Tending to Tight Hips and a Stiff Spine

I don’t know about you, but this lengthy lockdown has been wreaking havoc on my hips and back. Unable to get hands on treatment, I reached out to physiotherapist and clinic director at Universal Integrated Health, Garfield Andrews for help understanding what’s going on and what I can do myself to offload some of that tension. … Continued

Finding the Right Groove During COVID-19

Among all the recent cancellations, it is not surprising that Ironman officially rescheduled the 2020 World Championship race in Kona to February 2021 and announced the postponement of the 70.3 World Championship event in New Zealand (for around that time as well though the precise date is still unknown). Although individual athlete responses to the … Continued

Coming Back From Covid-19: Triathlete Claire Duncan Shares Her Story

Claire Duncan is a long-course triathlete known for her swim prowess. She was the top swimmer overall at Ironman Santa Rosa in 2018. The former digital editor of Triathlon Magazine Canada, Claire runs Nom de Guerre Studio, an integrated marketing, business development, PR and creative studio working with companies across the film, entertainment, tech and sports … Continued

Helping our Children Navigate the Pandemic

Many parents are finding themselves at a loss in helping their children cope with the radically altered way of life during this pandemic. I had the chance to speak to long-time Team Atomica athlete and school and clinical psychologist, Dr. Alisa Kenny Bridgman, on this very issue. When not running, swimming, or biking, the co-founder … Continued

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