5 Minutes with Meg: Mindfulness
5 Minutes with Meg: Mindfulness

5 Minutes with Meg: Mindfulness

Take a break from any stress, anxiety, anger or sadness you might have been carrying....

5 Minutes with Meg: Mindfulness

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5 Minutes with Meg: Mindfulness

Take a break from any stress, anxiety, anger or sadness you might have been carrying. Read how the practice of Mindfulness can benefit your workout!

Osteoporosis Can Be Beaten Through Exercise
Osteoporosis Can Be Beaten Through Exercise

Osteoporosis Can Be Beaten Through...

Heather Douglas, an active 33 year Adelaide Club member was diagnosed with...

Osteoporosis Can Be Beaten Through Exercise

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Osteoporosis Can Be Beaten Through Exercise

Heather Douglas, an active 33 year Adelaide Club member was diagnosed with Osteoporosis. Recently, she was given some astonishing test results: no osteoporosis in her spine.

Read about how she reversed the effects of her disease!

Carol-Ann’s “Go To” Hearty Salad
Carol-Ann’s “Go To” Hearty Salad

Carol-Ann’s “Go To” Hearty Salad

Carol-Ann is an incredible trainer with 25+ years of experience, who is always looking...

Carol-Ann’s “Go To” Hearty Salad

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Carol-Ann’s “Go To” Hearty Salad

Carol-Ann is an incredible trainer with 25+ years of experience, who is always looking to add knowledge and skills. Check out her "go-to" warm, hearty salad! 

Not One Ironman, but Two
Not One Ironman, but Two

Not One Ironman, but Two

Toronto Athletic Club Member, Neil Marsh, has been training extremely hard for a goal...

Not One Ironman, but Two

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Not One Ironman, but Two

Toronto Athletic Club Member, Neil Marsh, has been training extremely hard for a goal that is close to his heart. With the help of our Senior Trainer and triathlon guru, James Corcoran, Neil is preparing to compete in two Ironman competitions in 2018 - Ironman Switzerland this summer and Ironman Florida in November.

You Don't Need to be an Executive to Receive Executive Health Care
You Don't Need to be an Executive to Receive Executive Health Care

You Don't Need to be an Executive...

"I have to make an appointment to have my prescription refilled? Why...

You Don't Need to be an Executive to Receive Executive Health Care

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You Don't Need to be an Executive to Receive Executive Health Care

"I have to make an appointment to have my prescription refilled? Why can't I talk to my doctor over the phone? I'm sick on vacation, I need some help!"

These were the common questions and concerns we were hearing from our patients. Well, we listened and as a result developed our Executive Medical Program. We took all the concerns our patients were having and created a program geared towards saving time while offering preventative healthcare.

For the Love of Bikes: Cycling at the Adelaide
For the Love of Bikes: Cycling at the Adelaide

For the Love of Bikes: Cycling at...

We sat down with two of the Adelaide's regular cyclers, Tylar and Malcolm,...

For the Love of Bikes: Cycling at the Adelaide

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For the Love of Bikes: Cycling at the Adelaide

We sat down with two of the Adelaide's regular cyclers, Tylar and Malcolm, who joined for very different reasons but continue to ride for surprisingly similar ones.  

Uplifting Impacts Yoga Can Have on Your Professional Life
Uplifting Impacts Yoga Can Have on Your Professional Life

Uplifting Impacts Yoga Can Have on...

We spent time with Sandra, a legal assistant at a law firm in downtown Toronto, a...

Uplifting Impacts Yoga Can Have on Your Professional Life

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Uplifting Impacts Yoga Can Have on Your Professional Life

We spent time with Sandra, a legal assistant at a law firm in downtown Toronto, a regular yogi at the Adelaide Club, and a member since 1987!

Small Muscle Focus = Better Balance & Performance
Small Muscle Focus = Better Balance & Performance

Small Muscle Focus = Better Balance...

Our Director of Pilates & Yoga, Sandi Simoes, shares her insight on smaller...

Small Muscle Focus = Better Balance & Performance

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Small Muscle Focus = Better Balance & Performance

Our Director of Pilates & Yoga, Sandi Simoes, shares her insight on smaller muscles - and why you shouldn't neglect them in your workouts.

Fall in Love with Squash, the perfect (cardio) game
Fall in Love with Squash, the perfect (cardio) game

Fall in Love with Squash, the...

We sat down with Neil, a dedicated squash player and a member of the

Fall in Love with Squash, the perfect (cardio) game

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Fall in Love with Squash, the perfect (cardio) game

We sat down with Neil, a dedicated squash player and a member of the Adelaide Club for nearly four decades, to hear more about his love of the game of squash.

Five Reasons a Director of M&A Concentrates on Strength
Five Reasons a Director of M&A Concentrates on Strength

Five Reasons a Director of M&A...

We spent time with our longstanding member, Enrique, a Director of M&A...

Five Reasons a Director of M&A Concentrates on Strength

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Five Reasons a Director of M&A Concentrates on Strength

We spent time with our longstanding member, Enrique, a Director of M&A Integrations at one of Toronto’s leading banks, to discuss how he balances his professional ambitions and personal time in pursuit of his fitness goals.

Why Strength Lab may be your new favourite workout in 2018
Why Strength Lab may be your new favourite workout in 2018

Why Strength Lab may be your new...

Our Group Exercise Director, Lauren Neal, answers all your questions about the...

Why Strength Lab may be your new favourite workout in 2018

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Why Strength Lab may be your new favourite workout in 2018

Our Group Exercise Director, Lauren Neal, answers all your questions about the Adelaide Club's new Strength Lab classes.

5 Minutes with Meg
5 Minutes with Meg

5 Minutes with Meg

Meg Sharp shares all the methods you can use to stay motivated and crush your fitness...

5 Minutes with Meg

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5 Minutes with Meg

Meg Sharp shares all the methods you can use to stay motivated and crush your fitness goals.

Resolve to be fit, once and for all!
Resolve to be fit, once and for all!

Resolve to be fit, once and for...

Check out our top 10 ways to be successful with your New Year's...

Resolve to be fit, once and for all!

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Resolve to be fit, once and for all!

Check out our top 10 ways to be successful with your New Year's resolutions.

The new Adelaide Club STRENGTH Gym: Now open for your next strength workout!
The new Adelaide Club STRENGTH Gym: Now open for your next strength workout!

The new Adelaide Club STRENGTH Gym:...

Come and check out our newly-equipped STRENGTH Gym at The Adelaide...

The new Adelaide Club STRENGTH Gym: Now open for your next strength workout!

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The new Adelaide Club STRENGTH Gym: Now open for your next strength workout!

Come and check out our newly-equipped STRENGTH Gym at The Adelaide Club. Everything from kettle bells, sleds, and turf to get you in the best shape of your life.

How to avoid the holiday weight gain: A nutritionist's top 10 tips
How to avoid the holiday weight gain: A nutritionist's top 10 tips

How to avoid the holiday weight...

Our Holistic Nutritionist and Personal Trainer, Dena Ryde, shares her how-tos on...

How to avoid the holiday weight gain: A nutritionist's top 10 tips

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How to avoid the holiday weight gain: A nutritionist's top 10 tips

Our Holistic Nutritionist and Personal Trainer, Dena Ryde, shares her how-tos on keeping your fitness goals on track for the holiday season.

Bring out your inner athlete with our new A-Ride program
Bring out your inner athlete with our new A-Ride program

Bring out your inner athlete with...

As of December 4th, we're introducing our new A-Ride program, featuring three...

Bring out your inner athlete with our new A-Ride program

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Bring out your inner athlete with our new A-Ride program

As of December 4th, we're introducing our new A-Ride program, featuring three exciting classes made for you to get your ride on.

5 Minutes with Meg
5 Minutes with Meg

5 Minutes with Meg

This week's instalment from our Director of Personal Training, Meg...

5 Minutes with Meg

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5 Minutes with Meg

This week's instalment from our Director of Personal Training, Meg Sharp!

Fall Fitness at the Club
Fall Fitness at the Club

Fall Fitness at the Club

Even though the seasons are changing, fitness still remains a constant at the...

Fall Fitness at the Club

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Fall Fitness at the Club

Even though the seasons are changing, fitness still remains a constant at the Club. Group Fitness continues to be a popular choice amongst both men and women.

Trainer spotlight: Swimming Coach Roman Ramirez
Trainer spotlight: Swimming Coach Roman Ramirez

Trainer spotlight: Swimming Coach...

We would like to introduce our latest addition to the TAC team, Roman...

Trainer spotlight: Swimming Coach Roman Ramirez

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Trainer spotlight: Swimming Coach Roman Ramirez

We would like to introduce our latest addition to the TAC team, Roman Ramirez!

5 Minutes with Meg
5 Minutes with Meg

5 Minutes with Meg

Introducing a new column from our Director of Personal Training, Meg Sharp. Tune in...

5 Minutes with Meg

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5 Minutes with Meg

Introducing a new column from our Director of Personal Training, Meg Sharp. Tune in regularly for more!

Quest for Ironman Mont Tremblant (IMMT)

Quest for Ironman Mont Tremblant (IMMT)
Posted: Sep 22, 2017

Darcy Wefers has worked with Clive Caldwell for 18 years at Head Office of the Cambridge Group of Clubs. Darcy and her husband, Tom, set a goal last year to complete a full Ironman (a triathlon consisting of 3.8km Swim, 180km Bike, 42km Run) in Mont Tremblant on August 20th, 2017.

As we had anticipated, both were successful in their attempt! We asked Darcy about the planning, training, logistics and challenges that went into this personal feat.

Why a full Ironman and why Mont Tremblant?

After completing a number of triathlons, including 2 Half Ironman distance races (Peterborough, 2014 and Muskoka, 2016), we wanted a bigger challenge and had heard so much about the picturesque setting at Mont Tremblant, the volunteers, and the commitment of the entire region to make IMMT an incredible experience.

How did you prepare for IMMT?

We thought it was important to work with a coach who had completed an Ironman personally.  We approached Blair Larsen, a personal trainer at the Adelaide Club. Blair has 17 years of experience and, among many certifications, is an IM Coach. He has completed 8 Half Ironmans, 5 Full Ironmans and represented Canada at Worlds ITU twice. Blair's personal experience combined with his qualifications – and, above all, patience for our never-ending questions – was the perfect combination.

What was the training plan and commitment leading up to the race?

Our training plan was created by Blair and downloaded to an app called Training Peaks that we could access on our phones or iPads. Typically, each week had 2 workouts in each discipline – one shorter workout that focused on drills and speed, and one longer workout that focused on distance, endurance and form. Nutrition and hydration are the fourth discipline of triathlon and the longer bikes and runs allowed us to practice eating and drinking to figure out quantities and technique.

Training Peaks example workout


The training time commitment ranged from about 8 hours per week in the winter months, to 10+ hours in spring, to 14+ hours as we neared our full Ironman. Needless to say, house and garden chores were neglected, social invites declined and bike maintenance, eating well and sleep took top priority.

Our race plan included an indoor triathlon, a sprint distance outdoor triathlon to practice transitions and racing in our wetsuits.  In June we travelled to Mont Tremblant with Coach Blair for a training camp to swim, bike and run the actual course. The Mont Tremblant area has routes that are permanently marked for athletes to practice all season. Blairs past experience competing at Tremblant was invaluable as he accompanied us on the course. Lake Tremblant was a very cold 59 degrees and during the 3.8km practice swim, I experienced severe cramping in both legs that required some floating and stretching – Blair stayed with me the entire time. I think it took the rest of the weekend to warm up!

It was truly an advantage to bike the exact IM course and experience the 8km climb up Chemin Duplessis. The running was picturesque on converted rail trails with golf courses or water on either side. Blair gave us a tour of the village and pointed out transition areas, change tent location and the famous finish line were we hoped to be declared an Ironman!

Our next training triathlon was in July at the Muskoka Half Ironman. This was exciting as we were familiar with the course from 2016 and both did personal bests.

What were the days leading up to the Ironman like?

On the Thursday before the Sunday race, we drove to Tremblant with our 19-year-old son who was coming to cheer us on, help with equipment and communicate to friends and family on our progress. We unpacked and went directly into the village to take in the vibe that was starting to build among the triathletes. It was raining, but everyone was still smiling and looking forward to race day. Friday was athlete check-in and we received our race packages. Saturday was bike check-in and while prepping my bike I found a small piece of glass embedded in my tire! I quickly bought and installed a new rear tire as I didn’t want to take any chances.

August 20thRace Day!

The alarm was set for 4:30am and although it was still dark, the rain had stopped. We had breakfast, lots of water, some coffee and of course the very important bathroom visit! With our tri suits on and our wetsuits, goggles and caps in a bag we made our way to athlete marking to get our race number and age on our arm and calves. We then went to pump and check tire pressure on our bikes before heading to the lake for the swim start. The method for the swim start was “self-seeded”, which meant placing yourself in the line-up according to your predicted swim finish.  This is where my husband Tom and I said our goodbyes (he's a faster swimmer and was much further ahead in the line-up).

After singing "Oh Canada" and witnessing the jet fly-over, the professional triathletes started their race. It was then time for the 1,900 athletes to begin. 12 at a time, 5 seconds apart, we were told to enter the water.

The water temp was 69 degrees and with a wetsuit was very comfortable. Both Tom and I had great swims and came out of the water according to plan.

After the volunteers “strip” your wetsuit, you run 800m on carpet to the transition tent to prepare for the bike portion. By this time, the sun was starting to shine and the cheering crowds were plentiful.

The bike route was two 90km loops on closed roads that included Highway 117, a quick trip in and out of St. Jovite and an 8km climb up Chemin Duplissis. Unfortunately, Tom experienced some severe leg cramping on the second loop of the bike and his finish took longer than expected.

During the first loop of the run Tom and I saw each other on the course and I could tell he was hurting. The cramping was not as severe but still slowing his running ability. I asked if he wanted me to stay with him but he encouraged me to continue on at my pace and have a good race. He declared “even if I have to crawl, I will finish”! So I continued the first loop at a good running pace, knowing that my second loop would be more pedestrian due to fatigue and a foot injury I was battling.  The second loop was slower but I had a good power walk going and knew that this was the day I would become an Ironman!

I finished in 12:48 and Tom in 13:10 – we both heard the famous “You Are an Ironman” announcement from Mike Reilly and will never forget our experience of the entire day and especially running the last 500m being cheered into the finish by our son, close friends and hundreds of incredible IM supporters.

Needless to say, we are both signed up to do it again next year. IMMT 2018, we’re coming for you!!

 

 

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