There’s no escaping now – its almost here! The very first Eastbourne Tri: new to everyone regardless of whether this is your very first triathlon or one of many. How brilliant to be a part of it.
The last two weeks the theme of these posts has been about taking yourself to the race rather than letting it come to you. And here it is now, just two days away. So what to do with just a few days to go?
The week before a race you are in a taper or mini taper period meaning reduced training volume and maximized rest and recovery depending on your bigger goals. Many athletes use shorter distance races during volume training for the longer distance races.
The Brownlees’ book opens with Alistair and Jonny each describing how they felt the morning of their – now legendary – Olympic race. Despite all the pressure, all the hype and expectations, they both relay the same simple emotion: excitement!
Where did the time go? Maybe you feel like time stood still a few months ago while the race was far off. All of a sudden it’s speeded up and it feels there’s so little time left. What do in these last two weeks that have suddenly loomed up?
It’s one of the biggest new events to hit the triathlon calendar in years and the countdown has now begun for the new 32Gi Eastbourne Triathlon, set in the picturesque South-Coast town for the 12th June 2016.
An international field is set to assemble for the race, headlined by world-class Australian star of the sport Ben Allen, who tops the bill with ten other elite entries in the event.
Today we have sent out some important information about the race schedule and the event to all those who have entered on or before 10pm on Thursday 19th May.
You can access this email online here.
We will re-send this email with any additional information on Monday 6th June.
Well, maybe not strictly speaking by a monk, but if you are training for Eastbourne Triathlon this June then you may need some treatment coming out of the cold Winter Dip and into the Peak of your Spring endeavors before the Summer’s Big Race!
In support of Eastbourne Triathlon, Handswork are offering a special discount to all registered competitors to help recover from your training or any niggling injuries you might pick up and to provide you with the Zen calm you will need on the big day!
Handswork are offering one hour Shiatsu (http://www.eastbourneshiatsu.co.uk/what-is-shiatsu/) treatments at the Yasuragi Studio in Eastbourne and the Glynleigh Wellbeing Centre for just £25!Please contact Ben (firstname.lastname@example.org/07984 988057) or Nick (email@example.com/07773 061309)
As the days brighten and begin to get warmer, the next big question is when to start swimming back in the lake again. As nice as your local pool may be, it doesn’t quite compare to the open water.
Wrap up and hit the (open) water with the Zone3 guide to open water swimming. Now available on their new look blog – check it out!
Two more champions have signed up to contest the new Eastbourne Triathlon, set for the 12th June 2016.
One of the most recognisable and decorated athletes in the sport will toe the line, in the form of the 7-time world champion Richard Stannard. Stannard, who can also count 2x British Championships, the 2008 British Super Series and 2x Windsor Triathlons on his CV as well as numerous other titles and world records, will look to set the pace early in the swim and push on to challenge for the title.
Also on the start-line will be the Stannard-coached reigning European Aquathlon Champion Hannah Kitchen. Hannah came 6th in the 2015 British Super Series and 3rd at one of the most competitive UK triathlons at Hever Castle Tri. She is recognised as being a top talent domestically and another big challenger for the Eastbourne Triathlon titles.
Richard Stannard said:
“Eastbourne is a fantastic venue for a race. To have the opportunity to race at sea level and then up and over the 500ft Beachy Head on the bike combined with the infamous St Bedes hill climb on the run will make the race a real epic.”
Hannah Kitchen said:
“I’m really excited to be racing the Eastbourne Triathlon this year, it’s always great to add a new event into my race schedule so I couldn’t resist the opportunity when I heard about the triathlon. I think Eastbourne will make a great venue, I’m really looking forward to a sea swim – not something I’ve done for some time in the UK. It’s great to see that there is something for everyone too.”
The Eastbourne Triathlon takes place from the Western Lawns on the historic seafront and consists of a 600 metre sea swim, 25 kilometre road-cycle through the South Downs National Park, before finishing with a 5 kilometre run and a glorious promenade finish in front of The Grand Hotel. It is a new major sporting event for the Sussex town.
Richard Stannard and Hannah Kitchen are not the only professional athletes who couldn’t resist entering the Eastbourne Triathlon in its first year – also contesting the race will be Ben Allen (Aus), Sam Wade, Karl Alexander, Matt Dewis, Euan Adams, Luke Howard, Jacqui Slack and Yvette Grice.
The Eastbourne Triathlon has been re-launched in 2016 and is being organised by the Eastbourne-based sports marketing, PR and events company, Beyond Sport Marketing. Already tipped to be one of the ‘hottest triathlons in 2016’, the Eastbourne Triathlon promises to be an unmissable event whether you are a first timer or seasoned professional.
As well as the triathlon, there are also options for competitors to enter an Aquabike event or a SUP (stand-up paddle board) triathlon. The event is supporting Rockinghorse – the fundraising arm of the Royal Alexandra Children’s Charity and the Eastbourne Voluntary Lifeguards.
All competitors will receive an event t-shirt and memento, with prizes on offer for the top 3. The Eastbourne Triathlon will also offer a £1,000 prize purse should the event attract 300 or more entries.
You can find out more and enter the Eastbourne Triathlon online at www.eastbournetriathlon.com
The Eastbourne Triathlon is supported by Visit Eastbourne, 32Gi, The Grand Hotel Eastbourne, Zone3, The Event Team, The Friday Ad, The Tri Store, Handswork, Beyond Going Long, Brighton Bike Fit, Neptune SUP and Zig Zag Alive.
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For further comment with either Richard Campbell (Race Director, Managing Director of Beyond Sport Marketing), Richard Stannard or Hannah Kitchen, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07921920925.
Please contact Beyond Sport Marketing if you or a colleague would like a media place in the event.