Ask my wife and kids why I do this and they’ll tell you it’s some midlife crisis (just like when I swapped skiing for snowboarding and became part of the “greys on trays’ brigade) but I have always loved participating in sports of every type. Unfortunately there just isn’t enough time or funds to do them all. Triathlon works for me because I get three sports for the price of one. The aspect of Triathlon competition that appeals to me most is the age-group bands that allow everyone to remain competitive whatever their age and as I approach my 50th year, I need all the help I can get.
Why Aspiring Performance Triathlon Club?
The coaching, the members and the facilities make Aspiring Performance a great place to train. You can take it as seriously as you like and your goals can be as big as you like. From becoming the most improved swimmer in your lane to representing your country you get all the support from coaches and other members that you need to achieve your goals, not forgetting to have fun at the same time.
Taking part in World Triathlon London and following in the footsteps of the Brownlee Brothers in the Serpentine and over the blue carpet in Hyde Park.
Being overtaken on the run stage at an event down at Dorney Lake by a man competing for charity in a wedding dress.
Get good enough and go long enough to justify getting a Triathlon bike. If I can remain injury free the plan is to attempt a half ironman next year.
Having been an ‘independent’ triathlete for several years (i.e. not a club member) I’ve always thought I would be a little intimidated by joining a Tri Club. That was until I heard about a new club opening locally at Stoke Mandeville. At the time, I was lacking motivation and finding training ‘solo’ a little tiresome and far too easy to skip sessions.
My first encounter with the club (following my wife encouraging me to ring) was a quick call to Louise who explained how the training session schedule worked and arranged for me to meet up with David Brown (coach) as a trial at a midweek swimming session. I was soon to learn that the club provides a number of weekly sessions, including coached swimming at Stoke Mandeville pool, strength & conditioning, track runs and club rides. During the summer season open-water sessions take place at Marlow lake (if you’ve not been open water swimming you must try it) and mid-week brick-sessions (bike > run). There is no obligation to attend any particular session, you can pick and choose whatever suits you. The coaches are there to support and advise and will draw up a training plan to suit you and your goals or help and advise on your own plan… and the good news is none of it is intimidating, you can simply take what you want from it.
An aspect I love about the club is everyone is there for the same reason, to improve, achieve personal goals, keep fit and have a bit of fun, irrespective of age, ability or the time you are able to commit.Aspiring Performance Tri Club has some highly supportive and qualified Tri coaches and the added benefit of some great facilities in which to train.
I have learnt over the years that triathletes across the world are a very supportive bunch and always look to help encourage and pull others along, the members at SM Tri Club are no exception. I am one of the older Aspiring Performance Tri Club members at 52 (not the oldest!) and have been a member for just over a year now, in that time I have seen significant improvements, especially in my swimming and cycling, but also in my attitude to training. Training with like-minded club members is much more motivating, so much so that I hate missing a training session these days. I like that I can hold my own with many of the members, several of which are 10-20 years younger than me, an achievement in it’s own right! but perhaps more importantly… irrespective of age, ability, size and experience.. time and encouragement is given to everyone and anyone who joins the club. It’s all about achieving your own personal goals and making sure you enjoy it in the process, whether you are going for your first Sprint triathlon or your 5th Ironman.
Having completed many Sprints and Olympic triathlons in recent years, I have been plagued with a recurring calf muscle injury over the past 18 months, which has hampered my running development. My current goal is simply to complete a season without injury, with several triathlons planned this year, including my favourite event the Blenheim Triathlon. My swimming and cycling have most definitely improved, so I am still looking for PB’s this year, providing I can get through the run injury free. If all goes well…then a half Iron Man (70.3) next year!!
Name : Lee Wakely
Age : 37
Home Town : Aylesbury
Claim to fame : Aspiring Performance Triathlon Club coaches member of year 2014
After joining the the club in January of 2014 my goal for the season was to compete in a sprint distance triathlon but with hard work , dedication , great coaching , support from both club members and family I finished the season competing in 4 sprint triathlons and 2 cycling races . Finishing in the top 10 of my age group in 3 of the 4 triathlons and completing my longest bike ride of 55 miles . Adding to the list of my Achievements I was also awarded theAspiring Performance club coaches member of the year award which I was very honoured and privileged to receive.
My goals for the 2015 season are to continue to train hard and compete in further sprint distance triathlons hoping to finish in the top 5 in my age group as well as completing in cycling races and running races. My plan is to also enter in an Olympic distance triathlon finishing in a time that is under 2 hours 50mins.
My name is Denny Moody and I am 61 years of age.
I have lived in Bucks all my life and attended Hazlemere CofE School and then Wycombe High.
I am married to Bob who shares my love of sport. My working life consisted of mainly Personal Assistant roles to high flyers within global companies.
Recently retired, I live in a small village outside Princes Risborough and have a cat called Flo. I can now do all the things I love e.g. gardening and outside pursuits.
Member of Bucks County Junior and County Senior Badminton Teams successfully winning singles, ladies doubles and mixed County Titles
Trained with the England Junior B squad
High Wycombe Squash Club – 15 ladies singles titles
1994 South East England Racketball Ladies Doubles Runner-up
1998 Bucks Squash County Closed Singles winner
Bucks Squash County 1st team/senior team player – 25 years
Run various Wycombe Half Marathons pb 1h 48 mins
2004 Prestwood 10k ladies winner (over 50)
2008 Reading Half Marathon 1.53.35
2008 London Marathon 4.47.27
2009 Runner-up (ladies) Lacey Green 5k – 23 mins 10 secs
2010 London Marathon 4.35.18
2011 Wellington College mini sprint tri – my first and swore I would never do
2011 Marlow Row/Bike/Run ladies winner (over 50)
2013 Hart Sprint Triathlon
2014 Hart Sprint Tri /Concorde Sprint Tri (female supervet winner)/Oxford Sprint Tri
To learn how to swim front crawl and to do my first open water swim. Generally improve on my all-round skills required for triathlon and aim to qualify for the World Sprint Triathlon Championships (59-64 age group) in Chicago 2015 with qualifying races taking place in England in May 2015.