With the kind permission of John Walnutt from Piaranha Tri I am just popping up some information about the National Series. John did a bit of analysis on the NS and I have reproduced some of it below (wheels and re-inventing!) as it may be helpful to newer members.
The National Series has been reduced from 29 races to 25. Of the 25 races there are 2 races on the same day on 6 different occasions so this leaves 19 races available. You must complete at least 4 races and include one sprint and one Olympic and 2 others of any distance (Sprint, Olympic & Middle). You can do them anywhere in the country i.e. all in Leinster if it suits, you are not required to do 4 races in 4 different province’s.
Picking which race will score the highest is a bit of pot luck but in general races with a bigger entry usually score on average slightly higher. In 2015 Athy would have been the highest scoring race. John looked at the top 30 finishers in the National Series and checked their top 4 counting events to see where they scored. The rating 16 / 115 for DCT means 16 (of the 30) scored points which were used as one of their top 4 results. The 115 is the average points scored overall by the 16 competitors. Based on this, the Fastnet Sprint, Top Of the Mourne Olympic , Hell of the West and DCT were some of the best scoring events. So were Crooked Lake and Athy but they are not on the NS list for 2016.
In General Middle distance Races will not score as high due to the size of the entry field (usually smaller). Also sometimes the National Championship races do not score well due to the fact they are more competitive (Pulse scored poorly this year). DCT scored well this year as the Olympic Nationals but it also had a very big entry. A lot of the top 30 scored in DCT (16) Caroline Kearney (12) and Belfast (
To try to score well in the national Series it is a good idea to try to complete 6 or 7 races, if possible. Your top 4 scoring races will count and the lower one discarded. Doing a couple of races before the end of May is a good idea. These will normally be pool races which are a great way to get your season off to a good start without getting hypothermia in the sea! They are also a great way to find out where you are with your training.
We would encourage as many as possible to aim to compete in the National Championship races which for 2016 will be Hell of the West (although entries may be gone) and Two Provinces, Lanesboro. These are good races to support either way. They may not score as high as some other races but HOTW should be OK due to the size of the event. Lanesboro could be pot luck on points.
It’s never too early to plan your season and you should have your races picked by now. If not have a look at the calendar and ask for advice if you need it. The club will be encouraging as many as possible to complete 4 races in 2016 no matter what your level is, so feel free to ask any advice from the experienced racers in the club or refer to the NS spreadsheet which has information about the various different races.
Racing adds a bit of spice to the training, a little bit of excitement, some frustration and maybe a few bragging rights - all of which make it a really interesting summer.....BRING IT ON
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the national series points for the first 2 races of the season are now live on the TI website. A quick analysis of about 10 people who races both Tipp and Sligo shows that they scored on average 7 points more in the Sligo race. Tipp was a national championship race and was hosting the intervarsities meaning the field was more competitive.