It was another busy weekend for everyone at You Can Sport - athletes and coaches alike. We had people at events across the UK; racing, commentating, interviewing, coaching and spectating.
One of our newer athletes, Julia, was competing in her season opener (take two...after her planned opener was snowed off by the Beast from the East a couple of months ago) at the Selkirk Standard triathlon. She finished off her race with the 2nd fastest female run split of the day to take 2nd place in her age group, a great improvement from 5th last year. What better way to start the season than with a podium finish - congratulations.
Julia now has the Edinburgh Marathon this weekend, and then a few weeks later the Edinburgh Ironman 70.3 in July.
Over in Pitlochry was the annual Etape Caledonia cycling event. The weekend started with Graham hosting a series of interviews with world record holder Mark Beaumont. These offered great insight into the many adventures Mark has had over the years and provided inspiration to the participants taking part in the event the next day.
Sunday was the main event. A 45 or 85 mile cycle around the stunning Scottish Highlands. Among the thousands of riders taking part on the Sunday was Amanda - one of our athletes coached by Craig and using this as a training ride for her upcoming races.
Throughout the day Graham provided the event commentary - filled with many "woop woop"'s i'm sure - and called out the riders are they crossed the line.
Craig had been out hill running with Amanda on the Saturday as part of her build up to Celtman next month where he will also be on support runner duties.
On Sunday Craig was coaching at the Scottish Swimming Come and Try Open Water event. A session where swimmers of all abilities can learn open water skills and techniques within a safe environment.
Then, down in London Gregg was spectating at the Virgin Sport Hackney Half Marathon. A brilliant event in East London with around 20,000 participants.
It is definitely an event to consider in future - particularly those looking for a quick time on a flat course.
Next week we host the Scottish Sea Farms Triathlon Festival for the second year. Fingers crossed the current good weather continues!