Lessons from a five year old – find your why

Start on January 1

We’re a day into 2017 and if you’re like many people the new year’s resolutions that you made on the stroke of midnight have already made it obvious that they were perhaps not as well thought out as they should have been.  Whether it was to quit something, take something new up, eat better, lose weight, train harder, hit a tough goal or achieve a new mindset you’ve now had time to think about the reality of the work it will take and perhaps there are second thoughts.

Of course if you need help with the “how” of meeting these resolutions there is no shortage of advice at this time of year.  From businesses targeting people with your aim (notice the step up in ads from weight loss companies, gyms, PTs and coaches?) to magazine and internet articles on goal getting (SMART/SMARTER goal anyone?) you can waste a lot of time and potentially money chasing something that is little more than a dream.  The same resolution you had at this time last year and will probably be using next year too.  Why is it so hard?

The reality is that most people set themselves up for failure long before they even define their goals, let alone formulate a plan to achieve them.  All worthwhile goals, as new year’s resolutions surely are, take perseverance to accomplish and that needs sustained motivation.  But that won’t be a problem will it, because this year we really, really want to do it…don’t we?  Maybe not.

For those that have gone through the fun of raising a child we all know that there’s one word that we dread.  One simple word that can cause endless frustration and throw our thought process into turmoil and a five year old just loves it.  The conversation normally goes something like this:

“Why?”

“Because of…”

“But why?”

“Because…”

“But why?”

“Because I said so.”

“But why?”

“Grrrrrrrrr!!!”

When  it comes to setting goals and resolutions we need be to more like a five year old.  Don’t stop with the thing you think you want.  Ask yourself why and you’ll often come up with the reason behind the goal.  Keep asking until you find the root of what you really want.  Sometimes it leads you in unexpected directions, away from your original thought, but it will always provide you with your true desire and thereby the motivation you need to achieve it.

Happy new year everyone.  Here’s hoping that 2017 brings you everything you desire.

Coach Trav

Sports Nutrition Seminar – 10th of November 7pm

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Perth Hills Triathlon Club is very proud to be bringing one of Western Australia’s premier sports nutrition experts David Bryant to the hills region to help you maximise your racing and training performance through his tried-and-tested dietary advice.  This session will be specifically targeting the needs of triathletes but will also be suitable for those single-sport athletes wanting to improve their knowledge.

David is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Sports Dietitian with Catalyst Dietitian.  He is currently working with WAIS world class athletes to improve their dietetic skills and has helped hundreds of his clients achieve their sport-specific, weight loss and dietary goals without resorting to extremes.  You can find out more about what David has to offer by clicking his logo above but this is what some of our current members have to say about him:

“When I went to David I weighed around 94 kilograms which isn’t huge for someone as tall as me but there was a fair amount of useless fat in that.  I had been to other dietitians before with some short term success but regaining the weight when I lost motivation to continue their prescribed regime.  David worked around my goals, lifestyle, likes and dislikes to provide me with the tools that I needed to lose 10kg and keep it off in the two years since.  He also helped me develop a race nutrition plan that has worked to help me set new personal best times at all distances up to Ironman.  I would highly recommend David’s for anyone looking to make positive changes to their sport through diet.”  –  Travis Bentley

“David was able to individualise my pre-race & race nutrition in order to satisfy my sensitive stomach and ensure that I was in top condition & running as quickly at the end of the race as I was swimming at the beginning! Diet & nutrition should never be the reason that you don’t do well in a race and since I have been working with David I’ve never had to worry! ”  –  Peta Woodland

“When I started out with triathlon I had no idea about endurance based nutrition especially in regard to daily nutrition required to sustain daily training.  All my previous experience had been with high protein low carb nutrition required to sustain 3-4 strength workouts a week.  After a couple of months triathlon training I hit the wall.  David showed me how to balance my nutrition for endurance training and to maintain race weight using everyday seasonal fresh food.  His knowledge and understanding of triathlon training and it’s impact on the body is excellent.  I highly recommend him.”  –  Mike Burns

Topics covered in the hour long seminar will include:

  • Body composition
  • Daily nutrition to support training and recovery
  • Nutrient density and diet quality
  • Race preparation and taper
  • Fuelling on race day

The nutrition session will be held at Hillside Farm Education Centre at Lot 41 Hayward, Martin (Gosnells.)  Follow the signs on arrival.

Entry is $10 including provision of healthy snacks, however as part of our members benefit program all Perth Hills members secure FREE ENTRY if they RSVP by email before the 6th of November.  All others please pay cash at the door.

RSVP by email to seminars@perthhillstri.org.au

Show Us Your Kit

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Ever wished you could be a model with people throwing cash and gifts your way for doing nothing but looking amazing?  Well now you can!

Triathlon WA has just launched its Show Us Your Kit competition and it’s your opportunity to demonstrate the undeniable fact that Perth Hills Tri Club has the best looking kit in WA, if not the world.  As well as winning a Fly6 rear light and camera if your photo is chosen as the winning image you will also get $200 cash and the club a further $300.  How good is that!!!

To enter all you have to do is:

  • Follow Triathlon WA on Instagram (@triathlonwa)
  • Share a photo to Instagram showing off your club kit
  • Include the hashtag #showusyourkit2016 and tag Triathlon WA using @triathlonwa

Terms and conditions

  1. The Show Us Your Kit competition is being run by Triathlon Western Australia (TWA).
  2. Entries for the Show Us Your Kit competition open on the 20th October and close at 5pm on the 17th The winning individual and winning club will be announced on the 21st November.
  3. The competition is open to all current TWA members and triathlon clubs affiliated with TWA.
  4. To enter the Show Us Your Kit competition individuals need to follow Triathlon WA on Instagram (@triathlonwa), share a photo to Instagram that shows off their club kit, include the hashtag #showusyourkit2016 and tag Triathlon WA using @triathlonwa.
  5. Chance plays no part in determining the winner. An independent panel will assess all competition entries on creativity and originality.
  6. The individual who submitted the winning entry will be awarded a Fly6 rear LED light with built in HD camera, RRP $199, and $200 cash (total value $399). The affiliated club that the winner belongs to will also be awarded a prize of $300 cash.  The total value of the prize pool is $699.
  7. The Show Us Your Kit competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by or associated with Instagram.

Training Changes

Spring has really sprung, though somebody seems to have neglected to tell whoever controls the temperature gauge!  In spite of the cool weather the return of daylight to hours that we might have forgotten existed over winter has brought athletes out in droves.  It has also brought with it an influx of new members with enthusiasm and varying levels of ability.

We would like to congratulate Peta Woodland on becoming the first registered Development Coach (TA Level 1) at Perth Hills Tri Club.  This allows her to provide her coaching services not only in a club environment but also in a personal capacity and offers our club a great deal more flexibility in the delivery of coached sessions.  It is our aim to develop more coaches within the club in the near future.

Perth Hills Tri Club has always been about helping to grow the sport in the hills, foothills and associated regions and for that reason people new to the sport or wanting to “try before you buy” have always been welcomed at training sessions as if they were regulars.  That will not change.  However with limited resources (and particularly coaches) this has sometimes meant that our full fee paying training and racing members have been subsidising others or not receiving their fair share of resources.  It would be unfair of the club to let this continue so changes have to be made.

From this Saturday, the first of October, the committee has decided that anyone attending training who is not a registered training and racing member of Perth Hills Tri Club will pay a flat rate $5 fee for all sessions.  Attendees who are members of other tri clubs and PHTC social members will also be subject to this fee.  This money will go towards running costs, the purchase of equipment and other member benefits.  All coaching is still provided on a volunteer basis.

If you wish to avoid these fees and save some money in the long-run simply go to the club membership page and sign up as an adult or junior member (NB: non-member session fees still apply for social members.)  If you are already a training/competing member of another club you will only be charged for the PHTC club fee, currently $45 for adults and less for juniors as set out on the membership page.  As you can see, this is fantastic value.  Alternately you can get a one-off trial membership that will exempt you for 14 days only through TWA here.

Finally when you look below at our October training calendar you will see some big changes.  There are some new sessions and some moved in terms of location and/or time.  There are now three opportunities to swim with the club every week.  Open water swims, trail runs and brick sessions all return to the calendar also.  As always we welcome feedback from our members with respect to the training calendar, individual sessions and all other aspects of the club.

 

The training calendar can be found here.

Announcing the new Club Champion award

We are pleased to announce that we will be presenting a club champion trophy this year (amongst other awards) and we’d like to let you know how it will work.

Firstly you need to be a full racing/training member of Perth Hills Tri Club.  Each MULTISPORT official race during the financial year will have points up for grabs! These points will be based on the position that you finish and the number of starters in your category. We will be promoting the races run by other tri clubs to help keep these viable and these races will also contribute to Perth Hills Tri club points in the TWA Club Challenge so you will receive bonus points for any of the club run races listed below.  If you send us a photo from the race wearing club kit you will also receive bonus points.

The point system will be calculated as follows:

Points = Category size – Position + 1

Club race bonus = + 10

Club kit = + 2

e.g. come 5th in a club run race with 40 in your category but not wearing club kit = (40-5)+1+10+0 = 46 points

 

We should be able to keep track of the main races in the calendar but we may need some help to make sure we get it all right.  We have an excel document that does all the calculations for us but it isn’t going to be able to do it’s magic if it doesn’t know that you raced and as volunteers we won’t be able to check every results list.  You will need to notify us of a race and send us a link to the results if possible within a month of the race to get those points added to the tally.  Of course, much of the time we will already be aware of those results but best you check and then we know we have it right!  At the end of the season there will be no adjustments made if you have missed points because we weren’t notified.

Send your results to clubchamp@perthhills.tri.org.au

Happy Racing and good luck!!

 

Club run races eligible for bonus points are:

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Club Swim Sessions starting June 12th

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Announcement

Due to popular request Perth Hills Tri Club is very pleased to announce that we will be commencing club run swim sessions this Sunday the 12th of June.  These Sunday sessions will be held at Belmont Oasis starting at 3pm with two 50m lanes for our exclusive use and guided by one of our senior members.  All levels of ability are encouraged to come and join in.  The centre’s cafe has already been trialed and found to be satisfactory for post-swim coffee and conversation.

Starting on the 22nd of June PHTC will be adding a Wednesday 7:00pm session at Swan Park Recreation Centre for those unable to make the Sunday and those who would like a second swim session.

Session Fee

The aim of Perth Hills Tri Club is to encourage participation and bring the benefits of endurance sport to a wider audience, therefore we will always keep costs to our members to a minimum.  To assist in recovering our lane hire costs there will be a fee of $3 for each participant paid to the club representative, pool entry is payable as usual.

Support Your Club

These sessions have been created at your request and are being put on for your benefit by our volunteers.  If they are not adequately supported they will not continue in the longer term so please stand by the people working hard to make this a fantastic club to be involved with.

Training for the week beginning 11th of April

Congratulations to all of those who completed their final race for the season last weekend.  Hopefully this year has brought you progress and personal bests or at least shown you that your limits are not where you thought they were.  For many there is still at least one race left before they can take a (short) well-earned rest or unstructured training.

Tuesday April the 12th:  Run intervals

With fading light it’s important to make sure that we don’t court injury so this week we will again be using Riverside Park in Woodbridge for our run intervals.  The even, paved surface allows for a reliable footfall even in dark conditions.  Meet at the start of the path near the corner of the playground for a 6pm start.  If you have a head-lamp or small handheld torch it would be advisable to bring it along with something warm to wear when you  are finished.

Thursday 14th: Indoor cycle training

6:45pm for a 7pm start. 37 Brunswick Bend, Jane Brook. Total session time around 1hr finishing with a 5-10min run off the bike to get used to the sensation.  BYO turbo trainer and bike, limited additional trainers are available, please contact us to reserve one for you.

Sunday 17th: Group ride

Meet at Yahava Coffee car park in the Swan Valley at 7am for a tour around the valley.  As always the rule is that nobody will be left behind so bring your TT, road or mountain bike and complete as many or as few laps as you feel inclined.  The group ride is meant to be an easy session, it’s not a race and if it were it would be one of those ones where everyone gets a prize and results aren’t recorded.  Bring cash or card for coffee and/or breakfast afterwards if you wish.

Training for the week beginning 4th of April

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Less than a month to Busselton 70.3 and it’s time to be putting in some key sessions to be ready when the big day comes.  A week of mild weather bodes well to put some solid training in the bank, knowing that there is time for rest and recuperation after the race.  This weekend there are two races on Sunday at Coogee (Olympic distance) and Hillarys (sprint) with athletes split between the two so our usual Sunday ride will be moved to Saturday to allow those not racing to head to either venue for moral support.  The club marquee will be heading to the sprint for maximum exposure, make sure you drop in and say “hi” whether you’re a regular, new to the club or just want to see what we’re all about.

Tuesday April the 5th:  Run intervals

Meeting at 6pm, Riverside Park in Woodbridge for another session of quality intervals.  As always there will be something for athletes of all levels and kids are welcome as there is a fantastic playground and plenty of space to run and play.  As it is getting dark fairly early we would recommend bringing a torch or head lamp so that you don’t need to cut the session short on account of light.  The surface is flat and paved so very safe.

Thursday April the 7th:  Turbo brick session

Our stationary bike interval session starts at 7pm sharp so arrive by 6:45 to give yourself time to set up.  BYO turbo trainer and bike, limited additional trainers are available but as numbers are increasing please contact us to reserve one for you.  Total session time around 1hr finishing with a 5-15min transition run to get the legs used to running off the bike.  No chance of getting dropped, no traffic and very low probability of falling off makes this a great training session for the novice and strong rider alike.  This week we have a change of venue:  10 Lindsay Street, Kalamunda.  Park in the front yard under the big tree and walk around the back of the house to the patio.

Saturday April the 9th:  Flat freeway ride

Meet at Deep Water Point near the boat ramp, ready to roll out at 6:30am.  You will be spending a lot of time down on the tri-bars at Busselton so this is a perfect opportunity to replicate that and practice race pacing and nutrition.  As this ride is straight out and back you can turn around at any point and go at your own pace or stick with a group.  This location is perfect for a run off the bike and coffee afterwards too.

Perth Hills Tri Club is Fundraising with Entertainment

This year PHTC will be fundraising though the sale of Entertainment books.  For every book or digital membership sold the club will retain $13 to help support the club and its members, while the purchaser gets access to fantastic discounts at hundreds of locations throughout WA.

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Order an Entertainment™ Membership and support our fundraising

 

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We’re very excited to be fundraising with Entertainment™ this year. Order your NEW 2016 | 2017 Entertainment™ Books and Entertainment™ Digital Memberships from us today, and 20% of the proceeds contribute towards our fundraising!

 

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Order your new Entertainment™ Book or Entertainment™ Digital Membership before 4 May 2016 and you will receive up to $230 worth of additional offers that you can use right away!

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Entertainment™ Memberships are packed with thousands of up to 50% OFF and 2-for-1 offers for the best local restaurants, café, attractions, hotel accommodation, travel, and much more!

 

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NEW this year, when you purchase a Perth Entertainment™ Membership, you will now have access to more than 30 of the best restaurants, attractions and accommodation that Bali has to offer!

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Available as a traditional Entertainment Book – or – Digital Membership on your smartphone, your Membership gives you over $20,000 worth of valuable offers valid through to 1 June 2017!

 

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Peta Woodland

Perth Hills Triathlon Club
0412194943

petaw@perthhillstri.org.au

Thank you for your support!

 

 

 

Training for the week beginning 21st of March

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Another week closer to the showpiece of the WA triathlon season and another couple of races done and dusted.  Congratulations to all those who competed, completed or just participated at both the Fremantle Tri and Karri Valley over the weekend.  If Busselton 70.3 is your next ‘A’ race then now is the time to be finalising your race nutrition, any changes in bike setup and to begin thinking about your race plan.  Recent testing, racing or training results should be providing a good guide as to what you can achieve on the 1st of May and the next four weeks is the perfect time to allocate to training specifically for the race you want to have.  Race day will bring what it brings, you just need to be prepared to make the most of it.

Tuesday the 22nd

Run intervals are at Riverside Park, Woodbridge again.  The weather is cooling off a little and it’s getting dark earlier so make sure you are there before 6pm for an on-time start.  There is a fantastic playground for the kids and interval training is always more fun with friends.  All abilities will be catered for so get down there and get it done.

Thursday the 24th

Our stationary bike brick session for the week.  BYO turbo trainer and bike, limited additional trainers are available please contact us to reserve one for you.  Arrive by 6:45pm for a 7pm start at 37 Brunswick Bend, Jane Brook. Total session time around 1hr finishing with a 5-10min transition run to get the legs used to running off the bike in the most efficient manner.  As with all of our rides nobody gets dropped!

Friday the 25th (Good Friday)

An informal ride to Mandurah (return) is planned by some of our members with all welcome to join.  A great opportunity to spend some quality time down on the aero-bars in preparation for more of the same at Busso.  For further details and to join the discussion head over to our Facebook discussion group, if you’re not already a member then join.

Sunday the 27th (Easter Sunday)

The big bunny has visited so come and pre-burn some energy to give yourself a couple of days of guilt-free chocolate gorging, I mean carb replenishment.  Starting at Barberry Square (Muzz Buzz car park) in Kalamunda at 7am we will head off for a ride through the hills with a route selected on the day to cater for every rider that shows up.  You will not slow others down.  You will not be forced to ride yourself into the ground to keep up.  Faster riders will loop back to join slower ones so that EVERYBODY gets a workout appropriate to their needs.