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GTC athlete of the month: Alastair Young

A few years ago, GTC member Alastair Young was trying to cope with a very tough period of his life. Faced with a redundancy, struggling with his mental health and overweight, he wondered if triathlon might be a way to “get back on an even keel”.

While the sport seemed like an impossible task – “I couldn’t swim front crawl, I hadn’t really ridden a bike since I was a kid and I didn’t like running,” he says – Alastair thought the shock-and-awe approach might be the perfect solution.

Alastair adds: “That essentially was the attraction of triathlon. If I could undertake something like this and get anywhere with it, even if I could just finish a race, I would take that.

“Amazingly, it has gone better than I could have possibly imagined.”

The bike section of the Bute Tri.

Joining the club

Alastair, who joined GTC two-and-a-half years ago, is married with twin boys, who are now in first year at university. He works as part of a management team for a post-production facility in the film and TV industry.

Sport has often been a part of his life but in the years leading up to becoming a member of GTC he was less focused than he would have liked to be.

He says: “I’ve always been an enthusiastic participant in team sports but I was nobody’s first pick.

“At school I was lucky enough to have had the chance to try lots of sports, including football, rugby, cricket and athletics. I also enjoyed racquet sports, particularly tennis.

“Oddly, although I was taught to swim at school, I don’t remember ever doing front crawl.

“I’m definitely not a runner and have tried to avoid doing it at all costs.”

It was through university and the start of his career that Alastair began to lose focus with sport. He says: “Apart from occasional gym sessions and playing five-a-side football fairly regularly the demands of my job and frequent travel with work, and then starting a family, made it difficult to fit much in.”

Then, three years ago, a friend who was already a member of GTC suggested triathlon to Alastair.

Over two years of training and two seasons of racing, he is delighted to have lost weight – two stones so far – and become much fitter than he could have hoped for.

He says: “I was very cautious when I first joined the club, partly because of my own self-doubt and I figured that it would full of super athletes.

“I very quickly discovered an amazing community of excellent coaches and supportive club mates, a fair few of whom where new to the sport and on the same pathway as me.

“It is entirely speculative, but I suspect that triathlon might extend my life. I’m not sure that I have ever been fitter and I have a much more positive outlook on life; essentially I am in a much better headspace.

“A big part of this has been GTC.”

Proud to be part of the club: Alastair at St Mary’s Loch Triathlon 2018.

Growing love for triathlon

Alastair says choosing a favourite triathlon discipline is like being asked to choose a favourite child. He says: “I feel like we should love and loathe the three sports in equal measure!”

Alastair believes he saw most progress in swimming in the first year with GTC. He says: “When I started, I could hardly swim the length of myself.

“Beginning in Duggie’s Sunday night ‘try not to drown’ session, I then got knocked into shape by Hannah, Rose and a few other coaches and eventually found myself in the quicker end of the masters squad.

“The second year I put more effort into running and by getting along to the GTC run sessions regularly – special mention to Craig Armour and the Thursday night crew – I saw a massive improvement through the year.

“I effectively took seven-plus minutes off my 5k time.

“I just need to sort the cycling out now.”

First years of racing

Cautious about racing too far too soon, Alastair took a methodical approach to competition. In his first year, he did a couple of novice races and a few sprints, then last year he did a few sprints and his first standard distance.

“This year I plan to do a few standards and a middle distance triathlon,” he says. “It seems like a logical approach. I have tried to mix it up with events, such as pool-based, loch and sea swims, road bike, MTB, trail runs and road runs.

“I can honestly say I have enjoyed them all, well, aside from Craggy Island Triathlon in the teeth of a hurricane with a cracked rib!”

Alastair, who is in the Vets category, has been thrilled with his achievements. He says: “I managed my first podium last year – over a sprint distance – which was a complete shock.

“But, really, the thing that I have taken the most pride in is seeing my consistent improvements across all the disciplines, from a complete novice to transforming my mental and physical health.

“As well as losing weight, I have I have regained a deal of confidence and well-being. I’m not quite there yet but I now have a better understanding of what I’m capable of and I keep finding new goals to aim for.”

Alastair also values the new friends he has made through the club. He says: “While triathlon is an individual sport, being part of GTC means there is a community of people who swim every stroke, pedal every turn and run every step with you.

“This is in combination with the excellent coaching we have at GTC, which means that you go into races and training session with the necessary skills and understanding of what is required to see it through to the end.

“And to be honest it is fun! It has to be fun because I wouldn’t do it if it wasn’t.”

Podium finish for Alastair, right in the Arran Sprint Tri 2018.

Alastair’s triathlon goals

Alastair has a few goals for this coming season. He says: “My aim is to keep improving and to keep enjoying it. I realise that I can’t sustain my current trajectory but small increments will suit me fine.

“I’m just about to make the leap from Vets to Super Vets, too, as I have my 50th birthday in June. Apparently the level of competition is just as intense but the bikes become more expensive.

“I want to put something back into the club, too, and to that aim I have just completed my Level 1 coaching course, so I hope to be poolside and track-side passing on my encouragement soon.

“And then there is that small matter of trying to get round a middle distance triathlon intact.”

As to the future in triathlon, Alastair is philosophical. He says: “I’ve no idea where the sport will take me. When I started I just wanted to make a positive change in my life – and so far so good.

“Now I have the triathlon bug and I have discovered myriad race options and opportunities associated with the sport, I’d like to keep trying new things. I’m curious to see if I can actually coach.

“Overall, hopefully my mind and body will hold out and the adventure will continue.”

Bike section of the Aberfeldy Sprint Triathlon in 2018.

Alastair’s tips for triathlon

Sign up for a race: Even if you have just started out, a race gives you something to aim for and the euphoric feeling of crossing the finish line on your first event will stay with you forever.

Volunteer:  Helping at club events is rewarding. The first thing I did before even going to a club training session was to turn up at the triathlon at Bishopbriggs, to try to get a sense of what the sport was all about. It was a great introduction to the sport.

Go to the club sessions: You will get the most return for your time (and money) by doing the coached club sessions, even it is just a couple a week. You get a great workout, learn loads and they are an absolute bargain.

Ask away: There is no such thing a daft question and with 500 members and some of the best coaches around there are so many people who can offer advice and support. Don’t be afraid to ask because people want to help.

Buy club kit: It could be one item and it doesn’t need to be anything expensive, maybe a hat, buff, vest or whatever. It is scientifically proven to make you 10% faster* and you get great support on the course from your club mates.

*this might not actually be scientifically proven…

GTC competition and raffle winners

Enthusiastic club members enjoyed two recent contests, the GTC Big Bobble Hat Selfie Competition and the GTC Flapjack Competition. There was also a raffle as part of the AGM.

GTC Big Bobble Hat Selfie competition

There were three winners in the GTC Big Bobble Hat Selfie competition. They all win… another Big Bobble Hat!

Mark Cohen: Cold water swimmer extraordinaire.
New baby Rowan. (Hat to be collected by mum Jo Gemmell).
Margaret MacIntosh, who posed for her selfie with sister Anne O’Hagan.

A winner was chosen each by Sarah and Jenifer, who look after the club’s kit, and Beatrice, who came up with the idea for the selfie competition.

Did you know that to date almost 200 GTC Big Bobble Hats have been bought? The company’s owner, Ian Hockey, has also joined our club in preparation for Ironman Wales

GTC Flapjack Competition

At the AGM, Caroline Lund won the GTC Flapjack Competition and took home a bottle of prosecco for her triumph.

The contest was judged by James Streetley, a GTC member and Triathlon Scotland technical official of the year.

Unfortunately, president Sean has wiped photos of the winning flapjack from his phone… Caroline, you will need to make another batch so we can see how delicious it looks.

AGM raffle winner

The AGM raffle saw Catherine Macneil win a month of free training. She has been busy attending as many sessions as possible in February.

Catherine with GTC member and husband Richard.

AGM news and report

A full report will be sent out by email to all members. In the meantime, the headline details include these roles, which were agreed for a further year:

  • Sean Webster as president
  • Bob Newton as treasurer
  • Derek Somerville as secretary.

The committee remains the same with the addition of Beatrice taking on a new club communications role. 

The AGM also featured presentations from Sean, Bob, Derek and head coach Vicky Begg, as well as Craig Armour, who outlined a new club champs.

Time to renew your triathlon club membership

If you are already a Glasgow Triathlon Club member, it’s time to make sure you renew your club membership. Please do so by January 31.

For those who took advantage of the 15 months for the price of 12 months deal last year, you do not need to do anything.

But for anyone who joined as usual last year, it’s renewal time. See entrycentral for details of how to rejoin GTC for a great annual price of £32.

If you have been along to a few sessions and have so far not joined, we would also encouraged you to take advantage of the many benefits of GTC by becoming a member. See club discounts and read on for further membership benefits.

10 reasons to join GTC

1 Great value for money

The cost of membership is just £32. That is just £2.66 per month. For this small amount you gain a host of benefits.

2 Expert coaching

The coaching programme created by our head coach (level 3) Vicky Begg. This changes according to the time of year and focuses, loosely, on a racing season and non-racing season.

We operate a system of training squads so that sessions are designed to suit a range of athletes and aspirations.

The training sessions in swimming, running and cycling are led by qualified club coaches (from level 1 to 3). They are closely overseen by the head coach.

The club aims to keep the cost per coached session as low as possible for members.

3 Superb support

GTC  has been awarded an accolade for Outstanding Contribution to Triathlon in Scotland. Part of the award recognises the fantastic support that the club brings to many different types of athletes.

4 A club for all

GTC has more than members with an almost even split of males and females.  Membership crosses the decades, from youths to the over-60s.

There is a place in the club for all abilities. We have a well regarded para tri section and a dedicated youth squad.

Do not worry if you think you won’t be fit enough or you worry you will be too old or too young. You won’t be. It’s a club for everyone.

Happy club members!

5 A friendly club

You’ll meet new and likeminded people at GTC. Many members will also tell you about the fantastic friendships that have been made in the club.

6 Training trips at home and abroad

Training in a new place, especially the annual winter warm weather trip abroad, brings many benefits, both socially and in terms of  improved fitness.

Members can benefit from subsidised training camps, such as the  trip to Playitas on the island of Fuerteventura in February.

7 Discounts on kit and training

The club has a range of equipment, including wetsuits, bike boxes, racing wheels and power taps for bikes, which can be borrowed or hired for great rates.

There is also a special GTC discount for members who want to supplement their training at one of 22 venues owned by Glasgow Life.

There are also discounts at sports shop.

8 For top tips

If you have a question or a query about triathlon there will always be people in the club who will help you out, or point you in the right direction.

9 To be part of something

As well as training with a brilliant bunch of people, you will have the opportunity to volunteer at some of Scotland’s leading events.

The club hosts its own club triathlon and junior aquathlons, and also plays a major role in European and World qualifier triathlon championships.

10 To have a goal

Whether your aim is to lose weight, try a new sport, do your first sprint triathlon or try an Ironman, the club gives you a focus and realistic goals. There will be someone in the club who has had a similar focus at some point or who has the same goal as you now.

Juniors at it again: Great results at Knockburn triathlons

A team of GTC youngsters and adults headed to Knockburn Loch in Aberdeenshire to compete in a series of Fleet Feet triathlons, including sprint, super sprint and junior triathlon, this weekend.

The venue includes a purpose-built swimming loch with an enclosed cycling track for kids races and lovely natural trails around it.

It’s one of very few Scottish races that kids can do in open water, although many people said it was a chilly at 13C.

The Sprint and Super Sprint triathlons include  a hilly 18k cycle loop, which competitors thought was harder than the distance suggested it should be.

 

Another podium for Mia

Mia Padmanabhan showed a strong performance finishing first female  in the Super Sprit and third overall.

The race comprised a 400m swim, 18k cycle and 2.5k run.

Mia’s dad, Neal, said: “Mia was first out of the water, which reflects the excellent coaching she’s been getting from Cliona Ferguson and Billy Mitchell at the club, as well as Adam Riley at Milgavie & Bearsden Swimming Club.”

Mia, who finished in 53.11, said: “This race has a great atmosphere and it was a lovely day to do it on as well. I enjoyed the swim and I thought the bike course was very scenic.”


Juniors race well at Knockburn

GTC did very well in all the junior races.

Tristar 1 girls:

Nina Padmanabhan was 5th

Tristar 2 boys:

Charlie Treharne 2nd

Rory Treharne 3rd

Ali Padmanabhan 6th

Jack Wallace 7th.

Neal said: “The Tristar 2 was a great race with Charlie just pipped on the line and very strong racing from the others in a very close contest.”

Tristar 2 girls:
Holly Glen 7th – Neal said: “A super race by Holly.”

Tristar 3 boys:
Jamie Glen 5th

Aiden Quinn 11th

Tristar 3 girls:

Ellie Wallace 3rd.

Sprint triathlon results

Three GTC adults raced in the Sprint Triathlon. (Blog ed: Well, since they were there with their superkeen and super racy kids they might as well do something!)

Neal Padmanabhan: 6th Supervet in 1.12.10
Paul Glen:  18th Vet in 1.17.53
Hilary Glen: 8th Vet in 1.28.46

See full results.

Sunny and successful Briggs Triathlon 2018

The annual GTC organised Bishopbriggs Triathlon was blessed by a day of warm sunshine this year. Around 90 volunteers welcomed the favourable conditions as some 400 athletes, including adults and children, took part in the popular race.

Duggie Mac, who is Race Director, said: “It was another very successful day at Briggs, which was greatly assisted by the lovely weather.

“I want to say a huge thanks to all the leads and volunteers who helped to make this day such a success.

“And special thanks to The Real Food Cafe in Tyndrum. They not only donated a yummy flapjack for each competitor but also added a voucher for a free cake and coffee with any meal from The Real Food Cafe.”

Some of the very cheerful volunteers.

President Sean finds a relaxing role.

Ray helps at the race set up.

Maggie’s colour coordinated swim hat after-race hang out.

The race distances

Sprint Triathlon: 750m swim, 20km cycle, 5km run

Novice Triathlon: 400m swim, 10km cycle, 3km run

Youth Triathlon: (15-16 yrs) 400m swim, 10km cycle, 3km run

Tristars 3 Triathlon: (13-14 yrs) 300m swim, 5km cycle, 2km run

Tristars 2 Triathlon: (11-12 yrs) 200m swim, 5km cycle, 2km run

Briggs Tri 2018 winners

In the sprint race:

Top 3 men:

Jonathon Jackson

Neil Hepburn

David Mcmillan.

(The top two men race in the Junior C category.)

Top 3 women:

Lara Maclean

Shona Girdwood

Hannah Terrance

(Both Lorna and Shine compete in the veteran category.)

Novice race

Men:

Dearg Stobie

Denis Williams

Stuart Mitchell

Women:

Audrey Braven-Ayres

Julie Barnett

Laura Burnside

Youths

Boys:

Daniel Saunders

William Taylor

Callum Bryne

Girls:

Isla Britton (third overall)

Clare Wallace

Kyra Gibb

Tristar 3 

Boys:

Cameron Macmillan

Fergus Curries

Sam Glass

Girls:

Anya Maclean

Ruby Methven

Johanna Mackenzie

Tristar 2

Boys:

Oliver Patton

Charlie Treherne (GTC)

Alex Robin

Girls:

Melissa Turnbull

Mirren Stewart

Coryn Maclean

Full Race results

A few race photos

£450 cake stall

Another club member Catriona Padmanabhan organised a cake stall to raise funds for the junior section of the club.

She said: “A massive thank you to everyone who helped at the baking stall. All your baking contributions were fabulous and we are very grateful to Helen Bolland, Jennifer Laskey, Anna and Erica who manned the stall all day while I kept running off to watch the kids finish. We raised an impressive £450.”

Post race party

A post-event party for volunteers was hosted by Hilary and Paul Glen in Bearsden. Duggie said: “Big thanks to Hilary and Paul for the party. You are truly endurance people. I also have witnesses that will confirm you have promised this as an annual feature for the Briggs Triathlon!”

Athlete of the month: Brian Kelly

Brian with his grandchildren.

Brian has been a member of GTC for 18 months and races in the veteran category (age 60 to 64). In fact, he completed the Briggs Triathlon on his 62nd birthday.

As a youngster, Brian played football before discovering a love and talent for hockey in his last year of secondary school. He played hockey for some 12 years in Scotland and Holland and reached what he describes rather modestly as a “respectable level”.

Brian said: “I also played Gaelic football, ran a few half marathons and enjoyed cycling but hockey was my first real sports passion.”

Throughout his life, Brian reports he has had problems with his weight. He said: “During periods when I wasn’t exercising I would put on weight and gradually the weight stayed on. Life changed with marriage and children and so did my priorities.

“I started doing fad diets to try to lose weight, which led me to the Atkins diet. I lost a lot of weight doing this with minimal exercise but when I stopped this diet I eventually put on more weight than I had lost.

“I ended up at the GP, who took some blood samples and I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and hypertension.”

That’s when Brian decided to join GTC.

He said: “A cycling friend, Julie Fitzpatrick, suggested that I give triathlon a go as a way to exercise more and so I found GTC. I also signed up for the Bute Triathlon novice race at the same time.

“Being a part of GTC and exercising regularly, plus attending Slimming World, where I have been given the correct advice on exercise and food intake, have worked wonders for me.

“I have lost a total of 32kgs and managed to reverse my diabetes and get my blood pressure back to normal. I am very happy about this.”

Brian’s triathlon likes

When it comes to triathlon, Brian enjoys both the cycling and swimming disciplines and although he has long been a fan of cycling he reckons swimming is now his favourite sport.

He said: “I find it so easy to get lost in my own thoughts while swimming in the pool, which is great when the rest of life is busy.

“I have also benefitted from the Sunday night swim session and the coaches are all fantastic including Duggie Mac, Sean, Rose, Lochlan and Niall.”

Brian, who is a grandad, has so far completed a number of sprint and novice triathlons and prefers the longer distance. After Briggs Triathlon this weekend he wrote: “It was my birthday and I also did a triathlon. I had an amazing day.”

He lists a few achievements that he has been proud of. He said:  “I cycled from London to Paris to raise funds for the prostate cancer charity after my dad died of the cancer.

“I was also proud to reaching the semi finals of the British GAA and I felt great when I  completed my first sprint triathlon at Lochgilphead.”

Brian has a few goals for this year: To get PB in a sprint triathlon, to complete his first standard triathlon (Chester on June 3) and to PB at 10k.

One day he would like to do a Half Ironman.

Brian’s tips for newcomers to triathlon

Join Glasgow Triathlon Club

Listen to what the coaches tell you

Believe in yourself.

GTC athlete of the month: Nathalie Jones 

Nathalie races in the veterans category and is often out on her bike at the crack of dawn to fit in her training (before work and family life get in the way).

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.

Enjoying the race on New Year’s Day in Edinburgh.

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.

Mallorca 70.3.

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.

Nathalie was fourth female in the Arran Man standard last year.

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

Fuel right!

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.

Get set for GTC training aquathlons

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:
May 25
June 22
July 20
Aug 24
Sept 14.

 

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.

 

Juniors race GTC Spring Aquathlon in winter conditions

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 

TriStar Starts

Anna Ross (3rd)

Tristar 1 girls

Nina Padmanabhan

Calli Abel

Skye Dick

Jodi Abel

Molly Know

Tristar1 boys

Max Van Der Horst (2nd)

Ted Churches

Hector Godolphin

Finlay Laskey

Cammy Aitken

Tri star 2 girls

Amiya Patel

Sarah Aitken

Holly Glen

Islay Jackson

Morvern Smith

Isabel Soyinka

Ella Lockhart

Grace Lindsay

Tristar 2 boys

Charlie Treharne (3rd)

Rory Treharne

Fraser Donaldson

Jan Van Der Horst

Sandy Fraser

Alfie Churches

Ali Padmanabhan

Ruari Laskey

Johnnie Munro

Euan Lockhart

Tristar 3 girls

Maddie McAllister (3rd)

Lucy Donaldson

Rachel Smith

Tri star 3 boys

Callum Miller

Jamie Glen

Aiden Quinn

Youth Girls

Mia Padmanabhan (2nd)

Full list of provisional results.

After the race, some of the junior members revealed how the race went for them.

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!”

Twins Ella and Euan Lockhart were also taking part in their first aquathlon. They raced in the Tristar 2 category.

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.

We speak to the coaches…

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!

Race smiles.

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.