Sometime, way back in the midst of 2015, we heard that the WTS was coming to Leeds. Hurrah, we thought. Let’s get our entries in early – which we did and then thought no more about it. At the risk of sounding like I’m getting the excuses in early, it’s not really my sort of race. The city centre races tend to have quite technical bike courses with 180 degree turns and a lot of testosterone fuelled men with disc wheels who are hoping for a PB on flat courses. There are not often many hills on these courses and again, whilst I haven’t quite worked out the weight to power ratio that most climbers have (or stopped drinking wine), we do most of our training in the hills and ‘undulating’ courses tend to suit me best. The best thing about Leeds would be the atmosphere and having […]
Back to Fitness, who are based in Ripponden, were recommended to me 5 years ago and I can’t praise them highly enough. I have been a runner all my life and am forever battling injuries. Charlotte Murray, who owns the practice, and Joe Washington, are superb at diagnosing injuries and looking at your biomechanics to find the root cause of the problem.
Back to Fitness have offered club members a discount for an initial consultation of £40 instead of £50,then half hour sessions at £30 instead of £35. They also offer sports massages which are excellent (can be painful!)
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- time for each discipline
- rank, i.e. how your time for that discipline ranks compared with all the other finishers in your category
- “expected” – this is a calculation of how long the average person in your category would have taken at that discipline if their finish time was the same as your overall finish time. i.e. it shows what time you would be expected to do in that discipline based on your finish time.
- “gain”/”loss” – this shows how much time you gained or lost compared to that expected time.
- “run fade” – this shows how much you slowed up over the final couple of laps on the run compared to the first […]
Slateman Race report by Anne Johnson – 1000m swim, 50k bike, 11.6k run
I first heard about the Slateman three years ago from a race report in 220 magazine. Coming from a fell running background and just able to swimming 400m in the pool, the event appealed to me as a future goal.
On the morning of the race, Bill and I set off for Llanberis at 5am. Bill, not yet as enthused by triathlon as me, but there for much needed moral support. I felt as prepared as I could be for the swim and my cycling had improved a lot. The run should have been my strongest discipline, but having had so much problem with my knees and calfs, I didn’t know how it would go. The rain was meant to hold off until late afternoon but the heavens opened as I registered . Hadn’t taken any […]
Colin Brooke – reporting on Velothon Wales 22 May 2016
Tried out the latest thing in cycling events last weekend – Velothon Wales is one of the series of events held throughout Europe. The really attractive feature of the 140km course was that it was all on closed roads which meant riding either side of islands and roundabouts and taking blind right hand bends tucked into the right hand kerb, just like the real thing as seen on TV. With 12500 participants there was some congestion on narrow roads and at feed stations but, otherwise, and especially without having to constantly check for vehicles, the event was very enjoyable. During the early easier part of the route there were murmurings and warnings about the impending climbs, a long one up the Tumble onto the moors and a shorter one up the […]
“Great Wall Marathon” – kind of does what it says on the tin. It’s a marathon, on the Great Wall of China – what’s not to like? Slickly organized, it’s a marathon, half marathon and 8.5K “fun run” rolled into one with 2,500 runners (about 1,000 in the marathon itself) and around the quarter of the race on the Great Wall itself – passing East to West near the start and then West to East towards the end with (apparently) some 5,164 steps to be climbed along the way. The rest of the course being a trog around some rural Chinese villages with a bunch of hills thrown in for good measure.
To reduce congestion the race sets off in five waves ten minutes apart from 7.30am to 8.10am with full and half marathon runners mixed together in the first four waves and the “fun” run […]
The monthly ‘Away Ride’ was last weekend (16th April) and hosted by Chris Lees – long time club member and recently retired – which means he is extremely fit as he is riding his bike every day! We travelled to the outskirts of Barnsley and after our pre-ride feed (excellent coffee & cakes courtesy of Chris’s better half Sara), completed a 90km ride on mostly undulating roads – the Garmin reading said 700m climbing but it felt pretty flat when compared to our own Calderdale and consequently, the increased mileage didn’t take too much out of the legs. We had a good bunch out although we were missing Colin the Legend (he got the dates mixed up) and Roger (no idea where he got to!). The coffee stop was the very pleasant Farm Cafe in Whitley (http://thefarmcafewhitley.co.uk/) where […]
Ampleforth Duathlon last Sunday was the inaugural race of this well organised and fun event. Undulating runs and bike ride with the start based at the scenic Ampleforth Abbey – organised by York Tri Club. 11am start so plenty of time to get up there without starting out stupidly early. Would be nice if Calderdale Tri could support this event in 2017. Oh, and did I mention I was 1st in my age group (50-59) out of 4! (And free photos, courtesy of Walkers wit
The week before (and the reason Ampleforth felt like a walk in the park), Dex and I completed Windsor Duathlon. The organisers were unlucky in that heavy rain the night before had turned the transition area into a quagmire, and proceedings kicked off an hour late due to inept parking marshalling. Being part of the age group duathlon qualification, we were in the midst of serious athletes, with what I thought was a harsh cut-off of 3.5 hours. Windsor Great Park is indeed iconic, but this was somewhat lost on me with a hill start for the 10K run (I felt like an old pit pony), a wallow in deep mud to exit transition followed by the same hill start into a challenging 4 circuit 40K bike ride with a few slow pulls and a couple of cheeky inclines. Mercifully, […]