We hope you are coping with the start of the winter and the inevitable slump in enthusiasm. Just go with it and use the time to plan for 2014. Once you have a race or challenge in the diary that enthusiasm will flood back.
Congratulations to Tracy and Brian who married this weekend, so soon after Simone married it made quite a year for the family.
We now have details of our training sessions, as they stand at the moment, over the Christmas period:
Ride Saturday 21st December.
Run Sunday 22nd December
No swim – Monday 23rd
No Run Weds 25th
Ride Saturday 28th
Run Sunday 29th
No Swim – Monday 30th
No Run – Weds 1st January
’Duathlon’ Brick Session – Sunday 15th December
Next weekend we have another of our run – bike – run brick sessions based at Rayne station. Meet at Rayne station just before 9am on Sunday 15th December with your bike and run kit. This is not a race but being run on the usual Rayne course will give you the chance to see how your performance has improved since last time or improves through the future similar sessions. It’s relatively short distances and will be complete in an hour. It is based at the old Rayne Station in New Road, Rayne, the run is on Flitch Way and road, with the bike on the local country roads. It’s the usual route which many of you will know.
If you prefer you can just run, meet at the same time and place. This session will replace the usual Sunday run.
Changes to the Saturday bike rides from 4th January 2014
The Saturday bike rides are going from strength to strength with large numbers of riders turning up to ride. We are also benefiting from recruiting and training some additional ride leaders who will support the coaches and regular ride leaders by guiding groups. As a result we will implement some changes from 9am Saturday 4th January 2014.
The major change will be the start location as we are moving our start location to the Discovery Centre, Great Notley CountryPark. This is just a few hundred yards from Tesco, so parking arrangements are unaffected, although parking is available at the country park for £3. This will give much more space and less danger and disruption from shopping traffic. It will also benefit from the opportunity for a post ride drink or snack in the café for those who want it.
We will continue to offer rides for all abilities, from the beginner/improvers ride to a pure training ride for the more experienced riders. Full details will be advertised over the coming weeks.
Paul Haxell is now able to offer a service to Born2Tri members and others to help prepare you mentally for the challenge of racing. Many of our athletes either fail to start an event or have their performance damaged by anxiety. He writes:
NLP in sport
Many athletes and sports people invest heavily in improving their performance. They put time and resource into their training to improve strength, conditioning, technique and stamina. All of this effort is focused towards better performance. The mental aspects of performance and the psychology of sport can often be neglected even by top class performers. This may be restricting their ability to perform at their peak on those key days of competition.
Neuro Linguistic Programme (NLP) can enable an athlete to improve performance by being better able to “get in the zone” when it matters most. NLP is a series of powerful performance development tools and techniques which will enable you to release and remove mental blocks, emotional doubts and self-imposed limitations that prevent you from achieving your best performance.
NLP allows people to learn and adopt the strategies, techniques and physiology used by our sporting role models to achieve excellence often in a fraction of the time.
Having recently completed training as an NLP Practitioner and certified Hypnosis Practitioner I am keen to gain experience in applying the techniques within the sporting arena. In order to do so I am willing to provide free, to up to four individuals, some NLP coaching to improve the mental aspects of their performance.
If this appeals to you please ring Paul on 07793 387714 to discuss how to proceed.
Helen Peacock has a house available to rent in Great Notley.
3 bed semi-detached house on Whitecourts/Great Notley available to rent
We have a lovely 3 bed semi detached house that is available to rent. If you are interested then give Helen & Al Peacock a call on 07812 156949 and we will give a very good rate for the right tenant!
New Triathlon Shop Coming to Braintree
Cycles UK is pleased to announce work has started on the first floor of the store converting the 1000 square foot into a Tri shop. As our passion and expertise is bikes, we are pleased to have RunActive Sports & Fitness on board whose passion is running. Many of you will know already of RunActive, they will be selling a full range of running shoes, clothing, accessories and swimwear as well as undertaking free video GAIT analysis in the combined FIT area.
The store is still trading on the ground floor and is unlikely to close during the refit. We are planning to open upstairs early in the New Year.
More great News RunActive are pleased to offer all Tri-Clubs 15% discount off non-sale products at their three current stores in Leigh-on-Sea, Chelmsford and Loughton as well as online by visiting the RunActive website. We will keep you posted on developments and of new brands being stocked.
Born2Tri Events 2014
Born2Tri has now settled the dates for our 2014 races. Please add the dates to your 2014 diaries as we will need the usual help at these events to keep up the high standards. Watch this space in coming weeks for details of how Born2Tri will thank our volunteers at next years races.
· 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
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.
Born2Tri is excited to announce our new partnership with Braintree based health food shop, The Natural Way. As a club we are keen to support local businesses especially those which share our ethos of a healthy lifestyle and The Natural Way couldn’t be a closer fit!
The Natural Way is a long established business which stocks a huge range of health food & sports nutrition supplements ideal for long distance and endurance events, such as:
- Drinks, from High 5 and Reflex with carbohydrates and electrolytes to provide energy and stop cramping.
- Energy Bars to supplement gels and drinks as part of a training and racing nutrition plan.
- Recovery shakes and hot drinks to aid with muscle repair and to replenish energy stores.
The Natural Way has long supported Born2Tri with samples for goody bags and a presence at our races but now we can announce they are also giving club members a huge 20% discount on sports supplements. Simply show your membership card with photo when purchasing.
You can find The Natural Way just down from Braintree Post Office.