Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Montauk Century Ride

Tackled my second century ride 2 weeks ago, the Montauk Century. 

Rode out from Babylon to Montauk, along beaches, through amazing suburbs in the Hamptons and not many hills :) a respite after the New York Gran Fondo. 

Stayed out of bunches and rode a solo ride the whole way to get practice for the ironman ride. Averaged 18.5 mph which was ok but I was hoping for a slightly faster time considering the lack of hills. 

The rides rest stops we great, including one serving the best pie on Long Island. I had been convincing myself I would not have any pie there until I got to the rest stop and saw them all. Couldn't resist and tucked into a slice of raspberry peach pie. Yummy. But it repeated on me for the next 30 miles...

Did a short run at the finish to get the feel for how my legs were doing after 112 miles. Was painful and not inspiring! But I know it takes around 3 miles to get them moving well and I only ran 2.5 miles, so not a true test...

First long ride with my new carbon wheels, they did great!

The famous pie rest stop:

Boston's Run to Remember

Over the Memorial Day weekend Claud's, the kids and me travelled up to Boston to spend time with friends and run the Boston Run to Remember, a half marathon through the center of Boston run to honor Police killed on duty in Boston. 

This years run was especially emotional following the Boston Marathon bombings and we were very fortunate to get a place and happy to run. 

Unfortunately my one month run of poor health continued and I was laid down by stomach "issues" for a few days. But the issues did let up for a few hours and allowed me to run the race before coming back with a vengeance. 

The race route was great, going through Boston's downtown and then out along the Charles River before doubling back, threading through the back bay, around the Boston Common and then back to the start line at the World Trade Center. 

Weather was a bit rough, cold and rainy. My alarm didn't go off in the morning either! So everything was stacking up for a rough day...

We got to the start line a little late and so were not able to get up front, which meant we were stuck in slow traffic for the first 5 miles. Narrow streets made for no passing. In the  end we ran 1:55' a negative split which was great, but not a wonderful overall time. We ran together the whole route which I really enjoyed. Claud's is becoming a strong runner and I am looking forward to running the NYC marathon with her in November. 

Best moment of the race was high 5'ing police officers outside the MIT Police station, they had all pulled out their squad cars and were lining the streets to greet the runners. The policeman killed by the marathon bombers was stationed at this police station and so was a great way to pay tribute to him. 

Some photos from the race and the Boston Marathon bombing sidewalk memorial.

Ironman Finish Line - Go to clock time 13:16:19 to see me finish