D&G Tri Club

Dumfries & Galloway Triathlon Club
Dumfries & Galloway Triathlon ClubMonday, December 3rd, 2018 at 11:30am
As the festive season approaches we will be following previous years and having a Christmas close down of sessions.

Our last sessions of 2018 will be

Turbo on Monday 17th December 2018,
Swimming Tuesday 18th December 2018,
Running sessions are TBA at the current time.

Our first Sessions in the New Year will be

Running Friday 4th January 2019
Swimming Sunday 6th January 2019,
Turbo Monday 7th January 2019
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Dumfries & Galloway Triathlon Club shared Castle Douglas Cycles's post.Thursday, November 29th, 2018 at 4:48pm
Just in case you've not quite finished writing your letter to Santa 🎅 😉
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Dumfries & Galloway Triathlon Club shared Crichton parkrun's post.Friday, November 23rd, 2018 at 5:28pm
Bodies needed at the Crichton parkrun if anyone can help 🏃
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Dumfries & Galloway Triathlon Club is feeling hydrated.Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 at 9:03am
Stay hydrated my friends... 😂 💦
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Dumfries & Galloway Triathlon ClubTuesday, November 13th, 2018 at 12:42pm
It's Tuesday so you know what that means don't you?

Swimming tonight 7-8pm!

#swimwithdgtriclub
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Dumfries & Galloway Triathlon Club shared their photo.Sunday, November 4th, 2018 at 2:10pm
I'm Craig, and I am the current lead coach in Dumfries & Galloway Triathlon Club, and I find that many people have this preconceived notion that in order to be a triathlete, or to take part in any multi-sport event you have to be super fit, and spend a fortune on high end kit. This is the story of how I came into triathlon, and how anyone of any ability can take part in triathlon.

I was a fairly sedate person, my job involves sitting at a desk, and I had very experience in exercising at all. So, in 2009, the Run4Health was introduced in Dumfries, and I saw this as a challenge. To run 5km, I set myself a target of 30 mins. And with a lot of hard work and effort I ran my first 5km and finished in just over 30 mins.

For the next 3 years I continued to try and train and my focus was on getting better at running 5k, and I did improve but due to the fact I was training myself my motivation began to wane and my times really never got much better. And in early 2012 I read an article in the local paper saying that a new club was in the early stages of being formed and that a meeting would be held to discuss the creation of the club that is now Dumfries & Galloway Triathlon Club.

After a very successful meeting the club creation progressed, and I took the decision to enter my first triathlon in August of 2012, a pool based triathlon held in Carlisle. This would give me around 4 months to get to a stage where I could swim 500m, cycle 20km and run 5km.

I decided that I should start swimming, and I thought (quite mistakenly) that I was a relatively competent swimmer. I decided that swimming was the first thing I needed to get better at, as I knew I could go on a bike, and I knew I could run 5km. So I bravely ventured into the pool and started swimming my first length. I made it to the other end of the pool, gasping for air and thinking...... what ever made me think that this was a good plan.

However, with the creation of the club which I joined at the first opportunity I gained access to the knowledge of an experienced coach. They took me through some swimming drills, and gave me things to work on and from being a person who struggled to swim 25m I continued to progress, initially up to 50m, then 100m and the distances kept on growing, until eventually I was able to swim 500m without stopping.

But as well as the swimming I learned more about running technique and cycling, and my overall fitness continued to increase at a rate which I never thought was possible. Fitness was the biggest issue in terms of the bike and the run, however, with coaching and encouragement from other more experienced athletes I continued to develop. And the day of the race came, and nervously I stepped up to the start and began the first triathlon of my life..... and I finished, and the elation I experienced at finishing was enormous.

Now I could have left it there, having achieved my goal of completing a triathlon, but with the sense of achievement and camraderie within the club I continued to develop. I trained more, I sought out new challenges, moved from the comfort of the pool out into open water triathlons. I built up distances and became a more adept athlete, taking part in ever increasing numbers of Sprint distance, Standard Distance and even Half Iron Distance Triathlons

Somewhere along the journey I decided to become a coach. This was in part due to the fact that I felt that I could develop my own training by increasing my knowledge, but also I felt that I could use my experience of going from being a complete novice to help others who were in the same situation. I initially became a Level 1 assistant coach, but soon took the opportunity to progress to being a Level 2 coach which would give me the ability to develop and lead my own training plans, and following the departure of our former Lead Coach I became head coach in early 2017.

The main point is no matter your level of experience, whether you are a complete novice, or an experienced athlete we can help you to develop you as an athlete to help you achieve your aims.

Those aims can be as simple as completing a triathlon (which was my aim when I started in triathlon some 6 years ago), or moving up through the events, or focusing on increasing performance.

Our doors are always open.

Craig,
Lead Coach Dumfries & Galloway Triathlon Club