Round 3 National Series
Diane came 2nd in the expert category at the XC MTB National series, Diane has recently joined a new team Magspeed and will be racing across a range of off road events. Click here to view Gary’s photography of the day.
Round 3 National Series
For the last three years Pam Oliver has won the Ashbourne triathlon in her age group, again this Saturday Pam took the win. Pam being at the upper end of the age category, we also had a junior win with Sam Marsh wining the junior event and coming 5th overall an incredible achievement for a young man also juggling his GSCE exams at the moment. It was also nice to have some of the St Anselms swim squad swimmers and Matlock swimmers having a go at the aquathlon for the kids.
One to one lessons are ideal for children with learning issues and specific conditions. M came for one to one lessons as he point blank hated his other lessons and swimming. We spoke with M and asked what he disliked and he said he was constantly told off for holding on to the wall. Standard teacher comment “don’t hold on to the wall” even we use, but with a literal thinker and a child very aware of his surrounding, maybe this wasn’t what he needed to hear. With some encouragement we got M swimming to assess where he was at, it was clear that in his previous lessons he was being asked to do too much, and ask to swim too far, he was constantly swimming on survival mode. The one to one lessons were then structured to do short distances with good quality swimming, distances were kept very achievable, but we made it more challenging by adding in water skills, stroke improvement etc. Moving to different areas of the pool, but still swimming the shorter distances, then naturally M wanted to increase the distances. He was in control and maintained his confidence, the lessons have specific structure set by the teacher, but the options and choices within the lessons are made by M to suit his fears and confidence levels. Backstroke was a tricky stroke to gain confidence in, however after a 6 week period M is now doing backstroke kick in the middle of the pool, somehow managing to sing Abba at the same time, showing how relaxed he now is in the water. The lessons are kept fun and focused for gaining the fundamentals of all strokes and water skills. One to one lessons are prefect for swimmers that need that little bit more focus, and concentration.
One to one swimming lessons are also ideal for children that have come to the sport late, or had not learnt to swim as a young child. We recently had an 8 year old who had a terrible fear of the water and hadn’t had many lessons – we worked on a weekly basis to improve her confidence and slowly began to establish some strokes. This swimmer has made such big improvements and has really enjoyed it, soon we think she will be swimming a full length unassisted and then she can go and enjoy fun swims and pool parties with her friends
Personal challenges – Rachel Limbett, has made her own personal challenge of racing 30 races as a 30 year old. Rachel has the best attitude towards exercise, she isn’t particularly bothered about times, positions, they are just added bonuses, Rachel embraces getting out and challenging herself and being outside. Rachel is mainly doing off road running and has definitely selected some punishing events. This weekend she is taking on a 16miles off road run over Ashbourne and Dovedale. You can support Rachel in her challenges here.
Rachel is going to be using RFS for regular sports massage to ensure she doesn’t pick up any injuries over this year. RFS offer sports massage a flexible times to suit your work and training plans.
Miles RFS athlete and Matlock Swimming Club swimmer performed beyond his own expectations at the Midlands championships, knocking over 6 sec off his 200m butterfly times. Miles is only 11 years old and to gain 3 Midland times is excellent. Miles had a brilliant experience at the Midlands and will continue to develop with RFS. Miles has one to one swimming coaching to refine race skills, such as paces, stroke technique, dive and turns. Miles always has a smile and our main aims for him over the next few months are too enjoy working, embrace more intense training and develop his other strokes alongside his butterfly.
Rugged cliffs, quiet coves, sandy bays, picturesque coastal village and 35miles of racing. Craig and Diane used this race as a practice, and allowed time to experiment with nutrition strategies for Craig’s big 5 day Ultra event in Spain. The coastal trails were wild and exposed, with undulating terrain and spectacular views. We arrived to terrible rain and high winds, but luckily for us the rain was gone by the early morning, the wind hadn’t with 60mph we were wondering if the race would get cancelled or not. However it went ahead and to be fair we got a helpful tail wind a lot of the time. The race started fast and we got into a comfortable pace after the first check in point we were well into our pace. The view made the time pass quickly and before we knew it we were over half way, sharing the work load into the wind and tactically dropping on the back of other runners for wind protection. The race went really well and Craig achieved a top 20 position and a personal best time for 35miles. Diane managed a 2nd in the female category and loved the whole experiences. Supporting a client and getting a 2nd place is a brilliant result. We learnt so much from racing together, pre preparation is so important in these long races, we now have 3months to get Craig into both the best physical and mental state for the challenge of a lifetime.