Florence, Tom and Mark completed the 2mile open water swim in London’s Serpentine – held in Hyde Park. Both kids had mixed feelings about doing the race describing it as “one of Dads mad ideas”. Florence and Tom were regular members of the St Anselms swim squad and had a good ability of swimming, however the whole family favoured breastroke, which ideally isn’t the best stroke for open water in a wetsuit. However with some one to one coaching RFS developed their frontcrawl and convinced the kids to do a mixture of both frontcrawl and breastroke. Mark couldn’t swim frontcrawl at all and now has all the right foundation to continouing to improve his frontcrawl. Mark and family have started coming to the High Peak Triathlon club, where they worked the fitness and endurance side of the challenge.
Florence was the fastest on the day completing the swim in 1 hour 20mins. Swimming was a challenge for them and the kids never excepted to be able to do it this time last year, but with hard work and specific coaching they all achieved their goals.
Mark won a coveted London Classics medal for completing the London Marathon, Ride 100 and the Swim Serpentine in the past three years.
Well done all.
Local rider Cheryl, is now well underway with the cross season, with 3 races under her belt. Cheryl’s confidence and skills level have significantly improved, with good early training and preparation she has gone into the cross season fresh and fast with some excellent top 3 results. Andy her husband has also had a solid start in the vets catergory. Di returned to cross for round 1 of the Notts and Derby league and performed very well, if a little rusty still taking a strong win. Jo has once again worked very hard in prep for cyclocross however she is going to take more of a casual approach to the season, similar to Di. She is going to enter the races that work with her other commitments and the course’s she really enjoys. All Cyclocross athletes receive specific E-Plans to suit their race requirements. Race pictures can be viewed and bought by texting 07939020805, see link below. For sports photography or coaching please don’t hesistate to ask, we will be around at the local events just give us a shout.
Top work by Graeme, below is his personal write up of the event.
Epic, took me 8 hours 3 minutes
It was busy for the first few miles as it was up hill and there were some choke points on the path. Once up onto the ridge there was a bit of an opportunity to run as it widened out, but then we got to the ridge proper which was only one person wide. It was in and out of cloud up high. The scrambling and narrow ridge bits were good, then you hit the downhill into Glen Nevis. The start was down loose rock and scree which was good. And started to split everyone up. The bottom bit was just bog and wet grass and I fell a few times, but so did most people!
There was an aid station here so I filled my water and had a half time orange. That was 6 miles in and I got there in 2:24. At this point I though a 6 hour time might be possible. Running along the valley for three miles I got a bit of cramp in my calf which slowed me up.
Then there was the river crossing which made your feet really cold. After that it was another 1000m climb, then it was back down the hill which was another bog fest and half a mile on the road to finish. It was raining pretty hard by this point – but this race was epic and such a brilliant experience
Dave Patmore Hill, is an experienced athlete, and taking on a 70.3 is a fairly regular event now for him. However the World Championships always offer a brilliant race atmosphere to bring on some great performances. The World Championships were held in the Nelson Mandela’s Bay South Africa. A beautiful part of the world, filled with history and culture. Dave swam a solid swim in 31mins 47secs, a fair time considering it isn’t his favourite discipline. On the bike Dave was comfortably under the 3hours mark, finishing the bike leg in 2hour 51min. With a strong controlled run in 1hour 37mins, he competed the 70.3 in 5hours and 6minute. A solid race and an experience he won’t forget. Dave races in the 50-54 category and came 123rd out of 270. It was a race that requires qualifications to enter and renowned for high end age group athletes.
Dave lives down south, but uses E-plans, Dave has regular communication with Gary every week on his training, and the requirement for his racing. It’s the perfect combination for taking control of your own training but having someone to guide and support you when needed.
“Never Never put off anything you want to do”
This was the quote we read off Pam’s facebook page – our hearts fill with pride when it comes to Pam, this energetic determined 70 year old lady is a credit to us. Pam qualified for the European Championships at Triathlon and World Championship in Duathlon. At the beginning of 2018 Pam wasn’t even sure if she would ever race again, Doctors were concerned with a heart condition; however did this stop Pam, not a chance, with a few tears, some cuddles from Di and few firm words off Gary and her incredible family. Pam made her own decision she was racing and nothing was going to stop her. Life’s too short, Pam lives life in the fast lane.
We recall a phone call conversation, suggesting Pam didn’t race in this little minor triathlon pre European it not worth stressing over. However as expected the next day she calls us back, I haven’t listened to you, im sorry, I have raced and I have won, but I didn’t push myself I took it easy. We soon realised Pam was going to do this Europeans whatever so training was very carefully planned with new training zones in place, more recovery between sessions and strategies to keep her head in the right place. We focused on the goal, we were positive and we took one day at a time.
Before we knew it Glasgow Europeans were upon us. Pam has a fear of Open Water, being an amazing swimmer does not always mean we don’t all “still shit ourselves” now and then. Pam has the ability and this is possibly half the problem why she hates open water, she knows she should be good at it. Pam knew the swim was going to be a struggle but if she could do it and get out, podium positions were a possibility. In her own words Pam said after getting out of the swim in a poorer position than she expected she was so deflated she just went out on the bike and just smashed it, with the only goal been was to get the finishers medal. Obviously you know what happens next Pam, kills the bike course over taking pretty much everyone in her age group, on the run she was 3rd, after one lap she had chased down 2nd and the battle was on for 1st. Pam could see the German in 1ST and chased very hard, finishing only 10sec behind her, frustrated but totally over the moon she got the silver medal. RFS were so proud Pam had overcome so much, just to turn up on the start line is so huge. Pam cares for her husband suffering with dementia, who is now over joyed with Pam’s achievement. Whatever life throws at you, you just have to do your best.
This race sets Pam up for the European in Ibiza, which she is feeling more confident about with it being a run / bike / run. So until October its hard work and head down for Pam.
With nearly 1500 participants, the Outlaw is a popular Iron Distance event very close to home. The Outlaw in the past has only had sunny conditions and normally makes for fast racing. With 2 RFS athletes racing this year, they definitely didn’t get it easy. The weather was horrible, in the heat wave of 2018 they literally did get the only day it rained solidly all day. The swim course was adapted to suit the high winds which made for slightly slower swim times than excepted however. Both Matt and Paul completed the race just within their target times.
Paul was supported by his family in the lead up to the race, he trained around work and family commitments, he had a very understanding partner that allowed him to move into their new house and the set his turbo room up while the rest of the things stayed stacked in boxes and the DIY was put on hold. Ironman training is about focused time specific training and gaining a good balance of the Ironman requirements and family time is hugely important. RFS training plans are designed to work around your lifestyle to achieve the goals you have.
Matt did Outlaw Holkham in prep for the full Outlaw and came 10th in his age group. Matt had a great bike leg at the full Outlaw and being a Derbyshire based rider the rain didn’t put him off followed by a run he was happy with. Well done.
Both athletes finished with a smile and itching to do more events, after some well-deserved rest both will be planning the next stage of their racing and finishing the tri season with some half ironman distance events.