Good morning all,
Mon May 5th at 6:30 will be our first session outside. This session, known as Skills and Drills, will take place at the Univ of Regina in the Parking lots south of University drive.
These parking lots are H, G and 15. They are in between the University and the Ring Road. If you come in on University Drive south (the one that Kramer Blvd goes into) then we will be on your right, behind the big IBM building. Look for the big white van, I will put the flashing beacon on as well! We will be there by 6pm.
Skills and Drills is our chance to have a look at you, sort out what Group you will start off in and go over some basic safety procedures. Many of you are returning riders and "know the score" but please bear in mind that there will be new riders in your Groups. The Ride Leaders will run through group etiquette, signalling, flat procedure, some handling skills, then, if there's time, you'll go riding.
It will also be gear time! We will have swag bags for all of you that will include jerseys and stem caps for our new riders, arm warmers for our returning riders and some great discount offers from a couple of our friends. We'll give the bags out over the course of the evening.
I'm obsessing over the weather at the moment, checking every four hours or so trying to figure out what it will be like on Monday? If it's going to be raining then I will cancel the ride, it's no fun doing Skills and Drills if you're damp and cold! I'll keep you updated.
And that nicely segues into a couple of items that you should be aware of...
Probably the most important role I have is letting you know what is going on. There's a couple of different ways that I do this, Facebook, Email and now our website, Spokenhot.com. I try to cover all the bases.
Weather is generally my biggest concern. What I found works well is that, if it looks questionable, I will send out an update at 5pm on Monday, earlier if it's really obvious! I'll use Email,FB, and our website.
I'm also trying to use MailChimp for our Email, it's a powerful program that lets me do all sorts of things. Still learning that though.
I mentioned our website, www.spokenhot.com. I'm pretty excited about it as I built it while we were away in Penticton. I know it's not the fanciest by a long shot but it works and as time goes on I hope to add more pictures, video, coaches bio's, and maybe pretty it up a bit.
So that's it for now, Theresa and I have a pretty full weekend ahead of us. Today is the Kid's Brent Gibson triathlon at the U of R and we will be volunteering. It starts at 2pm and there will be over 100 young triathletes competing. It's my favourite race of the year and one of our Spoke n'Hot riders is the Race Director! Cheryl Grant, ably assisted by her husband John and co-Race Director Todd Graham will be ensuring that the kids all have a great time and go on the right direction! For a fabulous afternoon of free entertainment stop by the U of R Gymnasium. Even better, how about volunteering?
9 a.m. to 11:30 Course Setup,
Noon to 1:00 Check-in, Transition Setup
1:10 to 1:30 Pre-race Briefing (all hands)
1:35 to 1:50 Volunteer Meetings
2:00 Race Start (Swim) Oldest to Youngest
4:00 Expected Last Finisher
4:00 to 4:45 Draw Prizes, Results, Teardown
Have a great weekend,
I tend to be the noisy one, Theresa and the Ride Leaders are the real story.