2011 news - February
Weekend results - 26-27 FebruaryCrystal Palace parkrun
2nd Michael Henderson 20:03
24th Emanuele Vignoli 22:59
Brockwell Park parkrun
40th Ella Fields 28:03
A busy weekend with CPT members racing at: F3 Duathlon Supersprint, Big Cow Emberton Duathlon, Meon Valley Plod, Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon with Gary getting a PB, South London 10k, F3 Dorney 5k and The Hell of Ashdown cylosportive. Three members were down to do the Roding Valley Half Marathon but I can't find any of their names in the results.
Turbo/run session - Saturday 26 FebruaryTraining this Saturday will comprise a turbo/run session at Crystal Palace (next to the CPSIC, under the Jubilee Stand) from 09:30 to 11:00. All abilities welcome and those who have done previous turbo-run sessions know that it is not to be missed!! Cost £5 or included in your annual training fee. Let Cathy know if you need to borrow a club turbo.
Strel SwimmingCathie recommends:
Strel Swimming is the brainchild of Borut Strel who Mat and I met when we went on our Croatian Swimtrek holiday in the summer last year. Borut's a great, fun guy and his swimming knowledge is immense. Obviously I can't vouch for the trips, although I can vouch for the fact that the swimming in Croatia is superb. Borut's father, Martin Strel, known as the Big River Man, is a Guinness World Record Holder and the only man in history to have swum the five greatest rivers on the planet: the Amazon, Yangtze, Paran, Mississippi and Danube. So Borut comes from a swimming dynasty and has great credentials. He organised his father's intrepid Amazon swim, so I'm sure organising a bunch of triathletes will be a piece of cake.
New memberWelcome to new member Paul Grimwood.
Weekend results - 19-20 FebruaryBrockwell parkrun
40th Ella Fields 28:03
10th Darren Jackson 21:14
On Sunday CPT were represented at the Brighton Half Marathon (previously the Sussex Beacon Half Marathon), with Dave getting a PB, and the Kentish Killer sportive, where Laura completed the 70 mile and Katie the 50 mile route.
Photographs from the Brighton Half Marathon can be found on the www.sportcam.net website.
Club league 2011Cathy has worked out details of this year's Club league. Find out which races count and how to score maximum points.
New items of Club kitWe have added to the Endura range of custom Club kit, with the following items: Male and female cycling shorts, overshoes and gilets.
"8 panel" construction with seamless inside leg. Made from quality Lycra® with Elastic Interface® pads and silicone leg gripper.
Men: S / M / L
Female: S / M
Cycling shorts - £36
Pro Overshoes are made from Windtex® waterproof and windproof Lycra®. They have silicone ankle gripper, reflective detail and heel zip for easy entry.
Unisex: M/L / L/XL
Overshoes - £23
A light-weight wind cheater which is compact enough to be folded away and stored in your jersey when not required.The gilet features a lightweight stretch back mesh panel for ease of movement and bound armholes for reduced irritation.
Unisex: S / M / L / XL
Gilets - £30
Please contact Karen if you would like to purchase any of the above items.
Club kit must be worn for Sprint, Novice, Standard, Middle and Duathlon distances and during at least one leg of an Ironman/long distance event.
See the Club kit page for details of all kit available.
Another accidentBest wishes for a speedy recovery to Voy who was in a collision with a car last week. Voy will be off work for six weeks and is already bored so, despite having his left-arm and thumb in plaster, he bravely did Carl's hill loop run on Wednesday evening, not quite at his usual pace but still faster than me!
Portugal running reportBy Dawn Rahman
It was a moment of impulse whilst looking out the window at the snow in December that I decided it was time to get away for an early training week somewhere in the sun. Well that and I still had another 10 days of leave to take before the end of March (there are still some perks working for a council!)
After a quick google search I came across an Embrace Sports running holiday in Portugal being held in early February. As I had signed up for an April marathon I thought this would be perfect to finally get me over my 'fear' of running. I appreciate it's an irrational fear for a triathlete but after 4-5 years of struggling to run due to ITB problems (I know I did an Ironman but believe me the run wasn’t pretty) and being terrified to run down the smallest of hills without screaming and waving my arms around- this year I decided I was going to do a Forest Gump and just run, run, run.
The information I got from Embrace said that there would be two runs a day, plus options to do some cycling and swimming too. So of course I felt it would be rude not to take my wetsuit and bike. I'd already decided that I'd probably only do one run a day but apparently that wasn't an option!
After being picked up at the airport it turned out it would be a small group of seven others plus Neil and Graeme who were running the holiday. On arrival at the villa, we were fed immediately (this was a good start) and shown the plan for the next six days - yikes! As mentioned we tended to run twice a day and did a mixture of coastal paths, forest trails and some road running. By the end of the week I had run 100km…including lots of downhills! And I didn’t scream once. More importantly despite a couple of niggles mid week (and a quick trip to a local physio) I didn't actually feel that broken either.
Plus, the weather was perfect, I was kept well fed and watered (including some lovely local wines which I thought it would be rude not to try), met a great bunch of people on the trip and Neil and Graeme were brilliant hosts (I have to be nice as they will be reading this!). They were also annoyingly fast - on the last day we did an 18 mile run and Neil had already finished it when the rest of us were only at about mile 13 - oh well!
I also got to start the day most mornings with a swim in the sea which was amazing. Plus the guys took me out cycling three times as well, and luckily took pity on me and waited for me at the top of the hills. Oh and the roads in Portugal are perfect to cycle on - no pot holes and hardly any cars!
All in all it was a great training week and I would highly recommend it to all. It was great not having to think about any logistics, you literally just turn up and they do everything else - except the bit where you have to train of course. They've currently got some space on two of their triathlon specific holidays. I'd be there in a shot if it wasn't for already being booked up for other races around those dates.
Triathlon General / Advanced Holiday: 7 Nights, 2nd - 9th April
Pyrenees Triathlon Training Week:
5th - 12th May 2011
So have I conquered my fear of running yet? I'm definitely getting there….
Weekend results - 12-13 FebruaryBrockwell parkrun
47th Ella Fields 28:17
10th Darren Jackson
Crystal Palace parkrun
3rd Mike Henderson 19:55 (new PB)
16th Dave Crockwell 24:01
Alan and Bernie raced the Sidcup 10 on Sunday 13 February, while Katie completed the 30 mile Punchbowl Marathon, which she says she enjoyed!
Reception to recognise grassroot sport volunteersAlice, one of our junior members, and I were invited by the London Assembly to attend a reception in London’s Living Room on the top floor of City Hall on Thursday 10 February. The event was held to recognise the valuable role volunteers working for the capital’s grassroots sports organisations play in helping to deliver sports to young Londoners.
Alice has reported on the evening, see the Junior news page.
Collect supermarket vouchers for the ClubIt's that time again!
We are collecting both Tesco for Schools and Clubs and Sainsburys Active Kids Vouchers.
With your support we did fantastically well last year and hope to do even better this year.
We thought we would aim for a swimming pace clock which would benefit both the adults and the juniors.
Please remember to collect as many vouchers as possible and to hand them to Sara/Karen/Sheila at any Club sessions.
We have until May to collect as many as we can, so get shopping!
Dorney Lake Duathlon - 6 February Karin, our newest member, has written a report of her first event.
I've just done the Votwo Dorney Sprint Duathlon. This was my first time on a proper racing bike and my first time in a cycle race. I borrowed a bike and got up extra early to make sure I was there before the car park opened. It was very, very windy. I had been going to wear cycling shorts over my running tights, but the weight loss meant that the pad was hanging down and was obstructing my walking, so I ditched the shorts at the last minute.... Read the full report.
Weekend results - 5-6 FebruaryBromley parkrun
6th Adrian Durran 19:34 (PB)
17th Darren Jackson 21:07
35th David Crockwell 23:16
Adrian has been working hard to break 20 minutes so he was very pleased to get a new PB. You can see all the parkrun PBs on the parkrun page.
Crystal Palace parkrun
6th Voy Kozielski 20:27 (PB)
8th Mike Henderson 20:52
I thought Keith and Jonathan knocked big chunks off their times at the TuffMan duathlon, on Saturday 5 February, compared with their times at IceMan in January, but Keith has owned up to the fact that the TuffMan was actually shorter than the IceMan. Keith says "I would love to take credit for a 35 minute 10k but it was 8,13,4 km of very slippy mud, even worse than last year I think. I've never seen so many people falling off their bikes". There was also a Crystal Palace Triathletes team - Love-Bugs - but I've no idea who made up the team! Hopefully they'll come forward and claim their result. (Update from James: "Emily and I made up team Love-Bugs, so only half CPT I'm afraid. Ems did the first half of the first run and I finished the rest off. Muddy was an understatement.") The race was won for the second year running by one of the top Xterra racers in the world, Sam Gardner, who was miles ahead of everyone else.
It was dry but very windy for the Pirie 10 on Sunday 6 February, postponed because of the snow in December, but Laura and Bernie still managed PBs.
Tim ran the Bookham 10k (right, from Sussex Sport Photography), Ruki ran the Chichester Priory 10k, while Peter and Karin raced at the Dorney Lake Duathlon (you can just spot Peter's CPT kit amongst the crowd, left).
Not content with one PB this weekend, Adrian ran the Ashford & District 10k on Sunday and broke 40 minutes for the first time, and this despite having come off his bike three times in the last three weeks ... twice on ice and then hit and knocked off from behind by a car. Road rash obviously helps you run faster!
Redhill CC Sporting TT
Voy has entered the Redhill CC Sporting TT on 20 February and wonders if anyone else is interested in joining him for this 18 mile TT. The course is undulating on mostly minor roads and you need to be able to complete the distance in less than 1:30 hours.
New memberWelcome to new member Karin Courtman.
The London Women's Cycle Racing League The London Women's Cycle Racing League series runs from April to August with races taking place at such venues as Hillingdon Cycle Circuit, Redbridge Cycle Centre, Richmond Park and Crystal Palace. Races are suitable for competitors at all levels.
They are also organising a series of women's Open Day Meet & Greet rides during February and March in the run-up to the 2011 league.
Lauren says "I raced in the London Women’s League last year – the first time I had tried cycle racing - and really enjoyed it. The races (all “criterium” or circuit races) are around an hour long (~30k) and usually have a field of 20-30 riders. The circuits are 1-3k long and I found the races great for building fitness and also improving handling skills. You don’t need a British Cycling racing license to race so you can just turn up. The front end of the field is usually very strong ‘elite’ riders, but the London league has been working hard to attract newer, less-experienced riders, so all the races had a variety of abilities.
I’d recommend the cat 3-4 (lowest racing categories) race at Goodwood on 8th May as an ideal beginners race, it’s a mainly flat circuit and not at all technical.
It would be great to see some more CPT ladies racing this year".
Saturday 6 February training sessionThis Saturday's session will be circuit training on the indoor track with the juniors. The session will run from 09:30 until 11:00.
Please pay at Reception and get an armband to allow you access to the indoor track. Those who have paid the annual training fee will also need to pay entrance for the track but there will be no further payment to the Club. For everyone else there is a £1.50 fee.
Races to enterEntries are now open for the Club Championship sprint race, the Medway Triathlon on Sunday 31 July.
Entries are also open for The Clash of the Tritons on Saturday 13 August, this is one of the London and Club League races.