Sunday, December 31, 2006
Pretty good day yesterday at BU. I actually thought about doing a 3K/mile double but just couldn't get out of the house in time for the 3K. I finished the mile in 4:59.1 and 800 in 2:20 flat. Felt much more comfortable in the mile this week and worked well with Dustin Baker, who was just ahead of me (he had also run 9:38 in the 3K earlier).
Toledo Joe ran the 800 in 2:11. Bruce Goode was recovering from the flu and stepped off the track after the 400.
CLEARY CHALLENGE UPDATE:
So Dave Mingori's revised numbers, using my 4:27 converted from 1500:
(299-267)/(39-20) = 1.68
Dave H's results would be:
Pmiller is a 3.0 (287-238 then divide by 3yrs)
Sunday, December 24, 2006
In the Mile, Paul Miller led the charge in 4:48, then Dave H in 4:53, Dave Mingori in 5:04 and Toledo Joe justused the mile as a tuneup for a later race and cruised in 5:15.
In the 800, Bruce Goode made his annual "coming out (of semi-obscurity)" for the meet and clocked an impressive 2:10. Toledo looked strong in the 800 running 2:12, PMiller came in at 2:17 and Dave Mingori at 2:22.
Full results posted here
Results of the CLEARY CHALLENGE are being compiled over the holidays by a team of mathematicians and astrophysicists and we'll get those up ASAP.
Sunday, December 17, 2006
The legend grows....
Dmitry won the mile race at the BU open meet in 4:16 yesterday and made it look easy.
Here's a pic of Dmitry moving by fast in his RUSSIA uniform. Gun goes off, he paces in second, takes the lead, gets passed back and then uncorks a freaking 26 or something on the last lap to dust the competition.
Man, he makes it look easy.(Two guys who know how to make it look excrutiatingly painful, Dave and Ben, also ran the meet, but we don't really need to go into that, do we Benny?) Special thanks to Frank KJ and Marcello for moral support (cut to scene of Dave bawling on Frank's shoulder "How did I get soooo -sniff sniff--sllllooowww???")
The Danish Duo in Fine Form.
Anyways, they're fun meets and open to any and all runners. Next week, we'll do the Cleary Challenge MILE at the meet and free lunch at the Super 88 after to the winner and loser of the challenge.
And we're still looking for teams in the Lou's 4x1600 relay at BU the following week.
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
For most of us running track is akin to a walk down memory lane...no we're not as fast as we used to be and our PRs are a distant memory, but we still like to compete and challenge ourselves.
With that in mind, Rick Cleary and I have developed a new contest called the Cleary Challenge Mile which we'll test out at the BU Indoor Meet on December 23.
Here's how it works:
Rick, a mathematics professor with a sense of humor, has developed a formula that takes into effect your mile PR, your age when it was set, your current mile time and age and produces a number indicating how many seconds your mile time has slipped per year. Here's Rick's description of it:
Score = (Current mile time (in seconds) - PR(seconds))/ (current age - age at PR)
So this measures "seconds per year" that one is slowing down in the mile. For example, At the moment I'd guess I could run 6:00, my PR is 4:32, I'm 50, and I ran the PR when I was 23. Hence:
Score =(360 - 272)/(50 - 23) = 88/27 = 3.259
So, I'm slowing down about 3.26 seconds per year in the mile. (Unfortunately much more than that lately!)
There will be TWO awards given in this contest--one to the person with the LOWEST number (indicating their PR has slowed the least over the years) and the person with the HIGHEST number (because I'm pretty sure that will be me or Rick!).
If you want to participate, let me know. If you can't make the Dec. 23 meet, results from this week or Dec. 30 will be accepted. If you're not sure of your PR or have never run the mile but still want to participate, the accounting firm of Hannon, Cleary and O'Shannon will assign you a mile PR and estimate the age you SHOULD have set that PR.
Monday, December 11, 2006
We all had a great time Saturday morning at Tina and Frank's Battle Road run and brunch. Runners of all abilities came out and logged some miles, and eaters of all abilities logged some calories together as well. It was a really good time and thanks to Frank and Tina for the idea and for hosting. SPECIAL thanks to Frank who was sick as a dog on Saturday and still toughed it out on the run and breakfast.
Take a look at all the photos Dmitry took (while running we might add) here in the NETT photo gallery.
Keep your eyes and ears peeled for the date of the NETT Winter Social coming in late January.
As we've become accustomed to of late, Dmitry simply destroyed a strong field of runners at the Mt. Hood Assault XC Race this weekend in Melrose. He finished the course in 18:37, almost half a minute in front of his nearest competition and well ahead of some of the top XC runners in the area.
"Hmm...where are the rest of those guys? Must have gotten lost."
What's wrong with THIS picture??
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
It seems every time someone new comes up to Prospect there's a long list of questions like "What IS this place?" and "When did the ski area close down?" "How did you find this?" and "How long is the road?"
It got me thinking that I should research it a little bit. And since there's nothing good on TV tonight, I figured no time like the present. A quick review of my training logs show I personally discovered Prospect Hill in 1995 while working at a job in Chestnut Hill and commuting to Lowell every day. Any little "green" spot on the map between Newton and Lowell was on my radar that year.
But the history of Prosect Hill goes much further back. According to the "history" section of the Prospect Hill Advocacy Group's web site, Prospect Hill Park was created in 1893.
"At 485 feet above sea level, the higher of the two is the second highest point in the vicinity of Boston, only the Great Blue Hill stands taller. This peak has been called Great Prospect, but is more often referred to as Big Prospect, while its smaller associate, which stands at 435 feet, is known as Little Prospect. Both peaks provide excellent views of the Boston basin."
There's not much information available on the park in the early 1900s, but this site offers a great history of the ski area at Prospect Hill, which was founded in the 1940s by the town of Waltham. Originally there was a 700' rope tow to the top and two t-bars were installed later (there's a detailed history of it on the site). The most unique characteristic was that the steepest or "expert" portion of the hill was at the BOTTOM instead of the top, as it is at most ski areas. So the bunny slope was off to the right with no t-bar--just walk up, slide down. And the easier part was at the top just below the water towers. So beginners would take the t-bar up there and just go halfway down and stop. I don't know HOW they get down the bottom again though. I guess after a few beginner runs, they assumed you could tackle the steep part.
The area was closed in 1988 and reopened briefly a year or two later before being closed for good. According to one of the personal memories on the site, the second-chance failed for three reasons: no liquor license, no snow and the snow cannon literally blew up on the hill.
This is a pretty good photo of the area from the late 1970s--you can see the road we run up snaking its way up.
And there's a REALLY old picture HERE of folks on top of Prospect Hill. Again not sure what the date of this is, but it came from the web site for the Waltham Land Trust.
If you're interested in learning more about Prospect Hill or taking some hikes up there with a group, I'd suggest joining the mailing list for the Prospect Hill Advocacy Group.
If you're interested in history of other local ski areas like that, check out this site. What a great resource for finding more places to hold hill workouts!! Also, this site lists all the significant hills in Waltham (diabolical laughter...)
Monday, December 04, 2006
The Fleece Banana Hammock, a team of mostly NETT runners, finished third overall in the Mill Cities Relay. The team consisted of Jim Rhoades, Paul Y, Jean Dany Joachim, Dmitry and Dave H.
(Dmitry photo: JRhoades)
We were tied for fifth when Dmitry got the baton, he put a hurting on fourth and almost caught third, which we ran down easily in the final leg.
As we were entered under the Somerville Road Runners, however, and none of us are actually members of that club, we were an "unofficial team" did not count in the "official" relay scoring, whatever that means. We did however, get our fair share of $2 beer after the race and had a good time all around.
Special thanks to Dmitry's pal Vladmir for photos, co-piloting and comic relief, and our new pal James Gitanyu for handling pacing duties on two legs.
"I'm cold....you're running my leg right? No, he's running when? Why don't we just make Dmitry do it all? Hey, make sure JD's in the sun!"
Saturday, December 02, 2006
The Races Scored were:
Lynn Woods Relay
Thomas Chamberas XC Race
GBTC Topsfield XC
Mayor's Cup Franklin Park 5K
Wachusett Deer Run
Volunteers at the Thomas Chamberas 5K all received 10 points toward the Grand Prix. Due to his location in New Hampshire Ben Winther was allowed to substitute two races. Scoring is based on number of NETT participants in the race--if there's four NETT runners in the race, first NETT person gets 4 points, etc. Women were scored separately based on number of NETT women in the race. NOTE: If anyone thinks there's a mistake or their score is wrong, let me know. I'd be surprised if anyone's read this far, to be honest.
Dave H 19
Paul Y 16
Paul M 15
Ben W 12
Dave M 9
John K 5
Frank K 3
Deb R 4
Others scoring in single races were: Dawn M, Dave B, Laura W, Jean Dany, Anthony C, Cindy W, and Kim S.
Thanks to everyone who participated, supported and ran with NETT in the XC Season this year! It was a lot of fun for all of us.
Sunday, November 26, 2006
The NETT men's team won its third straight title at the Andover Country Club Cross Country Race, while the women's team finished third overall, thanks in great part to a last minute addition (more on that later) and a couple very strong runs by our top Ponyettes.
The men's team was without its top two runners but still managed to hold off six other teams to win. All five scoring members of NETT were in the top 20 of the race.
Men were led by Dave H finishing 8th overall, with Young John Kinnee just a couple spots behind in 10th. Paul Y ran a PR on the course to score as our third man (fourth master in the race), while Toledo Joe also turned in a strong PR in the fourth NETT spot. And Frank KJ definitely didn't leave anything on the course in his first trip to Andover, finishing up the NETT scoring running very hard (I mean he looked like he was ready to explode at the finish--he knew there were points on the line for us!).
In a new twist, it was the first time NETT has fielded a women's team at Andover after having a men's team compete for five straight years now. The women's team was led by Adrienne Cyrulik, running for the first time at Andover, followed closely (as the photo will indicate) by Tina Wang with another strong performance. But the REAL Thanks of the day go to Toledo Joe's better half Kim for entering her FIRST EVER race to complete the NETT women's team and give them a third-place finish.
As usual, the post-race fare was beyond compare and the beer flowed foamy but frequent and free. We even met some new folks at the race. ("You guys are the fastest table we've ever sat at," they said after we all went up and got our awards!
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Tina Wang continued her strong finishes on the female side, taking 3rd place overall in the women's race, holding off a finishing surge by two women behind her to finsih in 20:12 (first in her age group).
After the Ayer race, Jerry's dad hosted his annual Harvard Turkey Trot fun run--quite an event. You've never seen such a big race of 99% relatives before. All of the above-mentioned runners ran together to finsih mid-pack in the run (some of us had to boogie before the touch football game, but would love to hear a report on that when available).
Meanwhile, over in Andover, Frank White surfaced at the ever-popular Feaster Five road race. Frank took 13th overall in 28:55. Nice work for a guy only a couple weeks post-NYC Marathon.
Did I miss anyone? If so, shoot me an email with the results!
See you all at the Andover XC Race Sunday at NOON.
Sunday, November 19, 2006
Dmitry once again notched a W in his belt Sunday with a win at the Norwood Turkey Trot. No one can trot like that Russian Rocket, that's for sure. Dmitry coasted through the 4-mile course in 20:53, well in front of second place.
Tina also ran at Norwood and finished third in her age group in 26:52. Yes, guys, that's 6:43 pace.
Tina's also furiously working on putting together a women's team for Andover next weekend too.
Meanwhile over in Saugus, Paul Young finished fourth overall and first master at the Breakheart Reservation 3-mile Turkey Trot. Paul finished in 16:43 for three miles on a hilly course. Great work Paul.
We'll look for more great NETT results on Thursday at the Ayer Fire Department 5K and next Sunday at the Andover Country Club 3.5 mile XC race.
Monday, November 06, 2006
Dave M came back on Sunday to run the Veteran's 5K in Shrewsbury the next day finishing second there in 17:24.
Meanwhile over in Lexington on Sunday, NETT was all over the Genesis Battle Green 10K and 5K. Dmitry went for the double weekend victory in the 10K but was outdueled by one of the strongest runners in New England, John Mortimer. Dmitry finished second in 32:29, a PR for almost any of us!
Also running the 10K Tina Wang did fantastic, finishing in 42:10. (Photo of Tina tearing up the streets of Lexington)
In the 5K at Lexington, Rick Cleary ran a strong race to finish in 20:58 for 25th place ("One fat old guy you know won his age group in the 5K at Lexington too (didn't want the family to freeze through how long it would take me to do a 10K)."
And Deb Robertson ran a strong race to finish in 22:00, for 38th place overall out of more than 200 runners. Great Work Deb.
And rounding out Sunday, Frank White put in a great run at the NYC Marathon, finishing in 2:55 in the same year he had a new baby, graduated law school, took the bar exam and started a new law firm job....whew! Great stuff!
Congrats to Jennifer Shultis' EMS Adventure racing team which owned the U.S. National Championships this past weekend in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Jennifer is the captain of Team EMS and both their three-person teams finished ahead of the rest of the field. Think about that--30 of the best adventure racing teams in the country get together and her two finished 1,2....truly impressive. And keep in mind, Jennifer is not a full-time racer or some trust-fund baby. She's got a 9-5 job just like the rest of us.
Congrats Jennifer! (photo of her at 2005 nationals, I believe??)
Thursday, November 02, 2006
"Congrats to the NETT team on many excellent recent results, and very good stories. I especially enjoyed reading about the Green Mountain Marathon which I've run several times; and which in 1982 (back when it was in August and went for a complete loop of South Hero Island, rather than the current out and back in October) I thought I was going to win. I was in the lead from 13 to 22 that year but then remembered that I wasn't very good and finshed third.
On Sunday 10/8 I did the Wayland XC Challenge at Wayland High, alma mater of Alberto Salazar. His picture was prominently displayed several places. I snuck into the top half of the field by running seven minute pace on a very pleasant and reasonably challenging course. I got beat by a kid who might have been 10 but might have been 4, certainly the smallest person I've lost to in my adult running career. I saw him at the start and thought, "Awww, look at that little kid going out too hard ... he's so CUTE!" Then I noticed I wasn't catching him. I eased by him at the mile mark and figured he was gone for good. The second mile was a very hilly and treacherous section of dirt trail and soft sand pit. Near the end of it I heard somebody gaining on me. I was stunned when this little 60 pounder scooted by and I worked very hard to keep up. I was just about back to even when we turned a corner and faced a fairly short but VERY steep hill. Much better for 60 pounds than 200. On the ensuing downhill I made up most of the ground but he was tougher around the track to the finish.
The big running news here came from my much better half, who returned to racing after over five years off for various pregnancies and the like. Ann did the Tufts 10K for women and zipped around at 10:30 pace, just missing top half in the master's group. Not bad for her longest run in six years. Generally her being excited about running is good for my training, so let's hope it rubs off on me. It was sort of fun to take my turn being the support guy and spending much of the hour Ann was running putting the recently potty trained Eddie into and out of most the roughly 100 outhouses near the start. "
EDITOR'S NOTE: Rick that was Eli Bucher, son of race director Eric Bucher. Eli did our race in Carlisle last year and is certainly no regular "KID" by any stretch of the imagination (I think he's a Kenyan in caucasian drag). Great run and as always, entertaining story.
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Paul Miller, physicist in residence here at NETT, again established a complex handicapping system for the Wrentham Duathlon to try to create fair competition between experienced and non-experienced participants. Paul even offered up a $50 gift certificate he had won as a prize to the winner of the handicap race. His handicaps worked well and the person who put in the best race on Sunday won the event--HIM!
"Here are the handicap results. Note that if either Joe or Dmitry had worn speedos like Frank they would have gained a 1min costume bonus and won the prize ...
I awarded a 1 min shoe-tying bonus for Dmitry and Dave, but in Dave's case it doesn't help him, since he was in the same situation last year and I automatically subtract bonuses from last years times as comparison :-) Note that handicap results were all within 1 min, but I'm open to suggestions of refinement (eg add an extra min for mtn bike). I think the windy conditions favored those with more bike experience, so next year the non-triathletes should lose less on the bike and therefore do better in the handicap...
1) Paul +0:25 (base 56, bonus,1 , actual time 57:25)
2) Dmitry +0:33 (base 60, bonus 1, actual time 61:34)
3) Tina +0:34 (base 73, bonus 2, actual time 75:35)
4) Dave +1:06 (base 66, bonus 3, actual time 70:07)
5) Joe +1:09 (base 61, actual time 62:09)
6) Frank +1:23 (base 63, bonus 4, actual time 68:23)
(Ps if shoe-tying took you longer than 1 min, well, it just shouldn't--I tested and with gloves on, I can untie laces, remove shoes, for T1, then remove gloves, put on shoes and retie laces in under 1min -- in fact, 35s, double-tied!
And for those of you keeping score at home, Frank DID beat Dave in the overall race on a mountain bike, although their "racing" times were only 1 second apart (Dave simply took longer in the transitions).
Sunday, October 29, 2006
Dmitry won the Waltham Halloween Hustle Saturday morning in a blistering time, despite being attacked by a KILLER BEE (see photo). Now, we all know Bees are attracted to bright colors, so maybe wearing that BRIGHT ORANGE shirt was the reason for the attack. Good job on the win! (Photo courtesy of Ted Tyler/JimRhoades productions)
Full results posted at http://coolrunning.com/results/06/ma/Oct28_9thAnn_set1.shtml
The real drama came on Sunday at the Wrenthem Halloween Duathlon, quickly becoming an NETT favorite event. The cast of characters included PMiller in the role of Superman, Tina Wang in the role of Tinker Bell, Frank KJ in the role of, well, JunkMan?, Toledo Joe as The Glass Hammer, Dmitry in the role of Russian Rocket and one sketchy leprechaun.
Superman saved the day again this year, leaping tall buildings and cycling through windstorms faster than anyone to win the overall title. The Russian Rocket made the run split competiion a non-event, finishing fifth overall. The Glass Hammer rode like and through the wind with the second-fastest bike split to finish seventh overall (second in his age-group), JunkMan went "ultra aero" in a Speedo and a MOUNTAIN BIKE to win the side bet (he won it in the Transitions!) and finish 17th overall--again on a mtn bike. Impressive. The world's most hideous leprechaun went so slow on the bike, he travelled back in time, finishing 27th overall.
TinkerBell floated to an age-group first and 41st overall (she won all three splits, in the age group, by the way, not jus the overall title!).
(Photo courtesy of NICKPICS).
Full results posted here
A great day and a lot of fun. Once again NETT shows you can be serious and silly all at the same time. Trust me--no one wants to get passed by a drunk leprechaun!
LATE BREAKING NEWS: This just in, new Ponyette Adrienne Cyrulik won the Lowell Monster Dash Duathlon (we assume, since her name is butchered in the coolrunning results, and the photo evidence is unclear, but yea, we're pretty sure that's her in the results). Great Work Adrienne!
Check out results and photo here
Monday, October 23, 2006
Mini-ponys in attendance (at least that I was aware
of): John Kinnee and yours truly.
Gun goes off and in the first two miles I feel pretty
good, suspiciously good, moving ahead of a few people.
Despite telling me later that he couldn't breathe
(hyperventilating) John steadily moves away from me
with a few other runners. ~mile4, I'm still feeling
good can't hear anyone behind me but no one
immediately in front either, see John at the end of a
long straight, other runners that were with him not in
sight, those guys must've dropped him, gee is John
coming back to me? ~mile 7, some tough terrain, I'm
going OK though, see young John at a place where the
trail doubles back on itself, he's still behind the
guys he had been running with but I realize I'm not
catching him and he looks to be running pretty well.
~mile 8.5, I'm not worried about young John anymore
because I can tell (more doubling back of the trail) a
few veteran trail runners are closing on me. Hold them
off though and finish 1:04 something for 9th place.
I'll take it (and the burger and Belhaven on tap at a
local pub after). As for young John, turns out he
lights the afterburners in the last 2 miles and blows
by the guys that were a bit ahead of him (Steve
Petersen and another fairly speedy trail runner, not
sure of his name) to post a 1:02 something, 6th (?)
place. Very strong race for John!
Sunday, October 22, 2006
On the men's side, NETT finished fourth with 36 points, only two points behind GBTC (Darn!!!) The team of wiley veterans Dave Hannon, David Mingori, and Frank Kjaersgaard ran well as a team, finishing in places 9,11 and 16 for team scoring.
Special thanks to Doris and Deb's folks for cheering on the NETT teams again out there, as they did at Topsfield.
Meanwhile, out at the Chicago Marathon, Dawn Mampreian and Laura Weiland ran strong, finishing together in 4:11:40. Details are not in yet, but congrats to these two as well!!
The writing's on the wall: Let's pick it up GUYS!!!!
Sunday, October 08, 2006
Dave H: 18
Paul M: 15
Paul Y: 13
Ben W: 12
Tied with 10: Joe H, Dave B, Anthony C,
Dmitry D: 6
Dave M: 5
Frank KJ: 1
Volunteers at the Chamberas Race all received 10 points. Beyond that, scores are based on your finish among NETT runners in a race (Dmitry was first out of six runners today, so he gets 6 points).
Women's scores will be posted later.
Next up on the XC Grand Prix is the 4th Annual Otter Brook 5K XC Race in Keene NH on Saturday, October 14 and Mayor's Cup in Franklin Park on Sunday, Oct. 22. Email Dave if you're planning on attending.
On the men's side, Dmitry Drozdov won the men's 8K(ish) race overall in a blistering time of 26:30, almost 30 seconds in front of the second-place runner. Paul Miller was the second NETT racer in 27:56, followed by DaveHannon, Paul Young, Dave Mingori and Frank Kjaersgaard. The men's team finished third, only five points behind BAA.
Full results of the race are posted here.
Team members feasted on fried seafood after the race at Woodman's in Essex.
Thursday, October 05, 2006
Sunday, October 01, 2006
And from Dave M. out at the Greenway Challenge a multisport relay (or solo event if you're REALLY crazy like the Queen):
"This year's course consisted of 3 running legs of 3.8 (road), 2.5 (trail with the last 3/4 on pavement) and 3.35 (road); 3 biking legs (13.7, 13.8, 21.4) and 2 paddling legs (4.5 river and 1.5 lake). I was once again on the Great Canadian team, which is a canoe & kayak store a friend of mine owns, and we won for the 5th time in the last 6 years. Our winning margin of right about a minute (after 4.5 hours) was the closest of all our victories. We did it with 1 runner, 1 biker and 2 paddlers."
Jennifer S (of course) did it solo (all bow), finishing as 1st solo woman and either 5th or 6th overall (out of 19 soloists) beating many of the relay teams. Quite impressive. (Photo of Jennifer at 2005 Greenway--how can someone do that kind of event and SMILE the whole way???)
Dave managed 21:15 (5:35's), 14:48 (5:55's) and 18:57 (5:39's). The 1st run was basically flat and fast. The 2nd was on very soft trail. Flat terrain but tough footing. The last run was rolling but net downhill. "I was definitely feeling the burn on the 3rd leg so was happy to sneak under 5:40's and hold off a good runner (who was also fresh) from the 2nd place team," he says.
Details and results will be available at www.greenwaychallenge.org
On Sunday, John Kinneee won the Down and Dirty Duathlon in Lynn. John won the first run split, the bike split and the second run split!! Yikes. Results here.
And out at the Harvard Apple Ramble 10-miler the team of Kjaersgaard and Wang ran great with Frank clocking a 1:03 and Tina continuing to impress with a 1:11. Nice work on a tough course! Full results here
Monday, September 25, 2006
Since I'm such an arrogant f--k, I'll start with my own experience out at the Greylock Marathon. It was only the second time the race has been held (first in 1998) and though I wasn't in tip-top shape, I figured who knows when this will happen again, right? WTF. I did it. The course was listed as having 6000 feet of elevation an even though I did review the course map and elevation profile, it just didn't hit me that most of that is in the first two-thirds of the race. It was pretty much non-stop--climb 1000 feet, drop back down. Repeat. Anyways, some hardy souls met the challenge and out of the 76 that entered all but two finished. Official results posted here.
Wanna see the definition of "train wreck" then click here
Here's a great photo of Kenny Clarke to show what the course was like!
To read a great story about it in the Berkshire Eagle, click here.
Elsewhere in NETTland, Paul had a busy weekend of racing. On Saturday Paul took 3rd place in the Peterborough, N.H.- Harvest 5-miler in 29:43. As a bonus, he got to chat a bit with the esteemed Bill Rogers before registration (for the record, he kicked Bill's arse!)
Thursday, September 21, 2006
Congratulations to Dmitry who got hitched to the lovely Venus while on his three-week trip to Russia recently. Sure, he's one of the fastest guys in New England, but Venus ran him down from a different country! Congrats. I don't know the right phrase in Russian, and the Google translator is not that advanced.
But in Ireland, they say Slainte!
Monday, September 18, 2006
More great results by NETT members out on the roads and in the multi-sport arena.
First, the multi-sport news. Paul Miller won the 5-Star Triathlon on Saturday with Toledo Joe Hardin coming in 5th overall. Fantastic results! Official results posted here:
Also Jerry DeZutter finished 5th overall at the Dover-Sherborn Boosters Triathlon! Results posted here:
On Sunday up in Billerica, NETT took three of the top 10 spots at the Billerica Police Athletic League 5K. Hannon (1), Paul Young (3) and Ben Winther (8) made a very strong showing. (The trio decided to skip the Shawn Nassaney XC Race when it was determined entry cost was $35!)
Great results all around!
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Monday, September 11, 2006
Today, our guest Blogger is Jennifer S. writing about her experience with the Brand Spanking New Wrenthem Trail Race.
I go to Wrentham and sign up. I'm number23 and I think only one more person signed up behind me. That makes mychances for a top 25 finish start to look real good.... We take off up tothe top of the ski "hill" (elevation gain 35 feet?) where we are told that there are coming and going streamers, but to stay left. Can do, so we gettot he top and I'm in about 5th place. The top of the hill has a whole crowd of teenagers from the HS x-country team there to volunteer and to, nodoubt, see a "real" trail race... ;-)
Streamers shoot off to the left andI see others go straight--I ask "go left?" Yes! Yes! comes the anxious reply. Go left! So, I go left and the course starts to wind through some rough trails and then dumps us out on a fire road where streamers can nowbeen seen going left and right. There is mass confusion and my early strong position has been reduced to a huddle of lost and confused runners. We decide to go left, which turns out to be the correct decision. I believe we were probably supposed to have done something different up there on that hill, but we're on our way now and the mood has been set for the day.
This is where adventure racing skills helped me out. I continually caughtrunners who couldn't follow the streamers and a few gave up trying to stay ahead and just stuck behind me and let me lead. It was very empowering andit was a strategy that paid off for them as we continually caught up toother faster runners at trail junctions when they got confused and decided to wait for us.
Needless to say, I was feeling pretty smug about the wholething, especially as I start to drop some of the runners behind me...untilthe last mile. As we're running up a park road, I say to my last runningpartner, "I'd be a lot happier if I saw another ribbon about now." We continue on and I'm really getting worried. We pop out to a road and justas I'm about to declare that we've missed a turn, I look left and see the pink streamers again and an aid station. Yahoo! We run up and the teen girls manning the station seem surprised to see us. We're the first ones to come through apparently. They give us water, but when ask for help with directions, they don't know the course and aren't sure at first until we tell them where the finish line is. Now they, being cross country runners, know and they point us to the streamers and we're off. But something still doesn't seem right and me and my buddy get to another trail junction where streamers go right and left. We see a runner ahead and decide to follow him. We arrive at the finish line and several of the runners that had been behind had finished head of me. I tell the RD that they must have gone off course since the girls at the third aid station said we were the only ones to come through.
He's now terribly confused, because there was no third aid station. So, after several minutes of confused note comparison, we realizethat I did indeed miss streamers that went off to the left and by goingstraight to the road, I had inadvertently put me and my running mate ontothe course of the Wrentham 5k Wroad Wrace! So much for me and my superior navigation skills!