Remember back during the Hurricane Sandy era when I ran with New York Runners in Support of Staten Island? Dr. Jordan Metzel who organized the initiative spearheaded yesterday’s event, so I knew it would be legitimate and worthwhile. Anyway, after completing a morning swim with some of my Full Throttle Endurance teammates, I went uptown to Columbia University for a day of trigeeking out.
The seminars fell into four general themes: Optimizing Your Life in the Water; Optimizing Your Life on Land: Maximizing Your Run Performance; Triathlon Topics: Some Nuts and Bolts; and Hot Topics in the World of Triathlon. After each the final presentation in each category, the experts participated in a panel discussion and answered audience questions. The agenda also included a coaches roundtable and interviews with some reputable and high-profile individuals (most notably Amby Burfoot, winner of the 1968 Boston Marathon and Editor-at-Large of Runner’s World), plus a keynote presentation from Dave Scott, a six-time Ironman World Champion.
I arrived a little late from the pool, so I missed the first speaker. My favorite presentation of the day was probably from Dr. Paul Weiss who addressed how to master open-water swimming anxiety. He had me laughing out loud!
He also relayed some helpful tips like doing the catch-up drill to prevent being kicked in the head while in the open water.
Between sessions, we explored the vendor area (no pictures, my bad!) and trigeeked out big time.
Can’t beat being on the cover of Triathlete magazine!
Other random tidbits of information I found interesting:
-During an Ironman (2.4-mi. swim, 112-mi. bike, 26.2-mi. run), triathletes burn 8,000-11,000 calories.
-Although it’s important to be flexible (especially in terms of riding in aero), it’s more crucial to be strong, aka triathletes need to strength train on a regular basis.
-Triathletes should train to run, not run to train.
-When riding in the saddle, the engine must be in the right place to maximize power and efficiency, aka triathletes need to get a professional bike fit.
During his keynote speech, Dave Scott talked about defining success.
His point about enjoying and relishing in the journey of training really resonated with me. According to Scott, triathletes spend 95 percent of their time training and five percent racing. We train to compete, and in order to swim, bike, and run at the level we desire (keep in mind triathlon draws perfectionists/type-A people), we log a lot of time to prepare our races. If you don’t love it—truly love it—those laps in the pool, hours on the trainer, and minutes on the ‘mill will seem absolutely miserable.
I obviously love racing, and since moving to New York City, I’ve really fallen in love with the triathlon lifestyle. Most mornings, I wake up before my alarm (that’s set for a time most would consider ungodly early) because I’m so excited to swim, bike, or run. I’m also lucky enough to train with teammates who feel the same way: we embrace our early bedtimes, and most of look forward to hitting the hay because we’ve been awake since 4:30 a.m. we’re so pumped to get after it the next day. (So guilty, so not sorry.) And above all, we support each other because we get it.
Even though we have different strengths, weaknesses, and race schedules, we’re friends, teammates, and each other’s biggest fans—so spectating the NYC Half on Sunday was a no-brainer. Two of my teammates raced (one of whom PR’ed!), and three of us decided to cheer them on. Hey, if you can’t run as fast as they can, then you can at least watch, right?
The race began at 7:30 a.m. with one loop through Central Park before the course headed south along the West Side Highway and finished at South Street Seaport. Kudos to everyone who ran—the temperature hovered around 30 degrees!
My teammates and I planned to see the start and then make our way downtown and stop at several mile markers so we could see our runners multiple times. That didn’t exactly happen, though. We grabbed breakfast and plenty of coffee at Whole Foods, and by the time we arrived at the mile 12-13.1-area, one of our teammates had finished. Fail. (On the bright side, we’ll have a chance to redeem ourselves as spectators at the Brooklyn Half!) At that point, we hung out at the finish and waited for the others to come in.
And I just realized how sappy part of this post sounds–whoops! Hopefully some of you understand what I mean. And if not, then please don’t make fun of me–ha!
Have you attended a sport-related seminar or expo? What did you think? Do you prefer racing or spectating?