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!

Health & Wellness

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

Health & Wellness

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

Health & Wellness

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

Health & Wellness

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)

Quest for Ironman Mont Tremblant...

Darcy Wefers, a loyal employee at The Cambridge Group of Clubs' Head Office, and...

Quest for Ironman Mont Tremblant (IMMT)

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Quest for Ironman Mont Tremblant (IMMT)

Darcy Wefers, a loyal employee at The Cambridge Group of Clubs' Head Office, and her husband, Tom, complete a full Ironman in Mont Tremblant. Hear their story!

Club member weight-loss success story!
Club member weight-loss success story!

Club member weight-loss success...

Today we are celebrating the success of one of our members who is down more that...

Club member weight-loss success story!

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Club member weight-loss success story!

Today we are celebrating the success of one of our members who is down more that fifty pounds in five months!

Brian Malone Conquers Mount Ventoux!
Brian Malone Conquers Mount Ventoux!

Brian Malone Conquers Mount...

One of Toronto Athletic Club’s awesome cycle instructors, Brian Malone,...

Brian Malone Conquers Mount Ventoux!

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Brian Malone Conquers Mount Ventoux!

One of Toronto Athletic Club’s awesome cycle instructors, Brian Malone, went to France to compete in the GFNY Mount Ventoux!

Attention all golfers!
Attention all golfers!

Attention all golfers!

If you haven’t yet made the pilgrimage to experience golf in Atlantic...

Attention all golfers!

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Attention all golfers!

If you haven’t yet made the pilgrimage to experience golf in Atlantic Canada, what are you waiting for?

Trainer spotlight: Klara Hakansson
Trainer spotlight: Klara Hakansson

Trainer spotlight: Klara Hakansson

There’s a new face at Adelaide Club! Everyone give a big Adelaide welcome to...

Trainer spotlight: Klara Hakansson

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Trainer spotlight: Klara Hakansson

There’s a new face at Adelaide Club! Everyone give a big Adelaide welcome to Klara Hakansson.

Swim, Ride, Run: Inside the Racing Mind of International Triathlete & TAC Trainer

Swim, Ride, Run: Inside the Racing Mind of International Triathlete & TAC Trainer
Posted: Oct 12, 2016

On September 18th I competed in the ITU (International Triathlon Union) World Championships in Cozumel, Mexico.  I qualified to compete for Canada in my age category in the summer of 2015. This was the Olympic distance race and I knew it was going to be one of the biggest challenges I’ve had in the many years I’ve been racing. Nothing could have prepared me for the heat and swimming in the ocean for the first time. Temperatures were as high as 29 degrees and feeling like 35 with high humidity in the morning hours.  Also, no wet suits allowed in the ocean swim. Both scenarios pushed me out of my comfort zone. 


I checked my bike into transition the day before the race and with it came an experience I’ve never had before. My bike was randomly selected to be scanned for a motor inside the frame. I knew then that this was going to be a different race. 
  
One of the difficulties for this race, was that athletes had to be out of transition at 6:30am and my age category was placed as the last wave at 8:17. I had almost 2 hours to sit around in the heat before my race started. 

Too much time for my body to heat up and my mind to spin with worry.  

Just before my wave set out to the swim start, the heat of the day was starting to set in and I just knew there wasn’t going to be any forgiveness.

This swim was my first swim race in an ocean and it came with it’s own set of challenges.  The strong current that morning, had convinced race officials to change the distance from 1500m to 1250m. My race began and as I approached the first buoy and tried to make my turn around it, the ocean current pushed the buoy out. I tried to duck under the corner of it as I had no room in the pack with the other swimmers. And as I did this, the current pushed the buoy again, this time over top of me which kept me trapped under it until finally I was able to grab the rope and push the buoy away. 

That was the closest moment in my life that I felt to drowning.


After I gathered myself I looked for the next buoy and it was in a boat.  The current was so strong that it was pulling the buoys out of place.  So for the rest of the swim, my only thoughts were, "just swim and get out of the water in one piece!"  It felt like forever but I finally got on land and headed towards transition and got on my bike. 
 

I quickly settled in, and with the bike course being 40km, and flat as a pancake, my goal was to finish it in 60 to 61 minutes.  I hit the turn around at just over 30 min which was perfect.  Around the the 30km mark I saw this pack of riders up in front of me.  Being that this was a non draft race, I was a little upset. As I approached them there was no room to pass.  I yelled to get people to move but they wouldn't.  Not 30 seconds later an official comes up behind me and gives everyone a drafting penalty.  

This was my first drafting penalty ever in 16 years of racing.  

I tried explaining that I just caught this group and I tried to pass.  Unfortunately he only spoke Spanish and I realized I wasn't going to win this battle.  After riding behind this group and realizing the official wasn’t going to move them,  I had to play the offensive and move them myself with lots of yelling and a few "F" bombs.  

In this race they have a penalty box 300m from the finish of the bike. I served my 2 min and as quick as I could, I got myself off the bike and into second transition.  I finished the bike in 1:04 with the penalty. As I ran through transition, strategy set in to my mindset. I counted the bikes that were in my age group.  Once my count got to the mid 20's,  I stopped counting and starting swearing.

I quickly got on my running shoes and headed for the run.  I knew my run was my strong point so I was just hoping I can manage the heat. I starting off with a good pace for 3km and I was happy with my pace and heart rate.  I also had already passed 4-5 people in my age category.  In the fourth kilometer my heart rate started to climb with the heat and pace was starting to slow a bit.  So I had to decide to run by the measure of my heart rate or by pace.  I decided to go with pace and that wherever the heart rate goes, I wasn’t going to look at it!!!  


With every kilometer I managed to keep passing people in my age category but given the drafting penalty, I still had no idea what spot I was in.  So I just kept running hard. 

Just as I hit the last kilometer, I was hurting but I kept thinking ‘just 4 more minutes!’ 

Then I saw another guy in my age category so I thought I will run behind him and then beat him on the final sprint. Well I caught him too quickly. So off I go ... ran past him hard and hoping he doesn't respond. Thankfully he didn't.

With about 500 meters to go I saw another person in my age category and the same thing happened. I went by him hard and thankfully he didn't respond.

As I turned onto the final 250 meter blue carpet, I looked back to see if that guy I passed was catching me, but then I realized another competitor 10 meters in front of me was also in my age category. My body ached and with a few "F" bombs in my head, I knew what I had to do.  

With 100 meters left to go, it was going to be a sprint to the finish whether I liked it or not. Once again, I blew past him and thought PLEASE don't respond. As luck would have it, I’m grateful he didn't.  

I can honestly say that I left nothing on the run course and my heart rate can attest.  Looking back at the results I realized I passed 17 people in my age category and had the second fastest run in my age category.

After the race I knew it wasn't my best race but I was happy with the effort I gave.  Going into the race my goal was a Top 20 finish if I had a good race and a top 10/15 if I had a great race.  I finished 17th out of 82 in my age category and I’m sure without  the bike penalty I would have finished close to the Top 10.

I’m proud to say that my result has me ranked as the top Canadian.
 

It was a great experience overall and I loved every moment (ok maybe not the almost drowning part and the drafting penalty I could have done without).

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