Week start: 1st October

Start of week news letter – w/c 1st October

Review of the week just gone

Autumn rolls in and to celebrate, the cycling shorts are replaced with eh… longer ones that go past the ankles. However as training moves to conditioning and the temperature reduces – this also means coffee stops become an integral part of an effective training regime. Which for some is … nice.

Saturday swimming and then Sunday cycling from Barton tested this logic and this format for training was found to be highly recommended.

The saturday swim at Repton saw more work for the clubs fins collection followed by a “65% of heart rate” conditioning set. Bliss really.

The conditioning theme continued on Sunday as 11 set off from Barton Marina at level 2/3 cycling pace in the small chain ring. 8 wearing MVH branded jackets meant the peloton really looked the part, as the group went west and south on a Steve and Warren route through, for some, undiscovered Staffordshire lanes. Superb.

An almost unprecedented stop towards the end of the cycle route at Fradley canalside café was received with delight. Really you could sense the
surprise. The group enjoyed coffee and tea with great banter and are we doing this again? Don’t expect it every week but for the next two or three weeks… It’s
just what end of season cycling should be all about! Enjoying the moments.

For the juniors, Saturday was the day of the Lincoln Juniors Tri and for one junior this was an “awesome” experience. Theo Hamilton took part in his first triathlon, on Saturday and is now desperate for more and has already set his young eyes on a quality road bike for future events!

Sunday was also the day of the Barton fun run, which was great success. All in all a great week-end.

MVH Tri Club Winter & Spring Training programme

Warren Simms
This is the end of a fantastic year for Triathlon with the Olympics and some fantastic performances from members of MVH. Our thoughts should be turning to next year and how we can carry all the good work over and emulate the successes of this year.

As MVH we want to see you all succeed and be as much as you want to be; however, you have a part to play too. This is the ideal time of year to reflect on the
previous season, and start preparing and organising yourself for the next one. So what do you have to do? Well here are some pointers:

  • What do you want to get out of next year
  • Think about your goals for next year
  • Do you have a target race for next year
  • When are you going to start your training

Keeping consistency in your training is a major part in obtaining improvements as an athlete, which is really about staying motivated, and looking at strategies for maintaining motivation including: training with others, receiving feedback (HR, power data, Time trial results), having somebody oversee your training. These can all help maintain motivation and inspiration to train. Above all enjoy yourself!

Training is a learning experience, getting to know how your body works, understanding what stimulus it needs to improve, to improve as an athlete you
need to understand what your sport requires of you and how you can make yourself adapt best to those requirements.

The start of the training year will depend upon your personal circumstances and objectives, but this should be October to November for triathletes, as part of our support the MVH coaches have put together an overarching system that will start on the 1st October 2012.

The programme of activity and intensity will build towards the start of the season, which will be further supported by a number of planned class room and activity based sessions to explain how, why and what we are doing.
If you want to be involved keep looking at our new web site (to be launched soon) for news on training sessions and other activities available over this winter and spring. SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR – TAKE PART!!!!!

Triathlon Training Day – 21st October

MVH Tri Club Coaching Team

The Next MVH Tri Club Triathlon Training Day

The MVH Coaches are pleased to announce the next course in a series of education events, which builds upon the success of the course we ran in July of this year. So what is it all about?

Well as we go into the new training season I am sure you all have similar thoughts, how do I train to improve, what do I need to do and how do I know I am getting better?

If you are a bit confused then this course will help you build a basic understanding of fitness and what it means, tools to help you understand how to training and a test to see where you are starting from.

The planned date for the course is the 21st October 2012, if you are interested in attending please send you details, by responding to this email or send an email to warren.simms@btinternet.com for further information.

NEW Mid Week Coached Swim Session: Abbotts Bromley School

Starts – This Thursday 4th October 7.30pm
Together with Burntwood Triathlon club, we are starting a new mid week coached swimming session. 7:30pm for 1hr every Thursday. Cost £3.50

The venue – The 6 by 25m pool at Abbotts Bromley school. Location is as follows:
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.

MVH Tri Club Christmas Bash

Saturday 15th December
Tickets now available
The venue – The National Brewery Centre, Burton on Trent. 7pm.
We have use of the Worthington room, which has its own bar and has seating allocated for 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. 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.
2012 British Triathlon Awards Dinner – 17th November

National Motorcycle Museum

This year’s event offers the unique opportunity to meet the London 2012 Olympians including Olympic Gold medallist, Alistair Brownlee and Bronze medallist, Jonathan Brownlee. Ticket holders will also be able to listen to their stories from London 2012 through an interview hosted by Olympic 1500m Silver medallist and sports commentator, Steve Cram.
Tickets are priced at £40, which includes a drinks reception, three-course meal and wine on the table. Dave Brayer and family have already booked their tickets. See http://www.britishtriathlon.org/news/celebrate-our-greatest-triathlon-team_2286 for more info.

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/trainingcamps/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.

Burntwood Aquathon:

18th November.
Burntwood Leisure Centre
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 Tristar 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

RACE Calendar

1 week to the Carsington Duathlon 7th October, Race 13 in the MVH Championship.

Starting from Carsington Water, this is a 5km run, 30km bike and 5km run. Good cycle course including the Middleton top climb with a run out and back along side the reservoir. It’s a good end of season event especially for those with strong legs!
See http://www.punishingevents.com/carsington_duathlon.htm

Next Junior Triathlon race

Charnwood Daylight ‘ Saving’ Aquathlon on Sunday 28th October

– entries now open @ http://www.entrycentral.com/charnwooddaylightsavingaquathlon

Coaching 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 ¡V Warren Simms (Bannatynes at 6pm)
  • Wed Run Session – Burton Athletics Club Coaches (Shobnall 7pm)

Swimming (open water swimming has closed for 2012 ¡V too cold!)

  • Monday 8pm – 9pm, with Burntwood tri club, coached session at Friary Grange Leisure Centre, Lichfield (cost ¢G3.50)
  • Thursday 7:30pm – 8:30pm, with Burntwood tri club, coached session at Abbotts Bromley High School, WS15 3BW (cost ¢G3.50)
  • Sat Pool Session (07:30 at Repton Pool) – Lead MVH Coach – Dave Brayer with Steve Herriman


  • Sun Cycle Session – 9am – Barton: Lead rider – TBA
  • (Level 2/3 conditioning, circa 2.5 to 3 hrs easy cycling – all abilities)

For other race results from the week-end, please email your results to
Enjoy your week. Great training. No injuries out there!
Colin McLean

MVH Membership for 2013

MVH Tri Club 2013 membership

To join MVH Tri Club for 2013  the easiest way to join is online.

Annual MVH membership is £20  – follow the link to ENTRY CENTRAL

Membership Benefits:  As well as the weekly organised swim coaching sessions on Thursdays and Saturdays, Sunday MVH club cycle rides and the Tuesday MVH club running sessions, MVH through the year organise triathlon novice and intermediate training events.  In addition all MVH members can participate in the MVH Club championships which in 2013 also includes a Novice Triathletes championship for those new to the sport.

MVH Tri club is proud of its culture:  Friendly, supportive and encouraging all to achieve their potential in the sport of Triathlon.

To another great triathlon year ahead!!

Note:  The online “Entry Central form” now asks for a few more questions regarding members’ main interests.  Please do answer these as this does help the club to continuously improve the support it provides to the membership.