Friday, September 08, 2006

Getting a bit weary of the same old swim-bike-run-done? How about the Survival of the Shawangunks, which is coming up this weekend - sold out for the year so no last minute road trip possibilities unfortunately. How gnarly is this? 30 mile uphill bike, followed by 4 runs broken up by 3 lake swims - you've got to carry (or just wear) your shoes across the lakes. A limit of 150 participants. Now that would be a t-shirt worth having. On the other side of the country, in July, mix things up in Eppie's Great Race: 5.82 Mile Run, 12.5 Mile Bike, 6.35 Mile Paddle, near Sacramento and using the American River for the paddle leg. It's self-designated as the "World's Oldest Triathlon" - 2007 will be the 34th running. You can rent a kayak or canoe, and/or do a relay. They also have a kid's duathlon. Logistics are a factor as you might imagine with a point to point race involving both a bike and a boat - having a crew person is the way to go if you're doing the whole event yourself. They designate people who complete the whole thing solo "Ironpersons" which seems a little inflated for a 2-3 hour event, but what the heck. I'm surprised they haven't been sued by WTC though....maybe they've been grandfathered in if they've been using Ironperson for the whole 33 years.

Today's book - "Absolute Beginner's Guide to Half Marathon Training", by Heather Hedrick, apparently a fairly accomplished triathlete - the book is oriented toward beginning runners rather than triathletes. A friend who recently completed her first half marathon loaned us her copy to look over. Except for the picture on the cover having a freakishly large head on a normal sized body, it's a good basic book if you're just getting started with running and racing. Here it is on Amazon:

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