I can’t believe it’s been a full calendar year since I last spouted off about Armstrong running NYC. Can it really have been 12 months?
He was back again this year, finishing in 2:46.
As the story sez:
“I enjoyed it much more this year,” said Armstrong, who finished 698th in 2 hours, 46 minutes, 43 seconds Sunday. “Last year, I had no idea what to expect with 26.2 miles, and I paid for it.”
The seven-time Tour de France winner trained harder, was injury-free and drew upon the experience of running in the showcase event. Last year, he called the five-borough race “the hardest physical thing I have ever done.”
Armstrong looked fresh in his yellow jersey at the finish after hobbling in last year.
“I came in better prepared, but perhaps I started faster than I wanted,” Armstrong said. “I sort of got out there and realized I was either going to finish OK or be crawling home.”
Armstrong said he needed about four months to recover from the shin splints last year, when he finished 856th. This time, he trained more consistently and included faster 18- and 19-mile runs.
Well, well … it looks like even Tour de France winners have something to learn when it comes to training. The lesson was, as it always is, RESPECT THE DISTANCE.
You can take this as my official end to whining about Lance.
BTW – Full props to Paula “The Phenom” Radcliffe and Martin “The Magnificent” Lel for taking home the top honours from the Big Apple.
I love Lel’s quote: “”To be a champion, you have to be a champion fighting with the man.”
I’m not sure I know what it means, but it sounds bad-ass.