Race Report: BAA 10K 2016

June 26, 2016

Melaney at BAA 10K 2016

Team EnVision had several runners at last Sunday’s BAA 10K. Everyone did a great job racing in the heat!

Melaney‘s Race Report:

I arrived around 7:50 after an excessively long wait for the T, just in time to jump into the middle of the queue at the first open spot that I could find for the 8am start. No warm-up or stretching time for me! The weather was warm already and I am glad I decided to forgo wearing arm sleeves…that would have been a mistake. The start was slow, very crowded and I’m not sure there were really any pace groups, but by around mile 2 I was able to get to a point where I was not dodging so often. I felt strong through mile 4 but after that the heat started to get to me. With no shade in sight and the sun beating down on Comm Ave I would have believed it was 95 out if you told me (maybe it was 95???!). I threw some water on myself to cool off and finished as strong as I could but definitely dropped my pace so no PR for the day but finished at a little over 52 minutes so I’ll take it. After cooling off and collecting food and swag I found the best post-race item, free kale & pineapple smoothies!!! Seriously refreshing after the race. I hope everyone else running had fun and stayed cool!

 

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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!