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The tragedy in NY (NYC triathlon)

Friday, August 12, 2011

I have had phone calls, comments etc related to the tragedy of the two deaths in the NYC triathlon. There was a lot of press as well not all of it was particularly scientific

There is a podcast on Enduranceplanet.com with a (in my opinion) more balanced discussion and put things in perspective. It is discussed by Brad Culp - chief editor of Lava magazine in the first 10 min of the podcast at www.enduranceplanet.com/multisport-i
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I was going to put parts here from an article from the Journal of the American Medical Association, but I keep getting the message I can't use HTML (it is all the scientific characters - and I don't feel like editing it)

  
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LKEITHO 8/15/2011 10:42PM

    While it is unfortunate that these people died trying to accomplish the dream of finishing this race, I agree that it was not an issue with the event itself. In the one event I participated in where someone died, everyone initially blamed it on the heat, and started getting after the organizers saying they should have canceled the event. However, it turned out the man (who was a young, fit firefighter) had a congenital heart problem that was the cause of his death.

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LOGOULD 8/15/2011 10:38PM

    Thanks for the info....I have to believe that for all the "bad press" that running has to be safer and more beneficial to your health than just about anything else. Too bad the media feels the need to sensationalize these tragedies.

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TIGGER622 8/15/2011 12:57PM

    Very interesting podcast, he made some excellent points... the race can't be responsible for peoples' personal health status... thanks for sharing!

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BOBBYD31 8/12/2011 9:01PM

    thanks, that is interesting. i always feel like the swim is the easiest part of the race


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ON2VICTORY 8/12/2011 5:51PM

    thanks for sharing, ill check it out...

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8.7.11 Greater Cleveland Triathlon

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Friends - today was the greater Cleveland triathlon my 14th event for Team in Training raising money for the leukemia and lymphoma society.

During the last week I have felt under the weather and Friday night I thought - perhaps I should look into changing from a olympic distance to a sprint. I did !!!!

All my gear was ready when I went to bed - my bike was in the car so I just had to get out of bed this morning and get to the start line. Got there 5:45 and got everything ready so I could 'shoot the breeze' until start time. Well as it got lighter, we could see the lake and the Sheriff's vessel bopping up and down. There were waves - and there were white caps ... hmmm .... will they cancel the swim?

To make a long story short, the swim was not cancelled (waves 4-5 feet) but it was kept at a shallow part of Lake Erie so people were able to walk if they needed to. It was a real challenge, and I am not sure I am up for that anytime soon. However, I survived the swim - got on my bike and despite the winds mustered a pretty decent speed. (forgot my Garmin). Flew through the bike course, so it felt, and then on to the run course, which was pretty uneventful.

After I finished - I went back out on the course and supported the last TNT participants on their last stretch. It is such an awesome feeling to have people with less experience cross the finish line that words cannot describe.

Now I am home drinking a little coffee - hoping to wake up - but I think a nap after my shower may be in order.

  
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MAGELLAN1 8/13/2011 11:38AM

    i went home after the race and slept 2 hours! that was some swim! nice to finally meet you in person. you were my rabbit for the last stretch of the run.
maybe i will see you tomorrow at vermilion!

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TIGGER622 8/8/2011 5:08PM

    Way to go Jan!!! 4-5 foot waves sound scary!!! Off to look into bike racks so I dont have to 'use' my boyfriend for his truck everytime I want to bike! Love how you always support the other athletes, you are truly something special!

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ROOT4HOME 8/8/2011 2:08PM

    Great job on your tri and on racing for a great cause! emoticon

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RACING4ME 8/8/2011 12:55AM

    Love you Jan!!!

Thanks so much bringing awareness to such a crazy disease group. I'm so glad you had some fun with your tri, and my goodness, I don't think I could swim in 3-4 ft waves!!! Don and I talked about you today as we were walking around Granville Island...he wanted me to give you a virtual hug from him, and one from me as well.



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GRACE612 8/7/2011 9:39PM

    Hope you got some well deserved R & R today!!!

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LOGOULD 8/7/2011 9:21PM

    Sounds like you could use a little extra rest to kick whatever it is that has you down....but you certainely kicked it at youir event. How wonderful of you to stick it out and support the new folks!!! You are one in a milliion!!!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 8/7/2011 8:44PM

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LADYGWEN25 8/7/2011 6:05PM

    get a nap and get some sleep.. you've earned it! :)


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ELYMWX 8/7/2011 5:21PM

    Yes. Take that nap.

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L3DESIGNS 8/7/2011 4:47PM

    Congrats on finishing... Enjoy your coffee and nap!

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LAGREBE 8/7/2011 4:18PM

    Congratulation! That is indeed very inspiring

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Beginning to set (my) goals for the fall and the early part of 2012.

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Tomorrow I am doing a sprint triathlon. I was going to do the olympic distance, but because I am feeling a little under the weather, I don't think it will be wise of me to do the International distance.

+ I have signed up for three half marathons in the fall (Akron, Columbus, and Philly)
+ I hope I will be going skiing out west this winter *
+ i am running a 50k in March and I am planning 30k at JASR
+ I am planning the long course (70.3) at Wildflower
+ I am planning a HM at the Cleveland Marathon.
+ I would like to do a Ironman (R ) HIM in July.

- I am planning to pull out two books
+ Fit soul - fit body
+ 5 Essentials for a Winning Life: The Nutrition, Fitness, and Life Plan for Discovering the Champion Within

+ I am planning on continuing with my yoga class on Monday
+ I will be doing more weights



early 2012 I will look at the goals for the rest of the year.

* If I am coming through Vancouver I will let a couple of my SP friends know.

  
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BOBBYD31 8/7/2011 9:37PM

    you make me tired just reading this. you impress me everyday with everything you have accomplished and what you have planned to accomplish. i guess i will live vicariously thru you and your amazing achievements!! you da man my friend

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LADYGWEN25 8/7/2011 4:26PM

    Some great goals.. reminds me i need to start looking at my winter and spring goals now too.. THANKS!

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LAGREBE 8/7/2011 4:20PM

    Awesome!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 8/7/2011 9:21AM

    Hope today went well! You have quite the list of goals ~ daunting for most but I know you can do it!

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JUST_TRI_IT 8/6/2011 11:19PM

    LOVE this list. Really gets me inspired and thinking ahead. One problem with this list though.. It is missing STP!!! emoticon

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LOGOULD 8/6/2011 9:46PM

    Sounds like you have alot on your plate for now and taking it easy when you're under the weather is a wise choice.

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B-N-ME 8/6/2011 8:34PM

    Sounds busy! Glad you are listening to your body for the distance tomorrow.
Have an awesome race!

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Pirates tri (local sprint tri)

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Earlier today I participated in the 'pirates tri', a local sprint triathlon in organized by Lake metroparks. It has also become sort of a team in training alumni event for the triathletes, this was the second year.

We picked up packages on Thursday and while we were there - we did a practice swim.

The event started at 8, and at 6:30 I pulled into the parking lot. Although the tri is small 150 max the parking lot fills up quick. Milling around, meeting and greeting my friends, plus i ran into a few people I knew from work.

The start was a standing start (most of the swim you can stand up should you need to - which makes it attractive fro novice triathletes). Did my swim with some wheezing, but I managed to 'keep my cool'. I walked the transition - because of the wheezing and on to the bike. They ride and run start out with a short 75 yard steep hill and off to the race we went ... I think my avg was about 19 mph. Back and into run gear and up the hill again. Half way into the run I needed a rest room, and it was very uncomfortable to do the second half of the run.

At the end - I met briefly with my friends and headed off - as I had a lot to do this afternoon.

It is a fun tri, and the weather was hot and humid. My fluid intake (water and gatorade from this morning is currently in excess of a gallon).

Although I did OK, I will be honest and say I did not have my heart in this one ... It was kind of another day at the office - I am sure a good night sleep, rehydration, and aircondition will change my outlook.

Posted times

Swim 15:24 Bike 44:13 Run 28:32 Total 1:28:09

  
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TIGGER622 8/3/2011 7:41AM

    Sounds like the weather zapped your enthusiasm :) I suppose that happens from time to time - to feel like just another race. You are a hero to all of us, great tri! Good luck on the next one!!!

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BARBIETEC 7/27/2011 5:37AM

    Congratulations with the tri.

I hope your next Tri will be more enjoyable and I hope you are glad that you did this one even though it was not the best race ever..

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DAVEINSEOUL 7/26/2011 7:25AM

    Jan, you did great considering the weather and the wheezing problems. I sure feel for you when you said "it kind of felt like a day at the office". For as passionate as I am about cycling, I've had a couple of days like that on the bike. Rest, recover, and recooperate - and you'll be back to doing what you like in no time.

It always works for me!

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BOBBYD31 7/24/2011 10:08PM

    your amazing jan! i hope your feeling better tonight, take care of yourself my friend

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LOGOULD 7/24/2011 9:44PM

    Just showing up with the heat we've had is a big accomplishment and to tough it out even though you weren't really into this one is admirable. I'd say all in all it was a very solid performance!

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JEN-LOVES-LIFE 7/24/2011 9:31PM

    Wow, I think that is great! Although your heart was not in it, you did it and I think that is pretty cool! The weather was rough today, hot and humid. I'm proud of you and think you are inspiring!

Have an awesome week!

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MIAMIA7 7/24/2011 8:48PM

    Great job Jan. It is terrible to work out or compete in this weather.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 7/24/2011 8:22PM

    Wow, you did amazing in this heat!

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Just a few things

Monday, July 04, 2011

I have been registered with imapmyfitness.com since 2007 but never really used it. I just found out I can import my Garmin into it. Cool.

Also, when I did the Motor City triathlon I was wheezing during the swim. Well, it is called exercise induced asthma, so I - without prompting from anyone - went to the doctor and he prescribed an inhaler ... the time of my morning run (hills and all) went from 43 min to 39 min. Morale of my story - when something is not right - you should see your health care provider.

  
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BARBIETEC 7/5/2011 5:47PM

    My astma inhaler helps me a lot when I run and I can feel how I breath deeper to my lungs. I guess there is a reason it is not allowed in races. I always take the inhaler before a run and race when it is cold outside, or I am not good with my breathing. Sometimes it is good not to be first in races :) so no one cares if I take asthma medicine or not :)

Hope it will help you!

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LOGOULD 7/5/2011 11:46AM

    Oooo, convicting! I always think I need to b near death or quickly heading that way before I go to see a Dr.....maybe I can learn something from you on that one! Cool finding out about the Garmin and mapmyrun. I'm sure that the gadgets I have will do much more than I use them for, but I still become quikly discouraged when they don't do as I expect them to.

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ERLYWA 7/4/2011 10:57PM

    I have the same asthma problem...compounded during allergy season as well. I never run without my inhaler!

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JUST_TRI_IT 7/4/2011 10:52PM

    Nice to know that you are taking care of yourself. It really does make a difference!

Happy 4th to you, Jan.

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