30th SOS was best yet
SOS is one of the longest running & in my opinion the best triathlon in the world. This was the 30th year of SOS & for me 3 times was a charm. It was a very special year not only because the weather held out & I had my best SOS yet, but also my wife & Nick crewed for me as well of Don Griffin, who also had a great race. Additionally fellow member Meg McCallion raced and came to SOS with her whole family as her crew. By the way Meg crushed her 1st SOS in 6:14.
SOS is truly a race of experience and when you can share your experience & learn from other Survivors that are willing to share their experiences it makes one of the toughest races in the world very rewarding.
The race starts with a 30 mile bike, the 1st 25 mile are fairly flat with some up & downs & a hairy S turn at mile 10, every year someone crashes. At mile 25 you turn onto rt 45/55 & climb over 1000 ft for the last 5 miles to Minnewaska park where your crew waits for you takes your bike & sets your transition. The whole race is point to point. From this point you have to carry all your stuff you will need to get to the Survivor line. I had a new plan this year to hopefully prevent cramping in the lakes by wearing Xterra Lava pants during the swims. I did have to carry the pants through the 18 plus miles of running, but this worked well & had very minor issues with cramping & virtually no cramping in the lakes. I wore my 1 piece kit & stuffed my shoes in the front on my stomach. The plan worked & I was able to take 20 minutes off my total swim times over the 2.1 miles in the 3 swims.
So after you get off the bike you run 4.6 miles on a lose gravel trail up Cardiac hill (aptly named) to lake Awosting for a 1.1 mile swim across the lake. This year thanks to a very warm Summer with hardly no rain the lake was fairly warm about 74 degrees, which starts with a 3ft. plunge off a rock into 7ft. water. The 1st swim was a little ominous this year with a little fog on the lake & overcast skies. But I was able to swim continuously across the 1.1 mile lake & took 10 plus minutes off my swim time from last year. I did get minor cramps exiting the lake while getting the Lava pants off & getting my shoes on. The 2nd run was a touch shorter this year as a trail was closed to maintenance. So what is normally 5.5 miles to lake Minnewaska was 5 miles & mostly down hill, however I did cramp several times on the is run. The 2nd swim is a half mile & again I didn't experience any cramping. Getting out of Minnewaska is not easy as you have to climb several rock steps where I did cramp slightly. The next run is a grueling 8 mile lose gravel fire road run to Lake Mohonk & the majestic Mohonk Mtn. house. It is mostly flat until mile 6 where you hit Godzilla hill, then when that finally flattens out you quickly hit the son of Godzilla. There is plenty support with aide stations every 2 miles & that is the best way to breakdown the 8 mile run, I had a better run this year taking 3 minutes off my time plus I stopped for a minute of so to help the 4th place woman who fell hard on a down hill section & was in a lot of pain. The last 1/4 mile is gorgeous single track that opens up to lake Mohonk, I did get a little to excited during this section & cramped up a little. The toughest part of this swim was climbing over the split rail fence to get into the lake. I wasn't quite as worried about cramping during the last swim this year, but I did feel everything starting to cramp as I tried to pick up the pace. I knew I was going to break the 6 hour mark with ease but someone from my AG jumped in the lake right behind me & he was a good swimmer. Now as you climb out of Lake Mohonk & it is a 5 ft. rock climb all that is left is the 7/10th of a mile & a 400 ft. climb up to Smiley Tower & the Survivor line. They do give a separate award for the fastest run up to the tower. The last 2 years Don Griffin has won this award. Everything came together perfectly this year & I finished in 5:36.
Registration opens on Halloween night at midnight. So stay up, eat all your kids candy & register for SOS 2016. Don't forget to register for IMathlete prior or the race will sell out before you complete both registrations. There is also a lottery so if you don't get in get in the lottery. If this race is not on your Tri bucket list you better revise your list. http://sostriathlon.com/information/
9/16/2015 05:54:07 pm
WOW....congratulations....you planned the race, worked hard in training and raced the plan and it worked out for you.....it's on my bucket list for sure....NICE JOB
9/17/2015 01:24:59 pm
Dear goodness. I hope I can do that before I die. Awesome.
9/22/2015 05:47:24 pm
I have swam in the San Francisco bay in March when it was a balmy 55 degrees, finished Savageman (which Howie Lee crushed this weekend) and raced Ironman CdA in 107 degree heat,,,,SOS is the first time I've ever said to my husband at the finish line "I can't believe I just did that". I feel very lucky to have been there. We had a great weekend with the Accardo family. Amy took that picture of me as I was approaching Cardiac hill. You can't help but laugh at the sight of it! One of my most rewarding races and I hope I'm lucky enough to do it again. And for the record my sports bra stuffed with gels, goggles and a swim cap in above photo. I wish I was built that well. haha Great job Anthony! 5:36 at SOS really is an amazing accomplishment.
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