As the polar vortex of 2014 raged just beyond the glass panes of TTEndurance, the pains of TT's athletes sharpening themselves within resonated to the beat of treadmills and whir of wheels, resounding in stoic discipline. Bent through the winter with a singular vision of excellence replete with athletic mettle, Eneas and the whole cadre of TTEndurance have prepared themselves for a warm weather campaign of vigorous racing that will undoubtedly yield many moments of unmitigated triumph.
Eneas has already begun the charge with his 2nd Place podium finish at the initial race of the Bethel Spring Series. Breaking away from the peloton while dragging a handful of cyclists with him, Eneas' only regret was not going harder and letting a final sprint meat out first and second place, (they had lapped the entirety of the field earlier on the mile or so criterium course.) The following week, at the 2nd race of the Spring Series, Eneas went one better and won the race outright, despite having no teammates in the hunt with him. Mr. Freyre has determined to contest the remainder of the Spring Series and contest for a GC overall win, a distinction that would match his GC victory from the 2013 Spring Series.
After this, a ride against the best domestic professional teams at the Tour of Battenkill is in order for Eneas, followed by a run at an age group national championship. If all goes well, the summer will culminate with a podium finish at the Mount Washington Hill Climb, a grueling one- hour bike race to the summit of New England's highest mountain.
Dominic Gillen has also experienced a winter of rarified training through this winter of discontent and favors a re-engagement in the sport of triathlon this summer.
Torr Bennetta will be contesting as many of the New England, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania endurance off-road events as possible. Individual race wins will be the order of the day, and with key events in May, August, and October, Torr is physically and mentally preparing himself to pin it when and wherever the gun goes off.
Running coach Timothy Milenkevich opened his 2014 campaign with a 3rd place finish at the 5 mile State Championship, (1st in Age Group,) and followed this up with an overall 1st place victory at the Boston Buildup 20K. Rolling week to week, Tim ran for 4th place in the 5K State Championship, (1st AG,) and a 2nd place finish in the Boston Buildup 25K, where he felt little shame in conceding the win to West Point's top distance runner. Mr. Milenkevich has plotted out a vigorous Spring campaign with runs upcoming at the Warren Street 4 Miler in Fairfield, (New England's largest 4 Mile race,) the Boston Blowout 30K, the Danbury Half Marathon State Championship and, last but not least, the Boston Marathon. Tim admits being behind schedule from where he was last year due to injury in January and bad outdoor training conditions but feels optimistic about steadily improving his fitness as the year progresses.
TTEndurance trainer Tammy Kiernan has been transitioning to full time work at our Westport facility and feels as though 2014 will be a very successful year. The Greenwich Half Marathon in April will be a good indication of run fitness and she feels that a successful move into sprint triathlons in the summer will be a good lead up to a Half-Iron in the fall.
Pascale Butcher intends to ride strongly at the Tour of Battenkill as well as challenging the bike leg of the American Zofingen Short Course this Spring. Strength on the bike will be a lead up to various triathlons throughout the early summer including Ridgefield Sprint and the Pat Griskus Olympic. In late summer Pascale will be heading to France with a small group to ride a few stages of the Tour de France course, including the Tourmalet. Her season's focal point will be qualification at Age Group Nationals in Triathlon for a bid at 2015 World's.
Charting out our goals keeps athletes on-point, and we encourage all individuals involved with TTEndurance to make a plan, for however seemingly small or ambitious the goal; in the long run (or ride), we only hit that at which we aim.