Weekly Update – 21 February 2019

South Island Triathlon Competition Week!

Monday 25 January:

Club Open Water Swim – Brick Session – Beach Start. Sighting Skills. Surges, Transition to run. Bring Running ShoesMeet at the new carpark in Roy’s Bay at 6:00 pm.

If you wish to participate in our open water swim sessions, please speak to Chris to arrange an opportunity to complete our club open water test.

Thursday 28 January:

Club Run – Meet Room 23 at 3:30 pm. Optional for everyone competing on Sunday. All welcome.

Our Thursday afternoon runs have been going very well, and are very well attended. We’ve been aware of the conflict for some athletes between these and Val Burke’s running for speed coaching.

You’ll be pleased to know that Val is eager to collaborate with our club in the development of our runners. This means that our Thursday sessions will be combined with Val’s. Val and I will then work together to develop a tiered programme that best fits the needs of everyone concerned – and all athletes can rest assured that you can show up and enjoy your time without feeling conflicted about whether you’re in the right place.

I’m very excited about this and grateful to Val for her being open to this collaboration. Parents and other parties are, and will always be integral to this process, and are invited to continue to attend and participate in our sessions whenever you are able. 

Friday 1 March:

Club Ride: Road Cycling Intro with Lisa and Chris – Meet Room 23 at 3:30 pm. Most of our senior riders are on rest today with the South Islands coming up on Sunday.

If there’s the demand, I’ll run T1 Transition practice for anyone who wants to refine that further – or who missed our sessions in the summer break – just let me know.

New younger riders to the club must undergo our road cycling initial rider training before they can head out on the open road with the team. These began on Friday 22 February and will continue this week

Thank you to Hugo Sinclair for choosing to stay back from the senior group ride to support the new crew. You conducted yourself with excellence and were a wonderful role-model to the groms.

If anyone knows of someone who has a road bike gathering dust in their garage that they might see themselves loaning to the club for new riders, please do put them in touch with me. Already the club has three bikes, a wetsuit and numerous smaller items that have been donated and are being put to good use – but there’s always demand!

Sunday 3 March

South Island Secondary Schools’ Triathlon Champs

There’s a contingent of 27 athletes signed up to compete in these champs in Oamaru on Sunday and some of the team are travelling and staying together as a squad for the event. All the details of this can be found on the event specific page. It’s going to be awesome!

Monday 4 March


Our training and event calendar can be found at: http://trisport.mtaspiring.edutronic.net/training-calendar/ – and you can merge it with your own device if you like

Our club is all about participation, and alongside the excellent commitment of the student athletes, we welcome family members and members of the community to join us in all of our training sessions. They’re designed to accommodate all levels and abilities and are a lot of fun. If you have it in mind that you’d like to join any of our regular sessions, simply let me know and we’ll make sure you have all the information you need.


Chris + The Team

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