Motivational Dinner

Posted May 1, 2013 by wellingtontriclub
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Motivational Dinner with
Hector Picard. Hector Picard, is a double arm amputee triathlete and
motivational speaker.  Since 2009, he have completed 70 triathlons
through out the country, including 3 Ironman distances and becoming the
first double arm amputee Ironman on August 11, 2012 (Ironman NYC).

On June 8th Hector will ride my bike from Miami, Fl. and arrive in Spokane, Washington on July 13th.  3200 miles in 36 days.
He will be doing this in order to raise money for a little boy born without hands and forearms named Jameson Davis.  Jameson’s parents need help in paying for his medical care.

May 4th at Taylor Made Café (

Price: $15.00 per person, and part of this money will be going to
Please RSVP here or email to:


WTC- Aquathlon

Posted February 27, 2013 by wellingtontriclub
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The sport of aquathlon consists of a continuous, two-stage race involving swimming followed by running. Aquathlons have been around in various forms since the early 20th century in ocean lifeguard competitions. The National Surf Lifesaving Association of America, formed in 1965, held its first national competition that year and the events included a run-swim-run.

RACE: 400 yards swim followed by 1.5 mile run. Kids race: 200 yards followed by 0.75 mile run.

DAY: 05/05/2013

TIME: 630 AM

LOCATION: Wellington Village Swimming Pool- 12150 forest hill blvd, Wellington, Florida 33414

ADULTS ENTRY FEE:  Adults by 3/5 /13 $30.00; after 3/5/13 until 4/5/13 $35.00 After 4/5/13 until race day $40.00

KIDS ENTRY FEE (Under 14 years old): $25.00

Join us!!!

Do The DU

Posted February 14, 2012 by wellingtontriclub
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Do the Du if:
• You’re thinking about getting started in multisport racing but don’t want to train in three sports
• You’re looking for a shorter event that is not as demanding as a sprint triathlon but is still a challenge
• You’re weak in or not thrilled with swimming
• You’re desirous of doing a multisport event that is logistically simpler than a triathlon
• You’re most comfortable on the bike and perfectly happy to do the bulk of training on it
• Any combination of the above

Duathlon is easier for most people to contemplate and do than triathlon. The format also appeals to race directors; duathlons are obviously significantly easier and cheaper to set up and manage than triathlons.

The proliferation of duathlons (as well as sprint-distance triathlons) has made it much easier for first-timers to get into the sport and for recreational, relatively light training multisport athletes to stay in it. So encourage friends or family members to think about “doin’ the du.” They will likely be glad they did.


Excerpted from Ordinary Mortals®: Talking Triathlon with Steve Jonas.

Three Essentials for the Offseason

Posted February 1, 2012 by wellingtontriclub
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We are lucky in South Florida to have little to no real offseason due to our great weather year round, but for those who do take a winter break – read on for some offseason tips by Jackie Dodeswell…

You’ve successfully completed your first season of triathlons, or maybe your second, third… and as the leaves are falling and there is a chill in the air, you wonder “What now?” For many of us, particularly in Northern climes, the triathlon racing season winds down by September and you hear the words uttered by those more experienced triathletes – the offseason.

So, what do you do in the offseason? Try these three things:

  1. Recover
  2. Try something new
  3. Work on your weakness

1.       Recover

Give your body a break! Whether you have come off a full schedule of short races or one longer race, you have been pushing your body for many months. It is OK to have a break. Do nothing if you want to, but most of us who have been enticed into this wonderful lifestyle want to remain active. So, do some easy running, swimming, biking, play ball with your kids, friends, nieces and nephews, grandchildren and have some fun. This allows for mental recovery too and allows you to gently formulate your plan for the coming months and next season.

Do what you feel like and don’t obsess about missed workouts. Aim for about a month of this, but feel free to mix it in with the second theme. If you keep active, you won’t lose too much of your hard earned fitness and it will be easy to work back up to your previous level once you get into your training routine. It’s also a great time to allow your body to recover from any minor niggles that you have managed to ignore during the racing season.

2.       Try something new

The offseason is the ideal time to try a different way to keep active and keep that base endurance fitness. This is called cross training and can be extremely beneficial in many ways: it keeps your endurance base, it helps keep you fresh mentally, and many activities have other benefits that will help you in your overall tri-fitness – for example, agility, balance or flexibility.

For those in northern climates, cross country skiing is an excellent way to keep endurance, and because it is so much less risky from an impact perspective compared to running you can pretty much go out for as long as you are able. From group exercising, to tennis (or paddle tennis where it’s snowy), to hiking, to ice skating… the possibilities are endless. Get out there and have some fun!

Many of us during race season do not pay much attention to strength training. Now is the time to get to the gym or establish a home strength routine. You will reap the benefits next season. I am always amazed at the new offerings that pop up for group classes, so you don’t have to restrict yourself to circuit classes, Pilates, yoga, etc. – although all these are great too. Try them if you haven’t already! Some will be strength-based, some aerobic and many both.

3.       Work on your weakness

The offseason is the perfect time to work on your weakness(es). That doesn’t mean you have to spend the entire offseason doing one sport, but you can set yourself periods of focus – say for a month at a time. If your swimming could do with some help, now is the ideal time to have a lesson or a stroke analysis, or simply to get to the pool more often to practice drills and technique. 

If biking is your weakness, then incorporating some pedaling drills is often useful. Where it is cold or snowy, it is often a challenge to get outside to ride. If biking is your weakness then think about attending regular spinning classes – or maybe invest in an indoor trainer – attach your back wheel and you can pedal while watching your favorite TV shows.

For running, be careful with a running focus as you don’t want to increase your risk for injury. But there is no harm in incorporating some drills (cadence work, skipping, high knees, butt kicks, etc.) into your running workouts and even a bit of intensity (like strides or intervals) if you are ready for it. If you are going to increase your running frequency, then pay attention to overall volume (time/distance) and be guided by the 10 percent rule (don’t increase time/distance by more than 10 percent in total each week).

And finally, a word on races. During the offseason, you don’t have to completely give up racing. Even in colder climates there are usually many road (running) or snowshoe races. These are a great way to include a bit of intensity into your routine and get together with other athletes. Some places even have “indoor triathlons” which are another slightly different thing to try. So, change it up, have some fun and enter the next season fresh, strong and ready to go with some new skills and strengths.

Jackie Dowdeswell is a USAT Level I coach, ASCA Level II coach, USA Cycling Level III coach, ACE Personal, Trainer, ACE Lifestyle & Weight Management Consultant. Jackie’s passion is to get people off the couch and into a more active and healthy lifestyle. She enjoys training beginner and intermediate triathletes and spreading the word of this wonderful sport. Contact Jackie at or through her wellness company 

Offseason Nutrition

Posted February 1, 2012 by wellingtontriclub
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If you are in your prep/base season of training right now and are not doing much volume or intensity, remember that you do not need to use sports nutrition products at all.

Yes, this is a very bold statement, but it absolutely holds true for this time of the year.

For any exercise less than 2.5-3 hours, stick with water and maybe electrolytes and simply focus your efforts on eating a snack before and after training.

Now is the time of the year to teach your body to become more metabolically efficient in using its internal fat stores and the best way to do this is to use sports nutrition supplements when they are needed – that is during higher volume and intensity training cycles, not when you just begin training again after the offseason.

Bob Seebohar, MS, RD, CSSD, CSCS is a sport dietitian and elite triathlon coach.  He traveled to the 2008 Summer Olympics as the U.S. Olympic Committee Sport Dietitian and the personal Sport Dietitian for the 2008 Olympic Triathlon Team.  He is also Sarah Haskins’ personal coach and was a performance team member (sport dietitian and strength coach) for Susan Williams, 2004 Olympic Triathlon Bronze Medalist.

Bob’s book, Nutrition Periodization for Endurance Athletes: Taking Sports Nutrition to the Next Levelwill provide triathletes of all levels education on how to structure their nutrition program based on their exercise program. For more information, visit or contact Bob at

Happy New Year!

Posted December 28, 2011 by wellingtontriclub
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Wellington Triathlon Club  would like to wish all of our members and their supportive families a very healthy and happy new year. Reflecting back on 2011 saw a year filled with monumental achievements for many of our members from 1st triathlons at the sprint distance to 1st triathlons at the half and full iron distance.

WTC members competed in everything from 5k’s to marathons, open water swimming events, time trials, adventure races, muddy buddies and of course Triathlons in all distances.

 Along with countless personal bests, and many podium finishes at the races that Wellington Triathlon Club represented at, there were also the occasional disappointments – all part of life for the triathlete that doesn’t see those disappointments as failures, but as motivation to do just a little better the next time.

 Wellington Triathlon club has been, and will continue to be a home for all like minded triathletes from the beginner to the professional to join together to train, share, and provide support for one another. Together we hope to make 2012 a year of accepting new challenges and exceeding our individual expectations.

All the best for 2012!

Summer – Participation & Podiums!

Posted August 31, 2011 by wellingtontriclub
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This summer, besides participating in triathlons from every distance  from sprints to full ironmans, wellington triathlon club members have participated in running events from 5k’s to cross-state relay races. Bicycle events have been tackled from the casual charity century rides to intense time trials. If that weren’t enough – ocean swims, muddy buddies, and warrior dashes rounded out the myriad of events that kept the Wellington triathlon club busy this summer.

Congratulations to all athletes for the great participation in the our local (and not-so local events) this Summer.

While participating in these events, the Wellington Triathlon Club proved once again the strength of it’s membership across all age groups and race divisions. Podium placements from overall contenders to age group placers have been the norm at the various races for our membership this summer.

Wellington Triathlon Club would once again like to thank our great sponsors for keeping us in the game this summer! Special thanks to Zico Coconut Water for keeping the membership hydrated and cramp-free during these hot summer months.