So we are over halfway on the Winter Challenge with 9 Wheelers taking the opportunity to get wet whilst wearing very little – the 400m swim. 

First into the water was Angie Barlow, enjoying it so much she tried to replicate the experience in a swimming costume on Studland Beach later in the week. Many chose to breaststroke their way, in beach wear, to the 16 lengths. Rob Gale, unusually for him, chose an indoor approach and changed strokes so often his Garmin assumed he’d completed 28 lengths. Both Michael Sleeman and Clare Coward once again showed that triathlon might suit their skills. 

Clare took the women’s honours with 8:32 – fast given there was some breaststroke in there.  In the Open category it was the triathletes turn to take the first 4 spots with Vince Hounsome’s impressive 6:17 winning from Innes Wright, Rich White and Nick Hall. 

So Vince edges James out of first place whilst Clare is looking unstoppable in the Women’s race. However, holidays could be decisive in the next challenge starting February 5th – how many vertical metres/feet can you climb (without a motor) in the week. Not one for the swimmers, but good for walkers, runners, climbers and maybe even cyclists. 

More detail can be found in GDW Winter Series. If you didn’t get the chance to enter a performance this week, it is not too late for the season. There are still 5 more events and lots of points available until mid-March. It will be interesting to see how the Wheelers’ fitness progresses over the series.

See the current up to date results here