70.3 group begin their half ironman journey at the run orientation session

steve attwell briefing the half ironman hopefuls

On the 2nd August, the Embark 70.3 hopefuls, beginners and intermediates, came together as a group for the first time for their ‘run’ orientation session. All Embarkers were given a training ‘Advent Calendar’ which will help them track their training and progression over the next 6 months. Coach Steve Attwell talked the group through the calendar, introduced the program that each Embarker will receive on a weekly basis and explained what equipment would be needed for the duration of the training.

The most important part of this kick-off session was for each athlete to set their half-marathon goal for the race, and record it on the pacing chart. Based on this, the group embarked on their first track run, pacing each lap on a quicker half marathon time. Starting at a pace of 7min07/km per lap (2h30min half marathon) the runners increased their speed each lap, until the final lap of 4min16/km (1h30min half marathon) where fewer athletes were able to keep up. While the pace was a little too quick for some, most Embarkers were able to keep running at their half marathon pace, which is a great starting point. It was amazing to see the motivation and enthusiasm of the group on their first session.

It’s going to be an awesome 6 month journey for everyone so watch this space to track their progress!

Steve Attwell meets each new member at the 70.3 registration table

Above: Steve Attwell meets each new member at the 70.3 registration table

Embarkers gather for their run briefing

Above: Embarkers gather for their run briefing

The Twelve Apostle mountains make an awesome backdrop to the track session

Above: The Twelve Apostle mountains make an awesome backdrop to the track

The new 70.3 group start their first run around the track

Above: The new 70.3 training group start their first run around the track

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