2019 Scrooge Scramble

Our Christmas Day tradition of running the Scrooge Scramble 5K in Rockville continued. Debbie and I have run this classic 14 times since 2004. Once again, Shepard and Dahlia joined us for this festive affair that benefits the Cornerstone Foundation.

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As usual, we saw many old friends. The Silk City Striders and Shenipsit Striders always have a good turnout. Todd Brown and the Wilson Family have become an integral part of our Christmas morning celebration.

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This year’s course as again a loop affair. We lapped it six times. The twist was that they started the “elite runners” 15 minutes ahead of the rest of the pack so that we had more open road to run. That made me chuckle since the only elite runner I saw was the winner (aka Santa). The rest of us in the first wave were good, but hardly elite! We did have fun.

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It’s true that with a 1/2 mile loop and 200 people, it can get crowded, but that’s all part of the fun. Shepard and I stuck together and didn’t have to weave through the crowd until our last lap.

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Debbie wasn’t far behind us in group one and Dahlia ran with group two. That meant we could cheer for her. After the race, we mingled a bit and then I changed into my cycling kit. I took a lovely 30 mile route home and nailed my 4,000 mile 2019 goal with a week to go.

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Now, I can shift from riding to running and see if I can hit a distance milestone on my feet. Debbie and the kids returned home and they spent some time with their gifts. Debbie and I are grateful for the ability to provide for our family and to support organizations like the Cornerstone Foundation.

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Race Results

2019 The Ice Weasels Cometh

The 2019 cyclocross season came to an end today, a day later than planned. In the end, the postponement of The Ice Weasels Cometh was better for me. I didn’t even have to wash my bikes! They will need an end of season cleaning at some point, but for now, they are happily hanging in the basement without another race to attend.

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While the USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships were going on in Lakewood, Washington, the unofficial championships of New England were going on in Medfield, Massachusetts. Weasels was  fitting end to a good cyclocross season.

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I did the singlespeed race at 3:00 P.M., which was the finale of the 2019 Zanconato Singlespeed Cyclocross Series. I did eight of the nine races in the series which started back on September 9th. This was my 15th cross race of the year.

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Yesterday was a total washout, so the promoters let everyone know on Friday that the race was being postponed until Sunday. Thankfully the course drained well. The wicked winds also helped dry things out. The temperature was mild, rising to the mid-40’s by mid-day. By late afternoon it had dipped back down to 40 and the wind was whipping.

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I felt pretty good and managed 6th place after battling with Keith Burgoyne, Eric Wyzga, and Henry Lord. The four of us have fought all year-long. Keith is surging and capitalized on his late season form, pulling away from us with two laps to go. Eric, Henry, and I remained locked in battle as we worked our way through a lot of lapped traffic. The Zank  SSCX race was run in conjunction with the fat bike race and between us, there were more than 100 people on the course.

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I managed to take the lead amongst the three of us with 1/2 lap to go and led them through the worst of the lapped traffic. This was to my advantage and I was able to hold them off as we blasted up the final asphalt straightaway to the finish line.

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Several of my Team HORST Sports mates joined me at the race. Art Roti, Brett Chenail, Boden Chenail, Keith Enderle, and Dave Geissert all wrapped their CX seasons with an Ice Weasels finish.

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I’m very happy with my season, but also very happy that it is done. I was feeling the burn  as we approached the December races and was just hanging on. I was able to get motivated for today and was happy that it wasn’t muddy. I was able to ride strongly and spend time with my cyclocross friends. To celebrate the last race of the year, I had pancakes for breakfast and then again for dessert after dinner tonight. On to 2020.

Race Results (will be posted when online)

2019 Santa’s Run

Today we returned to the Glastonbury Santa’s Run for the first time since 2011. It was my 9th time running this local 3.5 mile race. I first did it back in 1989. This year’s race had 912 finishers. The low entry fee and community vibe have always made this a fun one for runners and walkers of all abilities.

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This was the first time for the kids, though I’ve pushed them in the jog stroller before. I knew that my legs would be heavy after yesterday’s NBX G.P. of CX, but I still pushed hard. I had to stretch my legs on the final 1/2 mile uphill to hold off Laurel Manville who went out hard. She finished second behind Lindsey Crevoiserat who had a strong run. Olivia Mondo was hot on Laurel’s heels, finishing only two seconds behind. In recent years, Melissa Stellato has had a lock on the top spot, but she didn’t run this year as she is pregnant with her second child.

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The top men were Philip Mitchell, Pat Dennen, and Nick Blanchard. Special mention goes to Brett Stoeffler who was 5th. At 52, I’m still chasing him! He runs such a smooth pace, its maddening. I kept him at 15-20 seconds for the first two miles but then he pulled away. Of course, he didn’t speed up at all. I just slowed down!

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Debbie and Shepard each won their age groups. Shepard had to hold off hard charging age grouper. His legs were a bit weary after giving it his all at NBX yesterday, but he too persevered and had a strong run. Todd Brown and Debbie had a great battle up the final climb and all the way to the line. Debbie needed 10 more feet to beat him, but he survived. Dahlia also had a strong run, breaking the 10 minute per mile barrier for the second race in a row.

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We saw a lot of other friends. Now that cyclocross season is coming to a close, we will likely return to running more races, though I expect we will focus on trails. The Santa’s Run always gives an ornament to each finisher, so we plan to get our Christmas tree this afternoon and now we have four more ornaments to decorate it with.

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Race Results

2019 NBX Gran Prix of Cyclocross, Day 1

I’ve always got mixed feelings when the cyclocross season winds down. On the one hand, I’m so ready to be done. Normally that is because I’m not tired of racing, but because I’m tired of packing for the races, traveling to the races, and cleaning up after the races. I do tire of the crashing, which seems to be common in cyclocross, at least for me. On the other hand, when it is over I will miss the excitement, camaraderie, intensity, and competition. I’ll also miss the New England parks, schools, and other neat places that we visit throughout the fall.

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Yesterday was Day 1 of the NBX Gran Prix of Cyclocross. We aren’t returning for Day 2 like we have in recent years. Shepard and I were able to manage one more race day, but we opted not to do another double/full weekend. He culminated his CX season at NBX whereas I’ll get in one more event at next Saturday’s The Ice Weasel’s Cometh. Some friends will be headed to Tacoma, Washington for the USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships, but that’s a long way to go for a cross race. We have done Nats before, but 2019 is a year to skip. Next year, the Nats will be outside of Chicago, so there is the possibility that we will go.

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Shepard went out on a high note with a strong ride in yesterday’s Cub Juniors race on a cold, blustery, and icy day at Goddard Memorial State Park in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. The early season snow made for a challenging track as it didn’t melt in time for the race. Between the icy corners, sand, and leaves, the course was very slippery. I had a couple of hard falls on my pre-ride of the course. That made me cautious and tentative for the actual race. NBX is one of the more technical courses we do.

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It’s always been real trouble for me. I perpetually underperform on this course and haven’t yet figured out if that is a mental issue or if my bike riding skills just don’t match up well with Goddard State Park. I’m not able to get my heart rate up and not able to maintain my speed through the tough technical corners. I also usually have a handful of mistakes (e.g. falls, bobbles, etc.) and yesterday was no exception. I biffed it in the sand on a couple of occasions and that cost me valuable time. Nevertheless, I had a blast.

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Since I raced the Masters 40+ race we didn’t have to spend ALL day at the event. They don’t do a singlespeed race at the series/UCI events. Shepard’s race was at 8:47 A.M. so we were up early and on the road by 6:00 A.M. That is one aspect of cross season that has grown tiresome and I won’t miss it even if I continue too get up early. We have packed our van and trailer late on Friday nights many times this fall, and I’ve had enough of that for now.

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It was great to see Jon Gallagher from ONe2Go Results. Jon is a dear old friend, fellow Boston College alumnus (though he never raced on the BC Cycling Team) and someone I raced with many times in our younger days. He is based in Utah, but spends a lot of time on the road, timing cycling events all over the world. This fall, he has been to New England on a few occasions, but this was my first (and last) chance to catch up with him face to face in 2019. We had a meaningful conversation in the cold finish line trailer, but it was awesome. It’s been 25 years since we spent the summer of 1994 racing our bikes in Belgium.

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A few of our Team HORST Sports and Team HORST Junior Squad teammates will return for Day 2 today and we wish them luck along with all of the other racers whether they are there for a final Nats tune up, or if this is their last race too. The Ice Weasels Cometh will be my Nats and I’m looking forward to it.

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Shepard and I have spent some special time traveling to these races. NBX was my 14th cross race of the season and it was his 13th. On the way home, we passed through Providence and grabbed lunch at Plant City. On Sunday, we will spend some time with Debbie and Dahlia, do a little running, get a Christmas tree, and reminisce about our most recent cyclocross adventure.

Race Results

2019 Secret Squirrel CX & Bishop’s Orchard Cyclocross

Our four-day Thanksgiving Holiday weekend culminated with the Bishop’s Orchard Cyclocross in Guilford, Connecticut. The penultimate event was yesterday at the Secret Squirrel CX in Raynham, Massachusetts. We proceeded those races with a low-key hike of Mt. Holyoke in Massachusetts, and a kicked off the weekend on Thanksgiving at the Manchester Road Race. IMG_0279

Bishop’s was a fitting end to the weekend as I did the last race of the day and the last race of the 2019 CT Series of CX as the snow was flying. It was a spectacular ending to this awesome little series. Last year’s Bishop’s was equally as epic as it took place after a heavy snowmelt and the course was waterlogged. Today, in the morning, the course was like tundra, but by early afternoon, the flakes were falling. By the time my race started at 2:30 P.M., the snow was falling heavily and it only intensified over the next hour as the Elite Men and Singlespeed (Men and Women) fought their way around the tough (and hilly) orchard course.

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It was another long day of cyclocross for our family. Yesterday was just as long but I’ll come back to Secret Squirrel later in this post. As good as that race was, it can’t come close to today’s spectacle in Guilford, so that is where I will focus. It wasn’t just the weather that made today special. The race is part of our home state series and we had strong participation from Team HORST Sports and the CCAP Team HORST Junior Squad.

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The kids have been the highlight of this CX season again. CCAP has done a remarkable job at building a cyclocross community and getting so many juniors involved. In addition to my son Shepard, our juniors included Boden Chenail, Lars Roti, Owen Lezon, Ethan Lezon, Sean Rourke, and Alexandra Miller-Davey. Our Masters racers included Wade Summers, John Meyerle, Brett Chenail, Rich Frisbie, Arthur Roti, and Andris Skulte. That was a wonderful turnout for the CT series finale.

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Team HORST Orange was on the podium many times. Awards were given for:

  1. The race
  2. The USA Cycling Connecticut State Championships
  3. The CT Series of CX

I won’t list all our series winners and podium finishers because the the final results aren’t posted yet. However, finishing on the podium today were Wade (2nd in Men’s 50+) and Alexandra (2nd in Junior Girls 12-14.

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I noted that we spent the whole day at the race. Shepard raced at 9:47 A.M. so we were out of the house by 7:15 A.M. Dahlia joined us. Both kids were troopers for spending the day outside in harsh conditions. My father, Stanley, also came to watch the Junior races, which was cool. We had use of the Team HORST tent (which had a little heater) and the Bishop’s Orchard barn which had some heaters too, but they still had to brave the elements. They will sleep well tonight. Debbie did the Shenipsit Striders Shenipsit Trail End-to-End Run, so she skipped the race. She spent all morning in the woods. She left the house at 5:10 A.M. The run started in East Hampton and she did the first “half” finishing in Bolton Notch at 12:15 P.M. She thought about coming to Guilford afterwards, but with the bad weather, wisely opted to stay home and prep dinner for us as all three of us were quite “hangry.”

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One series result I’m positive about is my own. My race was nuts. As mentioned, we were the last to go off. The Elite Men started one minute in front of the singlespeeders and the race was slated for 50 minutes. It was snowing steadily at the start but by the half-way point, it was coming down extra heavy. The course conditions deteriorated quickly and it got very slippery. I stayed on my bike, which was goal number one.

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My Seven Cycles Mudhoney SL has been a beast all season. I just love this bike. On the start line, I realized that my front Tufo tubular had lost a little air during the day. I put 25 psi in it early in the morning, but it softened up. I yelled for Shepard to go to the pit and get my other bike and wait for me should I need it, a geared Mudhoney Pro (with zip ties locking out the shifting). The kid was awesome, he spent the entire seven lap race in the double-sided pit moving my bike 14 times. A friendly stranger gave him some hand warmers for his gloves as he was frozen solid standing there in the snow.

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The good news is I actually like the low tire pressure and decided to just keep riding my dedicated SS bike. It was probably 20 psi and it was ideal for the conditions. Bishop’s is as hilly as it gets. We gained nearly 1,000 feet in 10.6 miles and it was up and down. The course is also almost exclusively on grass (other than the asphalt finishing stretch) and is quite bumpy, so you have to constantly pedal. There were many tight turns and several technical off-camber sections. It was an excellent track. I was forced to get off for the barriers and then on one of the steepest climbs.

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I opted to ride all of the orchard climbs even tough I could have run faster. The strategy there was that my cleats were getting caked with ice and mud which made it very difficult to clip in. So, I wanted to minimize my dismounts. That meant that I rode some of the hills at an extremely slow pace and I was even forced to tack back and forth a few times to get up the hills. It was hilarious. I loved it.

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It was a small field and I spent the first half of the race battling with Eric Wyzga for 4th place. He and I battle every week and we finished 9th and 10th yesterday at Secret Squirrel. So, we know each other well. To his credit, the SS race was his second of the day. He also did the Men’s 3/4 race and rode well. So, despite doing three races in four days, I had the advantage this afternoon and I took it. I eventually distanced him and held on to my 4th spot. I also stayed on the lead lap which took a big effort since the Elite Men started one minute in front of us and just as I crossed the finish line for start of my 7th and final lap, the two leaders were sprinting behind me. I got there first which meant I had another 8+ minutes of suffering and fun in the snow.

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That was OK because I wanted to keep riding. I ended up with 58 minutes, which was long. Shepard brought my pit bike back to the car/trailer and I rode straight there to meet him. I let him jump inside and I started the car to get some heat going. Our tent had been packed up when the rest of the team departed. Dahlia was staying warm in the barn, but she eventually joined us. I didn’t even change. I packed our four bikes in the trailer and then we drove up to the store as Dahlia had to use the restroom. We are lucky she did because while we were waiting for her, my phone rang and it was Jake Kravitz calling from the barn.

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He asked if we were still at the race. I replied yes and asked why. He said I placed in the series. That was a pleasant surprise. I knew that I was sitting 4th coming into the race, but didn’t realize that Donny Green (despite winning today in fine style) didn’t complete the minimum number of races. He came into the race in 3rd place, but the series also rewards participation and consistency. He got some nice prizes for winning, so I didn’t feel bad about beating him out on participation.

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Since Donny hails from Massachusetts, I also got bumped up to third for the Connecticut State Championships. I earned a nice medal. First went to Connor Walsh and second to Anthony Vecca. For the series, it was Anthony on the top step and Connor in second. For third, I got a sweet handmade Ukrainian goblet. I was thrilled. Shepard was a good sport, joining me in the barn and taking photos.

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I mentioned Jake, who did was a big help to the race promoters. The Bishop’s staff and volunteers did a fine job. So did Rob Stiles who pulled together all the results and hosted multiple award ceremonies in the barn. Between Jake and Rob, they kept the energy high all day long. This was a great finale.

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We got back in the car and then had a wild drive home. I was so glad that we took my Subaru Outback rather than our Volkswagen Eurovan. I actually had the van packed and trailer attached by 6:30 A.M., but checked the weather and made the switch. It paid off as it was white-knuckle driving with post-holiday traffic and nasty weather. It took us 90 minutes to get home and we were quite thankful that Debbie had made a hot meal for us.  Everyone was cooked after four days of intense outdoor activities. I’ll have some bikes to wash and gear to clean, but it was worth it. Now for some rest. The work week starts tomorrow and it will be another busy one.

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Bishop’s Orchard Race Results

OK, so a little bit about Secret Squirrel. Shepard and I spent Saturday in Raynham. His race started at 8:30 A.M. so we had to get up very early and make the two-hour drive. There is no fast route to Raynham as it is due east. We just made it in time, but he missed call-ups and had to start in the back row. He was a good sport about it and used an adrenaline surge to move up to 6th in the combined junior field. He held his spot and ended up third in his age group earning a nice scarf as a prize. We had to hang around all day as my race didn’t go off until 2:45 P.M. It was a Zanconato Singlespeed CX Series event, so it was a full field that also included some fat-bikers. I had a decent race, but my legs were still hammered from the road race on Thursday. As mentioned Eric and I fought the hard fight and I came out on top. The Zank Series finals are in two weeks at The Ice Weasels Cometh.

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Race Results (will be posted when available)

2019 Manchester Road Race

“This is Thanksgiving in Manchester!”

That’s the same refrain that I’ve heard Race Director Jim Balcome proclaim 30 times since 1985 when I ran my first Manchester Road Race at the age of 13. This was the 83rd edition and his 43rd as RD. This year was also my 25th in a row since I returned to the race in 1995 after a four year layoff.

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Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and the MRR has played an integral part in making that so. I love milestones and 30 years of doing anything is a substantial one. I’m proud of my consistency and the fact that I’m literally and figuratively running strong at 47 years-old. I’m not unique in having a long streak. Amby Burfoot did his 57th MRR today. Todd Brown did his 43rd. Janit Romayko has done more than 50, and so have many others.

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Even more special is that Shepard did his 7th and Dahlia did her 4th. Who knows if the kids will maintain a streak, but the fact that we do this event as a family makes the day even better. Debbie doesn’t keep track of records like this, but she has probably done it close to 20 times.

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I haven’t run fast in several years as I’ve been shadowing Shepard in recent MRR’s. This year he was ready to run on his own and push himself. I got the green light to give it my all. Debbie ran with Dahlia. Both kids smashed their personal bests. Shepard really wanted to win the 13 and under age group as he was 3rd last year. He figured that breaking 31 minutes would put him in range of the AG win. He did 30:13, exceeding his own expectations, but three boys went faster and he ended up 4th, the harshest position to finish in when the awards go three deep.

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He took it fine, which was impressive to witness. For a moment he was bummed out, but then I saw that fire that burns inside of him was stoked even more. He is a goal setter, and has amazing self-motivation. I know where he gets that from. The balance and understanding comes from his Mom, so I would say that the blend of character that he exhibits is a winning combination. He was very happy with his performance and as long as he can stay positive and keep progressing, he his wonderful endurance sports career will continue to develop. The most important thing is that he continues to have fun.

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Dahlia is our little tiger. She knocked 12 minutes off of last year’s time and pushed hard to achieve that result. Debbie says she ran the entire 4.748 mile distance which is remarkable since she occasionally stops (in protest) during races and says she can’t take another step. Today she took quite a few steps (she has small legs!), and in a field of 12,000 or so runners, it was wise that she kept moving.

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Unlike last year’s frigid temperature, this year was much more seasonable. It was around 42 degrees Fahrenheit at the 10:00 A.M. start but it was windy and raw. The breeze was a stiff one and hit me hard in the face as a head/cross-wind around the 4-mile mark. My worst suffering came between miles 3.5 and 4.5. This has always been my toughest section and this year, I was just “meh” on that section of the course. I had a fast first mile, ran the hill fairly well, and then started to lose ground on the group in front of me as we descended Porter Street. Brett Stoeffler was up ahead and he was a good gauge. I kept him in view for a long time. He was only 10 seconds up, but I failed to close the gap and eventually his lead was extended as he held his pace and I slowed a bit.

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I was stuck without anyone to draft off of and my cadence slowed in the last part of the race. After making the turn on to Main Street, I was able to rally a little and on the last little rise I pushed myself to hit my highest heart rate of the race. I could see the clock ticking up. For a moment I thought I could break 28 minutes which was my goal. However, I’ve run the race enough times and knowing what kind of kick was left in my legs, the mental math told me that it wasn’t going to work out. I let out a little groan and pressed on. It was going to be close.

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Alas, I crossed the line with a net time of 28:01. Two ticks fewer and my time would have looked 10 times faster. Regardless, the time was good enough for 3rd in the 45-49 age group which was my second goal. I wanted to crack the top three. This was my first age group podium in 30 years at the MRR. I was 4th in 1989 and 2016, and 5th in 2013, so I know how Shepard is feeling having just missed out in the past.

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We saw so many friends and that is another reason why Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and probably one of my favorite days of the year. I can’t list them all. There were so many fist bumps, high fives, and hugs. Willi Friedrich, our longtime Shenipsit Striders club-mate, did his 50th MRR. He had a whole crew with him to honor the occasion.

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My mother-in-law Barbara came to watch and she was a good sport looking after our backpack full of warm clothes and gear. My parents Lynn and Stan were at the start/finish and they got to see Shepard and me cross the line.

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Once again, HORST Engineering sponsored Veteran’s Row. It’s been awesome to be associated with the event on a deeper level and to contribute to the success. The race helps out so many causes. Several HORST colleagues ran the race and I’m sure we will have a lot to talk about next week when we return to work. Last week, I attended the annual Press Conference and last night, Debbie, the kids and I were at the Spaghetti Dinner. The kids got to meet many of the elite runners and collected a bunch of autographs including last year’s winner (and course record holder) Edward Cheserek (who finished 2nd today), and Edna Kiplagat who won today. Edna is an amazing runner and one of the best of all-time. She is a two time marathon world champion and has wins at the Boston, New York, and London marathons on her palmares. She is also an Olympian.

Her Wikipedia profile includes this wonderful info:

Kiplagat is a police woman in Iten, Kenya. “I am one of the role models in my town and country,” says Kiplagat. “I have mentored girls in school and I have empowered women to form community associations. I also support less fortunate kids to pay their school fees.” [19]

Kiplagat and her husband have five children – two of her own, two adopted from her sister who died of breast cancer in 2003, and one adopted from a neighbor who died in childbirth in 2013. Her children Wendy, 9, and Carlos, 13, were at the finish line and award ceremony for her victory in the 121st annual Boston Marathon.[23]

She started the Edna Kiplagat Foundation to raise awareness of breast cancer.[24] Kiplagat also volunteers to create awareness for garbage management toward keeping a clean environment.[19]

That’s awesome.

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My legs will be wrecked from this effort. The asphalt and downhill pounding always do a number on my quads. I just don’t do enough running to condition my legs to take a beating like this. It’s back to bike racing this weekend with the Secret Squirrel Cyclocross and then the Bishop’s Orchard Cyclocross. I’m excited about my fitness in 2019, and am only feeling residual back pain from my August bicycle crash. I’m  really just excited about being so strong for so long. I’ve broken 28 minutes on 11 separate occasions so this wasn’t close to my fastest MRR, but I’m happy. Next year it will likely be Debbie’s turn to run hard and see how fast she can go. I will probably run with Dahlia for a few years and then see about running fast again when I turn 50.

Race Results

2019 KMC Cross Fest

Shepard and I returned to the downsized KMC Cross Fest at Thompson Motor Speedway. KMC intentionally shrunk the scope and scale of the event after several years as a multi-day UCI event. This year, it was a one-day (non-UCI) race and part of the CT Series of CX. 293 racers showed up which isn’t bad given that the location is in the rural Quiet Corner of Connecticut. There was a race in New York that drew another 253 riders, so the northeast region had two options for a late-November Saturday event.

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The course was quite different from the last time I did it, but I still had fun. The motorsports track makes it a unique venue. There was a lot of wide-open riding. I would describe it as a “roadie” course. That made singlespeed tough. Only eight of us lined up for the SS class. We started two minutes behind the Elite Men.

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Shepard did the Junior 12-14 year old race with his CCAP Team HORST Junior Squad teammates Alexandra, Boden, Lars, and Owen. Ethan did the 9-12 year old race. Sean and Cole did the Junior 15-16 years old race. Sean also did the Men’s 3/4 race along with Brett. We were well-represented in the Masters races with Rich and Art in the 40+ race. Wade and Tom did the 50+ race. Dave and Keith did the 60+ race.

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Saturday races are always tough for me. I was a little worn out after a long week, but it helped that I had all day to get warm. My race started at 2:47 P.M. Shepard’s race was earlier in the day at 9:47 A.M. so we had some hanging around and cheering to do in between the events.

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With only eight riders, there was nowhere to hide. I was with the front three riders halfway through the first lap, but they came to an abrupt halt on one of the tricky off-camber sections and I slammed into the back of Anthony Vecca. That resulted in a big endo where I went over the handlebars. By the time I got up and sorted, they had a 10 second gap and were gone. I ended up with two other riders but eventually distanced them and spent the rest of the race in “no man’s land” coming across the line in 4th place.

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The drive to and from the race was nice. This part of the state is a great place to ride. Debbie and I were out there in August when we did a loop that included a lovely section of the Air Line Trail. It will be interesting to see what happens to KMC in 2020. There was talk that they were looking for a new venue, but that didn’t material for 2019. I have some small complaints about the race. One is the $5 parking fee that goes directly to the venue. I don’t mind paying a fee, like we did at Look Park, but they are  a nonprofit with a great mission. The cost seems high when you consider that adults paid $36 to race plus the Bikereg fees. The Club Row team tent fee was $75 plus the Bikereg fee, which was also stiff. For that amount of money the parking should have been included.

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Richard Fries and the race committee described this as a “reset” year. Like I said, we still had fun and the event was low key and despite the small complaints, the production of this mostly grassroots race was appreciated.

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Race Results


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I love watching the kids climb @stoneagerockgym It’s awesome “offseason” training and they get better and stronger at every session. #rockclimbing #teamhorstjuniorsquad 🧗‍♀️
One snowy evening and two events at different bike shops. @pedalpowerct we heard from the wise Mullaly and Gunsalus women as they spoke of inspiring girls to ride and run. Then we celebrated 23 years of #teamhorstsports @bicycleseastct
Last month I recorded an episode of the Made in America with Ari Santiago podcast. I put a link in my profile. It was stimulating fun and I recommend listening or watching other episodes. Ari has hosted many fantastic guests. #madeinamerica #madeinusa #manufacturing #precisionmachining #familybusiness
Another fun The Ice Weasels Cometh to cap the 2019 #cyclocross season. #iceweasels #iceweaselscometh #teamhorstsports #zanksscx #necx @zanksscx #teamhorstjuniorsquad @horstcycling #crossspikes #crossisboss
Moist ride! #teamhorstsports #sevencycles @horstcycling
#Cyclocross season is winding down. It’s time...but I will still miss it when it’s over. The race days/weekends spent with the @the_ccap #teamhorstjuniorsquad has been awesome. Yesterday’s @nbx_bikes G.P. of CX was another great day. The conditions were fun and challenging and the racing was fierce. @horstcycling #teamhorstsports #crossisboss #nbxgp
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Another awesome @manchesterroadrace #manchesterroadrace #shenipsitstriders #teamhorstsports
I attended the @manchesterroadrace press conference. Less than a week to go. Getting pumped. @horsteng is a Veterans Row sponsor. #manchesterroadrace #teamhorstsports #shenipsitstriders

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