ESC Update - June 2015
June traditionally kicks off with a weekend of racing at Blenheim Triathlon however, this year, before that ESC athletes had a day or two in Besancon. Grace France headed out to guide Alison Patrick (PT5) to a win while Peter Bacon responded to a (very) late call up and raced strongly to finish a creditable 6th place and learnt a lot about trusting the flow of a river.
The following weekend saw the return of Blenheim and the possibility of some more good quality racing from the academy athletes trying to follow up on strong results at the London Aquathlon last month. However, this is triathlon and as young athletes there is a lot of learning to be done. Whilst maybe not getting the results that were wanted the attitude displayed was superb. We spend a lot of time through the regional academy training camps working on being positive and understanding that every race is a learning opportunity and this is what was demonstrated. Through conversations before and after the event the academy athletes have a good understanding of the good areas in there race and the areas the would like to improve on in their next opportunity. This attitude stands anyone in good stead for future races. In the elite race at Blenheim Grace France had a difficult swim and again shows that learning is something that occurs at every race and will look to take these lessons onto future races. Finally on this weekend Mike Baptie took part in the Arran Man on the Isle of Arran - a beautiful part of the world. After a great swim the bike and run were solid and show good progress towards the long distance triathlon in Cologne later in the year. Up at the Deva triathlon Richard Cooper managed to qualify for the world age-group championships later in the year and BAD Tri athlete James Travers won the race overall as great preparation for the island games later in the month where he won the silver medal.
The third weekend of June was a very quite one but fear not; it was all about to happen on the last weekend of June. The weekend started with a Gold medal for Chris Green (25-29) at the European Aquathlon Championships in Cologne while BAD Tri athlete Kate Ross (50-54) also secured a gold medal. Onto Sunday and Wimbleball was again the location for Ironman UK 70.3. Time to step up Natalie Seymour! The target race of the year didn't disappoint as Natalie was constantly near the front through the swim and the bike before hitting the lead on the run and never looking back. A first middle distance event, a first win and of course a place at the 70.3 World Champs at the end of August. Richard Cooper will also be joining her after winning his age-group by a massive 12 minutes to cap off a successful month. Last, but by no means least, Laura Pankhurst and Alex Smith showed the regular run sessions were paying off with improved technique and strong run times at the DB Max 51.5 race in the Cotswolds.
It's been a great month and let's hope there is more to come...
Tip of the month Assess your fatigue state and don't be afraid to back off if necessary; recovery is a big part of training.
Book of the month: Achieve the Impossible - Prof. Greg White
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