Archive for July, 2009

31
Jul
09

NYC Triathlon Race Recap

nycbb The NYC triathlon that took place this past Sunday was a lot of fun.  The weather during the race was perfect (before the race there were scattered rain and thunderstorms that delayed the start of the race by 25 minutes), the sights were amazing, and the triathlon was really exciting.  I couldn’t believe how many people there were competing in the race, over 3400 in the nonprofessional division.  My age group had 97 guys in it and we were the final wave (wave 32) to go in so things got pretty aggressive in the swim.  We hurried to line ourselves up in the Hudson before the current pulled us away – when the horn went off, the water was churning.  With help from the current I was able to set a PR of seven minutes since my last race, which was a good feeling.  We hurried out of the water and started making our way to the transition area which was a fair distance away.  After getting on the bike, things went into overdrive as they usually do in this segment of the race.  I was sweating bullets for the first few miles because I was hoping my bike was going to hold up because it suffered some minor damage during shipping. The rear derailleur was bent to the point where the chain wouldn’t even turn, the frame was slightly pushed in and the brakes were locking up on me.  I did everything I could before the race to get everything checked out and fixed, but in a race, you never know what is going to happen so I had my fingers crossed.  After the first ten miles on the bike course, my confidence started to improve and I started to put the hammer down as best as I could.  There were a few rolling hills out on Manhattan’s West Side highway, but for the most part, the course was pretty flat and very scenic and there were even a few moments in the race where I found myself getting distracted by all the surroundings and landmarks. As soon as we made it back to the transition, the run was already plenty underway.  I’ve been really working hard this year on improving the running endurance and cadence, and in this race I could really see how training has been paying off.  I felt really good on the first mile of the run as we made our way to Central Park, the cheers from the crowd were out of this world and I kept thinking to myself as I was out there that this must be what the New York City marathon is like, I couldn’t believe how much energy was in the air.  And this energy was something I was soaking in because before I knew it, I was slowly making my way up and down the hilly areas of Central Park.  I do most of my training on hills like this at home so I felt like I was efficiently prepared for this.  It was such an experience and overall adrenaline rush to make it to the finish line, and when I looked at the race results I was very excited to see that out of the 97 guys in my group, I had made the top ten.  This is definitely a race that I will look back on in the future and smile.  What a day!

Thank you so much for reading and for your support and Congratulations to all of the 3,400 age group athletes that competed on Sunday.

22
Jul
09

2009 Nautica New York City Triathlon

2009 Event Logo

The next race on the schedule will be the NYC tri this Sunday.  The main goal going into each race is just to finish, but it would be a great feeling to set a personal best since my last race in Washington D.C. a month ago. Training has been going really well this summer so hopefully it will be a fun and exciting day out there.

Good luck to everyone competing this weekend and please stay tuned for the race recap next week – thanks for reading and for the support!

“The Nautica New York City Triathlon is an Olympic Distance race consisting of a 1500m swim, a 40k bike, and a 10k run.

Each year over 3000 athletes brave the waters of the mighty Hudson River before biking along Manhattan’s West Side highway. Finally, athletes put on their running shoes for a run through New York’s famed Central Park.”

06
Jul
09

Emmy Award Winning News Segment

The 51st Emmy Awards, hosted by The National Capital/Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences (NATAS), honors excellence in broadcasting throughout the region.

Among Comcast SportsNet’s five Emmy Awards – the most for any cable network – was the honor for its feature, “Iron Swimmer,” produced by Brent Harris, Mark Foglesong and Colvin Underwood.

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Click to View “Iron Swimmer” on YouTube




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