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#16521 - 10/03/05 06:23 PM New hardcore race in NP area!! American Zofingen Duathlon
MurphysLaw Offline
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There's a brand new event happening later this month at the Preserve, the first annual American Zofingen Ultra Distance Duathlon.

Race format is:
5.15 mile trail run / 85 mile road bike / 15.45 mile trail run. Very demanding hills throughout.

There is also a short-course version, which is:
5.15 run / 29 bike / 5.15 run

I signed up for the short-course version.
(If I'm feeling saucy by the time the event rolls around, I might sack up and go long, we'll see...)

Anyway, this joins the S.O.S. as a premier endurance event right in our backyard, so I thought you might enjoy hearing about it.
(and the best part is, NO swimming!!! )

Event homepage is here

pass the Advil....
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#16522 - 10/19/05 04:18 PM Re: New hardcore race in NP area!! American Zofingen Duathlon [Re: MurphysLaw]
MurphysLaw Offline
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Here's a cool thing - a map reader that shows the bike course (1 loop, race is 3 laps of this course)

See here to check it out....

Ain't technology grand?


I reconned the bike course (by car) and the run course (on foot) yesterday.
Beautiful scenery on the bike course.

Run course is pretty crazy. There's one part that's like running up the Stairmaster, only more technical (rocky singletrack vs. nice stone blocks )

Forecast is calling for temps in upper 50's, rain, and wind. Builds character.

Wish me luck....
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#16523 - 10/24/05 08:05 PM Re: New hardcore race in NP area!! American Zofingen Duathlon [Re: MurphysLaw]
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Well? How did you do?
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#16524 - 10/24/05 08:12 PM Re: New hardcore race in NP area!! American Zofingen Duathlon [Re: d-elvis]
MurphysLaw Offline
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I'm still out on course....



Posted from MurphysLaw's Blackberry Wireless HRM
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#16525 - 10/24/05 08:31 PM Re: New hardcore race in NP area!! American Zofingen Duathlon [Re: MurphysLaw]
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Ya did good for a guy way to in touch with his feminine side (and too modest)

1st in his age group (old farts), in the LONG course, 4th overall, behind three PROS

http://americanzofingen.triathletesonline.com/?cp=100

Excellent dude!!
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#16526 - 10/24/05 10:25 PM Re: New hardcore race in NP area!! American Zofingen Duathlon [Re: d-elvis]
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Registered: 06/24/02
Posts: 1421
Loc: Boulder
That's a really good showing for someone toting a blackberry!

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#16527 - 10/25/05 02:11 PM Re: New hardcore race in NP area!! American Zofingen Duathlon [Re: intrepid02]
pitfall Offline
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Registered: 11/01/00
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Loc: Albany
Nice job Mike!
You're getting to be more and more Kenyan every day!
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#16528 - 10/25/05 03:43 PM Re: New hardcore race in NP area!! American Zofingen Duathlon [Re: pitfall]
JoeKayak Offline
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Registered: 06/21/02
Posts: 970
Loc: Manhattan


umm....I take back every veiled threat I've made about any future race we might both be in....NICE JOB!!!! and you didn't even sprain your thumb sending us a post mid-race!

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#16529 - 10/25/05 03:47 PM Re: New hardcore race in NP area!! American Zofingen Duathlon [Re: JoeKayak]
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Registered: 06/21/02
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Loc: Manhattan

ps....did you use your new tri bike?

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#16530 - 10/25/05 05:16 PM American Zofingen Duathlon - Race Report [Re: JoeKayak]
MurphysLaw Offline
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Registered: 03/12/02
Posts: 2308
Loc: Hudson Valley, NY
Thanks all!

It was a long day, and a surprisingly successful one. I expected to finish in 9+ hrs (it at all), and hoped that maybe if I put it all together I could be near 8.5, so I was shocked that I was able to finish as well as I did, particularly against a stacked and talented (albeit small) field.

If'n ya wanna read more about the race, here's a nice link:
http://www.duathlon.com/forums/talk/13993?page=3

Thanks to RD John McGovern for organizing this event, and to the Mohonk Preseve for allowing us to hold it there. It really was an amazing venue. (FYI - John is a local, and super-studly duathlete himself, who has won pretty much everything he's ever entered. It was his passion and vision that made this event a reality)
And thanks to all the awesome volunteers - it wasn't a particularly fun day to be standing around outside (41 degs, cloudy, damp, windy ), and we couldn't have done it w/o you.
And of course, thanks to all the sponsors. This was a VERY well supported (and schwagged ) race.


Here's a race report for ya, apologies in advance if it runs too long...

The night before, my wife is actively trying to talk me out of racing. It's monsooning out, and there's lightning, and the temps drop into the upper 30's.
Alarm goes off at 3:50am. It's still raining, lightly.

Fast forward to the start of the race. John M's daughters/nieces are singing the National Anthem. They start off quietly, but then gain confidence and then most of the competitors join in.
It's a very low-key small race, but you get the feeling that you are part of something that will become much bigger. Must've been what it was like doing one of the first Ironman events.
Race starts - it's still kinda dark, and very wet. We set out on the first run loop, which we will be revisiting later 3 more times, after a brief cycling interlude.
Feet get soaked and muddy - hey! this is just like adventure racing.

Finish the run, somehow I am one of the first half-dozen or so to the TA. I don't even know this at the time. Throw on bike shoes, vest, helmet, and go.
After riding down the dirt and gravel access road to Spring Farm, you head up towards the Mohonk Mtn House gate. It's steeeep. I'm in 39x27, "spinning" at like 65 rpms, but feeling pretty good.
Descend down from the top at mach schnell, but the road is twisty (w/ decreasing radius turns, what engineering school dropout thought *that* was a good idea?) and wet and covered in leaves, and then hit the straightaway, top speed about 49 mph. Bang a hard R at the stop sign, and cruise out Butterville Rd (absolutely gorgeous, in spite of the clouds and fog) to 299. Ride up past the Mtn Deli and the hairpin, gee, it sure is quiet here today...

Whip down past W. Trapps, then up, and up and up, past Minnewaska.
The sun came out briefly, and there were shining white cliffs, raging waterfalls, and brilliant foliage, it was like being in a kaleidoscope .

Now, it's "all downhill from here". I make the insanely sharp R turn onto Rt 27, a volunteer tells me I'm in 4th place. Huh? No f'n way. Spin along back roads all the way back to the bottom of Mohonk, and head back up. Another cyclist catches me, it's a guy I "know" from a Tri website, and he passes me. I try to limit the damage, and stay w/in a minute or so of him on the climb.

Then, we head downhill, and I am Il Falcon !, and I reel him in on Butterville Rd. We ride relatively together for a while (NO drafting), and as we're climbing the tail end of the 2nd big climb from the hairpin to Minne, another cyclist goes by us, looking strong. Is this guy doing Short Course? I figger he might have been a Pro who missed the start. Turns out he was a Pro, who got lost on the first run leg and ran an extra 1.5m. Ooops.

I've only now, after climbing up Mohonk AND up to Minne, started to thaw out from the prior lap's descending. (the course is pretty much all climbing or descending, not much flats). My hands felt like wood, and my feet were 2 frozen cinder blocks. And I'm wearing tights, l/s base, l/s bike jersey, vest, long finger gloves. The Pro (whom we later learn is Ryan Jones, a very accomplished Pro Tri and Duathlon athlete) was wearing a sleeveless Tri top and bike shorts, and THAT'S IT.
Turns out he ended up begging some socks from a volunteer, and some gloves from the RD's daughter along the way.

OK, no biggie, now I'm in 6th. Still way better than I ever could have hoped or expected. Matt and I chat a bit, he says "You never hear long course athletes saying 'gee, I wish I'd ridden harder on the bike'" - good point. Don't wanna blow up, there's still a bit of trail running in our near future.

Lap 3, Matt pulls over to take another leak. I figger I'll be seeing him again shortly, like the last 2 times he stopped for the pause that refreshes, but this was not to be the case. Back end of the bike loop, I pass a guy who is hurting, standing going up a moderate hill. I try to say something encouraging, I don't know if it was even intelligible. The last climb SUCKS. I am shot.

Finally roll into the TA, I'm in 4th place, yougottabekidding! A bit over 5 hrs on the bike, by far my longest and hardest ride all year, ok, pretty much hardest ride EVER.
Lose the tights, vest, gloves and jersey, put on some nice (and dry, for the moment) socks, and trail running shoes. Wow, my toes are completely numb. This is like ice climbing, only without the Jameson and Samalanches and dropped ice tools.

I head out amongst enthusiastic cheering from the small crowd of volunteers, spectators, and finished short course athletes at the Slingerland Pavillion. Thanks gang! (I don't find out until much later that one particularly attractive cheerleader is none other than Uber-tri goddess Desiree Ficker ) OK, I'm running now (which is really hard to do on frozen feet) but man, do I need to pee, I haven't gone in over 5 hrs now...

I employ a jog/power-walk strategy on all the steep technical singletrack uphills, and then run reasonably fast on the carriage road descents. I keep waiting for the wheels to fall off, but they don't. I had mentally budgeted an hour a lap for these last 3 laps, and amazingly I come across in 46, 47, and 48 mins.
Thank you Hammer Gel (and Red Bull). Where science fails, sugar and caffeine succeed.
I'm a pretty mediocre runner, so I keep expecting one of the gazelles to catch me from behind, but I never see anyone back there....
Just keep moving, run/jog/shuffle as much as you can, and don't stop.

There's the finish line, run up the stairs of the Pavillion, break the tape that the kids have across it, and I'm done. Get some dry clothes on (I'm feeling borderline hypothermic, since it's still in the low 40's, and started to drizzle at the end), and then grab some nice hot stew and a Keegan Ales Mother's Milk - yummy!!
Chat up all the other competitors, including my buddy Jordan who was the overall winner, he came across in an amazing 7:12 finishing time, 25 mins ahead of 2nd place. He is an up and coming (and local) multi-sport Pro, you'll be hearing much more about him in the future, I'm sure.

A great race, a great event, at a great venue. If it had been easier, it wouldn't have been as rewarding.
A truly spectacular and challenging experience. Being able to participate in something like this, at my "second home" up in and around Gunklandia, was just tremendously rewarding and humbling.

I hope to see some of you there next year.
-M

(PS - No, didn't use the new bike. Didn't make sense not to dance w/ the girl that brung me )
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#16531 - 10/25/05 06:11 PM Re: American Zofingen Duathlon - Race Report [Re: MurphysLaw]
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Quote:

one particularly attractive cheerleader is none other than Uber-tri goddess Desiree Ficker




Her and I are very happy



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#16532 - 10/25/05 08:32 PM Re: American Zofingen Duathlon - Race Report [Re: MurphysLaw]
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Registered: 04/16/02
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Wow, Mike! Congrats. That sounds really cool.

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#16533 - 07/05/06 06:43 PM Re: American Zofingen Duathlon - 10/15/2006 - second annual [Re: learningtolead]
MurphysLaw Offline
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Registered: 03/12/02
Posts: 2308
Loc: Hudson Valley, NY
I noticed this sleepy old thread, and figgered I'd let all the peeps know that the SECOND ANNUAL version of this is taking place again in and aroung Gunklandia this October 15th.

I will once again be partaking in the silliness (unless I happen to qualify for a certain race the following weekend, but that's highly unlikely), so hope to see you there!

Here's the website link:
American Zofingen - Oct 15 2006
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#16534 - 07/05/06 09:24 PM Re: American Zofingen Duathlon - 10/15/2006 - second annual [Re: MurphysLaw]
ScottR Offline
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Registered: 05/27/05
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No short course this year ? I would be up for that but training for the whole enchilada would seriously put a crimp in my climbing.

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#16535 - 09/18/06 03:10 PM Re: American Zofingen Duathlon - 10/15/2006 - second annual [Re: ScottR]
MurphysLaw Offline
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Registered: 03/12/02
Posts: 2308
Loc: Hudson Valley, NY
The American Zofingen Short Course option has JUST opened for registration as of 9/15/06.

There are only 200 total slots available for LC + SC, so if you want to do either variety, it'd probably be a good idea to register sooner rather than later.

I cannot recommend this event strongly enough.
Whether you go short or long, it is a fun, challenging adventure in a beautiful setting (the GUNKS!!!!)
(Were I not going be otherwise occupied at that time, I'd be doing this again, in a heartbeat.)

PS - as of now, there's a bridge out along the back part of the bike loop. The RD has been promised that it will be fixed in time for the race, but if not, the current detour adds ~1m in riding distance to each bike loop.
No biggie, but something to be aware of.

HERE is the event homepage, yet again

Now everybody can begin posting their excuses as to why they aren't going to do this.....
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#16536 - 09/18/06 11:46 PM Re: American Zofingen Duathlon - 10/15/2006 - second annual [Re: MurphysLaw]
pitfall Offline
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Loc: Albany
Here's my excuse list:
1) I just got my first road bike in 19 years.
2) The "gym" I belonged to this summer only allowed one hour of training a night, not good for endurance training.
3) I have to have permission to leave the county.
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#16537 - 09/29/06 03:01 AM Re: American Zofingen Duathlon - 10/15/2006 - second annual [Re: MurphysLaw]
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Ummm, excuses, right, I've become a master at this game......

I've become a fat, arthritic, lazy s.o.b. Hows that?

wait, I always was.......
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