Triathlete Toby Read Joins The Team
Despite only just joining the team, we’ve actually be in touch with Toby Read for about two years. A shared enthusiasm of sustainability brought us together with Read being an energy consultant by day. However in the ensuing years, and with FLŌA’s expansion beyond mountain essentials, we are now excited to bring Toby onto the team.
Toby has spent a lifetime on skis, after first starting at age three. Around eight years ago though, Toby stopped wintering in Whistler and moved to London where he soon brought together his loves for running and cycling. “I try and get as much training is as I can,” explains Read. “About three years ago now I joined the London Fields Triathlon Club, which has been an amazing way to grow.”
TRIATHLON COACHING IN LONDON
London Fields Triathlon Club is a thriving community where everything from training to events are shared and organised. “Around a year and a half ago I started coaching at the club,” continues Read.
“I started wanting to give back to the racing events. You can start by volunteering and marshalling, but coaching is a great way to continue that support beyond, and leading up to the event day.”
Toby competes in two to three triathlons each year as well as other organised running and cycling events. However, with Covid restrictions and lockdowns in place, the past 12 months have been tricky to navigate.
“Events just kept getting deferred, then deferred again. We’ve still been able to train independently though and we have a really active Whatsapp group at the club which is great for support and advice.”
In the most recent lockdown, Toby headed up to Scotland to hole up in Aberdeenshire.
“The conditions up here are pretty extreme. I mean, some nights it’s getting as low as -18ºC. There’s a been a lot of snow on the ground and training requires a whole different approach to running and cycling in London, but it’s been amazing to step out in nature more. It’s actually been great as the landscape is obviously a lot more hilly near the Cairngorms. I’ve certainly been putting the All Action base layers through their paces up here.”
Toby will head back to London when the lockdown eases and will be resuming his training and coaching at London Fields with the hope of getting some more events in his sights. We’re excited to be supporting Toby, who is currently training in the new All Action base layers. You can follow him on Instagram @triangletobes.