The race season is here again, well done to the Born2Tri racers who took part in the Dambuster Duathlon, as a World’s and European’s qualifier the standard of racer was very high and our team of Steve Norris, Stuart Hope, Stuart Evans, Natalie and Rick Shaw produced fine performances. Also congratulations to Coach Pete who placed third in the Police Sport UK regional cross country series this winter.
Don’t forget to let Mark know where you are racing through the season and a race report is always interesting, helping other club members decide where to race next year.
We have secured the venue for our Bike Maintenance Training Day on Saturday 29th March. We still have places left so if you would like to attend let Mark know, the details are below.
Spring Duathlon Volunteer Request
We have had a request for volunteers from Bill Charters, race director for the Spring Duathlon.
Hi all, in just over eight weeks time we will be running the Great Notley Spring Duathlon. Could all those who would like to help out at this year’s event please contact Bill (you can do so via the contact us form on the membership pages). Don’t forget that besides supporting the club and your fellow athletes there are further incentives for doing so this year.
Born2Tri – an evening with Tour De France stage winner and Pro Ironman Triathlete Magnus Backstedt
As announced in last week’s members e-mail; we are fortunate to have secured a talk with Tour de France Stage and Paris Roubaix winner now turned Pro IM Triathlete Magnus Backstedt on Sunday 23rd March between 7-10pm at the Guildhall, Finchingfield. He will be talking about his days as a pro cyclist, what it took to win and his transition from cycling to long distance triathlons. There will be an opportunity for Q & A s at the end of his talk.
Places are limited to 45 Born2Tri members but we still have a couple of places available. If you want to come along first come first served.
Born2Tri Annual General Meeting
We will be holding our annual meeting at 8pm Thursday 27th March in the Essex Cricketers Great Notley.
The meeting is open to all members and is an opportunity to discuss the club activities and any changes which can be made to improve our training, racing and coaching support. We need your ideas so we can be sure the club remains as successful as possible. Please give up a couple of hours of your time to help us develop the club.
If you have views but it is impossible for you to attend send Mark your ideas by e-mail.
Bike Maintenance Day – Saturday 29th March 2014
Each year we run a bike maintenance day for members to help them learn to clean and maintain their bikes.
They are open to members only and take place at Honywood School in Coggeshall dealing with basic bike cleaning and maintenance in the morning, more in depth servicing and repairs covered in the afternoon session. The techniques will be demonstrated and then you will do the same on your own bike. This will give you the confidence to clean and check your bike, make running repairs and adjustments and how to deal with the inevitable roadside puncture.
The whole day costs just £30 which is much less than a basic check at your local bike shop. The only additional costs will be any parts needed to repair your bike. By the end of the day you will have thoroughly checked and serviced your own bike and gained worthwhile knowledge on how to look after it in the future.
Places are limited to twelve.
BBC Request for Video Footage
Coach Pete has received the below request from ex pro triathlete Annie Emmerson
Fancy being part of the BBC’s televised World Triathlon series 2014 then read on…..
The BBC is about to start putting together some new triathlon titles for their 2014 series of programmes and are hoping to get the British triathlon community involved.
The BBC is after videos that triathletes have filmed of themselves or their club mates either training or competing through the winter. Either in the water (be it pools or open water) on the bike, running, indoors or outdoors – the BBC need that footage!
Sound as well as pictures are preferred and all levels of pain and in all kinds of weather are welcome – the more dramatic the better! People of all different shapes, genders, age and abilities are invited to offer up their footage.
It can be filmed on anything from handheld cameras to go pros, even on smart phones. The deadline is tight (March 18th) so if you think you have anything that might be of interest let Mark know and I’ll put you in contact with the producer, Sarah Richardson.
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All the Born2Tri races were released for entries on Boxing Day and can be found on Entry Central. They are:
- Great Notley Spring Duathlon – 4th May 2014
- Braintree District Triathlon – 1st June 2014
- Gosfield Lake Standard and Sprint Triathlons – 6th July 2014
- Great Notley Autumn Duathlon – 5th October 2014
As always we will be looking for volunteers to help us put on these events, so please add the dates to your diary. Born2Tri always has an excellent response from our members to help at the races but remember if you are entering a Born2Tri event you should volunteer at another, without helpers these races cannot go ahead.
Well done to everyone who completed our Notley Autumn Duathlon and with such glorious weather too. Provisional results are now available by following these links
Head Coach Teresa looks at the phenomenon of first time triathletes going long distance.
There seems to be a trend to rush into doing an Ironman distance race with very little or no experience of racing triathlon at all. Why is this trend growing? More and more IM’s are being put on locally and around the world or similar and yet entry fees can cost phenomenal amounts of money and yet mass participation is increasing. What is the attraction and why do so many approach these races with very little training or simply not enough knowledge of what it takes to complete one?
Do they decide to attempt one because they see their fellow team mates completing them, do they want the glory to join this exclusive club or simply want the tattoo?
Many fall to the wayside like their marathon counterparts with the attitude “been there, got the t shirt” or get injured badly, never to race again. On the other hand, many will simply get bitten by the bug and go on to complete many more.
Do most people think this type of distance race is easily achieved with very little thought into their training time, nutrition, the impact on their family life and the general well being of their bodies?
I would compare it to having one driving lesson and then thinking you are ready to get a car and take it down the motorway, you really wouldn’t do it. So why do so many people having experienced one Sprint or Olympic distance race jump straight into an Ironman? They will have no endurance, no real experience of open water swimming, no transition training, very little knowledge of what it takes to fuel their bodies to get round, not realise the recovery required for these longer sessions and most of all the impact and resentment other members of their family will experience because they are hardly at home any more as they will be out training all the time.
I’m not saying its not possible or a bad thing to do, but what harm can it be to wait a little longer and gain this experience first. Taking the time to gradually step up in distances is a good thing and learning from fellow triathletes is invaluable. Enjoy the sport for a while and start with small goals which you can build upon. The IM distance race is like a great wine, it needs time and nurturing before it’s at its best and then it can be celebrated and enjoyed.
Head Coach Teresa Harman has written a short piece describing her journey towards Ironman Austria on June 30th 2013. Teresa writes:
Why am I doing an Ironman?
I must be mad I hear you say, I have to tend to agree with you. The Ironman distance triathlon had always been a goal for someone else. Someone much fitter and stronger than me and someone with a very strong mind to convince their body that they could get through this gruelling huge ask of oneself. To date I had experienced plenty of Sprints, an Olympic distance and last year my first Half Ironman distance but that elusive club of Ironmen and women belonged to others and never in my wildest dreams did I think I would have the courage to sign up for one myself.
It was almost a year ago I sat at this computer and a little light went on in my head and a voice was telling me that maybe it was possible for me to complete an Ironman distance race. I found myself at midnight waiting for Ironman Austria entries to open and within minutes signing up to one along with Mark for 2013. That was back in June 2012, a whole year ago and which at the time seemed like plenty of time to get ready. I sit here now with only days to go full of dread and anticipation but excitement too wondering if and how I will finish this race of a lifetime.
When the training began back in October 2012 I had no idea just how horrible our winter would be. The short evenings and the cold winter months made training extremely hard and I often found myself not wanting to go out on long bike rides when the wind was howling, the rain was falling or the frost and ice was getting into your bones and freezing you to death. I started with about 6 hours a week and I soon realised to complete an Ironman my training schedule would have to increase dramatically but gradually over time. As many of you know, I teach fitness classes for a living so I soon realised that getting fitter would be all consuming and take over my life. Over the months the training has increased to 18 hours a week at times and I have felt extremely guilty about not having any spare time to give to my children and grandchild. I know they haven’t complained and have encouraged me all the way but I still have felt guilty but without their support and love the task of training so hard would have been so much more impossible.
You go through so many emotions during the year from absolute doubt to enormous highs when you have pushed yourself beyond what you thought you were capable of. I have always suffered from not believing in myself and thinking that I would never be good enough. You see, I am surrounded by triathletes who push themselves every day and make it look very easy, but deep down I have been scared to death. Mark has been my greatest source of inspiration, I admire his strength and dedication and with his love and encouragement he has allowed me to reach a place that I do believe I can now do it. He believes in me, always has, and he can see far beyond what I portray from the outside. My real reason for putting myself through this is because I want to make him proud and my children too. Why don’t you try something easier I hear you say well the Ironman race is the ultimate challenge for every triathlete and although I coach the sport and participate in it, I have never really seen myself as truly one of them.
Perhaps very late on 30th June 2013 I will be crossing the line having just completed a swim of 2.5 miles, rode 112 miles and eventually run/walked 26 miles, my heart bursting with pride and tears streaming down my face with joy. I look forward to hugging Mark at the finish knowing this will have been my greatest achievement and then celebrating with other friends, all of whom have worked extremely hard and without their own encouragement and belief, this would not have been possible. I want to thank Mark, my girls, Shauna & Jessica and all my family and wonderful friends for continuing to believe in me and supporting me. I do hope I can make you all proud and I hope I can inspire others to take up the challenge too.
When most of us were freezing and shivering in the snowy weather a group of club members set off the Mallorca for some warm climate training. For those of us who can’t remember temperatures in double digits this involved riding bikes in summer kit and swimming in the sea without catching hypothermia!
Club Chairman, Mark Harman, takes it from here…..
How can it still be snowing, early in the spring morning our Born2Tri team travelling out to our first Born2Tri Mallorca training camp gathered at StanstedAirport. The snow was falling steadily outside as we nervously Continue Reading…
Born2Tri Coach Phil Smith has kindly put together this video showing our last specialist cycle training session at the Redbridge Cycling Centre. As we have another session coming up this is a good insight into the day and what’s involved. All the feedback we received was positive which is great and a huge thanks to our coaches who gave up their day to make it happen.