Swim, bike, run…the training all counts. But for those that want to race to their absolute best, the fourth discipline in triathlon is transition; changing shoes, equipment and sometimes grabbing a little nutrition too, all in a small, allocated space and time frame, amongst other frantic racers.
Torbay Tri club spend time during their varied training sessions, practicing wriggling out of wetsuits, getting bike helmets on (the right way round!) and getting the all-important running shoelaces to the right tension in record time, to gain advantage where they can.
Over in Olsztyn, Poland, Donald Brooks took his fourth age group win (45-49M) in the European championships, nailing an eleven-second lead in transition over the second-placed athlete. It may not sound much, but when the overall time difference was only 41 seconds, every single one counts!
Taking the racing to our beautiful county neighbours in Somerset, four club members eschewed the cider but enjoyed a fruitful trip to Taunton, with Cathy Parkinson taking first place in her age group in the sprint triathlon and Paul Whitehead, Bobby Singh and Kevin Crocker all reaping the benefits of their spring training sessions.
With a Torquay seafront triathlon cancelled at short notice by the organising company, three local triathletes still wanted to complete the distance to honour their fund-raising commitments and were offered support from the club to hold their own impromptu event; with money already pledged for Breast Cancer UK, the show needed to go on.
A sea swim at Goodrington in rough conditions, followed by a Velopark cycle and run saw Kerry Kilgallon, Sarah Green and Nadine Green reach their goal and fulfil their promise to their charity supporters. A triathlon transition of real resilience; the best kind.
For more information on Torbay Triathlon Club, visit https://torbaytri.co.uk/ where you will find tons of useful information, including the story of how the club was formed in 2013 after gaining inspiration from the achievement of triathletes in the London 2012 Olympics. Many sports set a big and rewarding challenge, triathlon sets three of them within the one competition.
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