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  • Triathlon Training  in Ottawa - Team Triumph Triathlon Club - What Distance Triathlon Should I Race?

    What Distance Triathlon Should I Race?

    What Distance Triathlon Should I Race? By Julia Aimers, Head Coach Team Triumph Triathlon Club This might seem like a simple question to answer. If you have never participated in a triathlon before it seems logical that you would start with a shorter distance race like a super sprint or sprint. But, this is not always the case. There are many variables to consider when deciding what distance race you should take part in such as…..
    Your fitness background. If you come to the sport from an endurance swimming, cycling or running background, then participating in a short distance race might not fuel your competitive or physical abilities
    Your time constraints. ....

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  • Triathlon Training  in Ottawa - Team Triumph Triathlon Club - Why Ride in a Group if you are a Triathlete

    Why Ride in a Group if you are a Triathlete

    Group Riding - Beneficial for a Triathlete? by Julia Aimers, Head Coach Team Triumph Triathlon Club Why would I recommend that you join a group ride as a Triathlete when Triathlon is a non-drafting sport? Here are just a few reasons:
    Improve your Average Power - Normalized Power ratio - Do you ride with Power? If you do you are probably familiar with AP and NP. The less technical your cycling is, the harder it’s going to be to keep pace. Find out more about AP-NP and why it is important to look at those metrics here .
    Improve Bike Handling Skills - You will learn how to efficiently handle turns (triathletes are known to be less than skilled ....

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  • Triathlon Training  in Ottawa - Team Triumph Triathlon Club - How to Pick A Triathlon - Considering Factors

    How to Pick A Triathlon - Considering Factors


    How to Pick A Triathlon - Consider these Factors

    by Julia Aimers, Head Coach Team Triumph Triathlon Club
    As mentioned in my previous article Triathlon Tips , if your first race is in June, the latest you should start training in February. That would make the winter season the perfect time of year to start looking for races, shopping for a coach or club, and acquiring the necessary equipment to start your training. So let's start planning! When choosing your races, consider these factors:
    The average temperature on race day. What temperature do you like to race at? If you have never raced before all you have to think about is if you don't like to be cold, you might ....

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  • Triathlon Training  in Ottawa - Team Triumph Triathlon Club - Gettin Jiggy With it on St. Patty's Day Weekend

    Gettin Jiggy With it on St. Patty's Day Weekend

    Most festivities that surround St. Patricks Day involve green beer, crazy green clothing, and oh did I mention the green beer. We at Team Triumph choose to drink water and maybe some green Gatorade and wear crazy green clothing while taking part in our Spin Like the Irish Cycling class or our St. Patrick's Day 5km run along the canal while raising funds for a good cause. I think St. Patrick would be proud. This year we choose to March Forward Toward Mental Health in support of the Vanier Social PediatricHub where we raised $150.00 to date. Having fun + exercise + raising funds made for a great weekend. Here are some pictures that captured the ....

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  • Triathlon Training  in Ottawa - Team Triumph Triathlon Club - Hypothermic Half was no match for Team Triumph Members

    Hypothermic Half was no match for Team Triumph Members

    Saturday, March 2, the HypothermicHalf Races took place at the Marshes Golf Course in Kanta. With the winter we have been having, participants were hoping the weatherman was going to be right and it was going to be much warmer than previous years. This race has a history of being very very cold, and living up to its name. Thankfully the weather was much nicer this year, allowing the participants to focus more on the course and less on the weather. This was a looped course with rolling hills and plenty of turns to keep racers interested. The event had a brunch after and all participants got a bladder pack as race kit and super cool finishers medal. Congratulations to our ....

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  • Triathlon Training  in Ottawa - Team Triumph Triathlon Club - Spinning Classes for Triathlon Training - Beneficial or Not?

    Spinning Classes for Triathlon Training - Beneficial or Not?

    By Julia Aimers, Head Coach of Team Triumph Triathlon Club Not all spin classes are created equal. However, if you choose the right one you can reap some great fitness benefits that are guaranteed to transfer to your early season triathlon bike fitness. You do not have to own an indoor trainer to keep or improve your bike fitness over the winter months. If you choose the right spinning class you can not only maintain your previous year's fitness but improve upon it. I have been teaching spinning for over 25 years.I use it exclusively for my winter bike fitness. Our classes are designed with the triathlete in mind using watts, gaging perceived exertion and heart rate. ....

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  • Team Triumph Takes on the Gatineau Loppet, Winterman and Hypothermic Half

    Coach Maggie and Friends Harry Biggs - after the 27km Gatineau Loppet It was a big weekend of racing again for Team Triumph.
    COACH MAGGIE'S REPORT:
    A Perfect weekend for the Gatineau Loppet
    ! On Saturday, with picture perfect conditions, the classic skiers raced: Pat Konantz placed first in her age group for the 51 km! Kory McDonald Ibarra and Coach Maggie also completed the 51 km distance. Olivia Garay took on the 27km! On Sunday the skateskiers were out in somewhat chillier conditions but cheered on by the brilliant sunshine. Laurent Lenert completed the 51 km; Harry Briggs,Nancy Manning and Karen St Arnaud completed the 27 km and Barbara ....

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  • Triathlon Training  in Ottawa - Team Triumph Triathlon Club - Having Fun with Winter Sports

    Having Fun with Winter Sports

    Winter can be a long haul, especially in Canada where it can last for upwards to 5 months. As triathletes, it is pretty evident that summer is probably our favorite time of year, but due to the long winter months, we can end being caught complaining about how long it drags on. Why not take up a winter sport instead. This past weekend two of our members showed us how fun snowshoe running and Dragon Boat racing on ice can be. Anita Lacelle Taylor was jumping for joy when she discovered that she won her age group at the Summerstown Trail Snowshoe Race on the weekend. Congrats Anita. You certainly look like you have been doing your plyometrics lately. Our other member embracing winter is ....

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  • Triathlon Training  in Ottawa - Team Triumph Triathlon Club - When Should I Start Training for my Triathlon?

    When Should I Start Training for my Triathlon?


    Triathlete tips

    by Julia Aimers, Head Coach Team Triumph Triathlon Club
    Whether it’s your first season or tenth season participating in triathlons, you want to have a good performance, so it is important to keep in mind “ Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance” One essential element of any successful triathlete is to dedicate the time necessary to properly train for a race. Regardless of your experience or fitness level, it's important to start training long before your first race of the season. This can mean the difference between feeling good and finishing strong or struggling to get over that finish line. Here is roughly how much time you'll need ....

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  • Triathlon Training  in Ottawa - Team Triumph Triathlon Club - Winterlude Triathlon - No Swimming Required

    Winterlude Triathlon - No Swimming Required

    WINTERLUDE TRIATHLON – NO SWIMSUIT REQUIRED
    Congratulations to Coach Maggie and to Patricia Konantz for winning their respective age categories at the Winterlude Triathlon on Saturday! Lyse Patenaude organized a team with her sonand niece and they placed first in their category as well!A snowy morning but a good time was had by all. Maggie reported that this year's challenge was running with your skate gear. Here is Pat's report: WINTERLUDE REPORT:
    This year's race was all about new logistics:Drive to Mooney’s Bay/leave skis and poles in T2/Shuttle bus to Hartwell Locks/leave running shoes and pack at T1/put on skate gear and skate to Bronson warming ....

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