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.

Club Swim Sessions starting June 12th

Oasis pool

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.

Training for the week beginning 21st of March

Turbo training session

Turbo training session

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.

Training for week beginning 7th of March

Autumn is here bringing fantastic weather for training and with only eight weeks to Busselton 70.3 you should be ramping up the distance and putting in some solid work.  If you’re planning a few weeks ahead go to our training calendar page for sessions beyond the end of the week.

Monday 7th of March:  Open water swim with brick option

South Beach, Fremantle – meet at the Pickled Fig cafe for a fun, easy swim followed by a short trail run for those interested.  A great, safe beach to bring the family.  BYO BBQ brunch.

Tuesday 8th of March: Run interval training

Riverside Park, Woodbridge – arrive for 6pm start for a warm-up, some solid intervals to be finished by 7.  There is no minimum fitness level required as the session will be modified based on your individual requirements.

Thursday 10th: Indoor cycle training

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

Friday 11th:  Freo Tri Club Race

Fremantle Triathlon Club have invited all members and associates of Perth Hills Tri Club to join them in their “Splash and Dash” (swim/run) race at Coogee. Registration starts at 5:30 with the kids and juniors race kicking off at 6pm. Entry is free to all Perth Hills members and $1.50 for non-TWA members to cover insurance costs.

Sunday 13th: Group ride

Park Central car park, Vic Park – Approximately 55km flat loop primarily on cycle path.  A perfect introduction to the beginning or nervous rider.  All levels of rider and styles of bike are welcome, as usual the golden rule is that no athlete will be left on their own.  Bring cash for coffee and/or breakfast afterwards if you wish to join us.

Training for the week beginning 22nd of February

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It’s looking like a pretty moderate sort of week, weather-wise, so there are no excuses not to get outdoors and train the house down.  Most of you have at least a few weeks break before your next race so it’s time to lay the foundations for a great end to the season.  If you’re planning a few weeks ahead go to our training calendar page for sessions beyond the end of the week.

Tuesday 23rd: Run interval training

Riversid Park, Woodbridge.  Be ready to start by 6pm for a warm-up, some solid intervals to be finished by 7.  As always the session will be modified based on your individual requirements and fitness level so don’t be intimidated, just come down to see what it’s all about.

Thursday 25th: Indoor cycle training

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

Sunday 28th: Group ride

Meet at Yahava Coffee car park in the Swan Valley for 25km flat loops 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 is not a race.  Bring cash for coffee and/or breakfast afterwards if you wish.

Training for the week beginning 15th of February

Interval run training

Interval run training

It’s looking pretty warm for the first half of the week so again please take care out there. We’ll do what we can to ease the effects for you at our sessions but remember to slip, slop, slap and sip while modifying your session if needed.  Here are some tips on training in hot weather from Matt Fitzgerald of Triathlete Magazine.

Tuesday 16th: Run interval training

Ray Owen Reserve at 6pm for a warm-up, some solid intervals to be finished by 7.  There is no minimum fitness level required as the session will be modified based on your individual requirements.

Thursday 18th: Indoor cycle training

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

Friday 19th: Fremantle Tri Club “Splash and Dash”

Fremantle Triathlon Club have invited all members and associates of Perth Hills Tri Club to join them in their “Splash and Dash” (swim/run) race at Coogee. Registration starts at 5:30 with the kids and juniors race kicking off at 6pm. Entry is free to all Perth Hills members and $1.50 for non-TWA members to cover insurance costs.

Sunday 21st: Perth Triathlon at Elizabeth Quay

The tent will be up so come along and join the fun by supporting if you’re not racing.  Post race bragging and excuse making is actively encouraged!

 

To plan your coming weeks sessions head over to our training calendar.