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6th Feb 2014Issue 291

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A rare weekend for us so far in 2014 - no British female international middle distance victory to report on! No problem though, we'll have many more of those during the months ahead.

There was however another super performance from a fast rising star of the sport. Georgia Taylor-Brown already has two European Junior Triathlon titles to her name, a World Junior Duathlon victory and a silver medal at the World Junior Champs in Hyde Park last year. Her performances since then however have continued to suggest that Georgia has all the skills needed to successfully transition from the Junior ranks into a top class Senior performer. A win at the British Universities & Colleges Sport Cross Country Championship at the weekend, taking the scalp of the current European Junior XC Champion Emelia Gorecka, was another reminder that Taylor-Brown is most certainly one to watch over the next couple of years. She's not yet raced over the Standard distance... but could well be a contender for a Commonwealth Games start come July.

The future potential of the British team looks bright too, with news of a funding boost in the run up to Rio 2016, a 35% increase on the amounts previously announced level. The talent is there, let's hope the money is invested wisely.

It is also coming up to 'show time', with three major trade show showcasing our sport taking place over the next month. To save money on entry to the Triathlon Show at Sandown Park, check out the details below.

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Weekend action


My goodness me: two consecutive days when it didn't rain - at least not where I was! That's not to say that the weekend was without weather and the after-effects of it and it's clear that the South East corner fared a lot better than some regions but it was so nice to actually see a pale and feeble sun in the sky with some blue stuff around it. That said, pretty much everything that can be covered in mud is and with all the grit washed across road surfaces there were punctures aplenty.

Saturday's racing at Dorney Lake, the first of the Gatorade Eton Dorney Duathlon Series, had a final 100 metres of run in to the finish that was as slick as an otter's back so it was a case of all hands to the task to move pretty much everything to re-set for the Run Eton events in the afternoon to give the start and finish a firmer footing. Richard Winchester won the sprint distance event with the women's result requiring a bit of confirmation on completed laps. Paul Leishman and Victoria Garrad won the super sprint. Results for the duathlons are HERE, the Run Eton results are HERE.

Overnight (for us) the Scody Challenge Melbourne played out with home turf wins for Tim van Berkel and Annabel Luxford but, as far as we can see, no GB representation. We knew that Liz Blatchford was a late withdrawal but it looks like Roger Witz Barnes was also a DNS. (Note that Rebecca Hoschke was actually 4th on time, 3rd fastest (but from a different wave) was Sam Boag (F40-44) but only the elite take the prizes.

Pos Male Female
1 Tim Van Berkel (AUS) 3:52:37 Annabel Luxford (AUS) 4:10:01
2 John Polson (AUS) 3:53:30 Caroline Steffen (SUI) 4:20:05
3 Michael Fox (AUS) 3:53:58 Rebecca Hoschke (AUS) 4:25:29

Sunday's Closer to the Edge off-road duathlon (event artwork, presumably, by Roger Dean?) produced wins at the Open distance for Adam Jackson and Elizabeth Wynne (results are HERE) while the Intermediate was headed home by Robert Cogins and Kelly Jarvis (results HERE).

Tewkesbury Tri Club have moved their Aquathlon Series to a new home at the Cascades and the first running saw wins for Chris James and Ruth Johnstone, full results are HERE.

The Gravesend Cyclopark is proving a happy home for duathlon events throughout the year and the Winter Duathlon organised by the Bridge Triathon team ran there on Sunday. Wins went to Sam Proctor (Tri Harder) and Sarah Leeson, 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!


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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.


Weekly Training Tip: it's all uphill

TTH Weekly Training Tip

With the weather the way it's been and many of our local tracks and trails now resembling earth gravy it's highly probable that you'll be spending time on a treadmill at the gym just to get some quality miles in without ending up looking like you've gone bog snorkelling. And, really, there's nothing wrong with treadmills as a way to get in the miles. They are (generally) sprung so you put less pounding into those crucial joints and tendons, the environment is (generally) nicely air conditioned and unlike running on the road you can wear earphones without running the risk of getting knocked down crossing the road while distracted by your favourite tunes.

But, and it's a massive but, there is a really important tip you should be aware of. Running on a treadmill should always be done at a 0.5-1% gradient as a minimum and, ideally, on some form of programme that either randomly or routinely varies the gradient. Just running on the 'flat' doesn't really simulate actual running, you need a bit of resistance and this is most easily achieved by gradient as the rest of the gym might be a tad annoyed if you wheeled in a movie-sized wind machine! Plus, repeatedly running on an effective flat surface doesn't really condition the muscles you'll need to get up the hills you'll face in real life races.

Just as with running outdoors it's possible to end up doing 'junk' miles on a treadmill without even realizing it. Just a simple tweak to get a bit of gradient going will increase the load, up your effort and heart rate and start to work different muscle groups -- and that's all good.



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