Top Five - Trail Running Safety Tips

Top Five - Trail Running Safety Tips

Trail running is one of my all-time favourite activities.  I absolutely love the feeling of getting lost in the woods for hours on end.  I love the challenge of getting to the top of a mountain and the thrill of careening back down.  Sure, there are always risks involved in any sport, and even the most seasoned of trail runners knows that there can be a major issue on any trail run.  However, there are some basic ways to keep it safe, so that you can maximize the fun and still have an epic time.  Here are my top 5 trail running safety tips:

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Top Five - Victoria Hills to Ride or Ride Away From

Top Five - Victoria Hills to Ride or Ride Away From

When you look around the Victoria area it is clear that hills are not hard to find. They are literally everywhere. That said, not all hills are created equal, so when you head out to do some quality hill training you might wonder which are the best and why.  To find the answer we turned to our experienced and avid cycling friend Bill Chimko for some direction.  With hill training in mind, Bill came up with this list for us and why each climb is beneficial or significant to your training.

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Terrific Transitions

Terrific Transitions

Transition should be considered the fourth sport in triathlon. Just like in swimming, cycling, and running, time and effort should be put into perfecting your transitions to minimize wasted time. You can save many minutes by being quick and efficient.  Tricks and preparation to effectively transition - once learned - cost you nothing but a little practice and know how.

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Athlete Profile - Garth Fuller: Like a Fine Wine

Athlete Profile - Garth Fuller: Like a Fine Wine

If you know Garth Fuller personally, you know that he is a fit top age group athlete.  What you may not know is that Garth did not complete his first triathlon until he was in his 60s.  He has placed first in his age group in several distances – from sprint to Half Ironman.  He nearly always finishes in the top three in his age group, including for Ironman Whistler.  

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Athlete Profile - Saskia Bjornson: Embracing the Challenge

Athlete Profile - Saskia Bjornson: Embracing the Challenge

Saskia loves the outdoors and all types of athletics, in particular ones that are physically demanding and challenging.  Team sports such as volleyball, basketball, and soccer as well as more individual endeavors such as competitive swimming, hiking, and snowboarding have been a major part of her life. Since Saskia suffers from asthma, running has always been especially difficult - as she describes it, when running she felt as though she was breathing through a straw

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Great Expectations

Great Expectations

How do you judge the success of any given race day. Is it your time? Is it your performance? Is it something going right that usually goes wrong? Is it simply finishing? For most of us race days are our chance to shine. Races give us the opportunity to put together all the hours of training we've done into an outcome that we can be proud of.

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Endurance Fueling Tips

Endurance Fueling Tips

There are some athletes that can go breezing through an aid station, eating whatever is on the table in whatever amount they want, and have whatever hydration is offered.  However, there are others of us who dread the thought of eating anything at all because we know it brings the possibility of vomiting, or trips to the potty sending an otherwise decent race spiraling downhill.  

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