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in: chitownclark; chitownclark > 2016-08-04

Aug 4, 2016 9:55 PM # 
matzah ball:
thats pretty fast by my admittedly abyssmal standard. have you considered doing a triathlon?
Aug 4, 2016 10:02 PM # 
I used to do five or six tri's every summer. Swim 1.5km - Bike 40km - Run 10km. And I used to train by doing 'bricks' which are combinations of those disciplines in a single workout.

Bike to run was the most difficult transition to make. So we usually went for a run every time we came in from a training ride. Lots of fun. And living so close to Lake Michigan, I enjoyed the Run-Swim-Run brick probably the most.

But strictly amateur status. Tho I did do a nationally-famous tri called 'Liberty to Liberty' where we jumped off the Statue of Liberty, swam across NY Harbor to New Jersey, then rode our bikes 100+ miles to Philadelphia, and ran to the Liberty Bell by a roundabout way. Was on TV both in NY and Philly as well as the NBC Nightly News.
Aug 4, 2016 11:15 PM # 
matzah ball:
hadn't heard of that one...sounds cool.
Aug 4, 2016 11:24 PM # 
'Back in the day.....'

As a 75-yr old, it is always fun to reminisce. Thanks for prompting those memories.
Aug 6, 2016 1:04 PM # 
Would that be off the crown or off the torch?
Aug 6, 2016 2:41 PM # 
Well actually it was off the rocks below the statue that were facing Ellis Island, which we proceeded to swim past. We started very early...before 7am. So despite all the warnings about pollution, the river was glassy-smooth, warm, and great swimming.

Our 100mi bike route took us through Bayonne, across Staten Island, past Fresh Kills, and back into New Jersey where the roads eventually opened up. Very hot day. By the time we crossed the Ben Franklin bridge into Philadelphia, I was beat! And still had a 10k run to finish at the Liberty Bell. The swim was definitely the best part of the day!
Aug 6, 2016 9:20 PM # 
Agree. Having been at the SOL last July 4th, I could only imagine/hear "splat". Must have been quite the triathalon, SOL to Phily.
Aug 6, 2016 10:14 PM # 
matzah ball:
As a 75 year old, is it also fun to contemplate doing similar adventures today? Perhaps not as strenuous or extreme but you are still a relatively good swimmer, biker and runner, and in sum stack up pretty well against your age group?
Aug 7, 2016 10:19 AM # 
Thanks for your continued encouragement. Butl the limiting factor in trying to 'race' as a 75-yr old, is that they don't keep the Course or Finish line open long enough! No fun fighting with the cops just to get a DQ.

And my slow pace doesn't seem to improve with training. It seems to be a function of joints and ligaments too worn out to operate with any range or speed. And shuffling along at a 16-min/mile pace really isn't much of an aerobic exercise, tho I still enjoy it.

But as PG has found out this year, when the legs fail, you can still gear down on a bike and get a good workout...and get your heart rate up as high as you wish. Rowing is even better, more controlled. And I hold the Chicago indoor rowing record for 70-74 Heavyweights for 2000m. Next spring I'm going for the 75-79 record.

And even at 16-min/mile, I'm currently #3 on the 2016 Chicagoland running circuit, with eight races so far this season.

But the reason I 'stack up' pretty well against my age group is: there's no one else out there! Of the millions and millions of people in NE Illinois.....there are very few guys 75 & over who show up at the Start lines. So I get a podium finish just for showing up! And at this stage of life, along with strolling a couple golf courses every week, that's 'adventure' enough!
Aug 7, 2016 3:10 PM # 
8 men in M-90 at WMOC this year.
Aug 7, 2016 3:25 PM # 
Ha ha! I'll bet they were all Nordic! And no North Americans older than 74! Those old Swedes are amazing! I'll bet those M90-s could beat me!
Aug 8, 2016 3:36 AM # 
3 Swedes, 3 Finns an Estonian and a Swiss. Of course, traveling from further away than that might be a more daunting obstacle for a 90 year old than the race itself. Also two women in W-90 and one in W-95, all Swedes.

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