Race Report: Sharon Triathlon 2017

Sharon Triathlon – August 13, 2017

Zabeth’s Race Report:

The Sharon Triathlon is one of my favorite sprints put on by Max Performance.  The pond is usually calm, and the ride and run are quite flat and fast.  For an August race, this one is also a great choice as the bike and run courses go around the pond and are mostly shaded and breezy.

It’s an interesting sprint in that the swim is a full ½ mile, the bike is 12.3 miles and the run is longer than usual at 4.4 miles, favoring those who are happiest running.

There is one more unusual aspect of the Sharon Tri – there has been an Aquabike division for the last couple of years.

Another perk Max Performance provides at this race is a tent with post-race massages: sign-up as soon as you finish as it’s first-come-first-served!

I chose to race the Aquabike this year due to running injuries and enjoyed being able to go as fast as possible during my ride without having to save energy for the run.  I was quite pleased to come in 3rd in my division even though I had a slow swim split.

Sharon Perl Olshvang and her daughter Riley Perl both raced the triathlon.  Congratulations Riley for earning 3rd place in the under 19 division. We’d love to have you join Team Envision this year!

I highly recommend the Sharon Triathlon and hope more of us register for it in 2018.  It’s a great event.

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Late season race reports!

TE ladies have been busy in August and Sept with two team race series events and a whole bevy of other triathlons, swims, road and trail races, etc etc. Here are notes from a few:

Sharon Triathlon

The Sharon triathlon (Max Performance) was a team series event held August 10 in Sharon, MA and had a big group of racers plus two power relay teams. Here are a few notes from the day by those who raced:

Sara’s race report for the Sharon tri:
It was my first race with Team Envision and I really enjoyed the company and the support. The conditions were perfect, right water temperature, the pond was not the best place to swim but nice. The bike course very flat and fast, I guess I was feeling very well so I just enjoyed biking. The run course so lovely around the pond, lots if shadow. And then the support on the finish line was unexpected and really necessary. I came in 15 which is probably my best result ever, so I guess my training paid me back! A really nice race!

Laurie’s race report for the Sharon tri:
A great day at the races for TE!  I think we had 15 members racing, 2 former members racing, and 2 TE cheerleaders.  Wow!  5 of our 15 participants made up relays (a 3-person team, and a 2-person team).
Sunny, warm morning, maybe a little hot by the end of the race, but other years have been cool and overcast, so I wasn’t about to complain (and since I was only swimming, I was very happy not to be freezing for a change).
Congratulations to everybody who competed!  Extra kudos to Z for getting on the podium, and to our 3-person relay (Laurie, Cathy, Diane) for winning the female relay category.  LOVE getting a pint glass as a prize.
Former TE member, Bonnie, also made it onto the podium!
Lots of hanging out talking and eating after the race – meeting new members, and reconnecting with other teammates.  Special thanks to Amy and Anika for coming out to cheer us on.  If there was a cookie award, I think Anika would have won it:  fabulous M&M chip cookies.
Another fun outing with Team EnVision!

Title IX triathlon

The title IX all women’s triathlon is a perennial favorite among TE racers for it’s fast and pretty course, encouraging environment, and (like all Max Performance races) great organization and course support. TE had 8 racers participating, and it was another gorgeous sunny day in Hopkinton this year. Pics are below!

Buzzards Bay triathlon

The final Max Performance race of the year was the Buzzards Bay triathlon. Check out Z’s race report for the day:

The ocean at Horseneck Beach on September 14 was an incredible caribbean blue and 69 degrees for Ruth Tannert’s first ever sprint relay swim.  Ruth had a knee injury  this year and hasn’t been able to run.  To make up for it she crushed the 1/4 mile stretch of Buzzards’ Bay  swimming with the current and made her way between the dunes to T1 to hand of her chip to Zabeth Billingham.  This was also Zabeth’s first ever relay and she really enjoyed the relatively flat 14 mile bike course through absolutely stunning farm vistas overlooking the ocean and over a bridge with yachts on either side.  The beautiful though windy course allowed Z to post a  sweet PR  21.9 mph average on the bike leg before zooming to a stop in T2 to continue with the run.
The 3.1 mile run was also windy, but a gorgeous loop out a narrow causeway to Goose Island, then back through the beach campground and finally through the Max Performance arch where Zabeth enjoyed the watermelon and bananas.
Zabeth and Ruth faced competition in the form of several groups of 20 something amazons.  Nevertheless our seasoned TE ladies triumphed,  winning first in the women’s relay category and scoring a case of blackberry Hint Water in the giveaway.
Both ladies highly recommend this race. It’s a beautiful fast course with the usual superb Max Performance organization and Megan’s cheery greetings in transition.
If you like beach plums, bring a bucket next year when you do this race, because they were perfectly ripe at Horseneck and ready for jam making!

As always, here are pics from these events and others including Z racing at Rev3 Maine and more!

 

Sharon Triathlon

Team EnVision had a great showing at the Sharon triathlon on August 12th….10 women racing!!  The morning was gray and drizzly – no, make that rainy – when we arrived to set up.  The water was a bit choppy and not extremely inviting even though it was a warm 81 degrees (not wetsuit legal).  There were rumors of a delayed start, but by 8:00 the skies were getting a little lighter and the rain had stopped.

The race had the feel of a small-town event even though there were close to 600 triathletes in attendance.  People lined the streets along much of the bike and run courses to cheer, clank cowbells and yell encouragement.

The Team EnVision relay came in 1st place in the women’s relay division, and 2nd overall!

It was fun to hang out together after the race, eating and chatting, and try our luck at getting picked for Max Performance’s great give-aways.  Z scored with her, umm, complimentary Facebook post.  Enjoy the pics!!

Sharon Tri didn’t rain us out!

We braved a rainy start, a choppy swim on the lake and wet roads, and we all had great races on Sunday.  But, two of our amazing women racing had incredible races and placed in the top of their age groups!!

2nd Place – Age Group 45-49
Laurie Ellis

3rd Place – Age Group 50-54
Ruth Tannert

Congratulations to both of you for amazing races!!  Job well done!!

Many thanks to all the photography contributions that made this post possible.  We don’t care that they were “taken in the rain”, “I wasn’t using the zoom lens.”, “They might not be good.”, and “It was taken with my phone.”  We all love the pictures…don’t worry. 🙂

Race Report: Sharon Tri

By: Rachel Vaughan

Sunday morning brought rain (earlier than forecasted), but we all drove down to Sharon for another great Max Performance event.  There were 7 of us racing and we all did our best to keep some of our gear dry, keep ourselves warm, and keep our energy levels up!  Kristi and Becky came to cheer and my husband, Scott, was armed with the camera.  It was a choppy 1/2 mile swim on the lake due to the storm, but everyone kept their cool…especially Ruth when someone kicked her in the face!!  I was fighting with my wetsuit in transition when I heard, “Way to go Rachel!”  I looked up to see Laurie flying through from the swim to bike.  Boy is that woman a fish!  🙂  She started a good 2 waves behind me!

Off on the bike for a flat, fast course.  Had to be careful in the corners because of the rain and it was bumpy in places, but otherwise it was beautiful.  And the wildlife just seems to keep finding Jenn….while she was riding a huge buck came out of the woods and went right across the road in front of her!!  Yep, a buck!  With antlers!  I know!  Crazy!  We were back into T2 before we knew it.  The run was long (for me at least) at 4.4 miles, but all flat, very scenic and boy were we thankful for the cloud cover now.

Coming back in towards the finish with only .2 miles to go my legs were like bricks and I look up to see Kristi standing in the middle of the road hollering my name and shaking pom-poms!!  What a sight!!  She ran the last of the way in with me…what a savior!  This was my first full triathlon since having foot surgery, and my longest run to date, so having her smiling, cheering and running with me was very uplifting at that moment.  I didn’t place at this race, nor do I think I ever will, but that’s not why I love this sport or this team.  I love it for the comraderie, the friendships, and the tests of endurance we all put ourselves through.  To finish the race smiling and under my own will is always a “win” in my book.

TE gets ready for another weekend of racing!

It’s Friday and we’re all getting pumped up and ready for another weekend of racing!!

Sunday brings a double header….

Amy Wong will be racing at the Westborough Triathlon.

PLUS, we have 8 amazing women racing at the Max Performance Sharon Triathlon.
Christine de Chaves
Allison Cramp
Laurie Ellis
Jenn Hughes
Nisha Sardella
Ruth Tannert
Rachel Vaughan
Anka Wilk

It’s going to be another amazing day of racing…so if you see our tent, come on by and say hello!