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Jon paid a surprise visit to Friday's swim session at Dulwich Prep with his video camera. He filmed everyone at various angles, including under the water. After the session we retired to the Alleyn's Head to review the footage. It was very useful seeing ourselves and others and hearing Jon's critique of our swimming. We each came away with specific areas to work on!
The Saturday morning farlek session had nine attendees, a slight improvement on previous weeks. There were a variety of abilities out but all felt they had benefitted from a pretty tough session in and around Dulwich Woods.
The highlight of the weekend was the 15th Anniversary Celebration at the Black Sheep Bar in Crystal Palace. If you weren't there you really missed out on a fantastic evening. The fancy dress theme for the evening was Sporting Heroes and nearly everyone entered into the spirit and came dressed up. It was slightly worrying how well some members took to dressing as the opposite sex! We had a wide range of sports stars including McEnroe, Linford Christie, WG Grace, Princess Anne and Zara Philips, Ali, the GB synchronised swimming squad, to name but a few. Thanks to Dawn for organising the party and putting on such a good spread of food and to Frances for the delicious desserts. There will be some very interesting photos appearing in the next few days ... watch this space!
Apparently there were a few tired faces out for the various Sunday morning rides and a few other members did their own thing later in the day!
There was somewhat of a pink theme for one of the cycle rides on Sunday. Following on from their synchronished swimmer outfits at the party on Saturday, Anna, Emily and Cathie G went for a ride at midday joined by Dawn. They managed to turn a few heads as they cycled to Penshurst and back as not only had most of them turned up in pink tops, Anna's bike was completely pink, they all had pink nailpolish on and Cathie G was wearing a rather fetching pink flowered hair band! Although this was all unintentional and not pre-arranged there is talk of setting up a pink ladies cycling club.... although obviously CPT kit will be worn to race in!
There were a couple of road races, Wimbledon 10k, Kingston Breakfast Run and the Paddock Wood Half Marathon and a few members, despite a very late night, made it to the start line. Karen and Audrey, on their way to Paddock Wood, were lost somewhere in Tonbridge when a cyclist on a red bike and wearing a CPT cycle jacket went past. We knew Matt was cycling there so chased him down. Luckily he had GPS on his phone so we persuaded him to jump in the car too and direct us to the Start! Luckily he did otherwise all three of us would have missed the race! There was a real mixture of weather, a cold start, a heavy downpour and glorious sunshine to finish in. Unfortunately Audrey suffered severe cramp at around the 11 mile mark and had to hobble back to the finish. Everyone else seemed pretty pleased with their times. Phil, Peter, Matt and Charles came 24th in the Mens Team placings.
Jon says "This Saturday will be a Fartlek run session, with some technique on running up and down hills, as normal it will be a fun packed session and should be one of your training highlights of the week. The last few weeks numbers have dropped, but I know this week will be different!!!"
Meet at 08.30 in the top car park at Crystal Palace.
Friday had the best weather of the weekend, with six of us setting off for a cross country run from Hayes Common. Mary joined us for the first 20 minutes but had to go back as she's under strict instructions not to run for more than 45 minutes as she's recovering from injury. Glyn, Berit and Bernie turned back at about 50 minutes, while Karen and Phil carried on and ran for almost 3 hours.
Jon's hill session on Saturday had four attendees on an extremely bitter morning. Although those in attendance thought it was a very useful session.
Phil turned up at Elmer's End for the 8.15 Ironman ride on Sunday just so he could let anyone turning up know that there wouldn't be a ride! Mark turned up and did a short ride on his own while Phil went back to bed! No idea if anyone else turned up for the other rides!
19 eager cyclists turned up for Dawn's social ride on Monday, including a couple of members who had never braved a CPT cycle before. The weather forecast was promising, sunny but cold and that was just how it was when we left Elmers End. Dawn punctured in Downe and while we were waiting for her to fix it the snow started falling. It wasn't very heavy so we decided to continue. At the bottom of Westerham Hill Frances and Sarah decided to go back but the rest of us continued, but changed our plans, deciding to go as far as Penshurst instead. The snow got heavier and everyone was very cold by the time we reached the tea room, especially one cyclist in shorts and a couple of others with fingerless gloves and no overshoes! We thawed out with toasted tea cakes, copious amounts of tea and other warming snacks. As we left the snow got much heavier and we had to scrape snow off our saddles before we could get back on! Bruce and I gave up at Dunton Green and got the train back. Although we were beaten home by those who continued cycling we got the chance to thaw out a bit on the journey and share a Cornish Pasty at Waterloo station! Thanks to Dawn for organising, can we have better weather next time, please? Thanks also to Greg for leading the group and for making sure no-one got dropped. Here are a few photos of us 'enjoying' ourselves!
Congratulations to those who braved the weather and raced at Thames Turbo. James, Emily and Carole all finished without freezing, although Carole said she had mild hyperthermia and took over six hours to thaw out!
There is a change to the advertised session this Saturday.
Jon H will now be coaching a bike skills session, covering descending and climbing hills (not too steep), using the correct gears, body position, cornering etc. This will be a group ride at approximately 15mph. Glyn and Jon will lead the descending so people can learn to take the correct line and climbing will be at a steady pace. The session will last approximately 2 hours, then Jon will take the faster riders out for an extra 2 hours of riding. Meet at 08.30 at Elmers End.
Dawn is also arranging a social ride on bank holiday Monday. Meet at Elmers End at 09.00 for a leisurely ride to St Ives Farm Tea Rooms (East Sussex). After a break we'll cycle back to Elmers End. Realistically we will be out for at least five hours…. two hours to get to the tea room, a leisurely cup of tea and cake, and then a two-ish hour cycle back. No one will get dropped on this ride….
Read Carl's race report from the Clumber Park Duathlon where he qualified for the World Duathlon Championship to be held in Rimini in September 2008.
Don't forget that Cathy, our Team Captain, needs to know if you have entered any of the London League races. Please see details on the February News page.
There is a scheduled SCCU Good Friday International meeting at Herne Hill. The weather forecast is not good for Thursday so the track might not be dry enough for racing if it tips down the day before. The best source of information is the VCL website.
This Saturday's session will be on the track at Crystal Palace from 08.30 until 11.00. There will be a running session on the track coached by Jon H who will also be taking some video footage of your technique. The recordings will then be played back to you at the end of the running session (approx 10.00-11.00) and you can see how to improve your technique. So, if your arms swing like a baboon across your body and you bounce up and down like a kangaroo instead of running forwards then this session will be invaluable to you. Cost a steal at £4 each. Meet on the track at 08.30, don't forget to pay your track entry fee at the Lodge before you start. See the schedule for the March training sessions.
There will, of course, be the usual Sunday morning rides at various times from Elmers End.
Congratulations to Carl Ferri, who qualified for the 2008 ITU Duathlon World Championships due to take place in Rimini in September, at the Clumber Park Classic Duathlon on Saturday 8th March. Despite the blustery conditions Carl came 4th in his age group.
Sunday was a perfect day for cycling, although punctures still slowed everyone down! Eight members set out for Phil's hilly 70-mile Ironman training ride, but the group split up, there were a couple of punctures, and only four riders staying the distance and facing the nasty Chalk Pit Hill! The 9.30 ride had nine riders, including new member Al our for his first ride. Frances cycled over some glass less than a mile from Elmers End and Bruce punctured going up hill towards Keston Village. After that things went more smoothly. Most of us did two loops of the Downe route and a few stopped for tea at the cafe at Elmers End.
We spotted a few other CPT members out and about, including Chris Hall doing a last long run before the Rome Marathon next weekend. The 8.30 ride didn't have many out and those who were out managed to get separated!
This Saturday's session, at 08.00-09.30 will comprise a turbo set followed by a run afterwards, coached by Jon H, at Crystal Palace Sports Centre, start off with turbo under the overhang of the Jubilee Stand and then run in the park. If you haven't got a turbo trainer but want to come, email me as I'm sure we can find one for you to borrow from a fellow club member. Don't forget to bring your bike, turbo, trainers, drink, legs, £4 quid, HRM etc. See the schedule for the March training sessions.
Phil will be leading another Ironman training ride leaving Elmers End at 08:15 on Sunday. Plan is to do 70 miles on a hilly route. The ride will last approximately five hours, if all goes well, followed by a cuppa in the café at Elmers End after the ride.
The Club's affiliation to UK Athletics will continue as it has always done. However, a change to the rules means individual members will need to purchase a competition license if they wish to run in any events as a member of an affiliated club. The cost of the license is £5.00, and it is sent directly to the club member, containing details of name, age, address and gender. Application for the license has to be made by the Club, so members will need to give their £5.00 to the Club prior to the application being made. Applications are due before 1st April 2008. Please complete the application form, pay your money at any training session or by internet banking and email Dave (our running coordinator) to let him know that you want a license.
Congratulations to Ben Hylton on finishing the Barcelona Marathon, his first marathon, in a very decent 3:29:27. Ben says he went off too fast and blew up. His splits show he did the first half in less than 3 hour pace. He had wanted to finish in 3.15, but shouldn't be disappointed with such a good time for his first one! You can view more photos of Ben in action on ASI Photo.
Good luck to Peter Mack and Chris Hall who are both running the Rome Marathon on 16 March.
There was a disappoining turnout for Jon's turbo/run session on Saturday, with only five members turning up. If these sessions aren't better attended we will have to consider cancelling them. Schedule for the rest of March. Apparently Phil's Ironman ride can't be held responsible for the poor numbers as there were only three out for that! Was everyone having a rest day?
Sunday saw a better turnout, despite a late night for those who were out celebrating Faith's move to Australia (good luck, Faith!). I don't know how many were out on the 08.30 ride, but the 09.00 ride had seven riders and the 09.30 ride had 10, including two possible new members.
It doesn't look as though anyone raced this weekend. Karen missed out on the Thanet 20 because of a bad back and David and Anna didn't make the Reading Half Marathon due to injury.
The Sports Injury Centre has launched a new email newsletter. It will contain a "Top Tips" section to help you keep injury free as well as other useful information. It coincides with a new website with more information about the clinic and how it may be of benefit. You can subscribe to the newsletter via the website so have a look and sign up if you are interested.
Jon Train, the new Regional Development Manager wants to encourage London Club members to find out more about Triathlon London. Visit the website to subscribe to the London newsletter and to keep up to date with what's going on in the Region.
British Triathlon have launched a new website. Find out more about membership and what's going on at British Triathlon.