This past Sunday I did an event called The Brooklyn Bun. This is a Bike + Run (thus, Bun, get it?) event in Prospect Park. I did this event last year, so I knew what to expect and I was looking forward to it because I remembered how much I enjoyed it last year. The course is simple - 4 full loops in the park on bike and then 1 loop on foot. (Note: A full loop is 3.3 miles, just slightly more than a 5K)
I got up obscenely early like I did for the NYCHalf, which is painful at first. But this strategy is working out great - both times I got ready stress free and was able to take my time getting to the event. It's totally worth waking up in the 4am hour for the luxury of not feeling rushed.
The weather was supposed to get VERY warm in the middle of the day but at 6am when I was leaving, it was only about 50 so I wanted to be covered, but not with anything too heavy. The technical long sleeve event shirt they gave out was perfect for these conditions -
I left the apartment in darkness, riding to Prospect Park on my trusty cruiser -
|It was chilly enough for a jacket!|
|some of the lovely architecture on Prospect Park West|
|riding on Prospect Park West with Grand Army Plaza behind me|
|How pretty is this street? (that's the park on the left)|
|I love this castle!|
|hanging out in the transition area|
|inside the transition area|
Soon enough, we were told to get in line. At that time I consumed the Gu gel pack I brought then made my way to the starting line. I was pretty close to the front -
|Only a few people ahead of me at the start|
|dang, dude, you're crazy fit!|
I started off at a good clip but am always careful to pace myself, not giving too much to soon. I also wasn't sure what to expect from myself energy-wise because I was inexplicably drained the day before. I felt like I was biking in slow motion with Amanda the previous day. That morning, I took it easy on my bike ride to the park to try to conserve what I could. I thought I was doing pretty well. In fact, the first trip up that awful hill by Nellie's Lawn, I was surprised at how well I did.
Of course I was taking photos of myself and whatever else. After I took a self portrait, a guy passed me and said something about me not getting him in my photo. I quickly turned the camera on him and snapped away.
|Oh, I got you. I'm quick with that camera!|
|I like to ride (and run) on painted surfaces and lines. You may have noticed this by now.|
Though there are actual winners in this event, I don't expect to beat anyone in this race (wait till you read the hilarious results at the end!). For one thing, I obviously do not have a racing bike and to tell you the truth, I don't even enjoy going fast. But there is no reason to be leisurely at this event. Though Prospect Park is beautiful, there is nothing new to see. The event is being timed (as opposed to bike tours which are not) and I actually do want to push myself - so I can get the biggest bang for my buck cardio-wise and to see how I compare to last year or future years. So I did try to give it my all while I was riding.
Before long, one loop was completed and I had started Loop #2 -
|Back at Mile 1|
|Thanks, water station peeps!|
It was humbling to say the least...
|You go, fast cyclists!|
|She did a great job - very classy!|
|Passing the bike finish line for the 3rd time and taking a photo of the guy taking photo|
|You kids did a great job!|
|don't wait for me - I'll catch up...|
I finally made it to the top of Nellie's hill and he was NOWHERE IN SIGHT! This guy was FLYING!
It wasn't until I made it half way around the loop that I finally saw him, caught up to him, and passed him. I wanted to tell him he was my freaking hero but didn't want to throw him out of his zone, so I said nothing as I passed him.
Then I heard "Hey! Great blog!".
OMG It was crazy fast guy! He knew ME! As I kept biking I tried to tell him "Dude, you're AWESOME!!!!" Seriously - I had to bike over a mile before I could catch up to a runner!! I'm beyond impressed...
Last time passing Mile 3 marker while on bike. I was almost at the finish line and done with the bike portion.
|Mile Marker 3|
I parked my bike as quickly as I could, and walked past dozens of other participants already wearing medals - laughing, joking, eating - it was obvious they had been done for some time. I didn't let that affect me, I thought it was funny. I took my sweet time transitioning, since I knew the events were timed separately. I went to the bathroom, had some water and a snack and eventually made my way to the runners starting line. My legs felt weird from pushing them so hard for a full hour and I had a feeling my body wasn't ready to run.
As I ran, I didn't see a single other runner with a bib on. Plenty of people were out on the course and in the park, but I was pretty sure I was the last event participant.
And when I passed my water station cheering peeps, I thanked them as I chugged a cup of disgusting Gatorade.
Eventually I made it to the finish line - for the 5th and last time!
|boy am I glad to see you!|
|thank you, young lady!|
|another adventure with my best gal complete!|
Before leaving the park perimeter, I had to grab a couple of really stunning shots. First, my bike in front of this gorgeous tree in Prospect Park -
|so much pink!|
|what a beautiful day!|
|I love shadows!|
|Yes, I did wear my medal the whole way home|
|omg I could eat a bucket of that icing!!!|
I got home really early, like before noon. But for some reason I was totally wiped out. I didn't intend to, but I spent the rest of the day and night in bed. I was just drained. I don't know if it was the heat or waking up so early or my allergies or what. I felt fine when I was doing the event but my body just didn't want to move when I got home, which is why this recap is so late. I slept on and off all day and didn't get out of bed until 5:30am on Monday! The good news is that I've felt better since, so I guess I needed it.
These are my heart rate stats for the day:
Bike to Prospect Park:
- Total Time: 42 minutes
- Minutes in Cardio Zone: 28 minutes
- Percentage of Time in Cardio Zone: 66.67%
- Average Heart Rate: 121
- High Heart Rate: 140
- Total Calories Burned: 249
- Total Miles: 6.5
- Total Time: 64 minutes
- Minutes in Cardio Zone: 64 minutes
- Percentage of Time in Cardio Zone: 100%
- Average Heart Rate: 143
- High Heart Rate: 164
- Total Calories Burned: 514
- Total Miles: 13.2
- Total Time: 41 minutes, 20 seconds
- Minutes in Cardio Zone: 41 minutes, 20 seconds
- Percentage of Time in Cardio Zone: 100%
- Average Heart Rate: 158
- High Heart Rate: 179
- Total Calories Burned: 385
- Total Miles: 3.3
- Total Time: 52 minutes
- Minutes in Cardio Zone: 33 minutes
- Percentage of Time in Cardio Zone: 63.46%
- Average Heart Rate: 122
- High Heart Rate: 147
- Total Calories Burned: 308
- Total Miles: 8.5
Like I mentioned, this is a race and they keep score. So are you anxiously awaiting how I did as far as the official race results go?
Well, overall, I was 4th place! (...from last) Seriously - fourth from LAST! Stop laughing. Ok go ahead and laugh because it makes me laugh.
Only 3 people took longer than me in the total overall time across ages & genders -
|there I am!|
Now I knew we were being timed for the events but one thing I didn't know - they TIMED our transition and that counted towards our total time!!! I took a really long time between biking & running! Not that it would have made a huge difference in my placement but I took nearly 5 minutes when I could have taken 1 minute. That 4 minute difference would have bumped me up 3 or 4 places. Oh well...
Other results? For women in my age category (40-44), I was in fifth place! But that's 5th out of the 5 women in my age group. Yes, that means I was last in my age category!
And for women, over all, I was in 2nd to last place. The only woman who took longer than me was that Paola Mina-Osorio from Hoboken. She gets to enjoy the title of being slowest woman in all age categories.
After joking about my dismal stats on Twitter:
Well yes, Marcus, yes I did. I placed first! I'm a winner!!!! (Now where's my trophy for that?)
All joking aside, I really did have a lot of fun and enjoyed this event immensely. I hope they do it again next year because I'll be there again. But perhaps with a lighter bike to shave some time off my stats. :)
(PS: Thank you to EVERYONE who helped me reach & exceed my fundraising goal for Bike New York and the Five Boro Bike Tour! The signed WW Weeklys I promised will go out within a week. Seriously - thank you SO much!)