Triathlon Event FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions for the Strathmore event:


How do I get to the Strathmore Aquatic Centre?

Where do I park?

What should I do when I get there?

What is the distance of the race?

What will my approximate start time be?

How long will this race take me?

Can I listen to my music during the race?

The entry form asks for my estimated swim time. Why?

How do I calculate my estimated time for the swim?

Can we update our estimated swim time?

Is the swim in a lake?

Do I need a wetsuit?

How does the “Continuous Feed” Swim Start work?

How does it work with 4 people in a swim lane? Can we pass?

I have a mountain bike – can I use that for the race?

What is Drafting or Blocking on the bike?

I’m afraid I’ll be the last one to finish.

Is there a relay event?

Why Strathmore?

What is “Leaping Dog Racing”?

Who is the race director?


Will there be a triathlon in 2016?

 

 

 

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How do I get to the Strathmore and/or the Strathmore Aquatic Centre?

Strathmore is located 40 Km east of Calgary on the Transcanada Highway (View a map of Strathmore). Once you turn North onto Wheatland Trail, keep driving past the golf course, then turn East on Brent Blvd. The Strathmore Aquatic Centre is located at 130 Brent Blvd.

 

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Where do I park?

The best access to parking is the next right hand turn (gravel road) Going NORTH AFTER Brent Blvd. This will take you to the large parking lot behind the Strathmore Civic Centre/High School/Pool . The West side of the Strathmore High School has a large parking lot. The Strathmore High School is located west of the pool, on Brent Blvd. Another area for parking is the East side of the pool. Please avoid parking on the race route!

During the race, competitors leaving or coming in on the bike course will have the right of way so if you are arriving late or leaving early, the west parking lot will be marshaled for safety of the cyclists.

 

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What should I do when I get there?

The first thing to do is to locate the race registration / body marking area. This will be IN THE STRATHMORE FAMILY CENTRE for 2017. You will be issued an ankle strap with a computer chip for timing (PICK UP INSIDE FAMILY CENTRE). You will be given instructions on how to wear the ankle strap properly. After being “body marked” with your race number, you may enter the transition area to set up your bike and gear. After you have your gear all set up in the transition area, check-in at the pool area at least one hour before your estimated swim start time. Please be out of the transition area while the race is in progress.

 

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What is the distance of the race?

The Tri-Diva Tri has two distances:

Sprint distance race: 500 metre swim –  20 kilometer bike –  5 kilometer run.

Try-A-Tri: 250 metre swim – 10 kilometer bike – 2.5 kilometer run

 

 

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What will my approximate start time be?

We will be posting the swimmer’s start times at the race package pick-up and at the Strathmore Pool check-in area. Each participant should check in at the pool area at least 45 minutes before your start time. Start times will depend on the estimated swim time of every participant. Swimmers with times of 15 minutes and longer will start at 8:00 A.M. Then, the start times will be staggered between 15 or 20 minutes apart.

Relay for the Sprint will start first.  Relay for the Try-A-Tri will start when the Try-A-Tri starts.

 

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How long will this race take me?

That is very individual and depends on your training background and skill level in each discipline of the race. Your overall time will also be influenced by factors beyond your control like the weather. There is also always the risk of technical bike trouble like a flat tire which would affect your time. However, you do want to have enough water, energy drink or food to safely get you through the event. The most common finish times for sprint distance have been between 1hour20minutes and 1hour40 minutes.

 

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Can I listen to my music during the race?

Sorry,  personal headsets/music devices as well as cell phones are NOT allowed during the bike or run. Any competitor caught using headsets/music devices on the bike or run will be DISQUALIFIED. No exceptions!! Due to the fact that the bike and run courses are open to traffic, your safety is our priority. Plus you will miss all the enthusiastic cheers from the spectators!

 

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The entry form asks for my estimated swim time. Why?

In a 6-lane pool with a maximum of 4 swimmers per lane, we can only have 24 participants in the pool at a time. The most efficient way to get everyone started in the shortest amount of time is to stagger the start times. As well, the swim will work best when all 4 swimmers in the lane are close to the same pace. That way, there will be less confusion and having to pass other athletes.

Please swim with others that are the same swim ability as you as much as possible. If you are a fast swimmer and go into an earlier heat (with slower swimmers) and continually pass all those in the lane, it makes an unpleasant day for all.

 

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How do I calculate my estimated time for the swim?

Just go to any swimming pool that has lanes measured in meters and do a short warm up. Use your own watch or a timing clock on the pool deck (most pools have them). A quick way of measuring your 500m time is to swim 4 or 5 intervals of 100 meters long (4 lengths of a 25m pool) and take your time for each one and then take a short rest of about 15 seconds between each hundred meter swim. Add up the time for the 400 or 500 meters and divide by the number of 100’s you did to get an average time. Then, multiply this average time by 5 to project your estimated time for 500 meters.

The trick in this timed swim is to try to swim with the level of effort you think you will maintain for the whole 500 meters. So, there’s no need to sprint but you don’t want to be doggin’ it either. Just swim nice and relaxed at a good, low aerobic effort that you can maintain. When you know your average time for 100 meters at a relaxed pace, this can be useful training tool for continuing swim training.

 

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Can we update our estimated swim time?

Yes. As we have done in the past, we will be letting everyone self-seed (which means picking the heat letter that corresponds to your swim time estimate).  We will be grouping the sprint swimmers in groups of 4 to all start their swim at the same time per lane.

Here is an example:

All you need is your Estimate 500m swim time and the First Letter of your Last Name!

Look at the list below and select your HEAT LETTER:

For 500m swim:

20+ minutes…First Letter of Last Name: A to P…..HEAT LETTER “G”
20+ minutes…First Letter of Last Name: Q to Z….HEAT LETTER “H”
18-20 minutes..First letter of Last Name: A to Z…..HEAT LETTER “I”
17-18 minutes…First Letter of Last Name: A to Z…..HEAT LETTER “J”
16-17  minutes…First Letter of Last Name: A to Z…..HEAT LETTER “K”
15-16  minutes…First Letter of Last Name:  A to Z…..HEAT LETTER “L”
14-15  minutes…First Letter of Last Name:  A to Z…..HEAT LETTER “M”
13-14  minutes…First Letter of Last Name: A to Z…..HEAT LETTER “N”
12-13  minutes…First Letter of Last Name: A to Z…..HEAT LETTER “O”
10-12  minutes…First Letter of Last Name:  A to Z…..HEAT LETTER “P”
Under 10  minutes…First Letter of Last Name:  A to Z…..HEAT LETTER “Q”

For 250m:

10+ min  – Letter “A”

8-10 min – Letter “B”

7-8 min – Letter “C”

6-7 min – Letter “D”

5-6 min – Letter “E”

UNDER 5 min- Letter “F”

 

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Is the swim in a lake?

The swim is in a 25-metre indoor pool. There are 6 lanes in the pool and there will be a maximum of 4 people assigned to each swim lane for the swim portion of the race. If you are uncertain about your swim ability, you can stop at the end of any lap of the pool and catch you breath if you need to.

 

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Do I need a wetsuit?

Since the swim is in a pool, wetsuits are neither required nor allowed. Wetsuits would add another cost to participating if a lake swim was involved.

 

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How does the “Continuous Feed” Swim Start work?

When one lane’s swimmers have all exited the water, the next four swimmers waiting in line will walk through a timing mat to start their swim time. This system works well with the timing chip system. Each participant will walk across a mat to start their swim time and therefore everyone (except the very first heat) will have a different start time. The added bonus is that if you need to switch your swim estimate time, you can move up (slower time) or down (faster time) the queue along the wall at the window side. Please try to stick with your heat number assigned to you to avoid confusion.

 

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How does it work with 4 people in a lane? Can we pass?

Each swimmer will start in 5 second intervals within their lane. All lanes will swim in counter clockwise circles. If you want to pass the swimmer ahead of you, tap their feet. The swimmer ahead of you should swim over to the right-hand side of the lane towards the lane rope (they should not stop in the middle of the pool!) All passing should occur in the middle of the lane. If you are approaching the wall and have your feet touched, please use courtesy and let the “tapper” go ahead of you at the wall. Also, if you are flip turning, watch for oncoming swimmers as you come off the wall. You must touch the wall with either your hand or foot to complete one 25 meter length. When you see your lap counter submerge a flutterboard at the wall that will signify you have one lap (2 lengths) to go!

 

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I have a mountain bike – can I use that for the race?

A mountain bike would be fine for this race. If you do choose to ride a mountain bike for the triathlon, you may want to consider purchasing some “slick” tires. The mountain bike knobby tires may have too much resistance which would make the 20 K ride feel much harder. The slick tires may be inflated to the top of the range (psi stated on the side wall) and your bike would be just as fast as a road bike! There will be others with mountain bikes too.

 

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What is Drafting or Blocking on the bike?

Drafting is following another cyclist closer than 12 metres (about the distance of a city bus!)  for more than 30 seconds at a time. Riding beside someone is also considering drafting and can be dangerous. Drafting is not permitted in any age group race (this one) and only allowed at draft legal elite races. To avoid disqualification, make sure you are always about 5 bike lengths behind the person in front of you at all times, unless passing. You have 20 seconds to pass.

 

Riding next to someone is blocking. This is not permitted and ITU rules will be enforced. Both blocking and drafting have time penalties. Repeated penalties will results in disqualification.

 

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I’m afraid I’ll be the last one to finish.

Chances are, if you are new to triathlon and/or don’t have a lot of swim training, you will likely be started in one of the earlier groups. If you are also still working at improving your cycling and running skills, you may in fact be passed by women who started the swim after you. But, even if you end up with the slowest time overall, it is highly unlikely that you will be the last competitor to cross the finish line. This honour will most likely go to someone who will be starting in a later swim heat.

 

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Is there a relay event?

There will be a relay event for both distances however the Try-A-Tri will be for GIRLS AGES 12-19 years old. The SPRINT Distance will be open for gals ages 14 and up.  Relay teams can take part as a team of 2 or 3 females. (Note: The gal on the 20K bike portion must be at least 14 years old for safety reasons.) Prizes will be awarded to top 3 teams overall. We will cap the team entries to 20 teams in each distance.

 

 

 

 

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Why Strathmore?

Why not? Judging by my past triathlon experiences, visiting a smaller town to do a triathlon is fun. Strathmore isn’t too far from Calgary so people can drive the morning of the race.

 

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What is “Leaping Dog Racing”?

Leaping Dog Racing is a multisport racing and coaching company focusing on joy in sport! The Strathmore event originally called the Starthmore Women’s Triathlon is the first race for this company and started in 2003. This event won race of the year and was also featured in Triathlon Canada Magazine in 2013. The company name was created by observing my Chesapeake Bay Retriever “Kilo” LEAP into the air when she was asked if she would like to go for a swim or a bike or a run! That image of the leaping dog conjures up a joyous feeling of venturing outside.

kilo

 

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Who is the race director?

Deanne Jabs started participating in triathlons during the dark period in history when it was cool to wear neon. Among her most cherished accomplishments are, being a member of the provincial triathlon team in Manitoba, finishing third in her age group at Ironman Canada, and qualifying and competing at the Hawaiian Ironman. Deanne still competes in races today, with the same passion and love for the sport that she felt almost 30 years ago. Deanne is the founder of Leaping Dog Racing.

View Deanne’s athletic profile and coaching experience.