Friday, 13 September 2019

2019/2020 TriFactor Fall/Winter Program



With the end of the race season and the start of autumn, it’s time to get back to training!  Super Saturdays at Cindy Klassen Rec Centre are back!  Sunday group runs are on!  We are excited to announce a new partnership with Yoga Centre Winnipeg! Here’s to the start of another fun off-season of fun fitness fun!

Our work outs begin on Saturday, October 5th this year.  We will be offering TriFactor members our regular, coached swim/bike/run triathlon club weekend workouts.  

Also back again this fall, club members Erin and Lesley will be offering swim support and stroke improvement sessions during our Saturday morning pool work outs. Their goal is to provide tips and drills that any novice or veteran club members can use to advance their technique, efficiency, and speed. 

Tuesday evening Yoga Flow for Athletes starts on October 8 at Yoga Centre Winnipeg. This is available to club members at a reduced group rate.  Triathlon Manitoba athletes, please feel free to get in touch with us if you’d like to take advantage of this offer! 



2019-2020 Schedule:


Super Saturday TriFactor Club Workout 
  • Swim 7:30 to 8:30am, CKRC Pool
  • Bike 9:00 – 11:00am, CKRC club room
  • Run/Circuit workout 11:00, outdoors or in the upstairs CKRC gym, weather permitting

Sunday Group Run 
  • 9:00am, Laura Secord School, Wolseley and Ruby

Tuesday Night Yoga Flow for Athletes
  • 7:15pm to 8:15pm at Yoga Centre Winnipeg


To register, visit the site here:  





Want to see what a Super Saturday is all about?   Come join us for a friendly workout – no membership required.

New and prospective members are always welcome. Please contact us first at trifactorinfo@gmail.com with any comments, questions, or concerns.        






New! 2019-2020 Membership Fee





TriFactor memberships are now available for 2019-2020 at $160 for the year. 


              This includes:

      • A TriManitoba membership ($60 value)
      • 27 weeks of coached indoor training at Cindy Klassen Rec Centre from Oct. 5, 2019 to April 4, 2020 ($190 value). 
          • These 27 weeks consist of:
        • 1 hour of coached swim training each week
        • 2 hours of coached bike training each week
        • 30-45 minutes of coached run or circuit training each week
          • For a total of more than 93 hours of indoor coached training in the off season
      • Dedicated certified coaching over the course of the year with a group training program
      • Access to the full archive of TriFactor swim, bike, and run work outs
      • Discounted rate at Yoga Centre Winnipeg for the Yoga Flow for Athletes class
      • Ability to take part in weekly Sunday outdoor group runs
      • Coverage under TriManitoba's group insurance

Additionally, a TriFactor membership offers:
    • Participation in race season weekend workouts, open water swims, rides, and runs
    • Ability to participate in the annual TriFactor spring training camp
    • Social activities, new friends, support, motivation, and performance


To register, visit the site here:    


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: https://www.raypennerphotography.com/
















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.