Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Week in Review: 7/22 - 7/28

Happy end of July, BTT!

Tim Daley kicked off the weekend by taking second in his division at the Mascomaman Half Triathlon in Enfield, NH! Looks like Tim's getting used to hanging out on the podium! The next day, BTT had a good showing at the Marshfield Duxbury Triathlon, where Regina O'Toole (in her post-baby debut), Maggie O'Toole and Jimmy Ellis all took 5th AG and Mary Lou Tierney took 9th AG. Nice work! Meanwhile, Sasha Dass took 7th in her AG at the Wildcat Sprint Triathlon and Carrie Mosher raced the Barn Burner, a 16 mile cycling race in Walpole, where she took 9th in her category. That's a lot of local top ten finishes for one weekend!

Much of the team was up in Lake Placid, whether it be to officiate, volunteer, spectate or race. Big kudos are due to Joe Kurtz, Bill Hafferty, Meg MacSwan, Lauran Bonaca, Katelyn Kane, Sean McCormick and Minna Kim Sams for their Ironman finishes! Way to grind it out on a tough course!

BTT will welcome the month of August with the PMC, Tour of the Catskills, Montreal Double Double and the Boston Triathlon. Good luck to those racing this weekend!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Week in Review: 7/15 - 7/21

Happy Hump Day, BTT! Congrats to all for surviving that last heat wave.

T'was the week between Mass State and IMLP and all was quiet! We did have a little blue and green racing in various events all over the country. (Yes, country, thanks to Lucy). 

Lucy Herzog is kicking it on the west coast, where she took fourth in her age group at the Goleta Beach Triathlon in Santa Barbara. LA living agrees with you, Lucy, though everyone in Boston misses you!

Brenda Chroniak also rocked her age group by taking third at the Athleta Iron Girl race in Webster, MA. This was the day after her other half, Noah Manacas, raced the NCC Tour of the Hilltowns, a 57 mile cycling race in Northampton, MA. No rest for this BTT couple!

Down in the islands, Matt Pawa took 9th in his age group at the Nantucket Hero Triathlon, the new Olympic distance addition to the popular Nantucket Sprint Triathlon. 

Finally, Joe Kurtz squeezed in a Lake Placid warm up swim by taking second in his division at the Nubble Light Challenge, a 2.4 mile ocean swim in York, Maine, though rumor has it the course ran a little long! The swim leg of IMLP will be a piece of cake for this guy, rolling start or not!

Next up this weekend we have the Mascomaman Half Triathlon, Ironman Lake Placid and the Marshfield Duxbury Triathlon. Good luck to everyone racing!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Week in Review: 7/8 - 7/14

Last weekend was a busy one for BTT!

Lori McKellar, Matt Pokress, Shay Pokress, Janice Biederman and Tom Christofili all headed down to the Finger Lakes to race the various Musselman Triathlon events. Matt, Janice and Tom took first, fifth and fourth, respectively, in their age groups in the half iron distance, while Shay raced the aquabike and Lori represented the day prior in the sprint. Supposedly this race gives out wine for their age groups awards, so maybe we can look forward to a larger BTT presence here next year!

Also on Saturday, Paul Newman took fourth in his division at the DAM Triathlon in Amesbury, Bethany Edwards raced the Falmouth Sprint Triathlon and Krista Schepanovsky took first female overall at the 24-hour (yes, you read that correctly, it was 24 hours) Saratoga 12/24 ultra-cycling race, where she rode 202.5 miles. Meanwhile, Sean Sullivan was busy supporting Dana-Farber Cancer Institute by participating in Swim Across America Boston Harbor Islands Swim!

The next day, Tim Daley took his first podium ever by winning his age group at the Ellington Sprint Triathlon in CT, while rookie Katharina Moser raced MUCH farther away at the Freiburg Triathlon in Freiburg, Germany. Closer to home, all of our Appleman Triathlon participants went top four in their age group! Juli Jones Davenport and Ira Sills both took 2nd in their age groups, while Karen Ghiron Looney took fourth in hers. Brenda Chroniak took to the hills of Vermont, where she took 12th in her division at the Stowe 8-Miler Road Race. Bill Hafferty and Jim Sweeney both raced the VERT Sasquatch Trail Run, and the name of the race makes it seem like the jokes here are endless.

Finally, we had quite the contingency at Mass State! Jorge Martinez, Bill Reeves and Jen Scalise-Marinofsky all took 1st AG, Kayle Shapero, Corey Hazekamp and Rachel Saks Aronis each took 3rd AG and Nik Pappastratis, Brian Kearney, Brendan Hall, Danielle McLaughlin (Hall!), Andrew Trott, Jess Douglas, Ed Galante, Mary Beth Begley, Mark Nickerson, Carlo Jacob, Tori Stevens, Laura Miyakawa and Trish Kelly also had great races, despite some hot weather and some bad tire karma. Kelwin Conroy and Trish Henwood also teamed up to win the women's relay division.

Congrats, all! Keep on representing BTT so well!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Week in Review: 7/1-7/7

Happy July, all!

It was a quiet week for BTT, presumably because most of our teammates were spending the holiday grilling instead of racing. However, we had two Independence Day runners: Gregg Tucci ran the Irondequoit 10K in Irondequoit, New York, where he placed 14 in his division, and Tim Daley placed 9th in his division at the Center Harbor Foot Race, a 5 miler in Center Harbor, NH. Nice job, guys!

The weekend brought two local triathlons. Bill Hafferty and Tim Daley both raced the Whaling City Triathlon in New Bedford, where they went 4th and 9th in their age groups, respectively. Andy Hackett also snuck down to placed 2nd in his age group at the YMCA Old Colony Triathlon in Middleboro, MA.

All was quiet the weekend before the Tent Series race Mass State Triathlon in Winchendon, along with a collection of other races in and around New England. BTT is sure to be represented well this weekend!

Monday, July 1, 2013

June in Review

Hey BTT! Happy July!

There are many race results to catch up on for the month of June!

We kicked off the month with a big racing weekend in a monster heat wave. Tom Christofili took a trip to Maryland, where he ran the Rock Hall International Triathlon. Not much farther north, Pat Dwyer took 1st AG and 3rd overall at New Jersey's Escape the Cape Triathlon in Cape May. Hannah must like the podium! Meanwhile, we had a great showing at the Tent Series Rev3 Quassy races in Middlebury, CT. Brian Kearney, Jimmy Ellis, Matt Pawa and Brenda Chroniak all raced Saturday's Olympic and Jorge Martinez, Bill Hafferty, Meg MacSwan, Lauren Bonaca, Brett Johnston, Amy Greenwood, Brett DeWolfe and Mark Nickerson all raced Sunday's half iron distance. Peter Jensen, Laura Miyakawa and Shay Pokress all stuck to running that weekend in the Winchester Town Day 5 Mile, Newton 10K and MIT FinishLine 5K Sean Collier Memorial road races, respectively. We all deserve a big pat on the back for surviving these races, whether racing or spectating, without melting!

The next weekend of June 8 -9 brought out the best in the ladies of BTT! At Onset's Escape the Cape Triathlon, Kayle Shapero took 2nd overall and 1st AG, Rachel Saks Aronis took 2nd AG (in her smokin' post-baby debut), Mary Beth Begley took 2nd AG and Laurie Damianos took 5th in her division, too. Down in Columbia, MD, Jen Scalise-Marinofsky, Elaine Metcalf, Trish Kelly and Janice Biederman all rocked Eagleman 70.3, where Jen picked up a Vegas slot. Lucy Herzog made Boston proud at the Redondo Beach Triathlon, since she is now a west coast resident (much to our dismay) and Brenda Chroniak placed 2nd AG at the Tufts Medical Center Harbor Walk & Run 5K. Bill Hafferty represented all the guys, with just a little bit of pressure, by placing third in his age group at the Hyannis Sprint Triathlon.

On June 15, Matt Pokress, Joe Kurtz and Sean McCormick all ventured up to Franconia, NH, for the inaugural White Mountains Triathlon, where Matt took 1st AG and 2nd overall, Joe took 2nd AG and Sean finished top ten in his AG as well. BTT does well on those hills New Hampshire roads, even if the course didn't venture over to the Kanc! Tori Stevens, Andy Hackett, Nicole Kimborowicz, Krista Schepanovsky and Brian Kearney were all doing their fair share of climbing up north as they completed the Harpoon B2B while Michael Corcoran, Samantha Noonan, Mark Mullins and Minna Kim took on the Patriot Half Iron in Freetown, MA. Special shout out to rookie Sam for taking third overall female! Gregg Tucci snuck off to race the Ashland Sprint Triathlon while Elaine Metcalf, Bryan Canterbury, Jen Scalise-Marinofsky and Laurie Damianos raced the Wayland 1-Mile Swim. Elaine and Bryan participated in the wetsuit division while Jen and Laurie raced sans-neoprene.

Bill Hafferty kicked off the official first day of summer by taking 2nd in his AG at the Summer Solstice Sprint Triathlon, and later that weekend, Tom Christofili rocked the Williamsburg Rev3 Half Iron and Ira Sills took third in his AG at Mont-Tremblant 70.3. Trish Kelly, Mark Mullins, Steve Sian and Stacy Schweihs all supported the Boston Athletic Association by racing their 10K in Boston, and, much further west, Kristin Condon ran the Kona Half Marathon with her daughter, Kaylyn, in tow.

We closed out the month with our biggest weekend of racing yet this year, with 17 racers at Cohasset alone! Big congrats to Matt Pokress (4th AG and 5th overall), Corey Hazekamp (2nd AG), Jason Soules (2nd AG), Matt Pawa, Kiko Verdeguer, Katelyn Kane (3rd AG), Trish Henwood (1st AG), Kelwin Conroy, Jay Higginbottom, Jess Douglas, Paul Newman, Kyle Geiselman, Mark Mullins, Nicole Kimborowicz, Laurie Damianos, Carlo Jacob & Stacy Schweihs for representing BTT so well at this local Tent Series sprint triathlon. It's safe to say that BTT showed Scott Brown, Gabriel Gomez and Gary Hall, Jr. that we run this town! Kelwin Conroy was also coming off the Let's Run and Be Fit Summer Race Series 5K road race. BTT also put on a great showing at the New England Trifest Half Ironman, where Bill Hafferty, Brian Kearney, Lauren Bonaca, Pat Dwyer and Kayle Shapero all took first in their age groups and Mary Beth Begley took 4th in hers. Finally, Ed Galante, Brett DeWolfe, Matt Coarr and Jimmy Ellis made all of us proud by racing Ironman Austria on Sunday. Race reports are a must, guys!

What a month! Congrats to all for kicking off the 2013 season with a bang. This weekend will be a quiet one, with only Andy Hackett racing the Old Colony YMCA Triathlon on Sunday. Feel free to look forward to more frequent week-in-reviews!

Happy training!