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Triathlon 2017-12-13T08:51:15+00:00

Training, Technique & Skill Development Programs

Triathlon Training for Juniors (<18) & Age Groupers (18+)

If you are returning to this webpage looking for the Triathlon Training program we were promoting, then you are probably wondering what happened?  Where did the triathlon program advertised as starting in Spring 2018 disappear to?  Well, after coaching TOEST and jTOEST (our junior masters and masters swim teams) through the fall of 2017 and with many triathletes enrolling in the program, we realize now that there is no such thing as a 10 week program that can or will help an athlete achieve any performance goals.  Its a nice concept and a popular marketing tool – many teams, clubs and even retail stores use the 10 weeks to… to sell ‘Learn to Run’, ‘Run a Marathon’, ‘Try a Tri’ classes and so on; it works as advertising, but the truth is… these programs don’t actually work in practice (at least not if you intend to achieve your athletic performance goals with any degree of excellence in execution, while retaining your health, and remaining injury free).

For example, our swim (TOEST & jTOEST) programs started in mid SEPT, and with it now being late NOV, the total of training weeks to date is just over 10.  Those athletes & triathletes who started in SEPT and who have made every practice have shown tremendous improvement, but the truth is they are just starting to get a handle on new skills & techniques and there is still the build up period in training ahead of the indoor swim meet season. Point being: the training cycle is nowhere close to peaking and preparing athletes for competition; so, to subject a new or novice athlete to a competitive event after only 10 weeks is premature.

Which brings us back to the advertised 10 week triathlon program… we ain’t gonna run one because its wrong to offer one, because its wrong to suggest that all that’s needed to achieve an athletic performance goal is 10 weeks of training. As I type, I cringe because the thought of “just 10 weeks” now sounds like the infomercials which sell the latest fitness gimmick or novelty item advertising that in just “10 minutes a day” you can have a “Body by Jake” (circa 1991 TV infomercial).  Anything of value, with a standard of quality, with a degree of excellence takes time, and this includes developing athleticism, fitness, and health.

Want to achieve your triathlon goals?  Want to improve on your prior seasons performance?

Then you need to start – especially swim training – in September, not in spring.

What does TOETT offer if not a 10 week Intro to Triathlon program?

Below you will find a brief overview of the training available thru TOETT for each discipline, plus dryland training. We have athletes who train one discipline (i.e. sport) with us, and we have athletes who train all four disciplines. The choice is yours.  We feel that offering a la carte training opportunities is what is missing for amateur athletes. For program details, please chose from the header menu the webpage dedicated to the specific discipline(s) of interest.

If you are still unsure of where to start, please email Aimee (aimee@toett.ca) and she will be happy to help you decide on an entry point, and a program of training to meet your athletic performance goals. We look forward to seeing you at the pool, out on the roads, the trails, the track, the gym, or all of the above.  Happy training!

Cross-Triathlon Training

Have you completed your first triathlon and are you looking to add another dimension of complexity and challenge to your training and racing?

Then perhaps a cross-triathlon – a triathlon where the bike and run components are off-road – may be of interest. Ontario can boast to having ideal racing venues for cross-triathlon, and Ontario can also boast to having not one but three cross-triathlons every year: the XTerra Milton, Parry Sound and Thunder Bay events.

We encourage athletes interested in cross-triathlon competitions to first obtain a level of comfort and confidence with open water swimming, and complete at least one year of on-road triathlon competition prior to venturing off-road. The additional bike handling skills required for mountain biking through technical sections of roots, rocks, and narrow single path present a learning curve all of their own.

Program Details will be posted along with all other CYCLING programs on the TOETT BIKE webpage (see menu in header)

The Olympian Experience Triathlon Team (TOETT) Competition Info

Team Race Schedule

Caledon Triathlon (pool swim) – end of May
Welland Try A Tri, Sprint & Relay – mid June
Caledon Quarry Swim I – end of June
XTerra Milton – mid June
Niagara Try A Tri/Super Sprint – end of July
Caledon Quarry Swim II – end of July
Xterra Parry Sound – mid August

Kelso MTB Series – May to August on Tues evenings
Kelso Cyclocross Series – Sept to Oct on Tues evenings

Team Racing Suits

Team racing suits will be ordered in early March so that athletes receive them in time for the Caledon Triathlon.  Delivery takes 4-6 weeks from the time of ordering.

Contact aimee@toett.ca for pricing and sizing options. Suits are not mandatory.

What Triathlon Distance Should I Race?

Try-A-Tri & Ultra Sprint Distance Triathlons

Distances & Times:

  • Swim: 300-500m
  • Bike: 8-15 km
  • Run: 2-5k
  • <1 to 1.5 hrs to complete

Sprint Distance Triathlons

Distances & Times:

  • Swim: 500 to 800m
  • Bike: 15 to 30km
  • Run: 5 to 8km
  • 1 to 2 hrs to complete

5150 | Olympic Distance Triathlons

Distance & Time:

  • Swim: 1500m
  • Bike: 40km
  • Run: 10km
  • <2 to 3.5 hrs to complete

Long Course & Iron Distance Triathlons

Distances & Times:

  • Swim: 1500m to 3800m
  • Bike: 56 to 180km
  • Run: 15 to 42.2km
  • 4 to 12 hrs to complete

We believe that starting with Try-A-Tri triathlons or as a member of a triathlon relay team – where the athlete competes in 1 or 2 of the three disciplines – sets novice athletes up for success. Sport and performance level athletes can equally benefit by competing in ultra-sprint and sprint triathlons or on relay teams to refine one of the three disciplines while working on speed.  Considering that at the 2020 Olympics, triathlon will be competed in a new way – mixed teams will athletes competing in ultra-sprints (e.g. 300m swim, 8k bike, 2k run) – shows that short races are not only fast and fun, they are for Olympians and for first-timers.

Its important to start right because we stick-to and stick-with those activities where we see and feel progress, where we experience improvement, where we have fun.

Starting with a triathlon that tests your training is an appropriate starting point. But, starting with a triathlon that tests your capacity to survive is not only inappropriate, its unsafe, and risks all that you seek by training for a triathlon to begin: improved health & wellness.

The media – especially televised broadcasts of triathlons – dramatize competition making it sound as if the entire point of triathlon is to test your limits.  It isn’t, and there is no victory in crawling across a finish line simply because a finish line announcer glorifies an arbitrary piece of pavement.

Start with an event that offers a meaningful challenge to you, but not so much of a challenge that the mere thought of race day weakens your knees, sends a shiver down your spine, and starts your palms a-sweatin’. If your goal is threatening, provokes anxiety then it is likely a bit ambitious. No one ever said that filling yourself with fear, dread and regret equals health, so why subject yourself to it? Besides, how fun is it to be scared of what you want to excel at?

Why not make your triathlon experience fun! To make it fun, start with fun in mind, and make sure the sound of your goal is fun. As a result, training will be fun, anticipating race day will be fun, showing up on race day will be fun, and racing will be more fun than you can imagine.

Pro Triathletes SMILING!

Lori Bowden
2x IM World Champion

Chrissie Wellington
ITU World Age Group Champ
UN-defeated @IM distance

Natascha Badmann
6x IM Champion &
2x Swiss Sportswoman

Frodeno & Kienle
Smiling while racing IM Champs 2016

Smiling, enjoying oneself, a grateful attitude… they all contribute to not only a better experience but a better performance.
Read here @Runners World.com: “Can facial expression impact your running performance?