—– SPRING TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES —–
Unless you winter somewhere warm, it’s been a tough off-season for swimming. Several local pools have been closed for extended periods of time (and in the case of one pool, indefinitely…). As far as coached adult swim sessions go, the following appear to be the best options for this spring:
Sundays: 3-4pm at the Chatham Health Club. Coached by Justin Torrellas. The current semester is full but the next semester begins March 29. Get on the email list
Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays: The Sandwich High School pool is the location for morning workouts which start at 5:15am and conclude at 6:30. Head coach is Trish Cundiff. Learn more on the Aquasafe website.
Thursdays: 5pm at the Woodlands Wellness Center Brewster. Christine Hornby has been the coach for the current semester, and the next semester begins March 12. Get on the email list
Nearly every gym and fitness center on the Cape offers a schedule of spin classes — and many of them are quite good for HR-spiking workouts. But there can be that little extra measure of comfort gained when you know your spin instructor is a fellow triathlete. They understand the tri-differences in tempo, positioning and cadence — plus the race-day need to run afterwards! Fortunately, there are a number of accomplished triathletes leading spin classes at local facilities. Here are the ones of which we’re aware:
Bodystrong, Orleans: Amy Woods: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 6am, Saturdays at 8am.
ChathamWorks, Chatham: Eduardo Ugaz: Wednesdays and Thursdays at 9am, Saturdays at 8am. Terry Walsh: Mondays and Fridays at 9am, Tuesday’s at 4pm.
YMCA, Barnstable: Keith Putnam: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7am, Fridays at 5:30pm.
Atlantis Sports Club, Hyannis: Keith Putnam: Saturday’s at 9:15am
The Trail of Fools Running Group is becoming known for its short-notice group trail runs, usually announced on Fridays for early Saturday mornings, and usually held within the Lower Cape. If you don’t have a FB account, this link to the TOFRG page might not get you anywhere, but for those who do use Facebook it’s always nice to avoid running on rocky/rooted trails all by yourself!
The Long Pond Triathlons are informal races (for many participants, more like practices) held throughout the tri season in Brewster and hosted by the Cape Cod Tri Team. Always a sprint-distance race; sometimes an Olympic. More details and a fuller schedule to come, but here are some 2020 dates to put on your calendar:
Saturday, May 23
Saturday, June 6
Sunday, July 5
Saturday, September 5
Again: a more detailed schedule to be announced this spring.
—– CLUB NEWS —–
Cape Cod Beer Running Club
Not really a club…more a collection of folks who get together every Monday evening in the warmer half of the year for conversational-pace group runs. One way to get acquainted with the gang might be to attend their upcoming spring social: March 9 at 6pm. Held without charge at the Cape Cod Beer Brewery on Phinney’s Lane in Barnstable. RSVP here.
Cape Cod Cycling Club
First meeting of the new year: Thursday, March 5th at 6pm. Location: Sea Sports Cyclery on Route 132 in Hyannis. A rep from Oakley will be there, offering a 25% discount on Oakley sunglasses and helmets. Want to sign up for the club in advance? Go here.
Cape Cod Triathlon Team
Wish to wear a spiffy Cape Cod tri suit during this season’s races? Uniform orders are soon to go in, plus casual wear! Members should be on the lookout for ordering information from Charlotte and Amy, and new members can sign up for the team here. It’s only $20!
—– RACE NEWS —–
Everybody loves Wellfleet.
We Cape Codders know Wellfleet is kind of a funky town, and that uniqueness carries over to both the Wellfleet Sprint Triathlon, to be held this year on May 30; and SOS Cape Cod, to be contested on June 20. The 2020 Wellfleet Sprint reached its field limit earlier than ever, and all that remains are a handful of charity slots. Those who wish to generously support public radio station WOMR with an extra donation of $100 can grab these slots while they’re still available. There will be no wait list for the event. Meanwhile SOS Cape Cod is just four racers away from reaching full capacity. Once it fills, a wait list will be created. Register for SOS.
USAT’s Massachusetts State Championships
Saturday, June 13 is a big day: the state’s only 2020 Triathlon Championships, to be held at Craigville Beach in Hyannis. Adult athletes can earn an invitation to the National Championships by ranking in the top 25% of their age groups in the Olympic race, or top 15% in the Sprint race. All high schoolers who compete at the Sprint race are welcomed into their own Nationals, and the top three boys and top three girls also receive individual honors. Here’s an article that explains more.