My 10th Marathon

…and then some. I might be in the minority, but I thoroughly enjoy watching marathons on television. I love listening to the commentators tell the stories of the athletes and the history of the event. On Monday, I watched as over 30,000 runners in Boston achieved their goals of completing the 2015 Boston Marathon. I thought of all that each runner had to overcome to make it to the start line and then, of course, to finish strong, BOSTON STRONG. My first marathon was as a “bandit” in the 1990 Boston Marathon. This means I didn’t have a number but was “allowed” to run. I was 24 years old. Half a lifetime ago. Little did I know that when I donned my running shoes that April morning that 24 years later I’d still be running and racing and setting goals. In August 2014, I ran my 10th marathon…only this marathon was in the final leg of my first Iron-distance triathlon. To keep me honest, I blogged about my experience, the highs and the very low, lows. If you’re thinking of challenging yourself this year, start by reading my blog called, My Iron Year. You can click the title to read it online, but it starts at the end. If you’d like to read it in chronological order, download my first ever e-book (for the low price of $.99…Amazon wouldn’t let me give it away, I...

The snow is my friend

For the past few weeks, I’ve  been questioning why I live in the Northeast. Snow days are not what they used to be when I was a kid growing up in Massachusetts.  I have fond memories of the Blizzard of ’78 (I know, I’m dating myself) where we missed at least 2 weeks of school! Now, when school is cancelled hours before the first flake falls, I cringe.  Running outside will be treacherous, biking outside…forget about it!  And getting myself to the pool is an emotional challenge as I’m so cold just driving to the pool. Before the last storm, or what they were calling, the Blizzard of 2015, I decided I needed a shift in my attitude. I could hole up in my house and hibernate or I could figure out a way to make the snow my friend. I headed over to REI and impulsively purchased new cross country skis, poles and boots.  I did it quickly before I changed my mind.  The boots were very comfortable (much more than downhill ski boots) and the skis were so light and easy to maneuver.  I am not a novice cross country skier, but it has been at least a decade since I’ve ventured out. For the past week I’ve been out a few times and I’m having a blast. I can pretty much ski anywhere (unlike downhill skiing) and it’s immediately an aerobic workout. I encourage you to head out this winter and make friends with the snow. Grab your boots and snow pants and just trudge through your neighborhood. If you’re feeling ambitious, get some snowshoes, cross...

Indoor Triathlon Events

Indoor Triathlons for 2015 We are thrilled to announce that after a one year hiatus, we are bringing back the University of Saint Joseph Indoor Triathlon with a twist! This year we are inviting men to join us. Sunday, February 15, 2015: University of Saint Joseph (co-ed and relay team options) Time: First wave will begin at 9:00 a.m. Where: 1678 Asylum Avenue, West Hartford, CT Download: 2015 USJ Indoor Triathlon Event Flyer Download: 2015 USJ Indoor Triathlon Registration Form Sunday, March 8, 2015: Mandell JCC (co-ed and relay team options): Time: First wave will begin at 10:00 am. Registration will open in early 2015.  Call the Mandell JCC at 860-236-4571. 335 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford, CT Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about TTNE’s Indoor Triathlon Events. We hope we answer many of your questions and concerns below. How will the relay for the Mandell JCC Indoor Triathlon work? The Mandell JCC Indoor Triathlon  involves a 20-minute swim, 20-minute guided course on a spin bike, and 20 minutes on the treadmill at the Mandell JCC. Participants are allowed to compete as an individual or as a team made of two to three members. Teams of two will require one participant to complete two parts of the triathlon and the second participant to complete one part, while each member on a team of three will be required to complete one event in the Challenge. Is there a lottery for the University of Saint Joseph College (USJ) Indoor Triathlon? No. This year we are just accepting registrations on a first-come first-serve basis. For USJ Indoor Tri: Can we pick a person or...

Meet the coaches

We are building a community of like-minded people who want to bring balance and perspective to their lives and challenge themselves through sport. Does this sound like a place you’d like to be? Not sure? Come meet us and find out. We will hold information sessions from January through April. Saturday, February 21, 2015 Athleta 500 West Farms Mall Farmington, CT 8:30-9:30 a.m. Please RSVP by calling the store, 860-521-3450 to make sure we have enough healthy snacks and room for everyone. Wednesday, March 4, 2015 Fleet Feet Sports 1003 Farmington Avenue West Hartford, CT 7:00-8:00 p.m. Other locations and dates will be added soon. You will learn: The benefits of group multisport training -Training program and description, time commitment and preparations -Multisport fears (real and imagined)-A brief video highlighting past programs (very inspiring!) -Q&A to put your mind at ease No pressure.  Just come, meet us and learn something about yourself and triathlons! Please sign up for our newsletter if you’d like to be informed about these upcoming events. 5 Reasons to Train With Team Training New England Program FAQs Program Registration...

TTNE FAQs

You’ve got questions?  We’ve got answers. What is Team Training New England? Team Training New England is a triathlon training group FOR ALL, women and men!  We train people who “never in a million years” thought they would or could do a triathlon.  We train our athletes to do a sprint and olympic distance triathlons in an encouraging, safe, fun group setting. Why should I train with Team Training New England versus another training program or private coach? Not only is Team Training New England  comprised of USA Triathlon certified coaches, we have numerous GEAR Heads (Genuinely Enthusiastic Athletic Resources) at all of our group sessions.  These GEAR Heads are usually past participants who were so moved by the experience that they volunteer their time by providing feedback, encouragement and safety.  No one is ever alone at any given time. Who are the Team Training New England coaches? We are  just like you.  We have families. We have busy lives. We are NOT elite athletes. We DO, however, put ourselves near the TOP of our TO-DO lists. Because we do that, we have more energy to get through every day, week, month and year. What is a sprint distance triathlon? A sprint distance triathlon consists of a 1/2 mile swim in open water (usually), 10-12 mile bike ride, and 5k (3.1 miles) run.  We strongly believe this is a manageable, achievable distance that anyone who WANTS to accomplish it, CAN! What are the other triathlon distances? Just for your own edification, we will answer this question.  The other common triathlon distances are: Olympic Distance Triathlon: .9 mile swim, 20k...