Our training programs for ages 12–19 are focused on teaching and training athletes to race in draft-legal triathlons. While there is no requirement to race, many of our athletes choose to compete in the Triathlon Ontario Youth Cup Series or Junior Cup Series every summer, along with other races locally, and sometimes nationally and internationally. Competing in our own Lakefield Triathlon is a highlight for many of our athletes.
In planning for this program, our coaches assume that athletes have a fitness base that is maintained through participation in school athletics or personal training — PPTC practices focus largely on technique and higher intensity training, leaving low intensity training to be done outside PPTC practice time.
2019 Draft Schedule
Please check the calendar for the exact details of practices for 2019.
|Day||Sport||12–13||14–15 & 16–19||Location||Notes|
|Tue||Bike & Run||6–7:30pm||6–7:30pm||KPRDSB Education Centre|
|Wed||Swim & Run||7–9:30pm||Trent University||spring only|
|Wed||Swim & Run||6–8pm||Lakefield Beach||summer only|
|Fri||Multisport||9–11am||8:30–11am||Lakefield Beach||summer only|
|Sat||Run||6–7pm||5–6pm||Trent University||spring only|
|Sun||Swim & Bike||5–7pm||part of 4–7pm||Peterborough YMCA||spring only|
|Sun||Multisport||5:30–7:30pm||6–8pm||Lakefield Beach||summer only|
Practices run for 22 weeks beginning 7 Apr 2019.
- Athletes in this program are expected to commit themselves to working hard on their skills, their speed, and their fitness, during our practices but also on their own time.
- We do not expect athletes to attend all PPTC practices, as we recognize athletes may be balancing other commitments, and also must learn to make good decisions about personal training load and health.
- When making decisions about balancing commitments and training, we highly recommend athletes prioritize cycling near the top, as it is crucial that athletes not fall behind their training group in skill and speed. Not being able to keep up with peers creates both a safety issue and a motivational issue for athletes.
- While we endeavour to provide a safe environment in which to train, especially when skills are first being learned, athletes will be training in environments that change quickly and can pose great risk.
- Athletes are expected to keep personal and group safety as their number one priority at all times.
- Athletes generally train in groups that match Triathlon Ontario age group race categories (age as of 31 Dec), but new athletes will be asked to train with a younger group for cycling practices until they can demonstrate their skills and speed match their peers.
Athletes in the 14–15 & 16–19 age groups practice their draft-legal group riding skills with the Peterborough Cycling Club youth and adult rides on Thursday evenings. This ride is often coached by their same Peterborough Pirates coaches, but is a separate program that requires its own membership. Athletes new to group riding will need to gain skills at other PPTC practices before joining this more intense group ride, and need not purchase a PCC membership until they are ready for the ride.
While not a requirement, many of our athletes also train with the Trent Torpedoes Swim Club in their competitive or recreational programs. We have aligned our practices to make this somewhat easier, and a few of our coaches teach for both clubs.
For 2019, pool time available to our club has been reduced, so we are recommending that athletes register for the Monday & Saturday recreation program with the Trent Torpedoes Swim Club.
- Pre-requisite skills:
- Continuously and safely swim 400m of front crawl in open water
- Continuously and safely ride 10km on a busy road
- Continuously and safely run 3km
- Membership Registrations:
- Road bicycle with helmet, lights, tire changing equipment, spare tube, and water bottle(s) with bottle cage(s)
- Swim goggles, cap, training fins and snorkel
- Running shoes with speed laces
- Suitable clothing for swim, bike and run training in all weather
- plus, optionally
- Triathlon-specific bike shoes and “clipless” pedals, are highly recommended
- A training watch that can show and record heart rate, pace, speed, distance and time for running, plus power for biking, is highly recommended
- Power meter, speed, and cadence sensors for the bicycle
- A bike computer that can show pace, speed, cadence, distance, time and power, is highly recommended, unless your training watch can do double duty
- A triathlon-specific wetsuit, may be needed if athletes choose to race in colder events — typically this has only been needed for races in large water bodies such as Lake Ontario