Colin Brooke – reporting on the Ben Nevis Braveheart Triathlon 17 September 2016

Colin Brooke – reporting on the Ben Nevis Braveheart Triathlon 17 September 2016

Sustenance and support on the longer distance events

(Warning; the elite racers amongst us might find some parts of this report disturbing)

Obviously the greater the distance or time out on an event the greater will be the amount of fuel we need. I have my own my simplistic way of working out what food to take and calculating how much, which probably boils down to ‘varied and plenty’. As the distance events usually start very early in the morning, often having to prepare before sunrise when our appetites are unlikely to be good, I try to eat a substantial meal during the evening before.

I did try the pasta party type approach at the Kalmar ironman in Sweden but found the polystyrene dish of pasta strips, with no more flavour […]

By | September 25th, 2016|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Through someone elses eyes – by Andy Wright

Through Someone Else’s Eyes

It was in the autumn of 2015 and, like all triathletes at this time of year, my thoughts were starting to draw towards the next years events.  What race do I fancy doing? To which exciting locations might this next year take me? What can I do to challenge myself? Maybe this year I’ll do a 70.3.

Then I read a request from Chris, a blind athlete, who already enjoyed all three disciplines of bike and run and a very small bit of swim (the usual triathlete proportions) but wanted to tie it all together.  He had various people who had guided him on runs or steered his tandem, but wanted to do the full tri, so he had placed a few messages around and I happened to see one of them.

Immediately it sparked my interest.  Triathlon is a very […]

By | September 21st, 2016|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Diary of a newish open water swimmer – by Jane Frechette

When did I become obsessed? (Diary of a ‘newish’ open water swimmer)

Jan 2014 – New Year’s Resolution – learn front crawl.

As I was already a fell runner and cyclist decided, along with two friends Anne (Johnson!) & Angela), to have a go at a sprint triathlon. After intensish training and a lot of discussion over coffees & cake during the summer, we committed and entered our first sprint tri.

Sept 2014 – Skipton Late Summer Tri   (me on the right)thumbnail_skipton_2014_7_75a

Discussion followed re future tri’s – but what if the swim wasn’t in a pool??

Jan 2015 – Filled with enthusiasm I Googled
‘Open water swimming holidays’ Result – SwimTrek!! Booked on their ‘Intro to Open water in Mallorca’ 

Along with further sprint tri’s with pool based swims Anne, Angela […]

By | September 13th, 2016|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Rubicon – Post race interviews

Interview with Craig Barker – by Laura Wright

 

Interview with Dexter Wright  – by Laura Wright

 

Interview with Fiona Christian – by Andy Lynex

By | September 6th, 2016|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Wirral open water sprint distance triathlon – by Graham Plews

The Wirral IMG_1170open water sprint distance triathlon was help at the marina, West Kirby and was organised by Epic Events. The weather forecast was not good for early in the day but we were were blessed with ideal conditions for racing and spectating for whole event. I’d entered this event so that Dan and I could race together during his visit on his way back to New Zealand following the Rio Olympics. We were of course accompanied by our number one supporters, Rhonda and Kate.

The c.300 competitors were set off in three waves and kicked-off at 8.00am. As we gathered on the shore of the marina lake clad in the usual open-water swim apparel the organiser ask competitors raise their arm if they had traveled more than 50 miles, then 75, then 100, then 200…at the end of […]

By | September 4th, 2016|Uncategorised|0 Comments