Multisport World & Harvard Square

We drove to Boston today for Multisport World. Technically, the event was in Cambridge at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. All I have to say is that the trip was worth it solely for the time that I spent in MIT’s Zesiger Sports & Fitness Center Pool. What a facility! We had a great view of Cambridge and Boston from the top of the parking garage. I was thrilled to see Warren Towers in plain view. I was even more thrilled to see the Wikipedia entry for the dorm, that is sometimes referred to as the Zoo. It makes me smile to just think about 1990-1991.

I spent my freshman year at Boston University in the 7th floor of C Tower. There were 1800 students in that building. What a dorm; what a year. I had  a great view of Kenmore Square and the Citgo Sign. Today, you could see Kenmore from the top of the garage too. Very cool. The MIT gym, track, pool, fitness center, ice rink…and the aquatics center were fabulous. One large pool (divided in two) and a second training pool made for many lanes.

I participated in two swim clinics. One was geared towards efficiency using the Total Immersion method. The other was a speed training lesson. After two hours in the water, I now realize why I have a lot to learn about swimming technique. It isn’t going to come easy. The timing and technique are akin to driving a standard or dancing. You have to be coordinated and balanced. Power comes later. Of course, after spending two hours in MIT’s pool, I hope that I’m smarter now. Hopefully, the chlorine didn’t kill the brain cells that might have washed out of the Engineer’s ears.

Multisport World was pretty much like last week’s Gate River Run expo in Jacksonville. Though, there were more bikes, a few bathing suits, and a lot  more tri-geeks. I say that with love now that I have joined the club. I literally had my hands full with our two kids while Debbie attended a Chi Running workshop. Don’t ask me to explain what Chi Running is all about, but I know that she learned more about biomechanics and shoes. They discussed the move towards flatter (lower angle) running shoes.

I saw some friends, including an old teammate, Will Kirousis. Coach Will has made a name for himself with his Tri-Hard Endurance Sports Coaching business. He and his partner, Jason Gootman, had a booth and were greeting clients and potential clients. I stay in touch with Will via phone and Facebook, so it was cool to see him in person. We were both on the original Horst Engineering Cycling Team that started in 1997.

I also saw Jeff and Kat Donatello. Jeff was the Race Director of the Sea to Summit, and Kat is the Race Director of the Pumpkinman Triathlon Festival in Maine. They are active in the Maine multisport community, and had a booth for the Pumpkinman Tri. Seeing Jeff brought back all those painful  memories of the 2006 S2S when I finished on the summit of Mount Washington in a gale. The cold and ice, in July, were nasty after 112+ miles of suffering. S2S is on my Toughest Ten race list for a reason.

We left MIT after making the rounds, and headed to Harvard Square for some lunch at Veggie Planet. We ordered to go and ate on the street, taking in the sights and sounds of the square. Our son learned about an accordion, and donated $1.00 to a street performer who entertained us during lunch.

The weather was fabulous and we were slightly regretting all of the time spent in the car and inside. So, we headed home in time to squeeze in a workout. All in all, the Multisport World expo was worth the trip. If anything, it got us thinking more about the races ahead.

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  1. 1 2016 TRI-MANIA Summit and Expo | Life Adventures Trackback on 20 March 2016 at 10:01 am

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