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This week's newsletter includes an article from Kate Williams on how to qualify for the World Age-Groups.
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This week's news, tips and race reports
How to Qualify for the World Age-Group Champs By Kate Williams
When I set myself the goal of qualifying in my age-group for the "worlds", I had no idea of how to go about it. I looked up on the BTU website for information, and it is very helpful, once you find your way around it.
For 2018 to qualify for the age group team for the "Worlds" in September , you need to take part in at least 1 of the 2 (for sprint)and 4 (for Olympic) qualifying events, earlier in 2018. The rules for qualification are a bit complicated, so here is the extract for the sprint distance (Olympic distance is slightly different):
"In order to qualify athletes are expected to meet a minimum requirement of completing their qualification race in a time within 115% of the winner in their age group. Places will be offered automatically to the 6 highest placed athletes that registered by 5pm on the Friday before their qualification race and finished within 115% of the winner of their age-group and that have not already qualified at a previous race.
Any athlete finishing within the 6 highest places as outlined above but outside 115% of the winner of their age-group will only be offered a place at the Team Manager’s discretion.
Any athlete finishing outside the automatic places but inside 115% of the winner of their age-group may still be able to qualify with a rolldown place.”
There are 20 places per age-group category. In the older age-groups they do not always get 20 people who are eligible and want to compete. Far distance venues for the "Worlds" are less popular. So getting a roll-down place in the younger age-groups is possible if you are half-way decent! For 2018 the venue is the Gold Coast, Australia, Fantastic but far away!
The qualifying events are of course very well organised and the cycling is on closed roads, so they are good events to enter. If you qualify and want to compete, you have to pay an entry fee (over £300 last year) and get the GB Tri Suit (again not cheap but good quality) Then there is travel and accommodation. The GB support team is resident on one of the larger hotels. You can use a company called Nirvana to book various bits of the trip , but there accommodation tends to be on the dearer side.
The "Worlds" event is a great occasion, There are thousand of competitors , I addition to the sprint and the Olympic distance , there is also a para event, under 18's etc. Lots of razzamatazz. Everyone is friendly and a real experience.
One last point: For 2019 (in Lausanne) you need to qualify in the year before, i.e in2018 (a change from previous years to bring these races in line with the ETU). So the 2018 qualifying events are doubly important. I'd strongly encourage anyone who is reasonably OK competitor and who could afford the time and money, to have a go at qualifying. Take a look at the results for last year to see how you would rank. It would be great to have an AVTC group there!
Bring a friend for free Got a friend who just needs a little nudge to come along to training? Heard someone talking about entering a triathlon but you know they could do with some training buddies? Bring them along to any of our sessions to try. We're more than happy for people to come along and try a couple of sessions before they decide to join, so forward this email onto them and let's encourage more people into the world of triathlon:)
Did you know we have a club group on Strava? By joining the group, you enter the leaderboard as to who is completed what hours of training that week - don't worry, your privacy settings will determine what everyone can see, but the Strava group totals are uploaded to our website so people can see how much we are all training. Check it out! But don't be fooled though, the person with the most training hours doesn't necessarily equate to the person who wins everything...!
This week's training
Monday - 19.00 - Run Social - Tilsley Park
Please meet at reception.
**new shorter routes are available for those people who want to run for less than 5km, so if you're wanting to get back into running after a break, come along!**
Whilst this is not a coached session, it will help develop your running endurance - we take a 10km (ish) route around Abingdon (shorter routes are available, 5km and 7km) and run in ability groups. No-one will be left behind and there is ALWAYS someone to run with. A great way to keep your running up AND have a mini social at the same time. Win Win!
Tuesday - 7.45pm-8.45pm - Indoor spin - Park Club, Milton Park, Abingdon Coach: Sorrel
Please bring a drink and a towel and meet in the reception area 5 minutes before. Always a fun session, using indoor spin bikes. The pedals on the spin bikes a suitable for trainers or are compatible with Shimano SPD system (mountain bike cleat).
Focus: Christmas Music
Thursday - 19:00-20:00 / 20:00-21:00hrs - Pool Swim - Abingdon White Horse Leisure Centre, OX14 3PJ
Coaches: Ben, Wendy and Andy
This week's focus - Hip, back and shoulder flexibility. £3 payable to coaching staff on poolside, do not pay at reception. Please come along to either the session at 7pm or 8pm, whichever suits you better for a structured swim session that will improve your fitness and technique. If you have them bring along your fins, hand paddles etc. and a drink.
Focus: Practising 4 strokes