A Staten Island triathlete and endurance coach ventures into the ultramarathon realm where there are seemingly no limits to human endurance. In 2013, he successfully finished the Grand Slam of Ultrarunning (picture of 2013 Grand Slam finishers above; I'm second from right), becoming only the 282nd person (since its beginnings in 1986) and only the fourth New Yorker to finish four of the oldest and most prestigious 100 mile ultramarathons in the U.S. in only 10 weeks.

Sunday, November 15, 2020

 On "virtual" races for 2020 & beyond.

When this whole
#Covid19 thing started earlier this yr & races on my schedule started to get cancelled, I embraced the "virtual racing" trend that kept my motivation up.

I signed up for virtual #Ironman #triathlon races on the weekends & then entered the Great Virtual Race Across #Tennessee 1000K Run in which we had 4 months to do (I finished in 80 days).

During the 1000K, the momentum just fizzled out & it became a chore #running when I wanted to schedule other #fitness wkouts.

Once I was done with the 1000K, I decided "no more virtual races."

I still see offers for virtual races in my emails & I have to say no.

I'm all for real racing again. I'm the competitive sort. Real races push me to limits more than virtual races.

Lucky I deferred 2021 races in #Florida & #Idaho; where the restrictions are much less severe; these races might happen!

Red states will more likely offer real races.

 

(finish line of 2019 Ironman Ireland, which happened during my 50th Birthday. Finishing was the greatest birthday gift!)
 

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P.S. I was asked on Parler where internationally races are most likely to happen. Here is my response...


Depends on the country. Very pessimistic about Western Europe, England, and Ireland. Eastern Europe might be a better bet; most of those countries had been under the Iron Curtain and a lot of those people still remember how life was under those terms. Poland, maybe some of the Balkan states, Armenia (with reservation since there's been tension with Turkey lately).

As for Asia... that's a tossup. There's been a lot of tension there and I would be apt to avoid right now. Latin America and Africa I don't have much research on. Australia and NZ avoid at all costs.

It's my opinion, so feel free to take or leave my advice. If you can get travel insurance that covers cancellation due to Covid, then that helps a lot.

Saturday, October 31, 2020

 "Oh you're selfish, only worried about the economy."

"Oh, you're selfish, only thinking of yourself & not wearing your mask."

"Oh you're selfish not taking that
#Covid19 #vaccine."
 

Yes, I'm selfish.



I'm selfish because I need to make sure I'm secure in my own way before I can start thinking of other people.

I'm selfish because I have to make sure I have the ability to put food on the table so that I have the ability to give to others.

I'm selfish because I need to make sure my #health isn't adversely affected before I even consider wearing #masks for others.

We need to be secure in our own right so that we *can* give to others. If we're secure financially & #fitness -wise, we can continue to give to others for a long time.

If we are not selfish & sacrifice our finances & health to others, we will be gone. Then who will support those that need help?

Only when we improve ourselves FIRST can we be there to improve others. 




Friday, October 30, 2020

Don't Try to Wait For Things To Happen, MAKE Them Happen!

 I *almost* stopped myself from #running!

 
It's raining hard here in the Northeast US, and it's 45 degrees, not a nice day to do anything besides running.

But learning one of life's lessions, I know I can't wait for perfect conditions to seize the #opportunity. Because more likely than not, those perfect conditions might not come at all.


Sometimes it's good to go ahead despite the conditions and adjust to the conditions when needed.

Instead of waiting for an opportunity, I would *create* my own opportunities.

So I got outside and ran my 6 miles. And it was a GREAT run!


A little microcosm of life. If you're looking to start a business or make a big decision, it might be more feasible to start now instead of waiting for the perfect opportunity. It's a leap of faith you might be grateful you took later.

#fitnessmotivation #fridaymotivation

Sunday, June 14, 2020

New "Semi_Virtual" Race on Staten Island, this time in and around Clove Lakes Park!

The race is virtual, the course is real!

Starting Monday June 15 and finishing Sunday June 21, this semi-virtual race will be open to the public. It will be on the same 4 mile course as the Celic Run (with slight changes).

Link to the registration:

https://runsignup.com/Race/NY/StatenIsland/StatenIslandSemiVirtual4MileRunCloveRoadandCloveLakesPark

Map of the course:






 Video of the course can be seen on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/NRc_auWnyjY


If you have a GPS watch that uploads to Strava or Garmin, then you're set! All you need to do is register, run the course, upload the data to Garmin and Strava, and then notify me that you finished by giving me the link to your run on Garmin or Strava.

If you don't have a GPS watch, I will be at Clove Lakes Park to time everyone on an individual basis on Sunday June 21 from 8-10AM. Look for me at either the start on Clove Road or at the finish near the Stonehendge building (I'm in a brimmed hat). Both the start and the finish are reasonably close to each other so if you don't find me at the building, take a 30 second walk to Clove Road and look south towards Victory Blvd, and I should be there.

I will tabulate the results and will post on the address above and on the email list.

This is a free race; donations are accepted.

Friday, May 29, 2020

Ironman's New Unrealistic Back To Racing Guidelines

Friday, May 8, 2020

Epic loop from Goethals through NJ to Bayoone Bridge - 25.5 miles

Thursday, May 7, 2020

1st week of the Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee 1000K is done! 66.8 miles!