (12)
7) 63 (20)
8) 48 (17)
9) 69 (22)
10) 66 (18)
11) 72 (18)
12) 86 (24)
13) 75 (18)


Total weeks 2-13: 749mi
Avg. Week: 62.4mi
Avg. LR: 17.5mi

To compare to 2008: 672mi (56mi avg) which is about the same as 2006 (2007 record lost)

Last year I was definitely feeling the pressure to train on the bike for IM France, so I'm sure that played a role in there being less running miles. I am going to guess that this year also trumps 2007 miles. I was also swimming 3-4 days a week in 2007. We'll have to wait and see if there is pay-off come 4/20.


Thursday, March 26, 2009

Less Than Four Weeks Out

It's coming quick and the piling of the miles will soon come to an end. Last week was another big week, with my last run with the boys out on the Boston course - 24 miles with tempo 8.3 miles, first half fast at 1:32 flat. The course run tops off my week with 87 miles total. I'm looking back at my logs and can not find a bigger week in years. Believe it or not, my legs felt better last week with all the miles, than the week before. The New Bedford week was tough and my legs were definitely responding to the increase in mileage. This week, legs feel great! and I'm still piling on those miles!! My swimming has exploded recently and I am doing intervals at what would be PRs for me a few years ago. Biking also going well and has gotten a lot easier now that winter is over - definitely less taxing on the body cycling in the 40s&50s - over those days that were teens morning and 20s afternoons and now there's no snow ruts on my street. I survived a full winter of outdoor cycling! another first! My weight has also come way down - 150lbs @ 7% body fat - 18 pounds down since the holidays - I can never let that happen again. No more beer and ice cream diet.

Anyway, I hope everyone's training has gone well. It comes to a quick hault pretty soon. Next week I will be focusing on shorter quicker and broken-up doubles of less distance. I hope to get a long bike ride in also, as LP09 is now 4 months away.


Monday, March 16, 2009

New Bedford 1/2M

Well ... I did it again. A week of heavy training and tight legs led me tired and a bit achy into race day. Even though I was tight, I still ran a 1:23:48 - not far off my 1:22 PR in 2007. In fact I was well on that pace right up to mile 8 (49:58), but slowed a little towards 10 and then at 12 I was really struggling up the big hill. I felt like I was dragging a cinder block behind me. My legs were shot, but I continued to push and finish with a decent time. The day capped off a 75 mile week. The coaches feel it's better for me to train for Boston and not worry about this race. I've never been a great half runner anyway.

Some interesting notes on this year's race:

Not much wind at all - very unusual for NB.

Warm temps ~50 to start and then maybe a bit warmer.

American winner - it was good to see race winner Pat Tarpy leave a trail of Kenyans behind. They could not keep up with him and he ran the fastest time in a decade. Also, nice to see women's winner and BAA teammate Heidi Westerling shed 3 minutes off her PR, wow!

Today I am very tired and need to get some rest! An easy run, bike commute and we'll see if I survive tonight at the pool. I guess it's really not a rest day!

I will try to post training numbers the next few weeks, as I have not been recording anything except running miles. Also, 5 weeks out means the next 2-3 weeks I will be piling on the running miles on. Expect to see some big numbers as I start to do more doubles (last week I had two doubles) and now that the trails are opening up I can do that, get off the roads for some easy running and not get injured.

Hope everyone has time to get the big miles in the next two weeks. I will be running on the course again. Hopefully I will get to chat with Olympian Ryan Hall again ...


Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Race Schedule 2009

I've realized that it has been a month sinced my last post! 2009 so far has been very good to me. Although it has been a harsh New England winter, I still continue to prevail. I am WAY ahead of where I was at this time last year. Not having a car has forced me to cycle outdoors and it has really helped me get fit. That on top of a lot of running (73 miles last week) helped shed all of that December weight. I am now back down at 8.5% body fat @ 157 lbs and feel a lot better. How did I get so fat in the first place? Anyway, it's gone and forgotten. I need to make sure I don't peak too early before Boston and I'm focusing as much on speed as distance. Swimming is going good. I am now in my 6th year of swimming. Every year I add proves me wrong about me becoming a decent swimmer.

I'm thinking of changing the name of this post, since this athletic stuff has become my lifestyle and I'm focused more on becoming a top master's athlete in both triathlon and running. Any suggestions??? I predict this will be a big year for me, as my level of experience training and racing is helping me reach new levels each year.

Here is the current race schedule for 2009:

DH Jones 10 Miler February 22nd Amherst, MA
New Bedford Half Marathon March 22nd New Bedford, MA
113th Boston Marathon April 20th
Sudbury Sprint Triathlon May 10th Sudbury, MA
FirmMan Mass Half-Iron June 7th Lancaster, MA
IronMan Lake Placid July 26th Lake Pacid, NY

Hopfully this schedule will include Kona, HI in October. That is and always will be the goal.

Rock On!


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Final Thoughts On 2008

For me, 2008 was an up and down year. Not many PRs, but a lot of great experiences and some pretty good performances. Certainly, the trip to Nice was an experience and a vacation I will never forget. I'll recap some of my best races and pieces here:

2008 Best Swim: Definitely in the shiny blue waters of the mediterranean. I finally broke the 65 minute mark in Nice. I had a great swim and I will be looking to break that PR this year at Ironman Lake Placid.

2008 Best Bike: I have two this year. The technical-suicide ride in the Alps is a feather in my cap. Who knows if I will ever have a chance to race in Europe again, so I will flash back every time I watch the tour - I totally did this year. And ... The Pat Bell Time Trial in Southborough. That was definitely a performance that proves 200-250 mile weeks can turn anyone into a good cyclist. That ride just felt good and 26+ mph average to boot.

2008 Best Run: No question about it. Manchester Marathon saved my year for running. I bought a pair of skate skis with the prize money.

Anyway, on to 2009; Boston Marathon, Lake Placid. I will post a race schedule in the next few weeks, as I register and work out the details. I hope folks have started their base training. Things have been going well and the running is coming along. The pounds are shedding as I write this!