Member Spotlight and Race Reports

  • 11 Jul 2016 9:25 AM | Anonymous

    Congrats to Lisa Drake, our June Member of the Month. Lisa is a dedicated member of the Toronto Triathlon Club Board and she goes beyond expectations as our Membership Director. She has graciously and effectively handled our clubs registration integration with Triathlon Ontario's new registration system. Lisa is known to put the email aside and to reach out personally to talk with potential members and new members to the club. Lisa is also very active with the club attending many activities and socials. Thanks for being a big part of this club Lisa!

  • 31 May 2016 7:32 AM | Anonymous

    Congrats to Debra Bell, our May Member of the Month.  Debra exhibited extreme heart, courage, and determination at Collingwood Camp this month.  Debra is also a very active member of the club participating in Tuesday Track, club rides and swims.  Debra also shares her love of triathlon with her work colleagues – encouraging them to take up triathlon at last years Toronto Island Tri and this years Guelph Lake Sprint.  Thanks for being a big part of this club Debra!  



  • 02 May 2016 1:15 PM | Anonymous

     Peter joined the TTC last season to spend more time with his girlfriend Laura who was training for her first Ironman.  Peter soon became a regular at track practices and even participated in a few triathlons by the end of the season.  This year Peter has been even more involved in the club by helping with the TTC web store development, being a member of the kit design committee, sharing his story with us as a panelist at the membership drive and even helping with website improvements.   Peter's racing this year has been top notch including placing 3rd overall at the TTC Indoor Triathlon (1st runner), placing 27th at the Race Roster Spring Runoff 9km (High Park) and most recently winning the MEC 10km Trail Race (Dundas Valley)!  Thanks for all your help with the club Peter!


  • 28 Mar 2016 4:19 PM | Anonymous

    I just wanted to thank you for putting on such an awesome event. I attended your inaugural indoor triathlon after one of your members, Amy, shared it on Facebook. Myself and my fellow IronCanuck, Kristin, were quick to jump on board.

    I should start by saying I DO NOT drive into Toronto, ever. But being Sunday morning I managed ok and was shocked to find Free parking close by. We arrived with way more time then we needed. Check in was friendly and quick. And I was super excited to get a race belt, totally unexpected!

    We were in wave 5. By the start of our wave there was a small delay but that is to be expected as the growing pains of an inaugural event. I loved that I wasn't responsible for tracking any of my own stats. Volunteers were at each venue to do that which was great. The bike was quite possibly my favorite event. Riding my own bike on a trainer, as opposed to a spin bike was awesome!! I really liked the way everything was set up on the screen in front of us. I was a bit oblivious until I heard Kristin mutter about hills.....and then I really started to study what was in front of me. My first time with any sort of power trainer and I loved it!  The track was......short. But I'm not super fast so I felt like I was really covering some ground :). Which at the end, it turned out I had!!!  I wish we could have stayed for the after party but there were large plates of bacon calling our names.

    I would love to see you do this event again. I will definitely encourage all my tri friends to participate.

    Thanks so much

    Chris


  • 21 Mar 2016 8:20 PM | Anonymous

    1) What inspired you to start participating in triathlons?

    Actually I haven’t done any triathlon yet, but I have done two marathons and I cycled twice from France to the Netherlands in one week. When I moved to Toronto I thought it would be great idea to combine these disciplines.

     

    2) Of the 3 disciplines, the one I excel at most is …  

    None of them in particular, all three disciplines I find equally easy/hard.

     

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

    Definitely the moment I finished my first marathon in Rotterdam (see photo)

     

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

     I want to do as many sprint/Olympic triathlons this year as I can and who knows, maybe a half one as well.

     

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

     My twin brother


  • 14 Mar 2016 3:07 PM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to Michael Bowen who has been nominated as our February Member of the month.  Michael has had perfect attendance and swam super hard all through the month, always with a positive attitude.   Congratulations Michael


  • 22 Feb 2016 7:50 PM | Anonymous

    Our January Member of the Month is Kirsten Hoedlmoser. Kirsten is a dedicated triathlete and former member of the year who has demonstrated incredible courage and patience with health set-backs. We wish her all the best for speedy recovery so we can see her smiling face at club events and races in the summer.


  • 22 Dec 2015 7:59 AM | Anonymous

    Not only do we celebrate Lindsay's birthday in December but we also celebrate Lindsay as the TTC Member of the Month!  Lindsay has been vocal about her training goals and has worked hard and diligently over the course of this year.  Within the past month Lindsay crushed her previous 10K personal best (PB) by over 2 mins, PB'd her 100m swim time only to beat it by 3seconds 2 weeks later and within that same swim practice pull of a 400m PB.  Lindsay says she likes it #shortandfast and now there's proof!  For this, you are the member of the month. Way to go!  Spread the PB Lindsay!!


  • 14 Dec 2015 1:45 PM | Anonymous
    Congrats to our October Member of the Month Tom Rothfels! Tom was one of several volunteers representing the Club at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on October 18. Tom distinguished himself by not only helping out at the expo, but also for standing out in the cold for several hours as a route marshal on race day. Tom always has a smile on his face and is willing to give back to the community whenever he has a chance!  


  • 16 Nov 2015 8:00 PM | Anonymous
    Part of this is the triathlon culture of “race reports”, part of this is Jerry McGuire-esque, and part of this – the writing part – I think might be cathartic, so thank you for listening, if nothing else.
     
    Today is Sun November 15th 2015. One week ago I joined some of my triathlon club members to complete the Austin 70.3 Half Ironman.  My club mates completed the 70.3 IM (2km swim, 90km bike, 21.1km run) – on their first attempt in their first season – all with strong times to boot.  That’s an incredible achievement and it was amazing to witness it live and cheer them on.
     
    My experience – although an overall great trip and I loved Austin – was different.  I ended up in a bad bike crash – nasty road rash, stiches in the left knee, contusions from the impact and roll, and a concussion.  But it could have been much much worse, and I guess that’s why I’m writing.
     
    Due to a combination of drought and heavy rains, the 70.3 bike course was in bad shape:  extensive use of “chip and seal” band-aid for pavement repairs, making for km and km’s of vibrations, narrow roads (in a couple of spots riders were actually instructed to go in single file), and pot holes.  Yes, literally.
     
    The accident happened around Mile 28 or 30 (over the half way mark), at what I’m understanding to be the worst part of the bike course.  I was going down-hill in aero position, gaining speed, and at the bottom of the narrowing road, I saw a large pot hole.  The others around me had seen it as well and we all began shifting to avoid.  I was already on the outside passing lane, and got pinched further left.  Out of nowhere, out of the corner of my eye, I saw a sign.  I think it was a city road sign, with a concrete base, pole, and rectangular metal shape.  It was inconceivable, as there should never be a situation where a rider could even hit a city road sign on a bike course, but it was real because I hit it, big time, at probably 40 kmph.  No dislocated shoulder, and flush on the meaty part of my left front shoulder as it was fully flexed in aero position.  If one were to hit a sign, I hit it perfectly.
     
    I went airborne.  I don’t remember being separated from the bike, and don’t remember the impact or rolling.  All I remember was being on my back. Instead of just lying there, I recall vividly of having this compulsion to immediately get on my hands and knees.  Once in that position I remember grabbing gravel in both hands, making a fist, and looking at it.  I have no idea why I did this.  Maybe I was forcing myself to do it, to prove to myself I was alive, that I was able to control my body and limbs.
     
    Road crew guy Tim from Houston came to my rescue.  He laid me down, kept me calm, and never left.  The only time he left was to run up half way up the hill to warn / yell to riders to slow down.  I knew the area was bad because lying there looking at the sky, I could hear how fast the riders were whizzing by me, how noisy it was with the wheels and the rough pavement, and by how much swearing there was.  It was already unsafe, and no doubt Tim’s vehicle, and now the med van that had arrived, were all posing extra risk on this narrow down-hill.
     
    I yelled to Tim to help me up because I wanted to be in that med van “right now”.  I was convinced there was going to be another crash and it would be on me.  Before the med van left, Tim opened the other side of the van for a final check.  I’m so glad he came back.  We made a fist pump and I said “You’re my angel man.  Thank you Tim.  I’m Andy from Toronto.”  It felt right to properly introduce ourselves, and to thank him that way.
     
    After the med tent guys stitched and patched me up, the doctor gave me a last look over.  I said you guys better mend me up because I have three daughters in Toronto to go back to.  At that point the doctor looked for my helmet.  She picked it up, checked the front, and then checked the back.  Sure enough, there was a big dent on the right rear portion, and turning it over, it was cracked through.  Then the doctor turned back and said that’s the third time you’ve told me about your daughters and informed me that I had had a concussion as well.  I looked at the cracked helmet, and despite the stiches, bruises, and road rashes, it finally hit me how lucky I was.  The doctor looked right at me, and said “yes, you are”.  If I hit the sign with my neck or face, the accident would have been horrific.  If after being thrown from the bike I landed slightly more vertical, I could have had a severe neck or spine injury.  And if I rolled onto the road, vs left onto the ditch, I would have had a peleton of riders speeding downhill run me over, causing much more serious injuries, and / or causing a mass bike crash injuring countless others.
     
    I was so lucky to have good people looking out for me:  Tim from Houston, that bearded rider that actually stopped while going downhill (an almost impossible urge for a cyclist), pulled over, and shuffled back to ask me how I was (“I’m good, thanks, keep going!!”), the “Austin crew” who’ve now become friends J, the hotel staff that called every two hours that night to make sure no concussion turn for the worse, and most importantly, my wife and three daughters, who were so worried yet supportive all the way back in Toronto.
     
    Over the past week since the accident I notice so many more wheelchairs, and the different kinds.  I notice the handicap entrance of every building I enter.  I notice every person with crutches, or a knee or ankle brace.  And very cyclist I drive by feels like they’re way too close.
     
    I think these heightened observations are good.  And while I’m still recovering and reflecting, I know my life changed on that day.  Please allow me to share some initial thoughts that I will try to live by:
     
    1. Live healthy – physically and mentally.  Take care of yourself in every way you can because…
    2. Relationships – you need to be strong and around a long time to cultivate, nurture, and support the most important relationships in your life.
    3. “Earn this”.  There is a line near the end of Steven Spielberg’s “Saving Private Ryan”.  After a long, deadly journey to save Private Ryan (Matt Damon), the final living brother ordered to be pulled out after his three other brothers die in the War, the dying Captain pulls the young private over and, barely audible, implores him to “earn this”.  That was the purpose for me of Sunday November 8th 2015.
    I know my experience pales in comparison to other real life struggles that so many people have to deal with, every day, day in, day out.  All I can offer is to share an experience wherein my life learnings might help with yours in some small way.
     
    Hope you’ve been well, and thanks for listening.

    Andy
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