Monday, 28 March 2011

ATHelite Weekly Special

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Stirling Duathlon 2011 Race Report

A small number of ATHeliteers were competing in the Stirling Duathlon on Sunday. This event always seems to start with near freezing temperatures and yesterday was no different. Having dealt with the clocks changing & the last minute clothing dilemmas we all lined up ready to go.

In the Sprint race (5k run, 20k bike, 5k run) Ian Dysart was competing in his first multi-sport event. We were also expecting Don Kennedy who whilst going through the motions of training for this event seemingly neglected to actually enter it. He opted to stay up later on Saturday night and consume cheap champagne as a race alternative. In the Championship race (10k run, 40k bike, 5k run) were Colin, Genevieve and the Gman.

A slightly delayed start saw the Sprint start at 9.30 with the Champ race 5 mins later resulting in a Fox and Hounds situation as we hunted down the Sprint race runners and engulfed a few on their second lap. The run loop is renowned for its 'cheeky' hill which is easy enough on the 1st two loops but becomes increasingly tough on the 2nd two loops to a point where you think walking up it might actually be quicker. With Colin and Genevieve just back from a tough bike week in Lanzarote we were not expecting any miracles on the run and this was just the case. Colin was 39.30 (1 min slower than last time in 2008), Genevieve was 46.34. This was the Gman’s first crack at this event but he still knocked a 10k PB in the process in 47.23 – a sign of the continuing improvements in his running over the last few months. In the Sprint race and following a niggly achilles injury Ian ran a controlled 5k in 25.18.

Good transitions for everyone and out onto the bike course. This was where C & G wanted to see some improvements and whilst both struggled a little with tired crampy legs, Colin finished the 2 loop bike course in 1.05.25 (3 mins quicker than last time), Genevieve showed a 5 minute improvement finishing the 40k in 1.08.04 and the Gman put the hammer down and finished in an excellent 1.07.07.
Ian finished his 20k bike in 44.08.

Onto the tough final 5k run and the hill reared its ugly head twice more. Colin finished the run in a rather disappointing 21.21 but still achieved a PB overall thanks to a strong bike leg. Total time was 2.07.32. Genevieve also found the last 5k hard but ran 1 min quicker than last time in 25.28 and achieved a total finish time was 2.21.24 - a total PB by a massive 9 mins.
The Gman felt the bike a little on the last run but completed the 5k in 26.56 & achieved a great final time of 2.23.15.
Ian had a strong final run & actually went slightly quicker than his first 5k in 25.05 and a total time of 1.37.21. A good result for his first time.

Having completed a photo shoot with supporters Mandy & Martin we headed to the CafĂ© for a coffee in the sun when the prize giving started and in the distance we heard ‘3rd Senior Female… Genevieve Freeman’. After 10 seconds standing in shock she shot off so fast that by the time we caught up with her she was dismounting the podium embracing 1st place finisher & World Champion Catriona Morrison. Not sure who was most shocked, but what a great finish to another fantastic Stirling race.

Well done to Genevieve, Graeme, Ian (& Me!) & thanks to Mandy & Martin for coming up to support the team.

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Stirling Duathlon

Stirling Duathlon is on Sunday. Clocks change on Saturday night so watch out for that one!

Registration 7.30 - 8.30. Race Briefing 8.45.

Sprint Race Start 9.15. Championship Race Start 9.30.

Weather looks great for competing & supporting. If you're not racing why not take the bike out & support the team?

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Saturday Bike Ride

Due to various reasons including holidays, work commitments & Stirling Duathlon on Sunday there will be NO Saturday Bike Ride this week. Normal service will be resumed next week.

Good luck to all those doing one of the Stirling events - we'll see you there!!

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

K-Swiss Performance Shoes

We love the K-Swiss performance shoes & we've just had a new drop of these snazzy numbers - K-Ona S Ironman, Blade Light & the Kwicky Blade-Light

Skechers Tone-Ups

The first of the New Season Skechers Tone-Ups are now in stock....

Thursday, 10 March 2011

ATHelite Tri Club Training

As you may well know - there are a number of us heading over to Lanzarote on Sunday for a week of road biking. I am not posting to brag about this fact but more to point out the effect this may have on some of the Club Training Sessions over the next few days.

Sat 12th 
Am; Intermediate Bike Ride - Colin won't be attending this as he will hopefully be packed by this point but the session is on & the route will be the same as last week as known by the regular crew including Graeme & Don.

Sun 13th 
Am; Long Run - On as always at the usual meeting point.

Mon 14th 
Am; Swim - not on (Tollcross closed for the week)
Pm; Run - this is on but is UNCOACHED & will just be a group training session. No need to pay. Graeme, Don & Liz know the session.

Weds 15th 
Pm; Hamilton College Swim - this is on as normal and Jack will be there shouting at you as normal.

Thurs 16th 
Pm; Run - this is on but is UNCOACHED & will just be a group training session. No need to pay. Graeme, Don & Liz know the session.

Fri 17th 
Am; Swim - not on (Tollcross closed for the week)

Sat 12th 
Am; Intermediate Bike Ride - The session is on & the route will be the same as last week as known by the regular crew including Graeme & Don.

Sun 13th 
Am; Long Run - On as always at the usual meeting point.

Please note - apart from the Weds Swim these sessions are not official club sessions & are all uncoached. They are just a means for you guys to meet up & train together. The runs & bikes are just that & you must all take responsibility for yourselves.

Have a good week & we shall see you on our return!!

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

ATHelite Weekly Special

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Friday, 4 March 2011

Mizuno TriSport BacPak Transition Bag

Travel to transition in style with the Mizuno TriSport BacPak Transition Bag. Why push your bike to the start line with a plastic tub on your bars when you can ride in with it all on your back? Extra 10% off & FREE P&P if you order online!

ATHelite - Mizuno BacPak

ATHelite - Mizuno BacPak

Tune Belt Sport Armbands - Phone & MP3 Carriers.

New delivery of Tune Belt Phone & MP3 Carriers. Something here for virtually every Smart Phone.

Sunwise Multi-Sport Sunglasses

Sunwise Sunglasses were incredibly popular last year & we have just taken 1st delivery of the 2011 models. Fantastic Multi-Sport sunglasses - they are great for running & biking & come with FOUR interchangeable lenses for different light conditions, including a clear protection lens for the bike.

ATHelite - Sunwise Sunglasses

ATHelite - Sunwise Sunglasses

Xtenex Elastic Laces

You know Triathlon Season is upon us when the demand for elastic laces rockets. Xtenex Elastic Lock Laces are the lace for you if you want to combine super quick transitions with comfort on the run. Available as always in numerous colours including ATHelite Orange!!

ATHelite - Xtenex Laces
ATHelite - Xtenex Laces