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ING NYC Marathon

Posted on February 27th, by Josh Cassidy in wheelchair racing. No Comments

I’m writing this quite a bit after the race, but maybe that’s a good thing. Keeping it short. Basically I trained really long and hard for this, more than any other marathon in the past. I was still dealing with sickness from Delhi, and it definitely affected my training and my performance. I was hoping to do much better, but clearly something was wrong when I couldn’t hold on going up over the bridge into Manhattan around 28k – climbing is one of my strengths. It was a super exciting race up until that point, the biggest pack together for the longest time in the history of the marathon I do believe. I was very frustrated with the situation, because I trained SO hard for weeks and weeks leading up, but all of my energy was going to my immune system, dealing with the sickness. I did get over it about a week or so later – 5 weeks after coming back from Delhi.

A big congratulations to David Weir for an outstanding performance. He looked very comfortable throughout the whole race, though I know it was a very close battle to the end. A big congratulations to Masazumi Soejima, who was right there until the end, and didn’t receive the credit he deserved for such an outstanding performance as well.

And as usual, the marathon people did an outstanding job again, making for arguably the most enjoyable racing experience every year in Manhattan. Thank you.

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