Monday, August 25, 2008


The 2008-2009 Training Day schedule has been set, and posted on the OAT website: "Athletes" --> "Games Programmes" --> "Canada Games" --> "Training Group" (if you could find that on your own, you can probably find the lost city of Atlantis).

One important note for athletes and parents: After a long triathlon season, the first priority should be to schedule some down-time for the athletes. For some athletes, that will take place now (late August), while others will take a few weeks off in September or October. I strongly encourage everyone to schedule a few weeks (2-3) off from training, or at least off from structured training. If that means you have to miss a training day, don't worry about it - we have one every month.

Training Day Dates

Sunday October 19th, 2008
Sunday November 2nd, 2008
Sunday November 30th, 2008
Sunday January 4th, 2009
Sunday February 1st, 2009
Sunday March 1st, 2009 - CANCELLED
Sunday April 5th, 2009
Sunday May 3rd, 2009

NOTE: The Nov 2nd weekend is also the weekend of OFSAA x-country.

These dates are for Training Days hosted at the Provincial Triathlon Centre, at the University of Guelph. We expect to also offer training days in Ottawa again this year, and we'll post an update when things are finalized.

All athletes need to fill out a registration form, regardless of whether they have attended Training Days or Camps in the past. Once the forms are complete, athletes/parents simply have to send an e-mail confirming their attendance for the next training day. Registration forms are available here. E-mail them to me when they are complete.

Unlike previous years, we did not receive a grant to run this program this year - funding can be a blessing and a curse - so we will have to charge all athletes a $20 fee.

We will have three separate training groups at the training days, roughly split as: Group 1) 16-20yrs, Group 2)12-15yrs, Group 3) 10-12yrs. We will modify the groups further at each training day in order to match athletes to the group that suits them best.

Group 1 and Group 2 will Swim, Bike and Run, with an additional core session. These groups will swim at the same time, but bike and run separate from one another. Group 3 will swim and run, with a core session. After the first 2 or 3 Training Days, we will evaluate the possibility of a bike session for this group.

Last year we experimented with the idea of a Parent Training Group at the Training Days. I'd like to get back to that, but not until after the first or second training day, to make sure things are running smoothly. Parents are more than welcome to bring their training gear and ride the rural roads surrounding UofG, or run in the Aboretum, but we won't have any formal programming for parents at the first training days.

Further info is available in the registration package.

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