Race Report: Mass State 2018

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.

I picked up MH (we live about a block from each other) and we headed out to Winchendon to meet up with Melaney for our relay for Mass State Tri.  We were joined by TE teammates Margaret and Fran (doing the full Olympic tri) and Cathy (aquabike):  a pretty nice team showing!
It was a beautiful, if chilly, morning with wispy mist rising off the water.  I was a little worried that the start would be delayed, but the mist dissipated pretty quickly and we were left with a bright, clear day. After a reading of 80 degrees on Saturday, the Sunday morning water temperature check said 77 so it was a wetsuit legal race (although I think they must have gone to great lengths to get that temperature – the water was warm).
Go time:
We were in wave 2 – relays are NEVER in such an early wave.  It was great!  I shot off and managed to swim one of my best times.  Maybe wetsuits aren’t so bad after all! 22:52 for the .9 mile swim.
Chip handoff – thanks to MH for making the transfer from my ankle to Melaney’s – and Melaney hit the road for a quick 22-mile ride at 19.2mph!  Wow!  She was back well ahead of when she told us to expect her.  Way to ride!
Quick T2 and MH pulled off a speedy 48:41 for the 10k run.  That’s a blazing 7:52/mile pace and a personal best!
Given all that, it was no surprise that we were 1st in the female relay division!  Yippee!
Since I was only swimming, I got to watch and cheer.  It was fun to see everybody going from swimming to biking to running (except aquabiking Cathy) to finishing!
It’s always uplifting to be with such strong athletes.
Fabulous work TE!

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.

Amazing Racing

Wow!  That’s a good word to sum up yesterday’s activities from the ladies at TE.

Two of our members traveled down to Geneva, NY to participate in the Mussleman Half Iron.

Ten,  yes ten, members traveled to Winchendon, MA to participate in the Title 9 MA State Olympic.

It was a hot day, but spirits remained high and many racers completed their first races at the respective distances.

Stay tuned for full race reports and photos.

MA State Photos

MA State race day photos are finally here!!!  Proof of what a great day of racing the TE ladies really had.  🙂

Amy chimes in with her race report from MA State….

Race Report: Amy Wong

I arrived at a surprisingly chilly Lake Denison around 6:15 am in a conga line of cars with various tri/race bumper stickers and bike racks. There was a light mist on the lake, and I was glad I had kept my light fleece in the car. As I approached the registration tent, I saw Rachel & Kate, and then a shivering Becky right away; and after a brief chat with them, I ran into Deb too.  It was so great to see familiar faces in TE uniforms all day long!

By the time I got through the usual race prep and TA setup, I had met up with most of my 10 or so teammates who were racing. Some of us went for a quick practice swim. It was a pleasant 76° in the lake, certainly warmer than the air temperature! Luckily the sun came out and started to heat us up quickly. Before I knew it, it was already time for pre-race announcements and lining up for swim waves.

That’s when anxiety set in. I wished I had time to drink some water and use the bathroom again. As I clustered in the pink cap swim wave with Mona, Kelly, and Deb, my belly started to hurt, and memories of the term “GI distress” – which we had discussed at TE seminars – started flitting through my mind. This had never happened before, so I thought that maybe this was what they were talking about! Well it was too late to get out of line… could I make it? I had to! Thankfully, as soon as the horn sounded and we hit the water, the pain completely vanished. Guess it was just stress after all! I floundered my way out of the water right beside Kelly who patted me on the back in passing.

Then it was onto the bike ride with its notorious hill, which I managed without a hitch. This was thanks in large part to Becky, who had organized a road trip with Deb & me the prior week to come ride the course twice (since it was 1 loop for Sprint, 2 loops for Olympic). During our practice ride, I was pretty fatigued on the 1st loop and wasn’t sure I could even do another one. But by the 2nd time through, I knew when/how to respond to the hills better, and I ended up thinking the course wasn’t so bad after all. This really helped the intimidation factor on race day.

Lastly, the out & back run was uneventful, just felt really slow. As I was cursing my way up the little inclines on the way out, I kept thinking that I should have done some brick workouts during my training. Oh, well, “would’ve, could’ve, should’ve,” right? I felt better on the way back – maybe because it seemed more downhill, my legs got used to running, or the encouragements of fellow TE’ers at the finish line helped egg me on.

In the end, I was pretty happy with my performance overall.  I was more consistent across all the segments and swam my fastest ever – even with imaginary GI distress! So even though I will never be fast enough to win anything (unless the category I’m in is really, really small), the real reward was that I got to just hang out with my amazing teammates on a gorgeous day, eat free food, and cheer everyone else on.  It was more fun than I ever thought I could have at a race!

Race Report – MA State Triathlon, a.k.a The “Queens of the Hills”

By: Kelly Pivirotto – Race Coordinator

Date: July 17, 2011

TE Racers:

 Sprint Tri: Deb Reitan, Mona Miklosik, Ruth Tannert, Amy Wong, Jocelyn Winzer, Kristin Beville, and  Kelly Pivirotto,  Relay team- Rachel Vaughan,  Jenn Hughes, Kate Manciocchi

Olympic Tri: Becky Holloway, Amy Howland

After weeks of training, swims at Walden, hill rides, and track practice, the day had finally come…The Mass State challenge! Some of us ventured a week before the event to get feel for what we would encounter on the ride. We had all heard about the hills but…we were prepared! Thanks to Becky’s hill rides!!!  The water temp was 76 degrees, with the bright sun shining down on us! Some of us had been there since 6am, and others were just arriving. Once in the park you were greeted by friendly smiles!! With 12 team members on site, it was hard not to run into a fellow TE’er, whether it was parking the car, heading into transition, or venturing into the water for a quick dip TE was everywhere!!!  We gathered together on the beach for our last ‘good luck’ words of encouragement then headed to our designated pink, yellow, and red waves.

The swim start began in the water waited for the blow horn…and wondered ‘what the heck am I stepping on’.  As the horn went off we all made the splashed into our horizontal positions in the water bumping into the limbs of the competitor beside us. The swim for the sprint was 1/3 mile triangle, which caused for a quick, crowed swim.  As we got kicked around, we all regained focused and as Mona would say, utilized the sighting skills taught in training weekend! Thanking Jenny for the drills she provided us with. The .9 mile swim in the Olympic was more spacious and we had two great swimmers out there leading the crowd. Once out of the water we were back up on the sandy beach for a quick run to transition. On the way out of the water you were greeted with cheers from fellow teammates, and family.

A quick change, and for some other competitors a bit too much!! Hmmm…is there a reason to get butt a$$ naked in transition??  I mean taking off your bottoms and putting on new ones can really impact your transition time!!! Lol.  Ok- get focused… so off to the bikes! The first 3+ miles were a quick, flat ride. Then there it was the monster!!  Once up the mile, ummm yes a mile climb, you then could sit back and enjoy the rolling hills, but hold on for the frost heaves! Racing down hills at 30+ mph you held on tight as you hit the bumps on the frost heaves, and then back up another hill. All along the course fellow TE’ers bellowed out words of encouragement, or like our Olympic ladies where chat’n it up during the course. The Olympic course was two loops and our TE’ers cruised through the course- no problemo! Back into transition and out on the run!

The run was a great flat out and back shaded run- oh yeah!!! At this point in the day it was about 85+ degrees and the shaded run was nice!! For the sprint course there was a turnaround at 1.5 and there was a little girl who was asking ‘what do these gels do’, as she was responsible for handing out water and gel backs- I held back from trying to explain the skittles comparison and continued the run. While out on the course you would still see TE ladies racing but never forgetting to say “good job”, “go TE” or for the Olympic ladies pacing and pushing each other all the way! As each TE’er ran closer to the Max Performance Arch you could hear cheers from fellow teammates. It was great to have a crowd cheering your name, but also knowing that you are done!!! As each one of us finished we gathered for shade under the TE tent to grab some grub then off to the awards tent! AWARDS!!! Heck YA our team kicks butt!!! Not only are we QUEENS of the HILLS, but we represented in the AWARDS!! A huge bravo goes to Ruth Tannert who finished 2nd in the Newbie category, AMAZING job on your first Triathlon. Kristen Beville finished 1st in her category. Jocelyn Winzer 1st in her age group.  Becky Holloway took 3rdplace in her age group, followed by 4th place Amy Howland great team work ladies!!!  And of course our unstoppable relay team TE Spirit: Rachel, Kate, and Jenn took home 1st place. Also a shout out to Deb Reitan, Mona Miklosik, Amy Wong for representing the TE spirit out on the course, it was a great time and so glad you were all there!!

So after reading this race report, you might think you really missed out on a good time,well…… you did!!! However, there is still time sign up for SHARON’s BACK on August 14th!  http://www.maxperformanceonline.com/sharontriathlonrace.htmlis

Pictures to follow!

Swim, bike, run, but have fun!!!