After a very promising first season competing as an elite junior in 2015, Erica Hawley has been visiting leading “triathlon” colleges in the USA including University College San Diego where her visit coincided with a draft legal race put on by the college which included professional triathletes and leading college triathletes.
Erica did exceptionally well in a field that included Olympic bronze medallist Erin Densham of Australia who finished 4th.
Erica was 16th overall out of 54 finishers in 1 hr 5 min 31 secs with only two college students finishing ahead of her over the sprint distance Tritonman. Erica also broke 20 minutes for the first time on the run over this distance, completing the run in 19 min 49 secs.
There was a good turn out this morning for the early morning endurance ride and with the weather cooperating everyone enjoyed the 2 to 3 hours of riding to St.Georges and St.Davids and back to Hamilton.
Cora Lee Starzomski’s new pink bike certainly caught everyone’s attention !
The Beginners had the opportunity to work on their bike skills at Astwood Park car park.
The day ended with an easy run ( except the soft sand !!) on a beautiful evening at Horseshoe Beach.
Photos will be posted tomorrow. Follow the link to Flickr at this site.
The Neill Blake Camp got off to a great start on Friday night and today Saturday.
Almost all of the 40 participants attended Friday night’s meet and greet session which thanks to the generosity of Appleby again was held at an excellent venue. After grabbing a beer or wine and some food and after some thanks and introductions the participants were treated to excellent talks from Sharon Fenn and Annabel Carter.
Sharon brought an array of different style running shoes and showed her great knowledge of shoe technology providing everyone with some very helpful insights into shoe selection etc.,
Annabel Carter, a very experienced orthopaedic and sports medicine physician used an excellent overhead presentation to highlight common injuries and illnesses affecting triathletes and how to prevent and treat them.
Saturday saw four newbies brave the early morning cold to learn the key components of the sport and pick up tips on transitions. They showed great enthusiasm and finished up with a mini triathlon.
That session was followed by a hard first session for the Advanced programme as they took on three run/bike/run duathlons. Everyone started together and then raced time handicapped based on their time in the first duathlon. The first 12 across the line in duathlon II then raced in the “championship duathlon” with the next 12 in the “consolation duathlon”, again with handicapped times.
Despite the cold, there was a strong turn out for Saturday’s final session, a 4PM ocean swim at Harrington Sound with participants opting for easy recovery swims over distances from 750 meters to 1 mile.
Jasper Blake and Mike Neill arrived in Bermuda yesterday, Wednesday, rebeady for the 2016 Neill / Blake 2016 Triathlon Camp…. and were greeted by torrential downpours ! Also arriving with them was Canadian camp participant Denise McGowan with the other participant, Kara Hobby, arriving today, Thursday.
36 people have signed up for the camp
ranging from beginners to more experienced triathletes. This camp will be the 6th Annual Neill / Blake Camp.
Coaches Jasper Blake (B78 coaching) and Mike Neill ( Human Powered Racing) are both very experienced coaches and are both former professional triathletes.
BIG TRIATHLON NEWS!!
Announcing an opportunity to acquire one of Javy’s bike suits (pictured) signed by the great man himself. World Champ stripes included! Wear it or frame it, whatever – I doubt there will be another opportunity any time in the near future to get your hands on kit belonging to and signed by probably the greatest all-round triathlete ever. (Male that is of course.)
Bids accepted at firstname.lastname@example.org until February 27 when the auction will finish with a live session at the Neill / Blake Camp Wrap Up Dinner.
Don’t miss out – bid soon. I’ll keep all bidders up-to-date re the highest current bid.
BTW – You may have already figured this out but Flora got the suit for us.