Aberfeldy Sprint Race Report, May 27th 2012

 

After many months of training, a handful of EUTri’s finest ventured into the wilderness to brave the Aberfeldy Sprint Triathlon. Though we emerged, I daresay none returned unscathed.

 The race times were scheduled to begin at noon, normally a good time to start a race given Scottish weather. This was sufficient time to wake, have a brief breakfast, and begin driving by 8am in order to arrive at Aberfeldy for registration. However, this was to be no ordinary Scottish day. The forecast was what one would normally dream of but which leaves endurance athletes pale with drawn blood at the prospect of racing on a blisteringly hot, sun-flicked course. This is, of course, exactly what transpired with a high of 27 C and not a cloud in the sky.

         

A Crisp Morning in the Scottish Borders (Selkirk Standard Distance)


 “You can’t just keep doing sprints”, moaned my mates, “you need to ‘go longer’!” And they were right. So five years after a hesitant middle-aged venture into the sport of triathlon, and three years after a very welcome invitation from the President-before-last to become the oldest member of EUTri, I took a deep breath and signed up for my first “standard distance” race. Or should I say 

Frequently Asked Questions

 1. Do I have to be an amazing athlete to join?

Absolutely not.

 

The club attracts and caters for all abilities - from complete beginners to people competing in international championships.

 

Whatever your level of fitness and experience - from someone who has never even considered entering a triathlon before, to a seasoned pro with dozens of races under their belt, there will be someone else in the club at the same level as you.

 

2. I’m an international student/postgraduate/visiting student, can I still join?

Yes! Everyone is welcome!

 And we do mean everyone – whether you’re an undergrad, a postgrad, an international student, or a visiting student only here for one semester, we would love to have you.

 

The club attracts a real range of people and has proved to be popular with people of all ages and walks of life. In fact, one of the best things about being part of the club is getting to know lots of interesting people who you wouldn’t otherwise get to meet.

 

Aberdeen King's Aquathlon

At about quarter past 8, we left for Aberdeen in the university minibus which was being driven by Ali. Despite the uncomfortable seats, Tom “the man” (self-proclaimed) was able to go to a soundless sleep soon after we got on and was asleep pretty much throughout the trip amidst all the chatter. We arrived in Aberdeen University at around 11 and went to register. After the race briefing, we headed for the changing rooms next to the pool where our race was going to start. The transition area was laid just before the exit from the pool premises. We donned our trisuits, and gathered for a couple of group snapshots taken by the poolside, courtesy of Erin who was not racing but came all the way to cheer for us with the Eutri banner. Our Eutri wonder women started off their 800m swim in the first wave. After all the female participants finished their swim leg, wave 2 started with the male participants. I was in wave 2 while the rest of my mates were in wave 3 and 4. I’m not used to being in any race without having the coach around, so, was a bit more nervous than usual but the cheer from the rest of my team(after 2 warm-up laps) helped me calm down and get my game-face on.

Aberdeen Aquathlon EUTri banner

Tips for race season from Chrissie Wellington

Chrissie WellingtonWith race season approaching, Chrissie Wellington - British Triathlete and four-time World Ironman Champion (2007-9, 2011) - kindly offers us her 50 tips for racing success:

1. Surf the event website. Study the course maps and take note of any steep descents, climbs, corners and aid station locations (and what food and drink they offer so you can factor this into your nutrition plan). Look at wave start and cut-off times, and the times of the athlete briefing and registration. Seek advice and insights from athletes who’ve done the race before. If you’re driving to the venue, plan your route and pick a place to park (taking road closures into account).

2. Know the race rules. You don’t want to risk getting penalised or even disqualified and having to explain the DNF to work colleagues/teammates/the police. If you’re unsure, speak to the race director or head referee...

3. Massages are great, but not the day before a race as they can leave you feeling sluggish. I always have a gentle rub down on the penultimate day. Shave/pluck/clip/wax and make sure you clip your toenails.

4. Don’t overhydrate or overeat...

Read all 50 on our blog.                                                                             "Chrissie Wellington" by Mariano Kamp used under a CC 2.0 Licence

 

Triathlon Scotland Membership

Triathlon Scotland LogoTriathlon Scotland Membership is available. Membership runs from 1st January to 31st December. 

Individual members receive a host of benefits including discounts on race entries and apparel, racing insurance cover and a unique triathlonscotland training gift. triathlonscotland members who race will also help their club to gain points in the hotly contested ranking series. Individual ranking awards are also up for grabs across sprint and standard distances as well as open water, cross tri, duathlon and aquathon.

triathlonscotland is the national governing body for triathlon, duathlon and multisports in Scotland and is recognised by both sportscotland and The British Triathlon Federation (BTF).

With your support, we:

  • Offer club and race memberships
  • Help clubs to host events and increase participation
  • Run national championship events
  • Train coaches to gain recognised qualifications
  • Coach triathletes to compete on the world stage
  • Build a strong core of skilled volunteers

All to achieve our mission

‘realising the full potential of a vibrant triathlon and multisport community in Scotland’.

To find out more and to join us, visit:www.triathlonscotland.org/membership.

And you can follow triathlon scotland on facebook.

BUCS Duathlon Championships 2011

Two stories + photos up from the great BUCS weekend down in Bath, one from Michael and one from Katherine.

 

British Triathlon Awards Night

Dechlan Wilson - British Triathlon Awards 2011I was nominated for Scottish Young Coach of the Year by Lyndsey and Ali in which you have to be 21 or younger, so I only just made it. Somehow I won that and was shortlisted for the British Triathlon Awards. A few weeks later I received an e-mail saying I had won which was AMAZING, however I was sworn to secrecy for ages.

The awards night was down in Leicester, England. This was unfortunate but we all have to go there sometimes. Triathlon Scotland put on a party bus to take 8 of us down so we set off on Saturday 12th November. I was thinking of all the hardcore of EUTri runners competing in Braids Hill that day... but soon forgot about them when I remembered Crispy Cream Donuts were on sale in English service stations. Anyway, we got to the Barcelo Hinckley Island Hotel for the awards night safe and sound.

I was, of course, sporting a very cool kilt for the evening. There was a champagne reception where we looked for the Brownlee brothers... but no sign of them yet. All the Scots were sat at one table where, between 8 of us, they provided 4 bottles of wine which was not bad at all!

Braid Hills 2011

The 2011 Braids Hill race was a great day out for all those involved. Around 9 competitors from EuTri competed with several good times being posted and most importantly, a case of cider being won.

EXCITING NEWS! Triathlon Stars speak to EUTri!

Our EUTri reporters have been hard at work, speaking to some of triathlons' biggest stars!

 

Catriona Morrison - IronmanOver the next while, we'll be bringing you question and answer series with top professional triathletes, featured on a new professional triathletes' blog.

Get tips on racing, training and inspiration from the best triathletes around. Exclusively to EUTri! Excited? Good.

And now to announce our current featured athlete:

She is one of the most successful female triathletes of all time! We feel honoured that she has taken some time out of a busy schedule to speak to us and so, without further ado, here is an interview with... Catriona Morrison!

 

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