Is anyone else from Team Polar running in this? I'll be down there with a team from the Okanagan. It usually POORS rain for the entire day, but I have never been to a better after-race party! And there are similar scenes as you would see in Ironman - competitors in the solo 100km event dragging themselves across the finish line. It's a great event . . . . .
Many times I have been asked the question, "how long should I wait to run again after an ironman?" Today, I went against my own advice, which is usually "at least two weeks so you can recover from your effort," and did the Summerland Sprint Triathlon. There were a number of reasons I elected to do this. Physically, I have felt amazingly good this week after IMC, much better than I thought I would. On the other hand, I was also feeling quite dissapointed that another summer was coming to a close. I also missed a race earlier in the year due to "injury tme," so I needed to add in a race somewhere to keep me on track for my Polar committment of six races. The allure of Summerland proved too much for me to resist. On top of that, the race itself is a wonderfull event. My daughter was racing in the Kids of Steel event in the 8,9 year old division, and the way the event is set up, the KOS racers go first allowing me to watch her compete before the adult race get's going. The course is beautiful, flat and fast, and attracts some of the fastest athletes from the region hoping to close their seasons on a high note. The top three racers today were well under one hour, and the field included Ausralian pro triathlete Charlotte Paul who won the woman's side. Here blog can be viewed here:
In the end, I am happy I decided to do this one. I wasn't sure how my legs were going to respond after IMC. While I didn't plan on being in top form after only a week of recovery, I also wanted a decent result. I made a rookie mistake right off the bat in the swim though. I was in the lead pack approaching the first buoy, and as we rounded the buoy, the sun was in my eyes. Myself, along with 5 or 6 others rounded the buoy and started heading for what I initially thought was number 2, but it didn't feel right. I was looking back as I took my breaths, and saw that while several people were following us, just as many were going in another direction. I stopped, looked up and immediately realized we had turned tooo sharp at the first buoy, and were heading for buoy number three instead f two. Luckily, I hadn't gone to far off course, but I was really annoyed with the mistake. After this though, the bike and the run went relatively well, and the legs actually felt pretty good. It is amazing how fast a sprint goes by after slugging your way through an ironman distance event, it seemed like a blink of an eye. I ended up 20th overall, and sixth in my age group. I was happy with this considering I am still in recovery mode, and also knowing who was in the field in this race, some very fast guys. Here are a few pics:
Helping my daughter keep warm before her race (we wook up to about 4 degrees this am . . .):
Getting going on the bike . . .
The final stretch . . .
Hope you all are hving a great long weekend! . . . . .Scott
Every ironman event has a "side story." Some are serious, some are comical. We have all heard about the inspirational story of Jon "Blazeman" Blais, who despite a diagnosis of ALS, completed the Ironman Hawaii race in 2005. Or Sarah Reinerten, the first above the knee amputee to complete an ironman. Every year at the world championship in Hawaii, there are inspirational stories about ordinary people beating huge obstacles and reaching their goals.
Penticton has also had it's share of good stories. This year, there are several to choose from. The first is the joggler. I thought this one was kind of silly. The "Joggler's"goal was to run the marathon portion of the race while juggling three balls. I saw him heading out to OK falls while I was on the way in, joggling away. I didn't quite get the point of it, but it did provide a bit of a chuckle for me.
Then there is the story of Michael Hennessey, who is trying to raise awareness for trisomy 13 and 18, a genetic disorder similiar to Down's Syndrome. He is attempting to break the world record for the number of ironman distance triathlons in a single year. The record currently sits at 14, Ironman Canada was his 11th in the last four months. You can go to http://www.ironmanforkids.com/ to read more about his story.
I thought it might be a good fit though, to pass on the story of Dwight Kroening of Sherwood Park Alberta, to the Polar Heartrate team. Dwight Kroening is a 49 year old man, who had a heart transplant at the age of 27. This weekend he became the first heart transplant patient to complete an ironman event. I stayed around the finish chute after my race, and saw many people, each with their own story, come across the line. It's one of my favorite parts of ironman, watching people come in at 15, 16 and 17 hours with the look of utter exhaustion, and complete joy on their faces. So it was pretty cool, and pretty inspirational to see Dwight Kroening come in, powered by his donated heart, at 15:33:26. The crowd, outside in the pouring rain went wild, it was quite a moment. You can read a little more of Dwight Kroening's story here: http://www.bclocalnews.com/okanagan_similkameen/pentictonwesternnews/sports/27295249.html
Now that I can walk again . . . .here are a few comments on IMC 08 . . . .
First, I have to say that my mind cleverly blocked out any of the painful aspects of doing an ironman, just to trick me into doing it again. But I am very glad I did it again - there is nothing like the feeling of crossing that finish line!
I wrote a longer race report on my facebook page, but will keep the abbreviated version here. Despite some reservations about this race this year, I was pleasantly surprised in the end. A nagging knee injury impacted my training, as did some coaching committments throughout the summer. I think that while I was forced to train less than I would have liked, I ended up training smarter. I entered this race thinking that I would be a lot slower than last time, and ended up about 20 minutes faster. Although there were some rough patches, particularly on the later stages of the bike, and early to mid part of the run, things went generally as planned. My old nemisis "GI Distress," came calling on the run, as it often does in long races for me, but switching over to chicken soup and cola really helped. After a rough start on the marathon, I felt really good from 25 km onwards. The weather was, well, all over the place. Cold in the am, hot by the time I got to Yellow Lake, a very strong head wind to start the marathon and to finish it all off, showers to bring me home. Spectators and volunteers in Penticton as always were absolutely incredible. A nice twist to cap it all off - the "catcher" to greet me at the finish line turned out to be a very nice Team Polar Athlete from Alberta who was volunteering at the race.
Now, it's time for a little "recovery," and then a couple of more running races this fall.
Hi Everyone - hope the summer is going well for you all!
A couple of notes and pics from the Apple Triathlon the past weekend. Polar did have a few athletes there - myself, Carolyn and a fellow from Alberta. So there was a fair amount of red and black moving around the course.
For myself - this was a little tune up for IMC this coming weekend. Normally I do the olympic distance for this race, but with IMC coming up, I wanted a shorter, but higher intensity workout that I could recover quickly from. So, while I wasn't at all concerned about the result of this race, and wasn't going "all out," still managed 2nd in my age group, 34th overall. This is also the first time I have ever seen this race go with a "no wet-suit" swim due to the temperature. It was interesting watching all of the panic in the transition area before the race . . . .
As an aside - I was also coaching and being evaluated at the youth camp prior to the apple, and finished off my certification for the NCCP Triathlon Competition coaching card - so I was happy about that . . . .
Have a great remainder of the summer everyone, and good luck to Carolyn and I think Mike for IMC this weekend! We should get together for a group Polar picture if you have time - I'm staying at the Best Western, and can be reached at 250-718-8584.
Hey Guys - I haven't posted on here for a while, but thought I would throw on a couple of pics from the BC Games July 24-27 in Kelowna. I was the Zone 2 head coach, and have been helping the Okanagan triathletes prepare throughout the summer. It was an amazing weekend, and great to see these young racers give it their all on in the aquathon / duathlon and triathlon events. These kids are in the 14 / 15 age group, and the triathlon distance was 500 m/15km/3km. The top finishers were averaging close to 40km/hr on the bike - pretty impressive for their age! We'll be seeing some of these kids names in the years to come as they graduate on to junior elite etc.!BC Games 2 Tri 233.jpg!
Well, I am finally getting around to posting a little note on the Oliver Half Iron. I am starting to wonder if the Rain Gods have started to follow me around, as the last three major races I have done have been absolutely horrid with regards to the weather. The Oliver Half Iron was no exception. The trip down on Saturday was great, with sunny skies and a temperature of about 29 degrees - perfect for racing! We registered loitered around the community center for awhile, and then it was off to Nk'Mip Golf Course for a pre-race dinner and get together with about 25 people from the Balance Point Racing Team. About half of them were racing, and the other half were spending the weekend in the area to get some training in on the IMC course. Before dinner I did a little blurb on Polar and the cycling and running monitors and set a few people up with the demos to train with over the remainder of the weekend. Then it was off to bed to try and get a good nights sleep.
The next morning, to my dismay, the sun had dissapeared and had been replaced by rain. Not just a drizzle, but full on rain. There were a lot of glum looking people in body-marking and transition and a few people even packing up their stuff and leaving. Most people though just tried to grin and bear it, including Michellie Jones who was racing in Oliver this year. She turned out to be the top female, with Tom Evans coming out on top for the men. Personally, I struggled with this race. After a decent swim, I got on the bike and a sore back which has been bugging me for the last few weeks flared up and caused me some grief. However, I pushed on through and after the first few km on the run (being up-right again!) it was feeling better. Not a race for my PB record books, but a good day of training and prep for IMC in August. Hopefully the rain stays away for the rest of the summer!
P.S. The bright red "Polar Poncho" was a hit for this rainy day . . . .
If anyone else is interested - it's a beautiful 380 KM ride through the West Kootenay's. Semi - supported with vehicles to carry some of your stuff, and three different pace groups. The cost is $100.00.
This is a site some of you might find interesting. I train with the Balance Point Racing team here in Kelowna - some athlete bios are listed on the team roster, plus there is a lot of other great info on this site.
Hi everyone, thought I would write a race report for my first race of the year - the "Campus to Campus" half marathon here in Kelowna. First, let me tell you that although I love this race and have entered several times - I was not expecting much from this years event. Mostly because I had to pick up my daughter from the Vancouver Airport the night before, and did not arrive back in Kelowna until very late. I can see you all cringing as I tell you about my night-before-the-race meal of drive thru fast food as I drive the Coquihalla in an attempt to get home at a decent hour.So, needless to say, this is the first race, my expectations are not large, but I did in fact have some goals. I have "dabbled: in heart rate training over the past few years, and it is only in the last 8 months or so that I have really taken it seriously. Part of this has been training with the FACT Education group, and getting my lactate balnce point testing done for running and biking. This is what I have been basing my heart rate zones on. I also know from my own history on this course that I tend to go out to hard at the start, and kill myself on the significant hill that comes at the 6 km mark, and ends at about8.5 km. So my goals for this race were:
Not to worry about pace, only heart rate and what zone I am in.
Start the race at my balance point minus 10-15 beats per minute until after the hill (so a heat rate of 155-160.
Pick it up after the hill, but stay below lactate threshold (165-170 beats per minute.).
The result - a negative split and a time at least 3-4 minutes faster than I was expecting. I seriously had not been looking at my pace and had been concentrating solely on my heart rate so I was very surprised when I rounded the corner to the finish and was faster than expected. I truly believe that since commiting more seriously to heart rate-based training, with my lactate testing information my training has been much more effective and I feel stronger at this pont in the year than I ever have before. Thanks to Kevin Weremy of FACT Okanagan for all of the invaluable advice related to heart rate and lactate. I will post a seperate entry with some info on FACT education and FACT Okanagan - the guys I train with here in Kelowna.
So, I went into Running room last week to see if I could line up a "heart rate" talk and demo for sometime in May. As it turns out, their very next Tuesday night session was scheduled for this very subject, and they didn't have a speaker for it. So, although the demo monitors were not ready yet, I strapped on my own new rs 200 and headed to the Running Room to talk about heart rate training and demo my own new monitor. The talk went great, with 30 people in attendance from their half and full marathon clinics. In an effort to keep people engaged and encourage participation in the talk, I offered a prize to the most enthusiastic member of the group. This promoted a lot of enthusiasm and competition, however also produced a good laugh and some groans when they found out the "dinner for four" was actually a box of Kraft DInner. There was a lot of interest in the polar monitors. About half the people that already had monitors used the polar brand, with the others being garmin. Surprisingly though, out of the group of 30 only about 5 or 6 had heart rate monitors. All told, it was actually a great time follwed by a short 6 km tempo run. I'll be heading back to the same group in two weeks with the demo monitors so they can try them out.