As a member of the TARGETRAINING community, you'll be in great company - sharing your passion for cycling, triathlon and endurance training with other athletes from all over. TARGETRAINING sponsors a number of teams, including:
- USA Triathlon sanctioned team (2009 and 2010 Connecticut club champions)
- USA Cycling sanctioned team
- Elite triathlon team with top area athletes
TT club members enjoy group training, special club memberships and all the benefits that come with being part of a larger group.
Three of Connecticut's largest and most prostigious roadraces took center stage on Saturday, October 12, just off the sloping lawns of Bushnell Park at the State Capital. The Hartford Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K drew 17,000 partcipants from all corners of New England and among this vast multitude was a small but elite contingent of TTEndurance athletes.
At 8am everyone began running at the same moment, but the first of the TTer's to finish was running coach Tim Milenkevich, who's choosen to race only 5Ks throughout the Autumn. Tim paced with the eventual winner (and now course record holder,) Will Sanders, through the early stages of the 5K. Race officials bungled the initial clock so that it was facing sideways at the mile marker. "All I saw was 4:30 something in a quick glance," Milenkevich later said, "from there the best I could do was let Will go and hold on for 2nd." Milenkevich rumbled home in a respectable 15:42, (5:03 pace,) 2 of 1900+ runners.
Shortly after he finished Tim was presented with a plaque and bloom of sunflowers in a nicely staged podium ceremony afore the capital's gold dome backdrop.
Yet this was only the beginning to some of the day's amazing performances as the 6500+ runners in the half marathon, the day's largest race, began to pass under Hartford's iconic Soldier's & Sailor's Arch, 100 meters from the finishline.
As the clock ticked to 1:26:00 flat, Bill Donzeiser completed his race, he averaged 6:33 per mile. It was a breakthrough that garnered him a rarified accolade: 3rd place in the extremely competitive 40-44 age group at the largest and most hotly contested half marathon in New England!
Though rarified, one other member of the TTEndurance crew participating in the 13.1 mile journey is very familiar with receiving age group honors at the Hartford Half. Kim Driscoll took 3rd place in 2011, and returned this year to claim the always woebegone 4th, of 231 in her age group.
Additionally Kim is now automatically qualified to run in the 2014 New York City Marathon, should she choose. New York allows for handfull of automatic qualifiers if they post a marathon time 20 minutes faster than the Boston standard. The NYC Marathon also permits half marathoner qualifiers into its field, if equally stringent standards are met. Kim's time of 1:42:36 bested her age group standard by six and a half minutes. This is roughly equalivalent to qualifying for the Boston Marathon by 30+ minutes, Kim is one of the finest AG athletes in Connecticut, and she did it on about 15 miles of running per week, an amazing talent.
Missing the stringent NYC standard by 19 seconds, was Christine Vincent, finishing in 1:37:19 for 10 of 548 in her age group. It was a personal best by over 4 minutes.
Also setting a new personal best was Amadeo Rodriguez who ran 9:51 pace to decimate a 10-year-old P.R. by 6 minutes!
Outstanding running from everyone involved on an exhilarating day of October Endurance!
By TTMember David Juneau
Vermont 50 Mountain Bike Race or Ultra Run - Sunday, September 29, 2013 6:00 am
Well this was 'only' a 50 mile riding event. How much could there be to report?
I was quite scared approaching this race, and not looking forward to it. I really question my singletrack riding abilities. Having done the 50 mile run here in 2003 and 04, I have seen what happens to this course during a big rain: it gets a lot harder for the 650 or so riders. Those two things together made me wonder why I had signed up. I have done some other ultra-mountain biking, but I understood Vermont to have a greater percentage of both climbing and singletrack thrown into their race. Three days before the race, the forecast called for a sunny day. My attitude started to improve.
That left the singletrack. I actually had fun on the singletrack. The course was in awesome shape. I tried to relax and smile and stay focused. I still crashed three times, but not onto rock ledge like I usually do on our local trails. I had some bleeding but nothing major. I was also able to climb a lot of stuff that had me scratching my head saying, “How did I just do that?”. Must have been the TT Torque hill climbing sessions paying off. I needed those sessions; my Garmin 500 recorded 7800 feet of climbing for this event. I remembered that I had failed to adjust the limit screw on my rear derailleur when I twice shifted my chain into my spokes. D’oh.
I ended up riding a good chunk of mile 37 on with a woman, Shannon, who is a SRAM Rep for new England. She saw and recognized my TargeTraining kit. She finished as 2nd masters sport female. My time was 6 hours 58 minutes - 12th out of 40 masters (age 45-55) novices. If I had entered in the next hardest category, ‘sport’, I would have ranked 75th out of 99 finishers in my age group. I gave it everything I had. I raced with one good contact lens, with the other lost somewhere in my sink due to hastiness at 4:15 am. Funny how your eyes adjust to the task at hand.
Miscellaneous: I met Cannondale Pro Cycling’s Ted King the day before the race. He won it last year, and again this year. Amazing what a UCI Pro can do when he hops onto a mountain bike. He broke the course record this year, finishing in 3 hours 59 minutes. A runner from Quebec broke the 50 mile course record, with a 6 hour 9 minute feat of strength. That’s right, he finished way ahead of a lot of the riders.
Thanks very much to coaches Eneas and Scott for staying after me this year and getting some tougher rides into my legs. The 100k events were especially helpful, and great for spending time with other TT Endurance folks too. And I am pretty sure a lot of my improvements came from the TT Torque sessions. My other riding buddies Jan and Rich have also noticed the change in my form this year. I tell them it all started last winter - indoors at TargeTraining..