NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS

I hope you all had a good Xmas and that Santa brought you that new bike you wanted !!

Here is my text from an article in my Bermuda Sun column at the start of 2014 which because I am lazy I am just reproducing in the hope that you will enjoy my feeble attempts at humour and maybe appreciate my advise.

DAVE MORRISON’S 10 NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS FOR TRIATHLETES

  1. I won’t be a fair weather rider unless it’s windy or raining or cold.
  2. I will charge my bike light properly
  3. I will not drink alcohol ; at least not much.
  4. I will clean my bike and change my lycra race suit if it gets too thin.
  5. I won’t cheat on my swim interval rests or number of 800m track repeats.
  6. I won’t draft on the bike….where I can be seen.
  7. I won’t walk on the run….where I can be seen.
  8. I won’t get angry if Tyler Butterfield or Flora Duffy lap me; twice !
  9. I won’t DNF in any race; unless really, really tired.
  10. I won’t kick or swim over anyone at the swim start unless I have to which I might have to.

FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO MIGHT GET TO QUITTING POINT IN AN IRONMAN

  • You can keep going and your legs might hurt for a week or you can quit and your mind will hurt for a lifetime.”
    Mark Allen – Ironman World Champs multiple winner
  • You didn’t finish !! It cost $600 to enter and you bought that $7000 bike and you didn’t finish !!

Dave Morrison – famous swim/bike triathlete -what I think your spouse might say

SIMPLE BUT OFTEN OVERLOOKED ADVISE FOR TRIATHLETES

  • Eat and sleep to train (as best you can).
  • When injured, don’t ignore it
  • Consistency is one of the keys to reaching your goals
  • Plan and try and stick to your schedule but if you miss sessions don’t try and cram them in elsewhere.
  • When your body says rest then rest.
  • Regularly use a foam roller and do core strength exercises.

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO MY LOYAL FOLLOWERS ( a great cliché but one that I have always wanted to use !!) and WISHING YOU THE BEST FOR 2015.

TIME TO RENEW YOUR BERMUDA TRIATHLON ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP

TIME TO RENEW

Time to Renew Your Membership

Yes it is that time of the year again! After a great 2014 season we invite you to renew your membership! All current memberships will expire on December 31, 2014. Memberships runs January 1 through December 31 and are required in order to patriciate in local triathlon and duathlon events.

To renew your BTA membership visit www.racedayworld.com and follow these simple steps:
1. Log in or register on
racedayworld
2. Complete or update your personal details
3. Existing Race Day World members select My Club, new members select Find a Club and search BTA
4. Select Sign Up or Select Register Me
5. Choose either Family or Individual membership
6. If you are renewing before 31Dec14 enter the membership start date of 01/01/2015, after Jan 1 the system will default the current date
7. Read the waiver and check the box, click continue
8. Add Another Registrant will allow you to add immediate family members
9. Complete your payment details
10. For State – Select country of your card mailing information
11. An email will be sent to you confirming your membership.

TIME TO RENEW

BERMUDA MISSFITS AWESOME AT KEY WEST TRIATHLON 2014

TEAM MISSFITS AT KEY WEST TRIATHLON 2014
TEAM MISSFITS AT KEY WEST TRIATHLON 2014

Sharon Hammond led home the team of Missfits Bermuda ladies as they raced over the standard (Olympic) distance (1500m swim, 40km bike, 10km run and Sprint Distance (750m, 20km, 5km) in Key West, Florida on Saturday 6th December. Sharon won the Ladies 45-49 age group.Also on the podium were Sharon Craig (2nd 50-44), Jen Wilson (3rd in 35-39) and Liz Peckett (3rd 45-49).

Full results :

2014 TRIKW results

ERICA HAWLEY REPORTS ON HER TRIATHLON CAMP IN ECUADOR

Erica with Ecuador camp participants and coaches
Erica with Ecuador camp participants and coaches

Where was the camp and what were the facilities there?

The camp took place in Ecuador in a town called Cuenca and it was at an altitude of 8,500 feet! We swam in the Olympic Swimming Facility (50m pool) and Cycled at the Velodrome/Road and ran at a track and at a local park.

How long was the camp and how many athletes were there? What ages and nationalities were they? Did you know any of the athletes?

The camp was 11 days and in total there were 34 athletes and 7 coaches. The ages ranged from 16-23 and people came from all over South America and some Caribbean islands such as Aruba. I knew a few of the athletes that competed at the YOG and other ITU draft legal races.

What was a typical day training?

We would swim from 7-8:30 then come back for breakfast and at 11 we would either go running or cycling till 2 then come back for lunch. At 4 we would either run down to the track and do stretching/Pilates for an hour or have a lecture back up at the hotel.

What was the riding like at the camp?

We did half of our sessions in the Velodrome where we would practice group skills such as rotating around a Peloton and Cornering. We also went out on the road but I personally felt quite apprehensive on the roads as there was a car crash and cars didn’t overtake the riders with much room.

What was the hardest training session you had to do?

Every training session consisted of lots of drills and warm-up (especially the swim) and it depended on the day as we had to do a run test and a swim test whilst already having a workout before so that was probably the most challenging. I would say the hardest session was a track run where we had to do 5 x 1k intervals after swimming in the morning and 1 hour of drills beforehand.

Did you do anything else other than training?

On one day we were allowed to go to the mall and on one day we went to a National Park where we learned about some of the history of Ecuador.

What was the hardest thing about the camp?

For me, the language was a huge barrier as none of the coaches could speak English very well and there was only one other athlete who could speak it and had to translate everything the coaches said. I think that this made it difficult because I couldn’t receive as much feedback as all the other athletes.

Would you recommend other juniors to go on a triathlon camp like this in the future?

Yes, of course. Camps are always very educational and I have learned many skills and drills for each discipline which will aid me for the future. I think that if I could go again I would obviously choose to go on a camp where more people spoke English but camps are always very good.

 

BUTTERFIELDS FAIL TO FINISH BAHRAIN CHALLENGE TRIATHLON

Bahrain-thTyler and Nikki Butterfield both failed to finish the inaugural Bahrain Challenge Triathlon after both complaining of feeling nauseous the night before the race. Infact Tyler tweeted that he was still suffering from stomach cramp today, Monday 8th December.
They both completed the swim and the bike but then pulled out of the race.
Tyler  came out of the water for the 1/2 Ironman distance in  23:05, and  then clocked 2:05:09 on the bike , while Nikki  recorded a swim time of 27:15 and a 2:31:52 bike.

The race, which carried a total prize purse of $200,000, was won by Germany’s Michael Raelert, who raced in the Escape to Bermuda Triathlon a few years ago, with Rachel Joyce of the UK just holding off compatriot Jodie Swallow ( who also raced Escape to Bermuda). They each took home $50,000 for their efforts.

Tyler and Nikki will now take a well earned rest after a long season before starting their training for the new year.

Neill / Blake Camp – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

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Thanks to volunteers generously donating their time and skills over the past four years, we have been able to keep the camp fee at a reasonable level. We need volunteers for the 2015 camp as follows :

1. Check for entry forms at Winners Edge, Bicycle Works, Sportseller twice a week and keep / update an XL spreadsheet of entries.

2. Collect beer / wine / glasses / ice / soft drinks /coolers for Meet and Greet session and Wrap up party and set up bar for both events

3. Collect items for “goody” bags and make up goody bags and bring them to the Meet and Greet evening. Items for collection will have been prearranged.

4. Make lasagna or salad or garlic bread or dessert for Wrap up party.

5. Buy and prepare simple snacks for Meet and Greet session ( cheese / fruit platters etc)

IF YOU CAN HELP OUT PLEASE CONTACT DAVE MORRISON ON 5054895 BY PHONE OR TEXT OR EMAIL DM@UPTONMANAGEMENT.COM. AFTER DECEMBER 12TH EMAIL ONLY.