Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Florida Triathlon Training Camp

EDIT: Full details on the March 15th to 21st, 2009 Florida Triathlon Training Camp is located here.

LPC will host its first triathlon training camp, March 15-21, 2009. The camp will take place in beautiful Clermont, Florida. It almost snowed in Guelph today, which caused me to reminisce of the great times I have had training in Clermont over the past 5 years. Bre, Annika, and I, are considering spending the entire month of March in Clermont. It will be wonderful to swim at the NTC, bike at Lake Louisa State Park and up Sugarloaf, and run over the Orange Trails.

The video below shows this wonderful terrain, which is a mecca for triathletes. The footage was taken by during a 2005 training camp with the Canadian Cross Training Club.

Video production by Dave and Megan Derry of the The Wentworth Whitehouse Group. Re-editing by LPC.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

OCAA Cross Country Champs

Props to Dave Sharratt for winning the 2008 OCAA Cross Country Champs. Annika went on her first half-day road trip and enjoyed watching her Uncle David win provincials two years in a row.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

The Death of Periodization?

Good article. The bottom line: plan with a blunt pencil that is equipped with an eraser and extra lead. And the writing never stops...

Bye Bye Bompa, Bompa Bye Bye….the death of periodisation.
By Wayne Goldsmith In Coaching Tips

First let me say I have total, 100% complete admiration and respect for Bompa himself - a true pioneer of the sports coaching and the sports performance industry. This article is in no way a criticism of him personally but rather a proclamation that PERIODISATION as a concept is now officially dead and buried.

Periodization - that is, the traditional sports training planning model involving long blocks (cycles or phases) of training which emphasise specific aspects of training is 20 years past the use by date and it’s time we all moved on to something more relevant and more effective for the training and preparation of athletes in this century.

The popular version of periodisation was developed in the Eastern block, 40 years ago, for senior athletes: another time, another system, another world - and totally inappropriate for today’s athletes.

Today’s athletes - the Generation Y athletes - demand programs which are:

  • Unique - not contrived - not a “one size fits all” solution to performance
  • Specific - to them as individuals
  • Responsive - to change and to their day to day (and even session to session) needs
  • Individualised - to match each athlete’s unique recovery abilities
  • Integrated - to take into consideration the overall mental, emotional, cultural and even spiritual needs of the athlete as a unique individual.

So what’s the alternative to periodisation?

Full article here

Friday, October 17, 2008

Worst Best Man Ever

Lake Erie was the backdrop of our wedding ceremony. Fortunately, my Numero Uno, Miro Tot, is not clumsy. Fortunately, Miro, was in fact, a very good Best Man. The Best Man in this video might not get the same praise. Very unfortunate. But very funny!

Fortunately, I did not trip!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Introducing Annika Loaring

Annika Elizabeth Elena Loaring entered this wonderful world at 9:55am, Tuesday, October 7th. Breanne and Annika are both in perfect health. What a magical 48 hours it has been. Breannika were blessed with a quick and smooth delivery. We left the hospital and arrived home sweet home as a family 24 hours after Annika's first gasp of Earth's air.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Run for the Cure

The CIBC Run for the Cure is a magical event. The Windsor Star captured Rob Tranter during yesterday's Run for the Cure 5k in Windsor.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Loaring Triathlon Article in Body Magazine

As everyone knows, October is breast cancer awareness month. Click on the image below to read an article about the Loaring Triathlon, in this month's Breast Cancer Issue of Body Magazine

By Lauren O'Neil, Windsor Body Magazine, October 2008

Thursday, October 2, 2008

The Haka

Can the Haka be inspiration for a similar pre-race LPC cheer :-)
Forget about maintaining composure and conserving energy before the gun goes off. Perhaps we should adorn war paint on exposed skin that is not covered by spandex. A dozen spandex clad tri-geeks are surely more intimidating than the legendary All Blacks? Thoughts and ideas for a pre-race cheer are welcome :-)

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Simon is coming to the PTC

Below is cut and pasted from the PTC blog. Click here for more info.

We're kicking off the 2008-2009 Season in style, with a visit from two-time Olympic medallist Simon Whitfield. Simon will be visiting the PTC on Sunday October 19th, for our Training Day. The registration limit for the training day is 40 athletes, but Simon will be doing a Q&A session for the athletes, which we can open up to a larger group. Stay tuned for registration details for the Q&A for those who aren't registering for the training day. To register your athlete (age 10-20) for the Training Day, visit this link.