April 2016 Newsletter

From the Committee 

Congratulations to those of you that braved the “fresh” weather to take part in the first of this year’s club duathlons on Saturday and at the Chilly Triathlon on Sunday. A report of the duathlon, along with pictures, can be seen and read on the website by clicking here. It was good to see so many hardy club members at both of these events and at the Go Tri event at Sandringham later on Sunday. See below for more details of upcoming club races and training sessions.

The National Triathlon Show takes place at the Lea Valley Velopark in Stratford on 8-10th April. This takes place on two floors of the Velodrome, including the centre of the track, with entrance tickets and numbers restricted accordingly. There are close to 100 exhibitors listed as attending so may be worth popping along. There are also tickets available at a reduced rate for the track taster sessions. Are you interested in having a club session taster session at the velodrome later in the year? Reply to the newsletter or on Facebook if so. We are trying to gauge if there would be sufficient interest, date and cost tbc.

Finally, welcome to the new members who have joined the club this year and good luck to all those running the London Marathon later this month.

Happy racing, stay safe out there The Committee



Since the last newsletter there have been several races in which club members competed / participated.

20 March: Welwyn Half Marathon; Paul Hewett 01:26:35 (new PB), Helena (Lientjie) de Villiers 01:34:08, Nick Clarke 01:38:02, David Clayton 01:40:00, Eleanor Standen 01:41:48, Mike Ashton 01:45:44, Darrin Dexter 01:47:40, Carol Reid 01:51:52, Simon Perkins 01:54:01, Trace Allen 01:58:52, Roland Beton (Pacemaker) 01:59:58, Janet Skippins 02:16:10, Geoff Morgan 02:16:23.

28 March: Hillingdon Half Marathon: Trace Allen 01:52:22

2 April: Club Duathlon; Sean McAree 01:17:31, Tom Oliver 01:18:41, Graeme McTait 01:18:42, John Shirley 01:23:01, David Clayton 01:26:51, Kevin Payne 01:27:33, Stephen Honey 01:28:20, Mark Woolhouse 01:37:20, Trace Allen 01:40:22. (Click here for the race report, and click here for the full results)

3 April: Chilly Triathlon: Stuart Clark 01:10:14, Mark Taplin 01:10:49, Tamsyn Clark 01:11:58, Mike Trotman 01:19:30, Helen Macfarlane 01:20:02, Dani Pruett 01:26:20, Naomi Holt 01:29:38, Geoff Morgan 01:33:59, Jo Johnson 01:40:21, Kate Gardner 01:57:29, Natalie Moore 01:59:03.

3 April: Herts Easter Egg Sportive 155k: Graeme McTait 6:35:23.

3 April: Battlefield Duathlon (Standard distance): Nick Clarke 02:40:07

Apologies to anyone whose race or time is not shown, please either post your results on the forum or email them to triforceraceresults@gmail.com and they will then be published in a future newsletter.


Upcoming Races 

9 April: ITU World Series Gold Coast, Australia. Clearly not a local event but interesting to keep an eye on, as this race is billed as the decider for the final place in the GB Women’s team for the Rio Olympics. A head-to-head between Jodie Stimpson and Helen Jenkins.

24 April: London Marathon: all the best to Dawn, Katie & Gary who will be running this year.

24 April: Hemel Hillbuster Sportive 25k, 60k or 100k distances that go DOWN Bison Hill (for a change)

29 April – 1 May: Tour de Yorkshire, not a local event but a chance to watch how the professionals do it.

There may well be other events that people have entered. If so, please update the post on the forum so your club mates can look out & shout for you.


Club Training / Races 

Circuits continue on Tuesdays until the end of this month at HSV, with the final session on Tuesday 26th April. Spinning also continues on Wednesdays at Westminster Lodge, with the final session on Wednesday 27th April. Both are a really good workout and just as importantly, are good fun. Swimming sessions continue throughout the year on Mondays at St Albans Boys School and on Thursdays at HSV.

Monthly Club Duathlons: Saturday 30th April – Stanborough, Saturday 4th June – Sandringham School, Saturday 2nd July – Stanborough, Saturday 3rd September – Sandringham School. Although these are not formally marshalled events they do need timekeepers to be able to run, volunteers for help with this are always appreciated.

Transition Run/Bike Training; 3rd Saturday of the month – 16th April, 21st May, 18th June, 16th July, 17th September. Generally held at Shenley, but check the forum for confirmation.

Monthly Group Ride: 17th April, 15th May after HSV, 19th June, 17th July; 21st August, 25th Sept, tbc October (weather dependent). Rides start at 8am from Marshalswick shops. Volunteers for ride leaders always welcome.

Closed Club Triathlons (Members only); The ‘Where’ triathlon will be on Sunday 8th May and the Club Champs on Sunday 18th September, both at Sandringham School.

Don’t forget your £2 for any of the above.

Reminder that we have the first of our club organised races on Sunday 15th May. Although this is an open public race, as a club member you can enter this and marshal at the September race or vice versa. Members need to marshal at one of them to qualify for the membership fee discount next year, but it would be good to see an army of orange and blue Tri-Force jerseys competing in our own event. There is also a relay race: if your training plan or injury doesn’t allow you to do the whole thing, then enter part of it with some friends. The HSV Triathlon events subsidise the running of the club: entrants and marshals are needed to ensure we have a successful and safe race.


Triathlon Podcasts 

What do you do on your commute to work? Do you listen to music and / or podcasts? If so, or even if not, I can recommend a couple of triathlon podcasts. Cup of Tri is a weekly UK based podcast (http://www.oxygenaddict.com/podcast/ ); it discusses races and training for all levels and distances, interviews with coaches and racers along with general chat about triathlon.

IM Talk is a long-running (over 10 years) New Zealand based weekly podcast ( http://www.imtalk.me/ ), and once you get past the daft introduction and the vowel-mangling Kiwi accents, is actually a good entertaining listen. Although it’s primary focus is iron distance it is interesting and relevant for all distances; like Cup of Tri it’s also a mix of race results, training tips and nutrition advice. Both are about an hour long and brighten up the average tube / car commute

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