Turn up with your bike – if you need a bike check or a bike fit – for the Billy Bilsland Bike Night at Surface+ Café on Monday April 30 at 7pm. This special event, hosted by one of our new club sponsors, will include: Bike checks by Barry, a Cyctech 3 mechanic. Bike fit with […]Read more ...Event: Billy Bilsland Bike Night
Glasgow Tri Club is delighted to announce two new sponsorship partnerships with Glasgow sports retailers, Billy Bilsland Cycles and Run4It. These leading retailers have agreed to make a financial contribution to the club for the next three years (2018-19, 2019-20 and 2020-21) and are offering members a host of benefits. The logos will feature on GTC […]Read more ...2 new sponsorship deals for GTC
She is a dietitian and on April 23 she will deliver her third annual presentation to the club on sports nutrition. (See details below.)
Nathalie has been a member of GTC twice. The first time was from 2002 to 2005 and she rejoined in 2017.
She came to triathlon through a background of running. She said: “I was attracted to a sport that has three disciplines for the variety.”
Of the three sports, running is still her favourite because, “I love the ease of it and that I can do it anywhere.” She believes her cycling has improved the most since she joined the club.
Nathalie loves to race
Nathalie enjoys racing and especially Olympic and middle-distance triathlons. She rates her first Mallorca 70.3 event last year has her best achievement to date. She came 38th in the age group 40 to 44 in a time of 6:13:54.
Last year, she scored a sprint PB at GTC’s Briggs Triathlon in 1:23:29. She was sixth lady vet that day, too.
This season, Nathalie has already achieved some great finishes. She was third female vet at the New Year’s Day Edinburgh Triathlon; second female vet and eighth overall at the Glasgow Uni Aquathlon; and first female vet at the Stirling Duathlon.
This year’s race goal is Ironman Edinburgh 70.3. She adds: “I also plan to compete in more races this season and I hope to be placed in some of these.”
In the future, Nathalie has aspirations to complete an Ironman “perhaps Wales or Barcelona” and also complete the ultra distance run, the Highland Fling.
Getting through tough training sessions
If Nathalie is faced with a challenging training session she has a few methods for completing it. She says: “I might watch EastEnders on the iPlayer and try to switch off from what I am doing.
“I also think about the guilt I would feel if I stopped mid-training session.
“I try to remember that lots of people would love to be able to be fit and out there training and I tell myself to appreciate how lucky I am to be able to do what I do – and to stop whinging.”
Tips for triathlon success
Follow a structured training programme
Get a coach if you have a race goal
Sports nutrition evening
Monday April 23
Western Baths, Glasgow
From 7pm to 7.30pm, there will be presentation from the Glasgow Club on the benefits of a new corporate membership scheme for GTC.
Nathalie will then give her nutrition talk. One lucky attendee will win a free consultation and nutrition plan with Nathalie.
Booking will be available soon on this website. See Facebook event, too.
The annual GTC training aquathlons will launch next month at Pinkston Watersports in Glasgow.
This race series has been expanded to include five events that all take place on a Friday at 7pm.
The races include an open water swim in the Pinkston pool followed by a run. There will be prices for various age categories, both for men and women.
You should ensure you arrive in time to get changed for the off.
The races take place on:
The series is good practice for taking part in triathlon races.
Don’t forget the HUUB wetsuit discount
GTC members can take advantage of a 30% discount on HUUB kit on-line. See HUUB. The discount code has featured in several newsletters (do a search to find it in your in-box) or email the club to find out the code.
The club is delighted to announce that Boclair Dental Care in Bearsden will be sponsoring the GTC youth aquathlons from August – and going forward. The sponsorship will help with some of the costs for the aquathlons, which provide the junior section with a key source of fundraising. The funds raised by club events go […]Read more ...Boclair Dental Care is new sponsor for GTC aquathlons
Anna has been with Glasgow Triathlon for 2.5 years and races in the senior category. She arrived at triathlon along a similar route to many others. Already a keen swimmer – “thanks to my aquatically minded mother” – Anna had started running at university to keep fit and then discovered she enjoyed cycling when she […]Read more ...GTC triathlete of the month: Anna Taylor
Almost 160 junior athletes braved the snow and cold on Sunday to take part in the GTC Allander Youth Aquathlon.
The atmosphere was very upbeat and it was brilliant to see so many young competitors smiling as they raced in the two-discipline event.
The youths completed a pool swim before a run in the grounds around the Bearsden leisure centre. The distances vary according to age category.
More than 30 juniors raced for Glasgow Tri Club with five taking podium places.
Race organiser Pete Soden said: “It was a superb effort from all the competitors, parents and Team Glasgow Tri Club. We delivered a great morning’s programme of racing on a safe course, on schedule and against challenging early weather conditions.”
Competitors from GTC
Anna Ross (3rd)
Max Van Der Horst (2nd)
Tri star 2 girls
Charlie Treharne (3rd)
Jan Van Der Horst
Tristar 3 girls
Maddie McAllister (3rd)
Tri star 3 boys
Mia Padmanabhan (2nd)
Full list of provisional results.
Maddie McAllister, who was third in the Tristar 3 girls, said: “This was my first race this year and I loved running in the snow as it made the race really different and fun.”
Sisters Calli and Jodi Abel raced together for the first time. They both competed in the Tristar 1 girls. Calli said: “It was weird having my sister in the same race as me. I was very proud of her. The race was cold but lots of fun.”
It was Jodi’s first GTC event having only just joined her sister in the club. She said: “I was nervous at the start but when I came out of the pool and heard everyone cheering for me I was very proud and happy. Even Billy, the coach, was cheering for me!”
Ella said: “It was hard doing it but it was worthwhile and I would do it again.”
Euan added: “It was harder than I thought it would be and absolutely freezing but I really enjoyed it.”
Cake stall fund-raiser
As tradition now has it, there was a cake stall at the aquathlon with baking supplied by club members. This event raised a fantastic £264.50, which will go to supporting the development of the GTC youth squad. Thanks to all who baked.
GTC autumn aquathlon
Entries have opened on entrycentral for the GTC autumn aquathlon on Sunday August 19.
- Photos: Thanks to Chris Wallard for many of the photos in this blog. See Chris Wallard Photography.
There are three levels of triathlon coaching qualifications. The qualifications are established by the UK Coaching Certificate (UKCC) and delivered in Scotland in partnership with British Triathlon. UKCC Triathlon Level 1 This qualification prepares coaches to assist in the delivery of coached triathlon sessions. It is a competence-based qualification, with informal assessments for each module […]Read more ...Triathlon coaching: Levels 1 to 3
Two Glasgow Triathlon Club athletes were delighted to win podium places at last weekend’s Glasgow University Triathlon Club Aquathlon. Nathalie Jones was second female vet and eighth overall in a time of 37.20. Paul Glen was third male vet in 40.12. Nathalie said: “Having turned 40 last year, I am liking how I finally have […]Read more ...Podiums for GTC at Glasgow Uni aquathlon
We are fortunate to have a great team of club coaches, from Level 1 to 3, at Glasgow Triathlon Club. We recently asked them about why they coach at the club and for some of their top tips for triathletes.
Here is a selection of their responses.
Why I like coaching
I enjoy seeing the development of athletes and using my experiences in triathlon to develop my coaching.
I was lucky enough to receive great coaching when I started in triathlon and that is what has motivated me to coach. I love seeing people love their sport and improving and developing in it.
I like all three sports of triathlon and helping others to find balance and synergies between them to make them the best triathletes they can be.
I love to see athletes improve. It’s very rewarding.
I enjoy the technical nature of triathlon and helping others to improve.
Top tips for triathlon
Listen to others, prepare, follow instruction and feedback, practice and enjoy.
Set a goal and work out how you are going to achieve it.
Love what you do.
Don’t do so much that it becomes a burden.
Keep it fun and in context. You are not going to win Olympic gold!
Pay attention to the details, whether that’s good technique, better rest or nutrition etc. The small details can make big differences.
Use elastic laces when racing and enjoy competing.
The mind is your first barrier. Overcome your anxieties and fears to become a better triathlete.
Acknowledge your accomplishments.
Give your coach feedback and ask them for feedback. Those that engage the most get the most out of it.
Spend some time on technique because it’s free speed.
Create a plan and have the patience and perseverance to stick with it. It will bring results and rewards.