Do pick a race that is achievable and within your limits. This is only your first race so there is plenty of time for improving and more competitions to enter.
Don't try anything new on race day i.e. nutrition, kit, bike seat height etc. Plan ahead, with a good solid plan and plenty of training you will be more than ready without needing to add anything new into the equation. There is nothing worse than limping through the finish line with blisters from new socks or trainers.
Do practise transition before race day. Also on the day when laying out your kit spend a couple of minutes going over in your mind the order you will put it on for both the bike and the run. This way you will be familiar and ready when it actually happen leading to speedy transitions.
Don't worry about anyone else, just yourself! It's important that you achieve your own goals and not get caught up with what other triathletes are doing which can lead to injuries/exhaustion & possibly under achieving on the day.
Do Give yourself extra time in the morning before the race. Parking, registering, racking, race briefs always take a lot longer than expected. This will help you stay relaxed before you start. - Don't worry if you don't sleep a wink the night before, race nerves are all part of the package.
Most of all have fun!
Triathlon for under 18's
Unfortunately Salisbury Tri Club does not offer membership to under 18's. However, we can suggest you contact the following organisers for training and events for juniors: Chapel Tri Junior Triathlon Club in Southampton. Shaun Green Coaching runs training weeks in the summer season. Results Triathlon hold junior events.
Qualifying for Age Group
Although some people do triathlon for fun and to keep fit there are lots of options if you fancy competing at the next level. You can compete in the British, European or World Championships and to enter these events you need to achieve a 'qualifying position' at certain races. Every year members of STC enter and race on behalf of Britain in their 'Age Groups'. For more information please visit Triathlon England.
Open water swimming
At the moment the Club does not provide regular open water swimming coaching. However, there are some great options for you both in the local lakes and in the sea:
Ellingham Water Ski Centre is a fantastic facility on the edge of the New Forest near Ringwood. They offer early morning swimming on Wednesday and Saturdays 6 - 8am. Check website for exact seasonal opening times (usually April to end September depending on water temperature). You can join NOWCA for cheaper rates, a lovely wrist band for timing and safety and saves you time checking in.
Boscombe Sea front (Council run) offer coached open water swimming on Sunday and Wednesday evenings in the summer months. It is normally a few pounds and they split up into groups depending on your ability. They do not have a website so further details will be published on here when available.
Vobster Quay near Radstock also have a great lake for open water swimming. They also hold really good fun regular events over the season. All of the details are found on their website.
Time Trial Cycling
Salisbury Tri Club is now affiliated to the CTT (Cycling Time Trials) Association which allows all Club members to take part in CTT events. Time trialling is probably a familiar discipline to most Club members but for the uninitiated it is essentially the triathlon without the swim or the run! Equipment requirements for time trialling are the same for the bike element of a triathlon. An introduction to the world of time trials (TT) can be found at the CTT website.
Events are held by clubs all over the country. A list can be found on the CTT website and can be filtered by distance, region, date etc:
Courses are coded according to their district (A-Z) and a number, e.g. A 10/1. The districts nearest us are South (P), South West (S) and London West (H). It can be difficult to pinpoint where these events are and find out more precise details - some detective work using Google maps and a search for club websites may be required.
Entry fees are happily very reasonable, in the order of £8 per event, but do not expect too much in the way of prizes and event mementoes!
Entry deadlines are typically two weeks in advance of the event and be aware that whilst some events are hooked up for online entry a good proportion are not, so time should be allowed for delivery for postal entries. There is a standard entry form for CTT events. Most information required for this form is obvious, with the exception of our district: we are affiliated to the South District (under the club's full title 'Salisbury Triathlon Club'.
Finally, as ever Facebook is a good source of information and updates, particularly for up to the minute information about race cancellations. For more information you can go to the South District Facebook page.
Events are informal and not in the least bit intimidating for newbies! They are a great way of sharpening race speed. Members are encouraged to post their interest in attending any TT events on the tri club Facebook page - going as a group will guarantee at least one or two friendly faces at an event and having support (mechanical and spiritual!) is always welcome. Happy racing!
What experience do you need to join the Club?
Salisbury Tri Club is open to all, we do not have a required standard that you must reach before you to join. However, please note to ensure that Club sessions run smoothly for some sessions a certain level of ability is required. For swimming we require that you must be able to complete 4 lengths front crawl to attend a session. For sessions in other disciplines we will provide guidance through the Weekly Update on the pace, distance or time. However, if you are not sure of your ability or would like some guidance on how to reach a certain standard please do get in touch with us for a chat and some advice from our qualified coaches.