Triathlon, duathlon & aquathlon information
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Details of Triathlon, Duathlon, Swimming and Cycling events are now included on the main
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Sara writes - There's no I-itis in Team
Firstly, apologies, I did start this blog in July, but then the Olympics started and I was unable
to do anything for 16 days that involved being a few meters away from the television.
Well it's probably common knowledge that I have been unable to take part in any triathlons this
season due to a bout of Plantar Fasciitis that started about 8 weeks ago, I don't feel inclined
to blame the barefoot technique as I know plenty of people who are suffering from PF at the moment
who do not use the shoes nor technique. However, I do think my feet have undergone massive changes
since wearing the shoes - including increasing a shoe size - so I think the lesson to learn must be,
the transition from normal technique to barefoot technique is SSSSLLLLOOOWWWWW!
Following that I had bronchitis then sinusitis within the space of a week, so it's pretty much
taken the wind out of my sails, however like a bolt from the dark a text came through to me
'would I like to do the Bike part of a girls team for the triathlon'. Initially I recoiled
in horror at the thought - me, whose done triathlons individually- then after I blew a gallon
of bright green snot from my nose and my head cleared it dawned on me that this could be the
life-line I needed. So we set about organizing a team, which was fun, the person who had
contacted me was already the swim part - an ex-synchronized swimmer, Mel Bardsley- so I assumed
she was pretty 'handy' in the water, now who could be our runner...... of course! the formidable
Helen Heard. I actually felt quite excited at the prospect of working with these guys in a team
and felt we might even be in with a chance of some victory. A quick briefing 5 mins before the
start and one look at the sea, Helen and I were relishing in the relief at not doing the swim
this time, we delegated Helen to take the chip off Mel, our swimmer and put it round my leg and
of I went like 'Bambi on ice' across Summerleaze car park in my cleats, pedaling up that hill
like I'd stolen the bike. A tough 40 mins lay ahead, but because I knew it was all I had to
do I gave it 110%, into the mayhem of the car park and Mel took the chip off me and attached
it to Helen -gone! I was really exciting seeing the other teams going off, hoping either
Helen would catch them up or she could keep a head of them, I don't think I've shouted so
much as Helen ran down the finishing straight. I suppose what I am saying is that I got as
much pleasure from the team event as I do from the individual - especially as we came first
with our combined efforts, so if your feeling a little over-whelmed by individual participation
in the Shoreline quadrathlon or any other triathlon, then give the team event a go, it's a
nice introduction to multi-sport!
Jim has participated in Marazion standard triathlon, in which he achieved a 3rd in category,
7th overall, then Bristol Harbourside sprint triathlon World Qualifier came 3rd in category
17th overall - which means had he shown 'intent' he would have qualified for the World
Championships in New Zealand this November, this reassures him he is on target/form for
London World championships next year.
Next month (2nd September) brings Perranporth Challenge Triathlon, a challenging Sea-swim
followed by a hilly bike and undulating run, last year this was down graded to just a
aquathlon due to high winds on the bike course.
September and beginning of October also sees the final of the Cornwall triathlon series
in with Sprint Tri's in Bodmin (9th September) and Wadebridge (7th October) both of these
are pools swims so excellent for beginners to triathlon, or there is an open water swim
standard tri at Newquay on the 30th September.
So plenty of last minute tri's if your feeling energetic, not injured and inspired by the
Brownlee's efforts at London 2012.
Farewell for now
Sarah M x
Sarah's 2012 newsletters can be viewed as .PDF documents here
Triathlon appears to be increasingly popular and prevalent in the county, so get those
Triathlon entries in before they get booked up! and believe me, they will -
so don't miss out!
Best of luck in 2012!