Possibly one of our most inspirational clients, Pam Oliver, prepares for the ETU European Sprint Championships in Dusseldorf on the 24-25th June.
Pam started training with us around 2 years ago, Pam didn’t have much confidence on her road bike, so we provided her with a few skills sessions and one to one road sessions, After this she was riding and never looked back. Pam just fell in love with the road bike, we helped her select a bike suitable for racing that was specifically fitted to ensure she felt comfortable and relaxed on the bike, while being able to get the power down. As expected Pam at 69 years old proved to be one pocket rocket, she smashes all the local triathlons and is very often seen on the local time trails.
Pam swims at High Peak Triathlon Club, where we put her through her paces at swimming, Pam was a swimming teacher in the past and we do love reminding her of all the technique tips, she probably gave out time and time again. Pam’s swimming is steady strong and consistent, providing her with a great start at triathlons. Open water took some time for Pam to fully enjoy, but she was determined to tackle her nerves head on. Pam has two bike plans per week to keep her bike work specific and focused to her goals. Running is carefully balanced to prevent injuries and ensure we don’t aggravate her arthritis. Pam works hard every week, never complains and is an inspiration to us all, we can honestly say we hope to be this fit ourselves at 69. The course at Dusseldorf starts with an open water swim followed by a fast flowing course. We are currently completing Pam’s training to ensure she is at peak fitness for the event. Don’t ever let anything stop you achieving your goals, especially age, Pam rocks and we wish her every ounce of luck, although with the correct training she has had, luck is not what she has to rely on. Pam has wonderful support from her two Son’s and husband, to follow her progress on race day click here
Results Fitness and Swimming, provides two structured swim sessions for St Anselm’s Pupils, The aim is to provide a introduction into competitive swimming and provide opportunities for the swimmers to compete in a range of galas from in school events to National School Swimming. Below is a report on the latest Achievements.
S. Anselm’s swimming teams will be heading to the National English School Swimming Association (ESSA) Finals after winning the Freestyle Relay and Mixed Stroke Relay in the Midlands Division Gala on Friday 28thApril.
Two teams of Year 5 and Year 6 children, aged from 9 to 11, travelled to the Meridian Leisure Centre in Louth, Lincolnshire, to compete in the gala against schools from across Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire.
The children did extremely well to win in both races, especially as most of the children have never participated in an event of this scale before. The competition was particularly strong and we had to work hard to take first place in the mixed relay, gaining the lead in the last two lengths. All their training and dedication certainly paid off!
We’re extremely proud that S. Anselm’s will be representing the Midlands region in the National Finals in Sheffield in June – to compete in an event like this is a wonderful experience for the children.
Below is Dani’s race report for Chorlton X Triathlon, its a brilliant event and a great taster to off road racing. What a excellent achievement for Dani.
On the Sunday of May Bank Holiday weekend I attended the Chorlton X-Triathlon; a small off-road triathlon held at Chorlton Water Park in South Manchester. This was my first off-road tri as well as my first tri for a while so I was nervous and excited in equal parts. However, as a lover of all things off-road I have been working hard at improving these things in my training. First up was the swim, 750m from a deep water mass start on an out and back course. I started towards the front and soon settled into a good rhythm and tried to keep relaxed and out of too much trouble. At the turn around point I was feeling pretty comfortable so decided to try and stretch out a little and kick harder. This must have worked as I emerged as first lady out of the water. After a slightly slow transition it was out onto the bike and onto the trails. The bike course was 3 laps of 5km each on a surprisingly technical course around the water park and river Mersey. There were even a few short sharp climbs to keep it interesting. I was passed by a few men but managed to stay ahead of the women and even extend my lead. At the end of lap 3 it was into T2 for a quick change before heading out for a 2 lap trail run around the lake and river side. I am not a confident runner so tried to just focus on technique and got into a steady rhythm for the first lap . On the second lap I knew I was still leading the women’s race so tried to push on to the finish. Amazingly this plan worked and by the end I was getting into a nice rhythm, I had won! My first ever triathlon race victory and proof that hard work does pay off.