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  • Ice, Snow, and Sunshine: Celebrating Team Triumph's Racing Achievements

    Team Triumph had a busy weekend at the races. Some races were warmer than others! The Embrace Winter Race was windy, cold, icy and snowy as advertised causing pretty rough running conditions. Meanwhile Isaac was in Sevilla, Spain where the weather was ideal for marathoning. SEVILLA MARATHON Isaac Gonzalez Embrace Winter Half Marathon Deborah Jackman Byron Johnson (1st in AG) Karen Burns (3rd in AG) 5km Denise Pittuck (1st in AG) Ann-Marie Omar (2nd in AG) Gatineau Loppet Coach Gabi pictured (27km Skate Ski) Brad Vlaming (50km Skate Ski) Congratulations to all. Julia ....

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  • Strength Training for Swimmers (And Everyone Else!)

    Strength Training for Swimmers (And Everyone Else!) No Equipment? No Problem! Many people think you need a lot of fancy equipment to get a good workout. That's not true! You can work out with things you have at home. Today, we're going to show you how to do exercises without bands. These exercises will make your swimming muscles stronger. But don't worry if you're not a swimmer. These workouts are great for anyone who wants to get stronger. Let's Get Started (see video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QeyXg4gUPBA ) First, let's find some things around the house. You can use weights, a mat, a ball, or even a bench. Anything sturdy will work. Now, let's get moving! Warm-Up with ....

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  • First Race of the Season Complete: Richmond Road Race Triumphs!

    Traditionally, the Richmond Road Race has been synonymous with daunting conditions – think windy, blustery snow and less-than-ideal footing. It's these very elements that add a layer of adventure and excitement to the event. However, this year turned the tables with surprisingly cooperative weather, blessing our runners with great conditions for a January race. This twist of fate allowed participants to focus more on their performance and less on battling the elements. Celebrating the Victories It's always inspiring to see athletes, both seasoned and new, triumph over the challenges of the race. This year, we witnessed remarkable performances across the board. 5KM Race Achievers ....

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  • The 80/20 Conundrum: Is There a Universal Training Ratio for Triathlon Success?

    As athletes, we are always searching for the next best thing to make us faster, and stronger and gain a competitive edge. It’s easy to jump on a trend especially when social media feeds us with information every day. As an exercise physiologist and endurance coach, it is my job to approach the information with a scientific, skeptical brain and not only dive deeper into the research behind the findings but also keep up with the speed of the research. After attending the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiologists symposium and reading Dr. Stacy Sims' recent blogs, I have been questioning more than ever before the concept of spending 80% of your training in the Z2 aerobic zone and ....

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  • Team Triumph Athlete of the Year - Sarah Allen

    Conquering Challenges and Smiling Through the Finish Line: Sarah Allen's Triathlon Journey Meet our extraordinary Athlete of the Year, Sarah Allen, a dedicated triathlete who has not only triumphed over physical and mental challenges but has also qualified for the prestigious Ironman World Championship in Kona. Sarah's journey is a testament to resilience, determination, and the unwavering support of her coach and teammates at Team Triumph. She went from doing a Beginner triathlon to an Olympic triathlon to a Half Ironman to our Personal coaching program in quick succession. She is a testament to how we develop athletes with Team Triumph one step at a time. Getting Started: A Journey ....

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  • Athlete of the Week: Denise Pittuck - Overcoming Challenges and Embracing the Journey

    Meet Denise Pittuck, a remarkable athlete and member of Team Triumph. Denise's journey in the world of triathlon is truly inspiring, marked by resilience, passion, and a commitment to personal growth. In this exclusive interview, Denise shares her diverse experiences, challenges faced, and the triumphs that have defined her remarkable athletic career. Professional Journey: From Biomechanics to Triathlons Denise's professional journey is nothing short of extraordinary. With a Master's in Biomechanics, she initially worked as a consultant with Recreation and Sport Canada. Over the years, she held pivotal roles with various National Sport Governing Associations, served as an Assistant ....

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  • Athlete of the Week: Renee Roberts - A Triathlon Journey Through Time

    This week, we are thrilled to shine the spotlight on Renee Roberts, a remarkable athlete whose journey spans decades and embodies the true spirit of triathlon. Renee's sporting saga began in 1975, a time when running gear was a mere afterthought, and denim jeans doubled as running attire. As a Psychology undergraduate student at Carleton University, she found solace in the rhythm of running, a way to burn off energy amidst long study sessions. Little did she know that this initial foray into running would set the stage for an illustrious athletic career. Her first taste of competitive running came in the scorching heat of August 1981 during a 30-kilometer race in St Jean, QC. ....

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  • Athletes of the Week: Lucie Tremblay and Melanie Bouchard - A Dynamic Mother-Daughter Triathlon Duo

    Meet Lucie Tremblay, a military veteran and recently retired police executive officer with an impressive career spanning 35 years. Lucie's journey into the world of triathlon was not only a personal challenge but also a family affair, as her daughter Melanie Bouchard joined her on this exhilarating adventure. Let's delve into their inspiring story, triumphs, and the challenges they've overcome together. A Family Tradition: Triathlon from the Start Lucie's introduction to triathlon came through her husband, who completed his first triathlon in Ottawa after taking swimming lessons with the renowned coach Julia Aimers. Inspired by her husband's achievement, Lucie bought her first road ....

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  • Athlete of the Week: Simone Rose Oliver - Triumphing Beyond the Finish Line

    Simone Rose Oliver, a dynamic force of resilience and determination, has not only conquered the challenges of the triathlon but has also seamlessly balanced a thriving career and a fulfilling family life. As our celebrated Athlete of the Week, Simone embodies the spirit of perseverance and the power of a supportive community, showcasing that age is merely a number when it comes to pursuing one's passions. The Journey Beyond Retirement Retiring in 2017 as the Superintendent of Schools with over 35 years of dedicated service in the field of education, Simone found herself transitioning into a new phase of life. Despite this transition, she continued to contribute significantly to the ....

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  • Athlete of the Week - Stephanie Bell: Conquering Triathlons with Team Triumph

    Stephanie Bell, a distinguished Director at Bell Canada and a dedicated mother of three has shown that age is just a number when it comes to achieving one's goals. Her remarkable journey into the world of triathlons is nothing short of inspiring. In this edition of Athlete of the Week, we delve into her experiences, challenges, and victories that have made her a true role model for aspiring athletes. Stephanie's initiation into the world of triathlons was not without its hurdles. She initially sought to shake up her fitness routine, only to find herself overwhelmed by the complexities of triathlon training. However, with the guidance of her friend Denise, she found her footing and ....

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