I was lucky enough to qualify for the World Ironman Championship in Kona, Hawaii by winning my age group in Ironman Nice back in June. This is the race that every long distance triathlete has on their bucket list as it's where it all started and is legendary for the experience they give all the participants. I always said I would never go as it's everything I hate - a no wetsuit sea swim, hot and windy on the bike and hot and humid on the run.
This swim event was held in the town of Spotorno 25 miles East of Genoa close to the French border. The 6k swim involved swimming around a small island ( unsurprisingly ) and then a long swim parallel with the shore and back. The start was the usual washing machine scenario 245 swimmers running into the sea aiming for the first buoy. The water was very clear and is in fact part of a marine park. 21 degrees C water temperature so no issues there.
Is on. Penny leads from Seal Rec at 9.00.
Cath and Andrew Linney, Bethan Jones and myself took on this most amazing event. This year the weather was kind, warm and dry so perfect conditions for a 3 minute lung bursting, leg burning sprint up Yorks Hill. It was my second time doing this race and my only goal was to beat last year's time. I'm still considering whether a 0.2 second improvement is a valid pb. (Sam Bennett)
Bethan Jones was the fastest lady vet. up the hill in 2.54.8. Well done!
Awards Dinner 2014
What - Hoedown/Barn Dance.
When - November 15th from 7pm
Why - Awards and Xmas celebration.
Wear - cowboy boots /jeans /country and western clothing/Stetson /chaps anything cowboy/girl
How much - £20 per person.
Including all food and drinks!!!
Raced sprint distance today and represents a big improvement (by 9 minutes!) over last year and an improvement of health during the last year. Not sure about position overall but will update as soon as possible. Finishing time was 1 hour 11 minutes. Swim was hilarious with a good size swell. Bike felt strong and draft legal tri bars definately helped on the bike on the straights (would recommend these if anyone doing sprint worlds next year in Chicago - I believe it may be draft legal). Early morning storm blown away which left very sunny, warm race conditions.
Penny leads from Seal Rec at 9.00 and will be back by 12.00.
Thanks to Yon Marsh who managed to get everyone plus a couple of infiltrators now banished to the bin. What a cheeky chappie that Olly is and it looks to me as if Jane and Mike are in a "proper race" after all!
Meet at Seal Rec at 9.00, Godden Green 9.05 and Chaser Inn 9.30. Route to be decided but pace expected to be around 16 mph and a Cafe stop of 30 mins will probably be included. Should be back in the Sevenoaks area by 12 - 12.30. Neil leads.
I competed in the Human Race 3k Open Water Swim at Poole Dorset. I would like to say that it was very rough but despite that I battled through and had a fantastic time. It was like a mill pond a fantastic opportunity for a good time.
Having made the decision to go out fast I received the inevitable kick in the head and the odd elbow in the ribs. It paid dividends though as once the super fast group shot off I had a bit of open water - great. 4 laps 750m per lap.
Is on. Meet at Seal Rec at 9.00. Penny leads and plans to be back by 12.00.
Penny leads from Seal Rec at 9.00
Congratulations to Dan Goscomb and Sally Mortleman who are the champions for 2014. Dan scored 58 points from his best 6 events while Sally managed 60 from her best 6.
It all hinged on this event to find out who this years Inter Club winners were as before we kicked off 7oaks only had a 10 point lead over Sydenham. With 7oaks and Sydenham both fielding 4 teams it was anyones guess as to who the eventual winners would be. As it turned out Sydenham had the fastest team on the day but couldn't score enough points to retake the lead and 7oaks retained the trophy for the fifth successive year by just 2 points.
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A misty start made for an interesting swim, with no bouy in sight it was anyones guess which way to go.
The club had 6 teams competing at Southwater on Sunday, bar the odd saddle falling off there were great performaces all round. Well done all.
7Oaks Tri Men Superstars
Marcus Smith - Dan Goscomb - Nathan Marsh
Janice Bailey - Andrew Linney - Cath Linney
We had three club members in Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada – that’s 3 more than most UK clubs. The UK had 95 athletes participating – dwarfed by the USA and Canada ( back to them later). The venue was a perfect example of iconic Canadian scenery ( bleats the proud author) – tall pines, large granite mountain passes; glistening lakes and azure blue skies. It is also a ski resort ( more of that later too). Debbie, Glenda and I shared a condo/hotel which was a lot of fun.