Mt Washington Road Race

Mt Washington Road Race
Hannah, Madeline and Gabby go 1-2-3 up Mt. Washington in their age group

Friday, May 28, 2010

Hardcore hard core

Some of the team gathered Friday night for Alex's circuit session. This is different than Monday's core strength workout because there is a lot more agility and power stuff involved, including the jump-360s, everyone's favorites. And who wouldn't love finishing a workout with 8-minute abs? The "extra credit" pushups at the end are totally optional, but everyone always seems to want to do them... we have a hardcore group at hardcore Fridays.

We're trying out for the Boston Ballet next. Our Riverdance skillz are unparalleled, as demonstrated.

Oooh the pain!

That's her tough face.

When I say jump you say how high...

The Russian Gangstamobile - good to have Olga back with us for the summer!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

It's Saturday, It Must be Littleton



The Jr. Group

We had a big early season crowd for the Littleton workout today with 18 Jrs, 4 coaches and several masters.  We broke the juniors down into 4 groups with coaches for varying distances of classic on a beautiful May day for rollerskiing! 

Monday, May 3, 2010

Hannah's Wellesley Fire Dept Road Race

A couple days ago my dad convinced me that I should participate in a local 5k that’s a benefit for our local Wellesley Fire Dept. The course starts and ends at Babson College, about a 3min run from my house, so I figured, especially after Rob’s harping on it being Period 2 on the training log (i.e. time to start intensity training), that I didn’t have much excuse not to. As I haven’t done any intensity for the past 5 weeks, I wasn’t counting on much, only hoping that maybe I could beat my dad.

The start - Hannah in blue
The course was simple: downhill for about a mile, flat for about a mile, back up hill for about a mile. My strategy was to work the up hills and down hills because I knew the flats would be my weakest section. I started off with the lead pack flying downhill. Thanks to Rob’s coaching, I knew that the most important thing to do was keep my body relaxed and bobble down the hill without using my feet as brakes (basically run pell-mell downhill). This got me to the first mile marker in 3rd place behind two guys who were both wearing Boston Marathon t-shirts. But I was starting to feel out of shape…I doubted I could keep up the pace.

On the flats I was passed and started up hill in seventh place. By this time I was recollecting what a privilege it is to race when it’s 30º or less outside and your body actually wants to warm up. My head was pounding and I started to wonder if racing after not training for 5 weeks in 90º heat is really such a good idea. But then I realized that wasn’t going to get me anywhere in the race so I remembered all those hill run time trials and focused back on pushing to the end. I was passed by a few more guys – I think they had more motivation not to get girled than I had to experience any more pain – and finished in a solid 10th place overall, two minutes ahead of the second woman. Not bad, I guess. Good news: after training for Nordic skiing all year you can’t actually get that out of shape in April.

The firemen had a nice BBQ spread after the race. Aside from feeling like I was going to wilt, it was a nice way to get back to the racing and intensity training mindset. I would gladly welcome anyone who would like to join me next year. (I think the prizes are better if you enter a team too).

(Hannah finished the 5km in 20:50.)