Lung Burn at The Josh

It was a glorious day in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. My teammate, Arlen Wenzel, and I represented Team Horst Sports and the Horst-Benidorm-Property Research Masters Cycling Team at The Great Josh Billings Runaground Triathlon. Arlen was the cyclist for the four man Pfizer Corporate Team. They took top corporate team honors.

I race the Ironman Division, so my race consisted of a 27 mile mass start road bike leg, a 5 mile kayak, and a 6.2 mile road run. Just like last year, I was one of the last guys to miss the “front group” at the top of the first climb on the bike leg. The Josh start is insane with 400+ cyclists screaming through the village of Great Barrington. I had good position, but I just couldn’t red line it for long enough. In the 45 degree chill, I seered my lungs trying. I ended up in the third group on the road. There were no Ironmen in the first two groups, but that is no consolation. If I can eventually make the main front group, I’ll pick up an easy three minutes in the future. It is too bad that I missed it again. It doesn’t pay to be one of the strongest guys in a chase group that has no chance of bridging.

I decided to save my legs and sit in once things settled down. The roads and scenery of this course are just beautiful.  The spectators and volunteeers are amazing too. They line the roads in all the towns and are on all the climbs too. Arlen assisted me with my bike/kayak transition. I had an OK paddle. Last weekend I cracked my left rudder foot pedal and it is flexing a bit. I had to set the foot pedals longer than usual to avoid a complete failure, and that put some serious pressure on my rear end. It was a bit uncomfortable, but I made it.


Deb assisted with the kayak/run transition. I had a decent 10km run and passed the three or four Ironmen that were in front of me. The results look like two Ironmen canoeists beat me, but they have an advantage with their speedy boats. So, it looks like I was first in my division, Ironman (kayak). I’ll be curious to see the splits. I can tell you one thing, it was a total body workout!

 Scott on the finishing stretch in Tanglewood.

After the race, we popped in at the Berkshire Mountain Bakery in Housatonic, Massachusetts. What a cool spot and what great bread. We picked up several loaves, including one for some new neighbors of ours in Bolton. If you have never been through these Berkshire towns in Western Massachusetts, then you should check them out. Peak season for visiting is less than a month away. The leaf peepers will converge on the Berkshires in a major way. We saw a fair number of Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey plates today. In a month, they will dominate!

The Berkshire Mountain Bakery.

Deb peruses the choices.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Horst Engineering

Thread Rolling Inc.

Sterling Machine

Horst Spikes


Overnight with @boyscoutsofamerica Troop 25 at the 4-H Camp in Pomfret. The toboggan run was hairy! I just watched. #boyscouts That moment when @trailrunningmom discovered that our longtime #Christmas Tree 🌲 supplier is a regular student in her #yoga class. They previously hadn’t recognized each other when not wearing #yogini gear. It was great to hear how our farmer has improved her strength and flexibility since she took over the business from her late husband. Note: preparing our menorah for #hannukah takes less work than this! Lovely December day for #Cyclocross at Goddard Park. @nbx_bikes #nbxcx @vittoriaseries #teamhorstsports #teamhorstjuniorsquad @horsteng #crossspikes #rhodeisland Lovely day for more than 130 #BoltonLandTrust members and friends at the annual Walk of #Thanksgiving #bolton #connecticut 🌲 #blackfriday didn’t start so badly! Great day at the #manchesterroadrace @shenipsitstriders #shenipsitstriders #silkcitystriders #teamhorstsports #thanksgiving 🏃🏻 If I always had the option to commute by train 🚂, I would take it. #multitasking 1h45m each way if uninterrupted productivity and NO driving. I even squeezed in a lap of #centralpark with Tim. 🏃🏻#manhattan #newyork Fir @john.meyerle because I neglected to post earlier: @supercross_cup This video is the Cat 4/5 Men. Great start for @the_ccap boys Nick and Johnny. #supercrosscx #teamhorstsports #teamhorstjuniorsquad #horstengineering #crossspikes @horsteng #cyclocross #lifedeathcyclocross Another great day at the @supercross_cup The #teamhorstjuniorsquad did great on the tricky and challenging course that was left muddy by overnight rain. The wind was fierce. The Junior 9-14 year olds did battle with the Category 4/5 Women. #teamhorstsports @vittoriaseries #supercrosscx #supercrosscup #horstengineering @horsteng #crossspikes #cyclocross

Follow me on Twitter



Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 287 other followers

%d bloggers like this: