Youth and Junior Training

Our training programs for ages 4 and up teach and train athletes in skills related to all three sports – swimming, biking and running (as well as transition training). While we do not expect there to be races this year, we hope to organize in-club races once its safe to do so. Triathlon is a great sport where kids of all ages and abilities can work to improve their motor skills, endurance and speed.

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. *Due to COVID-19 restriction we are uncertain if or what races may be available in 2021. *

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Athletes in this program are divided age and also by skill, to ensure everyone can get the most enjoyment from their training.

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.

2021 Schedule for Summer Training

Please see the calendar below for details but watch for e-mails from your coach for any updates or changes. Practice may be cancelled in cases of inclement weather. We will do our best to give 2 hours notice before practice for cancelations.

DaySport4–78-910-1112-1314 +Location Notes
TueBike & Runn/an/a6-7:306-7:30 6-7:30 Peterborough Speedway Summer
WedCycling n/an/an/an/a 6-7:30June OFAH/July Douro ArenaSummer
Thursno practice TBDTBDTBDTBD TBDTBDSummer
SunMultisport3:30-4:254:30-5:253:30-4:555:00-6:30 5:30-7:00Elmhirst Resort Summer

Practices run for:

  • Starting Sundy June 23rd and ending Sunday August 29th

Safety

  • Our swim practices always have an NLS-certified Lifeguard on duty
  • 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. This year we are excited to partner with the Peterborough Speedway for our Tuesday night practices!
  • 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