by Brenda Chroniak
Hi BTT and Friends! Boy do I have some catching up to do on Week In
Review. Between traveling for business and getting a nasty cold when I
returned, I haven't been of much use lately. But I couldn't let our
fearless athletes who are racing the Ironman World Championships in Kona
start their race this weekend without a proper Week In Review sendoff,
so here I am. GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!!!
When I last left you, we had a slew of teammates getting ready to
close out September strong and/or start off October right. And they sure
did! Carrie Mosher had a top-10 finish at the Midnight CX Ride, Pete
Jensen and Noah Manacas both had a great races at the Grand Prix of
Gloucester CX race, and Lori McKellar honored a dear friend at the
Samaritans Run For Someone Else's Life 5K (read her touching story here).
That weekend also brought with it the Duxbury Tri, where Fedor
Smith, Lauren Bonaca, and Erica Allen all had podium finishes (third,
first, and second in their respective age groups); Matt Pawa, Laura
Miyakawa, and Elaine Metcalf all had top-10 age group finishes; and Matt
Mead had a great race, too. Way to represent, guys! Steve Wall also
closed out the local tri season strong with a first place age group
finish at the Brickman Triathlon.
And what would Week In Review be without Brett Johnston taking on an
ultra-distance trail run? If you thought he was tough before, read his race report about the Vermont 50 Mile Trail Run, and you'll be even more
Erica Allen also tackled some trails to finish September strong at
the Houghton's Pond Trail Race, while Elaine Metcalf stuck with running
on pavement, bringing home a top-10 age group finish at the Jack Kerouac
5K road race.
As busy as the last weekend in September was, Columbus Day Weekend was even busier! Off-season? What off-season?
was plenty of bike racing, both Cyclocross and Road. Carrie Mosher had a
top-10 finish at The Night Weasels Cometh CX race, she and Noah Manacas
both had great races at the Providence Cyclocross Festival, and Noah
and Maggie O'Toole both had awesome races at the Jamestown Classic
Cycling Road Race--Maggie finished top-10 in her division!
And of course, Columbus Day Weekend is always a big running race
weekend, and we had plenty of teammates take advantage of this. Mary
Beth Begley had a great run at the Tufts 10K for Women; Eric Lambi,
Austin Whitman, and Jess Douglas all rocked the BAA Half--and Eric
finished 6th in his age group; Tim Dewland and Dan Schorr conquered the
Chicago Marathon; and The Bruces and I headed up to New Hampshire for
the Applefest Half Marathon. Sue and Will, a.k.a. Team Bula Birds, took
second in the mixed relay division, bringing home TWO apple pies as a
prize, and I managed a strong finish with a smile, despite my head cold,
and didn't hit anyone with a snot rocket. All in all, a successful day.
PHEW! Is everyone still with me? Good! Let's wish another giant good
luck to our athletes racing Kona this weekend, and also to our
teammates racing the TARC Fall Classic Half Marathon Trail Race, the
Amica 5K, and the Newport Amica Marathon.