Ironman Maine 70.3 – August 26, 2018
Catherine’s Race Report:
Ironman Maine 70.3 is an extremely well supported, well executed race. Support staff, police, race directors were all fantastic, well prepared, and had a great attitude towards the race. If you’re looking for a very well organized race, this is it. Everyone in the town supported the road closures and race beyond expectations. My only suggestion if you are not into the kid scene is to find a location to stay away from downtown. There were plenty of ways to have a buddy drop you at transition rather than relying on walking.
I need some power goals on the bike. I’m not disciplined enough race day, and I race harder than I train every time. I need to train harder, race easier, and need some numbers to orient this. “By feel” is clearly too subjective for me to do this well enough.
CORE WORK. I think my back was killing me because my core wasn’t strong enough for the speed I was pulling on that bike ride. Winter goal: LOTS of core work.
The apple watch has got to go. Time for a Garmin! I felt totally mislead on the run looking at my numbers after the fact.
Steelhead 70.3 – August 2018
Nathalie’s Race Report:
Why do a report on a race you DNF? I guess because it was a learning experience that may be worth sharing… I did not train consistently this year and hopefully I will retain the lessons.
My husband and I like to destination race and discover different venues. So we headed to Benton Harbor, Michigan: we flew to Chicago with our bikes and it was a couple of hours drive from there.
The swim was a bit challenging. Although it is a lake, it is a BIG lake and the waves can be a bit rough. The temp was just above wetsuit legal, I am not a confident enough swimmer to go into choppy water without a wetsuit for that distance, so I elected to join the last, wetsuits-only, wave of swimmers. And I am glad I did as I passed a number of athletes who struggled and stopped to hug buoys along the way. It was a long 1.2 miles in 56mn…
The bike was rolling hills, a bit of a blurr now that I try to recall, rather scenic, 3h34 for the 56 miles is not unusual for me.
The run, usually my preferred leg, was my demise. It was getting hot, but I have raced successfully in hotter conditions. I thought I was going to make it ok and maintain 11 mn mile, but at mile 5.5 I started hyper-ventilating and it went out of control. I was not able to manage my breathing, had to walk, and was forcibly (and noisily) gulping air, which alarmed fellow runners and spectators. I was on the verge of panicking and realized that I was not going to recover and finish. And this is the part that is new to me: I never had to rely on the support system of the race. As I went through several bouts of hyperventilating and crying, the spectators, volunteers, police officers, medics all in turn attended to me, guided my breathing, reassured and comforted me. They were amazingly empathetic and kind, and I am so appreciative and grateful to all these strangers who were helping me in a moment of distress.
All is well, this was not a lasting injury and I learned that I can’t just fake it and rely on general decent condition to go into distance racing. I need to prepare adequately, and resume a path of more consistent training. This will be possible with the fun camaraderie and strength of my fellow Team Envision members and coaches. And I am looking forward to it!
Mass State – July 8, 2018
Laurie’s Race Report:
Dawn. 52 degrees. Brr! What happened to that heatwave? Not to worry, it warmed up by the time we got going.
July 4th Trifest and Brunch – July 4, 2018
On the morning of July 4th, Marie-Hélène hosted Team Envision for a sprint distance training tri. We swam in Upper Mystic Lake, and then biked and ran on the Minuteman Trail. We even practiced transitions in her garage. It was a lot of fun and a great tune-up for Mass State. A post-training pot luck brunch capped off the event perfectly. Thank you for hosting, M-H!
IRONMAN Syracuse 70.3 – June 17, 2018
Marie-Helene’s Race Report:
LOVED IT. Learned new things.
Swim: It was a smart start or rolling start. This was a first for me. It was a bit challenging because you are surrounded by people your speed, washing machine style. It would normally have made me panic, but I didn’t. I mastered my emotions, got kicked a bit, but I knew I had this. I meditated before getting in the water, which helped. I came out of the water, laughing and chatting with folks and screaming woot woot in the transition. I might have also screamed “I loved this sport”…lol
Bike: A challenge! Very hilly. The first 13 miles were climbing, but I was expecting it. I’m glad I went to Mont-Tremblant 2 weeks before – I was ready. The first hill, my brake got stuck on my wheel and didn’t realize it until mid-way through. I was wondering why it was that hard! lol. I finished the hill anyway, pulled over, fixed my wheel and carried on! I did forget to put on sun screen before getting in the water, so I carried my sunscreen and stopped once to put it on. I waited because another triathlete needed sunscreen so I offered mine. I’m not that competitive, helping and chatting with this great crowd of folks trumps any performance objectives…
Run: My favorite part that I always look forward to. It was 100f…pretty toasty and hilly. It didn’t stop me. I actually finished strong and laughing all the way through!
Next race, Mont-Tremblant full Ironman!
Race-Mania Summit and Expo – March 25, 2018
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.