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6th Dec 2013Issue 286

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We've always known it, and have had the pleasure of following her progress over the last five years, that Rachel Joyce is a class act. Just when you think she might have her feet up after a career best at Kona in October, Rachel headed to Ironman Cozumel at the weekend. And she won. For a year in which she missed plenty of racing with niggling injuries in the summer, a truly dominant win at Ironman Texas, second place in the Ironman World Champs and now another Ironman win in Mexico, is still the sort of return that anyone would envy. Indeed, had it not been for a shortened swim course, we might (officially!) have been recognising Rachel as only the second female in history to break the nine hour mark for iron-distance three times in one calendar year. And yes, of course the first to do it was Chrissie Wellington! Can the 'Joycinator' become Great Britain's next Ironman World Champion? Quite possibly, yes.

With a recent drop in temperatures, please do take care out there as we've been reading lots of stories of athletes coming off their bikes lately, including Jodie Stimpson who has been nursing the mother of all black (purple?!) eyes this week. Be safe, don't become another statistic.

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Challenge Laguna Phuket is described as having taken place in "perfect tropical race conditions" -- all I can say is it clearly wasn't taking place at either of the two events I was at this weekend... Two consecutive mornings setting up at dawn in Royal Parks and it was more like a foretaste of another Siberian Winter! Deserved congratulations to Dr T on her second weekend of podium placing but, please, squeeze a little bit of that warmth and sunshine in a case for us when you head back here to the UK.

The same request goes out to Rachel Joyce who topped the podium in Sunday's Ironman Cozumel with a near nine minute cushion back to Jessie Donavan. Tim Hancock was the best placed GB male in 21st, looks like Ritchie Nicholls and Craig Twigg were no-shows.

Pos Male Female
1 Michael Weiss (AUT) 7:55:23 Rachel Joyce (GBR) 8:52:28
2 Tyler Butterfield (BER) 8:02:42 Jessie Donavan (USA) 9:01:12
3 Eneko Llanos (ESP) 8:05:42 Amanda Stevens (USA) 9:06:40

Had there been any GB athletes at the Ultraman World Championships in Hawaii we would have asked them too. The split times are for 6.2 miles of swim, 90 miles of bike (day 1), 170 miles of bike (day 2) and 52.4 miles of run (day 3). We did mention that Hilary Biscay was a class act...

Pos Athlete Splits
1 Miro Kregar 23:42:07 3:14:52 5:48:01 7:55:59 6:64:15
2 Alexandre Ribeiro 24:27:21 3:16:15 5:33:29 7:54:06 7:43:31
3 Hilary Biscay 24:30:50 2:37:46 6:02:24 8:26:45 7:23:55

Provisional results from the Rempstone Roast MTB Duathlon show that Greg Shrosbree had the advantage of youth and held off old-campaigner Jez Cox for victory with Helen Dyke having a much clearer margin in the women's race. Results are HERE.

At the Black Country Triathletes Splash & Dash aquathlon Steve Brookes (BCT) and Jodie Stimpson (Oldbury Swimming & Triathlon) took the wins - Jodie was second placed overall by a mere four seconds! Full results on StuWeb HERE.

Results for the Gravesend Pre-Christmas Duathlon are up on their website HERE and show that Sam Proctor (Tri Harder) and Samantha Whiting (Herne Hill Harriers) were the winners. We're just a bit concerned that the results are dated November 29th so before we add them to the archive we're getting that confirmed!


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!


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London Duathlon 2014 entries are open

London Duathlon was a sell-out this year and saw thousands of individuals achieve their #duathlete title. Be sure you're part of the world's best duathlon in 2014 and enter today. This run-bike-run event offers four individual challenges, all racing through the stunning surroundings of Richmond Park on closed roads. Need tempting? Watch the video.

Click here to find out more and get your place

Triathlon Plus Show: TriRadar Performance Zone and Running School sessions on sale

The Triathlon Plus Show takes place from 13th-16th February 2014 at Excel, London. One of the features of the show is the TriRadar Performance Zone, which features workshops, biomechanical analysis and more from The Running School and the Surrey Human Performance Institute. Tickets for each of these sessions are now available - and we have a unique Tri247 reader discount.


Jobs at Ribble

Ribble Cycles, the well-known mail order cycle business, are recruiting. They currently have vacancies for an Online Marketing Manager and a Digital Graphic Designer.

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The return of the festive jumper!

It's back! The Tri Training Harder essential festive fun winter warmer jumper for the rest day on the 25th of December. Featuring a swimming, cycling, running snowman (complete with disk wheel!) their novelty winter jumpers come in two colour combinations. Red/black/white and Cream/read/navy. CHECK THEM OUT!

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Weekly Training Tip: mix it up

TTH Weekly Training Tip

So, you're out for a training ride and you see another group. What do you do? Well, I suspect that the first thing you do is to check out whether they are riding the same sort of bikes... Why, and I really have no idea, is there this feeling that people riding off-road bikes are any less of an athlete than people who ride road bikes? And why, and again I have no idea, is there this feeling that people who ride road bikes are too aloof to recognise a mere mud-plugger?

It is, of course, complete nonsense! And one of the best things that a roadie can do in the Winter off-season is to get out there on the tracks and trails and learn a whole new set of bike handling skills. Of course there are some of us who just don't get the whole mud and muck thing - whether it's biking or running - but that's not to say that we still can't mix it up and broaden our training base. Riding a single-speed bike can help develop all sorts of road skills (riding a fixie adds a whole extra dimension to that) while if you can't face the trails why not try the track?

Triathlon is a mix of skills by default - swimming, biking and running use different muscles, skills and mediums - so adding to your overall skill set can only help broaden your base. Need some evidence? Look no further than the Brownlee brothers and their winter-time fell running exploits... Or all those pro athletes who are making a new home for themselves in XTERRA country...

So next time you cross paths with a bunch of guys who have different tyres than you just think: maybe I can learn something useful. You'll probably still ignore the cheery wave though...



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