Glasgow Triathlon Club

Swimming, Cycling, Running. We do it best!

Member’s Digest #43

Dear members,

Happy new year! I hope you had a good one and welcome to 2015 for new challenges, new training and new races 😀

First of all, let’s just quickly recap what weekly training the club offers:
Tuesday – Swimming @ Glasgow Club Maryhill: 7-8pm Development and Intermediate swimmers; 8-9pm Intermediate to Advanced swimmers. The second session covers a range of speeds but is all swimmers who are confident in the water, if you are newer to swimming the first session would be more suited and our Sunday beginners/improvers session would be very beneficial.
Wednesday – Spinning @ Arc sports centre, Caledonian University; this is a spin class coached by one of our members FOR our members so you can be assured of a good and triathlon specific workout (and good music!). 30 bikes available at this session (not all of them have SPDs so get along quick to nab a bike or bring your trainers too).
Thursday – Running; EITHER @ GHK for 6.30pm for experienced runners. This is a speed session predominantly consisting of intervals of faster running and recovery, members who have consistently attended these sessions have shown excellent improvements in run speed; OR our NEW BEGINNERS running session @ Bellahouston . This is aimed at those who have not run as an adult or are only just starting out. Further details on this session are below.
*Saturday – Cycling; NOT coached sessions. Cycles of various distances and locations with other members, usually arranged through the facebook group.
Sunday – Swimming @ Western Baths: 7.30-8.30pm Development to Advanced swimmers, we have the whole pool for this session so plenty of space for lots of you to get along for a bit of friendly competition and coaching to help you improve; 8.30-9.30pm our popular Beginners and Improvers session for those just starting out with front crawl or looking to make stroke improvements. The improvers session is designed to be a bridge between the beginners and the club’s ‘normal’ swim sessions.

It has been noted that some people are trying to train themselves to be fit enough to train with us and others are worried about joining a running session for various reasons. So for 2015 we are starting a new beginners run session for those that might be intimidated by joining a run group or who just need a gentle introduction. The session will be run separately from the main run session so you won’t have ‘impossibly fast’ people running past you all night. Coaches Rose and Hannah will take you from walking to gentle running, teach you good technique and injury prevention and give you the chance to develop confidence in your running and to progress to the other club run sessions; no-one gets left behind! Full details on the website.

Struggling to get back into training post-Christmas? Why not join in with Alan Kennedy’s January 30 minute challenge, aiming to do at least 30 minutes of running or cycling for every day of January. You’ll only have missed 4 days so just jump on the band wagon now! There’s a facebook page to keep up with what others are doing and why not post up your own training? If you’re looking for a race to enter to get the motivation going, Stirling duathlon entries open today for the events on 29th March. These races are in a run/bike/run format and there are sprint (5km/21km/5km), standard (10km/42km/5km) and junior (tristars start up to youth age groups) events. I’ve entered the standard, who wants to join me?

Finally….2015 memberships are now open, you can rejoin the club on entrycentral and this year’s membership involves a free GTC beanie! Glasgow Triathlon Club is a club run entirely by volunteers and, without them, we would not be able to function! So why not give a little back to your club? As President.Colm said in his email, the club AGM is on Monday 26th of January. This is your chance to have a bit of say about the run of the club and a chance to help out by joining the committee. If you are interested in stepping in to the role of the club president, please do not hesitate to ask questions about how this works. Remember, the president doesn’t run the whole club but is one of the cogs that makes the whole machine work! Please do get involved and let’s keep our club growing bigger and stronger.

Paula Regener was racing in what she described as the “New Year’s Day torture triathlon” in Edinburgh in ‘crazy crazy winds and loads of rain’ but still managed to come fourth female overall and second senior female in 1:22:33. Parkrunning on Saturday were Sarah Fraser @ Strathclyde, running 22:23 and Jim Lockhart @ Tollcross, running 23:35.

That’s all from me! Any questions or race results, simply reply to any one of these emails!

Coach Jo

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