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
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
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