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June 2016 Highlights

As May slipped into June, the triathlon season kicked into high gear. And NEMS members were ready! Though the month held a myriad of races, here were a few of the highlights:

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On June 4th and 5th, the Quassy Olympic and Half took place in Lake Quassapaug of Middlebury, Connecticut. A challenging course full of climbs up rolling hills and rewarding views. The weekend includes both the Olympic and half distances, with members of Northeast Multisport racing both.

On June 12th over 25 NEMS members took on our home turf course at the Greater Nashua Sprint Triathlon. Other than the racers there were also many familiar faces volunteering on the course. It is always a great showing for the team! A fun course for racing, and friendly environment for those finishing their first triathlons.

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NEMS at the Greater Nashua Sprint Triathlon 2016

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On June 18th a dozen NEMSers took on the Patriot Half in East Freetown, Massachusetts. A popular race with a great reputation, it was a good day to race for many. Congratulations to Stacy for winning her age group!

Patriot Half 2016

Patriot Half 2016

The very next day on June 19th NEMS racers faced a tough course with hot and humid conditions at Syracuse 70.3. The course was updated this year, and added 500 additional feet of climb. But that didn’t stop NEMS racers from winning second place in Division IV for the Ironman Triclub Program!

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NEMS racer at Syracuse 70.3

NEMS Wins Division IV 2nd Place at Syracuse!

NEMS Wins Division IV 2nd Place at Syracuse!

Other June races included Ironman Raleigh 70.3, Ironman 70.3 Eagleman, and  Ironman 70.3 Mt. Tremblant. Needless to say, members kept busy!

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Check out our featured member race recap of Syracuse 70.3 here!

King Pine 2016

On Saturday May 21st, 12 Northeast Multisport members braved the cool water and hills in the Sprint and Olympic distances at the King Pine Triathlon in Madison, NH!

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From first time to returning triathletes, NEMS members had a strong presence on the course. Congratulations to all of the athletes that raced!

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Check out our member race recap here!

Ironman Texas 2016

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On Saturday, May 14, Colin Cook finished his 11th full Ironman at the Ironman North American Championship in The Woodlands, Texas.

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Finishing in 8:15:10 he took 2nd in his age group and qualified for his 4th trip to Kona! Congratulations Colin!

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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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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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 2016 Offseason Meetings

The offseason provides Northeast Multisport members with a few extra minutes in our schedules to catch up on the latest information in the triathlon world. Throughout the offseason the teams meets to discuss different topics and learn different ways to improve our own training.

This offseason covered a variety of topics, which included:

October 2015: The team met at Gooddale’s Bike Shop, where Trent Hayden gave a talk on the topic of concentration, specifically “The role of concentration and focus in athletic training and competition”. The talk was followed by discussion by athletes about personal experiences on the course for varying distance races.

November 2015: The team met at Apple Therapy at the Executive, where Karen Biskovich gave a talk about neuromuscular activation, and Apple Therapy did a gait analysis demonstration. Team members had the opportunity to practice a few exercises to incorporate neuromuscular activation into their own routines.

January 2016: The team met at Conway Arena with Dr. Jeff Donatello, a specialist in Functional Medicine and Nutrition, who gave a talk about “How to Improve Cycling Power by Diminishing Inflammation”. He covered the four new blood tests that measure inflammatory biomarkers, the six most inflammatory foods you can eat, and the new science behind reversing inflammation naturally. There was also the bonus topic of It’s the Nerve! which team members had the chance to sample.

February 2016: Colin Cook presented his Trimania topic of “Cadence is King: Everything You Need to Know About Running Cadence and How it Can Make You a Better Runner” at the Nashua YMCA. He covered the value of running cadence, how to track it and what tools to use, what to target, and how to use cadence to become a faster runner.

March 2016: The North American CEEPO distributors from Québec visited NEMS members at the All Out Cycle in Nashua. Team members had the opportunity to learn more about the CEEPO story, bicycle aerodynamics in triathlon, the importance of proper positioning, and the specific designs of CEEPO bike models.

NEMS members learn CEEPO's story

NEMS members learn CEEPO’s story

Learning about the importance of aero.

Learning about the importance of aero.

5th Annual NEMS Indoor Time Trial

The 5th Annual Northeast Multisport Time Trial at Goodale’s on January 23rd was a great success!

With 87 participants, waves were full of racers coming and going throughout the day as volunteers helped move everything along smoothly.

NEMS Time Trial 2016

NEMS Time Trial 2016

At the end, here’s how the overall winners finished:

First        Last          Team                                  Sex  Time    Overall          AG
Benjamin     Koyle         Team Fit Werx                         M    0:16:27 1       OA       40-49
Joseph       Siegel        Community Bike Racing                 M    0:16:35 2       OA       30-39
Lucas        Pozzetta      NorthEast Multisport                  M    0:16:47 3       OA       20-29

Stacy        Sweetser      NorthEast Multisport / PBM            F    0:18:56 30      OA       40-49
Ashley       Blake         NorthEast Multisport                  F    0:19:32 41      OA       30-39
Cassie       White         Gus's Cycling                         F    0:20:06 46      OA       50-59

 

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Check out the full results from the events here!

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.