Posts Tagged ‘triathlon’

5 things you should know before your first triathlon

April 29, 2019 at 6:46
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Have entered your first triathlon and don’t know what to expect on race day? Here’s our tips for ensuring your event runs smoothly

Keep calm and carry on swimming

I’ve been doing triathlons now for over five years, and I’ve never spoken to a single person who has said, ‘Ohh, I can’t wait to swim, I love it.’ So, try not to stress about the swim because everyone is pretty much feeling the same way.

Best advice for a swimming pool event: keep calm, swim at your own pace, breaststroke if you need to in order to get your breath back but try to keep going rather than stopping because this will help calm you down and  as you maintain some rhythm.

If someone wants to pass you, you’ll feel their hand on your feet. This is NOT them saying,’Oi hurry up get out of my way.’ Most of the time, you hit someone’s feet without realising. Etiquette and expected behaviour is to keep swimming until the end of the lane, and then let them go in front. That’s what they’ll be expecting so DON’T panic about being in their way if you feel their hand.

Likewise, if you’re faster than someone in front, tap their heels and then swim in their wake until they move out of the way at the end of the lane.

Best advice for open water: same thing, keep calm, take deep breaths and start near the back or, better, out to the side but further to the front. This means you won’t have faster swimmers going over the top (and contrary to belief, mostly it’s not done deliberately), but nor will you find yourself waylaid by someone breaststroking which can be equally frustrating.

Get a race belt

If you are used to running, then you may think safety pins are the only way to put a race number on. Purchase a triathlon race belt, which you then safety pin your number to or thread elasticated cords attached to the belt through the race number (you may need a pair of scissors or sharp key to puncture the race number – some event organisers provide hole punchers but not always).

This way, you can spin it around to your back when you’re cycling, and then when you get off, you can spin it back to the front. This is essential to ensure you are not disqualified.

As for the swim, don’t wear your race belt on the swim (you might think, ‘Duh, as if you would,’ but I used to wear mine under my wetsuit until I learned you didn’t have to!). Leave it over your handlebars ready to put on for the bike ride. You will be marked with a permanent marker on your arm so that you are recognised in the pool.

Don’t take lots of things into transition

I’m the queen of taking loads of clothing ‘just in case.’ What this means is that you are stuck by indecision. It’s baking hot but you have arm sleeves? ‘Ooh, I better put them on just I incase it’s cold on the bike.’

Keep it simple, because you generally are totally fine on the bike. If it’s going to be warm, suncream will suffice. If it is going to be cold and wet, arm sleeves that you can pull up or down if you get hot/cold and a cycle jacket (or thin run jacket) will work just fine. And if you do get cold? Cycle harder.

The more you take into transition, the more you panic. I’m the queen of it. Take a look at my looooong transition times.

Food

Triathlon events are always super early, leaving it difficult to know what to eat. But you should eat. All that nervous energy can burn through calories. And also short events such as sprint or olympic triathlon where you think, ‘Oh, I don’t need anything,’ are generally raced faster, because they’re shorter which means that you use more glycogen.

Eat your usual race breakfast and then take a simple carbohydrate form of snack for just before the start – a banana, or my current favourite, a Zenzero stem ginger Veloforte bar.

When you’re on the bike, you should eat too depending on how long the triathlon is. If you’re doing a sprint, think about having a gel just before you get off the bike ready for your run. Or you can also try Tailwind in your water bottle, a carbohydrate the drink that prevents any GI upset. You shouldn’t need anything more than this for this distance.

Go elastic

Change your laces on the trainers to elasticated ones but check them first by running in them to ensure they’re not too tight or too lose. Even if you’re just doing the event for fun, having to stop and tie your shoe laces on before your run when your hands are shaking and everyone’s running around you can leave you feeling like a two year old who can’t do up their shoe laces! Try these Zone 3 Elastic Lock Laces in Fitbitch purple, £7.12

 

Wishing a fun and inspiring triathlon for our team of 10 women who are undertaking the Steyning Sprint Triathlon on May 5th 2019. If you want to join us, there are still spaces and we have discounts for any FB members.



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10 goals in 10 months – #fitbitch10in10

March 1, 2019 at 2:28
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Setting a goal is proven to help keep you motivated. And what’s more inspiring  than training for something that will leave you with a great sense of achievement, compared to trying to motivate yourself to hit a number on scale? (pssst. that will happen anyway without you thinking about it with #fitbitch10in10)

Join our tenth year anniversary celebrations by participating in #fitbitch10in10, setting 10 goals that you can work towards during 2019 to complete a life inspiring year of fitness and healthy change!

Set goals and be part of something!

Saturday 30th March, 8.15am, Box Beach Box Sauna, £23.75 plus admin fee

A 30 minute high intensity beachfront boxing session followed by a sauna at Beach Box Brighton , including a salt scrub, followed by an invigorating sea dip!

Thursday April 18th, Bluebell Stanmer Trail Explore, 7pm, £10 plus admin fee

Join us for a bluebell run through Stanmer Woods, Thursday 28th for all levels, or if you’ve got an entry, do the Raw Energy BlueBell Angmering 10 or 10 miles or BM10k. If you join us for the explore, it will be a walk run, dog jog whatever works. The main focus is seeing the amazing carpet of bluebells!

May 5th,  Steyning Super Sprint Triathlon, 7.40am, £52, 10% discount with our event partners

**Fitbitch Tri Training Day April 27th, with a King Alfred swim, followed by bike and park run – do them all, or team up with your relay team. £15 plus admin fee, taken by two times Ironwoman, Amy.***

The Sprint distance comprises of a 400m pool swim, 20k bike and a 5k run easily achievable on minimal training simply for the experience of doing it.

The swim is in a 25m indoor pool, you can do the bike on any bike that you have and the run will be a loop around the historic market town and into the grounds of Wilton House. Enter here  (although we have a discount code if you have a membership card).

To train for this, you will need a bike. The swim is in the pool. OR you can team up with two others to take part in a team relay and choose the discipline that works for you.

Fitbitch Tri training plan involving 3-4 sessions per week (we’ll tell you the key ones if you have limited time) £30 plus admin fee. You will need to start training mid March.

Friday June 14, MTB and Sleep Out, from 7pm, £25 plus admin fee

You will need a MTB and a sleeping bag as a minimum for this urban adventure. We’ll meet at Stanmer Park and cycle out for a max 10 mile ride to our secret sleep out location. You’ll need to bring your own food for dinner but we’ll watch the sunrise with a cup of tea before cycling back to Stanmer for breakfast.  Limited to 6 people.

Wednesday June 19th, Swim the Lake, 7pm, £19 + £4 triathlon day licence

If you have never done open water swimming, you’ll think it’s terrifying. Thoughts of Jaws come to mind. But honestly, once you do it you’ll wonder why you’ve never done it before and you’ll never want to go back to a swimming pool again … except in the winter perhaps!

You will need a wetsuit.  It’s only 750metres. Enter here

We will have some discounted group training for this in conjunction with Brighton Sealanes. 

Brighton Sea Lanes also offer 10% discount for single one-to-one lessons to those who have a Fitbitch membership card.

Tuesday July 23rd, Sun Up Yoga and Sea Dip, 7am, £15 plus admin fee

Join us on the seafront just before the school holidays begin for a beautiful restoring, life affirming 45 minute yoga class before a swim in the sea to set you off fantastically for the day ahead.

August, SunRise Yoga Stand Up Paddle Boarding, 6.15am price TBC, Hove Lagoon

Get up, get out and watch the beauty of the sun rise as you flex and stretch on this beach front yoga session before joining us to try out stand up paddle boarding, or just swim!

Sunday September 29th Barns Green 10k, 10.20am, £20

The beauty of the Sussex countryside in late summer is not to be missed. And this event showcases it in all its glory, ending with  live music – and it being Fitbitch, we’ll find a pub! You will need to follow an 8-10 week training plan of 2-3 sessions per week (as a beginner). The plan will start July 22. It will cost £20 plus admin fee. Enter here 

Saturday October 10th, Beach Box Belles, 8.15am, £23.75 plus admin fee

A 30 minute high intensity beachfront boxing session followed by a sauna at Beach Box Brighton and an invigorating sea dip!

 Saturday November 23rd, Hove Park parkrun 9am FREE

Join us for a get together at Hove Park parkrun, the home of many Fitbitches running their first ever 5k in the last ten years. Breakfast at Three Stack pancakes after!

Sunday December 8th, Mince Pie 10 miles (start time TBC)

Walk it, jog it, run walk it, this beautiful 10 mile trail run is hilly but you can do it in fancy dress with friends and your reward? Other than the endorphins and feel good achievement, an ENTIRE SPORTS HALL full of mince pies!

Enter here (entries not open yet)

 

Take part in #fitbitchb10in10 to help inspire and motivate others by posting on IG or Twitter using the #fitbitch10in10.

We are now offering Fitbitch membership cards which cost £20 for the year (plus P&P), which entitles you to 10% off our curated events plus 10 % discount with selected local partners and event partners.

 

 



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HiiT SQUAD

July 27, 2018 at 6:30
Posted by Rachael Woolston

If you’re training for a running race, cycle event or triathlon, fitting in the necessary strength and conditioning is REALLY difficult. And so most people ignore it but you do so at your peril!

Strength and conditioning will not only IMPROVE your performance and could help make you faster, more importantly, it can help prevent injury and ensure you can carry on participating and doing the things  you love no matter what your age.

And even if you are NOT training for sport but want to get super fit and strong and lose weight but on half the time, then HIIT is your answer.

This 30 minute session incorporates interval style strength training, some with weights, some using body weight and we have time for a mobility/yoga warm down to help ensure you get your strength, aerobic and flexibility hit in one go.

Hiit SQUAD sessions are open to men and women. It is NOT suitable if you a new mum.

We meet by the cafe on The Level. Please bring a yoga mat if you have one.

Pay as you go online by booking before 7.30pm the night before, or book a class pass of 10, £80 or 5, £45 (to be used within 12 or 7 weeks of purchase).

SPECIAL OFFER HALF PRICE on a 10 class pass for new members if booked before midnight April 1st

 



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HiiT SQUAD

July 13, 2018 at 6:30
Posted by Rachael Woolston

If you’re training for a running race, cycle event or triathlon, fitting in the necessary strength and conditioning is REALLY difficult. And so most people ignore it but you do so at your peril!

Strength and conditioning will not only IMPROVE your performance and could help make you faster, more importantly, it can help prevent injury and ensure you can carry on participating and doing the things  you love no matter what your age.

And even if you are NOT training for sport but want to get super fit and strong and lose weight but on half the time, then HIIT is your answer.

This 30 minute session incorporates interval style strength training, some with weights, some using body weight and we have time for a mobility/yoga warm down to help ensure you get your strength, aerobic and flexibility hit in one go.

Hiit SQUAD sessions are open to men and women. It is NOT suitable if you a new mum.

We meet by the cafe on The Level. Please bring a yoga mat if you have one.

Pay as you go online by booking before 7.30pm the night before, or book a class pass of 10, £80 or 5, £45 (to be used within 12 or 7 weeks of purchase).

SPECIAL OFFER HALF PRICE on a 10 class pass for new members if booked before midnight April 1st

 



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HiiT SQUAD

June 22, 2018 at 6:30
Posted by Rachael Woolston

If you’re training for a running race, cycle event or triathlon, fitting in the necessary strength and conditioning is REALLY difficult. And so most people ignore it but you do so at your peril!

Strength and conditioning will not only IMPROVE your performance and could help make you faster, more importantly, it can help prevent injury and ensure you can carry on participating and doing the things  you love no matter what your age.

And even if you are NOT training for sport but want to get super fit and strong and lose weight but on half the time, then HIIT is your answer.

This 30 minute session incorporates interval style strength training, some with weights, some using body weight and we have time for a mobility/yoga warm down to help ensure you get your strength, aerobic and flexibility hit in one go.

Hiit SQUAD sessions are open to men and women. It is NOT suitable if you a new mum.

We meet by the cafe on The Level. Please bring a yoga mat if you have one.

Pay as you go online by booking before 7.30pm the night before, or book a class pass of 10, £80 or 5, £45 (to be used within 12 or 7 weeks of purchase).

SPECIAL OFFER HALF PRICE on a 10 class pass for new members if booked before midnight April 1st

 



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HiiT SQUAD

June 15, 2018 at 6:30
Posted by Rachael Woolston

If you’re training for a running race, cycle event or triathlon, fitting in the necessary strength and conditioning is REALLY difficult. And so most people ignore it but you do so at your peril!

Strength and conditioning will not only IMPROVE your performance and could help make you faster, more importantly, it can help prevent injury and ensure you can carry on participating and doing the things  you love no matter what your age.

And even if you are NOT training for sport but want to get super fit and strong and lose weight but on half the time, then HIIT is your answer.

This 30 minute session incorporates interval style strength training, some with weights, some using body weight and we have time for a mobility/yoga warm down to help ensure you get your strength, aerobic and flexibility hit in one go.

Hiit SQUAD sessions are open to men and women. It is NOT suitable if you a new mum.

We meet by the cafe on The Level. Please bring a yoga mat if you have one.

Pay as you go online by booking before 7.30pm the night before, or book a class pass of 10, £80 or 5, £45 (to be used within 12 or 7 weeks of purchase).

SPECIAL OFFER HALF PRICE on a 10 class pass for new members if booked before midnight April 1st

 



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HiiT SQUAD

June 1, 2018 at 6:30
Posted by Rachael Woolston

If you’re training for a running race, cycle event or triathlon, fitting in the necessary strength and conditioning is REALLY difficult. And so most people ignore it but you do so at your peril!

Strength and conditioning will not only IMPROVE your performance and could help make you faster, more importantly, it can help prevent injury and ensure you can carry on participating and doing the things  you love no matter what your age.

And even if you are NOT training for sport but want to get super fit and strong and lose weight but on half the time, then HIIT is your answer.

This 30 minute session incorporates interval style strength training, some with weights, some using body weight and we have time for a mobility/yoga warm down to help ensure you get your strength, aerobic and flexibility hit in one go.

Hiit SQUAD sessions are open to men and women. It is NOT suitable if you a new mum.

We meet by the cafe on The Level. Please bring a yoga mat if you have one.

Pay as you go online by booking before 7.30pm the night before, or book a class pass of 10, £80 or 5, £45 (to be used within 12 or 7 weeks of purchase).

SPECIAL OFFER HALF PRICE on a 10 class pass for new members if booked before midnight April 1st

 



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HiiT SQUAD

May 25, 2018 at 6:30
Posted by Rachael Woolston

If you’re training for a running race, cycle event or triathlon, fitting in the necessary strength and conditioning is REALLY difficult. And so most people ignore it but you do so at your peril!

Strength and conditioning will not only IMPROVE your performance and could help make you faster, more importantly, it can help prevent injury and ensure you can carry on participating and doing the things  you love no matter what your age.

And even if you are NOT training for sport but want to get super fit and strong and lose weight but on half the time, then HIIT is your answer.

This 30 minute session incorporates interval style strength training, some with weights, some using body weight and we have time for a mobility/yoga warm down to help ensure you get your strength, aerobic and flexibility hit in one go.

Hiit SQUAD sessions are open to men and women. It is NOT suitable if you a new mum.

We meet by the cafe on The Level. Please bring a yoga mat if you have one.

Pay as you go online by booking before 7.30pm the night before, or book a class pass of 10, £80 or 5, £45 (to be used within 12 or 7 weeks of purchase).

SPECIAL OFFER HALF PRICE on a 10 class pass for new members if booked before midnight April 1st

 



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HiiT SQUAD

May 18, 2018 at 6:30
Posted by Rachael Woolston

If you’re training for a running race, cycle event or triathlon, fitting in the necessary strength and conditioning is REALLY difficult. And so most people ignore it but you do so at your peril!

Strength and conditioning will not only IMPROVE your performance and could help make you faster, more importantly, it can help prevent injury and ensure you can carry on participating and doing the things  you love no matter what your age.

And even if you are NOT training for sport but want to get super fit and strong and lose weight but on half the time, then HIIT is your answer.

This 30 minute session incorporates interval style strength training, some with weights, some using body weight and we have time for a mobility/yoga warm down to help ensure you get your strength, aerobic and flexibility hit in one go.

Hiit SQUAD sessions are open to men and women. It is NOT suitable if you a new mum.

We meet by the cafe on The Level. Please bring a yoga mat if you have one.

Pay as you go online by booking before 7.30pm the night before, or book a class pass of 10, £80 or 5, £45 (to be used within 12 or 7 weeks of purchase).

SPECIAL OFFER HALF PRICE on a 10 class pass for new members if booked before midnight April 1st

 



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HiiT SQUAD

May 4, 2018 at 6:30
Posted by Rachael Woolston

If you’re training for a running race, cycle event or triathlon, fitting in the necessary strength and conditioning is REALLY difficult. And so most people ignore it but you do so at your peril!

Strength and conditioning will not only IMPROVE your performance and could help make you faster, more importantly, it can help prevent injury and ensure you can carry on participating and doing the things  you love no matter what your age.

And even if you are NOT training for sport but want to get super fit and strong and lose weight but on half the time, then HIIT is your answer.

This 30 minute session incorporates interval style strength training, some with weights, some using body weight and we have time for a mobility/yoga warm down to help ensure you get your strength, aerobic and flexibility hit in one go.

Hiit SQUAD sessions are open to men and women. It is NOT suitable if you a new mum.

We meet by the cafe on The Level. Please bring a yoga mat if you have one.

Pay as you go online by booking before 7.30pm the night before, or book a class pass of 10, £80 or 5, £45 (to be used within 12 or 7 weeks of purchase).

SPECIAL OFFER HALF PRICE on a 10 class pass for new members if booked before midnight April 1st

 



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HiiT SQUAD

April 27, 2018 at 6:30
Posted by Rachael Woolston

If you’re training for a running race, cycle event or triathlon, fitting in the necessary strength and conditioning is REALLY difficult. And so most people ignore it but you do so at your peril!

Strength and conditioning will not only IMPROVE your performance and could help make you faster, more importantly, it can help prevent injury and ensure you can carry on participating and doing the things  you love no matter what your age.

And even if you are NOT training for sport but want to get super fit and strong and lose weight but on half the time, then HIIT is your answer.

This 30 minute session incorporates interval style strength training, some with weights, some using body weight and we have time for a mobility/yoga warm down to help ensure you get your strength, aerobic and flexibility hit in one go.

Hiit SQUAD sessions are open to men and women. It is NOT suitable if you a new mum.

We meet by the cafe on The Level. Please bring a yoga mat if you have one.

Pay as you go online by booking before 7.30pm the night before, or book a class pass of 10, £80 or 5, £45 (to be used within 12 or 7 weeks of purchase).

SPECIAL OFFER HALF PRICE on a 10 class pass for new members if booked before midnight April 1st

 



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HiiT SQUAD

April 20, 2018 at 6:30
Posted by Rachael Woolston

If you’re training for a running race, cycle event or triathlon, fitting in the necessary strength and conditioning is REALLY difficult. And so most people ignore it but you do so at your peril!

Strength and conditioning will not only IMPROVE your performance and could help make you faster, more importantly, it can help prevent injury and ensure you can carry on participating and doing the things  you love no matter what your age.

And even if you are NOT training for sport but want to get super fit and strong and lose weight but on half the time, then HIIT is your answer.

This 30 minute session incorporates interval style strength training, some with weights, some using body weight and we have time for a mobility/yoga warm down to help ensure you get your strength, aerobic and flexibility hit in one go.

Hiit SQUAD sessions are open to men and women. It is NOT suitable if you a new mum.

We meet by the cafe on The Level. Please bring a yoga mat if you have one.

Pay as you go online by booking before 7.30pm the night before, or book a class pass of 10, £80 or 5, £45 (to be used within 12 or 7 weeks of purchase).

SPECIAL OFFER HALF PRICE on a 10 class pass for new members if booked before midnight April 1st

 



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HiiT SQUAD

April 13, 2018 at 6:30
Posted by Rachael Woolston

If you’re training for a running race, cycle event or triathlon, fitting in the necessary strength and conditioning is REALLY difficult. And so most people ignore it but you do so at your peril!

Strength and conditioning will not only IMPROVE your performance and could help make you faster, more importantly, it can help prevent injury and ensure you can carry on participating and doing the things  you love no matter what your age.

And even if you are NOT training for sport but want to get super fit and strong and lose weight but on half the time, then HIIT is your answer.

This 30 minute session incorporates interval style strength training, some with weights, some using body weight and we have time for a mobility/yoga warm down to help ensure you get your strength, aerobic and flexibility hit in one go.

Hiit SQUAD sessions are open to men and women. It is NOT suitable if you a new mum.

We meet by the cafe on The Level. Please bring a yoga mat if you have one.

Pay as you go online by booking before 7.30pm the night before, or book a class pass of 10, £80 or 5, £45 (to be used within 12 or 7 weeks of purchase).

SPECIAL OFFER HALF PRICE on a 10 class pass for new members if booked before midnight April 1st

 



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