Last night Universal Sports aired the F1 Fearless Pro Super Sprint. This was my last race of my 2013 season, about two weeks ago. The race took place in Mission Bay, home to the very first triathlon almost 40 years ago.
I thought the coverage of the men’s race was pretty good. They did a good job showing how the race for the podium unfolded. I had barely any race coverage. The issue here isn’t that the television cameras didn’t capture??enough of the race, but rather that I didn’t race fast enough. Had I been in the mix, I would have had lots of air-time, like my The Triathlon Squad teammate Eric Lagerstrom. Eric, Joe Maloy and I did get some one-on-one time with the camera before the race. At this point in my pro career, it’s still pretty neat to see your face on tv. I plan to get over this feeling as this becomes more common… 🙂
In case you missed it last night, the race will re-air a few more times this week.
Back in April I raced in a double super sprint race (swim/bike/run/swim/bike/run) in San Diego. It was a fairly small field, but with some great talent, including a couple Olympians and many of the guys that raced the WTS San Diego race. I finished 8th in my first draft-legal event of the year. Here is a video of the race.
There will be another race with a similar format in October that I will hope to be doing.
Word got out to my teammates that I started this blog, now everyone wants a piece of it. I have had many suggestions of what I should put on here in the last couple days, but Marten Bostrom gave the only good one. Maybe wisdom does come with years. After all, he is the oldest runner in the NCAA.
As the RunPD tag line says, I really have been “running as fast as I can since ’93.” As many runners know, sometimes you can push yourself too hard and it makes you pay in the end. This was the case at my Marmonte League Finals in 2006, my senior year. I was running the 3200m and friend and teammate Michael Cybulski (8:53 two-miler later that year) agreed to pace me to try to run a 9:20 (a 5-second PR). All was going well until the last 200m; I knew it was going to be a very rough finish.
The video below shows the last 80m of the race.
I ended up with a 9:26, just one second off my PR, and 2nd place in that race. This race comes to mind whenever I see another athlete experience bonking. Unfortunately, I have had other experiences similar to this one, especially in the steeplechase. I can only hope there won’t be more to come.