Willesden Triathlon Beer!

Did you know that Willesden Triathlon Club has its own beer? Head brewer, Graham Davies, assistant brewer Dan Fisher, and an array of other WTC members have been hard at work trying their hands at making the best (and perhaps the first and only) triathlon club-brewed beer.

Currently, it’s available exclusively at Beer + Burger in Willesden Green or for club members and WTC event participants.

Fancy trying Lost in Transition lager or YTWL IPA? Stop by Beer + Burger, join the club or race with us on 17th September.

However you decide to get it, you deserve a nice, cold beer!



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What is one thing that all amateur triathletes have in common?

Our resident Ironman Danny Isaacs reflects on how we CAN find enough time.Bike racking Willesden Triathlon 2014You’ll hear it at club training, Saturday morning at parkrun, or Sunday morning on a ride: “I would love to be able to do another session each week, but I just can’t fit it in”.

It is the reality of the lives we lead that family, work, friends and socialising all have to be balanced alongside and at times prioritised over our love for triathlon. We’re not in the same boat as professionals who have the luxury of training as their day job…we just have to make everything fit, and that is not easy.

It can be stressful to figure out how to fit in a swim around picking the kids up from school, taking them to various clubs/sports practices and getting dinner on the table, and first thing in the morning it can be hard to think what food you need to take to work with you so that you’re fuelled for an evening training session, or what kit you might need that day.

Although I don’t have a family to take care of, my current schedule involves full time work, studying two nights a week, seeing my girlfriend and socialising, as well as training – all things that are important to me and that I enjoy. Over a couple of years of trying and pretty much failing to manage these different aspects of my life I have come up with a few things that have really helped me to balance all the plates as it were…I hope you find them helpful too!

  1. Write/buy/download/copy a weekly training plan
    This can be as simple as printing off an online calendar of the coming week and writing down days/times when you can fit in training. The first things that should go onto the calendar are commitments and responsibilities outside of triathlon…it’s no good winning your age group at your A race in the summer if you haven’t got any friends left to celebrate your success with! Once you’ve got these commitments down, then plan training around them. This way you only ever plan to do what is manageable each week, and so won’t come away feeling disappointed that you didn’t train as much as you’d planned to. The advantage of doing this weekly is that it is quite unlikely that your commitments will be exactly the same each week, and so you can be more flexible by adopting a weekly planning approach rather than a monthly one.
  1. Preparation
    By preparation I mean anything that you can prepare in advance that will make your life easier on a day-to-day basis. The first things that come to mind are food and kit. If you have a bit of time on a Sunday, cook up a big meal that you can divide up and freeze and then just pull out of the freezer in the morning for lunch that day. Similarly, packing your kit for the following day the night before. Both of these simple strategies have saved me significant amounts of time in the morning and also allowed me more time in bed, and we all love an extra 15 minutes!
  1. Creativity
    There are a whole host of ways that you can incorporate aspects of training into your daily life. One of my favourites is doing calf raises or balancing on one leg whilst brushing my teeth – looking after my dental bills at the same time as developing my calf and core strength! Another of my favourites is working on core strength at my desk by adopting good posture in my chair, engaging my core, and then lifting my feet off the floor for short 20 second intervals. Harder than it sounds! These little additions to daily routine really can save you time in the long run.
  1. Doubling up on sessions
    Now this one might not be for everyone, but personally I am a big advocate of sessions back to back. I’ll often swim and then run straight after, or swim and then do my strength and conditioning in the gym – if you’ve already made the effort to get to the leisure centre for a swim, then save the effort of getting back there a second time in the week and do 15 minutes of squats and core work after. It’s a great time saver and also very effective training, as you are priming the body to cope with two different types of physical and mental stress one after the other, as in a race.
  1. Quality over Quantity
    This has probably been the hardest of all the lessons I have had to learn whilst training for any distance race; quality should always be prioritised over quantity when it comes to training. If you are pushed for time you are much better off doing a really solid 30 minute run with some hill reps or 5km pace intervals incorporated into it, than trying to fit in the 90 minute easy distance run, getting stressed because you don’t have enough time and then ending up only doing part of it or worse yet, not getting out for a run at all. Be realistic with the time you have and make the best possible use of it (See #1!).

So there you have it, a few suggestions of ways that you can maximise your time and still get some good quality training in. This is no means an exhaustive list but hopefully it will help you to manage all of your different commitments and help you keep time for the important things in life like meeting your mates at the pub on a Friday night or watching your kids in their swimming gala on the weekend.

Good luck for the rest of the season!



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Willesden March Newsletter

Our Willesden Tri Club newsletter is out for March!

Featured is Coach’s Corner by James Winter, a Hever Castle triathlon race report by Poppy Lenton, and all of the lastest and greatest WTC news.

Interested in reading more? Join the club!

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Like Willesden Tri on Facebook!


We KNOW you like us, but you haven’t really done a great job showing it. Are you just being shy? Let the whole world know that you like Willesden Tri by ‘like’ing us on Facebook!

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If we can reach 100 likes by 1st September 2013, our 100th like gets a FREE entry into the Willesden Triathlon on 8th September!



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Triathletes & Corrective Vision


In many ways, triathlon is one of the purest sports in existence. One could argue that no other form of sport tests simple human endurance and conditioning in the same way that triathlon does. However, despite these facts, triathletes actually require a great deal more equipment than many other athletes – bicycles, helmets, proper running shoes, clothing for swimming, etc. are all absolutely necessary.

What does sometimes go overlooked for triathletes – even those who go out of their way to find the best gear and equipment – is smaller needs, such as proper corrective vision. Contacts vs. glasses is a popular debate in many sports, and is just as relevant for triathletes. Both can be acceptable solutions for triathletes who require corrective vision, but here are a few reasons why Acuvue contact lenses tend to be the best option.


Triathletes who rely on glasses automatically open themselves up to a few complex issues. For example, because glasses cannot be worn underneath swimming goggles, prescription goggles may be required, and the athletes will have to switch accordingly. With contact lenses, triathletes can make their transitions go more smoothly… without having to leave glasses on a table at the end of the swim- hoping for the best!


Physical, exterior lenses also open up a few more risks for triathletes. Glasses can be scratched or smudged to blur vision, which can not only be detrimental to one’s competitive ability, but also dangerous. Additionally, glasses and prescription goggles limit peripheral vision, which can be inconvenient in a race. On the contrary, contact lenses cannot be obscured or affected easily, and offer a full range of peripheral vision.


Given the cost of other equipment for triathletes, it certainly can’t hurt to save a bit of money on corrective vision options, and all things considered contacts are usually the cheaper option. Glasses can be expensive, and prescription goggles will only add onto your cost list.

With contacts, there are simply no additional needs or costs.


Perhaps most importantly, contact lenses offer versatility that is appropriate for triathletes. As mentioned, contact lenses make it easier to transition to the water. However, they can also be far more convenient on sunny days, when a triathlete might want to put on sunglasses during the running or cycling portion of a race. Again, this can simply be hard to manage for those who rely on glasses for their vision needs, whereas contact lenses make for more versatility and flexibility throughout a race and one less piece of kit to worry about.

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Loving the Community!

We haven’t been around long. Willesden Triathlon training sessions began about a year ago, with a couple of loyal attendees. At the beginning of this year, we officially launched the Willesden Triathlon Club and our numbers are slowly growing, with a strong and determined group of triathletes and soon-to-be triathletes training towards upcoming races and events.

What’s really cool now is that as we’ve start reaching out as a club, we’re learning more about the amazing group of sports clubs and organisations near Willesden as well as in the Greater London area.
These groups are as excited as we are about triathlon or running or cycling and want to help their fellow club succeed.

Feeling the triathlon love!

The triathlon community is growing and Willesden Triathlon Club is growing with it. Our thanks to Gladstone Parkrun, Willesden Cycling Club, Hillingdon Triathletes, Sudbury Court Running Club, London Fields Triathlon Club, Serpentine Running Club and all of the others who are tweeting with us, sharing the news about our events and are helping London to get fitter and faster!


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Willesden Triathletes Ruling at Park Run!


An article in the latest Brent & Kilburn Times features Willesden Triathlon Club’s own James Winter, winner of three consecutive Gladstone parkruns, as well as fellow member, Alison Haan, who has also had her share of impressive parkrun finishes.

James with his game face on!




Congrats to James and Alison on their amazing runs!


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Willesden Aquathon and Triathlon Dates

Willesden Aquathlon will be held at Willesden Sports Centre on 28th April. A perfect pre-season warm-up!

There will be sprint and super-sprint options this year, so anyone and everyone can participate, at all levels. Novices welcome.

And save the date for the Willesden Triathlon- 8th September!

Entry details for both events to be released soon.

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Go Hard or Go Home

Often in a training plan (or during coaching), you’re instructed to go “hard”. For most, “hard” means as close to all-out as you can go for the designated length of the interval (9/10 RPE or 85+% of your maximum heart rate). It is important to note, however, that your hard can vary significantly depending on the day. If your body is worn down or you’re having an off day, you must train based on your perceived exertion. Just because hard equalled a seven-minute-mile last week, doesn’t mean that your results will always be the same.

In other words, don’t beat yourself up if you need to alter your perception based on how you feel at any given moment. Do push yourself, but know that every training session is different. If your mind says slow down or quit, ignore it- if your body does, be sure to listen!


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Willesden to Host 2013 Spring Aquathlon and Autumn Triathlon

Willesden Triathlon will once again bring you an aquathlon event and triathlon event in 2013. We’re hard at work on event plans and booking dates, so stay tuned for updates and sign-ups coming soon!


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