Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Peace Garden Triathlon Race Weekend Review

On July 6 and 7, TriFactor took part in the first ever triathlon at the International Peace Gardens, straddling the US/Canada border near Turtle Mountain, south of Brandon.  

The weekend began with a mixed team relay.  Teams consisted of 4 triathletes.  Each athlete swam (200m), biked (10k), and ran (1.6k) before passing the race on to their next teammate.  Some 17 teams of 4 triathletes took part.  It was tons of fun!

The event also included a Kids of Steel race in the afternoon.  As we lost the KoS at Pinawa this year, this marked a welcome entry in the race schedule.

TriFactor Turtles represented your home team in the relay.  Thanks for Jason from Windburn for rounding out our side.  Unfortunately, as it was a mixed relay, the overwhelming dudeness of our team disqualified us from placing with the rest of the entrants (we came in first among the all-male teams, though)!

TriFactor Turtles? WindFactor? TriBurn? Call it what you want, just don't call us slow! Thanks Ray Penner Photography for this picture!

Checking out the stairs to the swim start
First swimmers getting ready to kick off the team relay
And they're off on the 200m swim!
Coach K on the run
New John leaving T2
New John finishing his first tri!
Marc on the rolling bike course.  Thanks Ray Penner Photography for this picture. 

And on the run.  Thanks Ray Penner Photography for this picture.

The second day of the race weekend consisted of a straight out sprint triathlon.  Coach Kevin and Marc placed fairly well against what was likely the strongest and deepest sprint field in a local triathlon maybe ever.

Despite the distance (and lack of cell coverage), Peace Garden is one of the more spectacular venues for a triathlon in Manitoba.  While the lake for the swim is a little on the murky side, the bike course is hilly, challenging, and technical.  The run course leaves the lake area and winds around to enter the formal gardens running right along the border, past the 9/11 memorial and back again to the finish line.  Hot, sunny, and exposed, this was a tough but super memorable 5k.  As important, the Peace Gardens is just a really cool place to spend a weekend.

Looking down the border between the US and Canada
The 9/11 Memorial
Ridiculously tall cacti in the interpretive centre 
Looks like a cactus to me

Congratulations to Duane Latimer from the A and L Tri Club for hosting a terrific weekend!  We're going to come back next year for sure with at least 2 teams!

The turtle kind of matches our t-shirts
Stopping for a quick repair to the mobile training unit
Leaving West-Man behind but we'll be back next year

Monday, 8 July 2019

Ray Penner Photography

Here at TriFactor, we're huge fans of Ray Penner Photography.  Ray's been a staple at local races over the last few years.  Strategically positioned on the course, Ray finds us at our best and at our worst.  He has an eye to capture moments so consequential to us, but imperceptible to most observers.  Trusting Ray to document our races with compassion, energy, and enthusiasm, we can focus on the water, road, and trail.  

Here's a small sample of some of his TriFactor work from recent races at Birds Hill and St. Malo.  Hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

Check out his fantastic work and pick up a few prints at:

Friday, 14 June 2019

Training Camp 2019

TriFactor spring training was held at Falcon Trails this year from May 31 to June 2.  

The team heads off to Minaki

Coach checking in

Highlights included windy rides to Ingolf and Minaki, short and long trail runs, and Sunday morning yoga.  Thanks Erin for leading the way!
Ingolf LCBO

Yogic running
Snacking on the road
Gorgeous location.  Long hills for repeating.  Great food and wonderful company!  

Did you bring ice cream for everyone??
Looking out at the Look Out

Get down those hills!

Thanks to all the spring trainers who came out to make this a training camp to remember. 

Saturday, 13 April 2019

And that's a wrap!


  • 6 long winter months
  • 27 weeks of hard training
  • and 95 hours of swimming, biking, and running at CKRC

we're done with indoor workouts!

Starting next Saturday, April 20, we'll be back outdoors.  Join us at for a ride and run at Birds Hill Park, North Drive parking lot, 10am.

We'll miss the cupcakes, but can't wait to get back outside!