Member Spotlight and Race Reports

  • 05 Jun 2017 12:33 PM | Anonymous

    TTC was well represented at the kick-off for the ITU World Grand Finals! The official kick-off for the ambassadors of the ITU Word Grand Final was held in Rotterdam in April. Kick-off took place during the World Cup Shorttrack, where several national Canadian Shorttrack athletes were competing (think, Victor Hamelin). One of our very own members, Pieter, represented as an ambassador for the event. During the session, the President of the Dutch Triathlon association elaborated on the beautiful location of the race. The race took place in the heart of Rotterdam, as the athletes swam in the downtown harbor, after which they biked over all the large bridges in the center of the city. The race concluded with a run in the Euromast park, the CN tower of the Netherlands. A nice anecdote was told about the willingness of the city to help out: “We were struggling to get the bike route organized because of police restrictions on the usage of several roads. The organizers were very concerned about how to solve this. The municipality was very helpful and simply added that they would build an extra temporary bridge for the event to solve the issue”.

    The race was very special for Pieter, who has lived in Toronto for 1.5 years and has been a TTC member for just as long. Prior to Toronto, Pieter lived and worked in Rotterdam for 11 years. During the kick-off event Pieter was asked why he wanted to be an ambassador for the event, given that he is living in Canada. “For me, it is really bringing two worlds together, my home town Rotterdam and Toronto where I have fallen in love with Triathlon. It is super exciting that some of my fellow TTC athletes will be racing there and I want to do everything in my power to make it successful and wonderful experience for them. Given the nature of the Dutch people, I am 100% sure that there will be a lot of spectators dressed up in orange (our national color) and cheering all the athletes on”.

    During the last TTC social we were able to give a way miniature clogs with the ITU worlds logo on them thanks to Pieter. Who knows what we will get next time…    

  • 08 May 2017 10:58 AM | Anonymous

    Please meet a new member of the Club, Laura-Lee Moran

    Of the three disciplines, the one I excel at most is ... I’d like to say running because it’s the discipline I’ve been doing the longest, but I’ve surprised myself with how I’ve been able to get comfortable on the bike in only a short time.

    What inspired you to start participating in triathlons? I’m too competitive with myself and I’m stubborn.  I started running 2 years ago and challenged myself to a half marathon, then it was a full marathon. But I needed something more and competing in triathlons was suggested – challenge accepted.

    Embarrassing rookie training moment? I had signed up for my first indoor ride, on a borrowed bike, using borrowed shoes.  I was trying not to make it glaringly obvious that I had no idea what I was doing, but when it came time to clip into the pedals, I was lost. I knew how to do it, they just didn’t want to cooperate that day.  I had to have my shoes clipped in by coach in order for me to continue. 

    Tell us about what you are working towards/hoping to accomplish next. Ultimately I would love to do an Ironman, but for now I’m focussing on my first 70.3 that will be in late summer of this year.  I’m also working to improve in the swim which is the worst of the three disciplines, so I’ve signed up for the swim portions of relays to focus on that.

    When you see me, talk to me about... Travelling.  I love to travel and am always looking for new destinations and ideas that you won’t necessarily find in a travel book.

  • 26 Apr 2017 10:28 AM | Anonymous

    Our Member of the Month for March is Ted Rosen. Ted is a proud member of the
    TTC and can always be found wearing his TTC colours at races and
    clinics. Ted is one of the Club's original members as well as a previous board
    member, spending 2 years as President. Since leaving the board, Ted has
    continued to be an advocate for the Club and attends the majority of club
    events and clinics, always going out of his way to talk to new and
    returning members making them feel welcome. Ted is always providing
    feedback, suggestions and encouragement to the Board and members. Thanks
    for all your support for the Club and triathlon Ted!

  • 07 Apr 2017 5:24 PM | Anonymous

    My name is Kevin Pogacar, I am 26 years old and have picked up triathlon racing over the past two years. I figured that since I have always been involved in sport, triathlon would be a nice fit for me. I was slowly increasing my distances to half-iron, with my goal eventually finishing a full and ultimately someday qualifying for Kona. 

    Last year I started training more seriously and ended up signing up for nationals in Ottawa on a whim as I was feeling strong come July. They cancelled the swim unfortunately but I managed to finish second in my age group in my first Olympic duathlon! 

    This means I've qualified for Age Group World Championships in Rotterdam this year in September, so I've completely changed my focus from increasing my endurance, to working on speed and power. I have changed up my schedule to revolve solely around the Olympic distance for this year with hopes of really improving my speed in all 3 disciplines. I plan on racing all of the Multisport Olympic distance races this summer with a couple sprints to keep me sharp for Worlds. It would be nice if I can crack some overall podiums this year in Ontario going into my big race in September. 

    I have also managed to get involved with and have become a brand ambassador for a few local companies who are supporting me leading up to Worlds (Clif, Skratch Labs, Nimblewear, Blade Carbon Wheels and Triangle Phyisiotherapy). Along with training and organizing with sponsors, I just recently got married in February so this year has already been pretty crazy and hopefully all will pan out in a few months come race season. 

    I will train with TTC in the summer during the west end swims and will come out for some High Park Thursday evening interval sessions as they were very helpful and nice to train with partners last summer. 

  • 29 Mar 2017 12:31 PM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to our February Member of the Month: Irene Rey. Irene is an active member of our club and the Tri community. She is the TTC Past President, a member of the TO Board of Directors, as well as a community coach. Irene has made herself available to stand in for many of our coaches while they are way, often at the sacrifice of her own training. Irene brings positive energy to the club and is a valuable asst to our club and community.

  • 06 Mar 2017 12:10 PM | Anonymous

    Of the three disciplines, which is your strongest, which is your weakest and what are you doing this season to build on that weakness? 

    Cycling is my first passion and is by far my biggest strength. Admittedly, my swimming needs a lot of work. To tackle this head on, I joined TTC this fall and signed up for swimming lessons with Coach Miranda Thompson. Having a fun, structured plan is already making a huge difference for me. 

    What inspired you to start participating in triathlons?

    Throughout the years I've always tried to push my limits through running and cycling endeavours. After cycling 10,000+ kms across Canada for charity two summers ago, it was time to raise the bar again. Multisport seemed like a logical next step, and do I ever have a lot to learn! Triathlons are amazingly fun, and also bring a whole new set of challenges that each sport doesn't present when you take them on one-by-one.

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

    Nothing will compare to completing my first Olympic distance triathlon. The moment I completed the swim course (by some miracle) and ran to transition onto the bike gave me a rush that I'll never forget. I was hooked.

    Tell us about what you are working towards/hoping to accomplish this year?

    This year is all about refining technique in all three disciplines and developing a solid training foundation. I'm hoping that all the work pays off when I up the ante this September for the Barrelman Half-Iron Triathlon in Niagara Falls. 

  • 28 Feb 2017 11:28 AM | Anonymous

    Courtney may be one of our newer members, having only joined in December, but she has already made a huge impact on our coaches and other members. She has been a very active member participating in a swim program, attending multiple clinics as well as our January social, where she even brought along a non-member to introduce them to the TTC community.  Courtney has been recognized as someone who is always working hard in the pool to improve her skills, and encourages others around her to do the same. Congratulations Courtney! 

  • 27 Jan 2017 5:39 PM | Anonymous

    Mike will be competing in his third Ironman at Lake Placid this summer and as part of the experience he is hoping to raise money for a few Alzheimer’s-related charities.  Mike’s mom has been battling Alzheimer’s for the past couple of years and he’s dedicating this race and fundraising campaign to his parents.  He’s dubbed the campaign “Racing for Memories” and you can find out more about it (and follow his blog) at

    What has inspired you to compete? 

    For me the journey to triathlon and Ironman was really the result of being inspired and encouraged by a close friend who had discovered the sport and fell in love with it.   I had done a lot of running over the years, but I hadn’t ridden a bike since high school and I couldn’t swim the length of the pool.  Somehow I was convinced by my friend that this didn’t matter and I agreed to sign up for a triathlon (I suspect the decision may have been influenced by a couple of pints).

    Why the Ironman distance? 

    After doing a 70.3, I was certainly intrigued about the idea of doing a full distance race.  However, the deal was sealed when I traveled to Tremblant to watch two of my friends complete an Ironman there in 2014.  The experience was unbelievable and I just knew that this was something I had to do.   On the drive home the next day I signed up for IMMT 2015 as soon as registration opened.

    How do you find balance between personal life and training? 

    I travel a lot for work and I put in pretty long hours in my job, so training and keeping a balance can be very challenging.  I tend to do most of my training during the week between the hours of 5am and 7am and I do my best to get out early on the weekends so that I can salvage a bit of Saturday and Sunday.  I’ve also gotten used to taking my running shoes pretty much everywhere I travel and I’ve done a lot of laps in small hotel pools (usually while getting funny looks from the people leisurely wading around me).

    Which is your strongest and weakest discipline? 

    I’m probably the most comfortable with the run (given my history with it) and weakest in the pool, but I could stand to improve all three disciplines.  To do this, I’m swimming with Miranda through the TTC (she’s fantastic) and I’ve got Nigel Gray coaching me overall (he too is fantastic).  I’ve been more of a DIY training guy up to now and I’ve already seen huge benefits from working with Miranda and Nigel.

    What was your biggest rookie mistake? 

    I wore my watch on the outside of my wetsuit during my first ever race (Milton).  That made taking it off a little tough.   I also put my wetsuit on backwards at the TTF one year.  I didn’t realize it until it was almost too late to switch it around.  LOL!

  • 10 Jan 2017 11:39 AM | Anonymous

    Christine had perfect attendance for the month of December, improved her timed swims and demonstrated what a sprinter she is in the last practice of 2016! She works hard, challenges herself at practice and sets a great example for other swimmers. 

    Congratulations Christine! 

  • 06 Jan 2017 11:42 AM | Anonymous

    Of the three disciplines, the one I excel at most is ... 

    Excel is a bit of a stretch, but I come from a running background. I ran marathons before I took up triathlon.

    What inspired you to start participating in triathlons?

    I got peer pressured! My boyfriend is an ambassador for TTF, and he and another close friend ganged up on me late last fall. I ran out of excuses and before I knew it, I had signed up for a sprint, despite having just learned to swim.

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

    Finishing my first sprint triathlon. It took me longer to do a sprint than it takes some speedy people to do an olympic. Every step of the way was painful and I cursed my way through the run, but crossing that finish line was so rewarding.

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

    I am rebuilding my running endurance this winter and hoping to run a PB at Around the Bay.

    At the same time, I am very focused on my swimming at the moment. It is definitely the most challenging part of triathlon for me, and I have some aggressive goals for my swim this year at TTF. 

    Beyond this season, I will likely be working towards longer distances, but we'll see what the year brings.

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

    Dogs, craft beer, music, or my recent obsession with Game of Thrones (I'm currently on Season 2, and it's making my trainer rides fly!). I'm a socially awkward introvert who talks a lot, but my defenses fall when it comes to any of these things.

    Courtney recently wrote an article for Destination Outside magazine about her first triathlon experience. You can access the article here

    Welcome to the Club Courtney! 

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