Another Blast from the Past…

I found another file from “the archives”. This one was a word document listing all my results from 2001 which is when I discovered I enjoyed running. I actually completed my first triathlon way back in 1989, but I thought I hated the run and swim, probably because I didn’t actually train for either! So I only completed the one and it wasn’t until late 2001 after doing my first 5k on a whim, that I realized running was all right and that I ought to consider doing another triathlon…

8/11/01 Hot ‘n’ Hilly Power House Run 5k
13th place overall, 3rd place in age division, Time: 24:19, Pace: 7:49

9/29/01 KCOM Founder’s Day Run 5k
3rd place overall, 1st in age division, Time: 20:30, Pace: 6:35

10/13/01 Bulldog Homecoming 5k
11th place overall, 2nd place in age division, Time: 20:47, Pace: 6:41

10/27/01 Manitou Springs Mayor’s Cup 5k
43rd place overall, 5th place in age division, Time: 22:32, Pace: 7:15

11/10/01 Maynard Cohick Half Marathon
64th place overall, 3rd place in age division, Time: 1:43:28, Pace: 7:53

11/16/01 Living History Farms Race(5.25 miles)
245th place overall, out of 3,130 finishers, 30th place in age division, Time: 39:04, Pace: 7:26

11/27/01 Springfield Turkey Trot 5k
70th overall, out of 761, 7th in age division, Time: 19:40, Pace: 6:19

12/01/01 Second Baptist Half Marathon
25th overall, out of 199, 2nd in age division, Time: 1:32:59, Pace: 7:05

posted at 14:50:29 on 02/24/07 by Tony Rigdon – Category: General

Thank you!

My first season as a “sponsored” triathlete was 2006. I found out early in the year that had accepted me onto the triathlon team. Unfortunately my 2006 season didn’t quite workout like I had planned. So it is deserving of major kudos to that despite my lack of results in 2006, they have once again extended me a sponsorship offer which I am happily accepting!

Please support and tell them I sent you!

About the picture, my teeth are clenched because I had just gotten my jaws unwired after 6 weeks!

20:46:25 – Tony Rigdon

From the archives…

I’ve been trying to clean out a “virtual file cabinet” – my computer hard drive. In the process I’ve come across come interesting stuff from five or six years back when I was just getting into running and triathlons. Here’s the text I submitted online when trying to be on the “Ultramax Triathlon Racing Team”. This was in 2002, the inaugural year of the Ultramax Iron Distance Race that was being put on by Race for Sight Events (now Ultramax Events). I don’t know if there ever was an actual “Racing Team”, if there was I wasn’t invited. I did get a discounted “Ultramax Racing Singlet”. I suspect the whole thing was more of a marketing tool than anything else…

“I don’t have the most impressive race history mainly because I have spent the last 12 years or so playing soccer. Through that time I continued to bike occasionally, but it is only within the last six months that I have started running seriously. Yet despite my lack of results, I am quite confident that I have the ability to be an above average triathlete. I am an extremely competitive and determined individual. I might never be an elite triathlete, but I will be competitive in my age division.”

I followed this up with a list of 23 events that I was planning on doing in 2002. I think I actually ended up doing about 18 of the actual events I listed. I didn’t end up doing the Ultramax Iron distance race which is a good thing, I probably would have quit that year if I had!

It’s fun to find these kinds of things and look back at them, see where you were and where you’ve come since then. That’s why I recommend keeping a workout log and always writing a complete race report following all races.

posted at 20:16:00 on 02/14/07 by Tony Rigdon – Category: General

Icey Trail Run

It started out as a mild winter, but unfortunately it didn’t stay that way. Today was a nice break, it got up to a toasty 43 degrees! So I headed out to Rockbridge State Park for some trail running. We’ve had several inches of ice on all the local trails for well over a month, one would think that by now they would be clear, but that was not the case. Fortunately I had my cross country spikes with me, I would never have attempted some of the trails I ran on without them. Definitely a unique and a beautiful run. 8 hard miles, up and down steep hills, along icy ridges overlooking frozen creeks hundreds of feet below. In a few weeks hopefully the ice will melt, until then the spikes will be getting some use!
19:23:52 – Tony Rigdon

Nut Race

8 degrees with a wind chill reading of -5, to me that sounded like a good reason to stay in bed. Instead I talked myself into heading to the “Nut Race” and was one of 30 other nuts crazy enough to run a 5k race in the bitter cold.

The course is a one mile loop which is run 3 times and includes a long gradual uphill on each loop. Matt Drier and Marc Keys were both there and I knew I wasn’t in any condition to challenge them quite yet. I actually figured I would just run and try to survive the cold, but as soon as the race started my competitive juices kicked in. Right off the bat some kid in a college track and field jacket went to the front followed closely by Matt and Marc. I tucked in behind them for the first half mile until we got to the hill. Then Matt and Marc passed the college kid and all three of them began to pull away from me. Apparently the college kid had gone out to fast as I caught back up to him and after using him for a wind shield for a minute or two, I realized I could run faster on my own so I moved on. By this time Marc and Matt were pretty far ahead and wouldn’t be coming back. My third place position wasn’t locked up as I knew there were a couple of fast guys behind me still.

After running up the long gradual hill a third and final time, I was still in third and we were down to the last half mile or so. At this point I heard footsteps coming up behind me. I figured it was the college kid as I had never gotten too far ahead of him, only 5 to 10 seconds. Rather than trying to pick up my pace, I continued on at the same pace conserving my energy for a kick. If they were running faster than me I could only hope they were wearing down quicker and I also figured I could use whoever it was as a wind block when we rounded the final corner. The finish was a 200 yard stretch into the wind. As we rounded the corner I was passed but I tacked right onto his shoulder using it as a wind block. It wasn’t the college kid, it was someone else I didn’t know. I stayed on his shoulder for about 10 or 15 seconds and then started my kick with about 50 yards to go. He didn’t go with me and I finished 2 seconds up on him in third place overall with a time of 19:24, 6:14 per mile. Not as fast as I hope to be running soon, but for 8 degrees with 15mph winds, I’ll take it!

posted at 21:28:53 on 02/04/07 by Tony Rigdon – Category: Race Reports