Busy, busy, busy! And even time to drag the barbeque out to enjoy some early evening sunshine and a beer so it's not all been bad! One of the things that the sun has brought out in abundance are the novice triathletes and with over 20 years of involvement in the sport it never ceases to amaze me that the same lessons need to be learned year after year.
Here, from this weekend, are my top three..
Number One: read the race pack! No, really, it is worth reading if only to stop you asking questions like, 'how many lengths do we swim?', 'where does the bike course go?' and, a current personal favourite, 'where do I put my bike?' asked by someone standing next to transition.
Number Two: if you get a timing chip given to you at registration or in your race pack it's probably there for a reason... Just wearing the neoprene strap won't magically give you your splits. Mind you, that's better than a) not wearing either chip or strap or b) that old favourite - round the wrist.
Number Three: did you ever hear of a sport that didn't have some rules? OK, so Bulldog Drummond and the Eton Wall Game come close but surely it occured to you that a sport involving swimming, cycling and running might just have a bit of structure? If you can't be bothered to read them it's quite likely that someone will have a quiet word with you. Refs these days are pretty good and can recognise a novice at 30 paces (the chip strap on the right ankle is always a dead giveaway) and they'll usually try the education route first but responding to this in a negative or abusive way will probably result in a wasted morning's exercise...
Kicking off the weekend's action was the new full- and half-distance Challenge Taiwan which was all pretty much done and dusted before the UK had even started lunch. Dylan McNiece (NZL) and Belinda Granger (AUS) were the full distance winners and the results are all on the Challenge site HERE, along with a report on McNiece's 'two-for two' record over the distance now, plus Belinda Granger's 15th iron-distance win HERE.
After a brief three-year run as a full distance Ironman Utah is now Ironman 70.3 Utah but the US Pro Championship title and corresponding points and prize pool ensured a decent turnout. Check out our report on the racing action HERE, the headline results are below and the full set are HERE. Three GB women made the top ten: Lesley Paterson in sixth, Emma-Kate Lidbury was ninth and Leanda Cave tenth.
||Brent McMahon (CAN) 3:51:10
||Meredith Kessler (USA) 4:17:11
||Kevin Collington (USA) 3:53:38
||Svenja Bazlen (GER) 4:18:46
||Andy Potts (USA) 3:54:21
||Heather Wurtele (CAN) 4:20:26
Saturday's domestic racing consisted of the first of the OpenWaterSwim Aquathlon series at the Liquid Leisure lake, results are HERE, plus there's a report HERE. The first of the Mass Start Swim series was held at Bedford's Box End Lake as a warm-up for Sunday's Aquathlon qualifier race, results for those are HERE.
Ironman Australia saw, as predicted, an Ironman win (finally!!) for Luke Bell (AUS) while Rebecca Hoschke (AUS) secured the top women's slot. Full results are on the WTC site HERE.
Much more interesting news from Sunday's other WTC event, Ironman 70.3 St Croix. Catriona Morrison racked up her third win at the event - but her first real race after many months of injury and rehab. Will Clarke also proved that his transition to the longer distance is a positive step, he finished second and will be well pleased after a few recent races haven't gone as well as his talent would suggest. Check out the race report HERE, full results on the WTC site HERE.
An increase in numbers on previous years and a switch towards the longer distance meant a 6am start for the Steyning Triathlon. No snow but plenty of rapid racing - obviously the bacon rolls were a major incentive to finish quickly - saw wins at the longer distance for Tom Hopkins (Brighton Phoenix) and Mary Campbell (Chichester Westgate) - full results are HERE - while the shorter event ent to David Risebrow (Tuff Fitty) and Rachel Willmott - full results HERE. We've also got the report in from the event HERE.
The first of the aquathlon qualifiers for Hyde Park was held at Box End Park near Bedford and while the focus was on winning age groups rather than overall places someone had to come first! George Goodwin (ZOOT) took the men's overall and India Lee (Winchester and District) the women's. Full results are HERE. Quite a weekend for India, as she also won on Saturday at the OpenWaterSwim Aquathlon. A familiar 'blast from the past' in the form of Annie Emmerson was first across the line in wave one, to win the F40-44 Age Group and she'll be racing in Hyde Park. She did though manage to be upstaged by her daughter who sang a song over the P.A. to fill in time while the presentation was set up! An excellent morning of very high quality racing, perfect weather, excellent course and venue - and even the feared water temperatures were 'chilly', but on the right side of acceptable. Great job organisers.
The Sprint edition of the Waveney Srint Triathlon took place at Bungay Pool with Joe Skipper and Becky Schofield heading the field. The online results have the full splits buried so until we can get an all-inclusive set you can check them out online HERE.
Results are up on the DB Max site for the BUCS Sprint Triathlon Championships with Beau Smith (University of Leeds) and Natalie Milne (University of Stirling) and the new champions. Check out the full set HERE. Some very fast racing from quality athletes, as always, where University Champs are on offer.
For those looking for something a bit more challenging, Dengie Events held their Big East Triathlon at Bradwell Marina. The middle distance event was won by Darren Jenkins (Nevagivin Tri & Multisport) with Catherine Faux (Team Freespeed Virgin Active) finishing in fourth place overall for the women's title. Full results are HERE and the shorter Challenge distance results are HERE. Organiser Jamie Cooper told us "Everyone reported having a great day, we had free energy drink, free energy bars and free beer at the finish which meant there were a lot of people hanging around all day and enjoying the atmosphere. A huge success all round, some great feedback and lots of happy faces and people enjoying themselves so I couldn't be happier at the moment."
The Endurance Store Horwich Triathlon was won by Alex Lawton (Team JMC / Manchester Tri Club) and Victoria Kollard (racepace.co.uk). The results are linked HERE.
Provisional results are online for the Oldbury White Horse Triathlon HERE - with a race report published HERE - while you can see a set of results for the Dorset Try a Tri HERE.
The results for the Bishopbriggs Triathlon, there were events for novices and TriStar athletes as well as the main race, can be found HERE. Headline winners for the main event were Grant Sheldon (Stirling University Triathlon Club) and Emma Lamont (Fusion Triathlon Club).
SYTri, the Shrewsbury Tri Club, staged the Darwin's Challenge Aquathlon, results for the adults are HERE and for the TriStars are HERE.
The first of the Human Race Open Water Swim Series at Poole's Branksome Beach attracted a decent field, and a number of those took the plunge without the benefit of neoprene! Check out the results for the three distances HERE.
Monday morning saw the usual gathering at Hampton Pool for the second of the Thames Turbo series. The weather was warm and the racing was hot: too hot as seven people managed to get themselves on the DQ list for drafting which cost a couple of them a podium place. Jamie Hinton and Anna Murawska took the overall wins, full results are HERE.
Results are also in for the Tonbridge Triathlon. In the longer event Malcolm Davies and Deborah Cove were the winners, Rob Barnes and Susan Fairfax took the honours in the sprint distance. Full results are HERE.
The Ashington Sprint Triathlon, like the events in the South, basked in a warm Bank Holiday glow with Andy Niven (Tri Northumberland) and Emma Pearson (Tyne Tri) taking the overall honours. Full results are HERE.
Click below for links to all the results from this weekend, and remember, where you see the triVIEWER icon, you can re-live your race in graphical simulation form!