Thursday, May 20, 2010

Next UP--Crank the Kanc!

I'm racing on Saturday. It's not a Triathlon. It's not a road race. It's not a swim meet.
It's my First Bike TT. I have no idea what I'm doing.
This is Crank the Kanc.. in other words Crank your gears UP the Kancamagus Highway. It's a 22 mile hillclimb that apparently ends with 6 miles that make you beg for mercy.
Talk about climbing out of my comfort zone. I couldn't be more out of my comfort zone with this one. But I can promise you that I'll put it all out there and Push these legs until they're burning.
If anyone has any thoughts...shoot 'em my way. I am all ears.
One thing that is nice--I have no expectations. I feel no pressure. It's all new and it's an open book. I'll gain nothing but mental toughness and experience pushing myself to a new place on the bike.
All I need to do, as my friends continue to tell me, is keep my tires inflated.


I'm a proud Mom.
Do you all remember those Presidential Physical Fitness tests we had when we were kids? I always had fun moving my way through those challenges.
Ok--it's my son's turn. He's in 4th grade. He has been active and involved with sports for years. However, he's been growing inches in his sleep and his running form has lacked finesse until recently. He is at that 10 year old awkward stage. He's long and lanky and trying to find his place in the social world. He has friends that are cool and fast and seem to know just what to say and how to move. Without laying too many personal details about my son out for the world, let's just say that 4th grade hasnt' been smooth as butter. I admire him and how he knows right from wrong. But in the end, he's a kid who just wants to be accepted and liked.
Now, back to running. Last year he ran track. He did this strange thing with his arm where it would swing behind him when he ran. This year, it stopped. His form is good. And he is getting faster.
Last Friday was his day to run the Mile at school for the physical fitness test. Parents were invited to come to the HS Track to watch their kids. Sadly, I was out of town this day. I was enjoying myself at the USAT coaching certification course in Orlando but I was disappointed I was unable to watch Cam run. He was fired up. The two of us had gone for a few 2 mile runs together. I warned him about pacing. I encouraged him to take it out with control and try to go faster and faster with each lap. As frustrated as I can get as a Mom with 3 boys, because they seem to 'never listen,' I will say that Cameron listens Very carefully to me with this type of thing.
Mark went to the track to watch.
I called him during my 15 minute break that morning.
I stood in the parking lot with tears in my eyes. Not because of Cam's good run...but because of what happened at the end of it.
The grade was split into two groups. Imagine running on a track with Half a Grade!! That's 40 or 50 kids per heat! Cameron went in group 1 and was separate from his friends.
1st 400 1:51
2nd 400 1:47
3rd 400 1:50
final lap 1:37
Mile time 7:05 !!!!!
Cam won his heat, overtaking someone else during the final lap.
As he rounded the final corners all his friends in the 2nd group, the kids he tries so so hard to be accepted by (yes, friend is a tricky word at this age) and who sometimes laugh when he is teased, began Chanting, "Cameron Cameron Cameron Cameron." His teacher was beside herself with happiness for him. They high fived him. They 'belly slammed' him. (whatever that is...remember, 4th grade boys.) It was a happy moment for him. Only one other child in the entire 4th grade ran faster than him!
Tears of pride ran down my face. I shut my phone off and went back into my classroom.
That's my boy.


Pam said...

I'm getting choked up here. What a great story.

Kim said...

what a wonderful story! yay for cameron (and you!)!

good luck tomorrow!! i have no words of wisdom other than - um, yeah, pace yourself if you can - dont blow up the first couple miles, bc yes, the last 6 suck worse than anything else ;) you will do great!!

Gina said...

Aw - you are making me cry! What a great mommy - and don't you just love those oldest kids who take you even more seriously than you could ever expect? That made my day, Ange.

Judi said...

oh ange, you are such a good mom. i am excited for your first TT! it is SO fun! they will hold you, you'll be clipped in, and then they'll count down, and off you go. all you have to do is pedal. and just go balls to the wall. TT's are SO fun. have a great time, cannot wait to see how much ass you kick this weekend. :)

GoBigGreen said...

Ok 1st off, that is some speed for the little guy! Isnt it amazing to see kids run that fast and holding nothing back. I sometimes watch them sprint all out and think " Does his hamstring hurt?" :)
2nd. TT. Since its a hill climb you cant go balls to the walls as you would in an open flat course, but 1) WARM UP well. 2) pace yourself as Kim said but you do not have to run after this so do not hold back. You should be seeing double when you finish. Ok maybe not :) You are gonna do awesome and i wish I could be there. I miss my TT's I used to do them ALL the time till coach jen said i couldnt.
:) hee hee

Melissa said...

Good luck in your TT.. I'm sure it will be great training for Rev3. It looks to be quite hilly.

That's awesome that your son did so well.

Jennifer Cunnane said...

I am so happy to hear about your son overcoming a huge obstacle and achieving something amazing! it is tricky with boys at this age...and TT, I love them, I have never done a hilly one - BUT, I almost recommend NOT wearing a HR monitor. You will max a HR and think, I should not be going this hard/high! It's almost impossible to duplicate as high of an intense effort on the bike so it will be perfect training for your half!

Michelle Simmons said...

Oh I love bike TT's! They are hard hard hard! I think as triathletes we figure that we'd be automatically good at them, but since we're always conserving a little for the run, we're actually not usually in the right mindset for one. It takes some guts to really leave it all out there! If your TT is hilly of course you'll have to conserve a bit in the beginning and build into it, but I'm sure you'll go great huffing and puffing through it! GO GO GO!!! :)

FFigawi said...

Wow! Way to go Cameron! You are so deservedly proud of him.

Aimee (I Tri To Be Me) said...

I loved the story about your son! Hooray for him! That must have been an amazing moment for him! :)

Good luck in your'll do awesome!

keo said...

I have been reading your blog for a couple of months now (I get coached by Jen Harrison) and i have to say, this one gave me goosebumps and made me cry. Good job little guy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AWESOME!!!!!

Michele G. said...

That's awesome! What a wonderful way to bond with your child. Congrats to your son.

Michelle said...

What a GREAT story Ange!!!!! I hope that the Crank was good to you - can't wait to hear about it!

TriGirl Kate O said...

What a great story! I would love to have mile splits that fast. Way to go, Cameron!!!!

Maddy made the track team this spring, and I don't know WHAT her coach was thinking--he told her to go out FAST in the first lap instead of building. I told her he was full of crap, and that's a good way to die a slow 1600m death. I'm not sure he runs at all...ugh.

Great job on the TT too! Enjoy Rev3!