Monday, September 23, 2013

Swim Goal Setting Sheets!

The term has begun and it's a great time to start making some training goals!!!!

Below I've attached Tia's Swim Goal Setting sheets. These are to be printed and brought to her (hard copies only) at any Tuesday or Thursday swim. This is to give yourself something to improve on and give Tia an idea of how to get you there.

Feel free to come up with some goals for running or biking too!

We're having some big crowds out for workouts lately - which is obviously...SUPER AWESOME!

For runs it's still light out - AND BEAUTIFUL... but... later into the term it is advised to start bringing headlamps to runs.

Also, don't miss out on the Club's Annual Welcome Back BBQ happening this Saturday after the bike ride at 11:30am.

Even if you're not coming for the ride feel free to come by for some burgers n salad and a bike maintenance workshop after!

Stay tuned for new club spin sessions TBA.


(Fill out the following and print please)
Swimming Goal Setting: Fall 2013
Swim Technique/Stroke Goals:
Swim Time/Speed Goals:
Swim Workout Attendance Goals:
My Weekly Swimming Goals:
Other goals I have for this term in my training/racing:
I am part of the UBC Tri club because (use back if necessary):

Goal setting is a huge part of achievement and success. I have to know what you are striving for so I can help you get there. Please think this over and bring it with you to your first practice back to give to Tia. New members have until the end of September!"

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Back to School - Back to Training!


So Tri Club is back in action! And I hope everyone in the club is ready for another awesome year.
In case you missed our awesome booth at Imagine Day - here are some photos of SOME of the crew who came out to help out! Unfortunately we didn't manage to get a photo of everyone - but it was amazing to see so many faces from the club excited to recruit new members for the fall term. Thanks for all your help guys!
This year we had 376 new sign ups!!!! To put this into perspective - last year we only had about 100 sign ups.. that's like a 3.76X IMPROVEMENT!
...Or an even better video to show my excitement over this. It's OVER 300!

Left to right: Jenn (VP Internal), Tiffany (VP External), some weird looking dude

 From left to right: Some weird looking dude, Chris (one of your VP Athletics), Ryan Hirakida (VP Social)

If you missed us - come check us out on Clubs days!!!! - We can also accept club membership fees on club days as well (or before any of the workouts).

 So what does this mean now that we have so many new members who are gonna be around?
Well, it means a few things...
a) BIKES: We're gonna start having an A group and B group both meeting at the same time and location but for different levels of challenge for the Saturday 9am rides lead by Eddy (Cycling Coach).
 b) RUNS: We had a HUGE turn out on Monday and Wednesday (5:30pm runs)- and also over 10 people doing Ab ripper. With such a big crowd its a lot easier to find others your own speed and meet new people. I can't wait to see how many people come out next week!
c) SWIMS: Also a great turn out - and a number of people all at different skill levels! Tia given some game talk of doing technical workouts now earlier in the season and working more on endurance as we get closer to race season (spring)- then moving into tactical skills (e.g. drafting) as we get closer to the summer (and the races associated with em').
She's also given out goal setting sheets which I'll try to get up on this blog as well.
d) STRETCHY TIME: - this will be resuming next Friday at 6:30pm (and continuing every week after at a similar time for the rest of the term - if there are timing alterations these will be posted on the club facebook group). This is sort of a cross between stretching, pilates, yoga, and pirates - except without the pirates. Come try it out - there's always a big crowd (Bring your own yoga mat if you have one - if not we have a few spares kicking around the club office!).

 Come on out to a workout if you haven't yet!
Look forward to seeing you all around!

UBC Tri Exec!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Battle of the Ex-Presidents

Over the next few days former UBC tri club presidents Matt Reeve and Nathaniel Janzen will square off at the ITU AG Wold Championships (along with Kevin Chariot).

The lack of trash talk surrounding the event is more a result of Vince's absence rather than an indication that this showdown will be anything less than the most intense encounter these two have experienced (and they've faced one another several times). This is no Kendra vs Vince Beer Mile challenge. Nor is it some silly intermural with an ugly t-shirt for 1st place. The winner will bask in the glory of all that is triathlon and will hold his head high for the rest of his life. The loser will become portly and feel the need to prove himself by finishing multiple Ironmans late into his thirties.

To whom the Victory? Let's look at the stats:

UBCTC Race series:
Nathaniel: 3 Race series wins
Matt: 3 Race series wins

Storm the Wall:
Nathaniel - Two individual wins
Twice Ironman Champion (narrowly beating out Matt the first time, beating the second place finisher by a mile the second time).
Matt - Two individual wins
Once Ironman Champion (beating the second place finisher relatively comfortably) and Once SUPER IRONMAN Champion.

Their individual race results don't really help to determine who might come out on top in London. Although the'll be racing short course, the only thing that can be said about their triathlon history is that only Matt has come close to racing a REAL triathlon by completing a half-Ironman.

Personal Characteristics:
Nathaniel - a.k.a. Flipper (friends), Nacho (family), Pumpkin (Sophie)

Strengths: Nathaniel is an ex-varsity swimmer and ran track in high school. He's recently come close to the Club record for the Mile and has been banking some serious pool time. He also received not-so-secret coaching from Vince over the winter resulting in more power on the bike (although it's believed that his improvement on the bike is due more to being in the presence of Vince's mustache rather than any direct coaching).

Weakness: Untouchable at shorter distances, how will Nathaniel fare in the latter parts of the race?

Matt - a.k.a....Matt

Strengths: Matt is the consummate all-rounder. Not only is he consistently fast in the water, on the bike and on the run, one discipline doesn't impact the other. He's been lightning fast in both the club bricks and aquathons. He's a handsome Ginger that doesn't have the word quit in his vocabulary. The guy has biked across CANADA people! Even crazier, he spent an entire winter in Kitimat! Most of all though, he's hungry for revenge from Nathaniel's Storm the Wall victory.

Weakness: Has a year away from UBC tri club rendered him soft and chubby?

Joker - As with any great duel, this one's got a wild card: Matt's impressive ability to get it done, no matter what it takes. 

During his failed attempt to take the Race Series lead from the Club's funniest and kindest member, Matt convinced both Brendan and Kevin to get hammered with him on St-Patrick's Day, the eve of the aquathon. Kevin obliged (very happily) and Brendan did his share by downing a Merlot in one swoop. Matt drank water. The moral of the story? Matt's ruthlessly competitive so never, ever, ever count him out - it can come back to bite you (perhaps literally).

With the above information, it's up to you to decide - seems pretty close to call.  

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Why join the UBC Triathlon Club?

1) To gain lots of awesome new friends and training buds!
2) To get in ridiculously good shape! (and look good in spandex)
3) To partake in awesome group bikes, swims, and/or runs!
4) Storm the Wall domination!

So, what are you waiting for?

It costs significantly less than a gym pass to join our club, and we are well sponsored which helps fund club expenses.

“The best part is the people who are fun, welcoming, and extremely friendly!”
-Seth Bluman, Club Member

Something to keep in mind: All workouts are optional.
We understand that school and work don’t always create an optimal time frame, so come as often or as little as you’d like. As well don’t worry if you aren’t experienced!! A lot of us started in the tri club with no background experience in the sport whatsoever. How hard you choose to push yourself to become a better triathlete (or athlete in general) is up to you. Beginners and experts train side by side in this club so there is always someone to learn from!

Still not sure if you should join?
Other awesome shtuff about our club:

Running (Mon+Wed @5:30)
-If you’re new to the campus or want to discover the area nearby better, our biweekly group runs can show you all the best spots to go for runs near campus!
*Typically we do a long run on Mondays and intervals on Wednesdays

Biking (Sat @9am)
-Coached group bike rides - we'll make you a pro in no time! No special road bike needed for first timers - but make sure you have fenders.
-We'll show you the best spots around UBC to cycle
-You’ll have Coach Eddy teach you everything you need to know to be the best cyclist possible!
-Bike trainers (that is, a device that attaches to your bike for indoor group cycling, will be provided by the club for indoor training this year. More info on this is TBA. *Bike trainers are new for fall 2013!!

Swimming (Tues 7-8pm & Thurs 8-9pm)
-We do group swims in the UBC outdoor pool with coach Tia! She has a lot of experience coaching a range of skill levels and will make you become a better swimmer. Don't worry if your a terrible swimmer! Tia is incredible for coaching beginners and experts! So regardless of your previous swim experience come try out our swims!

Yoga/Pilates (aka Stretchy Time) (Friday @6pm)
-Limber up with your best friends from the tri club! If you've never done yoga before this is a great place to start. And if you have done yoga before this is also a great place to continue on with it. P.s. Our instructor Tiffany is the best UBC has to offer!

Other fun facts about us:
*During workouts, you can store your stuff in our extremely accessible club office located beside the UBC SUB (just ask a club exec member about where to leave your stuff for a workout)

*We are the best looking club on campus!

·      We are sponsored by Cliff - which means we have plenty of tasty post-workout snacks available to you
·      We are sponsored by West Point Multi Sport - which means you can get plenty of discounted Tri gear just down the road from UBC campus!
·      We also provide personalized speaker series on topics such a race nutrition, physiotherapy (brought to us by our sponsor Dunbar Physio), biomechanics and technical sessions specifically tailored to local triathlons

*Simon Whitfiield will hopefully be stopping by for a workout later this fall. He is a renowned team Canada triathlete and Olympic gold medalist. Fun fact: he has trained in the past with the UBC Tri club!

Our first run of the year will be September 4th at 5:30pm at the club office. Please come 15-30 minutes early so you can sign a waiver (or sign it at Imagine Day), and pay your membership fees. September 10th is a Tuesday, which is when swim practices start.

Take the jump and challenge yourself by joining the UBC Triathlon Club!
And hey, it's an awesome way to make some great new friends on campus.
We're excited that you're interested in joining and look forward to an awesome semester with you!

*Club Fees
Student                                  $50
Community Member          $75


Once a week                         $80
Twice a week                        $110

UBC Tri Club Execs