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posted by Philip Schmidt :: Apr 01, 2008 :: 12:10 PM 
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All of us on the xtreme4 team are triathletes--meaning besides our bike training we're running and swimming too. The cross-training is very valuable-and keeps us sane.

I've been wanting to do a marathon for quite some time, and decided to do one this spring. On Saturday, with many xtreme4 teammates cheering me on, I ran the National Marathon here in DC. I had a sense that I could probably shoot for a sub-3:10 time (and thereby qualify for next year's Boston Marathon). So I wrote the splits that I would need for that on my arm and hoped for the best. The morning was perfect--cool and overcast, but not too cold. I felt good and had to hold myself back for the first few miles (didn't want to blow out the legs too early). Along I trotted, snapping off miles in the high 6 minute range--on track for my goal.

Fast forward a few hours and I was realizing that I was ahead of a 3:10 marathon. Ahead of a 3:05. I was ahead of a 3:00 hour marathon. I kept feeling great through mile 24.5--and then hit a series of hills. I suffered some cramping in the calves for the last couple miles through these hills, but had some company for the last mile--Paul rode alongside me on his bike.

Final time: 2:58:17!

All I can say is that Olaf's program WORKS. The intensive base training and cross training has built my aerobic capacity up significantly. And I'm going to Boston next year!

Way to go!
by: Mariana - 04/01/2008 05:23 PM
CONGRATS Phil on a very solid race! You looked good out there! Glad we got to see you a couple of times. Very inspiring!
by: Torito - 04/01/2008 07:44 PM
I'm so happy for you! You totally kicked butt out there. Felicitaciones!
by: Marla - 04/16/2008 04:19 PM
Came to the site to throw a contribution your way & saw this. Man, you beat Lance's first NY Marathon time! Who's the world class endurance athlete here?

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