Monday, March 30, 2009

Tarquinia

(before the race. From left the Black Knight, Sir Umberto and Sir Giorgio)
At last the Black Knight entered the first race 4 months after the second surgery. The battlefield was Tarquinia an ancient wonderful Etruscan city full of historical places: museum, graves, art, castle, towers, churches, architecture and so on. (the castle of Tarquinia)
He arrived in a windy and rainy day, under a cloudy sky, to remind that he is alive, angry and always ready for new glorious adventures.
Indeed he was not ready to race because the mileage done was very very poor: December 0, January 35 miles, February 39 miles and March (until the day before the event) 80 miles. But he strongly desired to come back to compete.
The race course, 3 laps around the city, 11.4 km (ml 7.08 ml) was hilly, wet and most of it paved like the medieval streets. It was the worst for an injured leg. There were not any marks so he could not check the pace km per km. The official time was 1.00.45 but the chip final time was 1.00.38 (5’19”/km – 8’34”/ml) : 1st lap 20’04”, 2nd lap 20’10” and 3rd lap 20’24”. The last lap was a nightmare because the knee and all the muscles around began to hurt. The result was 195 of 227. It is a bad result but this is my situation now. I must work hard to try to get the old performances.

20 comments:

  1. The Black Knight completed the race! (This is a good result, because he triumphed against the course, and his injury. Improvements will come with time and training!)

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  2. congratulations... you've come a long way, and should be very proud. :)

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  3. That is a great accomplishment considering all you have gone through. Just give yourself more time to build up endurance and speed. You will continue to improve.

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  4. your first race back and you finish outstanding. Take care of the knee. you'll be back

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  5. With patience and determination, the Black Knight will again be victorious!!

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  6. i think the first race back is more about completing it because now you can go into any race with an attitude that says "i've done it before; i can do it again."

    congratulations.

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  7. Tarquinian races have faster runners than the USian races I am usually running in - renewed training will lead to dramatic further improvement, though - it is all part of membership in the Knighthood of the Round Table...

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  8. The opposing armies must have some very fast warriors, indeed. Where I live running that fast would put you in the top half easily.

    You ran therefore you conquered!

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  9. You completed your first race - you are indeed victorious. That is an awesome result and just the start of even more glorious exciting adventures. Congratulations!

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  10. but you are there now competing after thinking you might never run again so the battle has been won. The technicalities of the training and the fast times will come with training. Good job

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  11. You've got to start somewhere. Missing Italy reading this. Can't remember where Tarquinia is- but we traveled all over Rome & Tuscany with our bikes. Love it.

    As for training, as long as you are having fun, it's all good. I'm in the same boat with cycling right now. knowing I can do better, just hasn't happened yet.

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  12. I'll help you to continue to improve your running.

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  13. 195 out of 227 means you have 194 white knights to kill next time!

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  14. The Black Knight runs again! This time, a warning to the opposition to be on guard, as his destiny is to conquer all!

    What a fun twist you present on blog!

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  15. It is great to read about your return to the races. I have no doubt that the results will improve with time and fitness. Congratulations on your return!

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  16. I remember visiting that beautiful Etruscan city with you and your wife, and I remember the cobblestone streets. Very difficult terrain to run on, especially if it's wet. Plus, it is very hilly. Don't be discouraged. I think you did an incredible job; there is no shame in your performance. You were very brave to run that race.

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  17. You okay overthere? heard of an earthquake. No idea where that is in relationship to the Black Knight's domain.

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  18. Congrats on getting back to racing!! Be patient with yourself. This is a huge step already in the right direction. I'm envious you got to run on such an interesting course. The only castle I've run past is Cinderella's in Disneyworld.

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  19. I want to run by castles too, dangit. You run with a very fast crowd...those are not slow times where I'm from. Be careful that you don't do too much too soon. You'll be back to your old Black Knight self soon enough.

    And I trust you and your family were well away from the earthquake...you've been on my mind since learning about all of the destruction and tragedy.

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