Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Last Racewalking Post for a while

My last race was on June 9th and I've been so busy at work that I haven't finished posting the results.

The race was Southern California Masters Track & Field Championships held at California State University at Long Beach. There was only racewalking event, a 5K, and 5 entries but one was a no show. I came in second overall, but one guy was disqualified and the other one was 21 years my senior. Pedro Santoni won the race and my age group, now that he's 50 it will be nearly impossible to win races. Here's Pedro and me after the race.

Oh well, I'll be moving to Israel for the next two years for a job at The Animation Lab so I don't think I'll be entering any club races in a while!

Here are the results:
M45 5000 Meter Race Walk
Name Age Team Seed Finals Points
-- Kurtzman, James M45 So Cal Track DQ
1 Santoni, Pedro M50 Southern Cal 27:04.00 26:41.77
2 Fort, Daniel M52 unattached / 32:35.00 32:38.36
1 Rolle, Arvid M73 Easy Strider 36:25.00 36:26.02

I didn't get close to doing it under 30 minutes, though I gave it a good effort as the Polar software chart shows:

Although I was feeling pretty good, I wasn't completely recovered from the marathon I did earlier in the week. Oh well, at least I got in a few races before the craziness of finishing one job and starting the next--I haven't been able to work out since this race. All of my energy is going into my next adventure, two years in Jerusalem working on the first animated feature to be done in Israel--The Wild Bunch.

Saturday, June 9, 2007

One step at a time

First picture around the 1/2 marathon mark, second photo at the finish--ugh! Chip time was a little better, 5:37:01. It was a personal record, but way off of what I was hoping for.

The moment I crossed the finish line at the San Diego Rock 'N' Roll Marathon I was already thinking about the next race, a 5K in Long Beach. Will I have enough time to recover and get my speed back up? I took Monday off, did a "recovery" 5K on Tuesday and another 5K on Wednesday for training. Here's how it went:

Tuesday - 40:41
HR 133bpm Pace 8:11 min/km (13:10 min/mi)

Wednesday - 40:31 (4.9 km)
HR 148bpm Pace 8:13 min/km (13:11 min/mi)

Yikes--what happened? It turned out that this time the Polar RS800sd sent me much further than what I had marked as 5K in my neighborhood course. These past few weeks it was measuring much less and that was giving me false hope of doing a 30 min 5K and 1-hour 10K.

Although I was hoping to do a 10K workout on Thursday, my job had other plans for me and I wasn't able to get a workout in on Thursday or Friday. Next walk will be on the track at Long Beach.

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Alone in a Crowd

So I was crazy enough to do it. I did the San Diego Rock n Roll Marathon on Sunday. The week leading up to it was very stressful at work. We worked so much overtime that I had no time to work out, zip, nada. I was hoping to do it around 5 hours but I was willing to settle for a 12 minute/mile pace which was my original goal. However, that was not to be, not this time at least.
Bib   FName  LName City           State  Age  Sex ChipTime ClockTime Overall SexPl DivPl AgeGrade pace  ttlrace ttldiv ttlsex 10k      half     21_mi
16941 Daniel Fort West Hollywood CA 52 M 5:37:01 5:47:11 11806 6492 491 42.1% 12:52 15958 611 7729 1:12:52 2:37:45 4:21:52

The splits show how badly I fell off my pace:
10K     = 11:56 min/mile
Half = 12:02 min/mile
21 mi = 12:28 min/mile
26.1 mi = 12:52 min/mile

Even though I carefully calibrated the Polar RS800sd, it was once again way off showing 44.5 kilometers when it should have recorded 42.26 kilometers.
Data                  Value  Unit
Duration 5:37:00
Sampling Rate 5 s
Running Index 41
Energy Expenditure 3847 kcal
Number of Heart Beats 53933 beats
Recovery -39 beats
Minimum Heart Rate 123 bpm
Average Heart Rate 160 bpm
Maximum Heart Rate 172 bpm
Standard Deviation 5.8 bpm
Minimum Pace 15:47 min/km
Average Pace 7:35 min/km
Maximum Pace 4:22 min/km
Distance 44.5 km
Minimum Cadence 49 rpm
Average Cadence 72 rpm
Maximum Cadence 90 rpm

However, it does show graphically that the biggest change happened in the last quarter of the race.

Oh well--here is another nice metal to add to my collection.

I'm a bit tired, somewhat disappointed, but already thinking of the next race--a 5K racewalk at:

SAT: JUNE 9, 2007
CSU Long Beach