March 2019 Newsletter

March 2019 Newsletter

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Hello and welcome to the first edition of the re-launched newsletter.

The newsletter will keep all members up to date with what has been happening, as well as what we have coming up. This edition will introduce you to some of the committee members who were elected at the last AGM—please come and talk to us at training.

I hope you enjoy the newsletter; if you have any stories that you want to share, please email them to me to feature in the next edition as I would love to hear from you.

Happy training…

New members 2019

Welcome to our new members, who have joined so far in 2019.

  • Carolyn Kerwick
  • Olivier Salmon
  • Chris Prior
  • Bethan Hughes

Look out for them at our sessions!

Top stories in this newsletter

  • AGM Highlights
  • Events for the season 2019-20
  • Meet the new committee for 2019-20

AGM Highlights

The AGM was a positive evening. Ed thanked the outgoing committee and welcomed the new, as well as expressing the enormous gratitude we have for all the coaches, ride leaders and volunteers that help keep BTS running. A key feature of the night was reviewing the outcomes of the survey. There are many positives identified, but also some development opportunities. This includes; spending more money on training specific workshops and reviewing the spin bikes. The committee will be discussing the development points and letting you know the outcomes in due course. The charity for the year was voted on and remains with Arctic One who we also supported last year. This charity helps to get people with disabilities involved in sport. The night ended with fierce competition in the annual quiz…

Events for 2019-20

    The current, planned events for this season are:

  • 6th May: Hart Triathlon (pool swim)
  • 18th/19th May: Eton Sprints—Dorney Lake (Draft and Non-draft qualifiers)
  • 26th May: Marlow Triathlons (Sprint, Olympic, 1/2 Iron, Aquabike)
  • 27th May: ArcticOne Tri & Paratri-Festival (BTS Charity for the year)
  • 16h June: Windsor Triathlon

We are currently still confirming dates and location of the BTS Club Champs, but will let you all know where and when this will be asap.

Upcoming Social

Date for the diary: Saturday 27th April

The BTS Spring Social and Jumble Swap will take place in Holyport (exact details will be sent soon). This is a great chance to meet fellow BTS members (when not dressed in lycra!). Keep an eye on Facebook for other events—social and sporting.

Meet the Committee

Ed Nunn: Chairman

I joined the club when I moved out of London in 2013, looking to get involved in triathlon. I had done a super sprint the year before and was completely hooked! Upon completing my first Olympic tri that summer, I joined a group of 8 aiming for Ironman wales in 2014, joined the committee in 2015 as men’s captain and then became coach. Since then, in 2018, I was elected chairman and am currently coaching a group to complete Ironman Austria this summer!

Karen Wright: Secretary

I joined the club as part of the merger from Eton Tri. I am currently training for my first Ironman this year, which I will be doing in Estonia. If you had said to me 5 years ago I would be doing this, I would have fallen off my chair laughing! I had only just learnt how to swim!

What I love about Tri and BTS is the fact you can set your own challenge. I am never going to be first and am comfortable with the fact I am one of the slower members of the club, but I set myself my own goals and I love the support from the club as I work to achieve them.

My advice would be just give it all a go. I avoided the BTS run club for a year as I was scared I would be too slow and asked to leave! But it’s really supportive—I am the slowest, but it is making a massive difference to my improvement.

Chris Dollimore: Men’s Captain

I did my first triathlon in 2014. At the time I was an ex rower and was looking to get back into a single person sport (post kids). I knew that if I wanted to progress and be any good then regular training was what was required. I joined BTS in October 2014 and have been ramping up the training ever since! I’ve probably done about 30 triathlons since then. In that time and have mostly stuck to Sprint and Olympic distances, last year I completed my first 70.2 so far, this year I’m joining a decent contingent taking on a 70.3 in Prague. This year I’m training for my first Ironman with a group from the club. I’m a bit of a techy so very much into TrainingPeaks, power meters, Zwift etc. However I’m still learning and hopefully still improving! I like to push myself hard and have qualified for several European and World Age Group Finals and hope to do so again this year. I juggle triathlons with working at Telefoncia, mostly in Slough, and family life with my wife Wendy and sons Ben(11) and Jacob(11).

Gemma Korff: Women’s Captain

I’ve been hooked on triathlons since I completed my first sprint in 2008. In the past 10 years, I’ve completed many races, sprint to Ironman and that first race is still the hardest thing I’ve ever done!

I joined BTS in 2009 when I moved to Windsor with my husband, Tom. This is my 4th season as Ladies captain. I spend the majority of my time juggling being mum to Austin (6) and Theo (4) (who you’ll see cheerleading with their cowbells at the summer events!) and working as a Physiotherapist specialising in Respiratory Medicine. I manage to get to some of the BTS sessions, you’ll see me at Tuesday run and yoga, Thursday swims and the Saturday rides as well as at Bray lake once it warms up (a lot!). Tom and I are fully committed to tag team parenting! We fully understand the challenges that balancing training with the rest of your life presents and strive for quality not quantity by training as part of my commute to work in Harrow, or running to/ from kids weekend activities. The highlights of my season are the Bananaman relays (human race – June 29th @ Dorney) and the Captains challenge (sept/ oct – TBC). This season I’m training for Ironman Austria!

I look forward to another great season with BTS! See you at a session soon!

Martyn Parish: Membership

I have been a BTS Member for 6 years. Triathlon and particularly joining BTS filled the void that football had left in terms of training and competition. What I like most are the structured training sessions across the week and you’ll always find people in the club that reflect your approach to training. I love the amazing value for money at BTS! I like to have balance in life when it comes to training and racing but am also rather competitive. This has evolved into trying to put in the least amount of effort for maximum result….not really a coaches dream!

Andy Dax: Coaching

I have been a BTS member since 2017, when Eton Tri joined BTS in a merger of clubs. The thing I love most about tri is the fact that everyone gets to race together in the same water and on the same roads, you can line up just behind those at the top in the same event. The merger from Eton to BTS has been great for me, I have loved the sessions and the range of different options to train and race with other club members. My pearl of wisdom would be to eat when going long. I neglected to eat on the bike for Ironman Maastricht and paid the price! Otherwise I would say, “always come along to the club sessions, they just get you going and allow you to train with a great group”.

Lynda Heart: Social

Currently I’m the Social Coordinator for the club but as a member of the club for 10 years I’ve been Ladies Captain, Chairman and also the Kit Coordinator. I’m just happy to help where needed. What I love about the club is that we have a great range of members from beginner triathletes to some very competitive people. Also we have people who just bike or just swim – so I feel like I learn a lot from the variety of people I’ve met since moving here from the States. I’ve had a lot of adventures – both social and competitive – with club members and would definitely not have experienced as much of England or Europe without their encouragement.

Andrea Taborelli: BTS Club League & Challenge Cup Manager

I have been with BTS since January 2014. I only got into tri because I wanted to move from running marathons to something bigger and that was an Ironman; and it is because of BTS that I have stuck with it. I love the camaraderie at BTS, the fact that there are so many options available to train, the support and motivation the club members provide is invaluable and it’s great how much you can learn from others. I also really enjoy helping those new to tri along the way, as I know how daunting it can all be. One of the main things that I have learnt in the past 4-5 years is that it’s great to use others as motivation and inspiration, but it’s not helpful to judge yourself against them, you can only be the best you can or want to be at any moment in time. We have good days, we have bad days, we have lives to live, so just keep doing the best you can, be happy with what you are achieving, and if you are not happy look to see what can be done to change it.

Stephanie Muzzall: Kit

I have been a BTS member for just over a year. What I enjoy most about BTS is the comraderie, there are always lots of people willing to help and cheer you on. As a runner, I started triathlon because cross training is better for me than just running!

My pearl of wisdom has to be, “fear holds you back” – it took me until I was 30 to swim and learn to ride a bike!

Mike Brennan: Communications

I have been a member for just over 6 months now, and happily taken on the challenge of club communications. I really enjoy triathlons, once I’m out of the water!

Julia Hodkinson: Member at large

I’m currently a “Committee Member at Large” which means I don’t have a specific job but I’ll step in to help whenever I can. I’ve been a BTS member for over 20 years, and a committee member for most of them, having been Chairperson, Secretary, Membership Secretary and Ladies’ Captain. I’m also a swim coach, spin instructor and ride leader, so if you’re a BTS member you’ll have difficulty avoiding me!

Over the years I’ve competed in almost every triathlon-related event, from super-sprint to Ironman, aquathlon, duathlon, rowathon and aquabike. More recently I’ve enjoyed some ‘epic’ rides including LeJog, JogLe, Raid Pyrenean, Raid Alpine, Tour of Ireland, Cape Argus, Mallorca 312 and Race Across America. This year’s big ride includes the longest road climb in the world: the Taiwan KOM.

Having been a runner before getting into triathlon it’s frustrating not to be able to run so well these days which makes me all the more happy to have done all stuff that I’ve done over the years. So, if there’s any advice I can give it’s “Carpe Diem” – you’re much more likely to regret NOT doing something than to regret doing it.

Being part of BTS has given me opportunities to train with others, learn new tricks, make lifelong friends and, hopefully, give something back. I hope it does the same for you.

Michelle MacVarnish: Member at large

I joined BTS in winter 2018, so still new to the club. So far, I really enjoy to open, friendless of the people involved at BTS. My pearl of wisdom would be to buy good quality kit, I have learnt a lesson or two when I first bought my bike!

Heidi Fuller: Member at large

I’ve only just joined the committee as a general member – first time on the committee.

I’ve been a BTS member for 6 years. I haven’t trained as much the last 3 years as I was struck down by illness, but I have signed up for Hart this May so nervously looking forward to giving the challenge of a Tri another go.