Cooking on High!
The super hot weather of the last week or so hasn't dampened members' enthusiasm for racing.
There was good news from the Staffordshire 70.3 course. After 2 months off with a broken nose, it was touch and go whether Ros would make it to the start line. However, she and her TTC tri suit made it. Her sighting skills (or lack of them) made the hexagon shaped swim course a challenge not aided by a longish run to transition. She found the bike course not too technical, but with a grinding climb at the end but fortunately there was a flat three lap run course to finish off. Ros recommends this race if you're looking for middle distance that's harder than the 113/Cotswold classic, but not as hard as 70.3 Wimbleball. She finished 25th in her age group in a time of 6:39 and felt it was a great confidence booster and good preparation for Ironman Wales. If you catch up with her ask her about her unique post race nutrition strategy! I have got photographs....In the same race, Kirk, one of our newer members whose wife Lyn has just completed the Try a Tri course, finished in a time of 7:10.
Meanwhile, further afield Ruth was representing TTC and GB at the ETU European Championships in Kitzbuhel, Austria. Ruth's time of 2:39 over the standard distance course placed her 9th in her age group in a clutch of GB finishers. Another excellent performance.
Closer to home, Gwyn, Karl, Pauls M&T took part in the Mountain Mayhem 24 hour off road cycle race at Gatcombe. They managed a respectable mid table finish and Paul T enjoyed it so much, he has vowed to stick to the road in future. I hear that this is the closest he got to a smile all weekend!