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4 February 2014
After a wet January that seemed never ending the 2014 Triathlon season is almost upon us but not before "Show Season".
February/March sees us attending the three big Triathlon shows:
1. The Triathlon Plus Show - London ExCeL - 13th - 16th February
2. The Triathlon Show - Sandown Park - 28th February - 2nd March
3. The Bike and Tri Show - Manchester Central - 8th - 9th March
So if you are heading along to any of these events be sure to pop over to our stands for a chat. The Triathlon Show will be the official launch of our 2014 range but for those of you attending the Triathlon Plus Show there may well be a sneak peak available of our 2014 range if you ask nicely!
The Triathlon Plus Show at ExCeL London will also provide a great opportunity to pick up some bargain kit from our remaining 2013 stock, so if you are looking for an extra wetsuit for training or are doing your first triathlon this year and on a budget with your first set of kit come and have a chat about kit selection.
The Triathlon Show will be the Official launch of our 2014 range where you will be able to see and purchase all the new kit for 2014. We will also have some of our sponsored athletes on our stand s if you're looking to pick up some great tips on kit and technique come and speak to the guys and girls who make a living out of racing.
The Bike and Tri Show in Manchester will be the launch of our 2014 range for all those who aren't able to get down to Surrey for the Triathlon Show the week before. This will be our first visit to the Manchester Show and we are very much looking forward to meeting our Northern based customers.
We hope to see as many of you as we can over the course of the three shows, so come and say hello, have a chat, ask questions and enter the competitions that we will be running with some cracking prizes on offer.
In the meantime keep up the winter training regime, it'll soon be race time.
30 January 2014
“Impossible is an opinion, to me it means IM-possible....Ironman possible”.
The inspirational words of South African triathlete Pieter du Preez after he became the first quadriplegic athlete to complete an Ironman event back in December at the Busselton event in Western Australia. With a finish time of 13 hours and 20 minutes, du Preez smashed the boundaries for what is possible and continues to lead the way in paratriathlon. Not prepared to bask in his world record breaking achievements, du Preez has big plans in place for 2014, with one word on his mind; Kona.
Whilst a slot is yet to be confirmed, du Preez is likely to compete in Kona given his performance in WA. Again he will be looking to break more records as he becomes the first quadriplegic to complete the marquee event in Hawaii. A huge and somewhat incomprehensible feat given the nature of Du Preez’s disability.
A C6 quadriplegic, du Preez has no hand grip or finger movement and limited arm movement, his strength comes from bicep and shoulder movement. Swimming with no tricep movement, he cannot do the overhead ‘crawl’ and instead does a ‘double-armed backstroke’. Pieter must be supported on the swimmer behind him who taps him to guide du Preez in the right direction.
Following the swim, with no movement from the hips down, he has to rely on sheer ‘biceps and shoulder power’ to propel himself the remaining 222.2 kilometres of the event. Furthermore, the nature of his disability means that Pieter doesn’t sweat; therefore there is also a very real danger that he can over heat and consequently requires regular drenching with a bucket of water to regulate heat.
Clearly, a feat not only of the huge mental and physical proportions but logistically also.
Zone3, the British triathlon brand, will be supporting Pieter throughout the 2014 season. Speaking of Pieter’s achievements CEO James Lock added
“We are so pleased for Pieter, it’s an incredible achievement and one that we are really proud to be involved with. For Pieter it seems the sky’s the limit and we are looking forward to supporting him on his journey in the sport”
“Pieter will be swimming in our award winning Victory wetsuit. The idea behind the ‘Victory’ was to create the best possible long distance wetsuit on the market that allowed athletes to achieve their own personal victory, whatever that may be. It’s safe to say that Pieter has achieved just this and will continue to be victorious in years to come”
To follow Du Preez throughout the 2014 season and to keep up to date with Pieter as he looks ahead to Kona find him on Twitter @supapiet
For more information about Zone3 and the award winning ‘Victory D’ wetsuit head to www.racezone3.com
2 January 2014
If like us at Zone3 you have ever so slightly overindulged over Christmas and New Year you may now be looking at ways to burn off the excess calories in 2014 or you may be looking to try out a new challenge or test your limits of endurance during the coming year.
For 2014 we have teamed up with a number of event organisers who have a huge range of swimming and triathlon events laid on in 2014 from pool sprint triathlons to extreme Ironman challenges. There is something for everyone, those who are looking to try out a triathlon for the first time, to those who feel that a mountain marathon is the only way to finish off an Ironman distance race.
Anyway check out the various links below, there are events all over the country for all abilities, so whether you are looking to move up a distance or just looking for a weekend away racing which includes a race you are sure to find something in the selection below:
Blenheim Palace Triathlon
Rat Race Events
Xtra Mile Events
Tri Project Events
Try Tri Events
On Your Marks Events
Crystal Palace Triathlon