Hey green team,
The weather is warmer. The days are longer. All around us, friends, colleagues, and loved ones moan “it’s so hot, all I want to do is sit here.” So what does this group of highly-educated people do?
Put on spandex to swim, bike, and run in the dead of summer.
Call it madness, but nothing beats the cycling-shorts dirt lines, the tri-kit back tan, or the room-illuminating whiteness of our feet because they are the only parts unexposed to the summer elements. In a brief recap of what folks have been doing since May:
And there’s more coming down the pipeline! Upcoming focus races include:
With all this in mind, we also wanted to share a few hot-weather training tips.
Finally, perhaps the hardest part: manage your expectations. The heat makes us a little slower; we give up more water and our bodies need to work a little harder. Be kind to yourself. That 9-minute mile may be closer to 10:30, both in training and on race day. Go into each practice session and toe each start line with one thing in mind: you are a Wheelworker, and you are a rock star.
See you on the road, and #gogreen!
Hey green team,
It’s May, and you know what that means: weather is warmer, race season is starting, ice cream is justified, and most importantly: TRAINING WEEKEND (TW)!
On May 19-21, Wheelworkers from all over MA journeyed to Franconia, NH for our annual tradition: cycling 40-90 miles, “recovering” in the hot tub, and a delicious three-course meal courtesy of the Franconia Inn - our trusty TW HQ for the past several years (shout out to owner Richard, who always joins us for a ride and led a group around Mt. Moosilauke). Some teammates throw in a run, some cycle twice, but most importantly: 25+ members of the Wheelworks family spend the weekend hanging out together. With thanks to those who shared their stories, here are a few TW highlights:
While WWMS members were living it up in Franconia, a parallel tradition began: Local Training Weekend (LTW). On Saturday morning, May 20, a small group of Wheelworkers convened at 7AM to try a new route, graciously led by Katelyn D. From there...well, keep reading.
Wherever your weekend brought you, we hope you enjoyed the fun, the stories, and the joys of knowing you will never be alone while training - there will likely be a Wheelworks teammate (or a chipmunk, or a horse) right there beside you.
Happy race season! #gogreen!
Hey green team,
Did you ever wake up one morning and think, “gosh, it would be so bad$$ to swim in breathtakingly frigid water and then ride my bike and then run a 5k?” If so, welcome to the New England Season Opener.
Living up to its name, Season Opener is the inaugural triathlon of the race season. Taking your place at the swim start brings a flash of masochism mixed with pride in your first open water foray since the previous fall. We won’t lie, friends: the water is cold. Getting into your wetsuit is, uh, unpleasant after consuming the necessary “essential fats” to keep yourself warm through the Boston winter. And the only brick you’ve seen recently is the brick of brie eaten for dinner while bingeing on Netflix last Sunday.
But here’s the good news: Season Opener is AWESOME. Sure, it might be chilly - but dust off that wetsuit, don your green kit and join us for one of the best sprints around (.25 swim/10 bike/3.1 run). We promise your later races will thank you.
In case you need tips and/or motivation, here are some words of wisdom - and inspiration - from our Wheelworks teammates...along with a surprise guest. Keep reading!
What advice would you share with someone participating for the first time?
And now: a word from Tim Richmond, esteemed Season Opener race director:
Season Opener is certainly a badge of honor when it comes to the local multisport scene. It's truly the kickoff to the season! Being hosted in mid-May, we can see air temps range from 75 down to 55. And then you can count on around 60' water temps! Many athletes join us because it's a great gauge to early season fitness, see where you stand against the competition....while most athletes are just itching to get outside!
We love this race, while it's a challenge logistically with Duathlon and Triathlon, we always try to give hearty athletes a great reward with a hot BBQ and post race celebration! And we couldn't do it without all the great volunteer support from WWMS through the years. :-)
See you in Hopkinton on May 14!
Hey green team,
Every now and again, we like to share stories of our awesome WWMS members. This month, we’re hearing from Alyson Fletcher, one of our longest standing members and coolest chicks around. (I love you all equally, Wheelworkers.) Want to know more about the March 25 Swim Clinic? Our annual Training Weekend? The World Masters Swimming Championships in Budapest?! Keep reading!
How long have you been on the Wheelworks team?
I've been on the team since 2009 save the four years I was in graduate school.
What's your favorite of the three sports?
Growing up as a swimmer all my life, the swim leg was a natural favorite. During a period of success with running marathons, I really looked forward to the running finale and when I was training to bike cross country, I fell in love with the biking. But my love of swimming stays strong through all the years..but I have never loved swimming in salt water. I have also been a big fan of the other legs of triathlon - strength training, yoga, and massage recovery.
What types of races are you training for?
After a little over ten years of racing tris, I am a bit crippled by injuries. So, I am focusing this year on training for swim competitions, charity rides, and aquabikes while rebuilding from chronic knee injuries. I'll be doing the aquabike at Musselman in the Finger Lakes and the aquabike at Lobsterman. If I can get my ducks in a row, I am also planning to compete at the FINA World Masters Swimming Championships in Budapest this summer.
What do you do for work?
I work in transportation planning - so, planning people moving there, too.
What motivates you to keep training?
I am motivated by having something out of my comfort zone on the horizon. In the past, that has been half-ironmans, marathons, and biking cross country. This year it might be swimming in an international competition.
What is your favorite thing(s) about our WWMS group?
The people! I love that we lead balanced lives where we can talk about more than your average gear and gu junkie.
You're involved in planning multiple awesome events: in particular, the Swim Clinic and Training Weekend. Can you tell us more about those?
Swim clinic - We will walk through drills you can practice on your own that segment the stroke to enhance efficiency and balance in the water. If equipment allows, we will also video your stroke along with some individualized feedback! Training weekend - It's the most wonderful time of the year! We will take the White Mountains for our annual training trip. For those that haven't been before, we takeover the Franconia Inn as our basecamp for a weekend full of tri training (with cycling having a large feature). Our friends at the Inn offer us a super affordable all-inclusive rate and the trip's a great team bonding experience for all against a backdrop of gorgeous high elevation scenery. You can even take on alternative training like riding horses or flying planes if you so choose.
Random question #8: what's your favorite brand of running sock?
Random question #9: what's your favorite race nutrition?
Clif Shot Blocks - new salted watermelon flavor is the bomb.
Random question #10: what's your favorite recovery snack?
Vega protein shake with hemp seeds
Three cheers for Alyson, especially for her leadership of the Swim Clinic and Training Weekend. See you all in Franconia - bring your helmets, and your party hats.
Here on the Wheelworks team, we are motivated by numerous factors. Our inherent competitive spirits. How amazing we all look in tight neon green tank tops. Toned physiques. Shiny medals. A wall of bibs. The ability to eat burgers and drink beer because we are “in training.” Our enduring friendships. The pride of accomplishing something we never thought we could accomplish.
In addition to those, we have an actual incentive program to motivate us even more! What’s the incentive program, you ask? Let’s hear it from Katrina Ladd, our Incentive Program Director.
In 2016, Wheelworks Multisport decided they wanted to give back to their athletes and developed an incentive program. This followed a similar decision to eliminate the ERG (Elite Race Group) program, which strongly supported one male and one female athlete each year with extra perks and funds.
So now that the incentives are flowing back to the group, the question is: how do we earn points? Let us count the ways:
*Julie note: PR for athletic events only. Not applicable to hot dog consumption, Netflix marathons, or online dating.
In the first year of the incentive program, we were able to further award 38 teammates (40%) for their hard work! Wheelworks Multisport athletes participated in 52 swim, bike, run, and triathlon races with 44 podium finishes. We couldn’t be more proud - go green!
Need an extra incentive to join? Remember our team does fun runs that end in margaritas. What else does anyone need? :)
Do you like working out with awesome people? Do you like a enjoy a great mental and physical challenge? Do you want to wear a shiny medal with pride, telling people you completed a triathlon last weekend?
If you answered yes: JOIN US!
Whether you’re looking to do your first tri or you are an experienced triathlete looking to train and race with like-minded individuals, consider learning about WHEELWORKS MULTISPORT! Our mission is to build camaraderie, sportsmanship, and personal excellence by offering training and support in a team environment for athletes of all abilities. Besides having an amazing team - of normal people - to train with, there are other benefits to being a member including merchandise and coaching discounts, clinics, training weekends and monthly social events!
Even if you’re on the fence, join the WHEELWORKS team for a FREE Fun Run and Social on Thursday February 23. The run will be an easy, no-drop 3-5 mile route along the Charles River followed by social time at Felipe's Taqueria (21 Brattle St., Cambridge). The group will leave from Felipe’s at 6PM. Meet at Longfellow Hall, the Harvard Graduate School of Ed (13 Appian Way, Cambridge MA) at 5:45PM for bag drop-off in a secure location. For more information, check out the Facebook event!
YEP We Did.
Hey Wheelworkers! With 2017 officially under way, I thought it would be the perfect time to….look back on 2016. :) With thanks to the Board and to Anne (our indefatigable President) for exceptional planning, the Year End Party - YEP - was a night to remember. There were newbies, old-bies, people who raced, people who didn’t, and even a few interlopers from a nearby party. Yeah, we know. These green shades are pretty slick.
For those who couldn’t attend, here’s a link to the powerpoint Anne created...and of course, highlights list?
Interested in more fun facts? Flip through the powerpoint – where you’ll also find photos of WWMS in action.
Finally, a huge thanks to the Board, to our sponsors, and to our fearless leader Anne for another amazing year training, socializing, supporting, competing, and of course: celebrating. Here’s to an awesome 2017!
Wheelworks Teammates and friends, please join us for a celebration of the start of the triathlon season on the 5th of June at Belmont Wheelworks (480 Trapelo Rd Belmont, MA). RSVP on Facebook. Tickets for wonderful prizes are available to order, you do not have to be present to win! Click here to order.