Premier Results all round!

With the nights getting longer and the days getting colder its time to sit back and reflect on our seasons efforts and some great efforts there has been. As club captain I’m always humbled, touched and proud of each and every one of our club members who put themselves out there to train and race hard. As a small club we are proud that we provide a tight knit training group which I feel has really flourished this year.

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As always we loose one or two to to other countries, other counties and family life but there still very much remains a hard working group of individuals who I’m proud to train and race with. So without further ado… here’s my yearly round up….apologies in advance if I’ve forgotten anyone….there are just two many great efforts to mention them all!

 Iron people:

It’s a special respect and admiration that I have for anyone racing at this distance. I know how hard I train for the shorter distances so I can only imagine the time and effort it takes to go long. Firstly, well done to Philip Lester for completing his 3rd UK ironman in a very speedy time as always. I know he wants more (who doesn’t) but we’re always proud of your iron efforts Phil. Shout outs also go to Neil price for his first UK iron experience and our little Vix who valiantly proved that she has as much heart racing as she does in real life. Its no easy feat to complete an ironman , especially when its not going to plan. Something we can all learn a lesson from…dig deep and NEVER give up.

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Continued respect for the nutter Lauren Morris for her Ironman Roth efforts…she completed in a very speedy sub 12hrs, proving that she is capable of executing a fantastic race and further proof that consistent training does pay off! Next Dave Rees, Ellie Dorman and Schalk Blom for there Alpe D’huez endeavours. Although this race is technically not a full Iron distance, it is argued to be one of the hardest long course races on the calendar, which I’m sure they’ll agree! Well done boys and girls. Finally Eugene Leonard for his Ironamn Weymouth result. He’s the dark horse of the pack for sure…keeps his head down, trains hard and pulls a beauty of the bag (I’m not talking about andrea!!).

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Onto the equally impressive half distance iron people. To mention a few… Freddie beard for his storming time at Cotswold 113. Vicky Frosdick and Lauren Morris for making the Middle Distance GBR age group team. Alex Heurto for a stormer at Mallorca and his VERY impressive marathon time of 3.08…sub 3 here he comes! J Helen Oxley for her gritty determination despite various injuries, always being late and general scattiness! Andrea Havill for posting a superb time in Weymouth alongside her fella . Khaled Dawas for braving the middle Eastern heat and last but not least…Andy Hatzis who completed Wimbelball 70.3 on sub optimal training loads…think its fair to say that the boy is capable of a lot more if he actually did some more training!

 

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GBR age group racing:

To most who do triathlon will know, its no walk in the park to qualify for the age group teams. The national races always attract a strong field so anyone who earns their GBR tri suit deserves a little mention. Well done to Harry Boyle and Graeme Achison for being our first GBR boys! Both raced against fierce competition at Nottingham to secure their places. Gramene unfortunately then suffered a nasty shoulder injury so had to pull out but Harry went on to represent at World champs in Edmonton and certainly did himself proud. Lauren Morris for her Europeans champ efforts… I can confirm that it was one of the hardest races I’ve ever done and as always she produced a very competitive time despite a little detour on the run course! DOH!

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The new and improved!

A little mention to all the guys who have raced regularly and consistently throughout the season. We’ve seen some great improvements from Zoe Maddison, Paul King, Amir Safavi and Sarah Martin. To all the fabulous beginners out there who raced their first triathlons: speedy swimmers Sophie Robinson and Alicia Mason. Donata for her perseverance despite being terrified on a bike. And finally to all those newer, older or injured who have not yet shown us what they’re capable of. We look forward to following your successes next year.

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Safe to say its been a truly epic season. Too many funny stories, giggles and long miles to talk about. Thanks always to our amazing coaches and cycle leaders who give up their time and energyt and of course… thanks to all you Premier people….heres to a fast, fun, and cake fuelled 2015!!

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Getting back into things…

It’s that time of year again when we’ve all had some time off, probably eaten or drank a little more than usual and generally let ourselves have a little head space and given our bodies time to recoup. This year more than any other year I have appreciated the value of not putting pressure on myself early on in my training cycles. Winter training should still be challenging but it should be fun! If it feels like a chore at this stage it will only get harder from here on in. If you’re stressed about your season now, you’ll be pulling your hair out come spring (this was the pattern of my 2013 season) and trust me it’s likely to end in some form of burn out or you simply not achieving your potential.

In order to train well and perform your mind and body need to be happy. If you place too much mental pressure on yourself it will eventually amount to stress, which will affect your performance. Likewise, hitting things too hard, too early can also amount to physical stress and overload on your body which will result in fatigue. Now obviously I’m not saying we shouldn’t be doing hard sessions but we just shouldn’t be doing hard sessions ALL the time- our bodies and minds simply can’t keep up with this process of physical and mental stress. So what should we be doing this time of year?

1. Getting in the miles: I’ve written about this before- this time of year is ALL about the miles. Tim Don once said “Winter miles = Summer smiles” and I like that notion. It’s a proven fact that a decent base fitness provides the foundation for the hard season ahead. Neglect it at your peril! It can be tough though….this winter has certainly provided some rather wet scenarios and a fair amount of detours due to flooding. It’s important to not become disheartened by this.. I’m a firm believer that we should just be getting out in it, a little bit of rain never killed anyone. And I always find a bigger sense of satisfaction when I’m out in the elements and everyone else it at home. I think it builds mental toughness and prepares you for the English weather because let’s face it…how often do we race in perfect conditions? Make these miles fun..ride with different people, enjoy a cafe stop and relax. It shouldn’t be about power averages or speed, it should be about controlled efforts and a steady heart rate.  And always remember to build up slowly!

2. Embrace the turbo: I’m definitely not one for sitting on a turbo for 3-4 hrs (I would personally rather kill myself) but I do appreciate the value of the turbo in terms of safety and specificity of training. Although I believe that getting out there is the only way to prepare you for riding properly, when its icy and dangerous I do feel that turbo has its place. Again I could not envisage riding longer than 1.5 hrs on the turbo but we’re all different and I know people who sit there for up to 5-6 hrs at a time. Fair play to them is all I can say. I have no doubt that that they are getting benefits from these sessions and if you don’t fancy the weather then it’s better than nothing.

3. Don’t make up for lost time: Sessions will be missed and may need to be adapted. Work, injury, illness, weather, whatever it may be that stops you doing a session it’s frustrating but it’s happened.  Get over it, be flexible and try not to stress about what you haven’t done, look at the sessions you have achieved and try to maintain some consistency. I know we’ve all done it but going out and training when you feel under the weather or are a carrying an injury only results in more stress being placed on the body which will eventually take its toll. Be sensible, rest up and live to fight another day.

5. XC run it! Mud, sweat, few tears! What more can you want?! Ok I’m still not sure I LOVED it but a sick part of me definitely wants more! I would normally partake in some road racing over the winter months but I honestly couldn’t face another race where I knew my times wouldn’t be what I wanted so instead of torturing myself I decided to challenge myself and so something new. It meant that I couldn’t compare and couldn’t stress about my times or the result. I was there because I wanted some good old fashioned pain! XC running is a great strength session and I know it will have given my legs a good honest boost for the season ahead.

4.Finally…. Love it! Love what you are doing, challenge your mind, challenge your body and let yourself be inspired by those around you. Training is hard, its takes desire, strength, motivation and determination. All of which will falter at times. Again don’t be hard on yourself. Talk to someone who’s understands what you’re doing.  We can all learn from others around us. For me my coach is both a friend and inspiration. He keeps me grounded, kicks me up the arse when I need it and encourages me to believe that I’m good enough to achieve what I want and more.  Finding a coach that understands you as an athlete and a person is key. I appreciate not everyone can afford or have access to a coach so find a club. I’m continuously humbled and inspired by various members of my team. From beginners to Ironman hero’s. Each and every person out there training has something to teach you. Enjoy training with them, whether you’re being dragged or doing the dragging…it’s more fun as a team.

Getting it in perspective.

When planning my 2013 season, never did I factor in the things that actually happened. As a control freak (admit it, we all are!) I had planned to control the controllables and do whatever it took to achieve my goal of bettering myself at the world champ finals. However, sometimes life serves you a cheeky swerve ball and we lose that all important control and sense of what we’re doing! Never have I questioned myself and my commitment more.

Enjoying some time at Herne Hill Velodrome.

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How hard should we push our bodies??

Well it’s time for a rather heart felt blog! 2013 was hotting up to what looked like a good season. I raced at Thames Turbo and finished 2nd, did two bike TT’s and got PB’s on both and had a great run out at Dorney Super sprint where I finished 4 mins in front of the next lady. Things seemed to be falling into place nicely in time for Worlds Qualifers at Deva Triathlon… or so I thought!

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Tri Training Harder- The best camps in Europe…FACT!

Following a recent sponsorship deal with Tri Training Harder we now have access to lots of great deals. Most importantly we get a tidy discount off the cost of their weekly training camps that run from the Algarve, Portugal from January to June every year. For those who have not heard myself and various others rattling on about it, it really is a great training experience and very good value for money.

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Physiotherapy to all….

We are very excited to announce our new partner Total Physiotherapy Solutions.  A premier physiotherapy and sports injury clinic based at LA Fitness in Old Isleworth.

If you’ve started back at training and are already starting to feel the niggles and aches returning, to and visit the team at Total Physiotherapy Solutions to get you back in top condition ready for race season!

Premier Tri Members receive 20% off physiotherapy services at Total Physiotherapy Solutions, and throughout February and March as an exciting introductory offer you will receive a 50% discount on an initial physiotherapy assessment.

For further details check out their website: www.totalphysiotherapysolutions.com

 

Want to stay injury free….bring on the core!

Core and strength training is always hot topic when it comes to triathlon, Helen Jenkins is just one example of a great athlete who has suffered at the hand of our brutal sport. As fitness fanatics we all know exercise is good for us but sometimes we are guilty of pushing ourselves a little too hard and causing an injury. Alongside a progressive and structured training plan, core stability and strength training are the building blocks of keeping you injury free and most importantly swimming, cycling and running fast (lets be honest, that’s what we really care about)!

So its on that note that I announce the launch of our new core and strength circuit as part of your weekly triathlon training fix! We will be running a 1 hour core and strength training session every Tuesday eve 7-8 pm in the outdoor gym at Battersea Park. Our resident PT Harry Boyle from Whatever the weather Fitness will be leading the sessions. Please email if you have any questions and hope to see you perfecting some of the good stuff seen in this video….

If you can do this i’m well impressed!

Age Group World Championships New Zealand – Race Report

Below is a race report from Laura‘s first (of hopefully many) race representing GB at the Age Group World Championship on the 22nd October 2012 in Auckland, New Zealand. Pictures of her competing can be found by clicking here to access our Facebook site. 

So I’m now one week after the biggest race of my triathlon career and have so many things to reflect on. The race was TOUGH. That came as no surprise but I’m not entirely sure I was prepared for the ferociousness of the field and the difficultly of the course. That aside it was an experience I will never forget and it’s left me hungry for bigger and better things next season.

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