Member Spotlight and Race Reports

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  • 05 Aug 2018 11:42 AM | Anonymous

    The Toronto Triathlon Club hosts weekly outdoor bike rides and skills at High Park in Toronto’s west end. Club members looking to work on improving their cycling skills join the group ride Tuesday nights to learn from Phaedra, one of our TTC coaches. We asked our members about their experience at this weekly training opportunity, the following is what they shared. 


    Names: Jayme & Steve

    How long have you been involved with the TTC? We joined at the end of the summer of 2015. The main reason was to sign up for the coached swims but we quickly realized there were a lot of other benefits to being a club member.

    Is this your first season participating with this training group, how often do you attend training sessions? No, we rode with this group last year too. We come most weeks.

    Can you give a quick overview on what types of workouts you do at the training sessions? Jayme - It’s mostly hill repeats (Centre, Ellis or Colborne) with some sprinting around the top loop. Within the set of repeats we practice different climbing strategies like riding big chain ring/low cadence, small chain ring/high cadence and out of the saddle. This year there was a skills session before the main ride which was great.

    What did you like best about this training opportunity provided by the TTC? The motivation to get out and learn from a great coach! If we were doing repeats by ourselves we’d probably always be in the easiest gear!

    Overall what would you say was the biggest takeaway for your triathlon training and for yourself from this experience? Jayme - With the skills session this year I learned how to stabilize the bike when descending which has already helped alleviate some of my fear when picking up speed.

    Steve - Strengthened my hill climbing and taught me I don’t always need to use the easiest gear to get up a hill

    Can you share a fun moment from the training sessions you attended?Nothing specific, Phaedra (the coach) and the group are really great. We share training tips, race reports and always have a good experience.

    Anything else you want other TTC members to know about this training opportunity or the club? There are so many great free offerings that come with membership, it’s really just a no brainer


  • 13 Jul 2018 2:30 PM | Anonymous

    The Toronto Triathlon Club hosted its annual Newbie/Development Beginner’s Camp May 27, 2018 in Milton. Club members beginning their triathlon journey were introduced to triathlon skills and built confidence for the upcoming season at the Milton Velodrome and at Kelso Conservation Area. We asked one of our group leaders and coaches about their experience at the camp working with our members, the following is what they shared.


    Group Leader: Amy 

    How long have you been involved with the TTC? About one year.

    Is this your first time at this event? No, I was a newbie at the camp last year.

    What did you like best about being a group leader and helping TTC athletes at this event? I remember feeling SO nervous about attending as a newbie last year that I almost cancelled at the last minute. The camp was very helpful. I learned so much and I felt empowered with my newfound knowledge. The camp definitely prepared me for my first race! Because the camp helped me get over many fears, I wanted to share my experiences with this year’s participants and hopefully eased some of their fears.

    What was one instance at the event for one or some of the athletes that made you feel good about being a group leader? I enjoyed providing assistance with bike handling. A few of the participants were nervous about holding their handlebars on the hoods and with some encouragement they were thrilled with becoming comfortable handling the bike in a safer position with quick access to their brakes.

    Overall what would you say was the biggest takeaway for the athletes and for yourself from this experience? Many of the campers expressed the common fear of open water swimming. But this group was so eager and enthusiastic to get in that water they really nailed all of the drills. I was so excited to see that and to watch everyone have fun!

    Can you share a fun moment from the event? The coaches, Tara and Eric, made the camp fun and interactive. I think the participants really enjoyed learning the different methods of the swim starts, especially the running from the beach into the water.

    Anything else you want other TTC members to know about this event? If you are new to triathlon, this camp is perfect for getting a sense of the sport and help ease any fears you may have.


    Coach: Eric 

    How long have you been involved with this event and the TTC? I have been a part of the Newbie camp since its inception 4 years ago.

    What did you like best about coaching TTC athletes at this event? It’s always amazing to watch new athletes coming into the day, not knowing what to expect or understand different aspects of the sport and walking away at the end of the day feeling more confident and better prepared for their upcoming race season.

    What was one breakthrough moment of the event for one or some of the athletes that made you feel proud as a coach? There was no particular breakthrough moment but more that everyone coming into the camp felt intimidated and “alone” and then realizing, they aren’t “alone” and that they were able to help and support one another throughout the day. Everyone of them had something to offer and be able to offer moral support to others.

    Overall what would you say was the biggest takeaway for the athletes and for yourself from this experience? For the athletes, I would say their confidence and understanding of the sport and what to expect on race day or what to focus on during their training, be it skills, transitions, endurance or putting it all together. As a coach, I love watching people grow throughout the day and then speaking to them later in the season and saying how much the camp helped them on the day and with their confidence.

    Can you share a fun moment from the event? The whole day is a fun time as we learn, but the open water swim session seems to be a highlight, especially on a hot day. Everyone has become comfortable with one another and then you get to splash in the water with your new friends.

    Anything else you want other TTC members to know about this event? This is a great day of skills and learning for anyone just getting into or relatively new to the sport, to help improve their abilities in different areas of triathlon or duathlon.

  • 13 Jul 2018 2:27 PM | Anonymous

    The Toronto Triathlon Club hosted its annual Collingwood training camp May 18-21, 2018. Club members and coaches worked on triathlon skills and logged some early season training hours on the hills around Blue Mountain. We asked two of our coaches about their experience at the camp working with our members, the following is what they shared.


    Coach: Miranda

    How long have you been involved with this event and the TTC? 2 years

    What did you like best about coaching TTC athletes at this event? Being able to offer feedback face to face and help to answer athlete questions

    What was one breakthrough moment of the event for one or some of the athletes that made you feel proud as a coach? I told one athlete with sore knees to think about squeezing/using her butt/glutes when she was riding. She said this helped to alleviate some of her knee pain. I was happy I was able to help! It was also good to see that when I told people to eat or drink, they would!

    Overall what would you say was the biggest takeaway for the athletes and for yourself from this experience? For the athletes, the importance of nutrition and proper pacing was an eye opener for those who had never done this volume of training. As a coach, I learned the importance of collaborating with other coaches and I improved my confidence coaching from the bike.

    Can you share a fun moment from the event? It was all fun!

    Anything else you want other TTC members to know about this event? There are a lot of things we as triathletes don't know about triathlon. There is really so much to learn about training, nutrition, bike mechanics, gearing, etc. I even learn new things and I've been competing and coaching for 10 years. This camp is not only a great training experience, but a chance for athletes to learn more about the sport and get extremely useful advice.


    Coach: Tara

    How long have you been involved with this event and the TTC? I’ve been organizing and coaching the TTC Collingwood camp since 2012, and was previously a participant as well as a guest speaker on endurance sports nutrition. I’ve been a coach with the TTC since 2010.

    What did you like best about coaching TTC athletes at this event? It’s always great to work with such an amazing group of athletes and see the challenge themselves over the weekend. Whether you are new to the sport or have years of experience TTC Collingwood camp is a great place to share knowledge and stories while getting in some amazing training.

    What was one breakthrough moment of the event for one or some of the athletes that made you feel proud as a coach? Having lead the camp for so long it’s great to see so many people year after year. It’s truly amazing to see some of the beginner riders get stronger and more confident with their cycling strength and progress to being inspirations for other newer campers.

    Overall what would you say was the biggest takeaway for the athletes and for yourself from this experience? Triathletes often train as individuals for an individual sport. This weekend however is a chance to embrace the power of the group and come together to support one another.

    Can you share a fun moment from the event? I really like the Team Triathlon Challenge. It’s not about being the best out there it’s about being able to participate in a solo sport as part of a team. It keeps it fun while challenging everyone to give it their all!

    Anything else you want other TTC members to know about this event? This event has been going on for at least 10 years and has grown from a group of friends riding together to an intensive weekend of training for club members with professional coaches, support and is a lot of fun!

  • 26 May 2018 9:43 PM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to our April Member of the Month – Lori Goodfellow.  Lori is an extremely dedicated member of the Board and played a critical role and spent countless hours in moving our accounting practices forward this year.  Lori is also an active member participating in many club camps and training activities and is always one of the first to volunteer when a call goes out.

    Thank you Lori for your passion and dedication to the club and good luck with your upcoming race at Challenge World Championships in Slovakia next month.

  • 03 Jan 2018 9:16 AM | Anonymous

    Our Member of the Month for January is, David Noseworthy. David has been a member of the TTC Board of Directors for the past four years, holding key positions - sponsorship, secretary and this past year as President.

    In addition to his board involvement and hectic personal life, David loves to race and you can guarantee he has a memorable race or two booked each season. His ‘A’ Race for 2017 was IM Austria which he conquered with a contingent of other TTC’ers.

    In October, David’s leadership and his ability to triumph over adversity was demonstrated again at the NOLA 70.3. After training hard and investing in a far-away race, it was obviously disappointing for David and his friends to see the race cancelled due to weather. Instead of grumbling, David amassed the TTC team to seek out all that NOLA had to offer!

    While this is only one example of the leadership offered by the President of the TTC, it does offer insight into how he is able to make the best of a difficult situation (required by anyone looking to do triathlons!), inspire others and how David has been able to lead the TTC to help become the largest triathlon club in Canada.

    You will inevitably see David’s smiling face at numerous local races and club events, his warm calm demeanor will quickly have you at ease and talking about the addictive triathlon lifestyle!

  • 16 Oct 2017 1:51 PM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to Jana Paniccia our September Member of the Month.  Jana has been an active member of the club for a few years now and is always ready to lend a hand and volunteer.   In September, Jana competed in her first ITU World Championships (Standard Distance) in Rotterdam last month. After a solid swim and a really decent first bike loop Jana got a hole in her tire and couldn't fix it with her own repair kit. Refusing every offer to take her to the finish, she ran 6km in bike shoes, helmet and with her bike. A kind Canadian then offered her another repair kit. Jana tried changing the tube and covering the hole. That didn't work, but Jana decided to see what I could do on the bike anyways and ended up rolling incredibly slowly the last 7km on a mostly flat tire with a gash in it. Congratulations to Jana for persevering and refusing to give up, all while always having a positive attitude and finish with a smile.   Congratulations Jana!

  • 10 Sep 2017 12:14 PM | Anonymous

    Erin Miller took on the Tour D'Afrique this year, from February 13th through May 14th. We asked Erin about her experience.

    I decided to undertake Tour D'Afrique because it was a great way for me to combine two of my favourite hobbies--- cycling and travel. I had always been interested in cycle touring but did not feel ready to do a self-supported journey so Tour D'Afrique was the perfect compromise. It was a great way to meet like minded travelers and cyclists from around the world and to get to visit many rural and remote parts of Africa that are more difficult to get to using other forms of transportation. As well, it was a great opportunity to raise funds for World Bicycle Relief, an organization which provides locally assembled bicycles to students, healthcare workers and entrepreneurs in Africa and other parts of the world.

    Coming out of the summer triathlon season last year and starting to prepare for Tour D'Afrique meant more time on the bike and less time focusing on my running and swimming. I did however continue to swim twice a week as cross-training and also continued to do strength training when I could fit it in. Leading up to Tour D'Afrique, I was cycling 3-4 x per week mainly indoors because the tour started in the winter. I found participating in indoor group cycling (at Mindset and X3) very helpful to continue to build up my strength on the bike and increase my confidence heading into the tour.

    The biggest challenge during the tour was dealing with the unexpected. On our longest day of the entire tour (208 km) it poured rain for the entire day and was very cold with a strong headwind, in an area of Africa that is generally very dry and warm. That was a tough day both physically and mentally but we had a great group of riders supporting each other to get through it. I also found the off road sections of the tour very challenging as most of my cycling experience has been focused around triathlon and I don't have much off road experience. I fell of my bike a few times during the off road bits but thankfully was able to get back on a keep riding.

    The most memorable thing about the tour was definitely the people--- getting to bond with a group of riders from around the world, being supported by the amazing tour staff and getting to learn about local life from the people in the cities, towns and villages we visited all contributed to creating an unforgettable experience.

    The biggest advice I would give to someone who is interested in participating in this event would be: Do it!!! While it wasn't always easy, it was one of the greatest experiences I have ever been a part of!

    Here are a few pictures from the tour:

  • 22 Aug 2017 11:19 AM | Anonymous

    Congrats to our Member of the Month - Amy Lam! Amy is our Member of the Month for July.  She embodies all the positive traits of a triathlete and the values of the Toronto Triathlon Club.

    Only three short years ago, Amy needed to be pulled out of the lake during her first-ever race.  Through hard work and taking advantage of the resources that the Club provides - including numerous clinics, open houses, socials, and our annual Collingwood Camp (3 years in a row!) - Amy completed the IM70.3 Tremblant earlier this season.  Amazing progress in such a short period of time!

    Those who know Amy know her contagious energy and her big smile.  She consistently supports the Club, whether it's through social media, bringing in new members, or hosting post-race parties. Congrats Amy!

  • 28 Jul 2017 12:55 PM | Anonymous

    In only his second year competing in triathlons, 2016, Scott qualified for OLY Distance World's in 2017, what brought him to the sport? Nothing too exciting really! He was bored with stationary bikes and running and there is a community centre with a pool 2 blocks from his house so figured he could take up swimming, then it struck him that would be swim/bike/run, so why not string it together for competing in triathlon.

    Scott had a major set back right before the 2016 qualifying race in Ottawa but still insisted on competing because how many chances would he get to qualify for the World Championships of anything!? Last July Scott tore the cartilage in his right knee, this was the 4th time he had torn it, though the first time in my right knee. Knowing the protocol of arthroscopic surgery, including waiting 5 months after surgery before starting rehab, and that it does not do anything to heal the tear, Scott opted for stem cell therapy instead. It's so new no studies have been concluded. He would put his healing rate at about 90% so far. And the best part- he was rehabbing 4 days after the treatment. "I feel like I got new knees ;) I had the treatment done on both".

    World's this year are in Rotterdam Sept 17. Scott typically does not set "goals" but it going to be competitive. His daughter is a national level swimmer and he tells her "You don't win the race on race day. You win it every day you get up at 430 am for practice and others sleep in. You win it every time you push yourself in practice when others are giving up. You win that race when everyone is feeling pain and you hold out the longest". It's my job to train, the results will be what I earn.

    Which aspect of triathlon does Scott feel is his strongest and which is he focusing on developing before Worlds? Strongest is definitely bike. He never did much biking and never even had a road bike until he bought his tri bike in July 2015. However, over the years he has done a lot of ice/inline skating and realized it utilizes many of the same muscle groups. Scott taught myself to swim in the winter before starting triathlons and feels he has plateaued, so improving his run after the setback last year has been his focus. Scott reduced his running to once/week to limit impact on his knees. The rest of his weekly run training is now in the gym. "Last week I set a PB on my usual 10k route (46:15, I've been running it for 4 years), so I think the new routine is working."

    As a relative rookie to the sport tell us a funny story of a "rookie mistake" you have made racing or training? Scott put on his tri suit on backwards the first time, unclipped his helmet after crossing the dismount line during his first race. Timing chip fell off his ankle coming out of the water at 2015 TTF and forgot to put it back on until he returned to transition from the bike!

  • 17 Jul 2017 11:08 AM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to Felicia Long as our June Member of the Month.  Felicia recently completed her 13th full distance triathlon (12 X IM) in Austria. She is a very active member of the club participating in many races and is an active volunteer group leader helping out on deck, at camps and on group rides.  Felicia is an enthusiastic ambassador for the club, always smiling and encouraging new members to participate. Congrats Felicia and thanks for being such an amazing TTCer!

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