Dec 30, 2012


We're kicking off the new year in a style with a Training Day on Sunday, January 6th, at UofGuelph.

Swim starts at 8:30AM, so plan to arrive at 8AM for set up and to finalize registration.

Training day open to athletes age 12-25.

Coaches for the day will be Lorri Zagar and Craig Taylor.

 Fee is $25.

Tentative Training Schedule:
8:30-10:00AM SWIM
10:00-10:30AM Break
10:30-12:00PM RUN (outdoor)
12:00-1:00PM Lunch
1:00-2:30PM BIKE (indoor)

Contact Lorri Zagar to reserve your spot. We have a limited number of trainers and rollers available for use.

Dec 18, 2012


Food for thought:

Below is a simple framework for assessing and addressing technique. Coaches who have done their NCCP Comp Intro certification will recognize it from the Comp Intro manual, authored by coach Kristine Chambers (Vancouver, BC). And beyond the Comp Intro sphere, I've certainly worked with many coaches who knowingly or unknowingly employ this model as well.

Simply, you start at the bottom when assessing or correcting technique/skill, and work your way up.

"Core" refers to the entire axial skeleton, from head to tailbone. In this context, the position/posture/balance of the "core" is the key point, not to be confused with 'core strength' or 'core exercises'.  When assessing and correcting technique, begin with the positioning and movement of the axial skeleton (the core). In practical terms, this may be body position in the water, or posture when running.

If you have determined that the core is positioned and moving properly, you can then address the co-ordination of limbs and/or limb segments (timing, rhythm, rate,).

Finally, when core and co-ordination are addressed, work on adjusting the 'components': hands, feet, contact points, etc. 

There are times when the right answer is to alter rhythm/timing (co-ordination), or change the position of a limb (component).  But most often I've found that lasting corrections follow from addressing the core first, and building from there. Conversely, less experienced coaches seem to make adjustments to components without addressing the underlying core issues - usually to temporary effect.

Note that this model can work for coaches with differing views on what constitutes good form and appropriate intervention.  Whether you like catch-up and finger drag, or prefer band-only swimming, you can still assess and correct with this model in mind.

Dec 11, 2012


A fun video from the Guelph Marlins Aquatic Club. They bring great energy to the pool deck, and to the dryland workouts from the looks of things.

Dec 4, 2012


Triathlon Ontario 2012 award winners are now posted. Special congrats to the Zagar family, with Lorri Zagar being recognized as both Volunteer of the Year and Coach of the Year, and Myles Zagar taking home Junior Male honours. Lorri was the driving force behind the organization of the 2012 Ontario Summer Games Triathlon, in addition to leading the Fun2Tri team to their best year ever.

Lorri and Myles Zagar

Congrats to all on your efforts this season, and a big thanks to our coaches, volunteers, board members and officials who help make training and racing possible.

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