Training

The Abbotsford Triathlon Club currently has over 60 members in 2017!  We are all about training hard, finding the fun in our workouts and enjoying social time together. To accomplish our goals, we use many training tools and methods.

Below you will see summaries of our in-person training programs for each individual discipline in the sport of triathlon. They are followed by instructions on how to join us in the digital world using the online training tools available.

If you have any questions about our programs or how to use the electronic training tools, please contact us.

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 Swimming

Friday Morning Drop-In Swim: This is a “coach present” swim session with weekly workouts of 3 levels of difficulty supplied for you to follow, tailored for intermediate to experienced swimmers.  Join fellow triathletes and swimmers at the Abbotsford Recreation Center from 5:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. on Friday mornings. Participants should be able to swim at least 100 m in the pool without stopping. Regular pool admission fees apply.  Coach tips to help you develop your technique/body position/breathing and stroke efficiently are provided upon request.

***NOTE: annual ARC pool closure means we move to MISSION LEISURE CENTRE POOL for the Fridays of Nov.25, Dec.1 and Dec.8. 5:30-7:00am

Cycling

Outdoor program: Group rides are constantly being organized on our private Facebook group. When you join you are given access to the group and you can join in looking for riding partners, or hit the road with someone else who’s made a posting. Additionally, for 2017, ATC will host its very own time trial sessions on Thursday evenings . Visit this page for dates and times in the spring.

Indoor spin program: This coached program comes with membership and is designed for all levels. This program began in November and will run through to the end of March. Athletes focus on cycling skills and aerobic threshold training in preparation for outdoor sessions that follow in April.  Unless otherwise noted, Coach Kevin leads these from 12 to 1:30 pm on Saturdays.

We also augment our indoor training with the use of electronic aids such as Zwift (organized by our member Allen), Garmin Connect and Strava. Group OnLine sessions as well as get-togethers in member’s “PainCaves” occur throughout the indoor seasons.  Please see below for more information on these tools.

Running

Tuesday Tear-It-Up Track and Trail Runs: Join other ATC members for a group run at Rotary Stadium on Tuesday evenings from 5:45 – 7:00p.m (and we hit the trails as well from October to March). We meet on the “covered stand” side of the track (look for our ATC signs). An ATC coach will be present every week to lead you through a track workout.  You will learn about and practice pacing and speed work. These sessions are fun, informative, and leveled so that every member, regardless of ability, is challenged to meet the goals of their running practice.

FIRST TUESDAY of MONTH: Rotary Track

ALL OTHER TUESDAYS: Trail: check ATC Facebook page or <www.abbytriclub.com> for this week’s location

Sunday Morning Long Runs: This is a “Coach Present” run session which happens at a variety of running locations, posted here weekly and on the Abbotsford Tri Club Facebook page. Runs start at 7 am. and we run anywhere from 60 to 100 minutes.  Athletes often go out for breakfast together afterwards. (If you are not a Facebook user, just ask Coach Mikey to put you on the email list).

We log our training with the use of electronic aids such as Garmin Connect and Strava. Please see below for more information on these tools.

Training Tools

Below we list just some of the electronic training tools that you can use, and many club members use, to stay on track while they train and race. If you need help setting up this software, or advice on what equipment to buy, please join ATC and then post your questions on our private Facebook group. Coaches and members alike are here to help!

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Zwift is a turbo trainer game that enables you to link you turbo trainer up your computer, your iPad and iPhone, letting you ride with other cyclists in a virtual environment, therefore helping to alleviate some of the boredom associated with indoor riding and also to help you focus on targeting and achieving training goals no matter what the weather or time of year. Zwift will synch with Strava to catalogue all of your training efforts in one location.

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Strava is a website and mobile app used to track athletic activity via GPS. You can also connect to other club members just like on social media. You can follow their progress and display your own. Additionally, you can connect to Zwift and your Garmin Connect account to automatically populate Strava and log your activity all in one location.

Garmin Connect – running, walking, cycling, swimming, skiing, triathlons – no matter how you move, you can record your active lifestyle on Garmin Connect. All the data from your Garmin device, or devices, can be uploaded to Garmin Connect using the Garmin Express application. It will then synchronize to your Strava account to give you all workouts in one place. In combination with Zwift and Strava, Garmin Connect completes the entire circle of data that you need to track all of your progress as a triathlete.