Simon Hodgkinson - Season Review.

By peter jeffers
on November 18, 2016
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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 enough base such that I just had to remain injury and illness free to capitalise on this.


Now it’s the off season what is a typical  training week like and how do you manage to fit it round family and work ?

I have two boys aged 4 and 2 and they are my priority, but I always have in mind what I’d like to do, with the understanding that sometimes a bounce on the trampolines, collecting leaves and building snowmen will come first. A perfect week would be:
Sat: Velo Club road ride or long run. (+ coffee and cake)
Sun: Velo (un-official) Evening MTB Ride.
Mon: Steady Run.
Tuesday: Velo MTB Tuesday Night Ride or Run Intervals and Swim.
Wednesday: Rest.
Thursday: Steady Run/Swim.
Friday: Steady Run.



I try to run in my lunch hour and fit a cycle in sometimes by taking my boys to nursery in the cycle trailer then riding to work. The extra 50kg (feels like it) in the trailer certainly helps with leg strength!

What is it that you enjoy about each of the Triathlon elements and isn't one sport enough?

Swimming: Gliding through the water in the pool and the freedom of the open water – not to mention Post Swim food! You know you’ve had a good swim when you’re sweating before you get into the sauna (giving my secrets away)…
Bike: Being out in the open along quiet Country Lanes, the feeling of speed, when doing 25mph in a race in my head I’m doing 100! Timetrialling is hard but rewarding.
Run: Running is such a good way to explore the countryside hopping over stiles and heading off down paths. Of course my NB trail shoes make this even better.

I get bored with one sport, also doing more than one sport can help if you’ve got an injury caused by one discipline.




What advice would you give to anyone new who is thinking of taking part in triathlon next year ?

Just do it! Ask yourself… Can I swim (or doggy paddle)? Can I ride a bike? Can I run (or walk)? If the answer is yes enter a Triathlon (distances from as little as a 200m swim, 10km (6 mile) bike and 2.5km run… If you can’t do those things then start, don’t think you need to spend a fortune on kit. If you need any advice pop into The Velo Store and ask about affordable equipment that will get you around the race. Take the bare essentials for each discipline, and visualise the race and the transitions in your head beforehand.


Do you need a time trial bike to take part in Tri ?

No, any bike will do. Doesn’t even have to be a road bike, a MTB or a shopper will do! Perhaps avoid a BMX it would be hard work. Some races are now draft legal so a Time Trial bike wouldn’t offer any advantage. I love Timetrialling though so would always pick a non-drafting race ☺

Thinking of next year do you have any targets you want to tell us about ?

I have entered the Staffordshire Ironman as a Team, so I hope to increase my bike mileage and maybe take part in some 50 Mile Time Trials early in the season. I’ll have to make my position on the Argon less ‘aggressive as it’s set up for short course events, but either way it’s going to hurt!

I am looking to take part in some Standard/Olympic distance events if I can increase my mileage realistically, but not take too much edge off my speed for the shorter distance events.

A sub-17 minute 5k is a constant goal, along with a sub-21 minute 10 Mile Timetrial.

So plenty to go at.

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

By peter jeffers
on November 15, 2016

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 level
Construction Logistics & Cyclist Safety (CLOCS) Standard
SUD is delivered in two sections, a classroom theory module and a practical cycling module, where drivers experience a cyclist’s view of the road. The two modules are delivered on the same day, and courses are run around the country by a number of training providers.

If you would like to book a course then call Fleet Source on 0345 600 4045 and tell them you'd like your course to be at the Velo Store.

 

The five pillars approach to training

By peter jeffers
on November 05, 2016

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 done.

Im not going to give you some sort of magic training plan (who am i to talk anyway Im the one struggling) but I thought Id share something that Im personally stealing from the Ironman brand to we use and apply to my training this winter. And it doesn't matter if  you do all three disciplines or only run or cycle there are some wise words in here. 

Balance – Triathlon is a sport in and of itself, not a combination of swimming, biking and running. We balance our strengths and weaknesses to become athletes who train and race holistically.


Consistency – athletes weave together work, family and challenging workout schedules. The road to the finish line is paved with a realistic program that allows us to constantly invest to go farther.


Endurance – An athlete's training should reflect the sport and triathlons are ultimately tests of endurance. We subscribe to a simple maxim: If you can sustain, you will succeed.


Adaptability – Setting goals is only part of the journey: An athlete must always adjust. We aim to develop an intuitive flexibility – responding to our bodies and our lives – to prevent burnout or injury.


Recovery – Successful training incorporates a spectrum of intensity, from full-throttle workouts to rest and recovery. It’s the valleys that make the peaks possible and both are essential to real progress.




Originally from: http://www.ironman.com/triathlon-news/articles/2013/04/5-pillars.aspx#ixzz4P2JUh7Iy

 

European City of Sport Triathlon Trentham 2016

By peter jeffers
on November 02, 2016
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European City of Sport Triathlon Trentham 2016

European City of Sport Triathlon Trentham 2016

September 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 per. as we sailed our car into the drive. Some nice fresh water in Trentham Lake might be a good thing, apart from the temperature.

Race morning arrived. I haven’t done enough training, I’ve drunk too swim_sprint_men_stoke-on-trent_triathlon-10much, not eaten enough, oh no actually I’ve eaten too much and GO!!!! Oh we’re off …the start of the swim was a bit of a shock as I couldn’t feel any part of my body but I managed to make freestyle motions with my arms as the rest of the field few off into the distance. Half way through the swim though I started to make up places like no tomorrow and exited in a strong 5th place. This was the first Triathlon I’d done where you needed to don your shoes to get to T1, so on with the NB Prisms it was and I start the 600m sprint to my bike, half way there and I get cramp in my left hamstring. I stopped and stretch it and I could hear Sam shouting at me to get a move on, and I did, although to be honest I thought my race had ended right there despite my ‘flying feet’ along the pontoon.
On the bike and I was soon doing 30mph towards Stone and I’d forgotten all about my hamstring and I begin to overtake absolutely everybody on the road. After a few races it’s so easy to ride in a naturally aero position on my Argon 18, while still being able to put out all the power I have. I knew that some of the competitors were in other races but I was sure I’d overtaken some in my race, and I arrived at T2 without once being overtaken on the bike.




Out on the run I made anyone on the course a target Stoke-on-Trent Triathlonto drag me along, the tough uphill start out of T2 which then catapulted me into a nice downhill towards the Lake for the off-road 5k. Running around the Gardens in the sunshine at full speed was amazing, as I negotiated my still flying feet around the gravel paths.

I caught the lead out bike and runner in the Olympic distance race and we crossed the line together and the commentator shouted out that I was in 2nd position, I was over the moon. I was even more over the moon when Sam told me the commentator had corrected himself after I crossed the line and said that I was in-fact in first position. What an end to a most enjoyable season of training and racing! Even tanned up nicely for the podium where I received a splendid piece of Moorcroft Pottery – Perfect.

Stoke-on-Trent Triathlon


I’m now looking forward to a good winter of training, starting next week with a Cross-Country race at Winsford, and a spot of Mountain Biking. Bring on the mud!

Fidelity & Failure

By peter jeffers
on November 02, 2016

fidelity

1.
faithfulness to a person, cause, or belief, demonstrated by continuing loyalty and support.

synonyms: loyalty, allegiance, obedience, constancy, fealty, homage;

Failure

the 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 I do know now is that it is this fidelity that has given me so much back. Sacrificing the odd ride to spend time with my family has brought me so many happy memories and likewise missing the odd TV program or dropping the booze for a while so that I can run or ride instead has again paid dividends and made me a happier person.

Singletrack praise for the Whyte 529

By peter jeffers
on November 02, 2016

Another sub-£1000 bike from Singletrack Issue 109's bike shootout! Wil takes us through the Whyte 529 in this bike check video.

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