The following newsletter went out to all Cotswold113 2018 Competitors today
Cotswold 113 – March newsletter
Hi all, I hope this email finds everyone well ?
Not that you’d know it looking outside your front doors today, but the race season is just around the corner and the spring is officially here.
I’ll try and keep this one brief as I’m conscious that many of you are trying to find your ways to the gym to do your run workouts on the dreadmill, and I’d guess that most of you are tired of the sight of your turbo trainers too.
If any of you are brave enough to be training outdoors, then hats off to you as I had to fight my way past a polar bear and three penguins just to get to my garage earlier.
Anyway, the things I’ll cover in this email are :
Familiarisation day – April 22nd
Race info Pack
Transfers to the August Classic
Familiarisation day – April 22nd
Our free of charge familiarisation day that we’ll be holding on April 22nd is now open to book up online
You can book that up at www.entrycentral.com/113events under 113 fam day
The emphasis on the day is very much leisurely and social, so if you’re one of the faster guys/girls, you might want to schedule this in as a recovery day rather than a training day as we’re going to keep the pace nice and low and make sure that everyone is comfortable going around (think 15-16mph av on the bike and 9-10min miles on the run)
On both the run and the bike, we’ll cover just a single lap on the day (it’s 2 for the bike and 3 for the run on race day) and we’ll have regular regrouping stops and a few stops to point out where the aid stations are etc.
This is a great chance to meet the 113 events team and many other competitors, and of course, we’ll be on hand to answer any questions you might have. It’s also a great chance to us to meet you guys as invariably everyone has their race faces on over race weekend, and we’re lucky to get more than a grunt out of any of you lot.
The bike and the run are completely free, but if you wanted to Swim a lap of the course lead by our Swim Coach Jason Tait, the lake guys will ask you for £5 for a day membership on the gate. You don’t need to swim a whole lap if you don’t want (the swim is a single 1.9km lap), and they have 400 and 1500m laps marked out on the day too, and this will give you a chance to get a taste for the water – Although not literally, I hope.
Jason’s a great OW swim coach too, and he’ll be on hand to answer any questions you might if you’re new to OW swimming or just have somethings you’ve always wanted to know.
The Swim will kick off with toes in the water at 08:00, the bike will head off at 10:00 and the run generally starts around 12:30. You can, of course, do all or any of the three disciplines, and you’re free to dip in and out as you see fit.
We only ask that you book on so as to get some idea of numbers on the day, and so that we can keep in touch with you nearer the time with final instructions etc by email.
The familiarisation days are always a lot of fun, and they’re a great chance to meet some other competitors and to ask any questions you might have about the races.
If you have friends or club mates that want to come along, and are not signed up to the race, they’re more than welcome to join in too.
We hope to see lots of you on April 22nd, and it might have even stopped snowing by then with a bit of luck 🙂
If you do want to see the bike and run courses, and can’t make the 22nd, I live pretty local to the lake and work from home on my day job, so I welcome the chance to skive off for a couple of hours and show people around. I’m generally not available on weekends as I have various other family things and kids that do a million sports, but can generally be free on a weekday morning if you fancy a trip to the lake. You will need to put up with my slow pace though as my racing days are long gone now, and I’m more your tortoise than your hare, so don’t expect a 300w average bike or 6 min miles, and don’t expect much chatting on the go as I’ll probably be blowing out my backside trying to keep up with you 🙂
Race info pack
You can download the race info pack here – https://www.113events.com/11318-competitor-pack/
Please take the time to read this as it contains important information about the race weekend.
I’ve purposely not made it too colourful, so you can read it at your desk and pretend you’re working if your boss walks past, or perhaps you can print it off and put it next to the toilet at home so you can read it in some peace and quiet.
Anyway, this is your info pack and we’ve tried to include everything you could possibly need. If there’s anything we’ve not covered in this, please just let me know and we’ll add it in.
I’m going to email you this link at least 50 times between now and race day, and it’s genuinely important that you read it please 🙂
Transfers to the August 5th Cotswold Classic
Our other Triathlon is identical to the June 113 in every way bar name, shirt colour and medal.
I know I harped on about this in my last newsletter, but I get so many emails a few weeks out from the June race asking if they can possibly move to the August race instead. This race normally sells out around April/May, and once it’s full, we just can’t swap entries over I’m afraid.
With that in mind, if you are having any doubts that you may be fit enough to race in time for June, or you’ve forgotten it’s your Daughters graduation on that day, or far any other reason that we don’t even need to know about, please ask now as once that race is full, we can’t then transfer you over. It’s completely free to swap over, but a limited time offer until that race is full up.
Anyone that has raced with us before, knows we have a really good reputation for having some of the best, most numerous and most enthusiastic marshals in the sport, and we’re very proud of that, so really look after anyone that helps out on the day.
We always need more marshals on the race weekend (or on August 5th if you fancied doing it yourself), so if you have any friends, enemies, crazy fan club members, or just passers by that you can press gang into helping out on the day, we’d welcome them to the team.
Our marshals get paid too, and you can choose from either £20 in cold hard cash or a £40 113 Events voucher, and all marshals get an event team shirt and we’ll keep you in food, drink and ice creams all day.
All we ask is that you’re over 16, know your left from your right and are enthusiastic, and we’ll give you everything you need, a lift out to your spot if required and take you through a full briefing. We partner up our marshals too, so there’s very few spots where you’d be on your own.
We have a load of roles from early morning guiding, transition, bike and run courses
You don’t need any marshalling or triathlon experience at all, and our course managers will brief you fully on what you need to be doing on the day.
Please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
Right, that’s it from me. This has been the shortest newsletter email I’ve sent so far, so i can’t promise the next one isn’t comparable to war and peace
I’ll email out again in around 6 weeks, but in the meantime, if there’s anything you need from us, we’re here to help so please just get in touch
We hope to see many of you on April 22nd at the Familiarisation day
Thanks and please enjoy the snow in safety this weekend if you are braving some outdoor training
Graeme, Nicci and the 113 Events team