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Training with CWTC

CWTC coached and non-coached sessions

At CWTC we have a number of qualified triathlon coaches and Activators who are affiliated to the British Triathlon Federation.  Our Head Coach is Shaun Dowling and Nicky McCulloch runs the junior section of our club.   Shaun and Nicky organize a number of coached training sessions each week with other qualified BTF coaches which are specified on our website (Tuesday night swim session,  the junior session on a Saturday morning, open water swimming run by Lizzie Gerrard during the summer months). As well as these coached sessions we also have non-coached session lead by Activators, (trail running, mountain biking, and the Sunday social cycle ride). Along with other ad hoc sessions, the coaches and Activators run throughout the year, all of these meet the standards set out by the British Triathlon Federation, which means risk assessments have been carried out and safety measures adhered to.

By member arrangements only

Throughout the year our members train in small discrete groups by personal arrangement and although we support these sessions and want to encourage you to train with fellow club members as much as possible, the club cannot be held liable should any accident or injury occur during one of these sessions.  These sessions are often arranged verbally or via the club Facebook page. You can leave a message on our Facebook page if you want to get in touch with another club member regarding a training session - why not post details of your own ride, run or swim and encourage others to join you?

A note on insurance

Our BTF insurance covers the club for public liability, but individuals training (whether club members or not) are not covered for personal accident.  Individual BTF membership does carry this personal injury insurance when competing or training and our advice to all club members is to join the British Triathlon Federation to ensure you have your own personal accident insurance (or seek this from an alternative provider).   If you have any questions relating to health and safety, please contact Adrian Karn (club Health & Safety Adviser).

CWTC specific:

CWTC training strategy one-pager

CWTC workshops 2017/18

Coached sessions:Swim

Swim: Tuesdays 20:30 Where: Westgate Leisure Chichester

£4 members, £6 non-members

We have the use of all 6 lanes, this allows different abilities to occupy different lanes, meaning faster swimmers are not held up by the slower ones, and those learning or honing their stroke are not swum over by the hotshots.

Each lane is provided with a swim set which is broken down into drills to help improve technique such as the use of kick boards, pull buoys, paddles and fins and many others. In addition, individual tutoring is offered to help people perfect their technique and we follow our own periodised training plan to peak for specific upcoming events.

We encourage people to bring a drink with them and to wear a watch to time lengths etc.

Open Water Swimming: The club holds sessions for its members between May and September and duration is normally 1 1⁄2 hrs and meet at Bracklesham Carpark. The swim is a 400 meter distance up and back till you have had enough or the time runs out .

Please note: The coaches will consider the weather, tide and sea conditions before the sessions and will cancel if necessary, safety kayak`s and shore support is also provided for members safety. It is however the responsibility of the swimmers to ensure their own safety and members are urged to consider the conditions and their own ability before entering the water.

Wetsuits are compulsory unless receiving an exemption from the sea swim coordinator.

A full list of dates will be available after the AGM and will be circulated on the clubs Facebook page and emailed out to all members.

Running: We do not currently hold regular coached sessions for running however coaches often run ad hoc sessions and workshops, particular leading up to local events. These will be emailed out to all members and listed on the Facebook page.

Non-Coached Sessions:

CWTCBikeMary Road Bike : Sunday 09:00 Where: at the bottom of Centurion Way, by Bishop Luffa School in Chichester 

The Sunday bike ride is anon-coached session on quiet country roads where possible and ranges from 50 - 70Km (30 - 45 Miles). We often visit the Rowlands Castle Café for a quick coffee and bite to eat before heading home for approx 12:30 - 13:00. We do not always stop at a Café make sure you have had a hearty breakfast and carry a full bottle..

When cycling with a CWTC group, we ask that you:-

Always wear appropriate clothing for the weather, wear a helmet, check that your bike is roadworthy, and carry a mini tool, spare tube and pump as a minimum.   It’s also important that you carry emergency contact details that can be easily retrieved (e.g. not on a locked mobile phone).

Mountain Bike:

The club runs ad hoc Activator lead sessions for its members particularly during the winter evenings when group riding in the dark on local roads can be particularly hazardous. These sessions will be posted out to members on the club Facebook page.

Trail Running : Thursday 18:30  Where: Chichester area

The trail run sessions are Activator lead non-coached sessions and cater for the abilities of the group. The distance and terrain varies from week to week but they are normally dark, muddy and lots of fun. All trail runs are confirmed and posted on the club Facebook page.

If you have any questions or would like to come along and try any of our training sessions, please visit our Facebook page, send a tweet or drop the club an email.