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