Youth Training

Our training programs for ages 4–11 teach and train athletes to race in Kids of Steel triathlons in a manner that aims to keep them focused on fun. While there is no requirement to race, many of our athletes choose to compete in 1–3 races locally, every summer, including our own Lakefield Triathlon.

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Athletes in this program are divided largely by age, but also by skill, to ensure everyone is training in a group, of between 5 and 16 athletes, that is safe and enjoyable.

Each practice is catered to the development stage of the athletes, with a mix of basic fitness and movement skills, low and high intensity efforts, and technique work, all of which is often presented through games, personal challenges, relays, and ad hoc races.

While we are not a learn-to-swim or learn-to-bike program, we aim to teach the skills and confidence required for competitive open water swimming, bicycle racing, running and triathlons (adding transition training to the mix) over the course of several years in our programs.

Of course, we also help the athletes work up to being able to race the standard Kids of Steel race distances for their age.

2019 Draft Schedule

Please check the calendar for the exact details of practices for 2019.

DaySport4–56–78–910–11LocationNotes
TueBike & Run6–7:30pmKPRDSB Education Centre
ThuBike & Run6:30–8pm6:30–8pmTrent University
SunSwim & Run4–5:30pm5–7pmPeterborough YMCASpring only
SunMultisport4–5pm4–5p4–5:30pm4:30–6pmLakefield BeachSummer only

Practices run for:

  • 10 weeks beginning 16 June 2019 for the 4–5 and 6–7 age groups;
  • 16 weeks beginning 5 May 2019 for the 8–9 age group; and,
  • 20 weeks beginning 7 Apr 2019 for the 10–11 age group.

Safety

  • Older athletes begin their swim training indoors at the Peterborough YMCA, but all age groups train at the Lakefield Beach during the summer. Our swim practices always have an NLS-certified Lifeguard on duty, and an experienced swim coach leading the practice.
  • At the youngest ages, our bike practices happen on grassy fields, bike paths and parking lots, but as the athletes gain more experience and skill they will progress to riding on the road.
  • We continuously teach and reinforce safe bike handling skills and safety awareness to our athletes, but the reality is that they will be riding and practicing in an environment that can change quickly, posing inherent risk.
  • Athletes are expected to keep personal and group safety as their number one priority at all times.

TTSC Partnership

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.

Requirements

  • Pre-requisite skills:
    • Comfortable swimming in open water, riding a bicycle and running
      • Athletes younger than 6 can use floatation aids during swims, but will need to progress toward swimming without
      • Athletes younger than 6 can use training wheels while biking, but will need to progress toward biking without
      • We do not recommend training wheel use as a developmental step — a better option for learning to ride is a run bike or bike without pedals that can be used as a run bike
    • 4–5 year-olds need to be able to swim 5m, bike 50m, run 250m
    • 6–7 year-olds need to be able to swim 15m, bike 500m, run 500m
    • 8–9 year-olds need to be able to swim 25m, bike 2km, run 1km
    • 10–11 year-olds need to be able to swim 50m, bike 4km, run 1km
  • Memberships & Registrations:
  • Equipment:
    • Bicycle with helmet
      • We can help athletes to work with any bicycle, as long as it safe to ride and fits the athlete
      • Please be sure the bicycle isn’t too heavy for the athlete to lift up when it is lying on the ground, or too big for them to stand over safely
      • Helmets must be properly fitted and CSA- or CPSC-approved for cycling
    • Swim goggles and cap
    • Running shoes with speed laces
    • Suitable clothing for swim, bike and run training