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Wednesday
Nov262014

Tom Janson's Everest Training

In 2015 TTE's Tom Janson will be taking on Mt. Everest, here's an exerpt from some of his rigorous outdoor training:

Great trip this weekend – here’s a couple of shots of the “White Stairmaster” up Mount Madison from the climb on Friday and a couple just shots just below the summit of Mount Pierce on Saturday (you can see all the way across the ridge to the observatory on the top of Mt Washington in one of them – look familiar?).  We stopped a few hundred feet short of the top on Friday (where treeline ends) because the temperature was hovering right around 0F and the winds above treeline were gusting over 80 miles an hour which meant that the wind chill was approaching –30F – so didn’t seem worth it for another couple hundred feet ….. Saturdaywas a bit warmer with temps in the 10F to 20F range and the winds were only about 20 mph, so a pretty pleasant day all around.

Overall felt great – plenty of energy, no real aches or pains, knee felt good and felt great on the second day after a good long effort on day one.  We make exceptionally good time both days (although we were taking it a bit slower on Saturday to avoid overheating and getting soaked by sweat).  Our much faster then the “standard” summer times so considering the conditions and that I was carrying a full winter pack that weighed in around 30 pounds we were pretty happy with the efforts.

 

 

Wednesday
Oct152014

Giro di Litchfield Q & A

 

Many of you have been calling and emailing with questions about the 2nd Annual Giro di Litchfield.  Here are some of the most common questions with answers, in order to help you.

Q:  Is the GdL a race or a ride?

A:  It's an organized ride, not a race.  There is no timing, though you can try for KOMs along the course if you want.

Q:  What if I get dropped from the group?

A:  There will be ride leaders to shepherd riders and keep everyone together as much as possible.

Q:  As the day warms up and I take off layers of clothing, can I leave them somewhere?

A:  Yes.  You can leave clothing at any of the feed zones, and everything will be driven back to the start/finish area for you to pick up.

Q:  Can I register the morning of the ride?

A:  Yes, but no later than 8:30AM since the ride starts at 9:00AM.

Q:  Is there a carpool or caravan planned for the drive to Lake Waramaug?

A:  Yes.  A caravan will be departing Total Training & Endurance's back parking lot at 772 Post Road East in Westport at 7:00AM, it will then proceed to the commuter parking lot at Merritt Parkway exit 42, the caravan will depart the commuter lot at approximately 7:15AM.

Q:  How long does it take to get to Lake Waramaug?

A:  It depends on where you leave from, but from Westport/Weston area, just over an hour.

Q:  What if it rains?

A:  Rain date is the following Sunday, but only if constant heavy rain is forecast, not for light showers.

Q:  Can I change into my kit there, or change out of it after the ride for the tailgate party?

A:  Yes.  There are eight changing rooms next to the parking area.

Q:  What time does the ride start?

A:  There will be 3 waves.  9AM:  Riders going 80 miles and averaging about 15mph.  9:15:  Riders going 80 miles and averaging about 17mph.  9:30:  Riders going 80 miles and averaging about 19mph & riders going 45 miles.

Q:  What kind of on-course support is there?

A:  There will be 2 support cars with equipment and nutrition.  There will be 3 food stops at approximately 20, 40, and 60 miles. 

Tuesday
Oct142014

TTE Sponsors CHT Ghosts 'N Ghouls 5K

 

When:  Saturday, October 25, 10am.

Where:  Sherwood Island State Park

USATF Certified 5K Course, T-Shirt, Refreshments,

Awards Top 3 Overall & Top 3 in Age Groups, Kid's Runs & Costumes Encouraged!

More Info & Course Map

Register Here

Wednesday
Sep242014

TTEndurace Takes on the GIRO DI LITCHFIELD !

Inspired by local cycling enthusiast Richard Forzani,

 

TTEndurance is proud to be promoting the 


 

Giro Di Litchfield 

 

Sunday, October 19th 9AM 

 

CT State Road Race champion Eneas Freyre 

will be in attendance as head ride leader.


In the great tradition of TTEndurance events, 

we will be providing full support for this stunning 80mile ride that will have the gorgeous New England fall foliage as a back drop. 

 

There will be a 45mile slower paced route option as well. 

 

As always plan on a challenging course (6,000 feet of climbing), with great company, and a delicious post event party. 

 

Event Location

Parking+Start/Finish+Post Ride Party

Lake Waramaug State Park.  30 Lake Waramaug Rd.  Kent, CT 

 

What's on Tap

- follow support cars

- staffed on-course feed zones

- the best post ride party in the business with catered food and drinks

 

 

Links:

80 Mile Route

45 Mile Route

 

Link to Registration

 

Be A Champion!

Tuesday
Sep092014

Winning the relay at Toughman!

Toughman Relay report
by TTEndurance Member Andrew Udell
Last Sunday I competed in the Toughman Half Iron Triathlon relay in Croton on Hudson, NY.  Since I sold my running shoes 15 years ago, and I haven't ventured into the pool for about the same period of time, I stick to the bike leg only.  I've formed a team with two friends and we have now been competing in these events for about 4 years. Scheduling 3 or 4 races a year keeps me motivated in my training throughout the year.   In addition, thanks to excellent coaching, better technology, and hard work my times have improved over that time. From a technology standpoint, over the last 4 years I have added an aero helmet, a time trial bike, and racing wheels - all of which certainly help.  
As is the case with all of the relays we've competed in, our swimmer came out of the water in a top 3 position.  Typically, our races are won or lost with the bike leg.  This time I headed out onto the course, which consists of two laps up and down a 20 something mile section of Rte 9A in Westchester County, in 3rd place.  The course began with the first few miles mostly heading uphill.  At about mile 2 I passed one of the other relay bikers, who may have been riding a tricycle (to be clear this was not that I was going so fast…I think they may still be on the course).  While climbing I saw the lead relay biker ahead.  I passed him about 100 yards before the first turnaround.  I had been speaking to him while we were waiting in transition, so we were both aware of each other.  The next turnaround was around mile 20.  At that point I was able to see that I was about 1 minute ahead of him. My lead kept growing with each turnaround thereafter.  At about mile 48 I passed a non-relay biker who blurted out "you are the first biker to pass me today" … 5 miles later he passed me and I said to him "you look just like the guy that was only passed by 1 rider today".  I was unable to pass him again due to a no-pass zone heading back to the transition station.  I came into transition a few seconds after him and our runner had a little more than a 6 minute lead over the next relay team.  
Similar to our swimmer, our runner typically posts the top 3 running times against other relay runners.  This was the first time I can remember that he had the lead to start the run.  He had a 6 minute lead over the second team and about an 11 minute lead over the 3rd relay team and was able to secure the overall victory.
I was pleased with my bike effort.  While my time was a little slower than the prior year, it was a lot windier and on a comparative basis I did much better posting the fastest relay bike time and the 8th fastest bike time of all participants.  I wanted to thank Eneas, and the other coaches at TTEndurance, as well as the members I typically train along side in classes and group rides.  All assist in pushing me while making the training sessions fun.  Well, fun might not be the right word…how about 'less painful'??  In any event, a consistent training regimen while focusing on my power numbers paid off for me this summer.  
Thanks again to all!