T2COACHING JUNIOR MAKES 2012 SUPER SERIES DEBUT
The T2 Development Squad continues to go from strength to strength, this weekend T2′s Eliza Cottington made here 2012 Junior debut in the British Junior and Youth Super Series . The series is designed to bring together the best young triathlon talent from across the UK to provide the best possible environment to prepare future Olympic hopefuls.
This weekend was the British Aquathlon (Swim & Run) Eliza joined the development squad having come through the junior ranks at Thames Turbo has had a good winter concentrating primarily on her swimming with Teddington Swim Squad and recently qualified for the National Swim Champs in the 100m and 200m backstroke. With swimming ambitions taking priority she has worked hard to develop her run and bike off a limited training schedule.
Despite this running progress in particular has gone really well with a 5k PB of 21:12 prior to the winter, this came down to 20:23 (3/3/2012) a improvement of 49 seconds in 3 months. In recent weeks Eliza had been running fantastically well and was a little frustrated that she couldn’t break the 20min barrier despite running well below this in training, but this was a great lesson in being consistent, trusting in your training and coach! and believing that your training will transfer to racing soon.
With this in mind Eliza entered the Super Series race hoping for a great race. The race took place in a cold early morning in Birmingham, Eliza exited the water in 10:54 (5th Place) with a quick transition she was out onto the 5k run finishing in 19:32 a 52sec PB! (and over 1min 30 seconds since the start of winter).
A 5th place finish and a 52sec run PB was a great performance and testament in believing in your training and self. The result leaves her 11th in the National Rankings with 2 races down and the sprint distance race at Blenheim Palace (9th June) next in the series.
T2 Coach Tom said ” Eliza is a great athlete to work with dedicated and really receptive to coaching, she has a quiet but steely determination which really comes across in races. I know she has been frustrated that her running hadn’t been progressing as much as she would like lately but we knew it was only a matter of time before she ran this fast. The result is a great platform to build from for the rest of the season and we (T2 Coaching) are really proud of her. I’m sure Eliza would like to thank her parents for their support, Coach Ed from the Teddington Swim Squad and here training partners”
T2 would also like to congratulate T2 Dev squad affiliate athletes Max Hazel (11th Junior) and Josh Carnell (33rd Junior) on their performances.
About the T2 Development Squad
The T2 Coaching development squad consists of junior elite and U23 development athletes with aspirations to race as professional athletes. The squad meet for regular weekly sessions in all disciplines. If you think you have what it takes to race junior elite or professional and live in SW London then feel free to get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org