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Vitruvian Triathlon 2010

The Vitruvian triathlon was held at the beginning of September with a delayed start due to heavy mist on the water. Jackie (with a little coercion or encouragement from me) was on the start line for her very first middle distance race.

Most people face these races with a little bit of in-trepidation and this was no different for Jackie, and has said “The race yesterday was amazing I was so nervous and doubted whether I would be able to do it … I am so chuffed that I did it”. Going by the comment you can tell that Jackie completed the race and achieved her main goal. like most triathletes she is already talking about next year.

The Vitruvian is a great race and one of my personal favourites, well done to Jackie for completing her first and look forward to seeing her on the start line again next year.

Races Update

The Race season in the Northern Hemisphere is in full swing and I have been a little lax in updating progress of the team (too busy prescribing the training). I have also re commenced training the South West pod in Sydney for Can Too for the Blackmores running festival, we will always welcome more people if you want to train, we meet on Wednesday nights in Liverpool and Saturday mornings in Georges Hall.

Due to my delay in updating results below is a summary of recent performances

Eleanor, had a good start to the season with Thames Turbo sprint 1 posting a pb by 3 minutes and has dabbled in a few cycling events, most notably a 50mile TT, where she was second female overall

Ellen, recently competed in the UK middle distance champs at Bala, however treating this as a training racing looking to her full distance tri. It was a good result also considering that for many of the competitors this was a major race on their calendar. What was most impressive was that Ellen posted the fastest run time of the day for females and the 22nd fastest run time overall.

Jackie, raced Liverpool standard distance, posting a 9th in her age and a swimming PB she is aiming for faster times over the coming months

John, after being plagued by injury for a few months, but with the help of some medical advancements in treating Achilles problems, was able to race Austria 70.3, achieving a PB and raced Royal Windsor standard distance achieving a pb of 13minutes. I think one of Johns goals for the remainder of this year is to stay injury free and be able to race fully fit.

Parys, raced her first middle distance tri in Switzerland 70.3, coming 9th in her age. A great result for the first attempt.

Richard, also raced Austria 70.3, carrying a slight strain to the hamstring was given the all clear to race conservatively and managed to achieve a PB, narrowly missing out on sub 5hrs.

Simon, raced the Dambuster standard distance tri. A pleasing performance almost attainging a PB, with a blistering run on what is not considered to be a fast course and is looking forward to the ETU champs in Athlone. Simon also competed in the Crystal Palace sprint Tri, improving on last years time by 1 minute and coming 2nd vet.

Tamsin, raced Switzerland 70.3, coming 11th in her age, but more importantly improved by a massive 30minutes on last year, well done.

It is always pleasing when people race to their potential, with most of the team improving at every race and showing signs of improvements for the remainder of the season.

Jackie completes her first Standard Distance Tri

I always get great satisfaction when an athlete achieves their targets. Some months ago Jackie advised me that she was contemplating increasing her race distance from sprint to standard but was uncertain about if she could do this and the time it would take her to complete the distance. I was naturally excited with the prospect of Jackie stepping up and had every confidence that she would do well. I also understood the nervousness as all triathletes at some stage have made a leap out of their comfort zone and pushed themselves further than in the past. This can be by entering your first triathlon or taking on a harder challenge.

Once I knew of Jackie’s desire to complete this distance I encouraged her to enter the race so that she was committed and adjusted her training accordingly.  The initial goal for this race was to finish, in a time of around 3hrs, I quietly was targeting for Jackie to go sub 3hours and a stretch target of 2:45.

Jackie raced Tatton Park last Sunday and completed it in a time of 2:45, placing 7th in her age group, an excellent result for her first Standard Distance. I am not sure if Jackie’s feet have hit the ground yet, as she is ecstatic with this result. Well done Jackie.

Jackie PB’s for Sprint Distance

A big congratulations to Jackie who recently achieved a new PB at Cotswold Sprint Triathlon taking a massive chunk off her previous sprint times, including a new PB for a 5k run (over 3 minute improvement). Jackie has been training with me for almost 6 months and diligently balances her training with a busy family life and work.  Obviously with a faster time also sees Jackie getting closer to the leaders and being 8th in her age group.

Jackie is making the brave step up to the standard distance next weekend (Olympic) a distance that I have every confidence that she will do well in with much faster times ahead of her. Well done Jackie



“If you are comfortable with your training regime then you should be concerned. You can only make the big gains by being out of your comfort zone.”
- Me

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