Thursday, May 29, 2014
The triathlon season got into full swing last weekend and it was time for a number of N1 Tri Club athletes to put their winter training programmes to the test.
At this time of year most races are ‘sprint distance’ being 400-metres swim, 20km cycle and finally, a 5km run.
The competitors have also to contend with the ‘transition’ phases of the race where firstly swim goggles and hats are swapped for bike helmets and shoes and secondly cycle gear for running shoes.
A successful transition can make all the difference, especially at the front of the race.
Exeter Tri club stage the Exe Valley Triathlon at Tiverton. The course is hilly and demanding, but the race itself well organised.
Husband and wife duo Luke and Rae Owen had a battle of their own with Luke just edging it by around 90 seconds.
Ceri Henkus has worked hard on her fitness and she was delighted to knock a whopping 11 minutes off her time of last year.
For Jacquia Rogers it was a first ever race and she experienced the disappointment that all triathletes face in their racing careers, a puncture!
In her case it was not one but two! Calming nerves to fix the problem takes some doing and Jacquia was delighted to finish and demonstrated her resolve to improve by immediately entering for another event.
Jane Down took on the Hilly Taunton Deane race, and as ever, enjoyed the whole experience in the heat that all competitors had to overcome on the day.
Over to Bath and the DB max organised race using the Olympic-sized pool at Bath University.
This race attracts many top athletes and at least two GB vests were on show. Jess Tubbs in a very competitive women’s field recorded the third fastest swim split on the day, an encouraging sign for the coming race season.
Tony Spencer was in his first ever triathlon and did extremely well. Tony has impressed everyone in the club with his cycling prowess.
His swimming is improving week by week and the Ironman race he has on his radar looks ever more likely.