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Tri2o 2014 Club Champions
 
The Tri2o Christmas party saw us crown the club award winners for 2014. There were many worthy contenders voted for by you, but the coveted trophies were taken home by:
 
Iron Lady - Harriet Chettleburgh: for an excellent result at Ironman Austria, despite technical problems on the bike.
Man (Balls) of Steel - Alex Warner: for a brilliant result at Ironman Wales despite requiring a trip to hospital afterwards because of a............ perhaps you better ask Alex if you want to know.
Most Improved Lady - Georgia Jackson: a fantastic season, with PB's all over the place.
Most Improved Man - Richard Coates: again a fantastic season and improvement on last season including his first middle distance race.
Female Performance of the Year - Katie Henderson: for two amazing performances at Wimbleball 70.3 - 3rd in AG and 5th overall and 70.3 World Champs in Mont Tremblant - 3rd in AG and 22nd overall.
Male Performance of the Year - Clive Alderson: an awesome performance at Ironman Frankfurt finishing 2nd in AG and realising a dream and going to KONA!!!!!

After a long hard season with some great performances, the Christmas party also saw the Club Champions for 2014 pick up their much deserved trophies. 

Women's Club Champion was Heather Phillips
Men's Club Champion was joint winners in the shape of  Martin Cook and Mark Wills. 

Finally we have a few special awards:

Jim Bryce's award for quote of the year - Erik Andersson after the Jubilee 10K swim - "I really need to learn how to breath bilaterally, I've got sun burn on one side of my face"


The Highway Code Award - Georgia Jackson for her DQ at Thame

The Merlin award for best Christmas jumper - Ian Gosling
Deadline to Order Club Kit Extended


 
The deadline for our first kit order this year has been extended to 8th Feb 2015, hopefully this will help with the post Christmas pinch!
To place your order:
  • Go to their website here
  • Enter the following username and password in the CS Direct Member Login (the right hand log in section)
    • Username:  Tri2o
    • Password: clubkit2015
  • Create your account
  • Place an order directly with Champion Systems

Champion systems have produced proofs for tri tops, tri suits, cycling jackets and tri shorts, but you can still  purchase any of their custom kit. Just choose what you want and reference one of the proofs already created (you'll see how to do that when you go to order). All kit will be based upon the existing design and colours so don’t worry you wont get a yellow top with pink spots.

Please be aware when ordering that the items are bespoke, so a no returns policy is in place unless the item is faulty. If you have ordered the wrong size then we can try and help you sell the item through the club.

Thanks
Rob Harper
Coach Dom's Tips
 
So, 2015 is here and many of you will have already sorted your racing and training plans for next season.  It's pretty crazy but many races have already sold out.  Many of you will have entered Ironman events or World Championship qualifiers.  Some of you may be attempting to complete a particular race distance for the first time.  It's certainly an exciting time of year!

One or two pointers for your training:

Firstly, solidify your goals for 2015.  What races?  What goals? Write them down.  Pin it to the fridge!

Secondly, solidify your weekly training structure.  The athletes who do the same sessions, on the same days each week (and at the same time) are the athletes who train consistently and achieve their goals.  Discuss and agree with your support team (family, friends, colleagues).

Thirdly, get your nutritional programme back on track after Christmas.  We all indulge over Christmas.  Make sure poor nutrition hasn't become a habit!

Lastly, and specifically to this time of year, start to think about transitioning from winter base building (hibernation for some athletes!) to more targeted higher intensity work.  Think about what interval sessions you're going to do in the different sports and how you will increase the difficulty over the next 3-4 months. Ideally, this will be written down and pinned to the fridge or somewhere else you will see it every day.

If you are interested in any additional support with any of these things, we have some superb coaches in the Club.  We'll be delighted to help so just ask.

Good luck with your training.  See you in the pool, out on the bike or on the trails!

Dom


Cliveden XC
Edwina McDowell
 
Christmas and New Year celebrations had passed in flash and my first race of the year had come round ever so quickly. A cold misty morning, perfect XC conditions for a race which comes with the instructions “WARNING: It really is a tough race” … and YES it lived up to expectations. If you have time to look up and take a breath, it’s a scenic course on stunning National Trust grounds that surround Cliveden House country estate. Steep hills, woodlands and a long river path providing some respite before a final steep set of steps which zap any remaining energy. A fantastic course!
Over 600 runners set off just after 10: 00 for the 2 lap course. 
Lap 1: I felt great; my legs had recovered from some harder run and bike sessions earlier in the week but as ever my first 1km was a little faster than planned.  I took a glimpse at my Garmin, yes too fast, so I began to settle into a steadier pace. The woodland paths were mostly soft underfoot and I had settled into a good pace in-between two High Wycombe club runners who were battling it out. Their battle continued right up to the top of steps. I pushed hard and was also determined not to be overtaken on the steps! The steps felt endless but at last I saw the gate, just a few more steps and motivating to hear lots of supporters cheering.  At the top, I quickly recovered and was heading back to the start to complete lap 1 and start the next BIG lap.
Lap 2:  I hit 5km just ahead of my target time and was still feeling good. I pushed on hard, keeping with the remaining High Wycombe runner and felt quite strong. A nice long grassy section allowed me to get into a good rhythm before heading back into the woodland. A muddy and steep descent down to the river was followed by another energy zapping zig zag path up to the top, back down and a final climb up the steps … again. Every step seemed steeper and steeper. I survived the final few steps and had just enough left in the tank to turn the corner and nip just ahead of another runner and finish one of my toughest XC races.  
I just dipped under my target time and was as pleased as punch to finish in 44:58, 1st 40-49 and 4th lady overall.  Clive posted a great result too 45:50.  Overall a fantastic morning, I would definitely recommend this race. 
Next race is Wokingham half so much more winter training to be done before the race season gets underway. Keep Winter Training x
Awesome Christmas Party!
Well done Nicky for arranging such a great night!

On 12th December 53 of us descended on Zest in Green Park for our annual Christmas do and Awards Night.

Everyone looked great in their mix of finery and Christmas jumpers. We had the whole place to ourselves which was great- and sat down for a 3 course delicious meal (very filling too!)

 
In the break between dinner and desert we had the awards presentation - the deserving recipients, voted by club members, all received their awards, check above for who they were. 
 
The coaches received some chocolates and committee members some champagne (thanks!)
 
We then had one of the highlights of the evening when Georgia commented on a Christmas Jumper line up - the winner was chosen with our version of the 70s style clapometer.....and the winner with a superb jumper was Ian Gosling.
 
The evening was rounded off with dancing - our DJ did a fine job and there were quite a number on the dance floor - and also a group spotted sitting as far away from the music as possible (you know who you are...)
 
Thanks to everyone for making this such a great evening.
 
Will be arranging next social for February.......look out for dates.
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Training Sessions

Swim: Monday 20:45-21:45. At Crosfields School, Shinfield. This is a coached session.  Sessions cost £7 on a weekly basis or £30 for the full six week term.

Swim: Friday 6-7am. At Bradfield College sports centre. This is a coached session.  Sessions cost £7 on a weekly basis or £30 for the full six week term.

Run: Friday 6.30-7.30pm. Tri2O members can use the Palmer Park Athletics Track. Entry costs £1.50. This is not a coached session

Cycle: Three regular groups go out every weekend, 12-14mph, 15-17mph & 18-20mph. Please check Facebook or email here to find out the schedule.
Membership Renewals Are Due

Hello everyone and I hope 2015 has got off to a great start.

Thanks to those of you who have already renewed your memberships for this year. If you are planning to renew but haven't yet then this is a gentle reminder that the renewal period runs out on January 31st. After that, you will be classed as a new member and the £25 fee will apply.

If you have any questions at all, please get in touch at membership.tri2o@gmail.com 

Cheers, Linda

Summer Club Championships

We have made a slight change to the races included in the club championships this year. Concorde (now Bradfield Tri) has been moved to May this year. As it is so close to the others races we have already planned to use we are going to drop it.

A full list of the races included is.


Hart - 4th May (sprint 400m, pool)
Dinton - 6th June (sprint 750m, lake). Website
Marlow - 28th June (sprint 750m/Olympic, river). Website
Wellington - 19th July (sprint 750m, open pool). Website
Reading (grand final) - 30th August (sprint 750m/Olympic, lake). Website

We have secured a club discount to Dinton, Marlow, Wellington and Reading. Please send us an email for the discount code - Email
Athlete of the Month is Vanessa Elliot

1.How did you get into triathlon?
Got into triathlon by chance... Someone recommended it at David Lloyd... Was a runner before...

2.What training session/s do you normally attend?
Sessions I attend with tri 20 are swim and organised rides... Love them!

3.What was your highlight of 2014?
Completed my first middle distance Cotswold 113 .. Loved every minute of it..

4.What are your aspirations for 2015?
To stay alive.. And complete Barcelona 70.3 and head back to Cotswold 113 and beat my time!!!

5.Favourite discipline and work out?
I love swimming... Pyramid session.. 100 / 200 / 300 / 400 / 500 / 400 / 300 / 200 / 100

6.What do I listen to on the turbo?
Turbo... Now..i have one.. It's still in the box... Never been on it... Braving the elements for now...

7.Top tip
Just enjoy it...i will never win.. But just try your best... My only competition is myself..
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