|Alley Pond Park Tennis Center on beautiful Sunday|
Prior to every mission, it is always a good idea to do a rehearsal. The planning phase has been drawn out already and tasks have been handed out to individual team leaders. It is vital that you allow time for rehearsals prior to the kick off of the mission. The rehearsal allows your unit to be put in the mindset of what the actual mission will be like prior to it being done. During my first deployment to Operation Iraqi Freedom, we rehearsed our first mission for weeks while in the deserts of Kuwait. We were just waiting on the orders to cross the border into Iraq. Rehearsals also allow you to find any problems you'll encounter during your mission. Problems you didn't think of when you were putting your plans on paper.
|All smiles before the run. That would quickly change.|
|Still a little chilly|
This past Sunday, Team Zombie did their first rehearsal. For almost all of us, this would be our first multi sport event. In our mind, we did not know what it would be like. Our muscles, they had no fucking clue what they were in store for.
|Dave creating the roster|
I am very happy to say 14 team members showed up that day. In New York, taking the time out is very hard to do and I'm very appreciative of the time members made in order to train together.
With everyone not having bikes yet. The team was divided into two teams. The first group would run first and the second group would take off 10 minutes after the departure of the first group. This would allow us to rotate the bikes around so that everyone would have a bike to use. Unfortunately, we underestimated the course and overestimated our abilities. The first riders would take longer to get back causing a delay for team members Jane and Cynthia.
|Brick Workout Route|
|Group 2 punishing themselves up the hill|
|Bud P. gives a thumbs up flying downhill unfortunately had to leave early=-(|
|Zhiyu L. going so fast that he's nothing but a blur|
After the bike, it was back into the sneakers and pounding the pavement. Only problem was, my legs didn't feel like they were mine. They didn't want to move and it was difficult to take a full stride. The bike had worn out certain muscles and now they were tight during the run. It was like I changed into a 5 year old's legs. Stride length felt like it was cut in half. Everyone's running form looked funny. Looking at our times, most of us had added 4-5 minutes to this second run in comparison to the first.
Everyone's demeanor though was "Go hard or go home", as they finished up our first brick workout. This would only be a fraction of what the actual Queens biathlon would be. Rehearsal had taught us that our transition times would need to be smoother and that our muscles will have to get used to biking followed immediately by running. Overall, the distance and event gave us a good gauge on our current fitness and a rude awakening in that the biathlon would be harder than this. The route offered its difficulty in the uphills and this will pay off.
|Dave G.'s chicken scratch time keeping.|
|Team member||1st Run||Bike||2nd Run|
|Vincent||15min 4sec||19 minutes||20 minutes|
|Sabina||16min 2sec||27 minutes||21 minutes|
|Mourtaz||14min 15sec||19 minutes||19 minutes|
|Leanna||14min 15sec||23 minutes||37 minutes|
|Eddie||19min 07sec||17 minutes||23 minutes|
|Zhiyu||13min 21sec||11 minutes||18 minutes|
|Otto||14min 51sec||24 minutes||25 minutes|
|Bud||13min 21sec||11 minutes|
|Joe||14min 15sec||23 minutes||20 minutes|
|Jeremy||13min 30sec||23 minutes||15 minutes|
|Jane||13min 15sec||20 minutes||17 minutes|
|Cynthia||13min 30sec||36 minutes||13 minutes|
|Jeff||18min||20 minutes||22 minutes|
|Sam||14min 09sec||21 minutes||24 minutes|
|Group 2||10 minute gap|
1st run: 1.6 miles
Bike: 3.5 miles
2nd run: 1.6 miles
Above posted are the individual times. Great job done by everyone. This will be our baseline. There's only room for improvement from here on out. Till next week, I shall leave you with the very famous quote, "The more we sweat in training, the less we bleed in battle"
|Team Zombie after their 1st brick workout (minus Eddie G.- was helping a damsel in distress w/ a jump start. He's such a firefighter)|