Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Weekly News 28 July 2015

I suppose the very first thing I should do is 'thank' Big Dave very much for providing me with the opportunity to draft the Weekly News in his absence! As if I haven't suffered enough recently in terms of injury, I then have Dave rub salt in the wounds on a weekly basis. I think Simon and I have inadvertently given Dave more material in a collective timespan of 10 seconds that he would normally get from us in a year. Is it payback time? No, I'm too 'big' for that!

So, I'm sure normal service will resume next week, but in the meantime it gives me and Simon the opportunity to thank everyone for your very kind wishes and messages of concern and to say that both of us are on the path to recovery and look forward to joining you all in training sometime in the future – older, slower but no wiser!!

I've had a couple of sets of results this week, one from the Worthing Standard distance Tri – thanks Andy. It can only be described as a toughie with very heavy rain and a very 'exciting' sea swim, which so often whips up on those south coast Tris. The standard was always going to be on the high side as it was a qualifier for next year's European Champs but very good results from Team EG. Tim Coogan was first home in 2:20:22 and joint 13th in AG, followed by Roger Taylor 24th in his AG in 2:30:57 just scraping in ahead of Kat Parkin with an incredible 5th place in 2:31:37 and closely followed by Andy Peel in 2:34:03 and 26th in AG. Well done on getting through a really tough day and hope you've dried out.

Meanwhile, across Europe with the other weather extreme, Fran Davis followed up her success at the Euro Sprint Champs in Geneva, with a second GBR outing only one week later in the European Cross Triathlon Champs in Schluchsee in the German Black Forest. As the title suggests, this is more like 'Extreme Triathlon' consisting of a 1.7km lake swim, 32k cross country mountain bike and 11km cross country run. The heatwave continued in that part of Europe with temperatures around 38-40C then a storm broke on a humid race day making the course extremely muddy and treacherous on the sharp descents, reduced to walking pace for sections of it. It was more like a race of attrition, but Fran did extremely well to finish in 4:08, 7th in her AG and 3rd out of the female Brits who travelled. She was heard to say 'that was great fun' before collapsing in a dehydrated heap on the finish line!

And finally, a couple of dates for the diary for some club training sessions during August; I'm hosting another OWS Race Skills Session at Weir Wood on Thursday 20 August to develop open water sighting, navigating, drafting, group swimming and mass start skills. This is followed by a Transition Training Session on Saturday 29 August to refine efficiency for those late season events and a chance to finish a place or two higher in your Age Group without the need to get fitter. Maybe one for you Tim C!?! More details to follow.

Well, I've done my job and filled up a page, so handing back to Big Dave for next week...

Please train very safe

Big Martin

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