The 2015/16 winter training plan is well underway for the Hartree JETS. 3weeks of good training done and we are into the 1st of our recovery weeks.
The 1st block of training has been a good opportunity for the old and new squad members to get to know each other and for everyone to get into the swing of early morning sessions again.
The 13th of November saw the first JETS Awards Night. Trophies (no one said they were good trophies, but trophies they were!!) were awarded in five categories.
Most improved athlete of the year went to Gill Hislop who 1 year, 2 months and 5 days after finishing 2nd in the 2014 Scottish Borders Series came 12th in her AG at the age-group world Champs, 3rd brit and pre-qualifying for Mexico 2016. Improving by around 9mins over the sprint distance in just one year!
Performance of the year went to Alice Jenkins for a SENSATIONAL race at her first European Age-Group Champs in which she recorded the second fastest bike split, fastest T2, fastest run, fastest Brit in age-group, fastest Brit in any age-group, a bike split (faster than 10 boys in her AG and an overall time faster than 13 and faster than 93 men under 40). AS well as picking up silver, she would have podiumed in the male 50-54 cat and most impressively could have qualified for the GB team in ANY male age-group.
Sportsman of the year went to Joe Tomaney who’s almost stealth-like ability to creep into fantastic shape almost without anyone noticing and then unleashing on race day was impressive to see and earned him a fantastic 10th in age-group and 3rd Brit at the 2015 World Champs (his debut and a stellar year for performances), pre-qualification for Mexico 2016 and other podiums and prizes through the season.
Sports woman of the year was award to the valiant Keira Murray who despite a succession of significant injuries, being hit bay a car and suffering a nasty fall resulting in only about 3-4 weeks of the whole season being injury free, fought thought with determination and dedication to achieve levels of sporting excellence rarely enjoyed. Podiums at Scottish champs Aquathlon Champs and Barcelona 70.3 were followed with a hard fought and well-earned World Championship Aquathlon Bronze in Chicago. Not just a fantastic athlete but an inspiration to us all.
Finally the Special Recognition award (which recognises any individual, members or groups that do something significant and in the spirit of Triathlon to give back to the sport) was this year given to all the original members of the JETS try squad including sponsors Mike and Stephanie Goddard for recognising what was trying to be achieved through the JETS Squad set up and were prepared to jump into the deep end and commit to it.
Back to the training and the emphasis for the block has been building good technique and form in all three disciplines along with getting some baseline measures of performance with functional threshold testing in the pool and on the turbos, thanks to bike craft Edinburgh for their support and helping us get some great new turbo trainers for the squad that will allow us to test and retest everyone more accurately.
It’s been a great start to the new training campaign with athletes old and new showing their dedication cycling to early morning sessions in some of the worst weather we have experienced in the squads short history.
A big thank you goes out to all our sponsors for their support which has been crucial to allowing the squad to function for a second year.