Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Week 5 of Chicago Marathon Training is complete - plus some videos

Worked out 6 days this week - 4 runs, 1 bike, and 1 swim. Ran a 4 mile race on Saturday (7:28 pace, 176 average heart rate, it was 83 degrees and 90% humidity).  I ran 3 miles very easy before the 4 mile race (my marathon schedule had my long run at 7 miles this week).  Starting this weekend, my long runs generally range between 12-20 miles over the next 9 weeks.

Fun stuff - saw Iron Maiden at MSG this week (see the video I took below, who knew that Iron Maiden could still fill 17,000+ seats?), had a gig at our guitar player's house on Long Island for a BBQ, and checked out the 2010 Nautica New York City Triathlon (videos below also).

On Sunday, I went to check out the 2010 Nautica New York City Triathlon (an Olympic distance tri - 0.9 mile swim, 40k bike, 10-k run).  I wanted to do this race this year, but the registration was at 12:01 A.M. on 11/1/09, and I was in bed sleeping before the NYC marathon.  The race sold out in 7 minutes (they will lottery it for 2011).  My sinister side says that they intentionally scheduled the registration on the night of the marathon so marathon runners would be sleeping and therefore not get in!

So, I went down to the Hudson river (very close to our apartment) to check out the race.  I arrived at 5:55 A.M., as my friend AL, an elite woman triathlete, had a wave start time of 5:56 A.M (she later finished 2nd among all elites...congrats AL!!!).  My friend MH also was doing the event, and his wave time started at 7:33 A.M. (men 35-39 years old), so I had time to take some video of the swim.  Here are a few.

A video of the middle of the swim - the current was so strong that if swimmers got in the water without holding onto the rope, they started floating downstream! 

The middle of the Men's 35-39 year old swim.




The start of the Men's 35-39 wave start.  Note the rope that the guys in the water are holding on to in order to keep themselves from floating downstream.  I need that kind of current for my next tri!




Another shot of the swim....





When I asked them what this was for, they said "when people get anxious about the swim".  I said, "what about when one gets anxious during the swim?"  :)

Iron Maiden Concert (taken with my Iphone 4) - these guys rock




Here is a summary of the week:

Monday - 41 minute swim, 1 mile.

Tuesday - 4.55 mile run, 8:20 pace, 154 average heart rate

Wednesday - 5.11 mile run, 8:24 pace, 155 average heart rate

Thursday - 6 mile run, 8:38 pace, 148 heart rate

Friday - OFF

Saturday - 4 mile race (7:28 pace, 176 heart rate), ran 3 miles at 9:36 per mile pace and a 142 heart rate (total 7 miles today)

Sunday - Very easy 30 minute bike ride around the upper west side and central park

Ran approximately 23 miles, knees feel great.

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