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!
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Cranberry Olympic

What a day of racing last Sunday down in Lakeville, MA!!!  We had an impressive group of women racing…a relay team, 2 Olympic veterans, and 6 trying their hand at the distance for the first time.  Spoiler alert: Our relay team finished in 2nd place!  Whoo-hoo!

Let’s start with the swim….or maybe not, since you couldn’t see anything past the first buoy.  They delayed the start until 8:15am until the fog had lifted.  Good idea.

 

We staked out a good position up on the hill so we could see the course and then waited for all the waves to head out.  Pretty soon they were coming in….and quickly!  Everyone had to be really careful on the stone steps b/c they were very slippery.  A couple people slipped and fell…nobody from our team though.

Once everyone was in from the swim we went back to the tent to rest in the shade while our teammates crushed the bike course.  We were told it was a beautiful ride too….hmmm…maybe next year. 🙂  We went and got into good cheer positions by the dismount line so we could give everyone a morale boost before they went out on their last leg.  Everyone looked really strong coming in off the bike!

We had set our tent up to be right next to the finish chute so it made it easy to stay in the shade, but still cheer like crazy as our teammates came down the finish.  It was a bit confusing because there was a set of blue timing mats that were 15 yards ahead of the finish line.  We saw a few competitors slow down a bit when they crossed them and we yelled at them to keep running.  Turns out the mats would pull up the name of the person who just crossed it and it would appear on the laptop of the announcer sitting right nearby.  He would then announce the person’s name as they were crossing the actual finish line.  Good idea, but maybe warn people of that ahead of time?

After the race we unloaded the great grub that everyone brought and had a nice picnic lunch.  These ladies can cook!  We keep saying we’re going to start a TE Cookbook….maybe this will be the year.  🙂

 

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.

Getting ready to race!

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!  It’s going to be an amazing weekend.  On Sunday TE is going to compete in the Title 9 MA State put on by Max Performance at the Lake Dennison Recreational Area in Winchendon .  We have two relay teams PLUS another six women racing.  We are going to dominate!  🙂  We’ll have the TE tent set up and I’ll be bringing my camera and cowbells to capture the moments and cheer as loud as I can!