Stuck Inside? Stomp the Stairs

This video is one of many you can find online outlining the benefits of a stair workout. Hitting the stairs is a great alternative for triathletes. Stair work targets the powerhouse muscles of your quads, hamstrings, calves, and glutes–all crucial for the bike and the run. While it is easier to go harder and incorporate … Continued

Tips for Staying Coronavirus Calm

With so much coverage, so many cancellations, and people stockpiling supplies, it’s hard not to get caught in the panic. However, panic is neither useful nor a protective measure. We don’t tend to act or think rationally in a state of panic. Furthermore, high stress is more likely to diminish our immunity rather than boost … Continued

Gravel Riding: What’s the Hype About?

There are a number of Team Atomica athletes and TTrain riders gearing up for Paris to Ancaster, a 75km ride (with shorter options available) that is part gravel, part road, part farmer’s field, and lots of mud, which takes place every April. It is among the most popular event of its kind around here, but … Continued

Key Strength Exercises for Triathletes

Coach Alan Warner MSc, CPT, CSCS Team Atomica’s most recent coaching addition is strength and conditioning specialist Alan Warner. He coaches the Thursday Team Atomica masters swim practice a Riverdale. He also runs his own strength training company called Atlas Alliance. Having worked with triathletes, masters swimmers, and water polo players for years, Alan knows … Continued

Should You Train While Sick?

We are smack in the middle of cold and flu season and whether you’ve had your flu shot or not, the chances are you will get sick at some point this winter. Of course, there are lots of things you can do to minimize those chances including getting enough sleep, washing your hands, staying hydrated, … Continued

Disc Brakes: Trending in Triathlon

Among the many trends in triathlon tech that have gained momentum in the last few years is the increase in disc brakes on tri and road bikes. What’s the deal and do you need them? If you come from a mountain bike background, disc brakes are nothing new—they’ve been used for years—where fast stopping power … Continued

Self Reflection: Commenting in Training Peaks

December is a great time to reflect on the previous year—to glance back at your trends in training and performance so you can evaluate what worked or didn’t, and what changes should be incorporated in the new year. Whether we are working with a coach or not, most of us have some system to record … Continued

Triathlon in the Six: Race Directing the TTF

Getting set to launch its ninth year in 2020, the Toronto Triathlon Festival continues to make massive fans and showcase everything we love about the sport. Registration has just opened for the TTF and Race Director, Jeff Chong, tells us what to expect in July. He also explains how the race came to be. There’s … Continued

Training and Heart Rate Variability

Recent years have seen an influx of devices measuring HRV (Heart Rate Variability) on the market. You may even have that feature on your smartwatch and not know it. What is HRV and how is it useful to triathletes? If you’re coached by a Team Atomica coach, recovery weeks are part of your plan, allowing … Continued

Strength Training for Triathletes: Why it’s Crucial

  Time-starved, over-booked triathletes often ignore strength training in favour of squeezing in one of the many swim, bike, or run workouts they’re trying to balance.  However, doing so is not only a big mistake for performance but, particularly for endurance athletes over 35, it’s not helping to slow the aging process. Strength-training can keep … Continued