Discomfort Zone Fall Triathlon Clinic
Train in the off season, race faster next year! Sundays, 9:00am – 12:30pm, September 24 – November 26
Discomfort Zone Fall Triathlon Clinic
University of Guelph
$299, special rates for Tri Ontario & DZM members
Train in the off season, race faster next year!
Sundays, 9:00am – 12:30pm, September 24 – November 26
The Off-Season: Time to ImproveThe off season is the time to recover from racing, build strength, and improve technique.
Head Coach Mike Coughlin takes techniques learned for ULTRAMAN and helps athletes of every ability level apply them to their own training. Whether you’re preparing for your first try-a-tri or your seventh IRONMAN, Discomfort Zone Fall Triathlon Clinic is the place to start.
Join us for great training, great coaching, and a lot of fun this fall!
Contents:About Fall Triathlon Clinic
Next Year’s Improvement Starts This Year
Once a Week, Every Week
Training for Everyone
Sports Nutrition Supported
About Fall Triathlon Clinic
Fall clinic uses a back-to-basics approach to swim, bike, and run technique. Experienced triathlon coaches will provide personal technique assessment and correction to each athlete, driving improvement in all three sports.
Next Year’s Improvement Starts This Year
Fall clinic is a great starting point – skills learned here will be built on in winter and spring clinics. Whether you’re preparing for your first race or looking to shave minutes, Head Coach Mike Coughlin and his team can help you meet your triathlon goals.
Athletes who improve, year-over-year, consistently, do so by building on their fitness and skill from previous years. Regular coaching and technique improvement at a Discomfort Zone Fall Triathlon Clinic are big steps toward a faster race season.
Group Training Once a Week, Every Week
Athletes can choose to take the full clinic in all three sports, or stick with either the triathlon stroke improvement swim or the bike+run and transition sessions only.
Training For EveryoneWe’re often asked if clinic will be too intense, too long, or too hard. Athletes worry that they’ll be slowing down the group.
Don’t worry. We run fun workouts in a relaxed, inclusive atmosphere where athletes help and encourage each other. DZ athletes are some of the coolest and most supportive people you’ll meet anywhere. Besides, workouts are designed so that everyone goes at their own speed – there’s no physical way to slow down the group!
We’ve coached literally every age from 11-67 and every ability level from beginner to elite. Both beginners and accomplished IRONMAN finishers tell us that they value a varied group of athletes. It’s just fun.
Fall clinic participants can expect challenging training in a fun, social group setting. Training is specific to triathlon and designed to meet the needs of beginner, age-group, and high-performance triathletes.
Workouts are run by experienced triathlon coaches who are in it for the love of the sport and take the time to work with every participant.
Workouts & activities you might see at DZ Fall Triathlon Clinic
- Swim Stroke Assessment
– One of the most important parts of fall clinic is swim stroke assessment. It’s difficult to know what your own stroke looks like. Having an experienced triathlon coach look at your stroke and provide feedback is an invaluable aid in driving improvement. The effect is even more pronounced over a series of weekly swims.
- Swim Stroke Improvement
– Once you know what to fix, you’ll need to go about doing it. Discomfort Zone coaches have worked with all kinds of athletes, providing constant feedback to help you develop a more efficient, faster stroke.
- Swim Drills
– Drills are an effective way to improve your swim stroke. At fall clinic, the emphasis is on creating good technique, so be prepared for plenty of drill. The nice thing about drills is that once you know them, you can practice them on your own, so we make sure to provide a good variety.
- Swim Flexibility
– Flexibility is a great advantage in swimming. Exercises and stretches before every swim promote the flexibility to go faster while reducing the chance of injury. Even more important is forming the habit of a good dryland warmup before swim, and a good set of strength exercises after.
- Open Water Skills
– Just because we’re in the pool doesn’t mean we have to let our open water skills get rusty! A variety of drills and exercises specific to open-water swimming, including sighting, pack swimming, and drafting, keep athletes in practice during the off-season.
- Distance Swim Workouts
– DZ fall clinic emphasizes endurance swims at distances tailored to each athlete. With specific swim workouts designed to strengthen each component of an efficient swim stroke, coaches to provide individual guidance, as well as timed and recorded swim sets, athletes get a solid workout, stroke improvement, and an idea of how they’re doing.
- FTP Testing
– Functional Threshold Power (FTP) testing is a useful benchmark for some athletes. Using state-of-the-art technology and a standardized protocol, DZ coaches can get an objective measurement of an athlete’s performance on the bike.
- Transition Skills
– Even experienced triathletes can gain time with a smooth, fast, professional transition. Though full transitions aren’t available, athletes will practice various individual transition skills to stay sharp and get faster in T1 and T2.
- Bike+Run Multi-Bricks
– Besides making for fun and interesting workouts, bike+run intervals are great for fitness. Every triathlete should be training the ability to run directly off the bike. At Discomfort Zone Fall Triathlon Clinic, athletes will train away the dreaded lead-legs with a ride, transition, and run several times in one workout.
- Bike Trainer Sets
– Though athletes generally prefer to bike outdoors, it’s actually true that in many ways, cycling on a stationary trainer is better for fitness development. Well-planned and well-coached trainer workouts allow for precise control of power, cadence, and effort for an optimum workout. DZ group trainer sessions are first and foremost great fitness workouts, but we take care to make them fun as well.
- Core Strength
– There’s no doubt that improvements to core strength create many benefits for the triathlete. At DZ Fall Triathlon Clinic, athletes benefit from a regular core strength routine that helps form a positive training habit.
- Endurance Running
– Fall is a good time to train for running. With many fall running races, triathletes can take the time to concentrate on the run, training speed and endurance. Fall clinic provides opportunity to build endurance and agility with both indoor and outdoor track running, as well as outdoor road and trail.
- Cool-Down Stretching
– Too often, athletes skip the cool-down and the stretch. Stretching can help prevent injury, especially when the triathlete is training hard and takes the time for a good cool-down. Clinic workouts provide a guided cool-down and a group stretch so athletes go home tired, but healthy.
Fall Triathlon Clinic Details
Our first session is at the University of Guelph Athletic Centre, meeting in the lobby for 8:30 am. Be sure to register online prior to clinic, as space is limited.
Clinic will generally start with a 9:00 am pool slot at the University’s Gold Pool and then move on to either an indoor trainer bike workout or a run.
During the clinic we’ll use various locations like running trails, indoor and outdoor track facilities, and the pools, deck, and stands. Athletes will receive a weekly email as a reminder of the workout location and equipment to bring.
Fall triathlon clinic takes advantage of the great training venue offered at the University of Guelph. With a great competition pool, indoor and outdoor tracks, and great fall trail running, athletes can train regardless of weather.
Equipment for Fall Triathlon Clinic
We’ll run both outdoor and indoor track as well as road and trail – trail shoes are a good idea, and you’ll need a set of indoor shoes for the indoor track. Speed laces or bungee laces are highly recommended, especially for bike-run multi-brick workouts and transition practices.
Cycling is primarily indoors on stationary trainers, but we may do some outdoor bike skills early on and as weather allows. Some warm cycling gear is always a plus on cool fall days. We try to alternate weeks so that athletes don’t have to bring a bike and trainer every session.
While a road bicycle is recommended, a cyclocross, mountain, or hybrid bicycle is perfectly usable at all DZ clinics. Athletes often borrow a bicycle for the first part of clinic while they get some advice and shop for a new bike.
Don’t worry if you don’t have a stationary trainer: we can rent you one for $5. You will need a smooth rear tire for your bicycle – the trainer will damage a knobby tire. If you’re riding knobby tires, we can generally loan you a trainer tire. Normal road tires are perfectly fine on a trainer.
Swims at fall clinic are all indoors, so all you need for the pool is swimsuit, goggles, and towel. That’s it, though you’re welcome to bring any swim aids to use in the warm-up. We always have spare sets of goggles if you forget.
Check out the Clinics Gear List for a complete list of what you’ll need. We’re happy to assist athletes who need equipment.
Sports Nutrition Supported
Thanks to our longtime partnership with Infinit Nutrition Canada, Discomfort Zone Fall Triathlon Clinic includes Infinit fueling and recovery products for athletes’ use during clinic training.
Athletes can try Infinit DZ CLINIC FORMULA, a professional-level sports drink formulated specifically for DZ clinic training.
- DZ Fall Triathlon Clinic
10 Sessions (35 hours)
Mondays & Thursdays 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Non Members: $299
Triathlon Ontario Members: $269
DZM Members: $249
Mondays (Swim+Run) only: $167
Thursdays (Bike+Run) only: $167
Individual session: $40
How to Register
We use the same online registration system as Triathlon Ontario and the Ontario Cycling Association. If you need a Triathlon Ontario membership, you can easily join or renew at the same time.
Consider joining DZ Multisport Triathlon Club: $99 includes Tri Ontario, discounts on all DZ events and team gear, newsletter, and a swag bag.
More Info about Fall Triathlon Clinic
For more information or questions about fall clinic, Contact us and we’ll be happy to answer any questions.
You can also find lots of answers in our Clinics FAQ.
Check out our Clinics Gear List for detailed info about equipment.
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