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Sitting Ducks and Other Winter Festivities

Well, it’s been a while since my last update. What have I been up to? Well, no flies on me! I’ve been shoveling snow. I’ve been shivering. And gosh, I’ve spent just a TON of time slipping and sliding too. Before I knew it, it was February! Now correct me if I am wrong, but I am pretty sure Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, so we got six more weeks of this shoveling, shivering, slipping and sliding to go. Bloody heck!

This weekend provided a bit of a reprieve from the mundane winter months here in Boston and we all had an opportunity to crawl out of our snow huts and do a little racing!

The weekend got rolling on Saturday morning when Karen and I met our friends and training partners Peter and Steve for the annual 1-hour swim. For those of you who don’t know, the hour swim is a USMS national event where, at some time during the month of January (notice how we procrastinators put it off until January 31??), you swim as far as you can in an hour. Sounds dreadfully boring, right? Cut me some slack….it’s winter in Boston….we do what we can!

I went in the first heat with Peter. Neither of us could stand the agony of sitting on the pool deck watching the other 2 go…..we both had to get it done. About 15 minute in, I thought I might die. By 30 minutes, I was tempted to waive the white flag, and beg for mercy. Somehow, by about 35 minutes or so, I became comfortably numb, and in the end? Not so bad. 5110. Further than last year, but still shy of a PB. That’s OK. Can’t have a PR every day, and I was better than last year, so I’ll take that!

After a bike workout that afternoon, and a good night’s sleep, Sunday would be the legendary Team Psycho Indoor Time Trial. 15K of maximal suffering. Hosted by Fast Splits Multi Sport, the 8th Annual Team Psycho ITT drew some 112 riders in heats of 8-10.

This year, in a fun twist, top women riders from last year were seeded in the top 2 men’s heats and given 2:39 lead. 2:39 was the average between the top 4 women’s times last year and the top 4 men’s times. Karen and I would be "Sitting Ducks" in the men’s A heat. We sat, we quacked, and in the end, Ethan Brown, the U23 National Champion would blow by us both, finishing in a blistering 21:46. Not bad for a kid who weighs less than my right thigh!

I, myself, managed to finish atop the women’s field, feeling really strong on my new Kestrel! Sure, there’s work to be done. But it’s February 2, and according to Punxsutawney Phil, there’s time, and I am right where I need to be!

Check out the TP ITT video courtesy of Alicia Shoemaker (that’s Jarrod next to me with his "Warren-esque" headphones (think…"There’s Something About Mary"….)). Photo courtesy of Don Callahan.

Huge thanks to Fast Splits and all my teammates on Team Psycho for a fun, and pain-filled day! And thanks to Kestrel. My new Airfoil Pro SE is HOT! There was much bike envy over my new ride yesterday!!

Persistence. Determination. Love. The Journey!

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