By Claire Hitchings
It’s 09:59 on Friday the 13th 2013. It is raining and I am sat on the pontoon on the Serpentine, Hyde Park, London. To make the start line has been a big achievement. For the past two years I have been trying unsuccessfully to sort out a hamstring injury. Ten weeks ago I decided to stop resting as it wasn’t helping. So I am here, with no expectations.
Two cycling Christmas trees and Mr & Mrs Claus on a tandem – it must be the annual 7Oaks Tri Club Christmas ride. Plus some great pyrotechnic effects courtesy of Dan Goscomb’s tyres.
It was a lovely Sunday morning for 30 club members to cruise down to Chiddingstone for well deserved coffee and cake (or tea or bacon or egg).
|Kim Moss (incident with goggles)||1:23.20|
The Good the Bad and the Ugly at Cyclopark Duathlon 1 December 2013
A really well run local event. Great value. 6km run, 20km bike, 3.5km run. The track surface is really smooth and the corners are fast. You only really need to brake on a couple of them if it’s dry.
Bridge Triathlon gave all the proceeds of the race to the Dartford Foodbank and even gave every competitor a free Christmas Pudding. So far it was all good.
Oxleas Wood Kent Fitness League 24 November
Another good turn out by 7Oaks Tri at the Oxleas Wood KFL Round 3 bolstered the 7Oaks AC team and helped them hold on to 2nd place in the team competition out of the total of 18 clubs taking part.
Not on Tues 24th, Weds 25th, Friday 27th, Sunday 29th, Tues 31st December and Weds 1st January
The Club Diary has been updated.
Can be found here. Please note - 100m time trial on Wednesday.
This week as part of Wednesday’s session at Walthamstow Hall we’ll be running a 100m time trial. Many of our training sets include 100m repeats or use 100m PBs as a basis, and this is an opportunity to add a 100m PB to your swimming palmares and use it for managing your effort.
Can you manage a spot of this on a Sunday morning? Professional all rounder Matt Page shows how to deal with the 3966 steps at Fenestreel Fort in northern Italy. Have a look here if you have time, it lasts for nearly 11 minutes.
West Kent RC - 9.00am on Sunday 12 January (80/45k) from Horton Kirby Cricket Club Details
CC Bexley - 9.00am on Sunday 19 January (50/100k) from Horton Kirby Cricket Club
Sydenham Wheelers - 9.00am on Sunday 26 January (64/107k) from Knockholt Village Hall
Old Portlians - 9.00am on Sunday 2 February 68/100k) from Knockholt Village Hall Details
24 November - Oxleas Wood, Eltham
29 December - Avery Hill Park, New Eltham,
5 January - Minnis Bay, Birchington
2 February - Blean Woods, Rough Common, Canterbury
16 February - Nurstead Court, Nurstead, Meopham
Now that we’re using personal best (PB) times as a basis for how hard to swim sets, it’s helpful to have actual recorded times to work from. Where you don’t have a PB for a particular distance (e.g. a 200) it’s possible to get a rough idea from one you’ve recorded at another distance (e.g. an 800) using this table.
To make it easier to know how hard to swim endurance sets, for the immediate future we’ll be referring to target repeat times as “PB+NN sec”. So a swimmer with a PB of 1:10 should swim a set of 100m swims referred to as “PB+10” at around 1:20 pace whatever anyone else in the lane is doing. Trying to swim much faster (assuming you’ve got your PB more or less correct) will in the long run reduce endurance performance.
Andy Evans reports - On a bright sunny Remembrance Sunday morning, there were 538 finishers at the second round of the Kent Fitness League's inter-club competition.
A minute's silence was observed before the start of the course which covered three laps of a very soggy/muddy Swanley Park.
At least seven 7Oaks Tri Club members (and a few other local triathletes) helped to keep Sevenoaks AC at the top of the league table!
Full results are here