January 2020 Training

Now that we have had a couple of weeks with no structured club training sessions for the festive period, it is now a good time to refocus on training.  It’s a good thing to have a couple of weeks with no structured training and hopefully most of you have taken some time off training and enjoyed the festivities?  This ensures that you return to training with more motivation and energy.

I use a training method called Periodisation which is how I plan the clubs training sessions.  By using this method, I am making all the sessions build so that the sessions peak for the three months of June, July and August.  Obviously, a lot of you may have races outside of this time but planning for the sessions to be peaking at this time of year will leave everyone in very good shape even if your races are in the months of May or September.  It is possible to peak twice in a year so if you have qualification races in May or June and then a World championships or Ironman in October this can be done. (If this applies to you and you would like further coaching or advice please see me). 

This is the time of year, often known as the base phase.  In particular we are in the final phase of base training known as Base 3.  Base 1 and Base 2 are typically the months of November and December. The phase prior to Base 1 is called the preparation phase and this often follows a week or two after your last race of the season in September.  Most phases are 4 – 5 weeks although depending upon your goal race these can be extended.

So, what does Base mean?

Often people get a bit confused by what this means.  It is a period where you will be building upon your endurance by doing longer rides, longer repeats / sets in the pool and longer runs.  It doesn’t mean however, that you can’t do faster efforts although these are usually reduced to limit stress on the body as building volume through longer sessions is stressful enough.  This is what confuses people the most about how much intensity they can do whilst still building volume.

What do you have to look forward to in the next month of training back at the club?

In Swimming we are continuing with the longer reps that you were doing before Christmas but working more on technique and strength sessions (using pull buoys, paddles and doing pyramids).  Track running the focus is upon pace judgement over longer repetitions and the turbo sessions are continuing to work upon building FTP. (Functional Threshold Power – increasing the power you can push for an extended period of time).  I will talk about FTP in the next article.


Ralph Hydes
Head Coach

New Print Run of Personalised Hoodies/Onesies or Club T-Shirt

Phil Parnham has organised another print run of the popular Turbo Hoodies and Onesies, and also adding the option of a cotton T-Shirt with the Club logo. You will probably have seen the hoodies and onesies around the Club so know what they are like, and the T is the same colour and logo. As before the Onesies and Hoodies are personalisable with your name, but the T’s have the logo only to keep costs down. T’s are from £7.50, Hoodies from £20 and Onesies from £25. These will make excellent Christmas presents and be a great way to support our Club.

To purchase please go to the “Shop” on the main menu on the website. From there all is very straightforward – pay by credit/debit card and once the items are ready, they can be collected from Hampton Pool.

We only have a small window of time to get the order to the printers and get the garments back before Xmas, so please ensure you order before close of play on the 27th Nov.

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National Championships – 2019

The British age group championships were recently held in Leeds and Nottingham over the olympic and sprint distances respectively.

First up were the olympic distance championships in Leeds, where Will Russell managed to take 3rd place in the 25-29 age group and Ed Buckley came 5th in the 45-49 age group.

The next weekend it was the sprint distance championships in Nottingham. Ed Buckley improved on his position from the previous week to take home the silver medal in his age group, and Austin Hall battled hard for 6th place in a tough 20-24 age group.

London League – 2019 Update

The London league series is just past the half-way mark now and the club is well placed in the latest team standings – 2nd in the women’s, mixed and mob match and 4th in the men’s.

In the individual events Kate Brook and Chris Scott are the stand out performers so far, currently in 1st place in their age groups. There are plenty of other turbos well placed and a couple of good results can make a big difference! Latest standings can be found here

Royal Windsor Olympic Triathlon – 16th June

The Olympic distance championships were contested at the Royal Windsor triathlon on 16th June, where conditions were again not exactly summer-like! A heavy downpour mid-morning particularly affected the later starters who were out on the bike course at the time, but thankfully everyone managed to remain upright and make it to the finish.

Another strong turnout saw 20 turbos contesting the club championships with Will Russell (2:05.59) coming out on top in the men’s race, followed by Ian Shaw (2:19.42) and Nathan Wilson (2:20.12) in a close battle for the podium places. In the Ladies race Rachael Weager (3:00.28) came out on top with Gail Edmans (3:14.16) taking second place.

Mallorca 70.3 – May 2019

There was a strong Thames Turbo showing at the 70.3 event in Mallorca at the beginning of May as Corin Margetson, Suzanne Margetson, Karen Powell, Nick Cox, Naomi Reed, Steph Atkinson, Carl McInerney, Michaela Fogden and David Baker headed out in search of warmer weather! By all accounts the trip was a success with some superb performances and strong team spirit!

Corin 5:29
Karen 5:43
Carl 6:08
Nick 6:19
Steph 6:27
Naomi 6:36
David 6:48
Michaela 6:57
Suzanne 7:20.

Thames Turbo Race Series – May 2019

Another successful Race Series Event – Our own sprint triathlon on the early May bank holiday presented the first opportunity to register a time for the sprint triathlon title and no less than 19 turbos turned out on what was an unseasonably chilly morning! Will Russell (1:00.32) and Julia Snaith (1:13.56) registered the top male/female club performances respectively but could well be bettered at the second race in August so it is all still to play for. Next Race is on Monday 26th August 2019

Junior Aqualthon – 2019

Exciting news for the 2019 season! Our Junior Aquathlon is back, and we have a new home.

We are returning to our old venue, Lady Eleanor Holles School, which has had a major refurb, with better changing and toilet facilities (no more portaloos), on-site catering inside, and a viewing gallery so parents can watch their kids racing in the pool. There is plenty of parking in a private location and more space than at our previous venue.

We are happy to announce as well that we are back in the London Region Junior League.




We also plan to reinstate the Schools Prize; the school with the best 5 results will be allocated a trophy. To encourage this we are offering schools a free place with every 5 paid entries.

For More Information check out the race series page here