Member Spotlight and Race Reports

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  • 17 Dec 2018 6:29 PM | Anonymous

    After months of training, on November 18, 2018 Laura-Lee lined up at the start of Ironman Arizona.  This was her first attempt at the epic Iron race distance. The weather was promising but unfortunately the water in Salt River was frigid at 59F with an air temperature of 48F.  Struggling with many other participants in the swim, Laura-Lee’s race day was cut short because of hypothermia. Her race had hardly begun and had to DNF the race she trained long and hard to finish.  Once she warmed up the day was not all lost she had her fiancé Bernardo to cheer on and support as he crossed the finish line.   

    Because Laura-Lee had done the work and was determined to do an Ironman, once the couple returned home Bernardo hatched a plan to challenge Laura-Lee to do the race anyways.  Despite being November in Toronto and not having her biked shipped back to the city yet, race logistics were organized.  With some planning, a borrowed bike, rain gear and head lamps a race route was mapped out and executed.  The transiting area was set up at home in their condo downtown with the bike on the trainer plus snacks ready to go. The swim start was at the local YMCA for a 3.8k pool swim, the bike a 180km Zwift ride, then a dark and rainy 42.2km run through the streets and paths in Toronto with Bernardo on a bike at her side for safety and support.

    The finish line was set up at a local track.  As a surprise a few friends and TTC members were let in on the home made race to surprise Laura-Lee at the finish. Despite the cold dark rainy night everyone was out cheering and dancing showing huge team spirit with their home made signs to congratulate Laura-Lee and her extreme determination in achieving her home-made Toronto Ironman race finish.  Of course post race there was pizza and a well deserved celebration!!

    Unofficial Race time 13h 50mins.

    Congratulations Laura-Lee and the entire organizing and support team! 

  • 17 Dec 2018 6:22 PM | Anonymous

    The Toronto Triathlon Club hosts indoor swim workouts throughout the City.  Club members looking to work on improving their swimming skills join weekly swim practices to learn from our many TTC coaches. We asked our members about their experience at this training opportunity, the following is what they shared.

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    Name: Erin

    How long have you been involved with the TTC?

    I joined in June 2017

    Where do you swim with the TTC and how often do you attend training sessions? 

    I swim with the Glendon group, once a week on Thursdays

    Is this your first season participating with this training group, How did you get started swimming with the TTC?

    This is my second season participating with this group. Swimming was the first reason I joined TTC. I had swum my whole childhood and worked as a lifeguard for a number of years. After having done a few marathons, I was looking for something new to try and with my swimming background, triathlons were a logical next step. A friend suggested I look at joining TTC.

    Can you give a quick overview on what types of workouts you do at the training sessions?

    This fall each week we’ve been focusing on one aspect of the freestyle swim. We start with a warm up and review of the previous week’s skill, then we do a main set with a variety of drills to help focus on the new piece. We’ve done everything from kicking to breathing to catch. Last year, in the winter session we focused more on speed and cadence.

    What do you like best about this training opportunity provided by the TTC?

    I like having a coach look at my stroke. It had been a long time since someone had corrected my form. Sam has done a great job in trying to find different ways to communicate how we all could improve, whether describing it in different ways or taking a video of us swimming and playing it back for us.

    Overall what would you say was the biggest takeaway for your triathlon training and for yourself from this training experience?

    The biggest takeaway that I’ve had from swimming with the group is that everyone can improve and that we all do it in different ways. There isn’t anyone in the group that has a perfect stroke. By watching and pushing each other we all improve

    Can you share a fun moment from the training sessions?

    On the last day of the swim session, we raced each other. Sam set up a series of relay races with different numbers of team members. He also joined a team. It was really funny the first time he swam a leg. We had all seen him swim before but never in a race. It was quite something :)

    Anything else you want other TTC members to know about this training opportunity or the club?

    There really is a swim lane for everyone. Looking at our swim group, there is a huge variety of skill levels. At practice there is a chance for everyone to learn and improve at their own pace.

  • 01 Sep 2018 3:41 PM | Anonymous

    Our Toronto Triathlon Club members train hard and race throughout the season, and everyone has a story form race day. One of our members has a story with a happy ending. The following is what they shared

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    Name: Jennifer


    Race: Ontario Women's Triathlon, Toronto Islands

    I raced the Ontario Women's Triathlon on the Toronto Islands. It was my second sprint triathlon of the summer. I've done some sprints before, and was aiming to finish strong, but for me, I'm typically middle of the pack in my AG. I'd joined the TTC in the spring and have been really enjoying my training.

    I gave it my all on race day. I felt great in the swim because I didn't need a wet suit, and I knew I was 3rd out of the water in my wave. On the bike I passed one of those women, and on the run I lost track of everyone. I finished the race and eventually checked out the unofficial results. I found Jen Hayes in the list and saw I finished 5/20 in the 45-49 AG. I was massively disappointed and kind of surprised given I knew I was ahead in the water and on the bike. I looked at the list again and realized there were two Jen Hayes' in the list! The other Jen Hayes, this time with my bib number 255, showed 1/20 in the 45-49 AG. I couldn't believe it! I was thrilled! I knew I'd done well, and thought maybe a second place finish, but with this, I was elated to have my first ever first place finish in a triathlon.

    I was super excited to stand on the podium - a new experience for me. My anticipation grew as the duathlon, relay and sprint AGs awards were handed out. My age group finally came up and... my name wasn't called. Three other women took their places on the podium and I was utterly confused and disappointed. I checked the results again on Sportstats, and sure enough, there was a DNF beside my name, even though I had finished the race completely and had had no penalties. I talked to the Sportstats people after all of the awards were complete and asked them what happened. They looked at my results and said, yep, your results look good. It's just a computer glitch. It happens. You got first place. By this time the crowds had dispersed, and even though my result was reinstated, I was still sad to have missed my chance to stand on the podium with my competitors. And I'm not sure if this will ever happen again!

    The Sportstats guy went and got me a first place medal, but I still felt kinda bad that I didn't get my moment to celebrate wit

    h the crowd. There were still a few people milling around so I asked one of them to take my picture on the podium as I told them what happened. They were very sweet and congratulated me heartily. One of the women had a trumpet with her (!) and gave it to me to add to the fanfare of my photo. We had a really good laugh. I'm attaching the photo because it's hilarious, and it shows my much scaled back and low key and super fun podium moment!! Woot!

    Anyway, that's my story. I still can't believe how it turned out, but I'll just have to do more races and try for a repeat, minus the computer glitch!!

    Thanks for reading!


  • 28 Aug 2018 8:20 AM | Anonymous

    The Toronto Triathlon Club participated in this year's inaugural Mixed Team Relay Provincial Championships at the Toronto Triathlon Festival.  TTC entered two teams with a total of 8 participants.  We asked our members about their experience in this new and exciting event, the following is what they shared. 

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    Member, Name: Kate  

    How long have you been involved with the TTC? Just a few months!  

    Can you share your experience participating in this new and unique format of triathlon? It was the most nervous I’ve been for a race in a long time, but ended up also being the most fun I’ve had in a race in a long time! I went first, tried to keep up with some very speedy swimmers, stayed upright on a very short and technical bike, and ran a painful 1.5km! Twenty-five minutes later my work was done and spent the rest of the time cheering on both TTC teams.  

    What were some of the differences between your regular individual races vs. this team relayFirst of all it was so much shorter! I do mainly distance races so going full throttle the whole time was definitely a different feeling! It was also draft legal, although I ended up riding alone. (Note to self, work on transition!) The dive start was also a little nerve-racking, but thankfully the goggles stayed on!  

    What did you like best about this race opportunity provided by the TTC? It was really exciting to be part of something that hasn’t been done before, and to get the same treatment as the Juniors and Elites who were before and after us! Racing as part of a team always adds more pressure but it’s also a lot more fun. It was also a great way, for someone new to the club, to meet other club members.  

    Overall what would you say was the biggest takeaway from this event for your triathlon journey or for yourself from this experience? Probably getting the opportunity to try something new. I’ve been in the sport for about 6 years now, so this new event was a great way to keep it exciting!   

    Can you share a fun or interesting moment from the race? I fell off my bike riding home after the race briefing in front of my team members. I’m sure that gave them a lot of confidence in me for the raceI didn’t get to see any of the running dives in person, but I definitely enjoyed looking at the pictures afterwards, some people had a little more style than others.  

    Anything else you want other TTC members to know about the club? Being new to the club, everyone was very welcoming and friendly! I look forward to meeting more people over the rest of the season!  

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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. 

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    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

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  • 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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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!

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