4 Jan '16: ATC Weekly

Happy New Year - ATC Office Times


Happy New Year & Birthdays!
Happy New Year to all our members!  Today is also ATC Chairman, STeve Attwell, and top SA Triathlete, Richard Murray’s birthdays.  We wish them all the best as they, respectively, steer ATC into its 10th year and prepare for Olympics 2016 in Rio.  The picture of Richard winning WTS Edmonton was voted the Best Picture of the 2015 World Triathlon Series.  The picture is enclosed in this email and was taken by Rich Cruse.


ATC Office

The ATC Office and shop will be open before and after all the Tuesday (05:30 – 07:30) and Wednesday (17:00 – 20:00) Track Sessions for gear and license collection.  You can also request that we bring your gear to the Canal Swim on a Friday mornings.  During January, the ATC Office will remain open later after the Wednesday evening track session for members to collect licenses and purchase gear.
On Sunday we will set up the ATC Gazebo in the Bay-to-Bay finish area (our old track field below The Bungalow), so please come and tell us about your run, collect ASA licenses, or conduct other ATC business.  We can also meet you near the start, before the event, for last minute license collections.
Before collecting your license, please order it on-line from Tri SPaza and ensure that your ATC Multisport or ATC Running Membership is renewed for 2016.  All memberships purchased towards the end of 2014 have now expired.  Memberships purchased in January 2015 will expire at the end of January.  We cannot issue ASA licenses to members whose memberships have expired or are due for renewal.  To join / renew and purchase a 2016 License, please click here to visit Tri SPaza.


Embark Training Programs

Next Tuesday, 12 January at 18:00, the Embark Lite Summer Beginners Triathlon coached group training program will kick off with an Orientation evening at the Green Point Cricket Club.  This is a complete beginners program, so no previous experience is required.  This program is aimed at getting novices to their first triathlon or duathlon through hands-on coached group training.  We will cover everything you need to know about completing a triathlon or duathlon. The chosen event is the Discovery ITU Cape Town Triathlon / Duathlon, which will take place on the 23rd and 24th of April 2016.  This gives us 4 months to get everyone up to speed and confident enough to tackle the first race! 
This orientation session is open to anyone, even if you do not intend to do the goal triathlon race.  It is an introduction to triathlon, looking at how the sport works, training needed and equipment required.
Everyone is welcome to join the training program, even if you do not plan on doing the goal race.  Join us as we learn in a fun, social and safe environment to become fit and healthy in be part of a coached group training community.
Embark is also launching its Ironman 70.3 Durban training on the same night.  So you can also find out about this 5 month course in preparation for the fast and flat Durban course.  Our coaches are certified, have raced the course and have in-depth knowledge of triathlon through years or racing and coaching.
The Embark Running program for the Two Oceans Half Marathon will begin on the 19th of January.
Orientation for Embark Lite Jozi North, will also take place on the 12th, at the Bryanston High School.
Visit www.embark.co.za for more details. 



Ariel Rubin and Emma Alsop won the Clifton New Year’s Cold Water Mile on Friday!  Ariel won the wetsuit category in a time of 22:08 and Emma the Channel Rules category in a time of 24:14.
Gareth Dragt won the 3.4 Km CORE swim at Clifton on Sunday in a wetsuit.  Vivienne Williams was the second lady home, also in a wetsuit. 
The 2 x 1.7 Km Relay was won by Ingrid Peens and Megan Skownow, followed by Alice and Rudi Oosthuizen in 2nd and Russel Smedley and Marius Tinney-Crook in 3rd

TRAINING THIS WEEK:  Details here...

SWIM:  The Canal Swim will be back this Friday morning at 06:00.
RUN:  Our track sessions will take place on Tuesday mornings at 06:00 and Wednesday evenings at 18:00.  The ATC office will also be open before and after the sessions.

EVENTS:  Details here...

On Sunday is the Bay-to-Bay 30 Km run from Camps Bay to Hout Bay and back.  The 15 Km is run in one direction from Hout Bay to Camps Bay. Note that you cannot enter on race day.  If you missed the on-line cut-off, you can enter at one of the registration points in various Sportsmans Warehouses on Saturday.    (5K Fun run)  We will set up the ATC Gazebo at the finis so please come and tell us about your run and collect ASA licenses or conduct other ATC business.  We can also meet you near the start before the event for last minute license collections.
The 2.5 Km Around The Rocks open water swim takes place on Sunday in Big Bay.



Dinner in East London – Ironman 70.3 Weekend
A reminder to book your spot if you would like to join us for dinner at Grazia in East London for the Friday (22nd) and Saturday (23rd) evenings, pre-Half Ironman Dinners.   The restaurant is located in the Upper Esplanade, Aquarium Road, Quigney.  It is next door to the Virgin Active Club so is quite central to the hotels where most of us will be staying.  If you would like to be part of the ATC and Embark Group, please reserve a spot by completing the On-Line Form.  The deadline for booking a spot is tomorrow, Tuesday 5 January.
Let’s get going with the New Year!