Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Boston Tri Team & Powerbar run clinic

On May 7th, 2011 the Boston Triathlon Team and Powerbar offered a run clinic for our members and friends. This was held at the Victory Field track on Watertown and we have a very good participation and the weather turned out to be great!

Among the presenters was Jessica Douglas, BTT member and MSPT. She prepared an interactive clinic discussing the important benefits of adequate warm up and cool down techniques for runners. Jess explained what's warm up/ cool down, why each is important and what are the proper techniques and exercises that athletes can perform before and after training.

For those who couldn't join is, please find attached what Jess presented. It is a simple yet effective guide to get you ready for any workout, particularly for demanding sessions.

Jorge Martinez, BTT member and owner for E3 Training Solutions was another speaker offering an interactive run clinic with simple information regarding running technique and basic strategies to improve it.

Some of the topics covered during the clinic were biomechanics, the components for performance, what is running economy and what elements from it can be improved through technique.

It was also briefly discussed how neuromechanics like active/passive responses need to be considered and what elements athletes need to focus on in order to produce improvements without significant mechanical changes. The latter might negatively affect performance as opposed to improve it.

During the clinic we practiced some basic running cues that can help athletes produce technique improvements based on their own specific needs and limitations (such as fitness level and speed/pace). Jorge provided a write up that you can find attached here with a more in depth information and examples regarding technique and more.
Finally, Kathleen from Powerbar offered a very informative talk regarding  their products and the benefits they provide over other similar products in the market. One of the main benefits is their C2Max dual source energy blend found in products like the energy blasts, energy gels and Ironman perform. Those products include a 2:1 ratio of glucose to fructose which during endurance events enable our body's digestive tract to utilize its two separate transport systems. In simple terms, by consuming both sources of carbohydrates allow athletes to take advantage of this dual-transport system resulting in faster and greater fuel absorption.

Kathleen also mentioned why other products are important for before and after training to enhance recovery, which ultimately will allow athletes to train more and improve performance. If you want to get more information, head to their website for great tips, nutritional information and even useful fueling calculators.

We appreciate Powerbar support to our team and we look forward collaborating in future clinics!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

BTT rocked Devilman Half Lite

By Mark Vatour,

Considering the length of the drive BTT had a large showing for Devilman in southern New Jersey this past weekend. Mary Beth, Jaimie Strain, Regina and Maggie O’Toole, Brendan Hall, and Beth Edwards made the trip South for warmer waters to start the season. Also in attendance were FOBtt Kelley Philben and Gary Rubin and his daughter Chrissy. While Glen Cote didn’t make the trip, his car did. Thanks Glen.

For those considering the race for next year there is a sprint distance and a half lite (meaning the distances are a bit wonky and are not a true half). All of us raced the half lite..

The Swim is in a bit of a Jersey swamp with a murky start. Two loops. The water was cold but no worse than Mooseman seems to be every year so not a lot to talk about here. The bike is as flat as can be and for the second year in row was tremendously windy. There are two loops on the bike in a lollipop type out and back course. Similar to the bike the run was dead flat as well. All things considered this in an easy course to start the year off.

As for Race quality it is more like a FIRM race than a Kieth Jordan race but still kind of charming. There could have been a few more volunteers at a view spots but all in all, decent event. I’d do it again provided I can keep talking people into driving down with me.

BTT brought home the hardware:
  • Jamie Strain 5th overall 2nd AG 
  • Brendan Hall 1st Clydesdale 
  • Beth Edwards (not to be confused with Bethany Edwards) 1st Athena
  • Maggie O’toole 2nd Athena
  • Regina O’toole 2nd AG 
As for me the highlights of the trip were at the Vince Lombardi truck stop and the half off frapachino at Green Goddess (Starbucks) on the way home. I did have an enjoyable time and would recommend the event.

Friday, May 6, 2011

BTT Sponsorship Newsletter - Spring 2011

For your reading enjoyment, thanks to the hard work of Carrie Mosher!