Cheltenham Triathlon Club
For experienced and aspiring triathletes

Swim

Saturday Mornings - Cheltenham Recreation Centre 7 to 8am

Jane swims on a winter training camp

Some people escape the winter to train in sunnier places. Jane training in Spain.

We have the whole pool with 6 lanes and 6 ability groups, with 2 coaches on poolside.

Monday Evenings - Cheltenham Recreation Centre

We have part of the pool and will be running two 1 hour sessions with 2 lanes from 19:00 to 20:00 and 4 lanes from 20:00 to 21:00. These sessions are full at the moment and a waiting list is in operation. To join the waiting list please come along to the Saturday session and speak to the senior coach on poolside after the session finishes.

We get together at least 10 minutes before the start of each session for a briefing and to enable warm-up to start on time.

The winter swim sessions are primarily focused on technique where we go through a series of drills so this is an ideal session to start coming along to if you want to improve your technique.

 

Bike

Club Spin Class - Wednesdays @ Fitness First

We have our own dedicated class to keep those cycling legs in shape through the long winter nights.  These sessions are full at the moment and a waiting list is in operation - see Brian or Sue.

 

Whiteway - normally one Sunday per month.

Jez in the European Championships at Carlsblad

Thorough training in the winter will put you in a good position for racing in the summer, whatever your goals. Jez in the European Championships at Carlsblad.

This is a session to build endurance on the bike where members ride on a predetermined heart rate over just short of 19 miles after about a 3 mile warm up. We have a sociable spin back at the end making it around 30 miles in all.

Stanway - normally one Sunday per month.

This session is to build strength on the bike via a series of hill repeats on Stanway hill. The aim is to remain seated and ride the highest gear possible whilst maintaining a cadence of around 60 rpm. It also helps develop bike handling and descending skills on the way down!

Both these sessions are individual training sessions where members train at their own levels. They are not group rides. There is a group social element in the spin back from Whiteway and also for some members who chose to ride out to Stanway Hill from Cheltenham to warm up and spin back to cool down.

Group Training Rides.

These are "Sportive" style group rides where members split into groups of similar ability. It makes for a more social training ride whilst allowing members to learn the etiquette of group riding and gives confidence in riding both quickly and safely with other riders.

  

Run

Wednesday Evenings - Prince of Wales Stadium 7:00pm

We meet up in the foyer of the Prince of Wales Stadium at 6:50pm where the coaches for the evening brief members on that evening's session. You will need to pay the person collecting money there.

The track entry fee is payable to cashier (currently £3) and there is no charge for the coaching which is provided by our own fully trained coaches.

These sessions are suitable for all abilities and are great for newcomers so this is an ideal opportunity to come along and join in if you have not been before. Newcomers should make themselves known to the coaches on arrival.

After the briefing we warm up and stretch. The pace of the session is then graduated according to members ability so everyone is working at their own ideal training pace.

Events.

Members take part in numerous running events over the winter most notably local multi-terrain races. These are excellent for toughening you up both physically and mentally to meet the challenges of the triathlon race season.

 

 

Swim

Tuesday Evenings - Sandford Lido

Sal descends into the river at Upton

After preparing well you can enjoy the swim. Sal descends into the river at Upton

We have the whole pool and run 10 lanes each with a different pace group ranging from sub 24 minutes/1500m to 34+ minutes/1500m.

 

Saturday Mornings - Sandford Lido

We have half the pool and run 6 different ability lanes

 

Cotswold Water Park Lakes 12 and 32

Members regularly meet up to train in these lakes in the summer (and some brave the water in other seasons as well)

 

Bike

Whiteway - normally one Sunday per month.

This is a session to build speed endurance on the bike where members ride on a predetermined heart rate over just short of 19 miles after about a 3 mile warm up. We have a sociable spin back at the end making it around 30 miles in all. Members training for longer triathlon events repeat the 19 mile effort in the reverse direction making about 44 miles in all.

Stanway - normally one Sunday per month.

This session is to maintain strength and build climbing speed on the bike via a series of hill repeats on Stanway hill. The aim is to remain seated and ride the highest gear possible whilst maintaining a cadence of around 60 rpm for the first few reps and then to do the remainder standing at race pace. It also helps develop bike handling and descending skills on the way down!

Both these sessions are individual training sessions where members train at their own levels. They are not group rides. There is a group social element in the spin back from Whiteway and also for some members who choose to ride out to Stanway Hill from Cheltenham to warm up and spin back to cool down.

Group Training Rides

These are "Sportive" style group rides where members split into groups of similar ability. It makes for a more social training ride whilst allowing members to learn the etiquette of group riding and gives confidence in riding both quickly and safely with other riders.

 

Remaining Summer rides........

July 23rd - Broadway circuit

July 30th - Stanway Hill

August 6th - Slad Valley

August 13th - Bredon Hill

August 20th - Staunton circuit

August 27th - TBA

 

Events

To help build speed and endurance members compete in a number of cycling events including time trials organised by Cheltenham and County Cycling Club and Cyclo Sportives.

Run

We host run sessions every Monday in a variety of both flat and hilly locations round Cheltenham. These are designed to improve running technique and maintain run fitness through the summer race season

 

Jul 31     Pittville Pump Room - Coached by Karen
Aug 7     Burrows Field - Coached by Paul
Aug 14   Pittville Leisure Centre side - Coached by Neil
Aug 21   Pittville Ablemarle car park - Coached by Becky
Aug 28   Burrow's Field - Coached by Captain Colin
Sep 4     Prince of Wales stadium - Coached by Julian. This will cost £3

Our membership includes a team of over 20 BTA qualified coaches enabling us to provide top quality training sessions all of which are tailored to be suitable for all abilities. See our club brochure for more details about our coaches and coaching philosophy.

The focus of winter swim training is technique improvement through drills. On the bike we have a hill strength session and an endurance session. On the track we do predominantly pace judgement interval sessions to improve 10k times.

In summer we have use of the 50m Lido and do interval training sets to improve 1500m/750m wetsuit swim times, interspersed with lake swims to improve open water technique. Biking includes 10 and 25mile time trials to pep up the pace.We also have weekly run sessions to maintain and improve race pace and technique

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