Having relocated to the Costa Blanca region in 2017, Brian and Annie are now offering their swimming and triathlon coaching services in the Calpe/Moraira area - visit the website for more information on Swimming Coaching on the Cost Blanca and information on Natural Ability Performance Coaching
The British Triathlon Federation has recently released it's competition map for 2018, this is aimed at young athletes and designed to offer a series of development opportunities youth and junior triathletes.
Included within the domestic competition structure, the British Youth and Junior Super Series, is deliberately set up to support the selection policies and philosophies that surround international racing experiences.So these documents are well worth a read for youth and junior athletes, who are, or have potential to perform at this highly competitive level.
Although not released on the BTF website as yet, the Competition Map does provide the Super Series races for 2018 so if interested in these competitions here is an early steal.
I must say you do have to be extremely patient when trying to read through the competition map, it's not the easiest to read!!
I have attached all of the relevant documents below for ease, but for context all of the documents can be found on the BTF website https://www.britishtriathlon.org/gb-teams/talent/competition
Race Report - Reuben Trotter
This was the big race of the season. My summer training was all aimed at Rotterdam so concentrated all summer on improving my running. The day came round very fast and soon I found myself on a flight to Holland! My flight was not till Saturday so I knew I wouldn’t have long to familiarise myself with the course so I watched lots of videos really detailing the course along with my race plan. I was very happy to see the tight technical course as I knew this would play into my hands.
I arrived Saturday afternoon and immediately made my bike and went on a ride to try get a sense of the bike surface. This wasn’t as bad as I thought which gave me confidence. I then enjoyed watching the elite men race, maybe I shouldn’t have been standing up?!?! I then went back to the hotel and set up my bike and got a good night’s sleep.
My race start wasn’t till 4:05 so had plenty of time but I had seen that it was a long way from t2 to t1 to set up so I left plenty of time. All set up I was ready to go. I got a good start on the swim but I felt myself drop off in pace due to the lack of swimming I have done recently. I came out the swim further back than I had hoped but I didn’t let this worry me because I had a long transition to rectify this. I put in loads of effort running to transition and made up lots of places. I mounted onto my bike but knew I would have to work to get into the front pack. So, I dug deep and chased after the pack. The tight corners as a group means that you will have to slow down much more but being a solo rider, I was able to get around the course quickly and soon caught onto the back of the group.
I sat in for a few kilometers just to recover as I had taken a lot out of myself to catch up. I then made my way up the pack and soon someone made an attack, I chased after him to turnaround and see that we had made a break. I was shouting ‘go go go’ and we worked together but this failed and the pack were able to get back onto our wheels. As we raced through a tunnel through the city I had planned to race away into transition and I did just this. Unfortunately, when I did my bike recce I couldn’t ride over a temporary bridge which had some ramps. So when I came to these ramps I think I took off! I landed safely and raced towards transition. I came off the bike in first and ran down transition.
Trainers on I was away, I felt great! I was in a group of three with an Australian and New Zealand athlete. The run course was great running on a path winding through a park. 3km in my legs were still there I knew this was going to be a sprint finish and I was ready! With 750 meters to go the Australian moved up a gear so I followed but we dropped 3rd. The pace was very fast and unfortunately, he was able to go up to one pace faster than I could. Even though I was in second the crowds were amazing for the last 500m and running down the blue carpet was an incredible experience. I finished 2nd in my age group but also 2nd out of all sprint athletes!
All this could not be possible without support and guidance from my coach Brian Butler from Natural Ability.
This weekend saw a Junior Males relay team from Natural Ability compete at the Cotswold Water Park Relay Challenge. The four boys secured 1st Place by posting a new course record by over 9mins.
Each of the four team members Gregor Kelling, Reuben Trotter, Skip Snelston, and Luke Sherlock completed the 4 x 250m Swim - 8km Cycle - 1.5km Run to finish in an over all time of 1hr 43mins. A great performance by four very talented youngsters, congratulations.
14 year old Katie Pamphlett who went along to cheer on the 4 boys and found herself making up the fourth member of a male rugby club team, the rugby team had lost their fourth relay member and without Katie would have had to withdraw from the competition. After seeing her race they have asked her to act as a stand in winger during their next rugby match.
Katie-Ann Birch A Podium at Vitruvian and the Middle Distance National Championships
,Katie-Ann following a period of mixed fortunes put a very frustrating summer of training to one side to claim 2nd place at the National Middle Distance Championships at Vitruvian this weekend.
Katie-Ann has worked incredibly hard this year to claim 2nd AG position at Staffordshire 70.3, and then this weekend 2nd at the Middle Distance Championships. The training for Vitruvian focused on the adaption from bike legs to run legs, and with a solid run strategy Katie-Ann surpassed her goals and expectations for this last race of the year. Congratulations Katie-Ann.
A fantastic morning of racing by the Natural Ability Junior Ambassadors
Rosie Weston 1st Under 20s at the Bala Standard Distance Race. Rosie is in mid-preparation for the World AG Championships in Rotterdam.
Rose Lord 1st AG at Southam Sprint Triathlon. Rose is in the final preparations for the European Qualifiers.
Reuben Trotter 1st AG at the Bosworth Sprint Triathlon. Reuben like Rosie is in mid-preparation phase for the World AG Championships in Rotterdam.
Congratulations to you all.
Coach Annie has secured top spot in her age group in a series of 4 sea races on the Costa Blanca. The series of four races with three to count has taken place over the past two months, each race has been a 1500m (give or take) sea swim with a point to point format. Annie has secured first place despite having to miss the last race of the series.
Did you know? During today's La Vuelta Stage 8 (199Km) the riders will consume between 12-15 bottles of fluid!! Makes my hydration strategy whilst on the bike a little inadequate.
Two of our 2017 Calpe Training Camp Coaches/Guides showing how its done in Canada at the Elite Penticton ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships, 1.5km Swim - 31km MTB - 8km Run. Congratulations Henry Sleight 18th Elite in 2:21:48, and Jess Roberts 12th Elite in 2:48:49, top performance guys. We look forward to you both joining us for our 2018 Training camps in Calpe Spain?
I completed my first Middle Distance Triathlon completed on Sunday! Ely Monster Racing event. The aim was 6:30 and actual time was 6:27 so very pleased with that - and only one small toe-nail lost in the process. Not planning on repeating it next year - maybe two years time though. Thanks to Brian Butler at Natural Ability Performance Coaching for his support and coaching programme, and all of Rachel's support throughout the event - not least the supply of jelly babies which got me to the finish!
I drove up the day before as Llandudno was a good three hours away. I was really excited for this race as it was a qualifier for the World Championships in September and many of my team mates had already qualified so I really wanted to join them. I registered and there was a quick opportunity to drive the bike course before the roads were shut, so I did! It was a technically difficult course with lots of climbing, I think mum wished she hadn’t driven the course after she had been round and saw the decent, it was a very narrow road with lots of tight corners. I knew this would however be an advantage to me being a strong rider as riders would get very spread out.
Race day came and I could have a lie in as I wasn’t off till 11:45. All set up I was feeling confident. I lined up for the sea swim which was the first time I had raced in the sea all warmed up. We had been told the sea was 18 degrees but when I first got in I did not believe this, felt like 12! This soon passed as we swam out to swim start. We had a 10 second count down which was nicer than the usual horn and everyone being startled! I had a great swim coming out joint first with a strong swimmer (Junior Super Series racer) that I had eyed up as a target to stick with before the race. This gave me a great boost as I ran up the jetty and up through the very long transition. Wetsuit off, helmet on I was off onto the bike.
I left transition in 1st so knew I had to push so not to be overtaken. It was a draft legal race but I knew that it was going to be safer and even quicker going round solo. Pushing and pushing up the hill, well I wouldn’t call it a hill more like a mountain, another rider caught me up and we worked together up the hill before he dropped me on the decent, on the decent!! The bike course was two laps and I desperately tried to get back onto his wheel before the climb again but I couldn’t. I kept the gap together however as I entered T2 which was very quick.
The run was just and out and back so very boring. I kept my pace up finishing 2nd overall and 1st in my age group by over 4 minutes in a time of 1:04:18. This means I have qualified for the World Championships in Rotterdam.
Thanks to Brian from Natural Ability for their continued support making it all possible, for pushing me and getting me to the startline in great condition.