As we celebrate ONE MONTH until the Toronto Triathlon Festival Presented By Raymond James, we’re going to send you handy hints and tips to enhance your triathlon experience.

The closer you get to race day, the less you’ll want to introduce new training or foods into your preparations.

However, the TTF team has found two easy training methods that can help make sure you’re even more prepared to crush your goals.

Got An Hour Before Work? Why Not Try An Indoor Triathlon?

The logistics of triathlon can be tricky for us Torontonians, particularly with our long commute times, unpredictable weather, and varying road conditions. (You may also run into an NBA Championship Parade.)

But what if we told you that with some clever planning you could be doing a triathlon each morning before work? Or, if you’re brave, on your lunch break.

Many condo buildings, commercial and community gyms already have the facilities you need to be able to complete an indoor triathlon. With a pool, stationary bike, and treadmill, you can train in all three disciplines without leaving the building.

And, if your timing is on point, you can be in and out in an hour.

Unlike the outdoor variety, indoor triathlon has a fixed timeframe. For example, at the TTF Indoor Triathlon at the Toronto Athletic Club, athletes swam for 10 minutes in the pool, biked for 12 minutes in the studio, and ran for 12 minutes on the treadmill. Transition times were also fixed, with athletes having 10 minutes to dry themselves off and change into bike gear, and 5 minutes to rest their legs and move from the bike to the run. The challenge is to cover the greatest distance (and for the bike, to achieve the highest average watts output, if possible) in the fixed timeframe.

Following that same timeframe formula, you could start your indoor triathlon at 6:00am and be done by 6:49am. With a 10 minute warm down, you could easily be back in your condo, showered, and out the door by 7:30am.

There are benefits for the minimalist among us as well. If you want to keep your supplies low for your indoor triathlon, you could get away with bringing: a towel, water bottle, swimsuit, goggles, triathlon suit, socks, runners.

The great news is that while indoor triathlons prove handy for athletes who are new to the sport, time poor, or returning from injury, they are also gathering steam as their own discipline as well. Life Time Tri hosted more than 60 competitive indoor triathlons across North America in 2018, and its series looks to be continuing to grow.

(Could you one day represent Canada in indoor triathlon at the Olympics?)

In the final weeks leading into the Toronto Triathlon Festival, it’s important that you use all of the resources available to you, and an indoor tri might be the perfect addition to round out your training regime.

Don’t Forget To Train Your Breath

As triathletes we can easily get caught up in training for the functional elements of the sport – your swim stroke, your aero position, your running technique.

However, there may be things that we can practice that are very easily overlooked, like your breathing.

There are generally considered to be five ‘breath gears’ which range from nasal in / nasal out, to mouth in / mouth out. As you move from your aerobic system to your anaerobic system, you move up the gears.

From face-down swimming, crouched over cycling, and upright running, your body is forced to breathe in different ways throughout different segments of the race. There will also be periods where you’ll breathe comfortably, and periods where you’ll be gasping for any available air to get into your lungs – such as during any bumping during the swim.

It’s critical to be able to control your breath and have a toolbox full of options as you go through the various phases of a race, and these are not tools that you can just come up with on race day.

MINDSET Brain Gym in Yorkville offers drop-in ‘Power Breathing’ classes nearly every day of the week, and its calendar of classes is available right up until TTF race day. The class combines deep breathing with meditation in a comfortable and athletic setting.

All this is to say that dropping 5 minutes from your personal best time may have more to do with your breathing than it does your pedal stroke.

So, why not train for it?

If you haven’t yet registered for the 2019 TTF, what are you waiting for?

Sign up now using the button below!

Register for the 2019 TTF Now

Related Posts