|Weekly||Monday Swim Session|
|Seasonal||Wednesday - Cycle skills sessions|
|Weekly||Thursday Run Session|
|Wed 15 Aug||MFCC Croachy 10-mile Time Trial - Event 3|
|Sun 26 Aug||HLH Junior Triathlon Series - Culloden|
|Sun 16 Sep||Nairn Triathlon|
|Sun 7 Oct||HLH Junior Triathlon Series - Inverness Leisure|
As a family friendly club based in the North of Scotland, Triathlon Inverness welcomes all. If you are a multi-sporter or just interested in individual swim, bike or run discipline, our aim is to provide a fun and friendly environment that allows all members to reach their potential.
Whatever your age or ability, our weekly sessions aim to enable your fitness, technique and skills to improve.
We are striving to create a supportive club environment to challenge yourself, meet new people, develop friendships and have fun.
Whatever your goal, we positively encourage participation in your chosen challenge and at our club events throughout the year.
Thanks to Jenny for allowing club members to get a bit of an insight into her decision to Go Long (read below). Well done Jenny for a great achievement of completing Ironman Austria and what I'm sure will be the first of many Ironman or similar long distance events.
This last couple of years, I’ve been known to quote “I could never do an Ironman”, especially since completing a couple of middle distance races. It just wasn't on the radar as something I could actually do. That is, until I saw this picture
& thought ‘I have to swim in there’! I entered Ironman Austria & had almost a year to train.
By October I was thinking about the training. Like most folk I’ve a busy job and family & along with 1.5 hours a day driving to work I was worried about how I was going to fit it all in. I decided to find a coach to help me, for two reasons. I needed to get the best possible training in the time available, and secondly, this would help overcome the self-doubt which plagues me when training for races, and means I need to get to start lines well prepared, self confident & not worrying if I’m going to be able to get round.
Cue Ewan Stirling who I spoke to at club swimming one night and asked if he would coach me! After a chat about the event & how much time I had available each week we started the training in November. I find training in winter best & tend to enter early season races. I also need routine to fit the training in around work, so Mondays were always a Wattbike session followed by club swimming, Tuesday running, Wednesday back on bike. That’s really how it went from November to the race on 01 July. If I missed a session then I couldn't really pick it up somewhere else in the week, so I just let it go. I don’t think I missed very many. I did 3 of each swim, bike and run sessions and 2 gym sessions each week. Training commitment ranged from 9 hours a week up to 17 towards the event, the gradual increases in duration meant that the training didn't feel too onerous. I was prepared for some long Saturdays out on the bike and tried not to commit to anything extra which would have made this difficult.
If you’re wondering about taking on the longer distance, here’s how it worked for me:
* Having a coach made a world of difference. It takes away the worry about collating your own training plan, saves valuable time in your already busy week and gives you a supportive person to chat about your training with (instead of driving your family nuts! :))
* On the subject of family, having a supportive one is top of the list & John was amazing as my support every week even joining me for some of those hard interval sessions :)
* Club sessions were invaluable & if it wasn’t for the support, coaching & friendships I’ve made in the club I wouldn’t have been doing the event. This also means you have friends to train with & Susan and Julie altered their own plans to fit in with my long bike rides every week and join me for well earned coffee, buns & chat at the end.
* I’m lucky enough to have a great job where I could have a longer lunch break of an hour, meaning I could do one session during the day and one in the evenings. Having a gym at work was also a major bonus.
* I worked hard on my mental game as well as my physical training, I kept a journal & did daily meditation using the Headspace app, the day before the event I felt remarkably calm, having reached the start line confident that I could complete the distance and ready to enjoy the day.
Was it hard? Yes, but I really enjoyed training for longer distance & I felt fit & well prepared.
If you're thinking about moving up to longer distance, consider your strengths, they will carry you through to the finish line. Then think about all the things you could get some support with, whether they are within each discipline of swim, bike or run, managing time commitments or finding people to train with. As for me, I’m off to sign up for my next long distance :)
The Barrathon is a very special event. It takes place every year on the first weekend of July, usually one week before the Harris Half for those of you that might be interested in a cycling between them. It’s one of those wonderful community organised events and it feels like the whole of Barra gets involved!
The route takes you on a wonderful route along what is almost the only road on Barra. It goes round the coast, back to Castlebay, across the start line and a couple of hundred meters further to the finish line.
After you finish the race you are welcome to unwind in the swimming pool in the community centre next to the finish. Your entry also gets you a ticket for the legendary buffet also in the community hall next to the finish, all home cooked. You also buy a ticket for the ceilidh the evening after the race, everyone goes, and tbh it’s worth doing the Barrathon just for the ceilidh. It has performances from local musician’s and dancers and it oozes Scottish culture.
If you want to take part you need to be quick. You register your interest on their website and they send you an email with the entry date and time. You need to be sat in front of your laptop waiting for that moment because the event sells out every year in about 10 minutes! There are only something like 250 places. I normally camp, there’s two camp sites and lots of places to wild camp. The island and its adjoining island Vatersay have amazing beaches if you have time to sunbath or wild swim.
Well done Duncan and thanks for the write up!
The event takes you on 26.2 mile route through some of the most dramatic landscapes that Scotland has to offer and finishes up at the foot of Ben Nevis.
The team did excellently finishing in under 11 hours on a very hot day in the mountains. If you'd like to donate there's still time on Kate's fundraising page.
Three of our local athletes in action at Huntly Sprint and Novice races this year.
Malcolm and Julie Cleghorn were both in action in the novice race with both taking 2nd place in their respective male and female super vet categories. Stirling effort again from the Cleghorn duo!
Dave Reid was also in fine form in the sprint race taking an excellent 7th overall and 1st in the super vet category. Another excellent result setting Dave up for a fine overall result in the overall Aberdeenshire series races.
Race results can be found here. Well done all!
Three local athletes in action at the Scottish Sprint Triathlon Champs in Monikie. Graham Whyte, Luke Williams & Dave Roberts.
Both Graham and Luke took their respective age group titles, with Graham finishing in 1.13.54 & Luke in a swift 1.04.51 to take 4th overall. A lot of hard work paying off for these two local athletes.
Not phased by all the carbon on show at the Scottish Championships Dave was competing in his 1st open water Triathlon and finished in 1.19.16 which put him 72nd overall & 12th vet. He summed it up as a great learning experience, so hopefully the first of many more!
Well done all excellent efforts all around. Check out the full results here.
This ultra marathon takes in the Great glen Way route from Fort William to Inverness. Our hardcore distance running crew Martin 'Flash' Gordon and Adam McBean were competing in this 70 mile beast of a race.
Martin finished in 12:40:44 (8th overall, 3rd MV40) and Adam finished in 13:48:06 (14th overall and 4th senior male). Awesome efforts, well done!
Check out the results here