ESC Update - October 2015
October tends to be a quite month where most athletes take a bit of downtime when all their races have finished. From an ESC athlete point of view Mike Baptie headed off for a bit of un at the Exmoor Beast sportive and Colin Porter and Kate Comber (more about them later) completed the excellently organised first ever (Bristol to Bath Marathon). As often happens in October athletes take time to think about their involvement in the sport, with me as a coach and their targets for the following year. Inevitably this leads to a few changes in coached athletes and this year is no different. I'd like to thank James Grandfield, Linzey Ryan, Kari Hallgrimsson, Peter Bacon and Grace France who all move onto new ventures. Athletes move on for a variety of reasons be it a change in personal circumstances, the need for a new direction or a simply moving on from triathlon and it's all a positive part of the coaching process. The ability to know you have taken an athlete as far as they can go with you as a coach or to see that the balance in their life is not how they desire is an important skill of a coach to ensure that the person behind the athlete is able to be happy in their chosen path in life. It's a process that I strongly believe in; coaching is about guiding the person not thinking about the coach.
When these coach-athlete relationships end it means there is space for more and I'd like to welcome a few new athletes under the ESC banner. I'm very pleased to be working with Colin Porter (targeting Challenge Roth), James Travers (targeting the Commonwealth Games in 2016), Kate Comber (going for her first season as a pro long distance athlete) and James Elgar (targeting Challenge Roth) for the next year towards their respective targets. It's going to be a great year!
The South West Academy continues at pace with the athletes all coming together for their first weekend of training. Being October and the opportunity for a bit of recovery the emphasis of this weekend was to create a code of conduct for the athletes and coaches to work by and to encourage a bit of team building with a fun raft building challenge. Needless to say there were many wet coaches and a few athletes by the end of afternoon. Training starts to pick again in November.
Finally the British Triathlon Paratriathlon Talent Squad held trials for the new squad this year and after delivering 4 athletes to the full performance squad over the last few years we're excited to see what the new athletes bring to the squad.
Tip of the month Take some time out every now and then, assess if you are going in the right direction and if not, make the changes you need.
Recipe of the month: Chicken and Mushroom Soup. As the nights get shorter and days colder here is a tasty soup to keep you warm!