Edgewater 5K 2015

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Last night Erica was getting ready to leave very early in the morning for the O’Hare 5K on the Runway that she was going to run with Claire Zulkey. I figured that if the alarm was going to be going off at 5 am anyway, I might as well see if there was a race I could last-minute register for in-town. I took a glance at the good ol’ Running in the USA page for Illinois and lo and behold, the Edgewater 5K was running for the second year. I should have remembered that it was run during the Edgewater Arts Festival, which is going on this weekend, but I’d missed the reminders in the Alderman’s newsletter.

So this morning after Erica left, I snoozed the alarm clock for another hour and then took a leisurely stroll over to the new pedestrian mall on Kenmore and signed up for the race. A lot of the bigger races discourage race day signup, but the Edgewater 5K seemed to welcome it—they had an entire Registration tent and seemed to have about as many shirts there as over at the Packet Pickup tent.

The race is a fundraiser for a bunch of different schools in the area and there are tons of kids in the race and mascots of many of schools cheer on the runners. The route this year more or less the same as last year: a straight shot down a closed Sheridan, a quick loop on the lakefront path down to the Foster Beachhouse, and straight back up Sheridan. In Edgewater, we’re lucky that we live so close to the lakefront path, but I bet most of our neighborhood runners have been down that first section of the path a thousand times. I really enjoy the kind of neighborhood run that shows off the neighborhood and it’d be slightly more interesting to me to have that kind of run here in Edgewater.

Fuzzy and the Senn Bulldog.

Time: 00:27:55.62
Pace: 09:00
Overall place: 107 / 506
Place in Gender: 79 / 232
Place in Age Group (M18+): 54 / 115

Bucktown 5K 2015

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What’s to say about the Bucktown 5K that I haven’t said the four other times I’ve run it? They had a nice jacket this year, so I signed up. Whee!

Time: 27:34
Place: 941 / 3334
Place in Sex: 591 / 1274
Place in Age Group (M45-49): 42 / 100

Happy Birthday, Latte

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Latte on her 21st birthday.

I have a terrible memory (it’s part of why I keep a blog—so I can look back and see when things happened) but I know that I got Latte and Mustapha sometime in 1994, probably in the summer or fall. A few years ago, when it was becoming obvious that Latte was getting pretty old and that each extra year was going to be something special, I arbitrarily decided that her birthday was September 1. Well, this is Latte’s 21st birthday. We plan on taking her out to bars and getting her wasted.

Latte and Mustapha

Chicago Triathlon 2015

I’ve been getting emails for months from the Chicago Triathlon asking me to sign up and ignoring them for months with the thought that things were just too busy to train for a triathlon properly. Then, in the sort of over-reaction I’m pretty good at, six weeks ago I decided to sign up for both the International distance in the Mountain Bike and the SuperSprint distance in the Divvy wave. If I trained really hard for six weeks, I thought, I might even be able to place in the Mountain Bike division. Only 12 people did the International distance Mountain Bike last year and I came in sixth. So, you know it’d be possible, with some training.

I didn’t train.

I mean, I rode my bike to work and got out for /one/ seventeen mile ride. And I swam a couple of times and did /one/ open water swim. And I did one 10K, really slowly. So I was set, right?

Surprisingly, it was the SuperSprint on Saturday that gave me the most trouble. The water was super cold and I wasn’t wearing my wet suit, just a neoprene vest that I haven’t worn for a couple years (nothing new on race day, Fuzzy!) that was a /little/ tight.

Chicago Triathlon 2015

I always encourage other people that anyone can do the 375m swim of a SuperSprint. “You can walk it,” I say. Well, I got out into chest-deep water and started trying to swim and got a little panicky. I couldn’t breathe, whether from the cold or the vest. I ended up holding onto a kayak, the first time I’ve ever done that in a race. The kayaker firmly informed me that I could stand, which I could, so I started walking and unzipped the vest, which made it awkward, but at least not tight again. I managed to swim a little in the latter half and got out of the water very mad at myself and embarrassed. But there were two more legs to go.

The Divvy leg was dumb and fun: the Divvy bikes are big and slow and not really made to go fast. It was raining a bit, but at least I wasn’t worried about wiping out with those big, fat tires. And then the mile-and-a-half run is just a quick jog.

Chicago Triathlon 2015

Chicago Triathlon 2015

The full triathlon the next day went a lot better. The minute I got in the water for the in-water start of the swim, I was happy that it felt just /normal/.

Chicago Triathlon 2015

And then I jumped on my bike and my right shoe wouldn’t clip into the pedal. I realized that I hadn’t actually done a test ride after changing pedals the night before (nothing new on race day, Fuzzy!). I had a moment of worry that I wouldn’t even be able to ride, but my shoe stayed in the pedal, it just meant I couldn’t pull on the upstroke and would pop out whenever I went over a bump. So, not a crisis, but annoying. (The next day, I managed to fix the pedal in about 5 minutes, so I wonder if it would have been worth it to stop and work on it on the day.)

After all that, the run was a breeze. Oh wait, a breeze would have been nice—it was suddenly very hot. But soon enough it was all over!

A bunch of photos by Erica

Chicago Triathlon - SuperSprint

Time: 01:07:48
Place in Division (Divvy Wave): 49 / 63
Place in Sex (Divvy Wave - Male): 22 / 25

Interval Time of Day Split Split Pace Age Rank Gender Rank Overall Rank
Start 7:54:01AM
Swim 8:07:49AM 00:13:49 03:41 min/100m - 24/26 58/62
T1 8:15:24AM 00:07:35 - - 21/26 50/62
Bike 8:45:04AM 00:29:41 13.19 mi/hr - 23/26 36/62
T2 8:47:24AM 00:02:20 - - 26/26 60/62
Run 9:01:49AM 00:14:26 09:17 min/mi - 21/26 38/62
Total 9:01:49AM 01:07:48 - - 22/26 49/62

Chicago Triathlon - International

Time: 03:50:53
Place: 2388 / 2632
Place in Sex: 1724 / 1837
Place in Division (Mountain Bike - Male): 6 / 9

Interval Time of Day Split Split Pace Age Rank Gender Rank Overall Rank
Start 7:59:00AM
Swim 8:46:04AM 00:47:04 03:09 min/100m - 1686/1,842 2358/2,639
T1 8:57:02AM 00:10:59 - - 1667/1,842 2384/2,639
Bike 10:33:30AM 01:36:28 15.46 mi/hr - 1749/1,842 2406/2,639
T2 10:40:00AM 00:06:31 - - 1733/1,842 2476/2,639
Run 11:49:53AM 01:09:53 11:17 min/mi - 1606/1,842 2209/2,639
Total 11:49:53AM 03:50:53 - - 1723/1,842 2387/2,639

Big Ten 10K and Wipe Out Run

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Fuzzy at the BTN Big Ten 10K

A couple of weeks ago, I ran the Big Ten 10K all by myself (I mean, there were a few thousand other people there, I just didn’t arrive with a friend). I turned it into a bobo-brick day by biking down and back, which is good for the triathlon I’m doing at the end of the month, but was a little jump in my current training level. Can I blame that for why I ran the slowest 10K I’ve run in quite some time? Sure, whatever.

Time: 1:10:20
Pace: 11:20 mins/mile
Place: 5637 / 8033
Place in Sex: 2965 / 3671
Place in Age Group (M45-49): 152 / 202

Erica and Fuzzy post-Wipe Out Run

That afternoon, Erica and I braved the sun to go run around the Cellular Field parking lot to do the Wipe Out Run. Last year the run came to town as the Ridiculous Obstacle Course and obviously wanted to be the Wipe Out Run, as their promo materials had tons of references to “just like a hit TV show” and so on. Well, they got their licensing deal and could now plaster Wipe Out branding all over their big red obstacles. The obstacles were pretty fun, though the course had plenty of twists and loops that were obviously intended to just wear us out between obstacles so that we didn’t notice that there were only 9 of them (one of which was just a wooden wall). But it was a ton of fun, especially the slides.

Terrapin 5K 2015

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Bob Weir at the Terrapin 5K

One of our favorite 5Ks for a number of years was the Terrapin 5K, a Grateful Dead-themed race. They always had great swag, good music, and ok food (or “Munchies” as the bib tag always said). And then a couple of years ago RAM Racing stopped doing them. But this year with the Dead doing their last shows ever in Chicago, RAM brought back the race for one last time as well.

Erica brought back her Bob Weir outfit for the race, something of a tradition, and this year amped up the Bobby-ness of it so that people would stop yelling “Jerry” at her. And our friend Amy, who was going to see all three Dead shows, ran her first 5K ever.

Official results:
Time: 29:47
Place: 548 / 1137
Place in Sex: 330 / 527
Place in Age Group (M45-49): 48 / 90

Race to Wrigley 5K 2015

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Race to Wrigley 5K 2015

There are a couple races in town that finish at or around one of our city’s stadiums. If we were to rate them in terms of “sports fantasy achieved”, the best has to be the Soldier Field 10, as you get to run onto the titular field itself, finish on the 50-yard , and then continue across the field and linger in the end zone until a staffer asks you to move along. The “Mad Dash to Madison” didn’t go inside United Center at all, but got novelty points for having an in-line skate division (think Blackhawks, not Bulls). The Home Team Charity Run finished inside Cellular Field, but at least the year I ran it, had runners entering the field near second base and then running around the edge of the diamond the wrong way—past first and then to home. And then there’s the Race to Wrigley. It’s touted that the race finishes inside Wrigley Field, but in fact it just passes runners through the concession area. And that was just in past years—this year, because of the ongoing construction at Wrigley, the race just skirted the whole stadium. At least the shirt was appropriately baseball themed.

This race continues my streak of only getting out for races, not training runs. My heel is still bugging me, without running, so I’m wondering if running could really make it any worse. That sounds kinda dumb, doesn’t it?

Oh, there was one more novel thing about the race. I’ve gotten a lot of different food giveaways after races. Lots of sports drinks, of course, and plenty of trial size snacks. But this was the first time I’ve ever been given an entire, raw steak.

Race to Wrigley 5K 2015

Time: 32:42
Pace: 10:33
Place: 1085 / 2089
Place in Sex: 604 / 936
Place in Age Group (M45-49): 40 / 73

Deadbeet Logos

Had a request from one of the other ‘beets for the Deadbeets logos we had on our website long, long ago. I have, of course, archived all that stuff (that’s how I do) but the trouble with web images from 1997 is that they’re all, by modern standards, teeny.

This is the swirly beet that I used on the site and that several of us got, with variations, as tattoos:

Remember when the emboss tool in Photoshop was real cool?
Embossed Deadbeet

I also drew this little guy. I really wish I could find a higher-rez scan of it:
Electric Beet

Here’s today’s “we live in the fuuuuture” moment: I just took a snapshot of my ankle tattoo with my phone that is 11 times bigger than those web graphics from 18 years ago. Also, not bad looking for an 18 year old tattoo, eh?
Deadbeet tattoo as of 2015

Seth Williams Show

If you’re the sort of person who craves up to the minute Fuzzy Gerdes information then you probably already follow me on Twitter. But the three of you left who do not and who still subscribe to my RSS feed (what reader are you using, anyway?) should know that in about an hour I will be on the Seth Williams Show, live on Internet radio. I understand that the shows are also available later, but you should listen live because… experience! connection! synchronicity!

Update: Here’s the show!