ESC Update - May 2016
The summer can often be a little quieter for me as the weekend training camps have been swapped for races spaced a little further apart meaning I am able to have a bit more time at home which is a pleasant change. It also means more time to attend courses and this month was no different heading up to London for a weekend of S&C development with the UKSCA.
The month started off with Bristol University athletes heading to the BUCS sprint distance championships. As always there was a good number attending whether it was their first triathlon or their 6th BUCS event everyone had a big smiles and enjoyed their day.
The key event for the South West Academy athletes was the Superseries event in Llanelli. As often seems to be the way the weather was kind and the racing hard with some very strong performances taking into account recent injuries and the step up to a new distance for the first year juniors. Overall the results were promising and it will be great to see how they progress over the summer. Next up is the Leeds Aquathlon quickly followed (for some) by the qualifying event for the european youth relay championships near Newcastle.
Racing has really kicked off now for my privately coached athletes too. Saturday 6 May saw the first proper elite starts for Kate Comber and Natalie Seymour in Ironman races both competing in the 70.3 event in Mallorca. Despite very British conditions both athletes performed well considering it's not really the distance for Kate and Natalie was not quite 100%. Kari Hallgrimsson also popped over to race and again performed strongly on the back of a very busy job and family life. Meanwhile Alex Wiltshire and James Elgar hit good form at St. Neots and Blaenafon; James smashing his bike time and overall time from last year. Finally on the first busy weekend of May James Travers was competing in the Monster Middle Distance event and although it didn't quite go to plan there was a lot of learning to be had!
The following weekend Clare Fearns put in a great result at the National Sprint Champs and Mike Baptie finished exactly where is training should put him in the Immortal middle distance event. For the remainder of the month Pippa Tanner completed the Velothon in Wales; Colin Porter in the Tour of Wessex, Maria Powell finished the Nottingham Sprint and Alex Wiltshire, Laura Pankhurst and Alex Smith all performed brilliantly at the European age-group championships while Clare Fearns qualified for next year's event in Dusseldorf. James Elgar managed to negative split his run at The Outlaw Half and finally, Chris Green won the draft legal age-group qualifier at Eton; outright. Chris has been working hard on his swimming this year and has just started commuting to work on his bike everyday so this is a good reflection of where his currently ability lies; I'm now waiting for him to start some bike training proper...
Tip of the month Every race is not the end product. It might not quite go to plan however, you can learn a great deal and put this into practise next time.
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ESC Update - February 2016
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ESC Update - January 2016
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