Friday, April 18, 2008


The race season heats up with the Pan-American Triathlon Championships (PATCO) this weekend in Mazatlan, Mexico. Canada is fielding a strong team, including three Juniors from Ontario: Connor Hammond, Ryan Ditchfiel and Matt Vierula. The PATCO race will serve as the selection event for Canada's Junior teams competing at the ITU World Triathlon Championships in Vancouver in early June. Best of luck to all Canadian athletes.

In other news, we've (finally) confirmed that we'll be hosting one more training day and a drafting clinic on Sunday May 4th at the PTC (University of Guelph). Athletes can register for either the draft clinic, or the training day. I'll post more details here on the blog soon. Junior athletes intending to race in draft legal races this summer must be draft legal certified. If you already have your drafting certification, you're good to go. If you don't have your drafting card yet, you need to attend a drafting clinic. We'll also accept 14 & 15 year olds for the drafting clinic - we will not certify these athletes for drafting, but we're more than happy to have them attend and work on their skills.

Odds & Ends:

Flotrack interviews Kirsten Sweetland

Colin Jenkins is interviewed by the ITU's Barrie Shepley, and writes an article for

Simon posts a great interview with New Zealand triathlete Kris Gemmel.

Dano Wells finally gets back to updating his blog.

Reid Coolsaet posted a great video a while ago. Thanks to this video, I've decided to adopt a new coaching strategy - just this morning I told James "you have to go faster, or give up." When he only swam 17:49 for 1500, I told him "it's ok, you cannot always be a machine."

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