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As a member of the TTEndurance community, you'll be in great company - sharing your passion for cycling, triathlon and endurance training with other athletes from all over. TTEndurance 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.

Monday
Dec162013

TTEndurance Coaches Outpace Competition through Autumn

The turning of leaves often signals a shift in agendas of endurance athletes, dormancy fostered from long summer basework gives way to ideal racing conditions as temperatures cool.  The coaches of TTEndurance were no exemption to this rule as 2013 waned into winter.

Cycling coach, Scott Beauregard trained as a runner and broke ten minutes per mile as he cruised to a 4:14 finish in the Philadelphia Marathon.

The head of triathlon training, Dominic Gillen, experienced a renaissance season in returning to his cycle-cross roots on the Connecticut circuit.  Cycle-cross, a combination of both on-road and offroad skills, originated in Europe and remains most popular and competitive in the New England region of the United States.  In his two tune-up races at the Quad Cross and the Westwood Velo, Dom finished 4th and 2nd respectively.  What followed next was a 2nd place finish at the Cycle-Cross State Championship at Mansfield Hollow.  As runner-up for the Connecticut State Title in cycle-cross, Dom was poised to make a big splash at a larger regional race for UCI points in Northampton, Massachusetts.  However he crashed during the warm-up and broke his hand.  As a result, Mr. Gillen began run training and promptly won the Litchfield Jingle Bell Run in December.  A Half Iron may be on the table for Dom in 2014.

The Director of Strength Programming at TTEndurance, Torr Benetta, often must codify his love of offroad motorcycle racing as an endurance sport to curious TT members.  “Spend 3 hours gripping and wrenching a bucking 300lb metal machine over twisted, rutted trails and one will observe the world-class fitness necessary to succeed in this dangerous and difficult competition,” is his oft repeated response.  Torr began 2013 fall season with the Shotgun Hare Scramble, a 2 hour endurance race to cover the most ground, and finished 8th in his age-group.  From there he recorded 3rd and 1st place age-group finishes at the Evansville and Saharah Sands Hare Scrambles, both 2 hour competitions.  The former nordic skiing Olympic hopeful punctuated his season with a 3rd place age-group podium at the Ironman Hare Scramble, a grueling 3 hour race.

       Head running coach Timothy Milenkevich continued a prolific 2013 through the autumnal months with eight 5K races.  His times were consistent, if not regionally impressive:  16:01, 15:36, 15:40, 15:43, 16:05, 16:02, 16:00 & 15:51.  He won 5 of 8 and was 2nd in the other 3, including the Hartford 5K and New Haven’s Christopher Martin’s Run in December, both of which accommodated 2,000+ entrants.  Look for Timothy to incorporate his honed speed into longer endurance races as he moves towards April’s Boston Marathon.

Last but not least, after winning the Connecticut Road Race Championship in the summer, and adding two 2nd place finishes, (by inches,) in both the Connecticut State Time Trial Championship and State Championship Criterium Race, Eneas Freyre took his skills to Vermont’s Green Mountain Stage Race.  There he outperformed all Connecticut riders and finished 3rd Overall, as well as claiming the King of the Mountains Jersey.  Having taken on an expanded role at TTEndurance, Mr. Freyre excused himself from autumnal competitions, though still ardently training.  Look for an outstanding 2014 campaign from Eneas, New England’s greatest duathlete and Connecticut’s #1 pure cyclist.

Tuesday
Dec102013

TT Holiday Schedule

Thursday
Nov212013

Thanksgiving Week Schedule

Wednesday:

6:00PM Indoor Cycling Class

8:00PM Close

 

Thursday:

9:00AM Indoor Class

9:00AM Outdoor Member Ride

Tuesday
Nov192013

TT Holiday Party and Wine Social!

Saturday
Oct122013

Awards & Accolades

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.  

Tim grinding at Mile 2.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!

 

Christine, Tim, KimOutstanding running from everyone involved on an exhilarating day of October Endurance!