The Toronto Triathlon Club hosted its annual Collingwood training camp May 18-21, 2018. Club members and coaches worked on triathlon skills and logged some early season training hours on the hills around Blue Mountain. We asked two of our coaches about their experience at the camp working with our members, the following is what they shared.
How long have you been involved with this event and the TTC? 2 years
What did you like best about coaching TTC athletes at this event? Being able to offer feedback face to face and help to answer athlete questions
What was one breakthrough moment of the event for one or some of the athletes that made you feel proud as a coach? I told one athlete with sore knees to think about squeezing/using her butt/glutes when she was riding. She said this helped to alleviate some of her knee pain. I was happy I was able to help! It was also good to see that when I told people to eat or drink, they would!
Overall what would you say was the biggest takeaway for the athletes and for yourself from this experience? For the athletes, the importance of nutrition and proper pacing was an eye opener for those who had never done this volume of training. As a coach, I learned the importance of collaborating with other coaches and I improved my confidence coaching from the bike.
Can you share a fun moment from the event? It was all fun!
Anything else you want other TTC members to know about this event? There are a lot of things we as triathletes don't know about triathlon. There is really so much to learn about training, nutrition, bike mechanics, gearing, etc. I even learn new things and I've been competing and coaching for 10 years. This camp is not only a great training experience, but a chance for athletes to learn more about the sport and get extremely useful advice.
How long have you been involved with this event and the TTC? I’ve been organizing and coaching the TTC Collingwood camp since 2012, and was previously a participant as well as a guest speaker on endurance sports nutrition. I’ve been a coach with the TTC since 2010.
What did you like best about coaching TTC athletes at this event? It’s always great to work with such an amazing group of athletes and see the challenge themselves over the weekend. Whether you are new to the sport or have years of experience TTC Collingwood camp is a great place to share knowledge and stories while getting in some amazing training.
What was one breakthrough moment of the event for one or some of the athletes that made you feel proud as a coach? Having lead the camp for so long it’s great to see so many people year after year. It’s truly amazing to see some of the beginner riders get stronger and more confident with their cycling strength and progress to being inspirations for other newer campers.
Overall what would you say was the biggest takeaway for the athletes and for yourself from this experience? Triathletes often train as individuals for an individual sport. This weekend however is a chance to embrace the power of the group and come together to support one another.
Can you share a fun moment from the event? I really like the Team Triathlon Challenge. It’s not about being the best out there it’s about being able to participate in a solo sport as part of a team. It keeps it fun while challenging everyone to give it their all!
Anything else you want other TTC members to know about this event? This event has been going on for at least 10 years and has grown from a group of friends riding together to an intensive weekend of training for club members with professional coaches, support and is a lot of fun!