Week 1 (Monday 14th October – Sunday 20th October) Term 4 2019
Welcome to the 2019/20 Triathlon Program. It is my absolute pleasure to be appointed the roles of Head of Cycling and Triathlon. Having been an old boy of Saint Kentigern College (1992 – 1997) it is exciting to be back in my new capacity and to be working with such a great group of athletes. I realise that I have big shoes to fill with Saint Kentigern holding a great presence in these codes for some time, however I look forward to the challenge. We have a fantastic coaching staff of Sam Gardner, Jared Banham and Rebecca Clarke and currently a squad of 27 athletes ranging from First- Timers through to National Representatives.
As a coaching staff we can cater for all abilities within every session and we welcome those wishing to try this exciting sport and be part of an awesome Team.
Register now on https://www.skc.org.nz
We have now completed week one of training and while challenged by some interesting weather, turnouts and engagement by athletes to each training session have been fantastic. Our Training Template for Term 4 is as follows:
Monday - Swim Session in SKC Pool 3.50pm - 4.35pm / run 4.50pm till 5.30pm
Wednesday- Bike WT Session- 3.50pm - 4.50pm (bike shed – located under SKC Sports Centre) / run off bike until 5.30pm
Thursday - Run Session - 3.50pm till 4.50pm
NB: those that have entered the Kohi Summer Swim Series will depart. Those athlete’s that have not entered the series will have a Swim Session on offer in the SKC Pool.
Saturday (bi-weekly) -In addition we will also conduct a Bike/ Run (Wind Trainer Session / Run – Athletics Track). These will occur bi- weekly at Lloyd Elsmore Athletics Track, Lloyd Elsmore Park (off Bells Road, parking is best by the Howick Pakuranga Cricket Club) This session is for all athletes and will commence the second week of Term (Saturday 26th October) with the session running from 10am start - 11.30am. Please allow plenty of time for set up, as access to the track with all equipment will take some time.
NB: Water Temperature in the SKC Pool is currently 19 degrees C so we heavily recommend all athletes wear full wetsuits, until temperatures rise.
The Triathlon Season is about to kick off with the following upcoming events on offer:
Kohi Summer Swim Series – https://www.summerswim.co.nz (First race is Thursday 31st October)
People’s Triathlon Series – www.peoplestri.co.nz (First race is Sunday 10th November)
Tinman Triathlon - https://triathlontauranga.org.nz/events/tinman/ (Sunday 10th November – Mount Maunganui - Selection Race for the ITU World Triathlon Champs 2020)
Future Champions Triathlon Festival - https://www.futurechampionz.com/ (Friday 13th – Sunday 15th December – Taupo)
We would encourage all athletes to check these out and enter as many of these events as possible. This will expose athletes to regular racing, and accelerate their development and learning.
That’s it from me for now, Train Hard but Train Smart!
Head of Cycling and Triathlon
Saint Kentigern College