Training Races

Training Races

RFS have had some solid performances from the ladies in their off season; Diane won the Cannock Chase Off Road Duathlon. While Dani Barrett and Lucie Wainwright raced in the Robin Hood Duathlon coming 3rd and 5th in their age groups. All 3 athletes are training over the winter, following structure plans, while developing their MTB skill level.

Tide to Tide

Tide to Tide

Dani competed in her first 6 hour muddy, wet MTB enduro race in South Wales, Tide to Tide  consisted of a 10k loop, featuring single track, trail and sand dunes making it a technical challenging course. After a season doing the Midlands MTB series Dani’s MTB motivation and skills have increased massively, she raced Tide to Tide completely solo with no support crew as her husband had also entered the race. Dani, concentrated on her own pacing and nutrition and smashed it into first solo female. Dani said it was a brilliant experience and a great learning curve and would encourage anyone to give it ago, as it was a very friendly fun race in a beautiful area even in the rain.

Hospital Banter of Official Ironman Athletes

Hospital Banter of Official Ironman Athletes

Jon Burch and Simon Pickering  both full time Professionals Medical Consultants, took on the challenges of competing in Ironman Barcelona. Barcelona is a fabulous setting for a fast flat race, full of history and culture in the village of Calella on Spain’s Eastern Coastline. Results Fitness & Swimming provided progressive training from an early stage, building the foundation and base work, through to race specific sessions, and all phases leading to the race, including all the necessary periodization and taper. The programmes consisted of prescribed training on all 3 disciplines and advice and guides on nutrition, pre/during and post race. Training was all designed around their busy work schedules and family commitments, training was made hard, but achievable, rest and recovery was also carefulyl taken into account on the training plans. Both Simon and Jon use several methods of monitoring their training intensity and used power meters to tailor the bike training to their individuals zones. RFS provide weekly feedback and analysis of their progress. Both Jon and Simon, reached their goals with finishing times they were very happy with,  Jon finished in 12 hrs 38 mins and Simon a couple of mins over 13 hours, both super respectable times for full time professionals, They can now enjoy their work & banter of officially being an IRONMAN.

Pro Podium Xterra 2017

Pro Podium Xterra 2017

Race reports from Diane Lee, 6th in Poland 5th in Germany

TEAM RFS BACK ON IT

Watch the action for yourselves here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1b3P40gNsk&t=99s

It’s the first time I have done a double week of Xterra so it was always going to be a new experience. First Poland followed by the oldest Xterra Gold Standard race Germany.

How to sum up Poland, I have rarely done the same events more than once, but for some reason Krakow just called me back, probably the Polish food, but also the event organisers were brilliant, helpful and friendly and they welcomed us to come back. I knew the course, I knew the swim and I knew what to expect from last year, however this didn’t really ease the nerves. I wouldn’t have made it to Poland with Gary McCaffery’s advanced driving (over 12hours on the road). Once at Krakow, I felt a bit more relaxed, I pre rode the course and nothing major had changed. (more…)

Matlock Swimming Club River Swims

Matlock Swimming Club River Swims

This year was another year where Matlock and District Swimming Club swimmers and RFS athletes got wet, got cold and gave it ago. We are incredibly proud of the young club swimmers that have  braved the open water. Their confidence is something we can all learn from, their spirit to go out there and give it a try is fantastic, we had as young as 12 young old competing in the 1500m and 9 years in the 500m, they have all transferred their pool skills and endurance base fitness into new experiences that will definitely benefit them as in the future. Open water is growing so quickly in the UK and we are pleased to be able to pass down our own personal experience to them and give them opportunities to excel. Massive thank you goes to Karl Webster as always for the organisation and equipment to make the swim possible. Tom Burch won the 1500m on the second river swim, with little experience but pure determination and hard work. The river swims are very much a family affair and also alongside Tom, John Burch used the swims to enhance his Ironman training, build confidence and get some race practice in before Ironman Barcelona. We had several athletes and masters swimmers putting out personal best performances and some experiencing their first ever open water events. Craig has had one to one lessons with us for a while and didn’t believe he would ever be able to master the open water, but he finished the 500m river swim with a massive smile. High Peak Triathletes also swam well; in the future it would be great to see more of them down at Matlock as the open water race experience is so useful. Well done to all those involved. Gary McCaffery has done some brilliant photo’s of the kids and adults in action, see the link, prints are available at request.

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