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Contest Closes July 21st @ midnight.
Ambassadors Kim Ruble and Yvonne Lipinsky held a ‘mini-triathlon ‘ training event at Craig Beach, Lake Milton. Ohio. It was a cloudy, windy, and cool morning on Saturday, June 15 but several people came out to learn about Barrelman and point-to-point transitions.
After a 30 minute swim in choppy water, the group rode and hour followed by a 30 minute run.
All participants were invited to Lil’ Paws Winery, a local winery, for pizza, fruit, cookies and wine!
Better late than never: a post about Winter triathlon just before the Summer triathlon starts… Why not?
As we are about to start this Summer triathlon season, I wanted like to talk a little bit about Winter triathlon, events that are gaining in popularity.
Have you ever done a winter triathlon? What was the formula? What were the 3 sports?
I realize that the format is not as definite as summer triathlon (swim, bike, run), which makes it nice. Some include skating, some don’t. Some include running AND snowshoeing, some include only one of the 2. Some include biking (road/broad/fat bike) some don’t…but none include swimming! Most of them include one kind of skiing.
As I am a runner, the formula that I prefer is definitely the one that includes running & snowshoeing. One really nice winter triathlon that I did this winter was the Devil’s challenge (Défi de la diable), in Mont-Tremblant area, at domaine St-Bernard.
First, we ran through/on the snow, sometimes on packed trails, sometimes on drifted snow, for a little portion, even on ski tracks. I feel bad about that, but hey! Sorry, that was the course. Then a quick transition to 8 km of skiing, in the forest, with ups and downs: perfect course! Then, to finish, going up a mountain for 4 km of snowshoeing: going up was slow but going down was insanely fast.
It was sure a nice triathlon! Great organization. It was their second year, but certainly not the last!
I have done a few other Winter Triathlons, but many of them as a team/relay. The Ottawa Winterlude Triathlon is great, with skating on the Rideau canal, then running alongside the Rideau canal, and finishing with skiing. I did this one as a team, and I was doing the second portion, the run. We won, even before the men’s team the first men’s team.
Another one that I did this winter was the Quebec city Pentathlon des neiges. That was great, a combination of five sports. Again, I was the designated runner, Snowshoe running… right in the Plaines d’Abraham!! 3 loops… the 3rd one was hard, with all these little hills… At the Quebec city Pentathlon, the 5 sports goes as follows: biking, running, skiing (classic or skate, as you wish), speed skating, snowshoeing! Spectacular!
What I like in the winter triathlon, is that I feel that even than with most summer triathlon, people do it as a team, everybody doing a different sport. Yes, I know this also happens in summer triathlon, but I find it less frequent. Anyway, for me! In the summer, I want to do 3 sports… In the winter, I’m happier to do one, and taste that awesome team spirit!
Have you ever tried a relay triathlon? How did you like it? I’ll tell you later about my experience!
By William McAnirlin
I want to take a couple of paragraphs to try and explain what my finisher picture from Barrelman 2018 means to me. The first time that I raced the Barrelman was with the Rev3 partnership in 2017. After planning to do it again, I was lucky enough to be selected as an ambassador.
On May 5, 2018 those plans changed. While out on a training ride I was involved in a crash when a dog ran out in front of me. I broke my clavicle and my coracoid, pretty much scrapping all of my plans for 2018. The best estimate that I heard was 9 months recovery post-surgery, with other estimates as long as a year.
I went to all of my Dr and therapy appointments and did what I was told. Even though there was no reason to think that I would be able to, I thought that maybe, that there was an outside chance that I might be able to do Barrelman. I wore my finisher’s hat from 2017 to just about all of my appointments.
A couple of weeks after my surgery, I bought a recumbent bike to put on the trainer (The surgeon was not impressed with my Tim Don halo riding analogy).
In late June, I was told that I could run if I was careful, and I had my first short run on my birthday at the end of June.
7 weeks before Barrelman, I was told that I could resume activity as I could tolerate. That was all I needed. I came up with a 7-week training plan. At week 5, I did an Olympic distance to make sure that everything worked. When I was able to complete that I figure that in 2 weeks I could make a go at Barrelman.
There are people that have overcome more and accomplished more. But for me, on that day, it was just about overwhelming to cross the finish. It was not my best time by far (and luckily not my worst). I knew that going in that it was just about the finish, and it would have been okay if I was not able to cross the line. It is the best finisher pic that I have, and I love it as it represents that journey. The event makes it even better. The atmosphere, the other athletes, everything about the race made it even more special.
So Barrelman will always have a special place in my heart, and have a special meaning to me, and that Finisher picture will be proudly displayed.
Will 2019 be the Year of the Half?
Dan Empfield of Slowtwitch.com thinks it just might be with his recent article ” The Half-Distance .”
By Kimberly Mitchell
Back in January, I hit the ground running. I had a new coach starting on New Year’s Day. I had access to a treadmill whenever I needed and my bike was nicely set up along with my parabolic rollers. The first week went great. By March, cabin fever had set in. With the days getting longer, I decided to do my longest 2019 run. At just over 10 km, it felt great. I followed this run up with an extended training session at my local tri club. I rode my longest indoor ride – 2 hours! When I awoke the next morning, I was sore. My right calf hurt so much I could barely walk. As the day went on my leg felt worse. I faced the fact I had an overuse injury.
I knew that pushing through the pain would not make it better. I decided to take a few days rest with ice and ointment. It didn’t help. My mood went downhill. A car accident the next week was a wake-up call. I had been pushing very hard. Harder than my body was ready to handle. I took a whole week of rest and made appointments for chiropractic care, physiotherapy and massage.
As I reflect on the last few weeks, there are a few things I’ve learned to do better.
I’m thankful to be back to training. Now the trick is to make habits out of my improvements in order to avoid future injuries.
The Barrelman/MultiSport Canada Ambassador Team returns for 2019, and we are looking for passionate triathletes and duathletes to help us grow our incredible sport.
We are looking for athletes that are:
What’s in it for you?
How to Apply?
Click on the link below, and complete the application. We look forward to hearing from you.
THE DEADLINE TO APPLY IS SUNDAY JANUARY 13
Barrelman Niagara Falls will be offering 1 spot/age group for the following age group National Teams.
Please be sure to read the new rules on how to qualify for the national team as the requirements have changed.
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