ESC Update - August 2014
Plenty of racing for ESCoach athletes this month, well it is 'the season' after all!
Elite racing - British Superseries
In the elite superseries Grace France raced back to back weekends with a standard distance at London Triathlon and a sprint distance at the British Championships in Liverpool. Both races provided a strong ground for learning in different ways. To read more about how to do back to back races please read my blog. Natalie Seymour unfortunately missed these races due to a broken collar bone (See June update) stepped training back up after a intensive spell of rehab and is now setting her sights on a good winter of training and racing. Welcome back Natalie.
Youth and Junior Superseries
South west academy athletes wrapped up a successful year with strong performances at both Liverpool and Nottingham. Despite many hours training in 'toughening up' weather over the winter it wasn't needed in Liverpool as the youth race managed to be completed before the bad weather came in. This was followed up a couple of weeks later by the final race in Nottingham as part of the U20's triathlon festival. More impressive racing for both the youths and juniors and being the last race in the super series points were at stake which meant fierce competition and good results for South West juniors. With trials for the 2014/15 squad at the start of September the coaching team at the academy are looking forward to more high-potential athletes coming to the fore. More news on this next month.
The Para-triathlon world championships took place in Edmonton at the end of August along with the elite and age-group races. With news coming back of sunshine, blue skies and great courses all was set for some good results. First up is Alison Patrick who won gold in the PT5 (visually impaired) category in Edmonton. Alison was 'discovered' after she came along to a British Triathlon talent ID day in February 2013. She has continued to work hard over the last 18-months and is now a world champion what is even more exciting is that all those who work with her know there is more to come! Elsewhere at the World Champs Maria Powell backed up an excellent performance winning her age-group at the National Championships in Liverpool with a super strong race in Edmonton and picked up a bronze medal in the 45-49 age-group. Pippa Tanner also backed up a strong Liverpool performance with another at Edmonton and a number of BAD Tri athletes also enjoyed their trips to Canada competing in a range of age-groups.
Clare Fearns put in a strong performance in her first standard distance race and clocked up a 10K PB in Middlesborough; Kari Hallgrimmson took on and completed the challenge on Wiesbaden 70.3 while James Grandfield is gearing up for Challenge Weymouth in the middle of next month.
Finally, Bristol University
September typically brings the best weather of the summer and also the university students. With Bristol Uni tri club growing year on year all looks set for another three terms of triathlon fun starting off with building towards the BUCS duathlon in November. Hope you are all ready to get started!
Training tip of the month - Back to back races are possible however, recovery needs to be top of the agenda...
Recipe of the month - Sea bass and seafood one-pot . Serve with quinoa for good quality low-GI carbs.
ESC Update - July 2014
Tour de France, IM Germany and GenevaRead the full article
ESC Update - June 2014
European Championships, Superseries and a little run out for Andy!Read the full article
ESC Update - May 2014
Plenty of racing and a trip overseasRead the full article
ESC Update - April 2014
Final Academy weekend for the winter and a few early season racesRead the full article
ESC Update - March 2014
Duathlons and lots of running...Read the full article
ESC Update - February 2014
Duathlons and the Triathlon Show Read the full article