From Kevin - Congratulations on all the successful races and trips, and good luck with the ones coming up. Thanks to Lori for keeping the website updated (and for not changing the password!). Thanks also to Wayne and TWC for the care package sent to Mammoth lakes. I'm missing the running, biking, swimming and socializing! I am currently in Ashland, Oregon. Canada might be possible by the middle of September. Cheers, Kevin
TWC has an open water swim at Thetis Lake on Friday beginning at 9am. Meet at the beach; don't forget to lock your valuables in your vehicle.
SATURDAY BIKE RIDE
Meet at Francelli's in Saanich at 8:30am; Social/Coffee Time after the ride.
SUNDAY RUN AT ELK LAKE
Meet at Hamsterly at 9am - Runners and Walkers welcome
More information available on the website: www.twc.bc.ca
SELF TRANSCENDENCE TRIATHLON - The folks who organize the Self-Transcendence Triathlon need volunteers. They sent the following note and info:
I'm quite sure everyone knows that this year that the "SRI" is celebrating its 35th Anniversary( if u don't ,then ur training to hard).
And as usual their TEAM has a # of special things planned for race day ( watch for the annoucement in Sumitra's next news letter. What they have planned for the "Grand Draw Prize" will blow u away.).
The TEAM had one of its last planning meetings last night and one of the areas of concern is the current shortage of VOLUNTEERS FOR THE CYCLE ROUTE.
Every year the primary focus of this event, other than the food,flowers,trophies and having a great time, is the safety of the competitors ,particularly on the cycle portion of the race.
We're desperately in need of volunteers for the cycle so it would be greatly appreciated if you could help us by forwarding this email to members,friends,family etc. Potential volunteers can contact Narmada( Mary-Anne) by email or alternatively phone the Center, 592-6211, and leave a message.
I'm quite sure everyone knows that this year that the "SRI" is celebrating its 35th Anniversary(if u don't ,then you are training to hard).
And as usual their TEAM has a # of special tings planned for race day (watch for the announcement in Sumitra's next news letter. What they have planned for the "Grand Draw Prize" will blow u away.).
The TEAM had one of its last planning meetings last night and one of the areas of concern is the current shortage of VOLUNTEERS FOR THE CYCLE ROUTE.
Every year the primary focus of this event, other than the food, flowers, trophies and having a great time, is the safety of the competitors, particularly on the cycle portion of the race.
We're desperately in need of volunteers for the cycle so it would be greatly appreciated if you could help us by forwarding this email to members, friends, family etc. Potential volunteers can contact Narmada (Mary-Anne) by email or alternatively phone the Center, 592-6211, and leave a message.
Thanks for your help
Saturday bike rides continue at 8:30 am with great success! We had several stretches of strong pulls today for those who wanted. We even had a coffee in Sidney as an option, with a shorter ride home. Rick Wutzke is back from Europe with great stories. Coming up East Saanich we were warned about the police at the Panorama corner. We dutifully stopped at the STOP sign and observed another rider coming down the hill with a police car in pursuit. Obviously he didn't get the message! Bob and Val Wooff are having a great time in Europe. Attached are pictures of Bob at the peak of Mont Ventoux and Val on the top of the Neiderhorn. They hope to have them back with us soon. Brick workout? Keith Evans has started to add a short run at the end of the bike ride. Bring along your running shoes if you're up for it.
More Track and Field success!!
The Dogwood T & F Meet in Victoria gave TWC members a chance to shine. Anne Murfitt set a PB in the Hammer Throw and new comer, Stefan Moreau won the 100m and 200m in his age group with a second in the Shot Putt.
Escape from Alcatraz!
Fern Esau escaped from Alcatraz with a silver medal in her age group! Wow!
Brick Training (bike-run)
This coming Sunday, June 8th, TWC will be doing a ``brick``workout in preparation for the Subaru Triathlon.
We will bike the Subaru course from Elk Lake at 9 am, followed by a run on the trail. Distances will vary.
If you want to fit in a swim and transition practice, arrive at 8 am with your wet suit.
Transition practice pays off!
Practising your transitions, especially the wetsuit strip, does make you faster! On Friday we will finish the swim at Thetis Lake with a timed wetsuit transition. Free coffee to the fastest strippers! (See Dan Smith`s article in Lifesport Digest)
More transition work to follow!
We will be doing mulitple short transition work, short bike and run repeats, tenatively starting on Tuesday(June 10th) afternoons,at Elk Lake. Confirmation soon. (See Lance Watson`s article in Lifesport Digest)
Racing at the SHAWNIGAN TRIATHLON
SPRINT Lori Morgan(3), Rob Hare(6), Jim Brackenbury(1), Evan Fagan(1)
OLYMPIC Kathy Davidson(1), Laura Leno(2)
RELAY Fern Esau(R)
Racing the OAK BAY HALF MARATHON
Good racing wishes to Fern who competes at the ALCATRAZ CHALLENGE.
Please send us your photos/race results!!
The VICTORIA GODDESS RUN in Langford on June 1st is still looking for marshalls. Tech shirt included.
Chris Bateman has sent us photos from his latest running adventure, the Schlossermarathon in Vienna.
OPEN WATER SWIMMING
TWC THETIS LAKE SWIMMING SESSIONS will begin on Friday, May 16th.
We meet on the beach with our wet suits at 9:00 am.
Our main route is around both islands, temperature permitting.
We don't use a coach boat. No cost to TWC members.
No security so lock valuables in your trunk. Key on a lanyard.
After the swim we go for coffee at the local coffee shop, Serious Coffee.
If you plan to swim regularly buy a season parking pass from the machine.
FRONTRUNNERS VICTORIA still has their older wet suits on sale for 40% off.
USED WET SUIT
Avila Rhodes sent us info on used MEN'S XXL - XTERRA VECTOR PRO WETSUIT
Asking $200 obo.
Interested in getting in extra workouts? Avila is running Masters Workouts at Panorama ALL summer.
Mon 6:30-7:30pm Wed 8:30-9:30pm Fri 6:30-7:30pm (choose any combination)
Mon 6:30-7:30pm Wed 7:30-8:30pm (choose one or two sessions)
Coach Audrey has returned from a very successful BOSTON MARATHON!!
Her race turned out to be all she expected and more!
Bill Morrison completed the challenging Los Cabos IRONMAN!
Bill was the fastest Canadian in his age group!
SPECIAL "TRIATHLON YARD SALE" BIKE RIDE!
Our Saturday, May 10th, Bike Ride will start at the Hamsterly Parking Lot. We will meet at 9 am and check out the Lifesport "Triathlon Yard Sale" at their new office building. Anything you purchase can then be stored in your vehicle. Remember cash sales only.
MOTHER'S DAY BRUNCH
Jacqui has booked space for our TWC ladies at Mattick's for brunch at 12:15 pm on Sunday, May 11th.
Reservations are necessary. Contact Jacqui. firstname.lastname@example.org
FAMOUS TWC MASTERS!!
Two of our TWC Master Triathletes, Mike Ellis and Evan Fagan, have been featured in the May Issue of Triathlon Magazine Canada. See attachment. Congratulations!!
WOUNDED WARRIOR FUNDRAISER
Wounded Warriors are having a fund raising bike ride/barbecue/silent auction on Saturday, May10th, at 3 pm.
OPEN WATER SWIMMING!
Coach Fern Esau has been testing out the local lake swimming in preparation for her Alcatraz Challenge!!
Dust off your wetsuits and stay tuned for details.
TWC GOLF CHALLENGE
Greg Leiman is putting together the details of our upcoming TWC Golf Challenge.
Get those clubs ready. More info coming soon.
I'm heading to San Diego on April 16 and plan to start hiking the Pacific Crest Trail on Friday, April 18. I'll head north from the Mexican border about an hour east of San Diego. Here is a link to my trip journal:
I'm going to miss all my swimming, cycling, running and hiking friends!
Spring is here and it’s that time again to put out the annual reminder regarding cycling safety on Observatory Hill.
Thanks again to all of you who adhere to the rules of the road and demonstrate safe cycling practices while cycling on the hill. There continues to be a few people who ignore the rules and fortunately they are the minority. Your assistance in policing those individuals is always appreciated.
A few important reminders and rules to abide by when accessing Observatory Hill:
- Our business and facility are essentially a 24/7 operation. A closed gate does not mean there will not be vehicular traffic on the road nor does the gate impede the walkers, hikers and wildlife from access.
- Our busiest commuting period is Monday to Friday 8:00 am – 9:30 am and 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm. Group cycling activities should be avoided during these periods.
- Ride according to the posted speed limits at all times but particularly through the building site where there is abundant pedestrian traffic and a blind corner.
- Helmets are mandatory in accordance with BC Law.
- Cycling traffic is restricted from proceeding around the 1.8 m Dome, consistent with motor vehicle traffic rules. Signage has been installed indicating this is for pedestrians only.
- We are also requesting that cyclists who are training or in groups, use the circle turn-about located between the White House and the smaller telescope dome (near the concrete water tank) as their upper point of return.
- Absolutely no off-road cycling is permitted on site whatsoever.
- If training in groups please try keep your numbers spread out so as not to impede traffic and permit passing. Do not congest the travelled portions – use the parking lot areas for rest or discussion.
- Always stay within your lane.
- Observatory Hill is the property of National Research Council Canada and for all intents and purposes, it is private property. Safety of all is our utmost priority.
We look forward to your continued support in encouraging all cyclists to abide by our rules and to exercise caution at all times. Please help all of us by disseminating this message to your cycling colleagues. Don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns and please report any unsafe condition or incidents. Thank you and safe cycling!
Best Regards, Clyde Donnelly, FMA, Site Operations Supervisor
Administrative Services and Property Management / Direction des services administratifs et gestion de l'immobilier. National Research Council Canada / Conseil national de recherches Canada. 5071 W Saanich Rd, Victoria, V9E 2E7. Government of Canada / Gouvernement du Canada Phone 250 363 0004 \ Cel 250 888 1093 \ Fax 250 363 0077 \ Clyde.Donnelly@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca
Workouts begin at 0900h.
Mar 27/Apr 3. McDonald's Royal Oak
Apr 10/17. Matticks Farm parking lot
Apr 24/May 1. Bottom of Observatory
May 8/15. Main parking lot Mt Doug by washrooms
May 22/29. Matticks Farm parking lot
June 5/12. McDonald's Royal Oak
June 19/26. Bottom of Observatory
See you there...rain, snow or....... :)
Athletics illustrated has a great video of the Synergy Health Management Bazan Bay 5k race: http://athleticsillustrated.com/video/bazan-bay-5k-2014-race-video/. On the same page there is also an interview with Bruce Deacon.
A big 'Thank You' for everyone who helped with this year's SYNERGY BAZAN BAY 5K RACE.
We had 633 finishers, the largest field in the VIRA race series. The winner, Geoff Martinson, set a BC 5K record of 14:12.
Our charity this year was the Peninsula Emergency "Search and Rescue Team". They received $500.
We are also supporting TWC member Stephan Moreau in his "Wounded Warrior" Big Battlefield bike ride in France with a $100 donation.*
Put a BIG X on MARCH 8TH, 2015
Wounded Warriors Canada "Battllefield Ride 2014" has a raffle entry for a Cervello S5 bike with every individual donation of $20. (Designate to Stephan Moreau.) Tax receipt provided.
BOWLING....BOWLING....BOWLING! MARCH 23RD. Have you contacted our social committee to book your bowling? Great fun for everyone! Family and friends welcome. No experience required. No equipment required. Ten dollars($10) gets you two games of five pin and bowling shoes. email@example.com
SOCIAL RUN/ BIRTHDAY/ KEVIN SEND OFF MARCH 30TH.
Kevin Taylor is heading off on an incredible hiking project in April.
Fern is starting an exciting journey in a new age group.
Come, run, walk, visit, and find out more.......
Fern is hosting this run and send off. Put a big X on your calendar.
BC ATHLETICS "ROAD RUNNING INSTRUCTORS COURSE". The BC Athletics Run Instructors Coaching Course is coming to Victoria. If you are coaching for TWC or would like to help with the coaching, TWC will help with the costs. Let Wayne know if you are interested.
YOUTH T-SHIRTS. We have 14 youth t-shirts from the Victoria Youth Triathlon to clear. Do you have a youth group or charity who can use them? firstname.lastname@example.org
APRIL - DARTS
MAY - GOLF
MARCH 8, 2015 - BAZAN BAY 5K
GAME NIGHT SUCCESS! Many thanks to our social committee(Maggie, Val, and Jacqui) for a fun Games Night! Ten teams battled for supremacy in games such as Sequence, Yahtzee, and Texas Train. When the dust settled, Audrey and Pat dominated the evening. Sportsmanship award winners were Jennifer and Graham.
FEBRUARY SOCIAL RUN! Bob and Val hosted a great social run. Choices included walking the Bogg and running through Broadmead. Great food and great company. We finished the morning by cheering on the Canadian hockey team against Finland.
SYNERGY BAZAN BAY 5K (MARCH 9TH) is fast approaching! Have you booked your favourite job with Mike Roth? We are expecting 800 runners and we need your help! Family and friends are all welcome to help! Volunteer draw prizes include gift cards, gift baskets, and Ironman Timex watches... Great food including our famous salmon and cream cheese. email@example.com
VIRA RACE SERIES UPDATE. The VIRA Race Series continues with the HATLEY CASTLE 8K on Sunday, February 23rd. Team West Coast is sitting in FIFTH place. A good local race for a hill workout. Remember to put down your team name, TWC.
Hoping everyone had a wonderful Christmas!
Wishing you all a Happy New Year!!
A few reminders to start the new year:
- Set yourself realistic goals for 2014. See “Guidelines for Setting Goals” by Fern Esau in our Coaching Section.
- If your goal is sports related, set up your training schedule early.
- Training with others will help support your program.
- Check the TWC Calendar for our training sessions. They may fit your needs. We have several qualified TWC coaches to help you.
- Looking for a training partner? Maybe a note in the Digest will help.
- Renew your TWC membership. This is important for club insurance.
- Put a big X on SUNDAY, MARCH 9TH. This is the date for the SYNERGY 2014 BAZAN BAY 5K and we need your help.
- Renew your TRI-BC membership if triathlons are on your program.
- The VIRA Island Race Series starts on Sunday, January 12th, with the PIONEER 8K. Regular deadline fee, January 8th (pih.bc.ca)
- Register online for the series or individual races. Hard copies also available on each website.
- Remember to put down your team name, Team West Coast(TWC).