I met Jo at Dorney Lake, following the Shock Absorber’s Women’s Only Triathlon 3 years ago whilst in a strop having decided to give up Triathlon following an abysmal swim in which I spent of the time swimming on my back. Jo and I had not met before but she laid a bet with me that after 5 swimming lessons with her I could compete again with confidence. This is a bet she won, I lost!
Without Jo’s help I would never have come 1st in both the Windsor Sprint and Dorney Shock Absorber’s Women’s Only Challenge Triathlon earlier this month, for my age group. I have learnt so much over the months and have loved the SMART training.
Jo is a really special person; Coach and friend. She gives her all to helping others to achieve and is a role model for mature Triathletes, which I, for one, aspire to.
Thank You, Jo.
After a good 10 years of playing at triathlon and doing OK, I realised I needed some direction and accountability to my training & racing. As a PT and tri coach myself I know the importance of this, yet couldn’t coach myself, and realised I probably wasn’t training as smart as I could be.So I contacted Jo, having met her a few times through the triathlon world previous.
I’ve now been training with her for just over 6 months, and I have already improved my 10k run time by 2 minutes, got into the top 6 in my age group in every race I’ve entered this year, plus a 1st and 2nd place. Jo’s quiet persuasion is enough to encourage me to put my all into training, race more than I have before, and race well. She is a true inspiration, and I have every faith that she will be pushing the right buttons to get me on track for age-group qualification in the future.
The timing couldn’t have been better for the Fuerteventura camp — it got our heads into race mode as the season starts. It’s just another facet of Jo and Sandra’s intelligent and organized training. Accolades to Coaches and to the lovely athletes in the Tri50 team.
This was the first time I had been on a training camp and I specifically wanted one that took into account that I was an older athlete. I know Jo and some of the athletes from her training session on a Monday so I was confident that it would be quality sessions with a nice group of people. My expectations were exceeded. The training sessions were challenging for me (as my training at home is not consistent), well structured and focused on moving each person towards their individual goals. Not only did it take my fitness up a couple of notches, it was fun! They were all an amazing group of people and fun to be with; very supportive of each other and I have made some new friends as a result. I will be going back next year.
This was my second year at the Tri50 training camp and this time it was crucial to my preparation for my first attempt at Age Group qualification. Once again the coaching was excellent and we were really encouraged to find abilities we never thought we had. I emerged from the camp exhausted, but with new skills and a deeper understanding of my strengths. I am now as prepared as I could ever be, both physically and mentally, for my forthcoming competition.
Thank you so much for your amazing help today. You are such a calm and kindly lady.
I can’t tell you how pleased I feel . I was dreading it if the truth is known but you made it so very easy and your way with people is fab.
Thanks for a brilliant weekend. I didn’t know anyone when I signed up but that didn’t matter – the other women were really friendly and the coaches were brilliant. You gave me really specific useful information about nutrition which I have started to implement, as well as lots of other tips for transition, cycling and running. I’ve just finished a sprint triathlon and did a PR, and felt really strong on the run. Some of the credit for that should definitely go the the Tri50 weekend!
Just wanted to thank both of you for bringing me together with Vanessa and Nicole last year in Fuerteventura. As a result of getting to know them then, and keeping in touch since, we’ve just had a great week’s training together here in Andalucia. I have had so much fun and enjoyment sharing bike rides, swims and leisure time with them and it has been fascinating to talk to both of them about their approach to training for Tri events. Both are considerably less angst-ridden than me, so I have a lot to learn from them about that! Vanessa and I have also spent a lot of time comparing our similar hamstring/upper leg pains and commiserating with one another!
I will be really sad to see them both leave tomorrow but know we will meet up again somewhere, sometime later this year (maybe at a Tri event…) so will look forward to that.
Thanks again for Fuerteventura last year and everything that it has led to since!
I signed up for the Autumn Tri50 training weekend to provide some momentum for my winter training, and perhaps find out why one of my 2015 sprint tris had gone like a dream while another had hurt all the way round. I got more than I bargained for! As well as the excellent swim, bike and run training sessions and the much-needed information about nutrition (perhaps the secret to why one of my events didn’t go right) I found myself motivated to sign up with Jo for a proper coached training plan to take me into the 2016 season. While my aim is to improve my pool-based sprint distance performance in the year where I go up to a new age group, I know that Jo has plans to persuade me that open-water swimming is the next move. Who knows – with Jo’s coaching skills she might even get me to believe it too! Thanks to Jo and Beate for an exhausting but very motivating weekend. I will definitely be back for more.
Many thanks for a great weekend. The venue was ideal, Beate and Jo could not have been more helpful and I learnt a lot. If I can put all this knowledge into practice I should sail through Ironman Barcelona.
… I just wanted to say thanks again for a fantastic weekend. I had such a great time – I felt I learnt a great deal from 2 supportive, knowledgeable coaches in a safe environment. It has boosted my confidence too.
I miss you both, our group and Wellington college already.
Here’s to the next time!
It has been a privilege to meet you and train with you at the Wellington College in the past two and half days! Everyone of you is inspirational to me! Many thanks for your generosity in sharing knowledge and offering encouragement!
And of course SPECIAL THANKS to Jo and Beate who worked so hard to organise and run the training and most importantly for caring!
It is an extremely rewarding weekend for me and I’m sure you feel the same.
For some of you who are more local to me, we shall organise some trainings together… keep fingers crossed 🙂
It was lovely to meet you all and get to know others who share my love of triathlon.
Thank you to Jo and Beate for a very rewarding weekend, I enjoyed everything about the weekend and had a fantastic and memorable time to take me forward with my training and racing.
Jo and Beate managed the group sessions so that we all received invaluable individual training along with the camaraderie and support of a friendly group. Lovely pool and surprisingly good food!
I had a brilliant weekend and really enjoyed the training and tips to move my training forward. I do hope I can manage to come along to another event next year. All the best, and thank you once again for a great weekend.
It was an enormously helpful weekend, so again thank you for you and your team’s advice. I have some really good tips and areas of the training for me to work on, and I think the areas you covered are behind my lack of speed and endurance in the swim and run.
Thank you so much for giving me such structure to my training. I had no clue when I started 4 months ago at your tri weekend. I have learnt so much under your leadership.
I came along to the training day with Jo and Beate at Hillingdon in March. I’ve just completed my first Triathlon, at Sevenoaks on Sunday and wanted to pass on a message to Jo and Beate to say thank you for all the great training day tips. I finished in 1.54.40 and was the 2nd placed female in my age group and 19th female overall so I was absolutely over the moon. I’m totally fired up now for my next triathlon at East Grinstead on 11th May and then the Hever Castle Series after that.