Here's a few great things our members have to say about us!
“Was not expecting to shave 40 mins off my last half! Elmar and Jack's fast intervals on the treadmill is what made it I reckon. Huge kudos to them. Now to work on my swimming in a straight line.” – Christian B
“I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you for the hard work you put in this year to help our athletes be so successful. This past week in Toronto, we had great performances and results at the Canadian Open National Championships. I am confident that your involvement in our program helped the athletes get to this level.” – Jenn T, Calgary Aquabelles
“We just wanted to say thanks for the Learn2TRI. We both had such a fun time yesterday! We were both nervous going into it but once it started everything just seemed to run smoothly.” – Abby & Blair
“I have been super happy with the club so far. Good coaching, pushing me harder than normal. I have seen huge improvement in my ability and look forward to what another year will do (well, swim is still slow but that will come).” – Derek
"While Triathlon as a competitive sport has experienced tremendous growth with national federations competing at the Olympics, a professional Super League culminating in a Grand Finale and the Ironman world Championship, at its core Triathlon is an excursion, the goal being to cover the distance, from here to there, and possibly back again, swimming, biking and running. With an eye to accessibility and the notion of participation for “all comers”, beyond the bright lights and sponsorship signage, timing chips and podiums, TriathlonTogether is an event concept designed to encourage simply participating, as duos and squads, teams starting and finishing a triathlon, together.
On Feb 24th Repsol Sports centre in Calgary hosted the 6th annual 10mile Tri, the largest indoor Triathlon in Canada, and within it, as a “wave” to start the day, the first official “TriathlonTogether”.
A dozen or so duos and squads met on the pool deck with a diverse iteration of team make ups; a father and son, mother and daughters, a family, a couple, old friends, some newly introduced’s, a squad of colleagues and duo of cross fitters, new to swimming and determined to make it through, set off together. The start procedure was “ready when you are” and off we went, embarking on a 150meter swim, with floatation devices welcome, a 3km ride on stationary bikes, and a walk it, or run it, simply make your way through it, 1km around the indoor running track at the Repsol centre. Each team had their own lane, with the next group waiting until they were done swimming, it was low key and absent of timing chips, it was about comraderie and community, a tribute to the power of cooperation, and the joy of coming together in common enterprise, in this case, swimming, biking and walkrunning, from here to there and back again, a TriathlonTogether.
As a former professional Triathlete and the Sydney Olympic Triathlon Champion I could not have been prouder. It brought me back to the “bobs lake” triathlon in the early 90’s where the swim was from the beach to the floating milk jug not far from shore and back, we rode around the perimeter of the small lake and a ran down the country lane to the farm house where the food was being prepared. We all started each leg together, waited for the last swimmer to exit the water, started the ride together, and regrouped to begin the run, with music and food at the farm, it was a celebration of participation and community.
30 years later, TriathlonTogether was much the same, and the hope is, as an open concept, the format can be adopted and adapted, as a wave within existing triathlons, or as a spontaneous adventure with friends, at a lake or a backyard pool, in the ocean or in lanes at a community centre.
It was a privilege to participate, to share in the occasion, and to see the smile on every face, having finished a triathlon, together." - Simon Whitfield