Weekly newsletter -16 May 2016



Tickets are now available to our Premiere event of the year through RegisterNow for $35 per person.  This covers a 3 course meal, music and the venue decorations. Ticket sales will remain open until a week prior to the event on Saturday 18 June, as we have to confirm numbers for catering. What is needed now is for Vikings Triathlon Club members to jump on line and secure your tickets.  Guaranteed to be a great night.  Theme: “Heroes and Villains”. Click on the following link to secure your tickets.



The next course will be a Development Coach Course which will be held on the weekend of the 6th and 7th August 2016. If you are interested, please contact Craig Johns at director@act.triathlon.org.au. More information can be found on the TACT website. If you are interested this course can be subsidised by the club. Please speak to a committee member regarding subsidies.

Sri Chinmoy Canberra Trail Run Series

The Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team is delighted to announce the Sri Chinmoy Canberra Trail Run Series. With some of the best trails of any city anywhere, we felt it was time to dedicate a Winter series to one of our greatest joys – running in the bush around Canberra.

Race 1: 29 May “Cotter Canter” 5km & 10km
Race 2: 26 June “Tuggeranong Trot” 8km & 20km
Race 3: 17 July “Gungahlin Gallop” 10km & 30km

The Series will explore trails on the fringe of Canberra – west, south and north. With shorter and longer distance options at each event, and distances increasing with each race, the Series is the perfect introduction to Trail Running and ideal preparation for the Sri Chinmoy Canberra Trail Ultra in September.


All Club Training Information is on our website, for up to date club training – coached and un-coached sessions.


This Sunday being the 22 May is the 4th Sunday of the month the run is at Isaacs Ridge Park – meet near the roundabout Shepherdson Place, Isaacs. It’s a good idea to check on Facebook if you intend going and make sure other people are going.

Indoor training. Is it good to do all year round?

Yes, Not only can you gain great fitness, strength and endurance. The beauty of the indoor trainer is it is CONTROLLED. Making intervals very precise, For the club rider or weekend rider one indoor session per week is essential. For both time and the fact you can recover from a harder session easier than when you hammer yourself on the road. Take into account work, family and other commitments all playing a big part in the recovery process. Not all of us have the time to lie on the couch after training. It all adds up.

With the indoor trainers these days you can get very precise. Look at what features the indoor trainer has before buying one. With a power display you can mimic the power needed on the road. On average 40 minutes on the trainer is equal to 1 hour on the road. Another great feature of training indoors is the Technique work you can do all year around. Single leg work, power cranks etc all add up to great form on the road.


May 29Sri Chinmoy Canberra Trail Run Series – Cotter Canter

June 13Sri Chimnoy Half Marathon – Telopea Park

June 17 – Triathlon ACT Annual Awards – CSCC Woden

June 18 – Vikings Triathlon Presentation Night – Vikings Lanyon

June 26Sri Chinmoy Canberra Trail Run Series – Tuggeranong Trot

July 17Sri Chinmoy Canberra Trail Run Series – Gungahlin Gallop

Tuggeranong parkrun – by Scott Marshall

Results for parkrunday 14 May – 15 Vikings were at Tuggeranong on a chilly autumn parkrunday. 2 PB’s were achieved, Erin sliced almost a minute off her previous mark and Bec chopped 1 minute 13 seconds off her PB – her 4th PB in 7 runs. Brendan managed a sub 20 minute run and was in the first 10 finishers.

This week’s fun facts:

This weekend saw the 2 millionth Australian finisher cross the line. The system doesn’t narrow down to the exact person, but if it did, their reward would be automatic and free entry into next week’s parkrun!

Older Aussies rock, or in this case parkrun. Earlier this year 92 year old Norm from QLD earned the title of the oldest parkrunner to complete 100 parkruns. Now 89 year old Colleen from NSW became the oldest female to notch up 100 parkruns. Yay to (us) old people!

All this week’s Tuggeranong results are on the parkrun website.

Tuggeranong parkrun event #168, 283 parkrunners

9 Brendan EGAN, 28 Humphrey JAMES, 52 Gavin MCINTYRE, 56 Tony MCCORMACK, 71 Rod HARROD, 85 Rebecca CODY, 115 Alison HALE, 123 Luke LOWES, 129 Elouise O’TOOLE, 131 Jonathan WILKINSON, 138 Erin BORGER, 151 Kalista TRUSSLER, 153 Tanya ALSTON, 156 Geoff WILLIAMS, 243 Scott MARSHALL.

Don’t forget your barcode #dfyb. And remember to hand back your finish token too!

Volunteers are important for the parkrun to go smoothly. If you are having a rest day or have time please consider volunteering.

Vikings Triathlon Club is the largest club on the Tuggeranong parkrun list with 133 parkrunners! Club list. You can view all our members who have done the parkrun on their website. Vikings Club history. To have your name added to our list above, go to the details page on the parkrun and add your club.

The parkrun is free – yep, it costs nothing! It is aimed at all types of runners and walkers, from juniors and first timers to Olympians and nonagenarians. Please register before your first run, and you only ever register with parkrun once. Then remember to take a printed copy of your barcode to any of the more than 166 Australian, or more than 800 parkruns worldwide.

Motivational quote No 18


Have you looked out the window lately? It’s foggy and cloudy and getting dark early. The next few months are not going to bring any change; we are heading straight for winter. While we’re coming ever closer to wanting to stay indoors, there is someone – or something – that really becomes active during the colder season: our weaker self. Oh yes, winter is its favorite time of the year! If we are not careful, it easily manages to distract us from our good intentions for running: too cold, too wet, too dark, too everything!

So, get out and breath the fresh air and gain vitamin D, boost your immune system, experience the beauty of winter’s blue skies and peaceful moments, stay fit for the next triathlon season and stretch your comfort zone and gain mental stamina.

Have a great week!

Karen and DJ.