As usual it has been a while between posts, so much going on. As I write this post I am in the Alps which is where we hold our summer camp. I have been fortunate enough to come out and do some training in preparation for IM Vichy in August. I had to be careful as I cannot do what I used to do when training full time so have had to ease back. My family joined me after 10 days which was a good thing as it allowed me to recover which after all is how you actually get fit!
The season so far has been pretty busy for a lot of athletes. In Jersey we had athletes competing in the Island Games. Tom Perchard won Bronze and Jersey won gold in the team event. Minky Charlton and Demri Mitchell were part of the team. On the same day we had athletes racing over in the UK at the UK70.3 in Wimbleball. Coach Andy and myself were there racing as well with a group of athletes. It was great weekend, Sam Village was 4th overall and won his age group and Truusje Gamlin was 2nd in her age group. Rusty Van Praagh managed to get around on about 5hrs of training a week which was a gutsy effort. John Dennis qualified for the worlds in Austria at the end of August.
In France we had the Israeli Triathlon Machine Zvi(Greg) Donat racing IM Nice, as usual he finished and added another IM to his list of achievements. Well done Greg! He then returned to Pinky Beach in Mykonos were he resides during the summer months.
We also had the ETU champs in Geneva. Nick Leyhane, Truusje Gamlin(Bronze!), Sam Lee and Jonny Flanagan(PB) racing. It was a scorcher of a weekend so the athletes did extremely well in hot conditions.
It was then IMUK, Fraser Cartmell pulled out a fantastic performance and was 2nd to David Macnamee. Fraser was leading for a lot of the race. It’s good to see him back to his best. Fraser is trying to qualify for Kona 2015. Also racing were Jim Graham, Alan Meadows, Fran Heathcote and Coach Andy. As usual it rained, was a bit windy and the sun also came out. Well done to everyone for getting around.
In Jersey it was the main event on the same weekend, Tom Perchard was 2nd and Minky Charlton tie 3rd with Nathan Woodland. Sam Lee was 2nd female.
Chris Downham raced in the Marlow Half, he broke his wrist in the lead up which obviously affected training but still managed to finish. Well done Chris.
So that is a round up of the last couple of months of racing.
I’ll be heading out to Iceland in early August to race in a half Iron distance event with Petur Einarsson. Chris ‘Macca’ McCormack will be there as the headline act. Put this race in your diary for next year.
In early Sept we will be holding a pre Kona camp in Fuerteventura, check the website for details. Dates are out for Stellenbosch 2016: January 27th – February 3rd. Next year we will be holding two Alps camps: 1st – 8th June and 9th – 16th June. We will also be holding a Fuerteventura camp in early March, dates to be confirmed.