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Saturday 2 February - training session

JonThis Saturday morning's session will be held on the track at Crystal Palace. It will include a track running session and a core conditioning session, all coached by Jon. If you have a Swiss ball, please bring it, but it's not essential for you to have one to attend the session. May also be wise to bring something to lie on - towel or mat - if you object to lying in the snow...!

The session will last for 2 hours from 08.30 to 10.30 and will cost £4 each. Remember you must pay your track entry fee (at the Lodge) before joining the session at 08.30.

Weekend roundup - 25-26 January

CarlCarl Ferri did his first race of the season, the Big Cow Winter Duathlon and came joint 9th or 10th (depending how you look at it!). Carl's pretty sure if he sorted out his transitions he'd be able save a minute or so! He did, however, have the 3rd fastest bike split and was only a couple of minutes off the winner so was very pleased!

I haven't heard any reports back from The Hell of Ashdown cyclosportive (50k and 100k) but it was perfect weather on Sunday. You can see the CPT members' results and can watch Matt sporting club colours on the race video.

We had a good turnout for Phil's run session on Saturday morning. We did a good warm-up run round the park, followed by some stretching and drills, then some up and down hill shuttles accompanied by Brian's dog, Tom! Details of all the Saturday sessions can be found on the schedule below.

The 09.30 group decided to cycle Pilgrim's Way on Sunday morning and were accompanied by a couple of potential new members. We had a couple of punctures and the group split up. Hopefully everyone got back safely! The 08.30 group also got split up, after following some of the Hell of Ashdown course, as we were passed by several groups of riders at different times on our return to Elmers End! Thanks to Malcolm for helping getting the punctures fixed quickly and efficiently.

New members

MaryWelcome to new members Neil McCloy and Mary Owen.

Infinit discount

InfinitCPT members get a 10% discount off products ordered through the Infinit website using the code CPT08.

Infinit are more than happy to talk to members to give advice and assistance on creating a suitable blend that will suit your needs or to answer any queries you have on our website/shopping cart.

Brass Monkey Half Marathon

StaceyStacey is getting back into racing after her mammoth Paris-Brest-Paris cycle last year. She raced the Brass Monkey Half Marathon in Yorkshire on Sunday 20th.

15 year celebration of CPT

Crystal Palace Triathletes was founded in 1993 and the Committee decided that such an anniversary could not go past unnoticed. We are therefore organising an anniversary party to which current and past members, family and friends are invited. So if you still keep in touch with any past members please let them know about our celebrations on 29 March and ask them to get in touch with webmaster@crystalpalace-tri.co.uk who will pass their details on to our party organiser, Dawn.

The theme for the evening is sporting heroes.  So here's your opportunity to dress up as a sports star that you admire – and it doesn’t have to be tri related- unless you want to of course! Rather think yesteryear stars of boxing, tennis, football, athletics, wrestling, gymnastics, darts etc etc!!! The wackier the better… some small prizes will be awarded for the best costume. The theme is, of course, optional. So don’t be put off, we would still like your presence.

Winter Swimming Championships

Winter Swimming ChampionshipsLiz Kaulinauckus has bravely entered the Winter Swimming Championships at Tooting Bec Lido on 8-10 February. Entries are now closed but you can find out more about volunteering and spectating on the SLSC website. Liz will have to swim 25m in just a swimsuit and hat, wetsuits are not allowed!

Wednesday night run routes

I am going to plot the Wednesday night runs on RunFinder. The first route has been plotted and other routes will be saved under My Routes. You can access the routes with the following details -
User name - CrystalPalaceTriathletes
Password - cpt123

Affiliate schemes and Club discounts

sportshoes.com logoWe have just set up another affiliate scheme, this allows the Club to earn commission on any items purchased through this link, so please visit www.sportsshoes.com/index.php?id=649.

See the Discounts for members page that contains links to the other affiliate schemes we have in place, along with details of local shops offering discounts to CPT members.


More 'to do' races

Karen and Phil are doing the Thanet 20 on 2 March as part of their London Marathon training. Does anyone else want to join us?

The Paddock Wood Half Marathon is also popular with members. This takes place on 30 March on a fast and pretty much flat course through some very pretty Kent countryside. There's only one short hill right at the beginning of the course. Charles and Karen are already entered.

Turbo session - 19th January

Please note that this Saturday's turbo session will start at the earlier time of 08:00. Details of all the Saturday sessions can be found on the schedule below.

The Hell of the Ashdown Challenge

Neil Barnes and a few others are doing the Hell of the Ashdown Sportive on 27 January. 100km over all the major Kent hills including Toys Hill, Ide Hill, Star Hill and several others. There's a 100k challenge for the 'toughies' and a 50k challenge for the more sane!

Weekend roundup - 12-13 January

There was a good turnout for Jon's track session on Saturday morning. 16 members were videoed so they could see what they looked like while running, with special emphasis on using their arms. Jon will be holding more of these sessions, see the Saturday schedule.

On Saturday afternoon Geoff and Bernie raced at the Blackheath & Bromley Open Cross Country 10k. Geoff came 1st in the prestigious Open Guest category. Bernie thoroughly enjoyed the event and has written a race report in the hope of encouraging more CPT members to take part in the next event. Find out how they got on.

Forthcoming races

Audrey is looking for company at the Bookham 10k on 17 February. Audrey, Cathy and I did this cross country race last year and can highly recommend it. You won't get a PB but you'll have great fun on the hills and in the mud, followed by great home made refreshments and a superb massage.

If a 10k run isn't long enough for you, you could join Karen, Lauren and Phil at the Sussex Beacon Half Marathon on the same day.

Mark Sage is racing the Leith Hill Half Marathon on Sunday 9 March. He's planning to ride there and back and is looking for some company. If anyone's up for it, please let Mark know.

The Tonbridge Triathlon will take place on Sunday 5 May at Sevenoaks School. Details and entry forms are available on the Tonbridge Lions website.

Jo and a friend are taking part in the Tour of Flanders in April. Is anyone else interested?

26.2 are putting on a 10k race on 10 February near Chessington. Details are on their website.

First new member of 2008

Welcome to our first new member in 2008, Sheridan Morris.

Weekend roundup - 5-6 January

There was a pretty good turnout for the Jon's first turbo session of the year, especially as a number of members were racing on the Sunday. See the schedule below for the next few weeks.

Three members braved the mud and water-filled dykes at the Thanet Mountain Bike Duathlon, Geoff's favourite race of the year! Richard managed to race even though he'd hurt his back while mountain biking in Costa Rica at Christmas. Photographs are available on the Imagesaurus website.

CPT in action at Thanet Duathlon - See images at imagesaurus.co.uk

There was also a good turnout for the Tadworth 10 on a glorious sunny morning on Epsom Downs. Photographs are available on Graham Russell's website. There were a number of PBs so a good start to the new year. The Fox & Hounds, are usual lunch venue, was closed for refurbishment so we went The Chequers in Walton-on-the-Hill and were joined by our old friend Mick Ward and Bruce, who once again didn't make it in time to see me finish but was happy to join us for some lunch!

Unfortunately there were a couple of accidents on black ice on both the 08:30 and 09:30 rides on Sunday morning. Luckily no-one was injured, just a bit shaken. Could we, the Committee, please take this opportunity to remind you there is advice about winter riding on the cycling page. Please be careful out there and f in doubt, stay indoors on the turbo!

CPT in action

2008 membership renewal now due

Membership renewals for 2008 are now due. Please use the online renewal form. You can choose to pay on-line via credit/debit card or you can complete the online renewal form and pay by cheque or internet/telephone banking.

New members for 2008, please do not use the online link, you can download a Membership Application form from the Membership page.

Karen & AudreyDecember race results

Results have been posted for -

Saturday training sessions

Jon has put together a schedule for the Saturday morning sessions throughout January and February. All sessions start at 08.30 and details of meeting places can be found on the training pages.

5th January   - Turbo session 90 mins
12th January   - Track / technique with video analysis 2hrs (£4 + track entry)
19th January   - Turbo / run session 90 min - earlier start of 08:00
26th January   - Run, fartlek 90 min
2nd February   - Track / core/ conditioning session 2hrs (£4 + track entry)
9th February   - Turbo / Bike technique with video anaylsis 2hrs
16th February   - Run - fartlek 90 min (coached by Phil)
23rd February   - Cross-country social run led by Phil (details to be advised nearer the time)

Club championships 2008

4th May Duathlon Hillingdon
18th May Sprint Distance East Grinstead
8th June Middle Distance Weymouth
6th July Sprint Novice White Oak
24th August Olympic Distance Jordan's Bedford Classic
Any Long Distance Based on overall winning time calculation
TBA Aquathlon Best two out of three series races at the Bridge

On-line entry will be available for the Jordan's Bedford Classic, but if you are anxious to get your entry in you can use the attached PDF entry form. There is also a write-up on the 2007 event on Tri24/7 which might be of interest.

Club London Marathon places

Frances drew the following lucky members from the hat for the 2008 London Marathon places -

DavidPeterCharlesDavid Drury, Peter Mack and Charles Batho.

Paul Brook is first reserve should any of the above drop out.

Update from Neil and Lucy

Neil on his bikeNeil and Lucy send everyone at CPT best wishes for 2008 for Azerbeijan. Neil says he managed "a 5 mile Christmas Eve run at the stadium and was out on Saturday cycling through the mud, snow and slush in the Caucaus mountains depending on whether you were in the sun or shade - it was a fantastic ride but bitterly cold up on the tops (puts our Little Siberia at the top of Layhams Road to shame) but missing the cameraderie of the group runs and rides".

Neil and LucyNeil's also going for the prize of a CPT top in the most far flung place award at next year's awards! So if you can beat Neil's location do let us know and we need photographic evidence!

Neil and Lucy have enjoyed their first three months in Azerbeijan working for CARD, settling in to the culture, tradition, ways of basic living and getting by. This has included finding a place to rent, lots of language learning, getting used to very different levels of utility provision, new shopping habits, hosting a couple of visiting teams, and learning how to communicate on a basic level. They are both enjoying the work they are doing, and helping to teach English at the Vocational Training School.

We look forward to the next update.

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