Week start: 15th October

Start of week news letter – w/c 15th October

Review of the week just gone

This week it has mainly been… getting colder.
Sunday morning – 0 deg C.  Where did that come from?

Actually it was a superb Sunday morning, the sun was bright and the company was happy, spinning both legs and stories as the 14 strong MVH peleton headed east to Orton on the Hill and a loop through Twycross.  Base conditioning – 70km in the legs and with a few hours in the saddle at easy heart rates – it was a joy – but it was noticeable that winter saddle endurance may be another development area for some.

The cycle workout followed two really, really good coached swimming sessions during the week.  Abbots Bromley may be a bit further than Repton but Thursday pool sessions are getting a huge thumbs up from those attending.  The focus on technique is starting to really pay dividends and then when followed by Saturdays swim coached session – the possibilities for swim improvement are there to be taken.


Running should not be ignored.  And for many, the Tuesday night run from Bannatynes continues to give welcomed running company as Warren winds the runners around a variety of Burton haunts.

So Autumn is full on and for many the real preparation for the 2013 season gets underway.  Let the journey continue well with no injury please…
Looking forward one week, the Triathlon Training session at Shobnall Leisure complex on Sunday 21st looks to be a perfectly timed programme in that before base training progresses to far – the course attendees will add valuable knowledge and a “plan” to deliver those Triathlon goals for 2013.
May the week pass quickly with minimal stress, more swim training, running and maybe a wee bit of turbo work….and let another week-end commence.  Bring it on!

NEW Mid Week Coached Swim Session

Thursday’s 7.30pm to 8.30pm, Abbotts Bromley School
The Thursday coached swimming session has MVH and Burntwood Tri Club members revelling in the new mid week swim facility.  7:30pm for 1hr every Thursday.

Progressive front crawl technique coaching and a swim conditioning set.  2 swim coaches at each session to support triathletes swim development..
Location is as follows:  ALL WELCOME whatever your swim ability.

The Burton road to Abbots Bromley B5234. At Abbots Bromley turn right onto the B5014 towards the main street in Abbots Bromley and direction – Uttoxeter.  Almost immediately the road bends sharp left opposite the Coach & Horses pub. Just after the bend turn left onto a drive into a carpark area. If you get to the zebra crossing you’ve gone too far. The pool is immediately on the right as you drive into the carpark area. The postcode is WS15 3BW.

Triathlon Training Course – for Stage 2 Triathletes

21st October 0900hrs to 1230hrs (ish)
Shobnall Leisure Complex, Burton – Cost £25 (MAX 30 places)

Jonathan Hydon, John Philliskirk, Mick Fishwick, Dianne Pickering, Jonny Fitton, Ben Starbuck, Jan Driscoll and Colin McLean are some of the names already signed up for Sunday morning 21st October at Shobnall Leisure Complex.

Each with different goals for 2013 from faster sprints to PB’s at the Ironman event, the personal training plans will be different but enhancing knowledge of how best to structure personal training across the year is the objective. For many, over training and injury have been unwelcome experiences.  Training for speed too early or missing out on strength training and for how long on each and how intensive does it need to be?

Sunday’s training course will shine the light on all of these subjects and more.
There is no doubt – it will be a superb session.

To complete the morning, every course attendee will also be given a small library of course reading and reference materials.
No excuses then for the 2013 season training programme.
If you are interested in attending please respond to this newsletter item to mvh.bulletin@gmail.com with a YES – COUNT me in

Invitations have been extended to Burntwood Tri club and Derby Tri Club

NEW Cycling training expected to challenge MVH Sunday Cyclists

Martyn Ashton may want to change the format of MVH Sunday cycle training. Using a unique and different approach to road cycling, Martyn recently took out a Pinarello Dogma on a somewhat testing cycle route.  Fortunately for MVH, the following u-tube clip highlights the type of Sunday cycle route that MVH should expect from Martyn.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZmJtYaUTa0     Enjoy !!!

MVH Tri Club Christmas Bash – Saturday 15th December

Tickets now available from Sue Herriman
The venue – The National Brewery Centre, Burton on Trent.
Date & time: 7pm, Saturday 15th December.
Venue: The Worthington room, which has its own bar and has seats 80 people.

2012 MVH Tri Club trophy’s will be presented followed by a dinner and disco.
The Cost is £27.50 per person and tickets are available from Sue Herriman.  See attached flyer with details of the menu choices that need to be made and advised at the time of placing your ticket order.

URGENT:  MVH Christmas Party Tickets need to be ordered and paid for by 17th November.

Please pay Sue or Steve Herriman either with cash or with cheques made payable to MVH Tri Club c/o Sue Herriman at the address on the attached flyer.

MVH Tri Club “NEW” Website – Latest

The new website for MVH tri club is imminent.
Just a few glitches with WordPress…..as final items are added before we go live…

If you are reading this and for you “wordpress” is a pleasure, a passion and easy – please contact mvh.bulletin@gmail.com  as your insight and wise council would be hugely welcome.

A second request

We are looking to build a team of MVH website scribblers &/or internet browser-ists
The only qualification needed is the talent of being curious on what’s happening out there in the triathlon world, what’s being talked about or spotting what’s just bizarre.  Across swimming, cycling and running.

To share your passion for sport and the stuff you have come across or viewpoint you would like to share with the MVH website readers.
We would like to bring to the website interesting and novel items from a current triathlon news story or to an item on the latest Pinarello or a different and personal perspective on what running shoes not to purchase…

Alternatively, it can be writing two or three paragraphs about things closer to the MVH triathlon club horizon – up and coming races, race experiences, a great training session. The objective is to create a MVH website we all want to visit regularly – yes to read about things MVH but also to read about different Triathlon stuff that grabs our attention.

A team of about 6-8 people is the aim, submitting, about once every two weeks, short articles or links for the website. So far we have two “journalistic” hands raised – Sarah Clark and Colin McLean.

If would like to be part of the website team – please email mvh.bulletin@gmail.com

A practical guide to injury prevention: 8th November 8pm to 9.30pm

Shobnall Leisure complex
This session will be lead by the physiotherapy team from the Running Form shop on Station Road in Burton.
Injuries are an inevitable consequence when athletes are pushing themselves harder and further to achieve personal goals and achievements.  Many injuries can be prevented with some very simple exercises, routines and stretching.

The purpose of the evening is to equip runners with the knowledge of key triggers leading to injury and highlighting key running injuries.  The outcome of the night is all around the philosophy that “Prevention is better than cure and repair”.

The session is practical based with short exercises that can be done within just a few minutes! Self massage and key stretches will also be included.
Cost is £5.  For more info see http://www.ssan.org.uk/

“Just sweat no Tears” Triathlon Training Camps

Mallorca – Spring 2013
Brian Welsh and team are again running running their highly enjoyable Triathlon training camps in Mallorca next spring.  See link http://www.jsnt.co.uk/training-camps/mallorca-camps.html for further info.  15% Discounts on the cost of the camps apply if booked before 15th November.  The dates of 28th March to 2nd April  could be a great way to spend the Easter holiday week-end.

RACE Calendar for MVH 2013

A race calendar for 2013 has been agreed.  A separate email will be sent out during the week with all the details.
A new format for 2013, including a Novice Triathletes Championship as well as the MVH Club Championship.  New races added.  Local events as well as including the British Age Group Championships, European and World Qualifiers.
2013 looks to be a superb year.  Keep an eye on your inbox (and shortly the new website) for the detailed briefing.

RACE Calendar 2012

Aquathon:  18th November
Burntwood Tri club are holding another one of their highly enjoyable juniors and adults aquathons at the Burnwood Leisure centre and sports grounds.  All the Tri-star age groups are included and for adults this is a 400m swim and 5km run.  The run for Tri-star is on the playing fields while for youths and adults the course is 4 laps using minor roads close to the leisure centre.  For event info see www.burntwoodtriclub.org  and for entry go to http://www.entrycentral.com/index.php?festivalID=256

Next Junior Triathlon race

¢    Charnwood Daylight ‘ Saving’ Aquathlon on Sunday 28th October – entries now open @ http://www.entrycentral.com/charnwooddaylightsavingaquathlon

Coaches this week

Weather link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2656207

Coaches this week as follows:


Mon Track Session – Burton Athletics Club Coaches (Shobnall 6.30pm)
Tue Run session – Coach – Warren Simms  (Bannatynes at 6pm)
Wed Run Session – Burton Athletics Club Coaches (Shobnall 7pm)
Swimming  (open water swimming has closed for 2012 – too cold!)

  • Monday 8pm – 9pm, with Burntwood tri club, coached session at Friary Grange Leisure Centre, Lichfield  (cost £3.50)
  • Thursday 7.30pm – 8.30pm, with Burntwood tri club, coached session at Abbotts Bromley High School, WS15 3BW  (cost £3.50)
  • Sat Pool Session (0730 at Repton Pool) – Lead MVH Coach – Steve Herriman

Sun Cycle Session – 9am – Barton: – Lead rider – to be determined dependent on attendees
(Level 2/3 conditioning, circa 2.5 to 3 hrs Base Conditioning cycling – all abilities)

For other race results from the week-end, please email your results to  mvh.bulletin@gmail.com


Enjoy your week.  Great training.   No injuries out there!

Colin McLean