Member Spotlight and Race Reports

  • 15 Sep 2016 7:25 PM | Anonymous

    The August Member of the Month is Laura Beatty!  

    This is  Laura's third year with the club and she is one of our most  enthusiastic supporters. Not only does she swim at Regent  Park in the mornings and participate in our Tuesday night  track, she is seen at most club events including our indoor  triathlon, racing at the Club Championships at Guelph,  volunteering at the Toronto Island Tri, and at most club  socials. And when the call for Community Member went  out Laura jumped on board and has been supporting the  club as our Event Coordinator this past year.  Thanks  Laura for all your support and congratulations on being  August member of the month!

  • 08 Aug 2016 9:24 PM | Anonymous

    We had 6 club members compete in the Ottawa Nationals Sprint Draft Legal race.  We asked them some questions about their experience with this event and if they'd do it again  Find out what they thought below:

    Before completing the Ottawa Draft Legal National Championships on July 24, What concerns did you have going into the race?  Any equipment changes or nutrition concerns or more apprehension of possible drafting scenarios?

     Rebecca Dolson:

    As a regular rider in a cycling group I was not worried about my ability to draft, or riding my road bike for this race. However, I was nervous about drafting with riders who had no experience drafting.

     Corri Atkinson

    Triathletes are a lot better than I expected at riding in groups. Everyone knew the basics and even took turns pulling in the front. Groups that planned ahead will try to drop you too. Be prepared for surges out of corners and up climbs and do not let those wheels go.

     Lisa Drake:

    Going in, I was most worried about the bike.  When I committed to do the race, I knew I’d have to get some very beginner drafting skills under my belt and I did that with the TTC draft clinic and some group rides.  I was comfortable riding close to others but really wasn’t prepared for being in pack - what the etiquette was, how it would be “organized” for taking turns pulling, falling back, etc.  I was also really concerned about hydration on the bike.  Because I’d only raced with a torpedo on my tri bike, I was not used to pulling my water bottle at race speeds - never mind race speeds while riding someone’s wheel.  

     Bernardo Manjano:

    After it was announced that worlds sprint AG races were embracing a draft legal format, a lot of athletes expressed their concerns about bike safety issues.  Other athletes with a junior/u23/elite racing background welcomed or where indifferent to the idea.

    Tom Rothfels:

    I was a bit concerned that there would be big packs and that all it would take is one person to wobble and lots of people would go down, especially because for most people, this would be their first draft legal race, with no draft training.  But since I didn’t have a pack, it was a non issue for me.

     Tara Postnikoff:

    My main concern was the uncertainty of the drafting skills of other AG women before going to the race and whether we would all utilize the benefit of the draft, communicate well and work together to share the work load.  I wasn’t sure if people would want to work together or treat it like a regular triathlon.    Race strategy was another concern.  How much work can you/ should you do to still have legs for the run.


    After having completed the race, what are your take-away’s/ what did you learn after having completed the race?


    I have learned a lot - first, that I can do draft races and not die!  I also learned that I have a lot to learn about how to be strategic in a pack and to get more comfortable being there.  Also, to learn how to get drink water going fast!


    According to the race organizers and perhaps shocking to some critics, no crashes were reported in any of the AG races. I supposed you can see this from many perspectives: the people who were worried about crashing likely didn't sign up for it so it left us all without many nervous bike handlers, hence improving the safety of the group rides. This also reduced the number of riders and traffic. Notwithstanding, and in my biased opinion, perhaps it is not as treacherous as some think due to the following reasons: road bikes are definitely more agile than TT bikes, no disks on crosswinds, no aerobars or clip ons of any kind (another great modification from standard ITU rules: banning draft legal clip-ons for AG riders), no riders swerving out of a draft-ish position at the sudden view of a race official ;-)


    The draft legal format changes the race tactics from a mostly time trial effort strategy (i.e. just figure out how to pace yourself) to a more complex situation (e.g. should I let this guy sit on my wheel or force him to work a bit with me in case he is a good runner?). In my view, this adds a bit more excitement to the race. But then again, other triathletes might feel as if this is not what triathlon is about and prefer a time trial format.


    Do not get dropped. If you're lucky enough to find a good group early in the bike, hang on to those wheels no matter what. If they're too fast, you may have a chance to drop to a slower group when you overtake them but if you get dropped you're in a really bad position. You're not going to catch up to anyone worth riding with and it may be a while until a pack of slower swimmers catches you, if there are any riding in an effective group.


    Find a pack!


    It was great to not worry about drafting penalties. In non-drafting races it is extremely annoying to watch drafting packs (in every race) go by and seemingly not care they are cheating.  It would be nice if there was a drafting certification requirement for these races to ensure everyone is on the same page with how to communicate, pass, pull, and fall back


    Working with a team-mate make and communicating with your other athletes makes this a better experience and more successful race.  Don’t be afraid to talk to other athletes during the race and suggest they take a pull.  Don’t react suddenly, but be alert at all times.  Drink and eat while you are recoverying on someone’s wheel but keep your eyes up.  You need to jump on opportunities (to grab a wheel or get out of a long line of bike traffic) when the present themselves to make the most of the drafting advantage. Not everyone may be willing to pull their own weight in a draft pack and you can’t expect them to.


    Would you do another Draft-Legal race again?

    Dolson:  Yes

    Atkinson: Yes

    Drake: Yes

    Manjano: Yes

    Postnikoff: Yes

    Rothfels:  Yes

  • 08 Aug 2016 2:37 PM | Anonymous

     Julie McDaniel has been an active member of the club for many years.  (Julie is rocking our original kit in this pic from 2014!) Julie always shares her positive and welcoming spirit with those around her.  This month, Julie has gone ‘above and beyond’ to help the club by helping to safely and confidently lead a group ride out of Angus Glen.  Her willingness to rise to the occasion during this situation speaks to her strong leadership skills and generosity.  Julie is also a dedicated triathlete who is an excellent ambassador for our sport and club.  Thank you so much, Julie!

  • 08 Aug 2016 2:28 PM | Anonymous

    What inspired you to start participating in triathlons? I’d say it was mostly the challenge itself. I wanted to see if I could do it, and then I met some triathletes who convinced me it wasn’t an (entirely) insane idea. 

    Of the 3 disciplines, the one I excel at most is running. I’m fairly slow in all of them, but running is the one I’ve been doing the longest and enjoy the most.

    You completed your first triathlon at TTF a couple of weeks ago. How was the experience and did it go as you expected? It was awesome, loved every km! It was a combination of fun, and exciting and very very exhausting, just as I expected. Although I don’t think anything could prepare me for how hard it was to keep running at the end. 

    Tell us about what you are working towards/hoping to accomplish next. I’m working on getting faster in general. Probably running the Scotiabank half marathon later this year and another olympic triathlon next year.

    When you see me, talk to me about Mexico! I was born and raised in Mexico, so anything from tacos to really hot summers to the Spanish language.

  • 11 Jul 2016 9:25 AM | Anonymous

    Congrats to Lisa Drake, our June Member of the Month. Lisa is a dedicated member of the Toronto Triathlon Club Board and she goes beyond expectations as our Membership Director. She has graciously and effectively handled our clubs registration integration with Triathlon Ontario's new registration system. Lisa is known to put the email aside and to reach out personally to talk with potential members and new members to the club. Lisa is also very active with the club attending many activities and socials. Thanks for being a big part of this club Lisa!

  • 31 May 2016 7:32 AM | Anonymous

    Congrats to Debra Bell, our May Member of the Month.  Debra exhibited extreme heart, courage, and determination at Collingwood Camp this month.  Debra is also a very active member of the club participating in Tuesday Track, club rides and swims.  Debra also shares her love of triathlon with her work colleagues – encouraging them to take up triathlon at last years Toronto Island Tri and this years Guelph Lake Sprint.  Thanks for being a big part of this club Debra!  

  • 02 May 2016 1:15 PM | Anonymous

     Peter joined the TTC last season to spend more time with his girlfriend Laura who was training for her first Ironman.  Peter soon became a regular at track practices and even participated in a few triathlons by the end of the season.  This year Peter has been even more involved in the club by helping with the TTC web store development, being a member of the kit design committee, sharing his story with us as a panelist at the membership drive and even helping with website improvements.   Peter's racing this year has been top notch including placing 3rd overall at the TTC Indoor Triathlon (1st runner), placing 27th at the Race Roster Spring Runoff 9km (High Park) and most recently winning the MEC 10km Trail Race (Dundas Valley)!  Thanks for all your help with the club Peter!

  • 28 Mar 2016 4:19 PM | Anonymous

    I just wanted to thank you for putting on such an awesome event. I attended your inaugural indoor triathlon after one of your members, Amy, shared it on Facebook. Myself and my fellow IronCanuck, Kristin, were quick to jump on board.

    I should start by saying I DO NOT drive into Toronto, ever. But being Sunday morning I managed ok and was shocked to find Free parking close by. We arrived with way more time then we needed. Check in was friendly and quick. And I was super excited to get a race belt, totally unexpected!

    We were in wave 5. By the start of our wave there was a small delay but that is to be expected as the growing pains of an inaugural event. I loved that I wasn't responsible for tracking any of my own stats. Volunteers were at each venue to do that which was great. The bike was quite possibly my favorite event. Riding my own bike on a trainer, as opposed to a spin bike was awesome!! I really liked the way everything was set up on the screen in front of us. I was a bit oblivious until I heard Kristin mutter about hills.....and then I really started to study what was in front of me. My first time with any sort of power trainer and I loved it!  The track was......short. But I'm not super fast so I felt like I was really covering some ground :). Which at the end, it turned out I had!!!  I wish we could have stayed for the after party but there were large plates of bacon calling our names.

    I would love to see you do this event again. I will definitely encourage all my tri friends to participate.

    Thanks so much


  • 21 Mar 2016 8:20 PM | Anonymous

    1) What inspired you to start participating in triathlons?

    Actually I haven’t done any triathlon yet, but I have done two marathons and I cycled twice from France to the Netherlands in one week. When I moved to Toronto I thought it would be great idea to combine these disciplines.


    2) Of the 3 disciplines, the one I excel at most is …  

    None of them in particular, all three disciplines I find equally easy/hard.


    3) What triathlon-related moment are you most proud of, so far?

    Definitely the moment I finished my first marathon in Rotterdam (see photo)


    4) Tell us about what you are working towards/hoping to accomplish next.

     I want to do as many sprint/Olympic triathlons this year as I can and who knows, maybe a half one as well.


    5) When you see me, talk to me about ...

     My twin brother

  • 14 Mar 2016 3:07 PM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to Michael Bowen who has been nominated as our February Member of the month.  Michael has had perfect attendance and swam super hard all through the month, always with a positive attitude.   Congratulations Michael

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