Member Spotlight and Race Reports

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  • 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!

  • 14 Jun 2017 4:43 PM | Anonymous

    Kevin Duplisea is our Member of the Month for May! Kevin is one of those members who jumped into triathlon and the club with both feet and hasn’t stopped.  From the moment he joined the club in the fall, he has been an enthusiastic fixture at our swims, track workouts (east and west) and our weekly rides. He has attended every camp this season that the TTC has offered including: Arizona, Learn to Tri, Collingwood, Newbie Camp, and our Muskoka recon day.  Kevin has an amazing and contagious enthusiasm for the sport, for his training, and on social media.  #BOOM. Congrats Kevin and thanks for embracing the sport and the club!

  • 05 Jun 2017 12:33 PM | Anonymous








    TTC was well represented at the kick-off for the ITU World Grand Finals! The official kick-off for the ambassadors of the ITU Word Grand Final was held in Rotterdam in April. Kick-off took place during the World Cup Shorttrack, where several national Canadian Shorttrack athletes were competing (think, Victor Hamelin). One of our very own members, Pieter, represented as an ambassador for the event. During the session, the President of the Dutch Triathlon association elaborated on the beautiful location of the race. The race took place in the heart of Rotterdam, as the athletes swam in the downtown harbor, after which they biked over all the large bridges in the center of the city. The race concluded with a run in the Euromast park, the CN tower of the Netherlands. A nice anecdote was told about the willingness of the city to help out: “We were struggling to get the bike route organized because of police restrictions on the usage of several roads. The organizers were very concerned about how to solve this. The municipality was very helpful and simply added that they would build an extra temporary bridge for the event to solve the issue”.








    The race was very special for Pieter, who has lived in Toronto for 1.5 years and has been a TTC member for just as long. Prior to Toronto, Pieter lived and worked in Rotterdam for 11 years. During the kick-off event Pieter was asked why he wanted to be an ambassador for the event, given that he is living in Canada. “For me, it is really bringing two worlds together, my home town Rotterdam and Toronto where I have fallen in love with Triathlon. It is super exciting that some of my fellow TTC athletes will be racing there and I want to do everything in my power to make it successful and wonderful experience for them. Given the nature of the Dutch people, I am 100% sure that there will be a lot of spectators dressed up in orange (our national color) and cheering all the athletes on”.








    During the last TTC social we were able to give a way miniature clogs with the ITU worlds logo on them thanks to Pieter. Who knows what we will get next time…    

  • 08 May 2017 10:58 AM | Anonymous

    Please meet a new member of the Club, Laura-Lee Moran

    Of the three disciplines, the one I excel at most is ... I’d like to say running because it’s the discipline I’ve been doing the longest, but I’ve surprised myself with how I’ve been able to get comfortable on the bike in only a short time.

    What inspired you to start participating in triathlons? I’m too competitive with myself and I’m stubborn.  I started running 2 years ago and challenged myself to a half marathon, then it was a full marathon. But I needed something more and competing in triathlons was suggested – challenge accepted.

    Embarrassing rookie training moment? I had signed up for my first indoor ride, on a borrowed bike, using borrowed shoes.  I was trying not to make it glaringly obvious that I had no idea what I was doing, but when it came time to clip into the pedals, I was lost. I knew how to do it, they just didn’t want to cooperate that day.  I had to have my shoes clipped in by coach in order for me to continue. 

    Tell us about what you are working towards/hoping to accomplish next. Ultimately I would love to do an Ironman, but for now I’m focussing on my first 70.3 that will be in late summer of this year.  I’m also working to improve in the swim which is the worst of the three disciplines, so I’ve signed up for the swim portions of relays to focus on that.

    When you see me, talk to me about... Travelling.  I love to travel and am always looking for new destinations and ideas that you won’t necessarily find in a travel book.

  • 26 Apr 2017 10:28 AM | Anonymous

    Our Member of the Month for March is Ted Rosen. Ted is a proud member of the
    TTC and can always be found wearing his TTC colours at races and
    clinics. Ted is one of the Club's original members as well as a previous board
    member, spending 2 years as President. Since leaving the board, Ted has
    continued to be an advocate for the Club and attends the majority of club
    events and clinics, always going out of his way to talk to new and
    returning members making them feel welcome. Ted is always providing
    feedback, suggestions and encouragement to the Board and members. Thanks
    for all your support for the Club and triathlon Ted!

  • 07 Apr 2017 5:24 PM | Anonymous

    My name is Kevin Pogacar, I am 26 years old and have picked up triathlon racing over the past two years. I figured that since I have always been involved in sport, triathlon would be a nice fit for me. I was slowly increasing my distances to half-iron, with my goal eventually finishing a full and ultimately someday qualifying for Kona. 

    Last year I started training more seriously and ended up signing up for nationals in Ottawa on a whim as I was feeling strong come July. They cancelled the swim unfortunately but I managed to finish second in my age group in my first Olympic duathlon! 

    This means I've qualified for Age Group World Championships in Rotterdam this year in September, so I've completely changed my focus from increasing my endurance, to working on speed and power. I have changed up my schedule to revolve solely around the Olympic distance for this year with hopes of really improving my speed in all 3 disciplines. I plan on racing all of the Multisport Olympic distance races this summer with a couple sprints to keep me sharp for Worlds. It would be nice if I can crack some overall podiums this year in Ontario going into my big race in September. 

    I have also managed to get involved with and have become a brand ambassador for a few local companies who are supporting me leading up to Worlds (Clif, Skratch Labs, Nimblewear, Blade Carbon Wheels and Triangle Phyisiotherapy). Along with training and organizing with sponsors, I just recently got married in February so this year has already been pretty crazy and hopefully all will pan out in a few months come race season. 

    I will train with TTC in the summer during the west end swims and will come out for some High Park Thursday evening interval sessions as they were very helpful and nice to train with partners last summer. 

  • 29 Mar 2017 12:31 PM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to our February Member of the Month: Irene Rey. Irene is an active member of our club and the Tri community. She is the TTC Past President, a member of the TO Board of Directors, as well as a community coach. Irene has made herself available to stand in for many of our coaches while they are way, often at the sacrifice of her own training. Irene brings positive energy to the club and is a valuable asst to our club and community.

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