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!