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Simon Hodgkinson - Season Review.

Looking back at 2016 how did you feel the year went and what were your highlights ?I had a season away from Triathlon in 2015 due to family commitments and I think it made me stronger for 2016. Highlight has to be winning the Trentham European City of Sport Sprint Triathlon, such a high profile event not just locally but Nationally too. My winning piece of Moorcroft has pride of place on my mantelpiece.What will you take forward from 2016 into 2017 ?That less is sometimes more. I was forced to take an extended taper into my final biggest race of the season, but I won the race. The hard sessions I’d done all summer provided me with a solid...

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Velo is working with HGV drivers to make our roads safer for everyone

Here at Velo and CTL we don't just sell high vis and helmets then cross our fingers hoping no one runs us over while out cycleing or running. Instead we work with HGV drivers to help make our roads safer for everyone.Safe Urban Driving (SUD) is essential training for all commercial drivers operating HGVs and Public Service Vehicles (PSVs) regularly in the urban environment and where there are high volumes of vulnerable road users, such as cyclists and pedestrians. SUD Training is Driver CPC accredited and fully aligned to meet the requirements of: Work Related Road Risk (WRRR)Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) Silver levelConstruction Logistics & Cyclist Safety (CLOCS) StandardSUD is delivered in two sections, a classroom theory module and...

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The five pillars approach to training

Im struggling to train, its a reality and a fact.  Work has taken over my life since September and on top of that (and probably because of the stress of it, Ive been run down and moved from cold to cold).  Trying to make a come back from this is hard, and although Ive started I cant begin to tell you just how much fitness seems to have gone and coupled to that theres the constant battle I have with my weight. I imagine others have been here or are here right now and as we go into the dark winter months it isn't so easy to get out their and do it. But thats just what need to be...

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European City of Sport Triathlon Trentham 2016

European City of Sport Triathlon Trentham 2016September 11th 2016 and I begin my taper for my final Triathlon of the 2016 season. This is also the day I fly out to Mallorca with my family for a nice relaxing holiday. Actually it was the perfect training camp, pool outside the room for early morning laps, a cycle hire shop down the road, and they let us take the double running buggy on the plane for pre-breakfast runs.I had seen that the start list was available before we went away but I didn’t look as I thought it wasn’t close enough to the event to start feeling nervous just yet.On returning to the UK I noticed that the weather was as...

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Fidelity & Failure

fidelity1.faithfulness to a person, cause, or belief, demonstrated by continuing loyalty and support.synonyms: loyalty, allegiance, obedience, constancy, fealty, homage;Failurethe fact of someone or something not succeeding.A few Sundays I found my self in church, this on its own some you may find surprising, either way I'm sat listening to the sermon and it got me thinking of my cycling and running.During the sermon the Priest talked about how all of us should demonstrate Fidelity in our everyday lives, be it in a faithfulness to family life, work, or with each other and that this in turn may mean we sacrifice things we rather be doing.This is something I can relate too and I m sure many of you can also.What...

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