A sad farewell to a wonderful triathlete

Welcome to this weeks newsletter

Kate and Hannah are starting to think of social activities for the year, we have had a few suggestions but would love some more. Please message them with your ideas.

The Committee meet regularly to discuss ways in which we can provide an even better membership for club members; if you have any suggestions, comments, concerns or words of praise then please let us know at the email address below.

AVTC care for the welfare of all its members and people can contact Pam, our Welfare Officer, if they have any concerns regarding health and safety, welfare or safe guarding. All communications will be dealt with confidentially. If you wish to contact Pam you can on avtcwelfare@gmail.com

If you would like to make some contributions to the letter, then please feel free to send any content you would like adding, or suggestions for future editions to avtccoaches@gmail.com and we will include it in the next update.

The Committee

This week's news, tips and race reports

Lorraine Keelan​

Those of you on our Facebook group would have already seen the sad news that Lorraine Keelan passed away this week after a very courageous battle with cancer.

Lorraine will remain in our hearts and is an inspiration to all who knew her - only a few months ago she completed a 2k swim to raise money for Macmillan cancer support whilst in the middle of a course of chemotherapy. Those of us who shared that day with her will never forget her positivity and determination. We will miss Lorraine hugely but know that she is shining brightly somewhere. Lorraine was one of the founding member of the Monday Running Group and this Monday's run will be dedicated to her but we will be organising a formal run later in the year to raise money for Macmillan cancer support.

Bring a friend for free Got a friend who just needs a little nudge to come along to training? Heard someone talking about entering a triathlon but you know they could do with some training buddies? Bring them along to any of our sessions to try. We're more than happy for people to come along and try a couple of sessions before they decide to join, so forward this email onto them and let's encourage more people into the world of triathlon:)

Strava Club

Did you know we have a club group on Strava? By joining the group, you enter the leaderboard as to who is completed what hours of training that week - don't worry, your privacy settings will determine what everyone can see, but the Strava group totals are uploaded to our website so people can see how much we are all training. Check it out! But don't be fooled though, the person with the most training hours doesn't necessarily equate to the person who wins everything...!

This week's training

Monday - 7pm - Run Social - Tilsley Park

Please meet at reception.

Whilst this is not a coached session, it will help develop your running endurance - we take a 10km (ish) route around Abingdon (shorter routes are available, 5km and 7km) and run in ability groups. No-one will be left behind and there is ALWAYS someone to run with. A great way to keep your running up AND have a mini social at the same time. Win Win!

Tuesday - 7.45-8.45pm - Spinning - Park Club Gym, Milton Park, OX14 4RS Coach: Mark

Always a fun session using indoor spin bikes. Based to music, this popular class is a great way to improve your cycling fitness without having to go out in the wet and cold. The class is as hard as you want to make it as the bikes have adjustable resistance that you can set to your own required effort level. Bring a drink and a towel and meet in reception 5 minutes before. The pedals on the bike are suitable for trainers or compatible with Shimano SPD cleats (mountain bike cleat).

Thursday - 7.30-8.30pm - Abingdon White Horse Leisure Centre

Coaches: Ben, George and Matt

Focus: Catch

Please come along to either the session at 7pm or 8pm, whichever suits you better for a structured swim session that will improve your fitness and technique.If you have them bring along your fins, hand paddles etc. and a drink.

£3 payable to coaching staff on poolside, do not pay at reception.

> See full training schedule on the AVTC website

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