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Inspirational Story - Tom Davies

Thursday, 13 August, 2015 - 14:20

If you are having a difficult time training or are in need of some inspiration please take a minute to read the fascinating and incredible story of this young man..

 

Tom Davies, 19, has recently completed an astonishing journey of over 18,000 miles on his trusty road bike, making him the youngest person to complete this challenge! He was inspired by his father and discovered his passion for the sport after cycling from London to Chamoix aged just 15. After years of planning this epic journey with his parents he finally set off in January 2015 to embark on his record breaking trip around the world.

It’s fair to say that he overcame several sticky situations during his trip including escaping some overly-friendly dogs in Albania, fleeing from monkeys and racing an emu in Australia. Not forgetting the cruel mistress that is the weather! He cycled through the snow in France with little visibility and his headtorch as a rear light, conditions which would test any experienced cyclist. Onto a completely different climate and lifestyle into India Tom cycled through the crowded streets avoiding cars, cows and monkeys! He then went on to cross deserts in Australia experiencing a broken spoke, however that didn’t deter him! Going on through Auckland, the States, Canada and into Europe Tom experienced some difficult days experiencing illness, fatigue and battling his inner demons telling him (or any normal person!) to give up, however he stuck with it.

Beginning his final leg from Poole to Battersea in London, he crossed the line to a huge amount of support from locals, friends and his proud family. After an emotional reunion he went onto to say that it was ‘the best feeling’. Not only did Tom become the youngest rider in history to complete this mammoth task, he also raised nearly £60,000 for Prostate Cancer UK; Carney’s Community and Sohana Research Fund!

 

If you want to read more about Tom and his incredible journey have a look at his blog - his brutal honesty and good humoured approach make it a very interesting read. http://tomdaviesrtw.com/blog/

 

Kimbolton Triathlon Feedback - Survey and Prizes!

Thursday, 6 August, 2015 - 12:04

Just a reminder for you about the Kimbolton Triathlon  Survey - the prize draw will take place on Friday 7th August so time is running out! We really value your feedback and take all your comments on board when planning our events, we want to make them even better each year so if you can spare a minute or two to complete this we would really appreciate it!

We're also very lucky to have a Just Racing T- Shirt for every respondent, what more could you want! When you have completed the survey please send a message to info@justracinguk.com  with your preferred size  - it could be for you, a member of your family or a friend! Please write your name and address in the message as well so we can get them posted out to you - or alternatively if you are taking part in the Terry Wootton Roade Triathlon on September 27th feel free to collect it then!

If you want to respond to the survey, there's still time - click here to take part and tell us your opinion, we value all your comments and will listen to you!

Entries for the Terry Wootton Roade are still open - if you want to take part in this great end of season tri then don't hesitate and enter now!

http://www.justracinguk.com/event/2015/terry-wootton-roade-triathlon

Challenge Weymouth - Feedstation Heroes!

Thursday, 6 August, 2015 - 11:53

As you know, taking part in any race whether it's sprint distance or long distance support is absolutely vital! At Challenge Weymouth we understand the need for a friendly face and a bit of encouragement when your energy is fading and your legs are feeling a bit sore. We are so lucky to have the following support at the various feed stations at Challenge UK 2015, without their help and volunteered time none of the event could be possible. Our army of volunteers devote time to help with so many different aspects of the event however feed stations are so important - we are lucky to have the help of local tri-clubs - BustinSkin, Wessex Wizards, Sandsfoot Cafe Racers and also the Portland Prison Officers, Weldmar Hospice and the 6Rifles!

 

Bike 1 - Portland Prison officers

Having helped out last year the Portland Prison Officers are back to support and help at the first feed station on the bike course. Having been inspired from helping out last year we are pleased to say that a couple of officers are tackling the course themselves this year so be sure to cheer them on!

Bike 2 - 6th Battallion The Rifles (6Rifles)

We are proud to have the 6Rifles helping out on the second bike feed station in Challenge Weymouth 2015. Comprising of 520 part-time soldiers from a variety of different backgrounds, these brave men and women train to prepare for front-line operations. So remember to be polite and smile!

Bike 3 - Weldmar

http://www.weld-hospice.org.uk/

Weldmar is an independent local hospice which provides high quality to many patients in Dorset. Partnering with Just Racing and Challenge last year we hope to make a difference. With some athletes running in aid of the hospice we were thrilled to place them of the last bike feed station to cheer on competitors.

 

Run1 - BustinSkin - Local tri club

Bustin Skins is a local Tri Club based in Dorset - having helped out last year at the same feed station they are back this year for more! The first station out on the run they will be there to support the athletes through their inevitable jelly legs from the bike.

Run 2 & 4 - Sandsfoot racers - Local tri club

Manning the largest feed station on the course for the out and back section of the run, they will be there to support and encourage everyone! If you wish to meet some of the hardworking volunteers then pop down to the open air Sandsfoot Cafe on Old Castle Road for coffee, cake, a chat and some top tips!

Run 3 - Wessex Wizards - local tri club

After helping on harbour side feed station last year we are delighted to have the Wessex Wizards back for 2015. Positioned on the same station they will be there giving masses of support to the athletes passing by. Without volunteers such as Wessex Wizards Challenge UK would not be possible so thank you to each and every member taking part on the other side of race day.

 

Without your help this event could not be possible so a huge THANK YOU!

 

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Challenge Weymouth Nutrition 2015

Thursday, 6 August, 2015 - 11:18

USN - Challenge Weymouth Nutrition

USN will be providing all the nutrition for the upcoming Challenge Weymouth and Weymouth Half feed stations. They will be at the expo prior to the event so if you have any questions or if you want to purchase any last minute personal favorites they will be more than happy to help! Their products provide the body with all the essential vitamins and minerals that your body needs during long distance endurance sports.

As you know nutrition is a vital part in any event especially middle and iron-distance. No one wants to suffer from the terrible ‘bonk’ feeling so we have put together a list of the products that USN will be providing at Challenge Weymouth 2015.

On Each Feed Station;

  • Ener-G - Mango and lime

Fruit Fusion

Exotic Berry

  • Protein, Seed and Nut Bars

  • Vooma Gels - Decaffeinated - Flavours including Vanilla, Peach, Chocolate

In the Recovery Room;

  • R3 Xcell - Orange

         Tropical

  • Pure Protein Bars

Chocolate Ice-Cream

Vanilla Ice-Cream    

 

In addition to the USN nutrition, there will be fruit and water on the bike course. The run course will have water, flat coke, fruit, sweet treats such as flapjack, brownies and savory snacks including pretzels and crisps. At the finish, there will be a variety of hot and cold foods including pasta and sandwiches. Erdinger Alkoholfrei will also be on the finish line with their refreshing isotonic sports drink!

There will be a special needs hand in on Saturday when participants are racking their bikes. Please make sure your bag is clearly marked with your number, name, and which station it is required at.

 

If you have any other questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch : info@justracinguk.com

 

Return of Previous Champions at Challenge Weymouth 2015

Thursday, 30 July, 2015 - 17:06

We are excited to announce that previous champions Yvette Grice and Stephen Bayliss are returning to compete in Challenge Weymouth this year!

Yvette Grice has already had a successful 2015 coming 6th at the elusive Challenge Roth and runner up at the Eastbourne half marathon. As a previous winner of Challenge UK in Henley 2011 Yvette states that she is looking forward to competing in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere with the support of all the locals!

Competing for his 5th year in a row at a Challenge UK Event, Stephen Bayliss has said that he is doesn’t want to miss out on Challenge Weymouth 2015. Having 4 iron distance victories under his belt this previous champion is definitely one to watch! After a difficult year including some illness, Stephen has said that he is feeling good and will be in great shape for Weymouth in September.

If you want to race alongside world class athletes, don’t hesitate, click here to enter now!

Inspirational Story - Steve Jarvis

Thursday, 30 July, 2015 - 16:59

Introducing Steve Jarvis

 

Having had multiple health problems, overcoming 8 years of illness and receiving a kidney transplant from his mother, Steve Jarvis is an inspiration to us all.

 

After recovering and adapting to life with a new kidney he began sprinting, with determination and a new lease on life Steve set out with a goal to get a medal at The World Transplant Games in Thailand in 2007. His passion to succeed resulted in a very impressive 4 gold medals! 4 years later in Sweden he set out to improve his medal tally and prove that he’s still at the top of his game, achieving an outstanding 3 world records and bringing home 5 gold medals!

Raising awareness for Organ Transplants is something that is very important to Steve and when a friend mentioned iron-distance challenges to him he thought it was something ‘ridiculously hard’ for him to do, so he’s doing it!

The adaption from sprinting to long distance training has been very challenging as his body takes longer to filter out the byproducts of training. Steve also learnt to swim in July last year and has gone from struggling to swim 25m to conquering his fear of open water swimming! He now regularly swims in the seas of Cornwall, sometimes accompanied by some rather friendly seals! Fitting in 3 sessions of each discipline a week, the Cornish hills take no prisoners with very few flat stretches, these difficult training surroundings put him in great stead for the undulating Weymouth course.

Training for The Weymouth Half Triathlon alongside family life and his own business has been tough however he will be on the start line September 13th in Weymouth Bay ready to embark on the elusive Challenge Weymouth course. After crossing the line he will not only have achieved something inspirational, he will also receive a medal to add to his already impressive collection!

Stephen is racing at Weymouth Half for the Transplant Sport UK charity to raise funds for organ donation awareness. The charity helps children who have had organ transplants, giving them the chance to participate in sports and social events at the British Transplant Games which are put on specially for children aged between 5-16 who have difficult conditions. It gives them the time and opportunity to socialize and make friends with children who have similar conditions. The volunteers at the charity are amazing people who give up their own time to help the children. If you would like to find out more about the charity, click here http://www.transplantsport.org.uk/.

 

Celebrating 15 years of The Terry Wootton Roade Triathlon!

Thursday, 23 July, 2015 - 12:35

When Just Racing (UK) was formed in 2001 the main goal was to put on events that we would want to take part in ourself, and The Terry Wootton Roade Triathlon is no exception! Based at Elizabeth Woodville School in Northamptonshire this triathlon is always a popular event for novices, or alternatively a great opportunity for more experienced athletes to end their season in style!

 

As it is the 15th year we have put together a few fun facts about Roade Triathlon:

  • Since the event started in 2001 over 5976 people have competed.

  • The total number of lengths swam over the last 15 years equates to 1,537 miles

  • The amount of miles cycled at Roade Triathlon is equivalent of riding the Tour de France nearly 34 times

  • The number of miles ran at Roade amounts to running the equivalent of 1018 marathons!

  • In 2006 Holly Avill participated in Road Triathlon and the following year was selected to participate in the 2008 Beijing Olympics! She is also the youngest ever athlete to take a podium place in successive debut World Cup Races

  • Yvette Grice competed in Roade in 2007, since her race she has gone onto achieve huge things! Winning Ironman UK in 2010 and conquering Challenge Henley in 2011, Yvette is an inspiration

  • The legend Tim Don took part in Roade in 2011 and still holds the course record with a  mind-boggling 49.30! A regular competitor in elite races he now takes part in middle distance races. Having taken part in the Olympics and winning the London Triathlon in 2007, we feel privileged to have had him at one of our events!

If you want to take part in this fantastic triathlon please enter here http://www.justracinguk.com/event/2015/terry-wootton-roade-triathlon

 

Kimbolton Triathlon Summary - Another Great Year!

Thursday, 23 July, 2015 - 12:29

After another successful triathlon at Kimbolton School at the weekend we hope that have all recovered! 

The Kids Triathlon was a fantastic day with children of all ages competing in the beautiful school grounds of Kimbolton School. With some familiar faces and some triathlon first-timers it was great to see smiles all round! From Tristart to Youth each category contained kids that were full of enthusiasm with some ones to watch in the future! We hope that all the participants thoroughly enjoyed themselves and have caught the triathlon bug!

Kimbolton Adults escaped the early morning rain just in time with the sun coming out just as the athletes started. A last minute change to the bike course proved very fast with the fasted split coming from Stu Wright with a very impressive 34.17!! The overall male winner coming in just under the hour was Andy Fairley, with a fast swim start he managed to hold onto the lead to come in first. Georgina Schwiening came in first for the ladies with an equally fast time of 1:02:09, challenging many of the male athletes she came in 7th overall, go girl!

Photography for both races is available to view and buy from Adrian Howes, a lovely way to remember the day! http://www.adrianhowesphotography.co.uk/PBSCCatalog.asp?CatID=2731102

Office Triathlon Experience

Friday, 17 July, 2015 - 12:19

Here at the Just Racing Office we love doing races almost as much as we like organising them!

Between the 8 of us we have racked up:

2 Super sprints, 52 Sprint, 22 Standard, 16 Half and 12 Long distance races.

We didn’t always win, we didn’t always enjoy them & some we didn’t finish, but we do know there is always another day & another race!

We prefer the swim & bike & only 1 of us looks forward to the run!

We don’t consider ourselves experts but we’ve learnt a thing or two along the way - here are our top tips for a successful race:

 

  • Training IS important, make time for it & you will see results

  • Nutrition is also important, eat & drink well before & during your race

  • We prefer 2 piece tri-suits - much easier for toilet stops

  • White tri-suits may be slightly impractical (just trust us on this one)

  • For anything over standard distance change your socks from bike to run, they will feel good & make all the difference to your run

  • Elastic laces in trainers make life so much easier in transition & save loads of time

  • You DO NOT need a gel every 20 minutes - whatever the packet says in our experience over consumption of gels always ends badly

  • If it’s hot IT IS worth taking the time to apply sunscreen

  • SMILE! You paid for it. you trained for it, you may as well enjoy it

  • ALWAYS be friendly to volunteers & thank them. Without them the races wouldn’t happen!

 

Things we wish we’d known before our first race:

Not everyone taking part will look like a pro athlete! Triathletes are friendly & come in all shapes & sizes. We LOVE to talk about triathlon so talk to fellow competitors, swap tips & enjoy each others war stories!

We’ve all failed to get our wetsuits off with cold fingers, tried to put tops on over our bike helmets & forgotten to uncleat our bike shoes as we arrive in transition! Laugh at the mistakes you make & come back stronger next time - & that’s the most important thing. There is always a next time!

 

Dealing with open water panics when racing

Thursday, 16 July, 2015 - 12:15

For many, one of the most daunting aspects of an open water triathlon is the swim section. No matter how confident you are swimming in a pool, or how many pool-based triathlons you may have completed, making that transition to open water can set off alarms bells for any swimmer. Similarly, at times even the most experienced open water swimmers can get panicked during open water swims. The uncertainty of conditions, lack of visibility, changing temperatures- there are many triggers that can, unexpectedly turn your swim into a disaster session! However, it doesn’t have to be this way!

Swim Coach Adam Gibson has worked with many swimmers and triathletes throughout his coaching career and has come across every swimming anxiety possible. Adam acknowledges that open water swimming panics happen to everyone and anyone at any time. Through his coaching, he has come up with some tried and tested methods to try and help every swimmer overcome open water panics during racing, summarised in his blog below.

Dealing with Open Water Panics During Racing

It can happen to anyone. You feel like you can't swim. You feel like you can't breathe. You feel like you might die. 10 minutes later, sat on the edge of the lake, you feel like an idiot. You shouldn't. It can happen to anyone.

While the swim is the shortest section in triathlon it is often the part that causes people most problems. In this short blog we'll look at what causes open water race panics, what we can do to deal with them and how we can prevent them happening.

3 Things to Remember...

  • It happens too ALL abilities. Don't relate this problem to your swim ability. I've seen more experienced than beginner swimmers have this issue this year!

  • It doesn't mean your race is over. With the correct strategy and coping methods you may only lose a few minutes. Don't write off your race. (They are expensive these days!)

  • The more you practice and prepare for this, the less it will happen.

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Common Causes...
  • Setting off too fast. Almost ANY pace feels easy for 100-200m when swimming. We've all been there, doing a 400m swim TT, it can feel so easy for the first half, then BOOM, you suddenly realise you were going too fast. Drop yourself in the middle of a busy excited swim start and it’s very easy to set off at an unsustainable pace and not realise.

  • Not acclimatised or exhaling fully. No doubt about it, colder water sets more panics off. Making sure you have got used to the temperature before starting will ensure you are able to exhale fully into the water.

  • Lack of confidence or race nerves. Again, this goes back to needing to be fully relaxed with your breathing, and ensuring you exhale fully.

  • Wetsuit comfort. Some wetsuits have a very high neck line, this can cause swimmers to feel restricted with breathing and set off panic.

  • Choking. Surprisingly probably the least common cause...!

Coping Strategies...

  • Spot the signs early.

  • Slow down your pace (sometimes this can be enough to prevent it).

  • Focus on fully exhaling.

  • Switch to Breaststroke if needed

  • Stop if needed. Remember that in your wetsuit you can float on your back with zero effort, so lay back and relax. Its worth knowing that the rules state you can hang on to a kayak or lake edge so long as you don't make forward progress. So don't assume if a kayak comes to help you they have to take you out the lake. Take your time.

  • Ensure you are fully relaxed and settled before setting off again or before picking up the pace if you didn't stop. Take your time.

  • Don't write off your race. Sometimes these ordeals feel like a lifetime, when in reality they are a matter of seconds or minutes. Keep a positive mind for the rest of the event, it is easy to make up the time on the bike/run. Stay positive.

Training Methods to Prevent Panics...

  • 100m pool reps with 1st length hard. Get used to that feeling of getting short of breath and practice adjusting pace and swimming through it.

  • Bunch pool sprints. Get comfortable swimming in a group to calm nerves. We swim 2 rows of 3 in a standard pool lane in our squad. (see photo below)

  • Breathing drills. Practice breathing every 2,3,4,5,6,7,8 until you can do a length of each comfortably. Try swimming relaxed lengths on 1 or zero breaths. Get comfortable in these situations.

  • Include 'Sink Downs' in your open water warm up. Put your face into the water and practice fully exhaling  until you start to sink down, that is when you know you are fully exhaling. If you are comfortable doing this you should be fine once you start to swim.

  • Practice floating. I see so many experienced swimmers forget that in open water they can take a break and rest with zero effort. On your open water training occasionally practice laying on your back in your wetsuit at zero effort. Remember this is possible next time you panic.

  • Practice varied pace swims in open water. This will get you comfortable being short on breath and recovering while keeping moving.

 

SUMMARY...

The above tips should help you reduce your open water panics and teach you how to cope with them should they arise!

Remember... The more you practice and prepare for this, the less it will happen.

http://www.greenlightpt.co.uk/blog/dealing-with-open-water-panics-during-racing​

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