RECORD NUMBER FOR C3’S MID-WEEK SEASON DEBUT
The C3 Open Water Swim Race # 1 saw a record number of participants for the mid-week (Wed night) event. Over 100 swimmers hit the water in races from 400m up to 10km. The evening included near perfect weather, pumped up music over the PA system, a great live BBQ and some great draw prizes from C3 and Skechers. The Dalbec Family led the day with Bailey Dalbec winning the 4km race overall (56;30), her younger sister Cassandra winning the 2km junior division (28:29) and their mother Lisa Morch winning the 50-54 category 2km race (35:58). Bob Hayes had the day’s most impressive swim with a 2hr 18 minute swim for the 10km mega distance on the day. Roberta Gjaltema had the women’s impressive 10km swim victory in 2hrs 55 minutes. The closest swim race of the day was in the women’s 2km overall race where 2x World Triathlon Champion Kristen Marchant edged out Canada Summer Games Junior Triathlete Cassandra Dalbec by 10 seconds over 2km. George Milne was the day’s most experienced swimmer at 85 years old in the men’s 1km wetsuit division.
C3 will be hosting a July version of the race on Wed night July 26th. The new mid-week format seems to have found a spot in the lives of the busy swimmers by allowing them to get a big race knocked off their schedule during the middle of the week and use it as good speed workout. Still time to register for the Wed July 26th event at www.c3online.ca
Results here (pdf)
Join Peronal Best and C3 for the 2017 Open Water Swim Series. Multiple distances for athletes of all abilities. Wetsuit and non-wetsuit categories.
- Wed June 28th, 2017
- Wed July 26th, 2017
We have a new look for 2017, and the online store is now open for a limited time for your first order.
Our first ordering window for 2017 has closed.
Stay tuned for updates on another store opening ~ Coming Soon!
The first order is set to arrive in late May.
C3’S NEW 2017 SWIM-BIKE-RUN-WALK-YOGA MEMBERSHIPS HAS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
2017 will be the 22nd year for one of Canada’s oldest and most respected multi-sport clubs. While C3 has a rich history of having supported and created Olympians, Pan American Athletes, Marathoners, Biker Racers and Ironman Medalist, the club is most proud of the fact that every year, dozens of first time families and individuals achieve their own personal goals. It's through C3’s incredible group of coaches, mentors, medical staff, sponsors and volunteers that club members are supported in pursuit of their goals.
Down here is California we have been getting some very stormy weather with a lot of days of heavy rain. It has led to a lot of flooding and some cooler day about 2-14c very similar too spring and fall weather up in Canada. Or I guess a couple of days in the winter now from what I have heard. I thought it would be fun to run throw in some ways to stay warm when you just have to get outside on those cool and wet days.
The most important thing to do on days like these is to stay as dry as you can and layer up. When you are going out for your bike ride it is really important to bring a rain jacket with you. You never know when you might ride into some bad weather.
Keeping your head and hands covered is the easiest way to stay warmer and more comfortable running and biking.
A slightly more unconventional technique is to put hot tea into your water bottles- this will keep you warm and help to fight off colds. I like peppermint and ginger tea when I am riding. I have even taken warm tea to some of the outdoor swims when the weather is bad. I have heard that some of the pro cyclo-cross racers even pour the hot tea on themselves to warm up but they have an endless supply of hot tea from their support team. So I would not suggest doing this on your long ride.
Make sure you get warm right away after you get home from your workout. A hot shower usually does the trick.
When you get back from those wet days also remember to dry out your shoes properly. It is no fun putting on a wet pair of shoes the next day.
Join us for the 2017 Mega Days
Dates: Jan 14th, Feb 4th & Feb 25th
In 2017, C3 will host 3 of their historic Mega Training Days. These are longer training days with more support and a keynote speaker to help inspire and educate. Participants have the option of a full day or just parts of the mega day. The key aspect of a mega day is the 9am-12 noon three hour bike with Sean Bechtel & a bike partner. Following the 3hr bike, a keynote inspiring talk will occur from 12:30-1:15pm. Finally Caron Shepley will lead a 1:15-2:30pm core-strength-yoga and stretch class. The entire day takes place at the Caledon Community Complex in Caledon East.
After doing an article on the evolution of my swim I thought I would do the history and development of my biking. Biking was the first sport that I got into with my family. I started mountain biking when I was about eight years old, I rode for fun at first doing the occasional O cup and 24 hour race with my dad. It was a great way to stay active and learn very key bike handling skills at a young age.
When I started running at the age of fourteen I truly found my competitive spirit. It was a very logical path to start racing duathlon and triathlon. But for the first few years I did not ride much, I just wanted to run. After racing a few kids of steel races on my yellow full suspension mountain bike I finally made the call to go full on in the triathlon world.
Luckily my mom had a steel Opus bike that fit me when I was sixteen and allowed me to race in my first draft legal race at Junior Nationals in Brampton. This was my first real triathlon. After this race I was hooked and just wanted more. During this time I was doing a lot of riding with the higher-level age groupers. They were strong enough to push me on the bike. At this time I was riding about three to four times a week with a long ride of about 90min. It was difficult to do much more than that with school.
Once I had been in the sport for about two years I purchased my first bike, a Tarmac that I still have. The bike took me through my entire junior career. When I was a junior I rode with my teammates that were all around my age. At this time Sean Bechtel was the man we all looked up to on the bike. He taught me a lot of the skills that allowed me to excel on the bike. During this time I had upped my biking miles I was still biking about five times a week but longer rides and more specific workouts. Every week we did a brick workout, an individual time trial and a long ride.
Being a poorer swimmer at the time I was always playing catch up on the bike. This really forced me to develop my bike skills at an early age. Which paid off when I went into the longer non-draft racing.
The next big change was when I got to University. By this time I had a matured as an athlete and was ready to take on some big bike miles. I also had a little more time in the day to ride and get in 3 workouts a day. This allowed my bike rides to become much longer probably biking closer to six times a week. Also having a longer summer break allowed for better training and recovery during the hardest training blocks. I still was coming out of the water near the back of the field. But now I was strong enough to bridge the gap to make it to the lead bikes. During this time my three best biking moments were: at Junior Nationals where I biked from the chase pack to the lead pack and still had the gas to run into second. At the Edmonton world cup I came out of the water in about third last but was able to close the gap between myself and the leaders, I then ran into the top 15. Then there was my last ITU race at the Huatulco world cup where I came out of the water with Tyler Butterfield and almost dropped him going up the hills. In the end he played his hand properly and dropped me but it was a very good glimpse into what the long course triathlon would hold.
I was 23 when I chose to make the switch into non-drafting Triathlon. This was the last year of my university degree and the perfect time to make the switch. The bike training changed for sure at this point. There were a lot more rides that were close to 100km and two specific bike workouts a week. The biggest change was getting used to holding the TT position for hours on end. But once I had that under control it was just time in the saddle.
After university I switched over to the Paulo Sousa squad. Under his guidance we added in the occasional double ride days but not a whole lot different from what I was already doing. The key now is to make sure every workout has its purpose. There are no more ‘garbage miles’ on the bike. There are very few easy bike rides in my training program now.
I really look forward to seeing what I can doing in 2017 and how far I can push myself. My first race of the year is scheduled for March 19, 2017.
I have to thank Sean Bechtel, Nat Faulkner, all my teammates, Barrie Shepley and Paulo Sousa for helping me become a better athlete.