Last week saw some outstanding personal and collective efforts at the South Island Secondary Schools’ Competition. Lots of photos sent to us by Ben Taylor have been added to video on our Race Report. Everyone had such a good time travelling together to the event that we started hatching some plans for future national and international travel as a club. More to come on that…
Saturday’s event at the Highland Raceway marks the end of what has been a very busy phase of competing and events for club members. The settled period over the next few months will provide us with some much-needed time to regroup and use our training time well to continue to support you to build a strong fitness base. In the long term if you are looking for competition outcomes, you will gain a lot from consistency in the off-season, but we are also very aware that many of you join our regular swims, runs and rides for fitness, fun and friendship. We will continue to make sure we work to meet your needs on all these fronts, and are always willing to adapt and respond to your commitments to your wider life as well as to other sporting codes.
We will also use this consolidation period to focus on skills and technique in swimming (Merryn will be offering her professional support here), running (Val is already having a very positive impact) and in cycling in preparation for the winter/spring road cycling competitions.
We’ll also be running some bike maintenance sessions, which may alleviate some of your current dependence on the support riders to act as your mechanical crew.
Without creating an unhealthy dependence on them, we’ll also take some time to assist you to make sense of the information the devices many of you are using to track your training give you – though most people will agree that there’s still nothing better than paying attention to the signals your body and mind sends you to best guide your training decisions.
At any time if individual athletes would like support or feedback on their over-all training/sport schedule or individual concerns, niggles or doubts, we are very happy to give our input into this. The club has access to the skills and knowledge of people who have significant experience in our three codes and we are all here to help.
Monday 11 March
Club Open Water Swim – Meet at the new sealed Carpark at Roy’s Bay. Graded swim for distance, 1 to 2 km.
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 14 March
Club Run – Meet Room 23 at 3:30 pm. Speed with Val and Mt Iron Rabbit Run Challenge with Chris. All welcome.
Friday 15 March
Club Ride: Mt Barker Attack Drills – Meet Room 23 at 3:30 pm. During this ride we will use the relatively quiet stretches of Mt Barker road to develop our skills in timing and executing sprint attacks.
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!
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