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Are you thinking about doing a triathlon for the first time and don’t know where to start? Or maybe it’s been a long time since you were fit and don’t think you could do it. Or maybe you are like me and had a break from training for some reason – like having a baby, an injury, a family or personal situation. Often when you get to a point of feeling unfit it is hard to know how to begin.
My advice – Just begin! Don’t worry about how slow you are, how far you go or how bad you look in sports gear. My first run back was 4 laps around a school oval and I was puffed out.
Start of walking and running until you get fitter and eventually you will improve. The same works with swimming and riding – get out there and do what you can, you will see improvements.
Now is a great time to start. It is the end of the triathlon season and you have 6 months to get fit for your first triathlon. You won’t regret it.
If you still don’t know where to start then join the club training sessions. They cater for the very beginner to advanced. It will help you meet people and get motivated, as well as being safer exercising in numbers. You’ll be amazed at what you can achieve, you just have to start.

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With the first race of the season just about here some of you might be feeling excited and others a little anxious, especially if this is your first triathlon ever! This is not a time to be worried about how fit or ready you are as you can not do much about it in the next few days (worry about that later)! If you have your gear organised and a ‘give it a go’ attitude, you are going to really enjoy your first race regardless of your ability. Remember to have fun!

There are plenty of Adelaide Vales members around the place who can help you out if you have questions on the day – make sure you ask them where you can rack your bike, where is the swim exit, bike exits and running leg start. This will help you not feel lost during the race. It is a good idea to get to the race a little bit early so you have time to find the Adelaide Vales tent and someone who can guide you if you need it.

Make sure you pack your race bag well the night before. It always helps to think what gear you will  need for each leg of the race.

swim – tri suit or bathers (whatever you wear), googles, swim cap (which you get at registration), towel, sunscreen, wetsuit – depending on the temperature and the distance you are racing.

bike – your actual bike with pumped up tyres, filled water bottle on your bike, helment, sunglasses, bike shoes or runners, some people wear socks but usually in longer races as it takes extra time to put them on, race belt or safety pins.

run – runners, hat, sunglasses.

Nutrition – make sure you eat well and hydrate well the day before the race. Don’t overeat in the morning before the race but make sure you have some breakfast. If you have any dietary requirements make sure you look after yourself – low blood sugar can really affect your race. Also make sure you have any medications for asthma or anything else you need, take care of yourself!

I am sure i have forgotten things so if anyone else has any hints for those doing their first race this week, let us know.

Good luck, have fun, compete against yourself and cheer each other on.

Vales @ the City to bay

I am sure there are plenty of vales members who raced on the weekend!!!

How did everyone Go?????

ERGOIS ON TONIGHT!!!

Monday Night Ergo

September 22nd

These sessions are for everyone you do not have  to be super fit, and you can go at your own pace.

Location :

Rosefield Uniting Church

2 Carlton Street, Highgate SA

Time: 6:30pm start so be there early to get set up

Bring:

  • Your Bike
  • A towel & Drink bottle
  • Your Ergo
  • Positive attitude

(if you do not have an ergo give do not stress the CLUB has some)

Contact:

Andrew Robertson

Ph: 0409 864 139

or just comment on here!!!!!

We have been allowed to use the premises free of charge – I would like it if we could make a donation to some charity, mission or something like that each session – it might be a gold coin, $5.00 what ever you like but I am hoping we can look beyond our own lives and families and try and give something back to our wider community.

ERGO IS ON TONIGHT!!!

Monday Night Ergo

September 15th

These sessions are for everyone you do not have  to be super fit, and you can go at your own pace.

Location :

Rosefield Uniting Church

2 Carlton Street, Highgate SA

Time: 6:30pm start so be there early to get set up

Bring:

  • Your Bike
  • A towel & Drink bottle
  • Your Ergo
  • Positive attitude

(if you do not have an ergo give do not stress the CLUB has some)

Contact:

Andrew Robertson

Ph: 0409 864 139

or just comment on here!!!!!

We have been allowed to use the premises free of charge – I would like it if we could make a donation to some charity, mission or something like that each session – it might be a gold coin, $5.00 what ever you like but I am hoping we can look beyond our own lives and families and try and give something back to our wider community.

Hi Everyone,

Great to hear the Ergo’s are going well and Andrew is punishing you all….

Just landed in Hong Kong airport at 6am in the morning after an over night flight from Rome and I have just checked my emails and I recieved some fantastic news for the club which I couldn’t wait to share with you all before Steph and I return on Tuesday – the fantastic news is we have been awarded a $10,000 Be Active grant for an electronic timing system (each club member can get their very own timing chip…).

Can’t wait to catch up with you all when I get back next week.

Regards

Darren.

Monday Night Ergo is on!!!

Monday Night Ergo

September 7th

These sessions are for everyone you do not have  to be super fit, and you can go at your own pace.

Location :

Rosefield Uniting Church

2 Carlton Street, Highgate SA

Time: 6:30pm start so be there early to get set up

Bring:

  • Your Bike
  • A towel & Drink bottle
  • Your Ergo
  • Positive attitude

(if you do not have an ergo give do not stress the CLUB has some)

Contact:

Andrew Robertson

Ph: 0409 864 139

or just comment on here!!!!!

We have been allowed to use the premises free of charge – I would like it if we could make a donation to some charity, mission or something like that each session – it might be a gold coin, $5.00 what ever you like but I am hoping we can look beyond our own lives and families and try and give something back to our wider community.