Training Weekend 2016

June 10-12, 2016

Kennebunkport Group Photo at Training Weekend 2016

Zabeth‘s Training Weekend Report:

Nine Team Envision women traveled to University of New England, Biddeford Maine this year for a delightful Training Weekend from June 10 to 12.

After arriving and settling into our suites in Sokokis Hall on Friday afternoon, we headed out for an easy 20-mile ride through Saco and Ocean Park enjoying the stately beach cottages, winding shady lanes, and ocean breezes. We rode at a social pace, stretching our legs on the mostly flat course until the short but eye-opening climb up Clifford Rd.

Group Ride at Training Weekend 2016

We returned to welcome smells of baking vegetable and meat lasagnas courtesy of Z, which we enjoyed with garlic bread, mixed salad, and apple and strawberry rhubarb pie. Returning and new members got to know each other, shared laughs and relaxed with foam rollers before heading to bed.

Early Saturday we met for coffee then headed to the beautiful UNE pool, which we had to ourselves for a challenging workout by Coach Becky Paige. We then retired to the hot tub for a short soak before showers and breakfast including homemade croissants from M.H., fruit, hardboiled eggs, yogurt, and bagels.

Hot Tub Time at Training Weekend 2016

We had lovely cool weather for our 30 mile Saturday ride heading inland through woods and farms south to Kennebunkport. We enjoyed refreshments overlooking the rocky shoreline before making our way along the coastline north. At a stop at Goose Rocks Beach, Ruth assessed the swimming possibilities while Sandra and Z experimented with riding along the firm sand listening to the waves.

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After a spin around beautiful Biddeford Poole, we headed back up to UNE and members chose between a run on the recreational track behind Sokokis, an ocean swim – Ruth would never miss this – or downtime.

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Saturday dinner choices included grilled marinated chicken, Greek orzo pasta salad, a variety of grilled vegetables, beer, wine, and ice cream for dessert. Participants thanked Melissa for organizing this great weekend, and Z for guiding and cooking with much-appreciated gift certificates to Amazon. We topped off the evening with our traditional raffle, giving away items including bike shoes, goggles, a wind jacket, body glide, and an illuminated helmet cover for safer night riding.

Sunday morning broke with another great swim workout, hot tub time, and pre-ride breakfast. Our farewell ride was a challengingly windy 14-mile loop. But after cycling together and gaining trust all weekend, we were able to ride comfortably in a double line taking turns pulling and drafting. Subsequently, in spite of the wind, we rode at our fastest pace of the weekend!

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Made hungry by the wind, we made short work of a tasty lunch of hummus, cheese, vegetables, fruit, and leftover lasagna before packing, saying farewells, and heading home. We all had a wonderful time, deepened friendships, and found new motivation to train and race together. Thanks to everyone who participated! See you soon at a training event or race!

Team EnVision would like to extend special thanks to our friends at Ride Studio Café in Lexington, MA for providing each woman at training weekend with Cliff Shot Blocks, an inner tube, and a CO2 cartridge.

Ride Studio Cafe Generously Donated Nutrition & Supplies for Training Weekend 2016

Back in Massachusetts, Team EnVision members got together for a “Training Weekend South” group ride.

Edith, Laurie & Amy at Training Weekend South 2016



So Long, Winter 2016 – Thanks for the Memories!

Team EnVision enjoyed an active off-season!


In December, Melissa led us on a running tour of Boston’s holiday lights. Our route took us through downtown, Boston Common, Boston Public Garden, the Commonwealth Avenue Mall, Faneuil Hall, and Christopher Columbus Park. We capped off the evening with dinner and drinks.

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Indoor swim practices began in January with new Team EnVision swim coach, Becky Paige. We will swim indoors until May when we will move to Walden Pond for open water swimming. Current and prospective members are welcome to drop in for a swim practice:

Swim Practice – Kirrane Aquatics Center in Brookline, Wednesday nights from 7:30-8:30 ($10 fee)


In January, Grace Bicycles hosted Team EnVision for a CompuTrainer ride of the Ironman Lake Placid course. Thanks, Cathy, for organizing the event. We had a great time riding!

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Throughout the winter, weekly strength training classes at Marathon Physical Therapy provide a good base for our triathlon training. Current and prospective members are welcome to drop in for a strength class:

Strength Training Class – Marathon Physical Therapy in Newton, Monday nights from 7:15-8:15 ($10 fee)

Team EnVision Strength Training at Marathon Physical Therapy


Several Team EnVision members participated in the Marathon Sports Winter Warrior Challenge. We ran (or walked) at least one mile outdoors every day in January!

Marathon Sports Winter Warrior Challenge 2016


In March, Team EnVision gathered for a race planning session. We chatted about races and got started on planning the new season while enjoying some wine, cheese, and good company!


While Winter 2016 was a lot of fun, Team EnVision is excited about the arrival of spring and outdoor training!


TRI-MANIA Boston Summit and Expo 2016

Team EnVision kicked off the 2016 season on Saturday at the TRI-MANIA Boston Summit and Expo!

Team EnVision Ladies at TRI-MANIA 2016

We are thrilled to have met so many amazing female triathletes at the Team EnVision booth. Thank you all for your interest! We would like to invite you to drop into a Team EnVision practice:

Swim Practice – Kirrane Aquatics Center in Brookline, Wednesday nights from 7:30-8:30 ($10 fee)

Strength Training Class – Marathon Physical Therapy in Newton, Monday nights from 7:15-8:15 ($10 fee)

Weekend Bike Ride – Check back soon for details on this year’s first outdoor training ride. We are eager to get outside for a ride!

We hope to see you soon at one of our practices!

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Team EnVision members prepped for the upcoming season at workshops, seminars and clinics, some of which were presented by our friends at Tri-Hard Endurance Sports Coaching and Marathon Physical Therapy.

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Carole won third place for women in the Pilgrimman Tri Booth Swim-Erg Challenge! Way to go, Carole!

Michelle had her Ironman Lake Placid finisher jacket autographed by Mike Reilly, the Voice of Ironman.

Michelle's Ironman Lake Placid Finisher Jacket Autographed by Mike Reilly

Team Envision would like to thank Sun Multisport and all who participated in TRI-MANIA Boston 2016 for a great event! The 2016 triathlon season is already off to a great start!


Past Events – 2015 Season


New Member Potluck Dinner:

Our season-opening New Member Potluck Dinner is scheduled for 5pm on April 26, 2015. For more information, please reach out to our Member Coordinator.

Training Weekend:

Team Envision’s annual team training weekend is Friday, May 29 through Sunday, May 31 at the University of New England in Biddeford, ME. We have a fun weekend or swimming, biking and riding as well as workshops on nutrition and other topics planned. For more information, visit the Training Weekend 2015.

March 28, 2015 – TriMania:

The 2015 TriMania Expo was held at the MIT Zesiger Center on March 28th, and Team EnVision was there! Thanks to all who joined us. It was great to see you!

Past Events – 2014 Season

October 5th: Bike clinic with our coach, Karen Ghiron. 10:00AM. Meet at: Newton High School Track

The topic for our final clinic of the year will be a hill climb workout and a discussion of off season training, join us to learn how to bridge your training into and through the winter!

August 6: Brick clinic with Karen Ghiron. 7-8 PM. 

Meeting at Hanscom Air Force base. Bricks are a key workout for any distance triathlon. In this clinic we will ride for 40 minutes and do a quick transition to a brick run for 20 minutes.

July 19th: Coached ride with Karen Smyers, 4 PM. Walden Pond parking lot.

Following a 30 minute introduction and discussion with a legend of Ironman Kona, we’ll head out for a 1.5 hour no drop group ride. 

June 18th: Swim clinic with our coach, Megan Gurley. 6:30PM


June 6-8: Training Weekend 

University of Maine, Biddeford. This is arguably our biggest event of the year, a great weekend full of training, clinics, and spending time with teammates. Mouseover the Training tab and click the Training Weekend link at the upper right of this page for more information as we confirm details!

May 17th: Social event–Yoga 4PM with Dustienne Miller

Location: Marathon sports, 425 Centre St Newton. Unwind from those hectic training schedules by doing some strength and flexibility work with teammates! Mats, props, and water provided. We’ll head to a local watering hole after to retox after we detox, so bring a change of clothes for after! 

May 4th Run clinic with our coach, Karen Ghiron. 10-11 AM.

Newton North High school track, 457 Walnut St, Newton, MA 02460. For a map click  here. This interactive clinic on the ” Hill Repeats” will cover help how to effectively integrate speed workouts and hills into your training. 

April 13th: Season Kickoff potluck.

This is the official start to the TE training season. Our potlucks are always popular, but this year we have a special treat aside from those on the dessert table. We will have acclaimed nutritionist Nancy Clark speaking to us about nutrition for training and racing. Anyone who has seen her speak knows she is a wealth of information on the topic, and we’re excited to have her come share her expertise with us while enjoying the delicious food that we’ve come to expect at TE events. 

April 6th: Run clinic with our run coach, Karen Ghiron. 10-11 AM.

 This interactive clinic on the “Basics of Track Workouts” will cover help how to effectively integrate speed workouts into your training throughout the summer to get faster at any distance race. THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO NON-MEMBERS, PLEASE JOIN US!!!!

April 5th: Try the Tri, 10AM-12PM.

Cannondale store, 1001 Mass Ave Cambridge (google map click  here). This is a great event for all levels of triathletes, and a chance for members to get to know each other better.  We’ll have great talks by Scott and the staff at Cannondale on:  how to be a great cyclist without spending a fortune on gear, advanced bike mechanics (how to tune up your bike, beyond the basics of just fixing a flat) as well as a talk by our always entertaining swim coach, Megan. THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO NON-MEMBERS, PLEASE JOIN US!!!

March 29th: Tri-Mania summit and expo. 10AM-5PM

Drop by the TE booth (#155) to learn more about the team, meet members, and sample some of our culinary treats. Also cheer on your teammates doing the Fast Splits 10k time trial bike at 10:45 and stick around for a full day of great talks, vendors, and workshops!

Late season race reports!

TE ladies have been busy in August and Sept with two team race series events and a whole bevy of other triathlons, swims, road and trail races, etc etc. Here are notes from a few:

Sharon Triathlon

The Sharon triathlon (Max Performance) was a team series event held August 10 in Sharon, MA and had a big group of racers plus two power relay teams. Here are a few notes from the day by those who raced:

Sara’s race report for the Sharon tri:
It was my first race with Team Envision and I really enjoyed the company and the support. The conditions were perfect, right water temperature, the pond was not the best place to swim but nice. The bike course very flat and fast, I guess I was feeling very well so I just enjoyed biking. The run course so lovely around the pond, lots if shadow. And then the support on the finish line was unexpected and really necessary. I came in 15 which is probably my best result ever, so I guess my training paid me back! A really nice race!

Laurie’s race report for the Sharon tri:
A great day at the races for TE!  I think we had 15 members racing, 2 former members racing, and 2 TE cheerleaders.  Wow!  5 of our 15 participants made up relays (a 3-person team, and a 2-person team).
Sunny, warm morning, maybe a little hot by the end of the race, but other years have been cool and overcast, so I wasn’t about to complain (and since I was only swimming, I was very happy not to be freezing for a change).
Congratulations to everybody who competed!  Extra kudos to Z for getting on the podium, and to our 3-person relay (Laurie, Cathy, Diane) for winning the female relay category.  LOVE getting a pint glass as a prize.
Former TE member, Bonnie, also made it onto the podium!
Lots of hanging out talking and eating after the race – meeting new members, and reconnecting with other teammates.  Special thanks to Amy and Anika for coming out to cheer us on.  If there was a cookie award, I think Anika would have won it:  fabulous M&M chip cookies.
Another fun outing with Team EnVision!

Title IX triathlon

The title IX all women’s triathlon is a perennial favorite among TE racers for it’s fast and pretty course, encouraging environment, and (like all Max Performance races) great organization and course support. TE had 8 racers participating, and it was another gorgeous sunny day in Hopkinton this year. Pics are below!

Buzzards Bay triathlon

The final Max Performance race of the year was the Buzzards Bay triathlon. Check out Z’s race report for the day:

The ocean at Horseneck Beach on September 14 was an incredible caribbean blue and 69 degrees for Ruth Tannert’s first ever sprint relay swim.  Ruth had a knee injury  this year and hasn’t been able to run.  To make up for it she crushed the 1/4 mile stretch of Buzzards’ Bay  swimming with the current and made her way between the dunes to T1 to hand of her chip to Zabeth Billingham.  This was also Zabeth’s first ever relay and she really enjoyed the relatively flat 14 mile bike course through absolutely stunning farm vistas overlooking the ocean and over a bridge with yachts on either side.  The beautiful though windy course allowed Z to post a  sweet PR  21.9 mph average on the bike leg before zooming to a stop in T2 to continue with the run.
The 3.1 mile run was also windy, but a gorgeous loop out a narrow causeway to Goose Island, then back through the beach campground and finally through the Max Performance arch where Zabeth enjoyed the watermelon and bananas.
Zabeth and Ruth faced competition in the form of several groups of 20 something amazons.  Nevertheless our seasoned TE ladies triumphed,  winning first in the women’s relay category and scoring a case of blackberry Hint Water in the giveaway.
Both ladies highly recommend this race. It’s a beautiful fast course with the usual superb Max Performance organization and Megan’s cheery greetings in transition.
If you like beach plums, bring a bucket next year when you do this race, because they were perfectly ripe at Horseneck and ready for jam making!

As always, here are pics from these events and others including Z racing at Rev3 Maine and more!


Summer racing season in full swing

TE is having a great season so far, tons of gorgeous sun and beautiful weather for racing throughout all of June and July. The third TE race series race was Max Performance’s Mass State olympic triathlon and aquabike on July 13th in Winchendon, MA with lots of racers participating. TE members have also been busy all season around MA and further abroad with 3 racers at Sun Multisport’s Patriot half ironman or olympic aquabike on June 14, Sun’s New England Trifest on the hilly course in Fairlee VT, several road races, charity bike rides and more.

We’re also training every week, with swims at Walden every Wednesday evening watching the sun set over the pond, 15-20 mile no drop group rides on the weekends, and two groups of track running intervals on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Brookline and Waltham. Team mates, keep sending in your pics and race reports to share here!! Here are a few from this summer’s races: