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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Trail Running (David  McMahon & Lise Meloche)
Rare ChiRunning in Ottawa! Sat Apr 27 @ 1pm (Eric Collard)
Looking for runner / swimmer (Timothy Templeman)
Learn to Ride in a Group (CycleFitCHICKS- Women's Cycling Club)
From Joan Hollywood: Triathlon Ontario Officials (Adam Kourakis)
Trying to contact runner Christopher Aranda (Martin Cleary)
TREK Madone 4.5 WSD Carbon (Stephane Bedard)
Aerobar T2+ Profile design (Stephane Bedard)
For Sale: Bontrager Aelos 5 Carbon wheels Tubular (Philippe Bastien)
For Sale: Easton Carbon Wheels Campagnolo/Shimano/ (velo velo)
For Sale: Devinci Silverstone SL3 (Silvia Scapillati)
For Sale: ENVE SES 4.5 With Powertap G3 (Timothy Templeman)
Giant Trinity AdvPro1 Tri Bike (Nat Vice)
PowerTap G3 Zipp 808 Clincher Wheel (Gwyn Norman)
Fake it Until You Make It Wheel (Gwyn Norman)
Adamo Race Saddle (Gwyn Norman)
For Sale: Women's Sugoi Cycling Shorts Size Small (Lara Stewart)
Boston 2019 (Ben-Zion caspi)

 
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 Bruce McNicoll        Ottawa 
 Philippe Bastien        St-Lambert 
 Silvia Scapillati        Ottawa 
 Timothy Templeman        St. Lazare 



 

1. TRAIL RUNNING
 David McMahon & Lise Meloche   (General Comments)
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Everyone is welcome to join group trail running.

When: tue 625pm and sun 9am

Where: Gatineau Park and region (starting locations and practice details posted weekly)

Who: all levels and abilities

Cost: free

Contact and Details: www.naturalfitnesslab.com
 
David  McMahon & Lise Meloche
www.naturalfitnesslab.com
Centre of Excellence for Outdoor Sport and Adventure
www.naturalfitnesslab.com
www.xczone.tv

2. RARE CHIRUNNING IN OTTAWA! SAT APR 27 @ 1PM
 Eric Collard   (General Comments)
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Hello TR folks,

I have 2 spots open for my next running workshop in Ottawa later this month.

Sat Apr 27 @ 1pm, small group setting. $25 off for TR folks.

See below for a quick preview of my workshops:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LMKLl_D4dw

Email me for all the details.

Happy trails!
Eric
 
Eric Collard
info@ecinc.ca
www.ecinc.ca

3. LOOKING FOR RUNNER / SWIMMER
 Timothy Templeman   (General Comments)
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I am a strong cyclist and I am looking for someone who is interested in doing some local tri events as a relay. I am unfortunately not able to run and I don’t swim but I am a road racer, I am coached and I am interested in doing these events for the longer tt.

So if you are a reasonable runner and swimmer we could do quite well. If interested fire me an email avro201@gmail.com

Many thanks.
 
Timothy Templeman
timothytempleman@hotmail.com
Timothy Templeman

4. LEARN TO RIDE IN A GROUP
 CycleFitCHICKS- Women's Cycling Club   (General Comments)
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Have you ever wondered "How can I Ride Safely" with others?

Do you avoid group rides, because you are afraid to ride closely with others?

Have you booked a Bike Trip and would like to feel more comfortable about riding in a group?

If you have answered YES to any of the above statements,
THEN OUR 4hr Learn TO GROUP RIDE is for you!

It's for both men and women of all ages and cycling levels.
TRUST me when I say, that in 4hrs your knowledge and confidence levels will go from a 10 - 150% improvement.

ONLY $65
For 4 HRS of PURE Coaching
REGISTER HERE
http://cyclefitchicks.ca/clinics/learn-to-group-ride/

Spots are limited

YOU WILL LEARN:

-Bike handling skills such as steering, braking, cornering, accelerating, emergency stopping
-Riding in a GROUP (following each other & Side by side)
-Drafting
-How and when to change gears
-Drinking and eating while riding
-How to look behind you while holding your line

REGISTER HERE
http://cyclefitchicks.ca/clinics/learn-to-group-ride/
 
CycleFitCHICKS- Women's Cycling Club
club@cyclefitchicks.ca
www.cyclefitchicks.ca
CycleFit CHICKS Women's ONLY Road Cycling Club.
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/cyclefitchicks
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/cyclefitchicks
https://www.instagram.com/cyclefitchicks/
Where Beginners are Wanted and Experienced Cyclist are Challenged
Location: Ottawa/Hull/Gatineau/Chelsea
Sponsored by: Bicyclette De Hull, Euro-Sports, Isagenix-Sports Performance Supplements, D'Aoust Training Systems COACHING, The CUBE Gallery and Gregory K. Pang-Barrister & Solicitor.

5. FROM JOAN HOLLYWOOD: TRIATHLON ONTARIO OFFICIALS
 Adam Kourakis   (General Comments)
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Triathlon Ontario Offering Provincial Officials' Courses May 18 in Ottawa & July 6 in Huntsville
April 22, 2019 – Triathlon Ontario, the recognized Provincial governing body of Multisport in Ontario, announced it is offering an Officials' course in Ottawa on May 18 and in Huntsville July 6th.

Officials are volunteers who help keep triathlon safe and fair for everyone. Officiating offers a very rewarding experience and many unique opportunities for those with the interest, attitude and energy required. This entry-level course is the first step on the Officials' development pathway and prepares candidates to officiate their first triathlon. No previous experience is necessary, although familiarity with the sport of triathlon is required.

Course Information:

Provincial Triathlon Official Level 1 (PTO1) - Register here
Saturday, May 18, 1:30pm - 5:30pm
Community Room
CARDELREC Recreation Complex Goulbourn
1500 Shea Road
Ottawa, ON K2S 0B2

The course is free. Candidates are expected to complete the classroom session as well as job shadowing at two provincially-sanctioned races in order to receive their qualification. Candidates should bring pen and note paper, and will be provided a rule book.

Taught by National Triathlon Official Adam Eikenberry, this course is scheduled so that interested candidates are expected to shadow at the Stittsville Grand Prix at the same venue the following day.

Provincial Triathlon Official Level 1 (PTO1) - Register here
Saturday, July 6, 9:00am - 1:00pm

NGR Community Room
Bullock’s Independent Grocer #2719
131 Howland Dr.
Huntsville, ON P1H 2P7

Taught by Continental Triathlon Official Steve Harrigan, this course is scheduled so that interested candidates are expected to complete their first job shadowing at the Subaru IRONMAN 70.3 Muskoka the following day.


Who should take these courses?
Race volunteers: If you're the kind of person who volunteers at races, why not so so in a professional capacity?

Family members: If you're driving to races anyway with family members involved in the sport, consider being right on the course as an official.

Local Organizing Committee members: You can really help your organization put on high-quality races by learning the official's job.

Coaches: This course is also recommended for prospective coaches, not only because upcoming changes require all NCCP coaches to take it, but also as valuable professional development.

Club members: Qualified officials are valuable members of any triathlon club, and can be a great help to other members with rules and qualification questions.

Paratriathletes, handlers, and coaches: Paratriathlon has a lot of rules. If Ontario is to run paratriathlon races, we need officials trained in para. This course is the first step.

Motorcyclists: Like to ride? Moto officials ride around the bike course, looking out for athlete safety and the occasional drafting violation. It's a great way to spend some time on your motorcycle while supporting a great sport.

For questions about this course, please contact Mike Mahoney, technical@triathlonontario.com.

 
Adam Kourakis
adam@velofix.com
velofix & TriRudy.com

6. TRYING TO CONTACT RUNNER CHRISTOPHER ARANDA
 Martin Cleary   (General Comments)
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I am working on a story on the top male and top female runners from Ottawa in the recent Boston Marathon. I have spoken to Stephanie Gordon, but I am having a difficult time contacting Ottawa's Christopher Aranda. If anyone in the TriRudy world can help me out with an e-mail address, telephone number, Twitter account name, etc. I would greatly appreciate it.
Thanks in advance for your time and effort.
Martin

Martin Cleary
Ottawa Citizen/Ottawa Sun (Postmedia newspapers)
High Achievers columnist
613-592-4301 (home)
martincleary51@gmail.com

 
Martin Cleary
martincleary51@gmail.com
none

7. TREK MADONE 4.5 WSD CARBON
 Stephane Bedard   (For Sale/Rent)
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TREK Madone 4.5 WSD
Full Carbon 400 series
Frame Size : 52
Rear derailleur : Shimano Ultegra
Front derailleur : Shimano Ultegra
Shifters : Shimano Ultegra
Brakes : Shimano 105
Handlebar : Bontrage
Race Wheels : Bontrage Race
Excellent condition.
No crash, no dent, no scratch
Asking $1500
Call if interested 613-791-8465
Stephane Bedard Stephane.Bedard@me.com

 
Stephane Bedard
stephane.bedard@me.com
Stephane Bedard

8. AEROBAR T2+ PROFILE DESIGN
 Stephane Bedard   (For Sale/Rent)
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Aerobars T2+ Profile design
Asking $40

Call if interested.

Stephane
613-791-8465
Stephane.Bedard@me.com


 
Stephane Bedard
stephane.bedard@me.com
Stephane Bedard

9. FOR SALE: BONTRAGER AELOS 5 CARBON WHEELS TUBULAR
 Philippe Bastien   (For Sale/Rent)
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Top wheel set from trek, same model used by the Trek pro team. Retail price was 3400$. New Ultegra Casette and new continental Competition tyres .included Photos upon request!
 
Philippe Bastien
philippebastien215@hotmail.com

10. FOR SALE: EASTON CARBON WHEELS CAMPAGNOLO/SHIMANO/
 velo velo   (For Sale/Rent)
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For Sale: USED 56 MM Deep - Easton Carbon (Shimano/SRAM & Campagnolo) Tubular Wheelset - Has Shimano/SRAM & Campagnolo bodies - $789.51 ***** Photos upon request ***** Contact: velo333velo (AT) GMAIL.C0M
 
velo velo

11. FOR SALE: DEVINCI SILVERSTONE SL3
 Silvia Scapillati   (For Sale/Rent)
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Brand New Never Used 2015. Was gifted to me but wasn’t the right size. Size is large.

Size Large

Full specs here http://2015.devinci.com/bikes/bike_474_scategory_126
 
Silvia Scapillati
Silvia.scapillati@gmail.com
Silvia

12. FOR SALE: ENVE SES 4.5 WITH POWERTAP G3
 Timothy Templeman   (For Sale/Rent)
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In excellent condition, these are ENVE 4.5 Clinchers. Powertap G3 rear hub has ant+ and bluetooth. Located in Saint Lazare QC.
 
Timothy Templeman
timothytempleman@hotmail.com
Timothy Templeman

13. GIANT TRINITY ADVPRO1 TRI BIKE
 Nat Vice   (For Sale/Rent)
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2012 Giant Trinity Advanced Pro1 Triathlon Bike
Frame size: Medium
Condition: Excellent
Components: Campagnolo Record 10 spd. FSA SLK Carbon Crank

Wheels: Campagnolo Shamal Rear wheel, Mavic Cosmic Elite - New GP4000 on both.

Saddle: Fizik Tritone
Pedals not included.

Just had the bike re-cabled and fully serviced.
Full carbon and super light tri bike - Asking $2500 or reasonable offers. nathaniel.vice2@gmail.com
Pics on Kijiji Ad.

https://www.kijiji.ca/v-road-bike/ottawa/giant-trinity-triathlon-bike/1425994023?enableSearchNavigationFlag=true
 
Nat Vice

14. POWERTAP G3 ZIPP 808 CLINCHER WHEEL
 Gwyn Norman   (For Sale/Rent)
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Get ready for race season: Most reliable power accessory on the market

PowerTap G3 hub laced into a bomb proof fast 808 carbon clincher Zipp rear wheel
10 speed with a 12-28 Shimano Ultegra cassette ready for the hills
Meticulously maintained, no chips or cracks
Valve extender included
Asking $850 o.b.o.

 
Gwyn Norman
gwyn@rogers.com

15. FAKE IT UNTIL YOU MAKE IT WHEEL
 Gwyn Norman   (For Sale/Rent)
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Want to try a 60mm front race wheel without the extra $$?

Selling a "HED. JET 60" front race wheel, plastic rim to give that aero edge without the price tag, original HED hub with super smooth aero spokes to cut the wind

Selling for $200 or o.b.o. You have nothing to lose but seconds.
 
Gwyn Norman
gwyn@rogers.com

16. ADAMO RACE SADDLE
 Gwyn Norman   (For Sale/Rent)
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ISM Adamo Race Saddle
Brand new
Road / Triathlon saddle
Selling for $100 firm

 
Gwyn Norman
gwyn@rogers.com

17. FOR SALE: WOMEN'S SUGOI CYCLING SHORTS SIZE SMALL
 Lara Stewart   (For Sale/Rent)
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Selling two pairs of Women's Sugoi Cycling shorts that are size small.

They have each been worn twice.

Sizing: I have muscular thighs and butt, narrow hips and normal waist and they fit perfectly.

Link is to the newer model from the website: https://ca-store.sugoi.com/collections/womens-bike-shorts-bibs/products/u382010f-womens-evolution-shortie

$50.00 each or reasonable offer
 
Lara Stewart
larastewart5@hotmail.com

18. BOSTON 2019
 Ben-Zion caspi   (Race Reports)
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Short Version:

In 2017, I qualified for my new age for Boston 2019, with 32 minutes to spare, 3:48:06.

Winter 2018-2019 was the worst ever; training was less, much less, than sufficient.

Traveled this time by car with two lovely ladies, Nicole and jes, was nice.

Race, as decided before, was more about soaking it all in than trying to run it as fast as possible.

It was very hot at the start and pouring rain and vicious wind at the end.

30,234 runners registered, 27,355 started, 26,632, 97.4% finished.

Male 70-74 (my age group) - 165 registered, 143 started, 132 , 92.3% finished

Ran the course in 4:34:36, 63/132 in my age group, gender - 12,451/14,662,
overall - 21,776/26,632.

Long Version: VERY LONG VERSION.

Boston marathon is the holy grail of most runners (see Long Road To Boston by Mark Suctcliffe and many other books).
I did visit it in my running ‘career’ which started in 1997, five time, 2000 was the first.
Approaching 70 years on earth, I decided to run Boston again. On one run with my friend Catherine Peirce, approaching 50, I asked her for a date on April 15th, 2019, and she agreed.

Both of us had registered to a new race in 2017, du P'tit Train du Nord. It is a race in Quebec, claiming in its inauguration year to be a fast course, giving its runner high probability to qualify for Boston.

I did not worry too much about not being able to qualify. I need 4:20:00 to qualify, and most of my marathon races were below four hours. Catherine, a very good runner, did not worry too much about it either, and both of us with many other runners in our group, run the race on October 2017 and qualified for Boston 2019.

Start training for Boston 2019, I have already run 38 marathons, 5 of them in Boston, so training schedule was more or less a given.
Initially I created again a 16 weeks schedule, running five days a week. In those 5 days on the first 8 weeks hills training on Wednesdays and 6 x 1 km repeats. Some Fridays 2 km repeats and others a kind of pyramid run. Tuesdays and Thursdays 8 to 12 km easy run and Sundays long run.
I had the best intentions, like in all my previous marathon training, to follow this schedule.
The notion is, that if you do 80-90% of the schedule, your race will be OK.

We all heard about Climate Change, didn’t we? Well, winter 2018-2019 was a real proof that normal, predictable weather is a thing of the past.

The snow started on October and did not totally melt till April 18th. During the winter we had many sessions of freezing rain that made clearing snow from sidewalks and paths an impossible missions.

Running outside was hazardous, doing speed work outside was asking for troubles and hills training was very questionable also.

So what to do?

My first long run, starting my training was on December 30th. Looking at my log, I ran 19.3 km in 2:02:30 and had a comment; “very slippery”. Pace was 6:14 km/hr, quite slow. I was able to run only 4 times that week. The following 5 weeks I ran only 3 times a week, most of those run on the treadmill. No hills training no speed-work.

At that time I made an executive decision. For this Boston marathon I will maintain a minimum schedule. Will not even try any speed work, nor hills, but will try my best to run all the long runs.

I got to 23 km run on the treadmill. That long run on the treadmill was a real nightmare.
So for the following weekend, 26 km run, I knew I will run it outside.

This run was even a bigger nightmare. It was -19 Celsius wind chill. Blowing snow made visibility very iffy. Part of the run was a slow walk trying to figure where is it safe to put my feet.

Those 26 km took me 3:13:20. It was a test in endurance and will power. I had money for a cub, and contemplated few time to stop one. I persevered and made it somehow back home.

To save you doing the calculation, the pace of this run was 7:27 min/km. And I did it all by myself!

I was lucky that for most of the following long runs, I had someone to run with. Karine and I joined forces to support each other on those long run on iffy footing. Speed was not much of an issue. The main goal was to get back home in one piece. One little slip and going to Boston can be a thing of the past.
Few times after long and frustrating run, we had Karine’s hot tub to relax in after, which was great.

Weeks have passed and our last long run of 27 km arrives. Footing was much better and we managed a ‘blazing’ pace of 5:50.
I ran the tradition 16 km a week before the race, which supposed to be run at your marathon race pace, with Dawn, even faster, 5:46 min/km.

Well, as far as I was concerned, it was much faster than race pace run. Way back when I modified my schedule to 3-4 runs a week I also decided that in 2019 Boston time will not be the essence.

I bought a new water belt for the race with the regular two bottles to hold my 8 ounces of hummergel and a big pocket to hold my phone. The idea was to take photos along the race.

I was already hallucinating during my training long runs about getting to Wesley College ladies and taking as many selfies as possible, kissing them.

My way to get to Boston had changed few times and eventually Nicole, Jes and I traveled together in Nicole’s car.

Traveling with this two ladies was great. They are both faster runners the I am, so I did not share long runs with them.
All long distance runners know about their runners friend a lot, chatting together
during your long runs.
That was not the case with Nicole and Jes, but after driving together for 14 hours, Ottawa Boston and back, we know each other much better. I tried to give the least of info, but some got out.

Leaving Ottawa was tad..., how can I describe it, I will not.
I drove to Boston before, through Watertown and Albany via 401. Nicole had her GPS set, having no clue what route. So I ‘made’ her to head to the 416 to get to the 401. Her GPS lady, I will not tell you how Nicole calls her, kept insisting that we drive to the 417. We arrived to the 416 when Nicole decided to listen to somebody she never have met than to me, and we did an illegal turn on 416 to head to the 417. I owe her 3 coffees for our 15 minutes we’ve lost. We lost another 15 minutes, but I will not tell you why. You can ask Jes if you really want to know.

We got to Boston after around 7 hours and spend 40 minutes trying to find a place to park. Finally we found a place which required Nicole to download and app to be able to pay. She did that and we had a short walk to the Expo.
The line to get in was all the way into the street but we got in fairly fast. Getting the race kit was no problem and right after we got some traditional photos and some not so traditional, like me trying the Boston shirt, in case I wanted to change size.
The obligatory purchase of the Boston 2019 jacket came after.

Nicole took me after to my hotel after the Expo experience.
Catherine and I shared a room in Midtown Hotel with another lady Cathy, whom I did not know earlier.

The room was practically full with 3 beds. I was the lucky guy in the middle bed, between Catherine and Cathy. Just that you know, Carol, my dear wife, fully trusts me.

Catherine, Jonathan, Colin, Sandra and I got out together for Saturday dinner. It took some effort to find. It was hard without pre booking to find a place. We did settle somewhere at the end and it was fine.

Sunday morning, Catherine Cathy and I were up early and went out for a short run. We ran around and visited the finish line at the end. From there we walked to our hotel.

For the last supper, we joined Judy’s group, the famous K2J group of Barrhaven. Claire, a friend of mine also joined us.

It was nice to meet and talk to people I did not know, and the meal, which was schedule to 4:15 was OK. Pasta with meatballs, like many others pre race dinner for me.

Obviously it was early in the evening after such an early dinner. So… what do you do till bedtime on an evening before a race. Jonathan Catherine and I contemplated this and that and everything else, and at the end we decide on what everyone else does before a marathon, to go and play bowling.

I hit it big at the beginning, but when I saw the kids, Catherine and Jonathan, getting upset, I let them win. Catherine had 99 points, Jonathan 93 and I had 82. It is obvious that none of us had much expertise in bowling.

It was fun and after 10 game we headed to the hotel. Jonathan guides us through the subway all weekend and we got safe to our hotel.

I had an OK sleep, but as usual was up way earlier than the alarm.

I broke the night fast with my regular cereal, coffee with dates and orange juice.

What to wear to the race was obvious. The weather forecast kept changing all weekend regarding how much rain will we get and how strong the wind will be. One thing did not change. It will be a hot and humid.

I was prepared for heavy rain with serious throwaway raincoat and threw away running shoes.

Getting to the race we did not use Boston yellow buses to get to the Athlete Village. We are city people, not some common villagers. We traveled with the bus that brought people from Montreal to our hotel.
Claire, joined us on this bus also.

It was pouring rain the whole trip from Boston to Hopkinton, We left Boston at 7:30 and got to the parking spot near the Athlete Village at 8:40. There were many buses and lots of porta potties. Not waiting in line in in the mud for us.

I was in wave 3 and left the bus with Karine and few other at 9:50. The rain stopped when we arrived to Hopkinton but I still wore my throwaway shoes and raincoat.

At 10:20 we started to walk toward the corals area. It took some time and 95% of the runners had to at least pee.

The porta potties just before the corals had long lines. I joined one of then and after few minutes I realized I am surrounded by ladies. Looking around I saw down a big yellow, what else,sign: URINALS Men Only. An area of many four positions peeing spots structures. In seconds I was majorly relieved.

I was ready to roll. Well, as I said before, this time I registered to Boston Tour, not Boston race, so I was not anxious at all.

I had sunscreen with me ready to put it on just before I start. I covered all my exposed skin. Runners looked at me funny. It was very cloudy and misty. I offered to some around me if they wanted to use my leftover sunscreen and they all refused. Boy, was they ever sorry after they got to the finish line. So many got sunburn.

If you are still reading and wondering if this is a race report or some other long novel, hold on. I am just about to describe the race.

Finally our wave started at 10:50. I was in coral 7 and crossed the starting mat at 10:54.
I decided to start with a six minutes per km pace.
The first 8-9 km are mostly downhill. We were pretty congests at the start I began to chat with one of the runners near me. I talked about many runners who start too fast in Boston and die at the last 10-12 km. He replied, saying he also likes to start hard. I told him, you should not. It will hurt like hell at the end if you do. He asked me politely: “how many Boston did you run”?
I replied this is my 6th. Well, he said, this is my 17th consecutive. I probably got red face and told him I am taking back what I’ve said. He smiled, we talked some more and then he took off.
I kept my decided pace. It was warm and humid, 13-14 Celsius.

My nutrition plan was as in any marathon I do. Eight ounces of Hammer gel in my two 10 ounces bottles mixed with water. Taking 2-3 ounce every 30 minutes just before a water station, so I can drink the race water.

After 5 km I started to feel the heat more and from there on, in every water station (every mile) I drank a cup of water and poured a cup on my head.

I was running and looking around trying to find any interesting something, so I would stop and document it with my camera.

At 11 km I finally had my first subject. The High Five dog. A man with his female dog, she was standing, was high-fiveing the runners with her front right paw. I stopped, got my phone from my belt pocket, chatted with the owner and snapped a shot of the dog.
Catherine, seeing the photo after the race did not approved. She saw it as somewhat animal’s abused. Maybe.

Kept running at my pace and at about 20 km, after 2 hours I finally arrived to my main destination. The Wellesley College. A famous cheering place of the Boston Marathon. The young ladies students are standing there screeching, screaming with big signs that ask the runners to stop and kiss them.
I knew that this year I am not just high fiving them and pass by fast. The plan was to stop kiss and take selfies with at least five of them.

Mission accomplished.

I knew that Jonathan is cheering on the Ottawa runners right after, and sure enough he was there. This guy is something else. I learnt to love him this weekend.

After that I started slowing my pace. My main motivation was gone and I knew what is ahead of me; Newton Hills and the 3rd of them, Heartbreak Hill.

Well, I had one more motivation, the beautiful medal you get at the end and the fact that so far I never DNF (Did Not Finish) a race I started.

So I kept running. Heartbreak Hill is at mile 21. All marathoners know that a marathon really starts after 20 miles. If you trained well you should be able to keep your pace or close to it for the last 10 km. If not, you are toasted. That’s the famous wall that runners hit in a marathon.
Well, I hit that wall way before. I walked all of the Newton Hills.

I did not have any hill training and I was fully ready to walk those hills.

My lack of training was amplified by the conditions. We trained in Ottawa in very cold temperatures, with many layers and special means to protect your private.
On Monday, April 15th when the sun came out for at least 1.5 hour of race time, and temperature got to 23 Celsius, we put ice in our shorts trying to cool our core.

I finally got to the end of Heartbreak Hill. I Stopped and took a photo of a big sign: “Heartbreak Is Behind You Now”. Then the wife of the guy who held the sign took a photo of me waiving the sign. I had a big smile on my face, but admittedly, totally faked.

OK what can go wrong in the last 10 km of the race. I had no doubt I’ll finish, but pouring rain and materialization of the wind warning at the last 7 km was what went wrong.

I was cold and miserable. Believe it or not I walked few times in this perfectly flat part.

As I wrote before, I did not care how fast will I finished this Boston, but I have to admit, I thought it would be nice if I finished under 4:20, my qualification time. It is nice to have a BQ (Boston Qualifier) time in Boston. I had it only once in 2010.

That hope was out the window at mile 18 if I remember right. The hope to finish sub 4.5 hours was out the window also when the wind picked up.

Oh well, another Boston medal and a many stories to tell is good enough.

If you are still reading you’re really nuts, but there is somewhat more to tell about crossing the line and the aftermath, so keep it up.

The run along Beacon St., km 38 to almost 41 km took forever. Finally reaching Commonwealth Ave with around a mile to go I picked up the pace. NOT.

It was still pouring rain and very windy. I was hallucinating about the finish line, running like a dead man walking.

Turning on Hereford St. which is a very short run before the turn to Boylston St., my eyes were very happy. They saw the finish line.

It is about 400 meter to run on Boylston St. Sandra was waiting for me at the finish line. She cheered on Colin, her dear husband hours ago. He was on wave one and burnt the course in a blazing time of 2:57. Many others came by and Sandra was there to cheer on me. She actually saw me seconds after I've passed by her. Oh well. I would have happily stopped for a hug and another selfie.

I crossed the finish line. I did not even look at the clock. I knew it is over 4.5 hours. Long time in cloud, mist, rain and fierce wind. I was very happy, but what I really wanted was hot drink and salty something.

I kept walking after crossing the finish line. If you don’t know, it is a walk of few miles till you get to the area where they give you the medal and few more miles till you get the blanket to get warm a bit, and few more miles till you get your food bag…. OK, change the miles for 100th of meters, but after 42.2 km it does feel like miles.

I did this walk. Got the medal from a pretty young lady, what else. Got a bottle of water, cannot find any hot drink. The volunteer put the blanket on me and put some scotch tape so it stays on me. Did I mention anything yet about the fierce wind?

So I was ready for the slow walk to my hotel. From the finish line, where the medical tent is, it is a one km walk. If you start your walk at the allowed exit of the finish line, at Berkeley St. the walk becomes almost double.

I knew it will be too hard for me to walk it without a rest and getting some hot salty drink.

So… I took a ride in a …. Wheelchair to the medical tent.

I guess I looked pretty bad, since they had no hesitation to roll me there.

I was given two options; a bed or a chair. I took the chair and ordered hot salty broth. They had it on the menu and in no time I was sipping it. Most people seating around me had various levels or cramps.

All I needed was this hot broth and 15 minutes of rest to be as good as new. NOT.

But I was ready for the slow march to the hotel.

On the slow way there in the strong wind and light drizzle of rain I was happy with the executive decision to visit the medical tent.

I saw two runners down on the sidewalk, at two separate location, being treated by medics.

Took me almost 40 minutes to get to my room. Catherine and Cathy were there telling me they started to get worried.

It was all good after I got there, and much better after the warm shower.

It was late and we were just about to leave for the second meal organized by Judy.

OK, I’ll make it short from here. The food was not good at Legal Oysteria, at least for me, since I do not like fish, and who eats something else in fish specialized restaurant?
Me.

Colin made it better after, taking us for dessert in a good place he knew about.
That was very good. Thanks Colin & Sandra for that treat.

I said it will be fast from here.

Had a good night sleep, good breakfast with Catherine and Nicole got me around 11:30 for our drive home.

Seven hours later, home sweet home.

It was a very enjoyable 3 days trip with some misery in the middle, but hey, you cannot have it all good, right? Wrong

There was no misery, just some extra test in resolve and determination.

Thanks for reading.

Ben-Zion Caspi

 
Ben-Zion caspi



 Adam Says: Thanks for the report, Ben. It's great to see a great race report from you.