Spring in Minnesota, well maybe Fargo too, consist of having your heated seats on in the morning and your sunroof open on the way home. One day it is 90 degrees and the next a brisk 50. I didn’t plan on running Fargo at all but signed up in late April for the marathon to use it as a training run. The real goal this summer is IRONMAN Wisconsin 70.3 and Grandmas Marathon which are back to back weekends. Crazy, I know, but it's in our blood to be a little crazy.
I was off to a good start with assuming i coulD just drive up race morning and run. Small issue with no race day packet pickup left me homeless race night. Thanks to some stellar friends, I had a perfect little place to stAy. As i found out on Race day, it was just the place I needed to stay! I was surrounded with medals, awards and even big foam board checks. I think there was even something speciAl in the water! Thanks number 616 for the place to stay! (Did you see that PERFORMANCE at IMCHOO 70.3!?)
Race morning came around quickLy. Sleep has been less than favorable lately with a crazy schedule and Emie. The dome was scheduled to open at 5:30 per the event guide yet the security guards felt 6 was good enough. Just had to keep the positive mojo going you know! Anyways, I ate some snacks, walked around and ran into Mike and some other folks from Alex. (Did you notice how Mike crushed it too!?) You would think smooth sailing from here, wrong. Bag check was on the floor of the doMe and for all the 26.2 runnerS, they had 3 people taking and checking bags. The line was a good 30 people long as they were starting the announcments and Canadian/USA national anthem. Some added stress for us marathoners for sure!
The race started and it was cold, windy and well...Fargo. The first 6 miles or so were spent just trying to warm up and find my stride. I was hanging with the 3:55 pacer for as long as i could. Then my stomach had other Plans and I made a pit stop! Rather than chasing him back down, i took the next 3 miles to catch back up to him and was just hanging in the “draft pacK” for some miles until that damn stomach made me take another pit stop. That was twice! Woof! Anyways, at this point the 4:00 pacer was next to me and i made the decision to leave him in my dust.
I was feeling good, not tired, not winded but the legs were SHREDDED. I had just went on a 21 mile run the weekend before so once again, that taper thing...I just kept running and pushing harder. The discomfort is short term, the times are posted on the internet forever! With that, i buckled down and made that last turn down into the loading dock of the Fargo DoMe to see the clock still under 4:00 (gun time). I crossed the finish line, Stopped my Garmin and snagged my medal, some chOcolate milK and some pizza. Did i mention they had cookie dough!? I didn’t look at my watch time till after some nutrition and saw 3:53! A flippin’ new PR for me. Sure makes me excited for Grandmas were I hope to break that 3:50 mark or better!
But first, IRONMAN WiscoNsin 70.3 in Madison so me and Stealth need some one on one time for sure. Hopefully those new parts I installed were asSymbled right!
Again, huge thanks to KIa who doesn’t kill me for being gone training and racing. A huge thank you to Branden for the place to crash and thAnks to all the Vounteers on the course!
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The Fargo Marathon is next weekend and i'm off to a great start as I ASSUMED I could just drive up the morning of and grab my packet and run the race. WRONG! I had to scramble the week before the race and look at stupid over priced hotel rooms but thanks to some cool friends it all worked out. Swimming and biking have been on the back burner with the prolonged winter. Stealth spent way too much time on the trainer and I never completed any long trainer rides so that left some time for running, mostly on the treadmill but still running. Today was spent hammering out a 20 mile run. Yes the whole taper thing and being a week out from the race blah blah blah. Fargo is a training run with a "free" T-Shirt and medal for me. The end goal is a 3:45 at Grandmas and to just improve on my half iron time at IRONMAN Wisconsin 70.3 coming up in a few weeks. So while most have been prepping for Fargo for months, I am using Fargo to prep for these other two races.
2018 has been a weird training year so far but these are the stats. Going to be cramming a whole lot of swimming and biking in the next few weeks. Likely a long bike ride tomorrow, both for training and then to burn off Mother's Day brunch!
* That long bike ride turned into a bike ride / side of the trail repair shop. Bolt securing the extensions to the stem snapped off thus leaving the extensions loose and UNRIDABLE. So there is that...
Swimming: 8 sessions for 5.77 miles
Biking: 26 sessions for 279.81 miles
Running: 54 sessions for 312.69
- Best of luck to Mike Loween at Fargo Marathon along with his running buds!
- Best of luck to Branden Scheel who is off to CHATTANOOGA for IMCHOO 70.3
- Keep crushing the training for IM Boulder Corey Nygaard and get that KQ!
COLT or Chain of Lakes Triathlon for most of the world is the local race here in Alexandria, Minnesota. A race which just a few years ago attracted 170+ athletes. This year the event only brought in 57 triathletes on what was a near perfect day for racing. Evidence of this was Branden Scheel breaking the course record ( wWw.bscheeltri.com ) after a solid swim, fast bike and just stupid fast rUn! The KOna Kid raCed his way to a STELLAR 2nd place finish in his now famous speedo as weLl.
For myself, training just hasn’t been there as life has kept me busy and I’m more focused on a maratHon PR at Grandmas. I had swam 3 times since IMWI in September for various reasons so WASN'T feeling that great about swimming. As for the bike, all mY rides but one where On the trainer with a 10 mile ride thAt week to make sure the shifting was on par with the race wheelS. Luckily, it was spot on! Lastly, the run, which is usually my strongest of the 3 i wasn’t worrieD about and was planning on 7:00 miles.
Race day started with a chilly morning rain bUt the skies were clearing and the morning wind helped blow away the clouds makIng for darn near perfect race conditions. After the normal packet pickup and Sharpie party we were off to the pre race meeting and swim lane assignments with the pool sWim. After hanging out with Branden and Corey for a bit along with Corey’s parents and my dad we watched heat 1 swim and got ready for heat 2. I was the 3rd swimmer in mY lane and after about 6 laps tapped the 2nd swimmer to pass as i felt myself being held up and just tried to get out of the pool as quickly as possible. With my lack of swimming that equaled a slow swim of 11:00 minutes and it was off to T1 which was fairly quick and i was ready to make up some time!
While not the fastest biker, i do enjoy the bike portion the most. Just something about the speed and being in control. After being on the trainer, getting Stealth on the pavement was a blast, just love tHis bike! I started off Feeling pretty good and Closed the gap on some riders. About halfway into the ride we had a head wind that I burned some matches on but also passed a few riders in the proCess ans was on the home stretch to T2 where i was just behind Mike. Think i averaged just about 21 MPH on the bike which i shouldn’t be happy about and need to improve!
T2, normallY the quiCker transition but Not this time. After i got Stealth on the rack i discovered i was missing a sock. The wind or Another person had caused It to be MIA so after some wasted valuable time, I was off to chase down Mike with nO socks and even further behind. The first half mile was brutal, like my legs felt like sacks of spuds! Once we turned onto the trail they Released and i was in stRide. Nearing the end I got to run past Kia, Robb and Emie who were sitting on the race course just a few blocks from my house. Was nice to see them out there and i gave it a final push. I passeD one last racer and could not get past Mike who just like last year, beat me. With all that, I think the run was 7:15 mileS whicH was also slower than exPected.
After crossing the finish line I discovered nobody was around but I did notice a group of people hanging around Kia who happenEd to have Emie whiCh thUs attracted like everyone. Guess this should be no surprise sinCe she gets her name from IRONMAN. Emie got her name from the M-Dot lOgo and was a great sherPa dog at her first race! The day ended with a 10th place finish and watChing Branden and Corey going 1st anD 2nd whiCh is just as fun!
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