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



Training Weekend Report

Last weekend was our annual training weekend and what a weekend it was!

17 amazing women and one amazing man, our coach Tony, gathered at UNE in Biddeford, ME for three days of training.  We could not have asked for better weather or a more awesome group of women.

The weekend started  with a bike maintenance clinic and  a great ride in the area to stretch out those legs after a long jaunt from Boston. We had amazing homemade pizza and salad for dinner. The rest of the evening was spent chatting and laughing. Saturday morning started nice and early with an hour workout in the beautiful UNE pool.  A few ladies got up extra early for a 3 mile run prior to swim.  After breakfast and a transition clinic (Tony taught us the flying squirrel!) we all headed out for a gorgeous 25 mile ride that brought us along the coast and thru Kennebunk. There was a fall or two, pictures were taken, and bottle passing was practiced.

Later that day we were all treated to a spectacular run form lecture from Tony. While waiting for a tech person to repair the projector a few of us did some planks….always opportunity to train! The training portion of the day ended with a 3 mile run by the water, which culminated with a dive into the ocean followed by a beer with a bunch of strangers from MA. Ask us to tell you the story…its a good one! Finally, we all gathered outside to grill and mingle. Jenn gave a wonderful presentation on Race Day nutrition! We followed that up with some sundaes.

Somehow we all managed to get up Sunday morning for a pool work out. Tony kicked our butts again! The last event for the weekend was a brick workout. We all rode 15 miles and then ran 2.5-3 miles on the beach.  As each one of us got back we jumped into the ocean….wow was it chilly!!! After eating lunch it was, regrettably, time to pack up and head back to Boston.

Many thanks to Whole Foods for the generous donation! We could not have eaten quite as well without it! This weekend was filled with challenges and amazing experiences. A member learned to ride with clips, a turtle was rescued, bricks were done for the first time, swimming for the first time in 20 years, bodies pushed, and friends made.