Race-Mania Summit and Expo 2018

Race-Mania Summit and Expo – March 25, 2018

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Liz’s Report:

Despite the cold, gloomy March weather on Sunday, the ladies of Team Envision were out in force at this year’s Race-Mania Expo. Zabeth, Sandra, and Liz arrived early to set up a cheery, welcoming booth to provide a space for team members to drop their belongings, have a snack, and chill, as well as talk to prospective new members about Team Envision. The BU Rec center was full of promoters hawking their wares and providing information about upcoming races. Great lectures on topics of interest to endurance athletes such as nutrition, injury prevention, and performance improvement were on going. Several team members attended clinics such as Swim Smooth, Yoga for Triathletes, Chi Running, and cycling time trials; while other members took advantage of free massage, acupuncture, cupping, and Normatec boots.

In addition to having a great time and getting lots of swag, we were also able to talk to many women about the benefits of joining a triathlon team. About two dozen women signed up for more information and took a coupon good for a free drop in ride, swim, or clinic.

This was my first time at the event and I got a lot more out of it than I expected. I’m not much of a shopper, but there was a good selection of merchandise for triathletes, including used wetsuits at a great low price. The lectures and clinics got great reviews by those who attended, and it was great to see other triathletes and potential triathletes get excited about Team Envision. Definitely a must-do for next year.

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See you at Race-Mania!

Heading to Race-Mania? Check your virtual goody bag for a Team Envision registration discount. Don’t forget to stop by the red Team Envision tent to say hi and receive an additional coupon. See you there!

 

 

Off-Season Training: Winter 2018

 Triathlete’s Full Body Strength Workout – March 11, 2018

Strength Training March 2018

Triathlete's Full Body Strength Workout 2018

Strength training is an essential part of training leading into race season to build your baseline fitness and avoid injury. Team Envision sponsor Will Karousis of Tri-Hard Endurance Sport Coaching coached us through great workout at Naomi’s Basement Studio.

 

 Indoor Cycling at Grace Bicycles

Team Envision members have been enjoying weekend indoor cycling workouts sponsored by Roy Cervantes at Grace Bicycles in Holliston this winter. We bring our own bikes and set them up on Roy’s CompuTrainers for a spirited ride through Lake Placid, French Valleys, Mallorca, SoCal, and some of the alpine stages of the Tour de France.  Sessions last 90 minutes and we often take a team run on the bike trail behind Grace Bicycles after, to make a brick.

 

Indoor Swim at Draper Pool

Team Envision swim members enjoy weekly swim workouts at Draper Pool. Thanks to our swim coach, Becky Paige, for keeping us in shape!

 

Race Report: Maine 70.3 at Old Orchard Beach 2017

Maine 70.3 at Old Orchard Beach – August 27, 2017

Nathalie’s Race Report:

There were 4 of us racing. We got rooms in a motel on the main street, very near the transition area, perfect spot! Very early morning we were off to setup in the dark and crossed path with fellow TE member Sara B. After setting up, we went back to the rooms to wait out the start and use private restrooms, what a luxury!

The start for the swim is near the Old Orchard’s pier, it is really a lovely spot. We walk to it from transition, so about half a mile. It is the first race I experience a rolling start, the line is long, but we are chatting and it goes fine. The swim course is point to point, the water is calm and not too cold (it was much colder the day before). In the water, I feel more crowded than with the traditional group start, and as a slow swimmer I get passed all the time… I am glad when I am done. The transition is a bit long from the beach to the bike, but they have put down carpets so it is not uncomfortable on our feet. And the suit strippers are there, I really like that…

The bike course is very pleasant, a lot of shade, not too much wind, and the rolling hills are really manageable: after mile 22 it is mostly downhill. I know the course because we came and did it two weeks before, that makes a big difference, and I am having a good time.

The run is an out-and-back, very flat, nice views, mostly shaded and good surface, particularly on the Eastern Trail. I was worried about the run because of plantar faciitis which has been quite painful for months, I just got a cortisone injection ten days before the race to up my chances of completing it. And indeed the run went well considering the circumstances, and I really liked the course.

My race goal is three fold: to enjoy the experience (yes!), to be under 7 hours (6h53mn) and less than one hour behind my husband (I failed that one as he finished in 5h41mn). But let’s be honest, here is the best part about the race: the lobster fest!

Holiday Lights Run 2017

Holiday Lights Run – December 10, 2017

Liz’s Report:

On Sunday evening following December’s first snowstorm, the Team Envision women met for the annual Holiday Lights Run. Anika generously allowed us to use her Downtown Crossing office as a base to store clothing, use the restroom, share snacks, etc. Once gathered, we began our run passed Macy’s Santa up to the Boston Common. Trees surrounding the Common were lit with colored lights giving the snow that still lay on the branches a festive glow.  The famous Nova Scotia Tree was large and bright next to the stating rink where a Zamboni was hard at work.

The runners crossed Charles Street and entered the Public Garden. The paths were a bit slippery, but the evening was relatively mild and we successfully dodged holiday pedestrians. After the Public Garden, we entered the Commonwealth Avenue Mall and were delighted that Roy Moore was not there picking up teenagers. Bad joke. But it was a lovely sight as the trees along the central path were lit with white lights creating a tunnel effect.

At the 1.8 mile mark, we turned around and headed up the long hill to the state house and then down Beacon Hill to Government Center, where runners and walkers reconnected.  After some exploration of the Winter Market, the runners continued through Quincy Market to the Waterfront Park and took an epic picture. Then we made our way back to Anika’s office to regroup and change of a post-run/walk dinner and drinks.

Race Report: Sharon Triathlon 2017

Sharon Triathlon – August 13, 2017

Zabeth’s Race Report:

The Sharon Triathlon is one of my favorite sprints put on by Max Performance.  The pond is usually calm, and the ride and run are quite flat and fast.  For an August race, this one is also a great choice as the bike and run courses go around the pond and are mostly shaded and breezy.

It’s an interesting sprint in that the swim is a full ½ mile, the bike is 12.3 miles and the run is longer than usual at 4.4 miles, favoring those who are happiest running.

There is one more unusual aspect of the Sharon Tri – there has been an Aquabike division for the last couple of years.

Another perk Max Performance provides at this race is a tent with post-race massages: sign-up as soon as you finish as it’s first-come-first-served!

I chose to race the Aquabike this year due to running injuries and enjoyed being able to go as fast as possible during my ride without having to save energy for the run.  I was quite pleased to come in 3rd in my division even though I had a slow swim split.

Sharon Perl Olshvang and her daughter Riley Perl both raced the triathlon.  Congratulations Riley for earning 3rd place in the under 19 division. We’d love to have you join Team Envision this year!

I highly recommend the Sharon Triathlon and hope more of us register for it in 2018.  It’s a great event.

Race Report: Mass State Triathlon 2017

Mass State Triathlon – July 9, 2017

Fran’s Race Report:

The 2017 Mass State triathlon took place on July 9th, at Lake Dennison in Winchendon, Massachusetts.  It’s a race that has a reputation of always taking place on the hottest day of the summer, but I think we got lucky this year because the temperature never got above 80 degrees.  This was my second Olympic distance triathlon and definitely my best race this year.

My training for this race perhaps wasn’t the greatest.  I ended up not following a formal training plan, and instead made up my own regimen as I went along that used some of the principals from the plan I’d used to train for my first Olympic distance race.  In the end, I may have done more training than a formal plan would have called for, but it was definitely less structured.  Another hiccup in the training was that I ended up having to travel for work for several days about a week and a half before the race, which disrupted my final training plans.  While traveling, I tried to tell myself that I was probably supposed to be tapering anyway, and then I did a last long workout when I got back before doing the real taper.  Perhaps the trip even helped in the end, especially because I was working outdoors in Florida, and just about any weather feels cool and refreshing after that.

The swim had the usual waves with mass starts.  I’d consider my swimming good but not spectacular, but I made some big improvements this year just by doing a better job of making sure my goggles didn’t fog up.  It’s amazing how much faster you can finish the swim course when you can actually see the buoys and aren’t constantly getting off track.

The bike course had some scenic sections, some bumpy sections, some parts with newly paved road, and one slightly dicey part that goes through a town center.  The race organizers assured the athletes that the bad patches of road would be fixed by next summer.  There are a few hills, especially in the middle of the course, but it’s fairly flat at the beginning and the end, which I think helped me because I could get used to being on a bike at the beginning and then prepare for the run at the end without also having to worry about anything too technical.  I thought there were also a surprising number of people pulled over with flat tires on the bike course.  There were also at least a couple crashes, one of which happened a short distance behind me that I heard but didn’t see. Fortunately, I made it back to transition without getting into any mishaps myself.

After a short bout of jelly legs coming off the bike, I ended up having a really good run.  This is most likely for two reasons.  First, the course is an out and back, so whenever I got to an uphill I could tell myself that I would get to run back down it later.  Second, I’d done the run leg as part of a relay with Z and Edith my first year on Team Envision.  It definitely helped to be able to tell myself that no matter how tired I might feel, I’d done that run before and I could do it again.  That’s made me wonder if I ought to try and do the run course in isolation before other future races, maybe it would help when the temptation to walk gets strong.

My official time was 3:13:44.9.  It’s not a spectacular time by any definition, but I achieved both of my main goals for the race: to finish in under 3 hours 15 minutes, and run the entire run course.  I’m looking forward to doing this race again next year and improving even more.