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Kranc the Kanc 2016

Nearly 40 NEMSers came out for the annual group ride through the Kancamagus Highway in the White Mountains of New Hampshire this year.

Group ride on the Kancamagus!

Group ride on the Kancamagus!

Starting in Lincoln, riders had several options for a scenic out and back route ranging from 30 to 120 miles and 3,500 to 7,700 feet of climb. The route was full of beautiful views from start to finish. Not to mention lots of climbs, speedy descents, and cold winds!

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panoramic

The ride was the perfect chance to enjoy the New England spring weather and test out those early season legs. Best of all, it was an opportunity to bond with team members.

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70.3 Florida and Texas

Northeast Multisport members took on two of the early season races and had a lot to show for all of the hard early season training!

The destination race for this year was the the Florida 70.3 in Haines City, FL. Nearly a dozen team members tackled this this spectator friendly course, with a freshwater swim, moderately hilly bike course, and 3 loop run.

NEMS Members in FL

NEMS Members in FL

NEMS racers won third place in Division IV for the Ironman Triclub Program, qualifying the team for tri-club championships at Ironman Puerto Rico 70.3 in 2017.

tri club third place

And our very own Colin Cook won second place overall for the event, with a 4:14:36 finish.

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Second Place Overall

Second Place Overall

Meanwhile Lucas Pozzetta completed his first professional 70.3 race in Galveston, Texas. He finished 25th among the  54 pros with a time of 4:03:52. Way to go Lucas!

lucas finish

Congratulations to all on a great start to the 2016 racing season!

Check out Colin’s race report here.

TRI-MANIA Boston 2016

Trimania Boston 2016 Expo

Trimania Boston 2016 Expo

Tri-Mania in Boston marked the unofficial kick off of the 2016 triathlon season! The day is packed with a plethora of educational seminars led by seasoned experts, hands on workshops and clinics, and an expo of over 80 exhibitors. It helps triathletes of all levels get more prepared for the upcoming season. Northeast Multisport members had the chance to explore the different offerings and take on the team competitions hosted that day.

Northeast Multisport had 3 teams competing, the Orange, Blue, and White teams. Each team consisted of up to 12 athletes, fewer if athletes doubled up on events. The event covered all three legs of the triathlon: swim, bike, and run.

The first competition of the day was the 4 x 1600m relay track run, set at the Boston University indoor track. Each team consisted of four runners, and each runner completed 1600m. Mike Reilly lent his voice to the event.

NEMS Runners

NEMS runners take to the BU track

Next up on the agenda for the day was the indoor time trial at the Boston University’s Rec Center. The cyclists took their designated spots on the expo floor to race the simulated 10K course, climbing hills and cruising downhill. Different waves ran throughout the day, giving spectators a chance to cheer on teammates!

Time Trial

CompuTrainers at the Time Trial

Swimmers took to the Boston University Rec Center pool in groups of four. Each swimmer swam 200 yards relay style, completing 800 yards for the team. The laps were timed officially by a time keeper, but swimmers could hit the timer on the wall to update the scoreboard and see how they stacked against the other teams. The official results for the day can be found here.

Swim Competition

Swimming relay at the BU pool

In addition to the competitions, seminars, and workshops, several Northeast Multisport members had the opportunity to meet the one and only “voice of Ironman” himself, Mike Reilly!

Meeting Mike Reilly!

Meeting Mike Reilly!

And our very own Colin Cook gave his expert advice in his seminar on the importance of cadence to the triathlete training.

Colin's Cadence Seminar

Colin speaking on the importance of cadence

Overall the day was packed with excitement and great information to carry into the 2016 season and beyond!

NEMS Sweeps the Division IV Club Division at Mont Tremblant and Timberman

In one weekend, NEMS members showed that they were made of tough stuff and took first place in BOTH the Ironman Mont Tremblant and the Ironman 70.3 Timberman club Division IV competition. Absolutely outstanding and congrats to all that contributed!!

NEMS Members to Join Team USA in Cozumel in 2016

Congratulations to NEMS member Lucas Pozzetta who took a top podium position at the USAT Age Group Nationals in Milwaukee! He came in third place overall. Congratulations also to Stacy Sweetser and Clint Dowd. The three of them have now qualified for the 2016 Olympic/Standard Triathlon World Championships in Cozumel, Mexico.

IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene

It was a hot and steamy day in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. What to do? Oh, maybe a little triathlon, IRONMAN distance!!! The air temperature on race day reached 105 degrees around noon, and then it stayed there. On the bike course, heat radiating off the asphalt reached over 120 degrees.

Can you say “beast mode”? Despite the challenging conditions, Craig was 7th in his age group, Jim P. was 10th in his age group, and Jim H. had a VERY impressive finish in 11:25. Congratulations to you all!

Lake Placid Training Camp

A rowdy crew of club members had a great training (and bonding) experience in Lake Placid, NY this June at our annual training camp. According to Frosty, on Friday, they biked 112 miles and ran 4; on Saturday, they swam 2.4 miles, biked 44, and ran 4; and then on Sunday they ran 13.1!

In addition to that, rumor has it, a visit to the Team USA hockey locker and bobsleds were also involved. Wow! What a weekend!!

NEMS Wins BIG at IRONMAN Syracuse 70.3

The hard work and preparation of members of NEMS has paid off and we have won first place as a Division V Tri Club for this race. Congratulations to everyone who participated. You are awesome!!

Support Chris Brown at the Annual Hampshire Hills BBQ!

August 9, 12pm-4pm

A great day for members and guests to get together, have fun, and raise money for one of our own Hampshire Hills Personal Trainers, Chris Brown. Chris was diagnosed with AML: Acute Myeloid Leukemia on June 12th. Come join us, bring your friends and family, and help raise the funds needed to help Chris win his fight with AML.

Free, fun, and open to the public.

BBQ, Bouncy House, Dunk Tank, Raffles, Silent Auction, Hole in One Contests, Tennis Matches, Car Show, Donations, Cash Bar, Kids Activities, DJ and Live Band!!!

Hampshire Hills
50 Emerson Rd., Milford, NH 03055 – (603)673-7123

NEMS Gears Up for Another Great Season

As the snow disappeared, the lakes defrosted, and the weather warmed up, it was time for NEMS members to unhitch their bikes from the trainers (or wipe the dust off for some), dig out their wet suits and get ready for a great season of racing! One of the great things about our club is that we have members of all skill levels, some are new to triathlon, or have a new goal to aim for, while others are almost always near the top of the podium. Despite this, we all support each other and awknowledge each other’s acheivements, no matter how big or small because even the smallest accomplishment is attained through sacrifice, hard work, and grit.
At the Quassy olympic distance tri, Lucas knocked 9 minutes off his course PR and won the top spot, while Craig crushed his PR by 10 minutes and won third place for his age group. The next stop for him is Ironman Cour D’lene. You are going to do great!
Lucas wrote in his race report:
“What I have discovered since then is that triathlon is a way for people of all ages and abilities to challenge themselves, to overcome obstacles, and to achieve truly amazing things that they never thought possible! You do not have to be the best or the fastest racer to do a triathlon and to be proud of what you have accomplished; regardless of whether it is your first sprint or first ironman. In my opinion; with the right amount of dedication and perseverance you can achieve just about anything you put your mind to.”
The Nashua Tri is a big race for the club. It is an early season sprint race that is local to most. There is always lots of proud NEMS blue and orange among the crowd, between the organizers, racers and volunteers. A big thank you to Jay for all of the work he does to make it run smoothly! Club member Lucas won the top spot while many others placed in their age groups (Woot!). Larry did rather nicely despite having spent his off-season recovering from a skiing injury and Mo, a club newbie, focused on acheiving her goals while having a lot of fun doing it, welcome to the club!
The Patriot Half, went off smoothly for Norman, who was using the race as a tune-up for ITU Long Course Worlds the following weekend. He placed 4th in his age group and I’m sure he’ll do fantastic at worlds! Sarah raced with her heart and placed 3rd in her age group, only a minute behind 1st! Richard hit a sweet PR and placed 6th in his highly competitve age group.
There are, of course, times when things don’t go as planned but you learn to adapt your plan. Kevin learned that happiness with a race doesn’t necessarily have to be based on the result (he had a rough off season) and despite losing his goggles in the swim, and having a water bottle troubles on the bike, Mark was able to adjust his race strategy and conquer his very first 70.3 (congratulations on such a huge accomplishment!).
Meanwhile, the next day was a big one as well. Members Zuzka and Colin won their age groups at Ironman Syracuse 70.3, and Chris finished with speed and strength! At the same time, Stephanie was at Ironman Mont Tremblant 70.3, using it as a tune-up for her first full Ironman in a few months. She killed her goals!!! Good luck Stephanie, you are going to do great at Mont Tremblant 140.6!