Somersault Seminar Series
We recently hosted a series of four online seminars to help you prepare for triathlon season, especially the amazing triathlons run by Somersault Events.
The expert guidance you need for only $60/mo!
We'll help steer you on a simple and solid training process so you'll have confidence in the journey ahead. Whether you're in Ottawa or elsewhere in Canada, our triathlon coaching will guide your training for everything from Ironman to Try a Tri's. Contact us to be part of the 2022 training group.
Guidance in creating a training plan designed to fit your ability, time available and goal.
Weekly analysis of your training log to adjust the plan based on your training response
Weekly messaging through the training log to share direction, advice and encouragement.
Guidance in development of your custom training zones, race day taper and nutrition plan.
Plus all other features of OOF membership:
Private orientation meeting
Access to a personal training log
9 live classes per week including
Athletic strength and mobility
Indoor group bike training classes
Dryland strength and mobility for swimmers
Enhanced recovery techniques
Video on demand recordings of classes
Virtual events that feel so real you'll have butterflies in your stomach :)
The opportunity at every class to ask questions of your coach
Live webinars on a range of topics
Personal training consultations (a virtual meeting to answer your questions, upon request)
Personal video analysis (you supply the video of run, bike, swim, we analyse)
Basic virtual bike fit (If you're looking for a full blown bike fit check out MyVeloFit.com)
About Coach Simon Jones
Whether training for your first triathlon or an Ironman, Simon is the Ottawa triathlon coach to guide you to your goals.
About Coach Geordie McConnell
Geordie has guided the training of hundreds of triathletes over the years, helping them reach their goals and have fun doing it.
Triathlon Coaching for $60/mo? How?
Typically triathlon coaches charge between $90 to $300+ per month and the lower end is usually for basic guidance on one sport only. How then can we coach all three sports for only $60? And that's not to mention all of the online classes!
For over 20 years I've been working hard to increase accessibility to the sport of triathlon through my writing, swim coaching, and leadership in the triathlon community. My programs and memberships have always been priced low for one simple reason: I want to minimize the chance that price is the reason someone can't take part. I do not charge 'what the market will bear', I charge what I think will work for others and will work for me. (Spare a thought for my poor accountant!) At the same time, I make sure to provide the athlete what they really need.
My many years in personal coaching has showed me the number one benefit of a coach/athlete relationship is the accountability it provides. Knowing you're on the right track and knowing a coach is watching over you can make all the difference to the triathlon training experience. Then, when you do have a question, having an expert there to answer it.
I have been fortunate enough to learn from some of the greatest triathletes of all time including Dave Scott, Mark Allen, Karen Smyers and Simon Whitfield. They'll all tell you the key to success in triathlon is consistency. As Simon used to say, "chop wood, carry water". You need to put in the time, put in the work, and do so each day your plan calls for it. There is no magic workout but there is a logical progression and intensity balance to any training plan.
Finally comes one of the biggest keys to coaching. Once the plan is in place it must be fluid. A coach will look at your response to each workout and if it is not as it should be (ie you struggle to finish an easy workout or go too hard on a moderate one) the plan must to adapted. When race day comes the goals must be based on what happened in training. Maybe it went incredibly well and goals are elevated. Or perhaps life happened and a more realistic goal structure is needed to ensure a successful race experience.
I used to do a triathlon seminar and would introduce the secret to triathlon training then show a slide that featured an image of rocket science equations covering a chalk board. There would always be a pause before the laughter. No, triathlon training is not rocket science and, yes, you can get effective triathlon coaching for only $60 a month.
Posted by Geordie McConnell, Head Coach
How a Coach Can Help You Train for a Triathlon in Canada
A snowy and cold winter can make preparing for triathlon season a challenge and, with few exceptions, that's what Canada offers triathletes. Sure, you can wait till spring to start training but the fact is for many of us triathlon training in the winter helps us cope! It keeps us motivated, socializing, and increases both our physical and mental health.
When spring arrives and summer beckons, it's time in Canada to get outside and savour triathlon season. Our sport really is like summer vacation when we were kids with some swimming, some bike riding and lots of running around. For triathletes it also means having that fun with some structure to help get us to our goals.
Training under the eye of a coach not only gives you the guiding hand you need to get the most out of your triathlon training, it provides the critical accountability that keeps you focused on your goals each step of the way.
The individual workouts are important but more so is the overall structure of a training plan. It's about organizing the building blocks workout by workout, week by week to arrive at peak condition on race day. It's about taking your starting point, your schedule, and your goals and creating YOUR training plan.
There are lots of training plans out there in books and magazines. A swim might be listed in print for a Friday. How do they know I can swim on Friday? More important though, is the fact that every single athlete that would use that stock plan would find their body responding in slightly different ways to the workload. Here is where the value of a triathlon coach is perhaps the greatest. Not only is the training plan custom built to your life and goals, it is also changed and tweaked according to your response each week.
There's one more very important aspect to add. Trust me when I say the training journey is more important than the finish line. Life's too short not to enjoy your time spent swimming, biking and running each day. The right coach will help you to enjoy your weeks and months on this adventure called triathlon. The finish line then is a time to celebrate that amazing journey and a lifetime of memories.
more Tips on Finding a triathlon Coach
Canadian Triathlon Coach Directory
In case our services don't fit your needs here are some other Canadian Triathlon Coaches. Most offer online coaching as well as local.
NRGPT, nationwide, $225-500/mo
PBandJCoaching, Kelowna, $195-295/mo
Pinnacle, Victoria, $195-595/mo
Zone 3 Sports, Ottawa, $175-200/mo
Endurance Drive, Montreal, $200-295/mo
Bart Coaching, Montreal, $130-230/mo
David Harding, Ottawa, unknown
Mossenbrink, Coquitlam BC, $150+/mo
Brian Scott, Kitchener ON, unknown
CLP Performance, Burlington ON, $299/mo
Rob Swan, Kelowna, unknown
Loaring Coaching, Guelph, $170-300/mo
B78 Coaching, Victoria, $360-950/mo
Kevin Cutjar, Penticton, $200-300/mo
Lifesport, nationwide, $400-800/mo
Edge Tri/Kyle Jones, Niagara, $350/mo
Team Triumph, Ottawa, $165-199
CoachPowell, Victoria, $195-295/mo
Tomenson Performance, Toronto, $150-250
Endurance Specific, Whistler, $150-300
TrainingZones.ca, Calgary, $150+/mo
Tri-Nick, Victoria, $200-650/mo
PT Performance, Vancouver, $350/mo
PR Endurance, Markham ON, $145-225/mo
Yaworski Training, Calgary, $225/mo
Sean Clark, Maple Ridge BC, $150-225
Steve Bentley, Thornbury ON, $125-400
Todd Malcolm, Calgary, $325-2000/mo