Congrats to everyone who took part in the aquathlon on Sunday. We hope that you enjoyed the event. Attached are the race results. We hope to see you all back next year.
Please find attached the race instructions for the aquathlon on Sunday, 9th September. Good luck to all participants.
So the decent weather did not hold until Tuesday and the cold, wind and rain added an extra challenge to all those who took part. The marsahlls did a great job putting up with the inclement conditions while the competitors enjoyed themselves. Despite the weather, the event attracted its largest ever number of competitors, with over 70 finishers. The full results are attached below.
Hopefully the nice weather will last until Tuesday 5th June for the Hawridge Duathlon. Here are the race instructions and the competitor list as it is now. Good luck for all those taking part.
There was a good turn out for the time trial swims with 11PB's achieved.
Lane 1 were all Iron man swimmers with Jon (22.38, 28.44 and 59.23) and Jaco (23.18, 29.39 and 1.00.07) getting a pb 1500, half iron man and full iron man time, sound swimming by Liz (24.30, 30.31 and 1.02.49), Dave C (26.07, 32.31 and 1.07.14) and Adrian T (26.34, 33.40 AND 1.07.20).
Lane 2 - Good Iron man swims from America (28.00, 34.58 and 1.13.05), and Adrain B including a PB Half (28.00, 34.58 1.13.05). Good Swims by Martin (28.00 and 34.58), Dave W (28.00), Mark M (28.55).
Lane 3 saw more PB Swims including Paul M (29.49, 37.58), Claire (29.49, 37.58), Simon A PB 400m and 1500m (7.49, 30.00) and Mark C (9.00)
Club Times are all updated in the Doc above
Total pbs this Season 17 - Target 50
If you have thought about having a go at a triathlon but were not sure where to start then this is a great event to give youconfidence in taking part in a multi-sport event. The swim is in the heated Chesham outdoor pool. You can choose from a range of distances ranging from a 250m swim/2.5K run upto 800m swim/10K run. You can even enter as a relay with one member of the team doing the swim and the other doing the run.
Why not take part in this years Hawridge Duathlon. It will take place this year on the evening of Tuesday, 5th June 2012. Its a friendly local event that takes place near Chesham and has been running for around twenty years now. It always attracts a range of competitors with a wide range of abilities. Book a place soon because the field is limited to 100! More details and the entry form are in the document below:
Four hardy triathletes braved the rapidly cooling river
Thames for a swim on Sunday. The 6km from Longridge, Marlow to Cookham was
downstream, but the low rainfall this Autumn left us with little help from the
We started as early as light would allow (depressing to be
leaving home in the dark!) but the river was already busy with rowing crews out
training, and we were fortunate to have friend Sheona in a kayak to offer
protection and warn rowers of our presence. The cold water (about 11 degrees) stung
faces and hands until we acclimatized.
Hot tea and biscuits never tasted so good as the ones we
were offered riverside in Bourne End. It was a little bizarre to be stood in
the river drinking tea (see picture), but the final mile to Cookham went at top speed.
We were in the water for 1hour 45minutes altogether. It took a
long time for fingers and toes to feel normal again! Thanks to Sheona, Paul and
Alex for kayak/boat support and for the best cup of tea ever. Well done
Chiltern Tri member Jane found a few inspiring facts to enthuse us all ahead of
next summer’s challenge:
- The shortest distance across the Channel is 21 miles, but
most swim further due to tides, which actually make it faster to swim a
slightly zig-zag route, going initially slightly east with the outgoing tide,
then back west with the incoming tide. Fortunately, the boat pilot does the
navigating, so the swimmer doesn’t have to.
- Altogether, 1227 swimmers have crossed the channel solo.
That’s fewer than have climbed Everest, been to Space or the South Pole.
There have been 222 multiple-way swims. The Queen of the Channel, with 43
successful crossings to date, is the amazing Alison Streeter. Conveniently, she
lives in Dover, so maybe it’s just her way of avoiding customs for the
pre-Christmas booze cruise. She is also the only woman and only Briton to have
ever done a 3-way swim (that’s there, back and there again!). Her 3-way
crossing took 34hours 40mins.
- In the 1920s, the Channel SwimAssociation was formed to
ratify channel swims. They ensure that we will be taking part under more or
less the same conditions that the first Channel swimmer, Captain Webb, did – although
we have the benefits of lycra and satellite communication. After a number of
deaths, the rules have been tightened to ensure that swimmers are fit to take
part and have proper, experienced and able pilots. Solo swimmers now have to be
over 16, ensuring that the youngest to cross the Channel (at 11 yrs 11 months)
will always hold that record.
- A relay is obviously much easier than a solo swim, but still
no walk in the park. All participants have to have a medical certificate and to
have completed a 2-hour cold-water sea swim before they can enter. The average
crossing time for a relay team is 12 hours 21mins. In that time the biggest
- The weather – if it’s really bad (or forecast bad) you
won’t set off, but it can change quickly in the middle of the sea.
- Jellyfish – not as bad as some UK waters, but a
- Seasickness – can affect swimmers and, with relay
teams, those waiting to swim while on the boat.
- Traffic – one of the busiest shipping channels in the
world. Coastguards liaise with pilots and ships to make sure we have safe
passage. Presumably, one of the reasons it costs so much!
- The cold. Typical Channel temperature in summer is
14-18C. When Alison Streeter was asked about how to combat the cold she
responded, “The only way to keep out the cold is to swim harder”. Duh – should
have thought of that!
- The fear – as with most endurance events, the mental
side is far more important than the physical. You have to be hard as nails, and
not mind waves or deep, dark water...
- Sharks (just kidding)
- If that lot isn’t enough to inspire you, the French
are trying to stop people swimming the Channel, because it interferes with
their shipping. Although only around a third of Channel swimmers are British,
we need to stand up for the British spirit of challenge and adventure that was
pioneered by Captain Webb 136 years ago!
Chiltern Tri member Adrian Tan participated in Ironman Wales, below you can read his race report:
Ironman Wales was meant to be a nice relax race for me. I did IM Switzerland earlier this year and had planned this as a "fun" race. How wrong was I! It turned out to be the toughest IM I've ever done! I guess JP was right - "Don't tell yourself you will take it easy course there is no such thing in Ironman!"
I arrived in Tenby early on Friday 9th Sept for the inaugural Ironman Wales. It was sunny and the sea looked really welcoming and there were promises of a good weekend ahead. The scheduled practice swim on NorthBeach went well. The sea was a little choppy but not too daunting. It was calmer than Bournemouth had been the week before. After a quick swim, I got out feeling calm and confident. After registration, I headed out for a recce of the run route. It wasn't good..... The run route was very hilly taking the main road out of Tenby before turning around and heading back to the castle and up and down the hilly streets of Tenby. Great! And I'll have to do the hilliest marathon course I've ever seen after 7 hours + of racing! That's what happens when you don't research the course route thoroughly! Funnily enough, the races' run rules stated that "No form of locomotion other than running, walking or crawling is allowed".
Race Briefing that evening was funny in a macabre way, as the announcer told us about a potential change in swim locations due to Hurricane Katia. Due to safety concerns, they were considering moving the swim from the more exposed North Beach to the South Beach but it was 1 km from the T1. I mean why not? We were already doing 140.6 miles, what's another 1 km in the grand scheme of things right? He was obviously enjoying himself as he then described the extent of climbing on the bike course.
It was raining all Saturday morning. We checked in our bikes and BIKE & RUN bags and were given an extra transition bag. At the 2nd race briefing, we were told of the confirmed change in swim location. The extra transition bag was to hold our 2nd pair of trainers at the swim exit so that we could run the 1 km across Tenby town centre to T1. On the North beach, the kite surfers were having a whale of a time out there with the huge breakers. Thank god we weren't swimming there on Sunday.
I woke up at 4.30am on race morning having had the first full night sleep in my 3 IRONMAN races. Should be good!
0640hrs on the beach and we were all corralled into a holding area. Then one guy went over the barrier towards the 1st buoy, then another. Pretty soon, more than half the field was walking down the beach towards the 1st buoy. After walking halfway down, we were told to get back into the holding area which we promptly did.... for a while before it all started again....
The horn went. Instead of swimming straight to the 1st buoy, half the field ran down the beach towards the 1st buoy before jumping in. It shortened the swim considerably but also meant that the field was spread across a bigger area. To me, that meant not being bashed about as much and I was able to swim in clear water. The breakers were only about 2ft tall but there were times when I couldn't see the huge buoys that they had placed out for us. On the 2nd lap, there were marshals to ensure that we couldn't run down the beach. We had to swim the full lap and after the 2nd lap, we ran up a steep ramp to get off the beach. I got my shoes on, steadied myself and jogged to T1. There were people already passing me at this stage and it was going to be the theme of the day. Grab my Bike bag, no problem, helmet on, no problem, got on my bike, no problem, ride out of Tenby, and then I realised that the wind had picked up....
Soon, I was getting overtaken by all.... the pointy hats, the disc wheels, as the minutes rolled by so did everyone else. It was brutal heading out to Angle but it was there that we really experienced the full force of nature. On the beach, white crested waves were just rolling in one after another. You could see riders on disc wheels struggling to maintain control of their bikes.
On the bike, I kept my cadence high and my heart rate down, I ate and drank as per my training rides and it was fine until about 40 miles and then for some strange reason, I started feeling sleepy.... really sleepy... I could hardly keep my eyes open and I had to talk to myself to keep myself awake. By the 55mile mark, I was a goner. There were no flat sections on this course. It was either uphill at 5mph or technical downhills at 30+ mph. I was going to quit triathlon and chuck my bike into the bushes. Only problem was that I was in the middle of nowhere so I had no choice but to pedal on.
At about the 56mile mark, a feed station! I slowed down to grab a drink. As I was doing that, the guy ahead of me came to a complete stop. Fricking heck! I couldn't stop in time! I went into the back of him and hit the ground. When I got up, my shoulder was hurting but I was determined to soldier on. At the point, I realised I had a puncture as well. A "quick" change and I was out of the feed station, sore shoulder and knee but aching to finish the race. By then, my pace had slowed considerably. I shifted down to my inner chainring and grounded up the hills, out the saddle with the biggest cog I had...I had no more gears. Some of the hills were horrendous, 16% at Wiseman's Bridge which seems to go on for a while (and we had to do that twice). In and out of Saundersfoot where we had to ride up the Welsh version of "Heartbreak Hill". Only problem was that our legs were already shot by the time we got here. So it was another long slog to get to the top and then up another hill following that. Wave after wave of hills kept coming.
I finally got to T2. Out of T2, I was running at a steady speed until I hit that long hill heading out of Tenby. I pushed on as hard as I could but eventually I slowed to a walk... and then I started walking.... My legs were shot and I had to formulate a new strategy. Walk up that long hill out of Tenby, walk the feed station and jog (no longer running at this point) the rest of the course. We had 4 laps to run. The proprietor at the Albany Hotel where I was staying was out cheering us on as well.
The minutes went on, I took on more nutrition and I ran a little faster. Soon, I was into the last lap, I walked the main hill out of Tenby and I picked up my pace after. When I hit the turnaround point with 4 miles to go, I up-ed the pace and started running and reeling in the numbers. I was going to finish. Not sure how long I've been out here as I no longer bothered to look at my HR monitor. I was feeling better and this was the last lap. Back down the hill, into Town.... And I collected my last band. Went round the corner to a flat stretch leading to the finish
line..... and straight into a strong headwind! But it was not going to stop me as I sprinted towards the finish line. Crowds thickened on the finishing straight, the cheers of the crowd and then I finally crossed the finish line!
I pipped the guy next to me by a second but we were both just happy that we completed it. We were all staggering around the finish line congratulating each other and although my time was a personal worst time of 13hr:21min
, I was just glad I survived. My splits were: Swim: 1:02:55, T1: 13:57, Bike: 7:29:24, T2: 6:44, Run: 4:28:45.Kristen Moeller
, the female winner wrote the following on her FB page: "After a stormy swim in the atlantic, cycled a very windy bike course, including 2400m of altitude. Took over the lead at the 1st of 4 loops in the Marathon. The hilly run course with it's 800m of altitude, made IM Wales by far the toughest Ironman i done."
On the way back from Wales the next day, I met a guy at KFC who was also
heading home from Ironman Wales. He had done 12 Ironmans including 4 in
Lanzarote. He said that IM Wales was the toughest he has done and it made Lanzarote look easy. His finish time was about 11 hours.
As I'm writing this up with my legs propped up of a sofa.... having opted for early retirement from triathlon. I've decided that I'm spending the rest of my life eating pies & lifting pints. In fact, lifting pints is all the training I'm gonna do from now on...
Ironman Wales was held in Pembrokshire, Wales and consisted of a 3.8km sea swim, a hilly 180km Bike and a 42.1km Run.