Posts Tagged ‘adventure racing’

Fitbitch at the New Forest Triathlon

May 8, 2018 at 4:21
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Our courses help start many women on the path to fitness and the fantastic feeling of achievement that you get when you take on an event that challenges your mind and body, such as the Race New Forest Olympic Triathlon…

It’s going to be freezing.’ That’s what you heard most of us worrying about as the New Forest Triathlon date got ever nearer. With a freak snow storm and photos of ice covered water in the New Forest area just four weeks before the race date, it scared the five of us who had entered into getting into the sea in April to try and get used to the cold. Alas, it was so freezing none of us lasted longer than 12 minutes or 400 metres before scarpering out.

Thankfully, on the weekend of the triathlon the weather was fantastic and we arrived down on a Friday so that we had the chance of a quick Saturday morning swim in Ellingham Water Park where the swim was taking part in a bid to get used to the cold. It was absolutely gorgeous. Still, with a 7am water start the following morning with the temperature hovering at 8 degrees, we all looked a bit pale and green around the gills as we listened to the race briefing and then entered the water.

The 1.1km swim was over for all of us in under 30 minutes and then it was a quick strip out of the wet suits and time to pull on trainers to run the 1km to transition. This is not usual for a triathlon as the water is usually located near the bike transition but with the weather heating up, it was the chance to get blood to the feet before hopping on the bike.

In triathlon, the advice is ALWAYS keep things simple at transition, don’t have lots of kit to put on – or worry about putting on. I ignored all of that and faffed about with wondering whether to put a jacket on, putting it on, then taking it off and adding arm sleeves and even putting on winter overshoes over my cycle shoes (I was the ONLY one wearing overshoes). But then I have history with footwear and triathlon. I once ran 10km after the bike leg with a full gel packet in my shoe. I thought it was a blister.

From there, it was on to one of the most beautiful bike legs of a triathlon I’ve ever done, up and over into the beautiful smooth roads of the New Forest, yellow gorse as far as the eye could see. It must be the only triathlon in which you ever have to stop for cows and horses who calmly wander into the road, totally unconcerned that you’re trying hard to keep to a certain FTP.

It is on the bike stage where you can make some big gains and it’s here where one of our members, Cath Bevan (almost zero bike training – gah!) steamed past on the bike like a pro athlete, leaving me panting and pounding the pedals behind her, feeling like a slow moving tractor.

One of the great things about a triathlon though is that there are usually lots of people taking part who are doing different distances so you have no idea where you stand in the ‘listings’ of the event. You only have yourself to challenge rather than worrying about whether you’re last.

From the bike, it was back to transition at the beautiful race based at a beautiful Georgian boarding school, off with all the kit, and into running trainers for a beautiful off-road out and back route. Thankfully, with temperatures reaching the mid 20s, it was largely shady. The great thing about racing a triathlon as a big group is that it’s on the run where we you get to see EVERYONE, and we all managed to encourage each other as we passed at different parts of the run before cheering each other over the line.

If you’re considering doing a triathlon this year (and don’t forget the Brighton and Hove Triathlon), Race New Forest are a fantastic company, offering a well organised event in a beautiful part  of the UK with great race t-shirts.

If you’re interested in joining our Fitbitch performance training group, join our FREE Facebook group here.  Our list of Dream Challenge events will include a triathlon, adventure race, open water swim and obstacle race.



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Fitbitch Challenges, Adventure Race

July 9, 2016 at 9:00
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Fancy a challenge? Join us in entering a team to navigate, run, bike and kayak to collect the most points. This is part of our our Fitbitch Challenge events.

 

 Chilterns Adventure Team Race



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Dare to dream and achieve

May 20, 2015 at 2:05
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Want to get fit while taking part in new challenges you’ve never done before? Join our Dream Team and get in shape while also helping raise money too should you wish

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From 5km races to adventure races and endurance races from one coast of Scotland to the other, our Dream Challenges 2015-2016 offer something for everyone, from the total beginner to the regular exerciser to get excited about.

Having a focus gives your training impetus and being part of a team ensures that you stick to your goals and your training. Want to become one of our Dream Teams? Click here for details.

But our Dream Challenges 2015-2016 are about more than just seeing how fit you can become or how far you can push yourself physically and mentally.

It is our way of helping to raise money for charity and this year, our fundraising is going towards The Martlets Hospice and one, as yet undecided, worldwide charity.

You can read about why and visit our fundraising page here. You DON’T have to raise money to take part (we know that fundraising is difficult and if you’ve done it once, it can be hard to ask friends and family for money again) BUT if you can share our page, or get more people involved in joining one of our Dream Teams that would be a great help.

Alternatively, why not purchase one of our specially designed Dream Team t-shirts, £20 (plus £2 P&P) all the profit which will be donated to The Martlets (Purchase below) or our other chosen charity.

 

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My Fitbitch Dream Challenger Year

March 15, 2015 at 10:08
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Have you ever wondered what you might accomplish if you had a year of fitness and nutrition coaching to pursue your dream goals?

That’s what Bec Taylor, 38, has experienced for the last 12 months after becoming our Dream Challenger winner in March 2014. This entitled her to ONE YEAR of Fitbitch camps, HiiT sessions and running coaching. 

In that time, Bec has changed her body shape (click here for the latest and pictures) weight and fitness from an obese, stay-at-home worker who never exercised, to the kind of woman others now look up to as an inspirational fitness figure.

She still has one more Dream Challenge to go, the Brighton Marathon. But before that final chapter, read   Bec’s penultimate despatch about her incredible journey.   And how YOU could become our next Dream Challenger 2015-2016…

 

‘When I won the Dream Challenger competition, I was elated but terrified. It was an amazing opportunity but it was scary to think of a year of fitness training. What if I failed and couldn’t stick to it?

I was 37, 15 stone and my BMI put me in the clinical obese category. I had not exercised for years, suffered from insomnia and daily back ache.

I knew things had to change, but taking that first step was scary.

The negative thoughts, could my body cope, what would it be like training with a bunch of women I’d never met, how would I cope with getting up every morning? All of those thoughts are the kind of things that could have stopped me making that first move, and missing out on what has proved to be life changing.

The first camp was tough. I couldn’t run one kilometre as part of the fitness test and had to walk/run it, and I couldn’t do a single sit up or a push up. But everyone was so friendly, encouraging and supportive, it made it an enjoyable, if challenging experience.

Still, it was all I could do to imagine getting through the year of camps. If you had told me then where I would be now, I would never have believed it.

Week by week, camp by camp, I became fitter and stronger. By the end of that first course, I’d gone from not being able to run 1km to running 5km. Each obstacle I overcame made me more determined and the support from the other Fitbitches and coaches inspired and motivated me to keep working.

Soon, the weight started dropping off and I could see visible changes in my body shape. This wasn’t just due to the exercise but the Fitbitch eating plans.

I work from home, and had been eating microwave ready meals, Pot Noodles, tinned soups and takeaways because it was easy and I couldn’t cook. Add to that the fact that I had access to the kitchen and temptations.

Having a simple eating plan with a clear list of what I could and couldn’t eat took away any indecision over what to put in my shopping basket. Most significantly of all, I learned to cook by following the Fitbitch recipes.

I now realise that the key to healthy eating is to plan ahead. I eat eggs for breakfast with asparagus or spinach which keeps me full until lunch. And I’ve learned to no longer eat diet or low fat products, which contain hidden sugars and leave me feeling unsatisfied.

Not only did my body shape begin to change in those first few months but the healthy eating and exercise cured me of insomnia, my backache improved, my skin glowed and I was full of energy.

I’d felt so self conscious of my body when I started, I wore baggy tracksuit bottoms. Soon, I swapped these for running tights and I became less concerned about my body image as becoming the fittest and strongest I could become.

Then in April, Rachael the founder of Fitbitch, asked me to take on my first Dream Challenge, to be the swimmer in a relay triathlon team. I decided to challenge myself further and take on the entire thing on my own.

And so for four Saturdays, Fitbitch ran free triathlon training and a group of between 10-20 women met to swim, bike and run the distance. Looking back now, I realise it was a monumental thing to take on so early in my fitness journey. But crossing the finish line of the triathlon on June 1st 2014 was one of my proudest moments.

I’d got the bug and couldn’t wait to sign up to more Dream Challenges. Now, they felt exciting not daunting. I knew that if I just committed to them and trained, I could do anything.

I became part of a Fitbitch Dream Challenge team taking on the Kamikaze obstacle race in May 2014, and Nuts in August, 2014. Being part of a team, and the encouragement and feedback I got from friends and colleagues gave me such a confidence boost. And it was amazing to realise that I was beginning to inspire those around me.

My parents signed up to their local gym, and now regularly test their 5k running times, and my brother has entered his first marathon, the Brighton Marathon.

It’s also created an entirely new circle of amazing friends and helped me connect with family.

When I ran the Great North Run, a half marathon in September last year, I stayed with my aunt who I hadn’t seen since I was a kid. I would never have met her again had it not been for this and our relationship has stayed strong.

It’s amazing to be able to think of myself as a runner, something I would never have dreamed was possible. Two weeks ago, I ran the Brighton Half Marathon and took 25 minutes off my time from September. And this weekend, I ran 18 miles for my marathon training. A year ago, I couldn’t even run 1km.

My lowest point this year? NOT being able to exercise when I got a hamstring tear.

And my real standout moment of the year was taking part in the Advanced Body Athletic Camp (coming in May 2015) alongside the fastest and strongest women at Fitbitch. After 16 weeks of consistent training, I was able to keep up and hold my own.

This year has changed the trajectory of my life. I’ve transformed my health, body shape and fitness, made amazing friends and raised over £1000 for charity. Most of all, it’s changed my idea of myself and what I can achieve.

I will never revert to how I once was because I have the tools and confidence to keep on challenging and training myself.

My fitness journey is an ongoing adventure with lots more Dream Challenges in line for the year ahead, including London to Paris bike ride and the Great North Run.

I know other women reading this probably think, ‘I could never do that.’ But you can. You really can.

It does feel hard and it does hurt at first, but from that challenge comes an incredible sense of achievement.

I started from a very unfit, unhealthy place and look what I’ve managed to achieve in one year?  I’m no different than anyone else.

My motto? Be brave. And get support. Training with the Fitbitch coaches and the other women within the camps and running club, has been the key to keeping me motivated and has been vital in my success.

Bec’s Dream Challenge Achievements 2014 – 2015

  •  Hove Parkrun 5km, April 2014
  • Kamikaze Obstacle Race, May 2014
  • Sprint Triathlon, June 2014
  • Phoenix Seafront 10km, July 2014
  • Nuts Obstacle Race, August 2014
  • Great North Run, Half Marathon, September 2014
  • Brooks 10km, November 2014
  • Brighton Half Marathon, February 2015
  • Brighton Marathon, April 2015

 If YOU would like to be our Dream Challenger 2015 – 2016, enter our competition HERE. Closing date 29th March, 2015.

Alternatively, if you would like to join us in training for one of our Dream Challenger events this year, please indicate which events HERE

Terms & Conditions:  Our Dream Challenger competition is only open to new members. Please read our list of terms BEFORE entering.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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WIN a year of camps & PT – Dream Challenge 2014

December 17, 2013 at 3:38
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Are you ready for 2014 to be your DREAM year? Then apply online for our competition, open to new members only, to win a year’s worth of fitness camps and one to one sessions.*

At the beginning of 2013, we announced our Dream Season, inviting our clients to set themselves a challenge that they had only ever dreamed of, whether that was losing two dress sizes, taking on their first 5k, marathon, triathlon, or obstacle race.

We have been so impressed at just how many of our clients have taken the idea and surpassed all their own expecatations.

From those who shed weight which was draining their confidence and energy, to those who took up mountain biking and navigation to do their on their first ever adventure race. And from beginner runners who completed their first 5k at this year’s Color Run to those who decided to try open water swimming and race in their first triathlon, here at Fitbitch we salute you.

So if you have a dream, to lost weight and get fit and take on some challenges of your own, as well as some of our upcoming Dream Challenges 2014 (from 5km runs to beginners obstacle races), apply to be our Dream Challenger 2014 here.

Remember that this is ONLY open to those completely new to Fitbitch and all our sub brands. You must be someone who is willing to commit to a year and to train for some challenges of your own as well as join some of our group Fitbitch races.

If you don’t want to be our ONE Dream Challenger but would like to take part in our year long charity raising initiative then get in touch with the office. Or tell us Twitter @fbbootcamp which dream challenge you’re going to attempt in 2014 by including the hashtag #dreamchallenge2014

*Terms and conditions

To take advantage of this offer you must be new to Fitbitch camps and running as of November 2013 and aged over 21.

You must reside in Brighton or the Hove area to attend our camps

PT sessions will be at least once a month, with either Fitbitch founder, Rachael Woolston, head coach Kate Boys and Emma Harwood, alongside the camps which you will be expected to attend throughout the year. Camps do have 1-2 week break.

The winner will be picked at the end of January 2014. The winner agrees to take part in publicity and marketing for Fitbitch and to keep a weekly blog of their progress.

READY TO ENTER? CLICK HERE



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WIN a year of camps & PT – Dream Challenge 2014

November 6, 2013 at 2:16
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Are you ready for 2014 to be your DREAM year? Then apply online for our competition, open to new members only, to win a year’s worth of fitness camps and one to one sessions.*

At the beginning of this year, we announced our Dream Season, inviting our clients to set themselves a challenge that they had only ever dreamed of, whether that was losing two dress sizes, taking on their first 5k, marathon, triathlon, or obstacle race.

We have been so impressed at just how many of our clients have taken the idea and surpassed all their own expecatations.

From those shed the weight which was draining their confidence and energy, to those who took up mountain biking and navigation to do their on their first ever adventure race. And from first time runners who completed their first 5k at this year’s Color Run to those who decided to try open water swimming and race in their first triathlon, here we Fitbitch we salute you.

So if you have a dream, whether it is simply to lose weight and get fit, or to take on a challenge that you’ve always dreamed of but never thought was possible, apply to be our Dream Challenger 2014 here.

Want to be part of our Dream Challenge anyway? TEll us on Twitter which dream challenge you’re going to attempt in 2014 by including the hashtag #dreamchallenge2014

*Terms and conditions

To take advantage of this offer you must be new to Fitbitch camps and running as of November 2013 and aged over 21.

You must reside in Brighton or the Hove area to attend our camps

PT sessions will be at least one a month alongside the camps which you will be expected to attend throughout the year. Camps do have 1-2 week break.

The winner will be picked at the end of January 2014. The winner agrees to take part in publicity and marketing for Fitbitch and to keep a weekly blog of their progress.



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