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Toronto Island Triathlon now a swim-run event

Triathlon Magazine Canada 1 week 5 days ago


The high water levels of Lake Ontario have persisted throughout this spring/summer and have forced the Toronto Island Triathlon to continue as a swim-run event. Several main roads of Toronto Island remain underwater, making it nearly impossible for the cycling leg of the race to proceed as normal.

The 2019 race, produced by MultiSport Canada, will still move forward with the Aug 17 and 18 race dates. The Give It A Tri Swim/Run with a 400m swim and  2.5K run will still be Saturday August 17. The Sprint Swim/Run with 750m swim and 5K run will be Sunday August 18. The swim course, which is normally at Hanlan’s Point, will now be completed near the Centre Island Pier. The run course will now be held on the nearby Centre Island roads and trails.

Participants have been offered a number of alternative racing options including transferring to other Multisport Canada series races, deferral to the 2020 Toronto Island Triathlon race, or participating in this year’s swim-run race format.


Toronto Island 2015

The event has had a history of less than ideal weather. In 2016, windy conditions cancelled swim and forced the triathlon race into a duathlon. The 2014 edition of the race had a shortened swim due to the excessively cold Lake Ontario temperatures.

Urban triathlons have had bad luck recently with weather as the Kelowna Apple triathlon was cancelled in 2018 due to air quality and the 2019 NYC Triathlon was cancelled due to a heat wave.

Related: 2018 Apple Triathlon cancelled

Related: 2019 NYC Triathlon cancelled

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Lyme disease why we need to tackle it now

220 triathlon 1 week 5 days ago
More awareness is needed of this littleunderstood disease that is damaging the health of too many triathletes

September issue of 220 out now

220 triathlon 1 week 5 days ago
220 is now 30 years old we cant believe it either To celebrate we produced a special anniversary issue and here are the highlights The ultimate 30 training tips the best raceday breakfasts racing Windsor tri 1980s style what will happen during the next 30 years of tri 8week duathlon training plan and all the latest tri kit tested and reviewed

Tokyo 2020 test event preview what to expect and the Brits hoping for victory

220 triathlon 1 week 6 days ago
Olympic fever has started and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic triathlon test events are just days away 1518th August 220 columnist Tim Heming looks at what we can expect where the Brits need to finish to qualify and the rivals that might stop them

Our top 10 tips to avoid overtraining

Triathlon Magazine Canada 1 week 6 days ago

Lionel Sanders’ latest video on his popular Youtube channel discusses a common topic amongst age group triathletes: overtraining. Sanders is well known in the triathlon community as a professional athlete who likes to experiment and push training theories to their limits, as well as Youtube videos discussing his mistakes and struggles.

As he discusses overtraining for himself in this video, we try to define it a little better and give tips on how to avoid it.

Most triathletes are familiar with the term overtraining, but there is a related term: under-recovery. They seem to have similar effects on the body and both can afflict athletes of all levels.

What exactly does recovery mean? It’s a term we use often: sleeping more; eating right; foam rolling; therapists of all varieties. But not very often do you see a definition of recovery as it pertains to athletics, hollowed down into a singular statement. The following definition appears in an article by Michael Kellman from the Routledge Handbook of Applied Sport Psychology:

“Recovery is an inter-individual and intra-individual multi-level (e.g., psychological, physiological, social) process in time for the re-establishment of performance abilities. Recovery includes an action-oriented component, and those self-initiated activities (proactive recovery) can be systematically used to optimize situational conditions and to build-up and refill personal resources and buffers.”


Here are our top 10 signs that you are overtrained:


1. Your resting heart rate is elevated.

It is a good practice for triathletes to take their heart rate when they wake up in the morning so they have an idea of their normal resting heart. If you find that your heart rate is elevated in the mornings, it may be a sign your body is entering the “fight or flight” reactionary stage. Your body doesn’t know the difference between psychological and physical stress.

2. You can’t get your heart rate way up in a tough workout.

The body seems to have an internal governor that prevents an increased workload when it is fatigued. If you are having a hard time elevating your heart rate during high intensity (such as a tough track day) yet your perceived rate of exertion is high, then it is probably time to rest.

3. You’ve had multiple bad workouts in a row.

A bad workout happens to the best of them. Most elites could regale you with race-gone-wrong stories.

4. Your energy levels are low.

This is one most triathletes are fantastic at ignoring. We think because we’re training hard, we’re supposed to feel tired all the time. Constant feelings of fatigue are your body’s signal it’s time to take it easier.

5. You’re in a consistently irritable mood.

Maybe you haven’t caught onto this one yourself yet but if your partner or coworkers suddenly seem to be walking on eggshells around you, you might want to do some evaluation of your own behaviour.

6. You keep getting sick.

Everyone gets sick from time to time. No big deal. If you seem to be getting sick all the time though, that is something else entirely.

7. You aren’t getting any pleasure from your workouts.

Everyone (at least initially) gets into a triathlon training program because they get some enjoyment out of swimming, biking, running and racing. Sometimes though, the lure of a certain accomplishment, like a time or a weight loss goal can take the pleasure out of training.

If you’ve begun to dread heading out for your daily workout instead of savouring it, then it may be time to pause and reflect about how you’re treating your body.

8. Persistent soreness.

A hard workout, or trying out a new move at the gym or in a fitness class can definitely lead to delayed onset muscle soreness. However, if you’re living in a state of muscle soreness that seems to have become your new normal, then you’re in need of a rest day.

9. You’re not sleeping well.

If you’re usually a sound sleeper but are having trouble getting a full night’s rest, you may need to incorporate increased rest into your routine. Sleep is a critical component of recovery so getting enough is imperative to prevent yourself from falling into a proverbial hole of inability to recover.

10. You’re not very hungry.

Triathletes are notorious for their large appetites during big training blocks. However, if your training load is heavy and there isn’t enough recovery included, hormonal imbalances can suppress hunger.

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Recipe: Easy electrolyte jello !

Triathlon Magazine Canada 1 week 6 days ago


The classic childhood jello, combined with GU Hydration, turned into an electrolyte replenisher. You will like this one!

Related: Importance of hydration

  • 1 tablespoon gelatin
  • 1/4 cup boiled water
  • 1 3/4 cups water mixed with 1 packet of GU hydration mix
  • Optional: 3/4 cup frozen blueberries
  1. Sprinkle the gelatin into 1/4 cup of the GU powder mixed with water. Whisk until the mixture begins to thicken.
  2. Once this mixture has thickened, pour the 1/4 cup of hot water in and whisk.
  3. When this mixture is smooth, add the remaining portion of GU mixed with water.
  4. Pour the mixture into a loaf pan that has been greased or lined with parchment paper.
  5. Place into the fridge and let set for 2 hours. Jello is ready when the top is firm to the touch.

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Glasses how to clean them without damaging them

220 triathlon 1 week 6 days ago
Even the finest glasses dont clean themselves yet there are many ways to keep your eyewear spotless James Witts explains how to clean them properly

Vicky Holland how to train for a faster run

220 triathlon 2 weeks 1 hour ago
We join 2018 ITU world champ Vicky Holland on the track as she shares her strategy for refining her run

Hay fever how can I keep training and racing

220 triathlon 2 weeks 2 hours ago
Suffer with hay fever Heres some advice on how to prevent and treat attacks so you can keep racing and training during the summer months from respiratory specialist Dr James Hull

Previewing the upcoming 2019 Ironman 70.3 Calgary

Triathlon Magazine Canada 2 weeks 17 hours ago

Ironman 70.3 Calgary is set to go Sunday August 11 in the Auburn Bay Community of south Calgary. Registration is still open, including a relay option. Calgary, a city in the shadows of the Rockies offers stunning views of the mountains, and this course is no exception. Previous pro winners of the race include Andy Potts, Tim O’Donnell, and Tim Don for the men and Mirinda Carfrae, Heather Jackson, and Heather Wurtele for the women.

Last years winners were age groupers Dave Van Reeuwyk (4:02:53) and Katrina Rye (4:25:15).

The two loop 1.9K swim starts from the beach of Auburn Bay Lake, a 43-acre man-made lake. Sighting in the lake is said to be comfortable, in large part due to its clear waters. Previously the swim has been wetsuit legal, with water temperatures normally around 20 C. The swim is a beach rolling start.

Then it’s a single loop 90K bike along Alberta’s ranch countryside. Hopefully you have your aerodynamics nailed as the course is very fast! The bike course is almost completely on Highway 22X, travelling east from Calgary to the Carseland region before returning west to south Calgary. The bike elevation has a gradual decline for the first 45K with a couple of steeper descents before a slight incline back in the opposite direction to Calgary.

Bow River in Calgary, AB.

For the single loop half marathon, runners will head out on the paved Bow River Pathway and north through Fish Creek Provincial Park to the run turn-around. Though the course is mostly flat, be wary of the tough climb up Bow River Valley with about 5K to go, it will test your will!

If you’re interested the bike course Strava segments are held by Trev Williams with a time of 2:02:02 in the 2017 edition of the race and Melissa Paauwe 2:12:11 in the 2018 edition. The Strava segment can be found here.

Pros Andy Potts and Ben Hoffman neck-and-neck at the finish line at 2015 Ironman 70.3 Calgary

The race also offers 40 qualifying slots to the 2020 Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Taupo, New Zealand.

Also unique for the 2019 race are reserved spots for the sold-out 2020 Ironman Canada in Penticton for each age group winner. So if you missed out on signing up for Ironman Canada last month before it sold out, you can still register if you win your age group at Ironman Calgary 70.3 this year.

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