Last January I received the “January 2014 Mile marker”, an email put out by the Twin Cities Marathon group. In it, I saw the following blurb:
A Researcher Wants You!
Patrick Wilson, a graduate student in the School of Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota, is looking for participants for a research study. This study will compare the effects of two carbohydrate beverages on metabolism and performance during long-distance running. If you take part in this study, you would complete two, 2.5-hour running tests on a treadmill while consuming one of the beverages each time. Respiratory gases, perceived exertion, blood lactate, heart rate, gastrointestinal distress, and biomechanical data will be measured during the tests. Each testing session will involve approximately three hours of lab time, for which you would be compensated $100 upon the completion of the study. You will also receive free VO2max and body composition testing.
To take part in this study, you must be aged 18-50, have completed at least one marathon in the past year with a time of 3:30 or better for men and 3:45 or better for women, have run 30 or more miles per week over the past three months, and have done one or more 20-mile runs per month over the last two months. If you are interested in participating or have any questions about the study, please email Patrick Wilson….
I thought that would be cool to do, so I offered by services. Here’s the description of the study:
You have been asked to take part in a study that aims to determine whether metabolism and performance differences exist between two carbohydrate beverages consumed during endurance running. Sport organizations recommend that carbohydrate be consumed for events lasting longer than 60-90 minutes. However, much remains to be known about the optimal composition of carbohydrate supplements. Therefore, the study will supplement runners with two carbohydrate beverages with different compositions during two submaximal 120-minute runs on a motorized treadmill. During the runs, expired gases, heart rate, psychological feelings, bllod lactate, beverage palability, and stomach distress will be measured. After each submaximal run, you will complete a 4-mile run as fast as possible to test performance. The beverage ingredients include maltodextrin (glucose), fructose, sodium chloride, lime juice, lemon juice, and aspartame (artificial sweetener).
The first meeting, we:
Went over all the paper work and the purpose of the study.
Here’s the video I shot as Erika turned to an ultra marathoner:
Here are some of the cool things that I won’t forget:
Erika getting a cold the entire week before, not knowing if she was going to be able to pull this off.
Erika having issues with her ankle a few weeks before, not knowing if she was going to be able to pull this off.
The quesadilla was one of the best things I ever ate – It was about mile 20 and all it was was cheese and a wrap, but WOW!!
Both Erika and I grabbing a Mountain Dew and thinking it was gatorade – I didn’t even realize it until she said something after I was done.
The smorgasbord of food to eat at the aid stations – cookies, PB+J, grapes, bananas, M+Ms, soup, etc
A volunteer asking if I actually said “Delightful” when I grabbed a cookie.
At about mile 5, a deer ran across the path in front of us – like 10 feet in front of us – there was another that didn’t cross the trail
The most annoying heart rate monitor alarm ever. For the last 6 miles we were with a guy who had a heart rate alarm – if it got to high it would beep, if it got to low it would beep to signal him to walk or start running. Cool idea, except he had is set for a range of about 1 beat and it seemed like it was this guys goal to get his heart rate up, so it was beeping every 3 minutes. Also, its volume was to 11.
Running with with the Hunter, Flash (who had the same shoes as me – then after the race had the same crocs as me) and with Roy
Raised $3,246.35 dollars. That is awesome and incredible! I spent many mundane hours running, biking and swimming thinking of the great people who donate to the cause. Truly – Thank you!
During the race, I didn’t set up miles for people, but I repeatedly went through the list of donators in my head, mainly on the bike – if you’re curious, ask me – I went through the list afterward and can name at least one memory associated with each donators name
Total for four events $8,751.46 – I was planning on this being the last event I do, but raising $1250 would get us to $10K….we’ll see – never say never.
Also thank you to the entire population of Madison, volunteers and spectators. It was an incredible event.
Thank you to Erika for putting up with me and twelve months of obsession with this race.
Thank you to Abbie, Jake and Kyla for putting up with my boring stories and always cheering me on!
Thank you to the Big Man for all the gifts and opportunities you’ve given me
Thank you to all my family for the support.
The biggest influence on my training was the book Going Long – Erika got it for me a year before the race – as a “Congrats for Registering” present.
I biked in new places in Minneapolis I didn’t know existed.
I biked through my old stomping grounds, Rockford twice.
The video covers the deraileur hanger breaking and my search to find a new one. It was about three hours of searching and driving around on Friday, and the race wasn’t until Sunday.
My car with the roof top luggage carrier is about 6’ 9.05”, the parking ramp that was easy to get to was 6’ 9” and the top rubbed the ceiling in one spot.
I found a $2 bill in the parking lot on Saturday before the race – that’s gotta be good luck!
The weather was close to perfect for race day – 90 the day before, 70 and overcast race day (a little windy, but I can’t complain), 90 the day after.
The wind and current were against us for the longest stretch. The waves were bigger than I had trained in.
My major mistake was on the last turn
My goggles were fogging up and instead of watching for markers, I tried to be in the middle of swimmers – this added a lot of distance.
The waves, wind and current were with us, but I couldn’t adjust.
There were people on my right, but I couldn’t see anyone on my left – the left would be the straight line
I saw a dude on a paddle board pointing with his paddle to go left
My garmin said the total swim distance was 2.59 miles instead of the 2.4 it could have been. That could save some time and energy
I started just outside the water ski jump, I got into the water about 6:50 and treaded water for 10 minutes, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.
I ran into a bouy about 3 minutes into the race – I haven’t seen it in any pictures, but I hit it square on.
I saw one dude without a wetsuit, just a speedo – I thought it might be a wet suit like Miley Cirus’s skin colored outfit.
Without trying I stayed with the same group most of the way – one red-stripped wetsuit, one blue-stripped wetsuit, a dude with a big beard (jealous) and a pink stripped wetsuit girl.
It was so fun to run up the helix – everybody was screaming and it was packed!
There was another tux shirt, I saw him about mile 20, he was coming out of a outhouse, I was going in – and we high fived. He was a head of me most of the way, but I guess I passed him near the end.
At mile 70 I went into an outhouse and Journey’s “Any Way You Want It” was playing super loud – I thought of Townie, JD and Rodney Dangerfield dancing.
The X10 has three front crank rings, most road bikes only have two (I was kind of embarrassed about this) – it was huge to have it geared so low that I could spin up all hills. I passed so many people on the steep parts of the hills and I saved my legs for the run
I consumed a lot more calories that I planned, but that was very good. Someone asked me what the toughest part was and my answer was getting enough calories, yet still keeping my stomach happy – it worked.
I started putting the wrappers in a pocket and ended up with: 3 cliff bars (250 calories each), 3 bonk breakers (250 calories), 3 chomps (90 calories) and 3 GUs (100 calories) – that’s 2070 calories in food that I saved the wrappers for.
I also had at least two bananas (100 calories each)
I drank at least 6 gatorades (150 calories each) – 900 calories
That put me at (not including the stuff I threw away and if I had more gatorade) 3170 calories over 6 hours and 45 minutes or 470 calories per hour. Everything I read says 250 – 450.
Salt tablets – I took them for the first time (bad thing to do on race day, but they worked) every hour on the hour. Stomach was a bit shaky after 1.5 hours, but it was great after that.
I wore my Tux bike shirt – which was awesome because everybody was yelling “Classy” or “Tuxedo Guy” or “Bow Tie Man”, etc. Another racer asked me as I passed her, if I was “the tux guy”.
I wanted to run the way Erika ran in Chisago, we would stop to watch her and many people were in survival mode, then Erika would ran by smiling. I used this idea to keep things in check during the bike.
My plan/goal was to run the first 6 miles at 9:15 min/mile, then do the next 12 at 8:45 to 8:34s, then give it all I had left and not be passed from mile 18 on.
The first 6 miles averaged 9:12, actually the first 5 was 9 and the 6th was a big hill and a bathroom. It was challenging to not run faster when I knew I could
The next 6 were at 8:35s. The next 6 I started to fade and had to deal with that hill again and were at 9:04s
The final 8.2 I was battling and passing a ton of people.
At mile 18.5 or so a dude passed me, so I attempted to stay with him, I got a bit competitive, and he’d pass me, then I’d pass him at the water stops. At mile 20 he said I had a good pace and asked if I we should finish this up fast. He became my new best friend. I could only stay with him for two miles, then I faded
I dropped a “Jesse Pinkman” on the crowd at the 1/2 way point/turnaround – I yelled “I’ll be back in two hours – <<Jesse’s Favorite Word>>!!!”
My goal was to beat my first marathon time from 9 years ago – 4:26, but my secret goal was to keep it under 4 hours – I made it by 16 seconds!
The fans on the bike had me in stitches the entire day. I saw more guys in speedos…
There were signs referencing the Honey Badger, twerking and the “I Ain’t Got Time for That” Lady. My favorite was “Go Random Stranger Go”
There were lots of faces on sticks (like “FatHead BigHead”), but there was one that was about 6 feet tall, mounted on a 2X4 – I was laughing so hard at the guys holding it, they made me ride under it every time I passed them.
There was a clown in a corn field with full make up on – freaky!
The crowds on State Street, which we did four times, was unbelievable. Bars and restaurants with patios right up to the road we were running on.
The last 1/4 mile I couldn’t hear myself think – just loud and packed with people.
Big thanks to Erika’s (and my) friend Madonna, who is a two time Ironman – soon to be three timer! She was with Erika and walked with us to get my stuff. Heck, she carried most of it, as Erika was holding me up.
I couldn’t eat the pizza they were serving, but I did devour a sub, about 10 cookies and a Coke-a-cola.
Erika and I went to Applebees where I did find my appetite and I had a greasy burger, fries and a Summit.
The waiter asked if I had done the ironman, said I didn’t “look as bad as that guy!” And pointed to a guy with a finisher shirt, hobbling to his car.
The following was written by a guest blogger – Andy G. The Black Tie Non Event in Duluth occurred after this.
Recently my new bride and I ventured up to Duluth, MN to see some friends participate in Grandma’s Marathon. My friend Doug did the half and My Pal Al and his wife did the full marathon. It was a blustery day in Duluth with a high of 52, rain and wind. Minneapolis was warm and showing true signs of a Midwestern summer, muggy and highs in the 80’s. Duluth was welcoming the runners by playing by it’s own rules. The day was dreary and heavy overcast for the runners.
We’ve been making this trip every year for quite a while. For the runners it involves endurance, stamina and fortitude. For the spectators it involves a wakeup call of at least 8 AM if not earlier (the runners are up at 4:30) and using every ounce of endurance to start drinking shortly after getting up and venturing a good 100 feet from our hotel room to a curb on the race route. What makes things worse is that the Finish Line is no more than 3 blocks away but we make the runners come to us after they finish. Apparently it would be too cumbersome to lug our coolers that far.
A good friend would have brought his camera to take shots of the runners as they passed by. I however don’t think I own a camera and the one on my phone was deep in my pocket so you see my dilemma. Therefore I have decided to recreate the point where Al ran past our spot by the hotel with Star Wars action figures. Here it is:
Please make note of a few things:
1) Notice how some of them have the Hoth Rebel Winter gear on. As I said before, it was cold and rainy.
2) The Rebel with the mustache is Al since he has a penchant for mustaches and I believe was sporting facial hair.
3) Notice the ambulance. (BTW, the ambulance is not regulation Star Wars action figure gear.) There was a medical station right by us and was utilized by several people. It’s tough to see but the C3PO droid on top of the ambulance is missing a leg. My nephew tore it off several months ago. I thought that fit in well seeing as though it was a medical station.
4) Also, the Luke figure dressed as an ex wing fighter reminds me of the emergency personnel stationed there. They had vests on also and in my mind I heard one of them say in their walkie talkie “Red 5, standing by.” (didn’t happen.)
5) On the left you can see my Star Wars figure carrying case that I still store them in. I placed it up like that to portray the hotel and the distance we walked. Not far. My wife is portrayed by Han Solo because I think at that point she had to go back and use the bathroom and you can see Han gazing back at the hotel.
6) Notice C3PO sitting on the ground. I don’t necessarily remember someone sitting on the ground however I couldn’t get that action figure to stand up. I don’t remember them being so difficult to get to stand.
Congrats to Al, Erika and Doug for all having great times!
I’ve been collecting all pictures of the 0.0 stickers people have sent me/tweeted me/or I’ve taken. If you have one, take of a photo of it and send it to me. Get creative. I’ll add them to the collection.
This year in order to reach our goal, a supporter of the program, Andy G, has decided to get involved and help out. He has created “Ironman Wine”. These are thank you bottles of wine which will be given out to donors who donate $100.00 or more and are not involved in the Corporate Sponsor Program.
Not only will you get wine, but I will deliver all bottles of Ironman Wine via my bike if the following conditions apply:
You are in a 60 mile drive and 30 mile bike ride radius from Dayton, MN
Donations are received before 8/18/13
For each delivery, I will go on at least a 60 mile bike ride (30 out, 30 back). If however, two donors live on the same route, then I’ll up the mileage to 80, but I’ll only make one trip.
For most people, the start of summer not only identifies good times ahead, but also being over booked. I’m going to save you the guilt of skipping a party, keep your calendar as free as possible and give you a chance to win $53,000, by NOT inviting you to a black tie benefit for the American Cancer Society.
A black tie fund raising party is a great idea, but I’ll save us all the stress and still provide you an opportunity to support the cause and have a few laughs. I will post pictures and share videos of the non-event, which will feature some inspiring stories and interviews from Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, MN on June 22.
Location: Your computer sometime after 6/23/13. You’ll get exclusive online access to happenings from throughout the day including the race and post-race party.
Door Prizes Include:
· A chance to win this Lottertree - a chance at $53,000! One lucky non-attendee will win this tree decorated with 18 MN Scratch Game lottery tickets (you don’t have to keep the tree and you need not be present to win)