Triathlon Training Blog

Godiva Track Club Misery Run Race Report, November 2014


Long before Tough Mudder or Rugged Maniac came onto the racing scene, the Godiva Track Club has held a muddy obstacle course event called the Misery Run.   Since at least as far back as 1999, they’ve put together this fantastic little race on an old cattle farm in Chatham County.  For just five bucks.  Can you believe it?   This event was so much fun!

The race consists of 3 laps of about 2 miles each.    Each lap consists of jumping two hay bales; and running through a forest with downed trees to jump over, rocks to scramble upon, and a huge puddle to wade through.

After doing all the above 3X, you are presented with one final obstacle: The manure pile.  I seen pictures from years past of waist deep manure. Ick.   However,  the farmer didn’t have many cows this year, so they made the manure pile out of mud instead.  I was not sorry to hear that news.

Here are some photos of the race:

The Hay Bales

They didn’t get a shot of me going over the hay bales, so I included a random picture so you can see how much fun it was.  :)

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 The gigantic puddle:


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The Manure Pile:

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This is a time predictor race.   The prizes were chocolate!   The goal is to come as close as you can to your predicted finish time.      I thought the total distance was 6 miles, so I put in a time of 1:10.      However, it turns out the distance was more like 5.8 miles, so I beat my time by about 10 minutes.    That put me pretty far down in the rankings.  Crap, no chocolate prize for me ;-)

Final note: I had brought some really old running shoes to wear, and then just tossed them in the trash when I was done.    Did not want to try and wash running shoes after running through that much muck!

Posted in >Running, Race Reports

How to Wash Stinky Running Shoes

Sometimes my running shoes get stinky and gross.   This can happen either because I have ducked into the woods to pee (and missed).  Eww, I know.

Or, because I got them really wet with sweat or lake water during a race.    That was the case after a recent race, White Lake Olympic Triathlon.  I was so hot after crossing the finish line that I jogged right into the lake with my running shoes still on my feet.

I hung my favorite Saucony Kinvara 5 running shoes up on my car after the race to dry out:


However, even after hanging them to try, they still reaked badly.   So when I got back home, I carefully washed them in my washing machine.  Here’s how:

Step 1: remove the liners from the shoes.

Step 2: put  each shoe and liner into it’s own mesh bag.


Step 3: put these two mesh bags into a third larger mesh bag (not pictured.  This triple bagging helps protect shoes from the agitator action of the machine).

Step 4: Put into washing machine.

  • Use Warm water
  • Use Delicate cycle.
  • Use Tide Sport detergent (my preference)
  • Fill machine half full (medium load). More water is more gentle to the shoes.

Step 5:  Remove from Washing Machine when done, and then lay out to air dry near a fan or vent.

This works like a charm!


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Cobb Mobb Team for 2015 – Put fun back into the sport!

I am honored to be part of the Cobb Mobb triathlon racing team for 2015!   My racing friend Ginger Spansel inspired me to apply to the team, and I was chosen as a Team Captain!   I am super excited to be part of this great group of athletes, and happy to represent Cobb cycling products.    My tri bike saddle is a Cobb V-flow, which I love – you can read all about here.

The Cobb Mobb moto is “Put fun back into the sport!”  


Stay tuned for updates, events, schedules and maybe even some Cobb discount codes!

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A Specialized Holiday Greeting

To all my bloggy peeps, enjoy this specialized holiday greeting card from 2006.   Still my all time favorite greeting!   My road bike is a Specialized and I love it!

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Saucony Extends Contract With Olympian Duane Solomon


Brand continues partnership with America’s best 800-meter runner, showcasing ongoing commitment to leadership in performance running 2014-12-20 00-13-48 (1)LEXINGTON, MA (December 18, 2014) – Saucony, committed to empowering the human spirit through running, announces that it has extended its contract with 2012 U.S. Olympian Duane Solomon, the fastest 800-meter runner in the U.S. This long-term deal will see Saucony work with Solomon through the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and beyond.


“I am so grateful and fortunate to extend my relationship with Saucony,” said 2012 U.S. Olympian Duane Solomon. “They took a chance on me when no other shoe company would and now our relationship is stronger than ever. Today, you can’t say my name and not think Saucony and you can’t think of Saucony and not think of me. I am excited for what’s ahead and can’t wait to bring many more medals to the Saucony brand.”


Duane is an incredibly gifted runner and a tremendous person who shares the brand’s values as he inspires runners everywhere to ‘find their strong’ through the run,” said Mark Bossardet, vice president of sports marketing for Saucony. Our partnership with Duane will help us as we continue to set the standards in performance innovation, creating the footwear and apparel that will empower runners to achieve their personal best. The whole Saucony team is excited to have Duane on board as the build-up to the 2015 World Championships and 2016 Olympics begins.”


Solomon currently holds the fastest time in the country for the 800-meter distance. His accomplishments include:

  • 2012 U.S. Olympian, 4th in 800-meter final in London
  • 2-time U.S. Outdoor Champion at 800-meters (2013, 2014)
  • Second fastest American ever at 800-meters with personal best of 1:42.82


Solomon is presently featured in Whoa, Saucony’s multichannel global marketing campaign that articulates−with just one word−the unprecedented sensation that runners experience when they step into the new Saucony ISO-Series collection of performance running footwear.


About Saucony: Saucony, a division of Wolverine Worldwide, is a leading global running lifestyle brand that fuses performance, innovation and style to create compelling footwear and apparel with its widely recognized brands Saucony and Saucony Originals.  Founded in 1898, Saucony continues to inspire runners everywhere with its award winning innovations, including the “Geometry of Strong™, ISOFIT™, and the Total Run System™ apparel line. At Saucony, a good day is when we get to run. A great day is when we inspire someone else to run. For more information, go to



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