The NTPCW athletes have just arrived back from their warm-weather training camp and Adam took a stunning victory at the Ironman 70.3 Dubai.
The NTPCW athletes have just arrived back from their warm-weather training camp, having been out in Portugal for three weeks racking up some sunny miles in preparation for the 2019 season. The squad of 13 athletes including a couple of guests from other training groups, returned to Vilamoura for the second year in a row. With the view of putting in a big block of training in more favourable weather conditions than the UK to give themselves a pre-season fitness boost. The camp was also a great opportunity to work with the coaching team and support staff to develop their individual plans for the crucial training block through to the start of the race season.
The athletes put in back to back 20-30hr training weeks, clocking up 100+km rides in the hills over Malhao, and 15-20km runs around the beautiful salt flats at Quinta do Lago, with the temperatures a constant 16-20°C throughout the block. It was the perfect venue to get some quality work done without any distractions, and always provides plenty of opportunities for people to learn and develop from each other by spending an extended period in close proximity.
Clearly the benefits from the camp are already coming through – Adam Bowden was the last NTPCW athlete to race in 2018 (at 70.3 Bahrain in December where he set a new British record over the distance), and he was first to open up again in 2019 this last weekend. Adam took a stunning victory at the Ironman 70.3 Dubai, leading out of the water, backing it up with a front group ride and finishing with a 70 min half marathon to storm away from the field.
That performance secured his qualification for the 70.3 World Championships, which will take place in Nice, France in September, as well as giving him a shot at the $1m Triple crown prize, which is awarded if one athlete is able to take victory at 70.3 Dubai, 70.3 Bahrain and 70.3 World Champs in the same season.
The international and domestic racing season will soon kick into gear in a big way, with Zoe Thomas due to kickstart her season at the brand-new European Cup Indoor Triathlon in Lievin, France. She will be followed by our student teams taking on the BUCS Biathlon in Oxford, and Matthew Wright, our new recruit from Barbados, heading over to Brazil for the Santos CAMTRI Cup – all of this by the second weekend in March!