Spawn Of The Devil Be Damned

4 Aug

Those of you who regularly attend my training classes know that one of my mottos is: Running is the spawn of the devil. Of course, I say this facetiously, chiding those runners in the class to put more time on their bikes for better cycling performance. I know running, or any other cardio exercise is good for health and wellness. Running seems to be one of the easiest ways to get back in shape; all it takes is a pair of running shoes, some shorts and a little determination. Stride by stride, one improves.

Yet on the flip side, many of us have run so much that our bodies have broken down with fractured hips, severely strained IT bands, bad low backs, or any number of other ailments such that cycling has become the go-to activity. And this is where my spawn of the devil chiding comes in. Run if you must, but ride that bike for overall wellness and enjoyment.

It seems the Devil’s furnace has been turned off this summer so he’s been whispering in many ears to break out the running sneakers of late. B.I.T. athletes have heard the siren call, hitting the trails and pavement in force this weekend, and posting fantastic results, to boot (really, did he just use a foot pun?).

Matt Jordan and Planet Adventure hosted the 4th Annual Eagle Creek Trail Marathon on Saturday, just west of Eagle Creek Park. The event catered to runners of all abilities with the following categories: 5K, 1/4 marathon, 1/2 marathon and Full Marathon. Friday night’s rain sullied the course, making for slick and much slower conditions, however, the angel on my right shoulder grinned with approval, for the soft course meant less pounding on those fragile legs.

The Winner!

The Winner!

Deb DuBois, Cristal Garrison and Mike Garrison represented the B.I.T. crew in fine fashion. Deb WON her age group in the 1/4 marathon. She said the first two miles were fabulous as she bounded over logs and branches. After that, each log was a welcome respite to stop, slowly slide over, and then resume the running, which took one hour, 12 minutes and 53 seconds. Ouch.

Cristal Garrison completed the 1/2 marathon in 2:49, smiling all the way. Cristal said she kept hearing coach Bob’s voice saying, ‘keep it steady; don’t overdo it, hold your pace.’ Upon seeing Cristal’s exuberance as she crossed the finish line, Deb deadpanned, “Wow, she went twice as far as me and I looked twice as bad when I crossed the line.”

Exuberant Finish!

Exuberant Finish!

Better Than Champagne

Better Than Champagne

Not one to mess about with these minimalist workouts, Mike Garrison traversed the full marathon in 4 hours and 55 minutes. One can only imagine what the devil may have been saying to Mike to induce him to run for so long.  Mike was not available for a photo at the conclusion of his run.   We in the B.I.T community are known to enjoy our beer. as such, last week we learned of a new favorite sweeping the Hoosier state, Gumball Head Beer from Three Floyds. On the Monday night ride Ken Green among others, raved about the newly discovered brew, which just happens to be sold at Trader’s Point Creamery. To celebrate Deb’s win on Saturday, we went to the Creamery for dinner and toasted with the fine, citrusy, wheat ale. On Sunday B.I.T. athletes convened downtown for the Tuxedo Brothers Tri Indy, although B.I.T. athletes Deb DuBois and Josh Ginsberg skipped the canal swim, opting instead for the duathlon division of this event. Josh has worked extremely hard getting back in shape in 2013, losing nearly 40 pounds since last winter. The hard work is paying off; Josh finished 8th overall and 2nd in his age group. Josh’s bike split of 23.0 MPH was 3rd fastest bike leg on the day. Josh credits those 3 hour Sunday trainer rides with B.I.T. for his cycling succceses this season. Nice job Josh!! Deb surprised herself with a 2nd in age group and a new PR for the bike split with an average speed of 18.5 mph. Deb again credits the Monday night rides from Fishback as one of the main components of her improvement.

Podium Glass For Josh

Podium Glass For Josh

Deb Striding it out

Deb Striding it out

Happy Podium Finishers

Happy Podium Finishers

In purely cycling news, Adam Perler competed in the Masters National Track Championships over the weekend. Adam’s first event was the match sprint, a competition that pits two riders against each other for 2 laps of the 333 meter velodrome. The strategy is to outmaneuver your opponent such that you make your opponent lead out the sprint. To do so, riders hold a track stand or pedal as slowly as possible around the steeply banked track for one lap or more, the inside rider trying to hold the outside rider close to the rail at the top of the track. As the riders move slowly around the track on the lap 2, eventually one rider accelerates rapidly down the track. The percentages favor the rider who follows the first accelerator because the 2nd rider gains benefit of the draft before fully opening the jets to sprint in the final straight. However, it doesn’t always work that way as some riders open such a huge gap with their initial burst, that the trailing rider uses all his or her energy in simply closing the gap, leaving nothing left for a final burst in the home stretch.

Adam managed to negotiate the qualfying rounds in his age group (35-39) such that he ended up in an odd finale. Four riders took the track to race for one podium spot, 5th place. (National Championships award podium spots to 5 deep rather than the traditional 3). Where normally the event is a one against one, Adam faced three other hungry competitors for that final podium spot. In hopes of surprising his competitors and also hoping they might hesitate, Adam jumped much earlier than in a traditional match sprint, accelerating out of turn 4 at the end of the first lap. Nearly 400 meters is a l-o-n-g way to hold a sprint, but it was worth a surprise attack in the National Championshps.

Adam on the fly

Adam on the fly

Initially, Adam gained a nice gap, forcing the 2nd rider to work very hard to close the gap, which he did about half way through the back stretch. A strong headwind on said back stretch stymied Adam’s move and thus, the other three passed in Turn 4, leaving Adam to settle for 8th place in his first event. Lessons learned and valuable experience gained leave Adam looking to 2014 with high ambitions.

Great job to all the competitors over the weekend.

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