Good Evening Oxford Tri Family,
I hope that this finds you all well. This week has been a busy one for me or certainly it has felt that way since coming back from Portugal. I do shift work which I find lends itself well to the sport of triathlon as it gives me the flexibility to train when I have time. On Monday afternoon I decided to venture out in the beautiful sunshine on my bike. I completed about 40km and had a lovely time, however at the end of the ride I found myself outside Tesco with a 4 pack of Magnums and yes you know what’s coming next.. When I got home Magnum-less I have to admit that I was a little disappointed in myself, however as I reflect on it more and more I realise that for this season in life I have absolutely no desire to be a lean mean triathlete and this is ok. I am reminded that one of the great things about Oxford Tri is that we have so many different members at different points in their sporting endeavours with many different motivations and goals. We are well and truly a club that has all form of athlete and I think this is something to be incredibly proud of. So thank you for being part of this swim, bike, run family.
A big welcome to the Ox Tri family to the two people who have joined the club this week, we are delighted to have you on board and please do make yourself known to the coaches and other members as you take part in sessions over the next couple of weeks and if there is anything that I can help with please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me directly.
Below are some headlines of things to be aware of which are going on in the club and as always have a great week.
XC League Final Race
Round 5 of the Oxfordshire Cross Country Championship takes place on Sunday the 5th of March. This is the last race of the year and it would be amazing to have as big a turn out as possible to finish strong. As it currently stands there is still all to play for.
Our women’s team in division two are in second place and could possibly get promoted to the top division. Could you be part of the team that Oxford Tri back into the top tier for the women?
As for the men we could do with some help so if you fancy starting March the right way why not run up some hills in the mud?
The links are below for those wanting to sign up. A note that for those needing an English Athletics Membership if you get it now, it will be valid all the way through till March 2024 which will cover you for next years XC too.
The deadline for entering is the 24th of February. Also if you need a lift to the event we can also help out with this.
English Athletics Membership – England Athletics Membership 2023/2024 – Oxford Tri
Oxon RD 5 Race Fee – Oxford Tri OCCL Entry 2022/2023 – Oxford Tri
Also, there will be a meal after the race. The details are yet to be finalised however they will be shared on here and between those signed up to run.
The this is the last call for the Chilly Duathlon which is also taking place on the 5th of March near Chippenham at Castle Combe Race Track. This is our first Club Championship Event of the year and we have already have an amazing number of Oxford Tri members signed up and it would be awesome to see even more! The course is fantastic you run around the outside of the racetrack and then you cycle on it. Trust me you won’t cycle on a better surface this year and this an amazing event if you have never tried anything like it before. The only possible downside, it can get a bit cold and windy.
We have also secured a club discount code to enter which can be found here along with details of the Club Championships. If transport would be an issue, please do get in touch with me at email@example.com
Recently we adopted Horspath Parkrun as a kinda home Parkrun. This means that there are always several members who take part in the 5km run next to Horspath Track. Some are there to hit new PB’s, whereas others just enjoy a little conversation and catch up as they jog around. This is a great way to meet members if you are new to the club. After the run we head into the café for a nice big slice of cake and a warm beverage. Why not join us this Saturday at 9am? We also love to see people repping some Oxford Tri Kit.
See the official calendar for full info and sign up links.
Saturday 18th February: Oxford Tri does Horspath Parkrun @ 09:00
Monday 20th February: Turbo from Home @ 19:00
Monday 20th February: Coached Swim – Abingdon @ 20:30
Tuesday 21st February: Coached Spin Bike Session – Oxrad @ 18:30
Tuesday 21st February: Member Lead Social Run – Headington Hill @ 19:00
Tuesday 21st February: Coached Swim – Thame @ 20:00
Wednesday 22nd February: Coached Swim – Radley Pool @ 19:30
Thursday 23rd February: Track Horspath Athletic Grounds @ 19:00
Friday 24th February: Strength and Conditioning at Home @ 07:15
Friday 24th February : Coached Swim Lanes Kidlington Pool @ 19:00