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 Coached Swim: This is a coached swim session with weekly workouts of 3 levels of difficulty supplied for you to follow, tailored for beginner to experienced swimmers.  Join fellow triathletes and swimmers from 5:30am – 6:30am on Friday mornings. We alternate between the Abbotsford Recreation Center and Mission Leisure Centre.

Participants should be able to swim at least 100m in the pool without stopping. Regular pool admission fees apply.  Coach tips are provided to help develop your technique/body position/breathing and stroke efficiently.

Cycling

Outdoor program: Group rides are constantly being organized in our members-only Facebook group. Additionally, ATC hosts time trial sessions on Wednesday evenings for the months of May – September every year. Visit our Events Calendar for dates and times.

Indoor spin program: Coached programs come with membership and is designed for all levels. Athletes focus on cycling skills and aerobic threshold training in preparation for outdoor riding.  Visit our Events Calendar for dates and times.

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 or Trail Runs: Join other ATC members for a coached track session at Rotary Stadium on Tuesday evenings from 5:45pm – 7:00pm. We meet on the “covered stand” side of the track (look for ATC signs).  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.

If the track is not safe to run (ie: too icy), we take to Discovery Trail for a group, out-and-back trail run.

Visit our Events Calendar for dates and times.

Sunday Morning Long Runs: This is a “Coach Present” run session which happens at a variety of running locations, posted on the Events Calendar. Runs start at 7:00am and can be 60-120 minutes depending on your fitness goals. Athletes often go out for breakfast together afterwards.

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.