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Welcome to the Portsmouth Triathletes website

Established in 1988 and now with over 500 members, we are a friendly, social club which warmly welcomes members of all levels. Whether you’re a complete novice (don’t own a bike, swim with armbands, run at snail’s pace), an experienced, elite athlete (your bike cost more than your car, swim round the Isle of Wight for fun, think ultras are too short) or somewhere in between, you can join us.

Various Training sessions, both coached and informal, are offered throughout the year in all three disciplines, as well as low-key practice events including transition training and mini-races. Many training sessions turn into socials, especially our amazing, twice-weekly, summer sea swimming sessions with tea, cake and chat afterwards at the beach hut.  Find out what’s going on, share tips and ideas, review races or find training partners on our Facebook Forum.  The club also organises several Races each year, with many members supporting as marshals or competing.

With our newly developed Juniors section, we really do have something for all ages and abilities.  We hope you have found this information and the other pages useful, but you can use the Contact Us links if you have other questions.

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN ON COVID19
Open Water Swimming Update

May 2020
Hello Everyone,

Like me, I’m sure that many of you have been tracking the progress on COVID-19 restrictions and amendments to Government regulations.

The loosening on exercise rules will be widely welcomed and it will give a much needed additional outlet for those of us feeling a little cabin feverish.

Although you will have noted the tantalising mention of the return to open water swimming we need to be clear that as a British Triathlon Club we will not be able to provide any endorsed or supported swim activities until our governing body has made it clear that we can do so; this is not likely whilst social distancing measures remain in place.
During this period where BTF is not supporting open water activities we will also request that members refrain from posting details around organising and conducting swims – this will keep us on the right side of our governing body. Unfortunately, any posts that deviate from this will be removed from the club page. There is no objection to posting personally, or on other groups, but we can’t currently be seen to endorse it.

While our club activities can’t take place I’m sure many of you will be returning to the ocean deep, so a reminder. Even though all club swims are conducted “at your own risk” it is always as part of a community, with an element of overwatch. If you do choose to return to the open water please remember that you will need to make a full assessment of the conditions and consideration of your own ability, whilst maintaining social distancing; we know what a challenging place to swim the Solent can be and it would be easy to become complacent with it on our doorstop and a regular feature of our lives.

You can find some more useful information and perspective from BTF HERE and a Covid19 Guide for Open Water Swimmers  HERE

However you choose to enjoy the limited relaxations and enjoy your exercise, stay safe, stay alert, stay smiley.

Alex Higgins
Chairman

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN ON COVID19

March 2020

Ladies and Gents,

I’m sure you are more than aware of the current set of unprecedented international circumstances and the impact this is having on almost all aspects of our lives – even triathlon!!

Following the release of updated advice from the British Triathlon Federation that can be found at the link below there is a recommendation to cease all face-to-face club activities, this includes group coaching sessions, meetings, and events.
https://www.britishtriathlon.org/important-information-on-c…

This obviously means that there will be a significant change to our club training programme, but fear not, your coaches are innovative and are looking at ways to keep you entertained and enthused as much as we can. Jo Lovell has proven the virtual spin session concept tonight and we will look to utilise this app for other coaching discussions and training sessions over the coming weeks. Andy Elder has also posted about making the club turbo trainers available for those who can’t otherwise join in.
Where the restrictions still permit training to take place we will also post the planned sessions up so that you train independently where possible.
The App you will need for future spinning and other sessions will be Zoom – https://apps.apple.com/…/app/zoom-cloud-meetings/id546505307

The restrictions will obviously impact our ability to conduct the Goodwood Duathlon and we are currently in discussion with the venue to establish what can be done to reschedule and once we have a firm understanding of the future of the event we will send out an email to all entrants to clarify the details and the options available.

In addition due to the postponement of many events to the end of the year, we have made the decision to cancel the Portsmouth Triathlon this year. This is to avoid the overcrowding of events and to allow our members the opportunity to take part in other events. An email has already gone out to all entrants.

Obviously the most important aspect here is to stay fit and healthy so that you can enjoy any remaining events and stay in great shape when the racing calendar does eventually restart in earnest. Please pay attention to Government advice and obviously it goes without saying that social distancing is far easier to achieve if you can swim, bike, run faster than those around you (Zombieland rule 1 – Cardio).

Look out for those around you, look after yourselves, look out for notifications on FB for further information.

Alex Higgins
Chairman

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