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BritSwim Tri: Race Report Ironman Virtual Club VR 32

By their nature, triathletes are determined, resilient - pretty much unstoppable.

Like everyone else this year, they've been hurting from the shutdown of their past times, practices, and events. But, also like everyone else, they've found ways to keep on competing.

This last weekend, eight athletes represented BritSwim Triathlon at the Ironman Virtual Club VR 32, in either the triathlon or duathlon format. Set in a virtual world, it was the athlete's decision to race on a real world course or virtually on a platform such as Rouvy or Zwift. Athletes could repeat a distance to see if they could improve their time over the weekend. A handful of athletes chose to do the course in a real world environment - socially distanced, but still able to support each other along the way. 

The triathletes swum 1500m whilst the duathletes ran the same distance, with both races then following the same 20km bike and 5km run to finish. There were some outstanding personal best times achieved throughout - of note was the improvement made by Steve. When Steve first met Coach Karl, he couldn't swim 25m. Now, after three months on the BritSwim Tri Personal Programme, he completed his first ever non-stop 1500m swim, and achieved an astonishing nearly 6 minute improvement in his 5km time. Amazing job Steve!

Special mention also to Arlene, a relatively new addition to the squad, having joined the Tri programme only a month ago, with very little swim or bike experience. Arlene set a new 5km personal best and a new power best on the bike, recording a whopping average speed of nearly 37km/h, on her way to taking 2nd place in her gender age group in her very first multisport event.

With many of the athletes completing their first ever race, some are enjoying a well-deserved easier few days - and some are turning their minds to this coming weekend's replacement virtual race: what would have been the 70.3 World Championships in Taupo, New Zealand, which will serve as the first ever Global TriClub Championships. Good luck to all those competing and representing Coach Karl and BritSwim Triathlon!!!

Triathlon (Gender Age Group, Gender Overall):  Anna Brockman (4th/63, 19th/207), Steve Cowgill (14th/57, 186th/539), Alison Bell (36th/40, 188th/207)

Duathlon (Gender Age Group, Gender Overall): Mike Brennan (11th/321, 52nd/1610), Karl Egleton (17th/321, 96th/1610), Arlene Cowgill (2nd/75, 12th/513), Elizabeth Derbyshire-Willcox (16th/102, 89th/513), Sharee Hendry (51st/102, 224th/513)

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