Consistent, smart and hard work in training was showing this past weekend at the Playa Blanca TriMakina Triathlon.
I was so proud of my Tri Activ Lanzarote kids taking on the challenge, dealing with their nerves, getting on with their pre race preparations then racing strong and looking like professionals for all to see! The TriActiv boys won all the categories. Leo won the Benjamin category, Harry won the Alivin category, with Jorge in 2nd. Marcos won the Infantil category, with Jack 2nd and Alejandro 3rd.
It is not just the podium positions that I am proud of, I had girls and boys doing their first triathlon on Saturday. Some of them quite new on my team and not such strong swimmers, but they were in there doing their best, overcoming fears and completing the open water swim, bike and run. I was very proud.
The Team spirit was high and we all supported each other to the finish line. Everyone went away feeling happy and satisfied. Training continues as normal this week and I continue to work on their fitness, strength and endurance, all while having fun.
We have 30 kids on our TriActiv Team, from the ages of 8 to 16.
They train 3 times per week and the older determined ones join my adult sessions too. Champions in training.
In the afternoon we had the the Junior and Open Timanfaya Sprint Tri races:
Mia, 14 years old, was racing her first sprint triathlon. She has come so far and is our perfect role model for overcoming nerves. This time last year she was too nervous to start races. A year on with lots more training done and different race experiences to help her, she raced alongside the adults in the 750m open water choppy swim with no wetsuit, while all the adults had wetsuits on! And of course the 20km bike and 5km run.
Georgia Abbott, aged 15, who trains like a soldier every day. Every single session is reported back to me, training before and after school, she won the junior girls with a 15minute pb on last year’s race!
Stephen and my new boy, Pakillo Fernandez-Fortez, put on a great race showing everyone that their training is going well. They were first onto their bikes in a fairly competitive field. Brad was just off the pace and Ritchie Nicolls also not far behind. It was such a fast race compared to half distance or Ironman! A 4 lap 5km run course was furiously fast but great to watch! I actually thought Stephen had won as I missed the first guy go through the finish line!
My future champion Pakillo put on a great race getting 4th place just holding off the late charging Ritchie Nicolls! Brad was 2nd junior.
Training continues as the race season begins to get closer, results don’t happen on their own. Dedication every day, sometimes some blood, always some sweat, and sometimes tears too. I am loving seeing all these people improve, all from Sands Beach Resort.
Over in England on the same day I had Dean Edwards, Andy Hamilton and Richard Newey all do PBs in their different run races and Aya Stevens win her Mountain bike race in Dubai.
I am for sure on quite a high! Let’s continue like this!!!
Thank you for the photos James Mitchell Photography, Joanna Wilkes and Guilherme Ferreira Campos