Exactly three months ago WaldenTRI’s club coaching & training sessions were all suspended under measures taken to tackle the Coronavirus health emergency. Since then we’ve made do with virtual club fitness activities & competitions using Zwift & Strava, plus a few novelty (comedy?) activities such as our transition challenge back in April. It’s been heartening to see club members using these activities to keep in touch with each other and to keep the spirit of the club up.
Now, though, we are able to resume certain face-to-face club activity once again (albeit under specific conditions), and that’s what I’m launching here. This is a long message because there’s a lot to be laid out and the details are important.
Over the past few days British Triathlon and the governing bodies of swimming, cycling and athletics have all updated their regulations & guidelines of what clubs and athletes are able to do.
In all cases we are currently limited to a session of six people including the coach so that means a capacity of five attendees per session. That’s not many! But, if the demand is there, we’ll do our best to run several sessions per week. Also, in some circumstances it may be possible to operate a double-session (i.e. two groups of five members training concurrently but with each group separated from the other).
There are many other conditions that we are obliged to implement in order to reduce risk to participants, coaches and members of the public. Things are changing almost daily so our plans will inevitably need to adapt as regulations evolve. And there are definitely some loose ends in our plans yet to be tied up. So expect the details below to change!
But, right now this is what’s planned:-
Weekly run training sessions will resume on Monday next week (29/06/20) at 6:30 – 7:30 pm. The venue isn’t yet finalised but it will be in Saffron Walden itself. I’ll give details about that as soon as I am able to.
There is likely to be a second session per week too, held slightly later in the evening either on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or alternate Thursdays. I’ll give more info when I have it.
In all cases these sessions are open to every WaldenTRI club member regardless of experience, age, fitness or speed – all you need is the desire to improve and to do your best during the session.
We’ll need to manage capacity by booking places at these sessions in advance. In due course we’ll automate this but, for next week at least, please email me at email@example.com if you want to run on Monday evening 29/06/20.
Cycling Time Trials is the governing body for our Thursday evening fortnightly time trials on the local Audley End 10.2 mile course. CTT is optimistic about club events such as ours being viable from mid-July onwards, subject to Government permission.
CTT has produced plenty of advice for affiliated clubs to help them run their events, and I think we are likely to be able to do this during July. By its very nature time trialling is a socially-distanced sport so it is far more practical to run time trials than any other cycle racing discipline.
The way our events will be run will be quite different to what we are used to, though, in order to meet the new health guidelines. So please bear with us while we make detailed plans for how to implement them. Again, more info soon.
The swim community was very disappointed that pools were not included in the long list of Government "easements" yesterday. There is plenty of lobbying, petitioning, etc. underway to encourage the Government to address pool reopening.
In the meantime, many local open water venues are open and they are doing a great job. Many WaldenTRI members are swimming regularly. There are no coached club sessions right now but this may change. In the meantime, I encourage you to make plans to swim with each other (up to a total of six people) while keeping to the social distancing and contact guidelines. Just ask if you want more information on open water swimming opportunities.
RISK / CORONAVIRUS
Club President Derek Jones has kindly agreed to oversee that WaldenTRI's activities comply with Coronavirus advice & regulations from the Government and the sport's governing bodies. He is making sure that we look after the interests of club members, coaches/volunteers and the public.