Archive for October, 2011

Back East

Posted in Random Stuff, Stuff, Triathlon with tags , , , , on October 13, 2011 by brianestover

I’m home, well sort of at home, where I grew up anyway. I’ve been back quite a bit this year, most, actually all of my trips back this year have been associated with bad events. The first was for my grandfathers funeral, the second was because my Mom was diagnosed with a brain tumor, the third trip was to hang out with her until she passed away, the fourth trip was to handle some stuff from her estate. I spent that entire trip running a fever and dealing with a sore throat. This trip is to unwind most of the rest of her estate.

I also managed to run today. In the rain. On my favorite trails, in the world. Hyde Park or the 3 park loop in London? Sorry not as good. Parc de Bruxelles? Nope not there either. Antwerp, Amsterdam, Rome, Sydney or the beach in New Zealand. No, no, no, no and again no. Although it was nice being able to jump into the ocean after the beach run in NZ. But it’s still a no.

It’s been over 15 years since I first ran these trails. Little trees that were blazed with a red rectangle marking the trail have grown up twisting as they grew, pointing the blaze off into the brush. Logs that were imbedded to be erosion controls have now decomposed to earthen berms. Branches that used to rip the hat off my head are now out of reach of my vertical jump. Park benches have been replaced, thrice. The muddy areas are still muddy, the clay areas still clay. Things change and they stay the same.

It was very enjoyable to run in the rain. Listening to the rain hit the canopy of leaves that are in the process of turning from green to golden. The occasional huge raindrop dropped from the trees exploding on one spot of my face drenching it. You could feel the mud clumping in the grooves of your shoes then breaking off as you ran down the next few feet of trail. Roots snagging the tips of your shoes as you toed off, reminding you that misplacing your feet could send you failing down the trail to a crash landing. Your feet sliding sideways on wet roots as you surfed around a bend in the trail. The quietness, just you, the rain, squirrels dashing out of the rain. No car noises, no people noises, no plane noises. Only the quietness of nature and you running.

Smashing SC x2

Posted in Triathlon with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 9, 2011 by brianestover

2011 is wrapping up. Even though some Ironman triathlon was going on in Hawaii, the real action, if you are a triathlete, was taking place in South Carolina. If you were racing in SC and you are not an Accelerate 3 athlete, well, maybe you should reconsider based upon yesterday’s results.

James was doing at the Myrtle Beach Triathlon run in conjunction with the USAT Half Iron distance National Championships. This was his last shot to qualify for his elite card for next season. He seized control of the race on the bike whomping the field by over a minute. Then he turned in the second fastest run split grabbing the victory, his elite card and a prize check. His margin of victory was a comfortable :51 seconds.

Meanwhile on the other side of the state, Rich was ripping it up at the Rev 3 half ironman race in Anderson, SC. He lead the M35-39 out of the water, came off the bike 2nd in his wave and finished on the podium grabbing 3rd place in his age group. He was the 4th age grouper out of the water and finished 15th overall in the age group field.

For the second year in a row, Accelerate 3 athletes prove very successful when in SC.

Next Season Starts….NOW!

Posted in Triathlon with tags , , , , , , , , on October 4, 2011 by brianestover

What the h*ll is he talking about? This season is not even over. Ironman Hawaii hasn’t even been raced yet. How can it be next season already?

If you are not thinking about which races to do, some of them will be sold out by the time you get around to it. Have a favorite race? Odds are others love that race as well. The smart racer is checking websites now, looking at when registration starts and making a note of it.

If you are thinking about switching coaches or finding a coach for the first time now is the time to start that process. I know coaches that have their rosters filled up for next year already. Gone are the days where you could just fill out an online form, pay your cash and get coached. Gone are the days where you interviewed the potential coaches and selected the one you thought was the best. The better to best coaches in the business will now interview you. If you meet their criteria, then you two can work together. There are so many bad coaches out there that the good coaches can turn away business. The good coaches are in demand, many have waiting lists. If you are thinking new coach, start acting.

This is the time to start thinking about how to make a big jump in one of the sports that you need to race a triathlon. Now is the time to figure out where you are weak compared to your competition. Most people favor their strength in the off season. If you like to run you tend to run a good bit. If you don’t like to swim you tend to find excuses not to swim. Those who are serious about doing well next season would be smart to focus elsewhere besides their favorite event. It’s ok to run or bike less and swim more if you are routinely getting your clock cleaned on the swim. It’s ok to have less frequency in one sport or two sports in order to favor your weakest link. It’s ok to take a few days off completely. It’s not ok to skip out completely on one sport hoping to make it up later. When later rolls around the racing season will probably have started.

Proper planning now coupled with the appropriate following action, will give you the best shot at success next year. That time is NOW!