RACE UPDATE

The Coronavirus has affected all of us and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. British Triathlon have suspended organised triathlon activity until at least 30 June so our event will definitely not take place on 14th June.

Whilst the situation is changing so quickly, it’s very difficult to plan one way or the other. As such, we are not making an immediate decision on the event but we will update you as soon as possible about the decision to either cancel or postpone the triathlon.

If we postpone, the only possible date is 13th September but it depends on being able to rebook all our partners. If you are not be able to race on the alternative date, we will try and provide you with an alternative option. We will no take any new entries until the new date is confirmed.

In them meantime, the following is a very thoughtful note from the Head Coach of Mid Sussex Tri Club... With training plans hit, races cancelled, daily routines thrown up in the air, try some of these ideas out as you adjust to this new situation.

 

  1. Race substitute.

If you had a key race right on the horizon e.g. a marathon, then think about redefining a solo effort test in place of that race – do it, record it, then go into a full recovery period as you would after your planned race. If you have been building to a marathon, then your body will be crying out for recovery! Now is the time to get it.

 

  1. Just take a break.

Accept that this is what is happening – you can ‘control the controllables’ but this is an uncontrollable. So do yourself a favour, take one or two weeks off to get used to the new situation, allow your body to recover and reassess your training plans with a new sense of perspective.

 

  1. Back to base.

If you were beginning to build your training load for the upcoming duathlon/triathlon seasons, ease that training load back to base-phase again. Take the intensity down a notch or two, focus on longer aerobic sessions if you can. Consider this approach for the next 8-12 weeks. Reassess every 4 weeks – you can always begin to ramp up your training load if the situation becomes clearer.

 

  1. Release the pressure valve.

Don’t expect to hold on to high intensity training right now. It is unrealistic (and unhealthy) to continue to train at high intensity for long periods of time. You greatly increase your likelihood of injury and you will soon fatigue mentally, so give yourself a break.

 

  1. Build strength & mobility.

Research and work out a strength program that you can do at home. Think about your own strengths and weaknesses, do you have recurring problems that are caused by poor form or posture? Where could you be stronger? Make sure you understand and follow good technique of any exercises, ask advice from coaches if you are unsure. The routine you develop need only take up 20-30mins of your time but if you do this 3 times a week, you can make real progress. Start with 3 x 6 reps of any exercise and progress to 3 x 8…, 3 x 10… in subsequent weeks.

 

  1. Don’t beat yourself up.

It’s obvious to say but you can only do what you can do. If you don’t get to swim for a while, no worries. Can’t get on that group ride, so be it. The important thing is not to let this perceived lack of activity adversely affect you. Your fitness may take a dip but this is only temporary. Stay active, do what you can and enjoy it for what it is. There will be plenty of time in the future to come back stronger than ever. That training or racing goal has disappeared, it’s just been moved slightly over the horizon for now!