TLA Members take on Blenheim Triathlon - Race report by Adrian Pitts
It promised to be a great day for some swimming, cycling and running: the glorious sunny weather really brought out the colours in our TLA sponsored Cumnor Kites kit!
As Gemma Pitts, John Rogers and I entered transition before our midday wave time, we had to pause to allow some athletes in their T2 head out on the run: looking strong as he sprinted past, David Wigg was able to ‘high five’ us as we wished him luck for his last section of the race.
Wet-suited up, we headed down to the lake and shared a few tactical navigation tips: reading the wind patterns on the water we decided to start on the right and leave the others to do battle on the left. As it happens most people were ahead of me so it didn’t really matter! Before we knew it we were out of the lake and starting the long 500m climb back up to the courtyard for T1.
The downhill start to the 3 lap bike course is always exciting. The course was busy but dry allowing us to really build up some speed. Unfortunately, Bladon Bridge wasn’t ready for John; he chose to lovingly protect his bike whilst simultaneously acquiring a little bit of road rash on his first lap.
We’d been on the course for about an hour as we left our bikes in T2. The temperatures were picking up and the 5.6km hilly, 2 lap run certainly used the last of my available energy. Gemma finished looking strong and took 4 minutes off her previous time. As for me, I was a few minutes down on my PB, which will inevitably lead to me signing up for yet another ‘last Blenheim Triathlon’!
For a variety of reasons excuses, this season hasn’t seen too much triathlon specific training! It goes to show that the odd cycle or run to a TLA Bootcamp for an hour of press ups by numbers, squats, hill reps and (although I hate to admit it) even a burpee or two, must be doing us some good after all! See you there next year, maybe…
Benefits of Sports Massage by Pollyanna Fitzgerald
Following on from Adrian, Gemma and John's exploits at the Blenheim Triathlon - it is good to talk about the benefits of Sports Massage both pre and post event. You don't need to have a specific injury to make use of a massage - it is a great tool for keeping your body in good condition to stand up to the rigours of training.
Here is a list of the benefits and results of a good sports massage:
You will get a reduction in delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS)
Massage can help hugely with pain relief
It can promote collagen alignment, muscle function and reduces scar tissue from injuries when applied at the correct stage in the healing process. Therefore making massage an important part in rehabilitation
It reduces the potential for injury making massage an intergral part of an injury prevention programme
Great for muscle relaxation
It helps give an increased range of movement and flexibility
Increases lymphatic and blood flow
Muscle spasm and tension can be relieved
And last, but not least and maybe one of the nicest results of sports massage it promotes an immense feeling of well-being
Please contact Pollyanna on firstname.lastname@example.org to book in for a massage to reap these benefits. Whether you have run a 5k or Man V Horse, massage can benefit everyone.
Member of the Month
We have a new feature for the TLA newsletter - each month we are going to be shining a spotlight on a TLA member who, for us, stands out. This is a difficult task as all of our members are fantastic and give everything to each training session. However, this month, we are giving special praise to someone who has just gone from strength to strength and that is Nadine Hunter.
Nadine joined TLA in 2009 and quickly became a regular at bootcamp sessions and a very loyal and committed TLA member.
Nadine has been a role model over the recent months, she trains so hard and now gives many members a real run for their money! She takes part in numerous events including the incredibly tough Man V Horse event and the TLA Pyrenees trip.
Nadine is extremely dedicated to her training, even running when everywhere was flooded, however a slight deviation from the flooded river path resulted in a dunking in the river! Not to be detered, Nadine finished her run, albeit rather soggy!! (this was in the Winter too!!!).
So please join us in congratulating Nadine as our first member of the month!
Summer Family Bootcamp
We are thinking ahead to the summer holidays which are not all that far away now!! We are going to run our Family Bootcamp again this year for 6 weeks starting on Wednesday 25th July and running until Wednesday 29th August.
The classes will be held at the TLA Studio in Sunningwell and will start at 9.30am.
Price will be £10 pay as you go for adults and £5 for participating children, or you can pay for a block of 6 for £51 (£8.50 per class). Members on block booking can also use their cards for this session.
As always, children are very welcome to come and join in, or they can watch and play in the woods behind the Studio.
We look forward to seeing you, keeping you fit over the Summer and having some fun while we are at it!.