Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Nottingham Weekend

Well it was good to be back at Nottingham again for National Relays, but for the first time I was not going to race in my club colours or relay team. I offered my services to any team that had had someone drop out at last minute. With which I gained a slot in the Lincoln Relay Team and raced Saturday afternoon. 400m swim, 15km bike and 5 km run. The format for the relays is that 4 in a team everyone completes the swim one after the the other then back to no.1 in the team to bike which everyone does after eachother and so on for the run. Takeing upto 3-4hrs for the quicker teams. I was pleased with my performance concidering I still had Ironman "speed" in my body;
SWIM 7:02 min
BIKE 22:55min
RUN 19:54min
Then on Sunday I was entered into the Sprint Triathlon which was an individual effort not team and a a bit longer than saturdays event. 750m swim/20km bike/5km run.

I felt really sluggish in the swim and did not get into it very well, once on the bike and back into the TT world I pulled out a very pleasing effort and averaged 23.5 mph, there was a strong head wind on the back straight of the loop and it was a 4 lap course. My transition T2 went smooth and was soon off and running at good trunover on leg speed running down 3 people for the run and no one overtaking me 6:41/mile.
SWIM 11:35 min
BIKE 31:41 min
RUN 20:47 min

TOTAL 1:05:40 hr
Finished 13th out of 315 overall very pleased with efforts and wanting to get back into training already.

This weekend is my last weekend in completing my Tutor and Assessors course in Triathlon Coaching. I have been taken on by British Triathlon and now part of the Coaching Workforce for BTF in the UK. Training and assessing future coaches at Club level through out the year and on. I also finally completed and sent off my porfolio for Level 2 Club Coach in Triathlon, so expect to be signed off and qualified any day soon.

On Monday I am still tied up in South England with my new coach Rick Kiddle. I have my induction day with Rick and as a result he will be comprising a training programme around my time, family life, work life and also targeting my "Goals" which one is for Ironman Lake Placid as I am entered and looking to take a chunk of a time off my Roth time certainly Sub 11hrs.

Rick has certainly got a history behind him as an Elite Athlete in the World. Ex British triathlon Champion Rick Kiddle competed as an elite athlete worldwide. He has used this combination of 20 years competition experience along with 15 years coaching knowledge to create sought after, successful and innovative training programmes that will help novice and elite athletes to train and race for the results they seek. I'm all yours Rick.

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