The duathlons are back. These are designed to keep people active during the winter periods, they are great events to assist with training. We are looking to change the run course on the duathlon but for this first event whilst it is not so cold we will keep it as normal.
For those of you that don’t know what it consists of we start 9am prompt with a 5km run from the top car park in the Goyt Valley, this run takes you along the old railway line before turning right to go off road and finally turns right up the steepest hill known to man!!
The bike ride is then roughly 18km dropping down the road to the reservoir, left towards Derbyshire bridge, left up to the cat and fiddle road, left down into Buxton, left up Carlisle road, left up long hill and then a final left back down the goyt road to transition.
The final run is a flat out and back 3km along the old railway line that you previously ran at 9am!
You can do this event as fast or as slow as you like, some people only do the runs, some only do the bike and others complete the event as a relay. I am always around to hook up with someone to do it as a relay if they need to.
The best thing about this event is we don’t charge a penny for it. All we ask is that you offer a gold coin donation (basically a pound) if you would like to. We time the event and time the splits for people as well and it is a great event to keep coming back to and try to improve your time.
Water, sweets and racking for bikes are provided. Transition is watched at all times by our marshal. We hope to see you there. embers and we emphasise the fact that the kids are out there keeping active and having FUN! Again there is no charge for this.
Water, sweets and racking for bikes are provided. Transition is watched at all times by our marshall. We hope to see you there.
Everyone from a club is welcome. This is a training session and not a race!
We had such a good time on Saturday at the kids aquathlon that we have decided to do it all again on Saturday 13th October. Details and online entries available at https://www.entrycentral.com/kids_splash_and_dash Sign up before 11th August and you get an early bird discount!
Race report: Tenfoot Swim.
Bit different this one, earlier this year my Sister suggested we do the Tenfoot swim, a 5km sea swim from Tenby to Saundersfoot in Pembrokeshire. So on Saturday morning there we were on Tenby North Beach with around 500 other swimmers ready for the off.
3,2,1….go! And the most polite, ordered mass start to a swim I’ve ever seen! I even received an apology for being crowded out on the beach. Very unlike IM events I’ve been to in the past, despite probably half the field sporting M.Dot tattoos and finisher t-shirts.
3 km in and it was out on to Monkstone beach for a check up. I had cramp by this point, probably as a result of flying back from India the day before, but otherwise feeling fine. A handful of Jelly babies and a stretch before diving in for the last 2k.
I felt good so pushed on, but disaster! 3 jelly fish stings to the face in quick succession severely hampered progress (most swimmers had the same experience….)
I arrived at the finish line in 2h 03 minutes and immediately joined the "vinegar queue" to get sting treatment. Apparently the hot weather bought a huge number of jellies in earlier than normal.
Never the less, thoroughly recommended and very friendly event with lots of things for support crew (A series of running events on Friday were really well organised and an after show party was really good)
Things I learnt:
1) A 5km sea swim after 13 hours on a plane is not sensible
2) A single jellyfish sting to the face can be tolerable, the third is excruciatingly painful, and very annoying.
3) if you forget to pack wetsuit glide, borrow some (see pikkie)
Aquabike event at Ripon
For me it was a most welcome return to racing …….without the inconvenience of the run section! Frustrated with a season of non competition I was recommended to try a new ( well to me anyway ) format called aquabike in which competitors complete the first 2 disciplines of a standard Tri event but finish at or near the bike dismount line. Great for athletes unable to contemplate a 10 km run for whatever reason and a format that is likely to appeal to a growing number of former full version athletes many of whom may by now have knees, backs, hips etc no longer suitable for a lengthy run.
I competed at Ripon racetrack which turned out to be a full weekend of excellent facilities, entertainment and a variety of event options for all ages and abilities. Glorious weather, great location and apart from the odd timing glitch was well organised and delivered. Burglar Bill would have been pleased too as the weekend included the north Yorkshire Police relays so “ Bobbies on the Beat” there were none!
1500 metre wet suit free 24 degree lake swim (attracted plenty of midges ) followed by an undulating country lanes ride meant I was back at T2 in good time having never been off the bigger chain ring. Perhaps a lack of competitive event swimming/cycling over the past 12 months may have temporarily blunted my race tempo. With a finish time of 1hr 49 min it was deemed acceptable but not eye-catching. However with a few more events to come later this season I am hopeful of rekindling the racing mojo!