Newsletter Jun 2022

Chairman’s Update

Dear Tri2O’ers

Welcome to your June newsletter and what a great read it is! Thanks as always to Sunil for pulling it together. 

A very warm welcome to our newer members, listed below.

The racing season is now well underway with many Tri2O members participating in a variety of multi-sport events last weekend. Well done to all. 

My own “first” event for 2 years was in Leeds last weekend at the AJ Bell Triathlon, with success in the relay team Sprint Triathlon (bike leg for me). Whilst there I had the thrill of watching the elites’ race, showing everyone how it’s done – they really do swim, bike and run fast!

It was great to see so many members enjoy our first Social Sprint Triathlon event in conjunction with TVT at the end of May. A big thanks to TVT for inviting us and laying on a fun and enjoyable evening at Reading Lake with some serious refuelling at the Cunning Man afterwards. Hopefully we can reciprocate with our own event soon.

Our cycling social and training rides are going well, thanks to Clare, our Bike Officer and all ride leaders. It is so nice to meet new members on a ride on a regular basis and I encourage you to join one soon if you can. The annual “Fish & Chip ride” to Hayling Island will be a good opportunity for a longer social 2-wheeled adventure. PLEASE NOTE that due to the rail strike we have decided to push this event back to Saturday 2nd July, not ideal but we want to make sure those who dont wish to ride back have an option.

Thanks to our Run Officer and coach, Edwina, for securing an excellent Tri2O members price for the upcoming online Mental Strength Course with Jonathan Cairns. Jonathan has a wealth of experience and I am sure this will be of huge benefit to those who attend his Masterclass sessions. You can sign up HERE

A BIG thank you to all contributors to this newsletter, your sharing of wisdom and race stories are always a great source of inspiration:

  • Sandie – thank you for sharing your “first triathlon” write up – well done
  • Jim – what an inspiration you are !!
  • Sean – thank you for sharing a serious topic, I now have prescription goggles
  • Sally – another fascinating World Championships article
  • Martin – on his journey to represent team GB

We are so lucky to have such a broad and deep knowledge base amongst our members.

Good luck to everyone racing over the coming weeks and I really look forward to seeing many more post race selfies and results on our Facebook group, and more race write-ups in the Newsletter.

As a wise coach told me once, “train hard, race easy”…..

Best wishes

Mike Nash

Reading Tri 2022

Update from Reading Tri Committee 

Reading Triathlon preparations are starting to pick up pace with only 3 months to go until race day on Sunday 11th September.

Following the successful launch of our Aquathlon event last year, this year we have, following quite a few requests over the past few years, also added an Aquabike event. This gives more choice and hopefully gets a few more people involved who might not quite be ready for a full Triathlon yet, or who are nursing an injury and unable to run or cycle for whatever reason.

By the end of June we will confirm dates for our usual ground preparations around the site. The team from Hi5 have done a great job at keeping the site tidier this year, so our main focus will be clearing the running track as usual.

As always, without the support of Club members the event would not be able to go ahead. We will need plenty of help on Saturday 10th September to set up, and on Sunday 11th September to help marshal the event and to help clear everything away afterwards.

Those who have supported in previous years have really enjoyed being on the other side of the racing fence. And don’t forget that it is the profit that is made from Reading Tri that helps support coached training sessions and other Club events. We also donate at least 10% of profits to the Triathlon Trust every year.

Membership Update

We would like to welcome the following new members

  • Alex Roberts
  • Annie Cowen
  • Ben Charlton
  • David Wright
  • Ester Sandiford
  • Joris Vrij
  • Paul Secker
  • Sam Handley

We hope you enjoy training and being part of the team

Membership Secretary

Coaches’ Corner – We can’t see the problem

I have been prompted to write this short note by two friends who have both required medical treatment for eye infections having worn contact lenses whilst swimming.   I have no medical or ophthalmology qualifications and I don’t want to be alarmist, but if you are a contact lens wearer, I urge you to read through to the end and then assess whether you have unknowingly been putting yourself at risk.

There is no denying that swimming is good for us and as members of a triathlon club we swim not just for enjoyment, but for a purpose; it is after all the first discipline of our sport.   We swim in pools, lakes and rivers, but we also expose ourselves to water in the changing rooms and our own bathrooms.

The water we swim and wash in contains bacteria; there is no getting away from this!   Our tap water and swimming pool water have to some extent been treated with chemicals, so should contain less bacteria than open water where other pollutants such as agricultural run-off or discharges from the sewage companies can make the problem worse.   Wherever we swim or wash the risks to our eyes are ever present.

In an ideal world, our swimming goggles would form a perfect seal and our eyeball would never come into contact with the water.   But we all know these goggles do not exist and there is always a chance they will leak.   When water comes into contact with the eye, so do the bacteria. 

Most contact lenses, particularly the soft ones, absorb water which distorts their shape and therefore affects your vision and can be uncomfortable.   But, and from the perspective of this article more importantly your lenses will trap the bacteria against your cornea (the front surface of the eyeball).   

Swimming with your contact lenses can increase your risk of several eye issues, including: 

  • Corneal ulcers
  • Corneal abrasions or scratches which make it easier for bacteria to get under the cornea
  • Eye inflammation from the lens sticking to your eye
  • Eye infections
  • Dry eye syndrome and dry eyes, particularly from saltwater or chlorinated water

The symptoms you should look out for include:

  • Itchy, red, painful or teary eyes
  • Swelling
  • Blurry vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Feeling like there’s something stuck in your eye
  • Eye discharge

If you do experience these there are some immediate steps you can take:

  • If you are wearing your lenses, gently remove them and if they are the disposable type get rid of them.   If they aren’t disposable give them several good cleans with the appropriate solution(s).  
  • Use some eyedrops to rinse your eyes thoroughly
  • Do not wear your contact lenses for a couple of days to make sure there are no lasting effects

If any symptoms persist you should seek the advice of your GP and please tell them you were wearing contact lenses which came into contact with water.

Thankfully my friends are on the road to recovery.   

One spent a painful day in hospital and has been diagnosed with Uveitis (inflammation of the middle layer of tissue in the wall of the eyeball) and is facing a short period of medication and should have no long-lasting effects.   

The other, who got Acanthamoeba Keratitis (an infection of the cornea) has just finished a painful, five-month course of treatment and may still have some lasting visual impairment.   Compared to some of the other people in the clinic who are going to lose some or all of their sight, this friend considers themselves to be very, very lucky.

As you would expect the Internet contains lots of information (including statistics, probabilities and some gross pictures) about the hazards associated with swimming whilst wearing contact lenses.   The contact lens manufacturers also warn against it in their literature.   

The obvious alternative is to invest in a pair of prescription goggles and again the Internet can provide you with lots of options ranging from low-cost, off the shelf goggles in shops like Decathlon through to top-end designer brands which are available online or through the major high-street opticians.

Please do your own research or consider speaking to a qualified doctor or optician if my words haven’t convinced you not to wear your contact lenses whilst swimming.

Sean Stewart
Tri2O Coaching Team 

My First Tri (Hart Triathlon) 

by Sandie Hardy

I finally did it. I completed a triathlon! And I certainly would not have got through it without the support from the Tri2O family.

I have been running for a few years now, so this was the part I was the least worried about. I have returned to the pool over the last couple of years and been regularly attending coached swimming sessions. These have, despite still having misbehaving recovery arms, built my confidence, increased my stamina and improved my technique and, thanks to Georgia, saw the return of my tumble turns.

Cycling is definitely my weakest point – I had only recently bought a bike from the lovely Claire and lacked confidence to use it regularly. Thankfully, Sian was willing and able to go on snail pace bike rides with me, which helped me get used to how to use the brake and the gears! And I only fell in a bush once. I must also give another shout-out to Sian for helping me source a trisuit – I was really clueless and I’m still not sure what I would have turned up in if it wasn’t for her.

Completing a GoTri event was a perfect introduction to combining more than one discipline. I had never used a bike rack before or attempted to run after a bike ride. The friendly atmosphere helped me feel at ease and now all I had to worry about was doing all 3 in one day!

The night before the Hart Tri I suddenly realised I had lots of questions – thankfully many Tri2O members came to my rescue by answering them through Facebook – BIG thank you to Georgia for the tip about the talcum powder in my socks: it was a life saver! I was very nervous on the day but felt relieved when I arrived and saw many familiar faces. Thank you Mark for being a friendly and calming presence and showing me where to put my bike and set my kit around it. A big thank you to Tasha for talking me through the ‘where you go in and out’ and teaching me about swim lane etiquette. So, after having about 10 wees, it was finally time.

I had never worn my trisuit before, naughty I know, so was hoping it would feel okay to swim in! Waiting in line with familiar members definitely helped. The swim went well, I felt on form and it was over and done with before I knew it. I was nervous about getting my distance wrong but a quick check of the watch and I knew I was okay. Little jog to the bike, made sure I put my helmet on first, and feeling comforted by the talc in my socks made my way to the line. The bike was definitely my biggest challenge, I got overtaken by everyone that started after me but that helped me to be sure that I was going the right way and not getting lost (one of my big worries). I made a few failed attempts to have a drink – something else to practice! The ride was over sooner than I anticipated (silly watch) and now I started thinking about the run.

My legs didn’t feel too bad at all, but I was worried about burning out – looking back I could have tried harder but that’s something to know for next time. The finish was somewhat cruel with an extra lap around the carpark but the cheering from the ‘orange family’ gave me a boost.

I felt so proud to have finally done a triathlon and to have survived it without any major mishaps: my suit hadn’t melted off, I didn’t get lost and hadn’t fallen off the bike. I must say that this event was a perfect introduction to a triathlon and has helped me realise what I need to focus on for Reading Tri, so a big thank you to Sunil for signing me for the event. I feel blessed to have been supported through something I always wanted to do but was too afraid to tri.

So, to the amazing coaches and all the friendly and supportive Club members – I would not have got through it without you all: Thank you.

Training for Ironman 70.3 Luxembourg (Age is Just a Number) 

by Jim Lemin

I have been asked to do a write up about my preparation for my up-and-coming event “Half Ironman” Luxembourg 2022.

Well, its quite boring really but before I go into it may I introduce myself and apologise for not being an active Club member.

My name is ‘Jim Lemin’ and my son Nick invited me to have a few days away with him way back in October last year.

Why don’t you come with us to Luxembourg and watch me participate in a race, we can have a couple of days away a few beers and a chill out.

What are you doing? A Half Ironman. What’s that? A swim, cycle and run. OK, I will come and as I am there I may as well do it!

OK, I shall pay for your entry and our accommodation, and so getting back home I entered – gob smacked at the entry fee but Nick was paying so no problem (I’m still waiting!).

What says Nick! You’ve entered, yes says I. OK then, I had better enter.

There are a huge number of reasons why I should not be doing this event:

  • I am a little over 21; actually 76 years old
  • I’ve never done a triathlon before.
  • Being a pensioner there are lots of excellent other things to spend my money on holidays, good food / wine, and grandchildren.
  • No doubt you can add to the list …….

There are two or three reasons that make me want accept the challenge:

  1. Harry Golding (Section Leader when I was in the Army)
  2. The challenge
  3. Maintaining health and fitness to enjoy and play with my grandchildren

A little bit of history, I never ran, I was more of a field sportsman throwing the hammer and discus but late December 1980 a friend of mine (If you’re a Reading Jogger you will know the truth) invited me to run for charity in a race called the “London Marathon”.  My friends, organised by Harry, took me out and beasted me (Army style) and took me from running a mile in January to running 16 miles by the end of February (oh how coaching has changed for the better).  Since that day, thanks to Harry, I have enjoyed many half marathons and marathons (I may not have enjoyed all the training when the nights were dark wet and windy). My last marathon was the virtual London Marathon 2021. I can truly say that I was probably the first over the finish line in the UK that day, as I started my run at 4 am and was sitting watching the start eating breakfast around 9.30 am.

So, from not being a runner to coming in the top 5000 in such a prestigious event I feel as though I can be classed as an athlete (until you think – it was the first ever London Marathon so there were only 7500 entries) and my time was 4 hours 3 minutes.

My wife Maureen and her friend Jan won the Ladies Double Devizes to Westminster canoe race back in 1990.  You cannot take it away from them, on the day they were the best, nobody looks to see that they were the only one’s racing in that category. From this I learnt you only regret what you did not do in life, if you attempt it and like it then wow, if you do not attempt it then for the rest of your life there is that nagging question “What if….”

So, with that philosophy I took the challenge of the Half Ironman. I bought the ‘Training Bible’ by Joe Friel, subscribed to ‘Triathlon’ the magazine. Wow – little did I know what I had taken on! I read the Training Bible, set myself a program, talked to a few individuals who said I was stupid, when they realised I only had about six months to train.

The cost – do I need a new bike? – do I need new gear? – I need a wet suit! And, as you may guess, I am into my third pair of running shoes. Shoes are my Achilles heel. I was a runner who ran 1500 miles in his first pair of shoes and then read the information that one should run approximately 500 miles and then change them. I have always kept that in mind since.

My training program was simple, two swims, two cycles and two runs, leaving, I thought, a lot of time (mid-week) and Sunday to say hello to the family.

I thought I could swim but was getting nowhere, “I need a coach”. I found a coach who happily (that day) took me on and told me I could not swim, and I needed to improve my technique. I’m still trying.

My coach quizzed me about my running and cycling and decided to concentrate on my swimming and running to begin with. I was glad that this was across a telephone link and not face to face as my coach ‘told me off’ for not doing what was being subscribed. Swim “x” sets of this and that AND KEEP YOUR PULSE RATE DOWN, JUST SLOW DOWN AND DO WHAT I ASK.

At the end of the conversation, me having said that I was in fact keeping my pulse down and trying to slow my pace, we nearly parted company on the grounds I was wasting my money because I was not following instructions and therefore my coach was, dare I say, at a loss with what to do with me. Fortunately for me my coach stayed with me, and I owe my coach a great deal for staying.

I am 76 my pulse rate at rest is between 52 and 56 bpm, my maximum pulse rate should be in the order of 220 -76 = 144. However, if you look me up on Strava at any of my outings my maximum pulse rate is above 160 and my comfortable running pulse rate is around 144 – 155, usually the higher end. I have never been able to get my pulse down to the range where my coach was trying to get it.

We came to an agreement that if I actually wanted to complete an Ironman 70.3 then I should wait a year and train properly over the next 12 months.  Totally agree says I, however I have already entered, and the competition is in Luxembourg on 19th June.

My coach gulped and said ok, we shall try our best. From that day on, under the guidance of my coach my swimming is slowly improving, as is my cycling (my running is a two training approach as I am a member of Reading Joggers and run with them Tuesdays and Thursdays), hence one reason I am a poor member of Tri2O.

I was given access to ‘Training Peaks’ and my program is set by my coach, and off I went to begin my training for Luxembourg. Base training consisted of running and cycling, these disciplines were easy in as much as it was as and when I could fit them in during my busy time of being retired (retirement is not a seven day weekend).  When swimming cropped up that was different, very early morning sessions – ok, it was only an hour but as you all know, an hour’s swim training is actually around two hours per session. It was getting up early for breakfast, digest breakfast on the way to the pool, and return home to give my wife a cup of tea in bed, walk the dog, and get on with the rest of the day.

(People with partners) For the first few weeks my wife was so supportive but as the weeks progressed and the training got more intense family life began to feel the strain, I started getting a few ‘reds’ on training peaks. My wife and I sat down, and we arrived at the conclusion I could train whilst she was working and that I must in future accommodate more family events. (My swimming times have changed slightly, I now train at lunchtimes as it’s easier to be at home and say good morning to my wife and give her tea in bed).

So, as I write this, I am a few weeks from the Half Ironman.  I did the the All-Nations-Triathlon at Dorney Lake in June as a training event.

If you have read this far, thank you, I will sign off with the funniest (???) and possibly the most stressful and dangerous moment of my training to date.  There I was, in the Thames (at Purley on Thames). I had swum up to the island and heard a commotion and savage barking which was getting closer and closer.  When I turned my head, I saw that I was being chased by a (lovely) German Shepherd dog. I could only stop and laugh, knowing he was on to a loser, him being lower down in the water and actually not knowing what to do.  He barked and barked but fortunately he also had to keep swimming around me. Eventually the owner was able to recall him and get him back on dry land. All I can think of was that I was wearing a blue swim cap and the dog thought I was a duck. On returning to land, I went up cap in hand to the owner who was so apologetic, but I actually went to the dog and stroked him, he was a lovely dog. The owner relaxed and we had a good laugh.

Editors Note : Good luck Jim for your IRONMAN 70.3 Luxembourg – Région Moselle on 19th June.  

World Sprint Duathlon Championships – Târgu Mureș, Romania (12th June)

by Sally Waterman

We started our journey to Târgu Mureș in Romania for the World Sprint Duathlon Championships anxious about whether our flight would be delayed or cancelled resulting in us having to spend a lot more time at a crowded airport in these not-yet-post-Covid times. Fortunately, although it was very busy, Stansted was operating well. Our pick-up for the 2 hour drive from the airport also went well and we had the opportunity on the journey to chat to some new GB team members.

The sprint distance race was in the centre of Târgu Mureș with a technical 5 lap bike course with two hills, one steep, a cobbled brick section (downhill), two dead turns, and a “flic-flak” turn. The runs were on a flat tarmac road, with no shade. We were staying in the designated Team GB hotel which was a couple of minutes’ walk from transition and opposite the finish line – the standard distance race was on a race circuit about 20 km out of town.

The traffic in and around Târgu Mureș was very busy and our bike course recce at 07:00 the day after we arrived was very stop-start as the morning rush hour was already well underway. There were three sections which we couldn’t cycle as we would have been riding against the usual traffic flow, one of these was the cobbled brick section. We got back to the hotel and decided to run the bike course so we could take a closer look. The cobbled section was not ideal for riding a road bike on – gaps wide enough for tyres and a section that had buckled and would be treacherous in the wet (rain was forecast for race day). Alongside it was another cobbled street which was less steep and had a more even surface. Needless to say there were a lot of comments in the Team Facebook group about the organisers route choice! We were all relieved when we later received notification that the course had been changed and the better cobbled road would be used on race day.

The race was on Sunday, so we decided to recce the course again at 07:00 on Saturday and were able to actually ride it relatively free of traffic so I could properly decide my gear selection for the hills. The remainder of the day was spent getting our race packs, looking through the ITU race briefing presentation which has replaced the pre-Covid GB Team Manager’s in-person briefing, and gathering for the team photos – excellently orchestrated by Glyn Bevans, our Team Manager. Things were about to get a little more stressful, especially for Glyn.

The evening before the race the local organisers sent an email to all competitors (unheard of in the 10 years we have been competing at this level) saying that they had changed the run course so that we would now have to run 6 laps plus a bit to get from where we started to transition, rather than 4 laps plus the connection. This was apparently to avoid obstructing access to the large church near the start on what was Orthodox Pentecost Sunday. Although the second run was on the same course it remained at 2 laps plus a connection (this time from transition to the finish line). It was hard to understand how if the 5 km run laps had been changed why the 2.5 km run was the same – Glyn was confronted with a barrage of questions which he swiftly dealt with by posting the exact distances and number of laps for each of the two runs to the Team Facebook group. The first run was actually going to be 5.6 km.

Race day came and there was another surprise – as we walked out of the hotel at 08:30 to go to rack our bikes we noticed that the bike turnaround point, had been moved closer to the start, and immediately outside our hotel. This had not been mentioned but we assumed that unless it had been extended at the far turn-around point that the course would be shorter as we still had to ride 5 laps. On the plus side, I was able to do a few practice turn-arounds before heading up to transition – those who have ridden with me will be aware that my cornering skills are poor!

The sprint distance race was due to start at 11:00 after the para-duathletes – I wasn’t racing until 12:00. The weather forecast had changed so there was now very little chance of rain, but we would have to contend with the high humidity (close to 70%) and heat that we had mainly hidden away from in the previous days. We tried to find some shade under trees before the start and to keep hydrated. At last we were called to the start pen wave-by-wave and after seeing Sean start I did a short ‘warm-up’ down a nearby shady street before it was my turn to be off.

I soon got very hot – not helped by my right leg and lower body being encased in medical-grade compression due to my lymphoedema – and despite initially achieving my target pace I slowed. Sean came past me on his 2nd run and it was great to hear his words of encouragement as he passed. I concentrated on counting my laps from the start area knowing that I had to pass it 6 times before heading out again and veering off into transition half-way down the course. Unfortunately not everyone had thought through where the laps had to be counted from and it also transpired later that some competitors had not received the notification about the change to the number of laps.

I was relieved to get into T2 knowing that whilst the bike course would be a challenge I should have a chance to cool down. I got to the landmark I’d made a mental note of in order to find my bike and glanced at the bike and then looked down to the transition box next to it for my helmet. The box was empty.. after a moment of panic I realised that the bike next to mine was an almost identical Liv Envie and I need to go one stride further to my box. Note to self – before starting a race check the bikes racked next to yours that might have not been there when you racked! T2 went well after that, and I headed out onto the course.

Although it was a draft-legal race it was not a course that lent itself to much drafting, especially when you are as relatively tentative on the turn-arounds as I am! It was therefore mostly a solo effort. I was pleased with my speed downhill and on the flat but lost time at each turn-around (2×5), although I was definitely not the slowest. I again tried to concentrate on counting laps – we knew the bike course would be less than the original 20 km but not how short, so relying on the distance on my Garmin might not be helpful. It was showing just over 18 km as I approach the exit from the course into transition at the end of what I thought was the 5th lap and as it was 4 km a lap I decided that I had counted correctly and head into T2. Many competitors went through the same mental process, some didn’t trust their counting and continued for an extra lap, and some were uncertain as they had their bike computer set to record distance in miles – a ‘note to self’ for those unable to do the conversion quickly under pressure.

I was soon heading out of T2 for the final part of the race. I’d been practising short fast runs off a hard 45 minute turbo session in the few weeks leading up to the race and told myself I just needed to reproduce these efforts where, albeit with some downhill, I’d managed a good pace. However, my legs were having none of it, they were not wobbly bike legs but tired muscle legs – the multiple climbs up the hill had zapped my strength (note to self – do more rebounding and strength work!). I plodded on, focusing on what was ahead of me and trying not to stop whilst getting hotter and hotter as the sun reflected back off the tarmac. I passed a ‘newbie’ team member, who I knew was anxious about the race, walking, and gave her some encouragement – she eventually got going again and passed me. I could see the person who I just finished ahead of in Aviles in November to get 3rd ahead of me getting further away. My racing mindset had deserted me, and I couldn’t muster the mental strength to chase her down. She was 5th and I was 6th this time (out of 11) and the 2nd and 3rd fastest GB competitors in our AG (60-64). The BTF has been very efficient and I already have a PQ (pre-qualified) against my name on the 2023 World Championships GB team list (AG 65-69).

We weren’t the only ones saying that it was one of the toughest duathlon championship races we’ve competed in – my first was in Nancy in 2012 and I’ve raced every year since then. It is also the race with the most competitors with DSQ against their name, the majority due to lap counting errors on the 1st or 2nd run or the bike, or in some cases a combination of these. I should say ‘was’ as just as the medal ceremony was finishing the ITU sent out an email saying those who miscounted on the 1st run would be reinstated with an estimated time. Most athletes we spoke to disagree with this decision and Glyn has asked the BTF to take the matter up with World Triathlon. Our race positions are unchanged but there are some who will be expected to return their medals. The situation could have been avoided if at the start line they had announced for the benefit of those who had not seen the email or didn’t have a team manager that it was six and not four laps.

European Triathlon Championships – Olympic Distance – Olsztyn, Poland (29th May)

by Martin Jeffery

After a few years of long distance triathlon, I decided to have a go at the Olympic distance and, following the lead of a few club mates, attempted to qualify for the GB Age Group squad. I wasn’t expecting to qualify first time and so it proved.

About a year ago I had lined up on the start line of a European Championships Qualifier up in Southport, north of Liverpool. It was suitably miserable northern weather, being both cold and windy. It was May but 12 degrees in the lake was a bit fresh. A top four finish was required to qualify but I came in 7th. I had an outside chance of a roll down place but not quite ‘on the money’.

Last September, after a bit more coaching from Jennie Jones, I entered Box End Tri which has a rolling bike course, which suited me. I managed to win my Age Group. Game on!

The start line in Poland was pretty ‘northern’ too – wet and cold! There were 30 people in the start wave. I knew I wouldn’t be troubling the podium but just didn’t want to finish last. Despite the rain and a few dead turns on the bike I managed to finish in 13th. Top half of my Age Group – more than happy with that. Picture above to prove it. I had just represented my country which is rather humbling and a very proud moment.

So onwards and upwards – after a 2nd place in my Age Group at the London Tri last year, I’m off to Abu Dhabi for the World Championships in November, watch this space….

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