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.
Favourable weather on the A21 meant there were a lot of PB's. Last event is this Saturday and points situation is 7oaks - 514, Sydenham - 504 and GSA - 294.
Martin Brown had a great ride yesterday and based on the provisional results came second in this gruelling event down in the marshlands of Kent. All Martin's dedicated training paid off during his controlled race, keeping heart rate close to 130 bpm and cadence up at around 95rpm as much as possible, ensuring the early pace wasn't much higher than 20 mph and eating and drinking at the right intervals. Stopping was kept to the minimum at only around 5 minutes in total.
Marcus Smith. 6th MV40+ and 90th/1787 so not too shabby. Very windy and very humid dirty air.
Seal rec at 9.00, Godden Green 9.05 and Chaser Inn by 9.30. Flat route planned with a stop at Yalding Cafe. Should be back in the Sevenoaks area by 12.30 at the very latest.
Katrina managed to knock 34 minutes off her previous best over this distance.
Into a headwind going out but fast coming back unless you were held up by a tractor for a couple of miles like Sydenham's Jon Coulson. Thanks to Greg Morris, Jo Stephens Smith, Sam Bennett and Alex Colvin for assisting.
Scores on the day - 7oaks Tri 23, Sydenham 19 and GS Avanti 19.
Overall points with three events to go - 7oaks Tri 452, Sydenham 450 and GS Avanti 260.
Val Place and Debbie Munton moved into new territory by participating in a 1:1;1 race in Estonia on 1st August. This was a 1K swim, 100K bike and a 10K run. The race was in Otepaai, a 2 hour drive south from Tallin and organised by the well known Estonian Ironman Triathlete Ain Alar Johansen
Race day was very civilised with an 11am start but the weather was hot and humid ( the hottest summer for 100 years)
On August 3rd 2014, Julie Rose Stadium Ashford was the location of the second Owler Triathlon. This year there were several events on the same day. Three Triathlons - Full and half ironman distance and a Sprint. Two Aquabikes (swim/bike) - full and half iron distance. I was doing the half ironman triathlon as my second middle distance race this year. Clive Bradburn took on the half ironman aquabike. After competing in the world championships in Hyde Park last year, Clive has had to back off the running because of knee problems, so the aquabike was ideal for him.
I was at Ironman Kalmar on Saturday to support my wife who was doing her first Ironman race but I managed to leave my four kids in the hotel and joined in too.
I managed a 10.25.02 primarily on the back of my Ironman Lanzarote training as my feet had been injured for a month after that so my running had been curtailed.
21st in M45-49 age group so relatively better performance than Lanzarote (31st) but still way off the Hawaii pace - 5 slots in M45-49 and 5th fastest was 9.41 so sadly no time off work needed in October.
Shirkers Ride - Friday 22 August
Weather look good so it's on. Meet at Seal Rec at 9.00 (NOT 9.30), Godden Green at 9.05 and via Carters Hill descent, Chaser Inn at 9.25. Route to be decided but will include traditional cafe stop. Should be back in the Sevenoaks area by 12.30. Expected average pace - 16 mph.
Please note that Tom will be missing from the pool every other Sunday. His first Sunday off will be this Sunday 24 August. If you have any queries please speak to swim rep David Lawson or a member of the committee.
Tom's thoughts and aims with the swimming programme - August 2014 up to race season 2015
I was looking forward to spectacular scenery and feared treacherous weather conditions – and got both in spades. Aberfeldy , is surrounded by the type of lakes, trees, rivers and mountains you see in Whiskey ads – because it is Whiskey country. A reason for my husband to drive us there. I’m tempted to just lift the winner’s blog to share that we all had the same fears. The swim started in rain - Loch Tay was a cold 14 degrees – and winds caused huge swells blowing many of us off course – only to turn at a buoy and the sun teased us by coming out to block any siting.
Only thirteen riders. The heavy rain during early afternoon (which cleared up in time for the TT) probably put a few off and some I'm sure were on holiday. Only five 7oaks riders although this can also be partly explained by 7oaks providing 12 marshals/timekeepers to ensure the event was run as safely as possible for all the riders.
Scores on the night - Sydenham 38, GS Avanti 13 and 7oaks Tri 7
Scores with just 4 more events to go - Sydenham - 431, 7oaks Tri 429 and GS Avanti 241.
Having sworn blind after Ironman Germany, that was it, four years later I was on the start line at Roth. I had had 30 minutes sleep the night before as my hotel's brochure had failed to mention it had a bar that encouraged lock ins for local crooners.
Note earlier start time of 9.00 at Seal Rec, 9.05 at Godden Green and 9.30 at Chaser Inn. No cafe stop this week and back in Sevenoaks by 12.00. Approx average pace 16mph. Route to be decided.
Points on the night - Sydenham Wheelers 58, 7oaks Tri 42 and GS Avanti 16.
Overall points - 7oaks Tri 422, Sydenham Wheelers 393 and GS Avanti 228.
7oaks 374, Sydenham 335 and GS Avanti 212
Points tally at the end of the season. As usual your best 6 scores to count.