Always a brutal race, with the hardest catergory climbs and a challenging fell run. Greame had a strong swim coming out of the water in 41mins 13sec which he did tell us, included a long transition from the lake to T1, Greame built he swim up and felt he really finished strongly in the last 500. Greame had a speedy transition and was out on the bike. Here he felt good, he said the bike training had definaetly paid off, avaeraging 18.4mph in the lakes district is a brilliant avg speed over 56miles. Greame felt comfortable and confident on the climbs and used the tricky decents to recover. The run went well, walk/climbing the two main fell inclines. Over all Greame was happy with the run, just struggled on the road in the last km hitting the tarmac after a hard fell run is always a tall order. Greame had the support of his family and has a good training race in the bag, highlighting to him and us, both his strengths and weaknesses.
Sam completed Ironman Staffordshire in 5hours and 55minutes. He was secretly hoping to go under the 6 hour mark and he did this with ease. Sam had a good swim, but knows where he can improve, zig zagging and poor sighting can be easily sorted. The ride had rolling hills and proved to be no problem for Sam, holding a good consistent speed throughout the whole race. Sam was a little worried over the run, due to a few niggles but on the day, backed up his performance up with a super run. Quote of the day “I just totally love it all”. #Happyclient
Race Report from Bill
Finishing time: 2 hours 57 minutes
Finishing position on day: 28
Total Entries on day: 130
Finishing position over weekend: 60
Total entries over weekend: 230
Okay, so here goes… firstly a huge personal success, no not the swimming but getting my legs and backside into my wetsuit *unaided* in about 20 minutes and hardly sweating – a personal record!
The actual event started at 12:00, with a quick acclimatising dip beforehand and some strange Australian beach-style aerobics. The “instructor” is trying to get our legs warmed up, clearly has never seen me swim – they did more in 5 minutes on land than the next three hours in the water!
Paul Gamble, had dabbled in many sports and adventure outdoor activities in the past, but this year sets his goal towards triathlon. Mainly inspired by his young daughter Lucy, triathlon gave them something they could do together as they started out doing local sprints together with supporting kid’s races. Their passion for triathlon grew, and soon Paul was signed up for the Outlaw 70.3 and a full Outlaw in 8 weeks time.
Paul being a Dad of two has limited time, he has combined his running with taking Lucy his daughter out on her bike. They come to swimming lessons together provide by RFS, both of them focus on refining their front crawl technique. Paul has structured e-plans to do on the turbo and out on the road to ensure he meets the demands of his event. Paul is progressing really well and learning all the time, RFS have also supported Paul with bike fits and sports massage. Paul competed the Half Outlaw in 6hour 20mins, he felt comfortable and used this as a training event for the full in July.
For little Lucy at the age of 8 she is following in her Dad’s footstep, she is already loving open water swimming, her bike skills are improving and she is enjoying the running. Lucy is well known for being a little chatterbox and it is wonderful to see such passion for sport, and she defo loves racing her Dad and we know she is going to have an Iron Daddy very soon.
This weekend, Jo Barrent competed her first 5k this year, in preparation for a 10k swim in mid summer.
Bill Oddy will also be taking on a 10k for a particularly special reason, please read his story here and show your support. Bill is a incredible person defining all odds. Bill is a strong competitive pool swimmer, the open water has offered up a few challenges and RFS will be behind him every stroke.
RFS supports the High Peak Triathlon Club and we had several HPTC members competing in the Ashbourne Triathlon, all improving on their pool swim time. We had total novice athletes having their first go at triathlon, all of which commented on how good their swimming felt. Sometimes it isn’t just about being the fastest at the swim but getting out of the water still feeling fresh. RFS provide coaching every week at Buxton Pool 7-8pm with the HPTC so come along and enjoy a friendly approach to improving you’re swimming all abilities welcome.
Regular RFS Pam Oliver as always smashed her age group and performed a brilliant race to achieve 1ST place. Greame from RFS improved his overall time from the previous year and improved his swim time by 1min. Greame has some longer distance event coming up and has training every week to keep him clear on his targets.
The kids event at Ashbourne was very popular with the Swimming Club kids we coach, they all displayed excellent fitness and were the fastest little swimmers in the pool.