Idaho Augusts are known for being hot and dry. Our grass gets less green, our gardens tend to wilt. And with fire season in full force, the Boise skies fill with smoke and athletes face the daily question, "Is it too smokey to train outdoors?" In between checking the Air Qualiy Index, the Boise VeloWomen were still dedicated to training and succeeding in some of August's awesome events.
8/6/2016: Dam to Dam (D2D) - The Great Moose Migration
What can we say about our teammate Anna Megale? She is an incredible athlete that continually astounds us with her abilities and we are so proud to have her on our team and as our friend. She recently completed marathon swim. Not being a competitive swimmer, I (Jessica) hope to do her accomplishment justice, but there is a wonderful article that speaks "swimmer" much better than I (see link below).
The Dam to Dam (D2D) - The Great Moose Migration is not a race or a qualifier, but a "fun" event aimed to promote longer distance swimming. Anna has competed in the past as a relay. Since then, she has had her eye set on completing the swim individually. The course starts at Arrow Rock Dam and ends at Lucky Peak Dam... that's 11 miles of open water swimming. Unimaginable for us non-fish who feel good about swimming one pool length. Anna meticulously trained throughout the spring and summer. Her hard efforts paid off; she was the first to finish the course with a time of 4 hours and 36 minutes, setting a new course record! The Boise VeloWomen are so pleased with Anna's accomplishment; it is always awesome to see our friends accomplish their goals!
8/13/2016: Emmett's Most Excellent Triathlon, Emmett, Idaho
Fellow friends, The Boise Areos host a, well....Most Excellent Event: Emmett's Most Excellent Triathlon. This year was its 15 year anniversary and met our most excellent expectations! The course starts with a swim in Black Canyon, the bike portion exiting out of the park on to Highway 52 through rolling farm roads and beautiful countryside and finally the run starts in Downtown Emmett circling through the town and is known for its volunteers passing out much-needed wet, cold washcloths. This is a favorite event in the triathlon world featuring great sponsorship, awesome volunteers and a fun party at the end. This year, some BVWs opted to complete the Olympic distances as teams. Team "Where's the Beer" featured Kayla Hudson (swim), Tiedji Baker (bike) and Derek Hudson (honorary BVW/run) and Team Tres Purpuras featured Anna Megale (swim), Jessica Grunke (bike) and Nadine Carter (run). Team member, Trisha Wineman completed the Olympic Distance individually moonlighting as Team 10 Barrel, but we'll claim her too! Team Where's the Beer? was first overall team finisher and first in their category. Team Tres Purpuras was first in their category, 5th team overall, and swimmer Anna was the fastest female swimmer, and 3rd fastest overall (#Ithinkshehasfins). Trisha Wineman came in 2nd in her category!
We are so very proud of each participant and each met personal goals and teams goals. Final results for all can be viewed here: http://www.racecenter.com/results/emmett-triathlon/. Thanks again to the Boise Areos, and especially to Laura Loveall who put their hearts into hosting this fun race.
8/20/2016: Bogus Basin Hill Climb, Boise, ID & McCall XTERRA
The 44th Annual Bogus Basin Hill Climb (BBHC) was a success for the Boise VeloWomen! This year's race had some awesome changes, including a new logo, updated mile markers along with elevation (so cyclists can know how awesome they are at every mile!), a new dirt course and a great top o'the mountain party at the end! The BBHC is a staple race here in the Treasure Valley. A portion of this year's entry fees were donated back to Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation so participants were able to show their love and support for our local ski hill and recreational mountain! The road course can be best described as "tough"; 16 long miles climbing over 3500 feet. The dirt course, equally as tough is nearly 20 miles long and climbs nearly 4,000 feet.
Four BVWs participated in the event, two on the road and two on the dirt. The results are impressive: Our Road Representatives, Erin Shelton came in 4th and Theresa Steger came in 7th for their age-group (out of a total of 9 women) and both achieved personal records! Our Dirt Deputies Anna Megale came in 1st in her age-group, and was the very first dirt-woman to finish! Trisha Wineman also came in 1st in her age-group and was the 3rd woman to finish the dirt. (A full listing of results can be found here: http://georgescycles.com/, under "Race Results" tab). Extraordinary ladies on and off the bike! Congratulations! Thanks to George's Cycles and Mike Cooley for an excellent event. Next year, we hope to put more of our ladies, both road and dirt, out there and push hard toward the podium!
For teammate, Trisha, the BBHC wasn't enough! On the following day, as an added personal challenge, Trisha participated on a triathlon team as a runner in an XTERRA in McCall, ID. (http://www.wildrockiesracing.com/triathlon/triathlon.php). This triathlon is considered an off-road triathlon and the run weaves through technical mountain trails. She wins the "Queen of the Dirt" award this weekend and ends her accomplishment with a smile! Trisha is always up for a challenge and works very hard to push herself and her work is evident in her successes. She is a fantastic athlete both on wheels and on foot! Great job Trisha!
Jessica G. & Nadine C.
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