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The swim gear you need this season

Triathlon Magazine Canada 4 days 8 hours ago

Swimming is possibly the most technical of all three disciplines in triathlon, which is why the sport seems to lend itself so nicely to the various accessories designed to improve your stroke and technique. The best swimmers never arrive at a workout without a bag full of goodies to work with, and neither should you. Here are a few items that will do well in your mesh training bag this season.

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Blueseventy Synergie Paddles – $24

Go to any swim workout, especially with a bunch of elite triathletes, and you’ll see them doing lots of pulling work with paddles. Strength is a key component to good triathlon swimming, and using paddles is a great way to work on that aspect of your stroke. That said, too much can be a bad thing when it comes to paddles. Bluseventy’s Synergie Paddles come in two sizes to ensure that you won’t bite off more than your shoulders can chew when it comes to working hard in the water. Designed with a classic shape that’s perfect for those training in the pool or planning on using the paddle for swim-run racing, the Synergie paddles have multiple holes to allow water to flow through and provide lots of options for strapping the silicone tubes to keep them on your hands comfortably and effectively.

Dare2Tri Waterproof Sportsbag – $86

It’s hard to keep all your clothes and equipment dry when it’s sitting on a pool deck, but the Waterproof Sportsbag will take care of that issue. In addition to the waterproof material, this functional bag has lots of compartments to store your equipment and keep wet and dry items separate after your session, too.

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Madwave Upwave Kickboard and Extreme Paddles – $36, kickboard; $25, paddles

Working on your kick can be a critical to help improve your swimming – a poor kick can actually create a back force in the water, pulling you backwards rather than helping you move forward. The Upwave kickboard helps you get into a better body position for kicking thanks to the durable EVA material and hydrodynamic shape that reduces drag through the water. The Extreme Paddles come in three sizes and are a great way to improve strength and increase efficiency. Specially designed flow holes enhance your feel for the water, while the adjustable silicone straps are designed to fit any sized hand.

Madwave Upwave KickboardMadwave Extreme Paddles

Speedo Switchblade Fin – $40

The innovative rubber Switchblade Fin uses a 10 degree blade angle that keeps your legs engaged throughout your kick, which will help you to develop better technique by emphasizing the down motion (which moves you forward) and help you increase your kick cadence. The foot pocket is deep and comfortably cups your entire food, while the sculpted side rails are great for drills and swimming as they make it easier to roll while still maintaining a good kick.

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Tyr Stryker Silicone fins – $60

For those who are looking to improve their kicking, a set of fins can make all the difference. The LFSTRKR fins can help you learn the correct way to do a flutter kick. Made of 100 per cent silicone, these extremely comfortable fins allow for free movement and, thanks to the short blade, will promote a proper kick that will propel you through the water. Available in lots of different sizes, you shouldn’t have any problem getting a pair that feels great and helps you move through the water more efficiently.

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Québec’s rich history in triathlon

Triathlon Magazine Canada 4 days 9 hours ago

— by Loreen Pindera

Dominique Piché stood on the beach of Lac des Sables in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, nestled in Quebec’s Laurentian mountains. The music was blasting “like we were all at a discotheque.” The announcer was revving up the crowd.

“The energy at the finish line — I remember that like it was yesterday,” Piché recalled.

It was 1993, and triathlon was, at best, a marginal sport in Quebec. The Sainte-Agathe long-distance race was only the second triathlon Piché had ever participated in — he’d come out of the water dead last in his first, a sprint at Oka Beach, but he was hooked.

Nearly two decades later, Piché would go on to establish Ironman Mont-Tremblant, now a bucket-list event on the world triathlon stage. He credits the founder and director of that race in Sainte-Agathe, Louis Turcotte, for showing him what it takes to create a really great event, one that could attract world-class athletes like Peter Reid and Pierre Lavoie and first-timers alike.

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Ironman Mont-Tremblant 2016

“We always need to remember where we come from. And for me, we come from the Louis Turcotte school of triathlon in Quebec,” said Piché.

Turcotte had tears in his eyes when he was called to the stage at Triathlon Quebec’s 30th anniversary gala in November to share, with two-time Olympian Kathy Tremblay, the honour of becoming the first two inductees into the Quebec Triathlon Hall of Fame.

Being named one of the sport’s greatest builders came as a total surprise.

“I started racing triathlons in the 1980s,” he told me. “I went down to Lake Placid and did a couple of half-Ironman races. There were no long-distances races at all in Quebec in those days. So I decided to start one.”

Turcotte launched Sportriple, the first triathlon race series in Quebec, in 1990.

“Every weekend, you could find an event, either a duathlon or a triathlon, somewhere in the province,” Piché recalled. “Louis offered special packages for returning athletes, if they wanted to do two or three races in a season.”

Polar TriMemphré Magog. 2018. Photo: Polar/Jim McDannald

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“He was so far ahead of his time. His events served as a trampoline for the development of clubs and athletes who are still active in Quebec after more than 30 years.”

The Sainte-Agathe race is no more, Turcotte having wrapped it up in 2015 on its 25th anniversary, but the sport he helped build in every corner of the province, from Saguenay to Lac-Beauport to Mont Habitant, is thriving.

In 2018, 46,500 athletes participated in a triathlon or duathlon, Xterra event or winter multisport race, somewhere in Quebec. Of those, 17,700 of them were children who took part in one of the 62 “triathlon scolaires” at elementary and high schools across the province. Triathlon Quebec offers its organizational and technical support for free, complete with volunteer officials and — in the case of schools in disadvantaged areas where many kids don’t own bicycles — a fleet of bikes that are left at the school for a term so participants can learn how to ride them.

“We know it’s an expensive sport,” says Benoit-Hugo St-Pierre, Triathlon Quebec’s charismatic president who, at 41, has been involved with the development of the sport in one way or another since he first joined the board at 18.

“How can we democratize the sport? How can we make it more accessible?”

These are the questions Triathlon Quebec is asking as it looks to build on the foundation it’s created over its first 30 years.

Youth race at Polar TriMemphré Magog. Photo: Polar/Jim McDannald

“The objective is to reach 50,000,” says St-Pierre. One way to do that is simply storytelling, he says, “to inspire people to make a start. To decide to do one event, to get on any old bike and put on a pair of sneakers.”

He loves to share his own story of how he met his future wife, Isabelle Gagnon, at the Lac Beauport triathlon in 1999. He was “an ordinary age group athlete” determined to get better, and she was an elite triathlete. St-Pierre followed Gagnon to a training camp she was offering in Florida the next year, and — a set of 11-year-old twin daughters later — the rest is history.

Triathlon Esprit Montreal

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As I’ve discovered writing this column about age-group triathletes over the past four years, every triathlete does, indeed, have a story to tell.

Take Lise Dubé, who followed her daughter into triathlon training in Coteau-du-Lac, off the western tip of Montreal, in the early 2000s. A bad cycling accident in 2009 put her in the hospital for three months and ended her days competing as a duathlete.

“I decided to get involved as an official. It was a way to still be at the competitions and to keep seeing all my friends,” Dubé tells me. “One thing led to another, and I became a provincial official, then a national official.”

Like Dominique Piché, who brought Ironman to Mont-Tremblant in 2012, Dubé was named one of Triathlon Quebec’s 30 ambassadors of the sport for the 30th-anniversary gala celebration.

Piché often talks about how the sport could not exist without volunteers, and Dubé exemplifies that: she volunteers her time as an official at every level, from school triathlons in her region to ITU events. She officiated at two world championships, in Edmonton in 2014 and in Chicago in 2015.

Dubé’s daughter long ago decided to focus on speedskating and no longer competes in triathlons, but Dubé has no qualms about staying involved.

“You’ve got to love the sport,” she says with a shrug. “And I love the sport.”

“I love seeing the families together. You see both parents competing, their kids competing. That’s what happened to our family. It becomes a way of life.”

Loreen Pindera is a triathlete from Montreal. When she’s not training and racing, she works as a producer at CBC.

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A triathlete’s ideal date

Triathlon Magazine Canada 5 days 2 hours ago

We warned you to never date a triathlete, but if your special someone is a triathlete, we have you covered. What you have to remember when it comes to triathletes is that we’re creatures of habit. We plan our lives around our workouts. So, when Valentine’s day comes along, don’t expect us to be taking a rest day. Don’t take this personally, it’s just who we are.

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If you’re in a relationship with a triathlete, here are some date ideas we’d appreciate.

AM run with breakfast to finish

First thing in the morning, let’s go for an easy run. Don’t worry, we won’t break into a Rocky Balboa sprint. We’ll save breakfast for after and enjoy each other’s company. We appreciate this greatly. After our run, we can grab a coffee and a big breakfast to start our day.

Lunch is usually reserved for a quick swim

Hopefully, you like to swim…

Movie night on the trainer

After a long day at work, it’s time to get on the trainer. We’ll probably have Zwift going on in the background, but let’s pick a flick and pass the time with a movie. Rom-com, action, comedy, drama, you pick.

A big dinner to finish off the day

After all that training, we’re ready to eat. Let’s go somewhere ‘healthy.’ We’re usually on the ball when it comes food. Trust us. When you train this much, you need to know where the healthy dinner options are.

Plus, if our ‘A’ race is more than three months out, we can enjoy a beer or a glass of wine. If not, a glass of milk will be fine.

Thank you for a great date. Though we may not show it in the traditional way, we do appreciate the time we get to spend together.

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Canadian age-group triathlete tests positive for terbutaline

Triathlon Magazine Canada 5 days 3 hours ago

On Feb. 13th, the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) announced that Robin Tétreault, an age-group triathlete, received an 18-month sanction for an anti-doping rule violation. Tétreault’s urine sample, collected during an in-competition doping control on June 3, 2018, revealed the presence of terbutaline, a beta-2 adrenergic receptor agonist.

Terbutaline is classified as a “specified substance” on the Prohibited List. Like other beta-adrenergic agonists, terbutaline causes smooth muscle relaxation. They are particularly useful to help treat asthma and other pulmonary diseases.

This is Tétreault’s first violation of the Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP). Under the CADP, an athlete facing their first offence will be given a proposed sanction based on the CCES’s assessment of the athlete’s degree of fault. In this case, the CCES proposed 18 months of ineligibility.

In response to the adverse analytical finding, Tétreault admitted the violation and accepted the proposed sanction. In the meantime, Tétreault is ineligible to participate in any capacity with sports bound to the CADP until March 4th, 2020.

In 2018, Tétreault competed in the M40-44 age group and won every race he entered (age group category), including the Championnat Quebecois Triathlon Sprint (Valleyfield Triathlon).

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Swimopoly: The monopoly swim set

Triathlon Magazine Canada 5 days 9 hours ago

— by Clint Lien

I usually save Swimopoly as a Christmas session. It’s a once or twice a year deal because it’s a bit of work for the coach. I draw a giant square – comprised of 25 smaller squares (like a chess board) on a whiteboard. Inside each of the squares is a 200 to 400 m set. Some examples include: 4 x 100 progressive (increase the effort) with 15 seconds rest, 4 x 50 kick with 10 seconds rest, or 200 fly or a 400 IM (typically challenging ones for triathletes). There are a few “Go back 3 squares” (which lands you on the 400 IM).

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Swimopoly: How it works

Each lane gets a dice to roll (best done in a swim group). The session starts with a roll of the dice and the coach counts the number of squares from the start – marks the space and the lane has to do the set. Once they finish they roll again. The first lane to get to the end of the 25 squares wins.

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I’ve seen coaches who have written different sets on Popsicle sticks then start with each lane drawing a stick. They roll a dice after completing the set on the stick which advances their “piece.”  The board is left blank and only used to mark progress. This makes it easier for the coach if they want to do this session with any kind of frequency.

Either way, the energy gets pretty amped up for this one!

Clint Lien is the head coach of Victoria’s Mercury Rising Triathlon

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Russia Dominates ITU Winter Triathlon Worlds

DIRT TRI 1 week 2 days ago

Via ITU-

With the thermometer marking -12 degrees and under a clear sky in the Italian Altipiano of Asiago, Russia has shown once more to the world that they are the country to beat when it comes to winter triathlon.  Pavel Andreev (RUS) claimed in Asiago his seventh world title in a dominant race, while his compatriot Daria Rogozina, still an U23 athlete, was the surprise of the day claiming not only the world crown in this category, but also of the Elite field.

Women’s Review

The Elite and U23 women were the first ones to taste the hard and technical course of Asiago, with a start planned at 9am and the temperatures way below zero, a temperature that kept the bike course in perfect conditions for them. And from the first kilometers of the run leg, the young Russian Rogozina proved that she was going to be a tough one to beat for the “winter triathlon queen”, Yulia Surikova (RUS).

Half way through the 8km run, Rogozina, Kristina Lapinova (SVK) and Nadezhda Belkina (RUS) had already more than 20 seconds over the reigning double world champion, Surikova, and the distance kept increasing lap after lap, so that when the athletes finished the run to get into the bikes, Surikova was almost 90 seconds behind the three leaders. Behind her, and supported by the local crowds, Italian Sandra Mairhofer seemed also to be flying in the snow.

But the tough and very technical course ended up being an advantage for the likes of Surikova, used to race in cross triathlon events, and who showed her strength to mark the best split of the day in the bike, completing the 14km in a bit over 34 minutes. It was not enough to catch up with Rogozina, though, who rode by herself all the MTB course to get into the second transitions alone, with almost a minute over the chasers.

Behind her, Surikova and Lapinova teamed up in a joint effort to catch up with the young Russian, but as soon as they were in the cross-country ski section, Rogozina proved that she is a fantastic skier, setting up a pace that was just impossible to follow, and increasing the difference with Surikova lap by lap.

After the 12km on her skis, and wearing a huge smile, Rogozina crossed the finish line in a dominant way, to claim both the Elite World Champion title and the U23 crown, proving that she has a great future ahead, not only in Winter triathlon -she was silver in the U23 Worlds last year and winner of the last Russian championship- but also in Cross Triathlon, where she finished in second place in the world championships in Fyn.

Almost four minutes behind her, Surikova stopped the clock on 01:44:35 to claim the silver medal while Romana Slavinec (AUS) ended up in the third place to claim, as she did last year in the world championships in Cheile Gradistei, the bronze medal.

The U23 athletes proved to be strong enough to even beat some of the “older” athletes, with Rogozina being the first U23 to cross the finish line and claim the world title of this category, followed by Belkina and Alexandra Levkovich, in a Russian podium sweep.

The Russian dominance was not so strong in the Female Junior race, where a local athlete, Giorgia Rogini(ITA), born and raised in Asiago, made the day for the crowds that were supporting athletes all day to claim the World title in style, with a superb performance in the ski course. Behind her in the finish line were Zuzana Michalickova (SVK) and Aleksandra Tetiueva (RUS).

Men’s Review

The sun was out in the sky for the 50 men competing in the Elite and U23 race in Asiago, and it was clear from the beginning that the race was going to be a hard battle between the Russians and the local hosts, the Italian squadra tricolore. So right after the horn that marked the start of the race, another local athlete, Franco Pesavento, took the lead to try to open a gap. Knowing the course by heart, he was quickly followed by his teammate, Daniel Antonioli, as well as Christoph Schlagbauer (AUT), Evgenii Uliashev (RUS) and Dmitriy Bregeda (RUS).

Meanwhile, the one to beat, six times world champion, Andreev, seated comfortably behind them, keeping the distance under control but without making too many efforts, knowing that the hard part will come later.

And indeed it came. As soon as the men were in the bike course, Andreev showed his dominance and bike skills in the hard conditions in Asiago to chase the leaders one by one, leaving all of them behind as the laps passed by. By the end of the four laps in the bike course, he was already leading the race. And knowing that he is most likely the most complete athlete in the field, he kept pushing and pushing in the first kilometers of the ski course as well, increasing the distance in another solo performance. It was enough to have him claiming the seventh World Title of his career.

Only his teammate, Bregeda, seemed to be able to keep up with the pace, but only managed to open the gap with the third man and secure a silver medal that meant a lot for the Russian, who was only able to finish in seventh place in the previous World Championships even though Andreev considers him the “most difficult one to beat out in the course”.

The bronze medal was for Marek Rauchfuss (CZE) after another splendid ski leg, repeating the position he got last year in the world championships. And the biggest ovation of the day was, indeed, for Antonioli, who fought hard to try to perform as he had dreamed in Asiago but only managed to cross the line in the fifth place.

The sweet part of the day will come with the U23 category, where the local hero Franco Pesavento (ITA) claimed the gold medal and his teammate Alessandro Saravalle (ITA) the bronze one, and with Russian Aleksandr Vasilev claiming the silver.

Also a great day for Italy in the Junior race, where Simone Avondetto (ITA) claimed the gold medal, followed by Vladislav Semenov (RUS) and Oleg Morozov (RUS).

Results Related Event: 2019 Asiago ITU Winter Triathlon World Championships

09 – 10 Feb, 2019 • event page • all results

Results: Elite Men1.Pavel AndreevRUS01:24:432.Dmitriy BregedaRUS01:25:323.Marek RauchfussCZE01:26:124.Evgenii UliashevRUS01:26:335.Daniel AntonioliITA01:26:43 Results: Elite Women1.Daria RogozinaRUS01:40:542.Yulia SurikovaRUS01:44:353.Romana SlavinecAUT01:45:224.Nadezhda BelkinaRUS01:45:495.Sandra MairhoferITA01:46:29 Results: U23 Men1.Franco PesaventoITA01:29:232.Aleksandr VasilevRUS01:32:053.Alessandro SaravalleITA01:32:124.Kirill TarakanovRUS01:32:405.Evgenii EvgrafovRUS01:33:52 Results: U23 Women1.Daria RogozinaRUS01:40:542.Nadezhda BelkinaRUS01:45:493.Alexandra LevkovichRUS01:51:434.Iazilia GaliamutdinovaRUS01:59:175.Anastasiia KalininaRUS02:06:56 Results: Junior Men1.Simone AvondettoITA00:52:592.Vladislav SemenovRUS00:55:253.Oleg MorozovRUS00:56:074.Dmitrii ZotovRUS00:59:27DNS.Matus Jakub KorenSVKDNS Results: Junior Women1.Giorgia RigoniITA01:01:362.Zuzana MichalickovaSVK01:02:393.Aleksandra TetiuevaRUS01:07:184.Margareta BicanovaSVK01:07:475.Nora JencusovaSVK01:10:07

Find more details and event images from – 2019 Asiago ITU Winter Triathlon World Championships

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