Ever considered entering in a triathlon? This could be your perfect chance! The Midweek Triathlon Series is a group of four races located around the Edmonton area. Series founder Stephen Bourdeau specifically created the race series to be affordable (just $30 a person), accessible (you don’t have to give up your weekends), and fun (check out each race’s unique theme!). Races will be of varying distances and formats, catered for all levels of athletes aged 12 and up.
The following is the second post in a mini-series from Bourdeau.
What is the Midweek Triathlon Series?
What is the Midweek Triathlon Series?
It’s a fun, social, and safe multisport race series around Edmonton. In 2015, there will be, 4 races over 5 weeks beginning at the start of June. The race formats will change with each race but will generally take 40–60 mins to complete. The different formats include a double triathlon (swim-bike-run-swim-bike-run), a triathlon pyramid (swim-bike-run-bike-swim), an Aquathlon (swim-run) and a team relay (swim-bike-run for each member).
The whole vision behind the race series is to provide weekly opportunities for athletes to meet up and have some good, clean racing fun in a low-stress but high-intensity environment. There is no timing, there are no medals, no t-shirts or anything like that. Just the camaraderie and sense of accomplishment that comes with our sport.
Why? Being an avid triathlete myself for over 15 years, I’ve competed in dozens of races and organized many races from local to national and international levels. I was even part of the Beijing Olympic Games Triathlon. With that I’ve always found triathlon to be such an amazing sport. There are no words to describe that feeling of pushing your body to its limits, ready to keel over, to then be cheered on and supported by complete strangers.
I love to race and always wished I could find the time to race more often and afford it. But with a busy life and our short summers it was not possible. So then came the idea of midweek, short and cheap races. Kinda like a Triathlon League. This way I could see all the friends I had in the sport on a more regular basis other than one or two races a year, get in some great training, and afford the races. I tried for seven years to convince someone else to start the series so I could participate, and then last fall I decided to go for it myself.
So far I have received a great reception and support from many organizations and individuals to bring things to where they are. It is astounding.
My goal for the series is to eventually get to 6-8 races a year; drop-in, and under $25/person. There would be race format specific to newbies, runners, cyclists, and swimmers to all give the sport a try; other sports (kayak, bike, run), team time trial, two racers-one bike, etc. This would change every year. There would be a point system for individuals and clubs for overall series champions.
One thing I hope to achieve in 2016 is a “Bring a Friend” night where the friend can try the sport for free.
I would like to see the series expand to include many of our great training locales around the city: Hubbles Lake, the Base, the River Valley and the many fantastic rec centres.
Why do I believe someone should signup? If you’re a seasoned triathlete, the series will provide you with the opportunity to get in some great training, pushing yourself in a competitive atmosphere without all the stress, hassle, and expense of a full-blown race. As someone new to the sport, it provides a low-key opportunity to gain experience in the sport, create confidence, and meet up with a great group of supportive people to help them break into triathlon.
One triathlon hack that has done me well? No watch during races.
Best training hack? If you don’t feel like going out for a workout, tell yourself “just 10 minutes…”—it will always turn into more.
So that is really it in a nutshell. I truly hope this catches on as I think it would be great for our sport and good times for all involved.
About the Author:
Founder, Midweek Triathlon Series
Who am I? Well, I’m a local Edmontonian having lived here for almost 30 years. I’ve always enjoyed sport and recreation having dabbled in everything from hockey (of course) to tennis. It was in university, though, where I was introduced to endurance sports and in particular triathlon.
Since then I have been actively competing and working in the sport for over 15 years. I have been an athlete, trainer, mentor, race director, organizer, board member, businessman, and contributor to the sport at a local, regional, national and international level. Some of the highlights include my role as Event Manager for the ITU World Cup Triathlon in Hawrelak Park, working for the International Triathlon Union around the world, my work as the Coronation Triathlon race director, ATA board member, and taking part in the Beijing Olympic Triathlon competition.
Now I currently spend most of my time raising three future Olympic triathletes while trying to squeeze in growing the sport I love as an Edmonton Triathlon Academy board member and organizer for a new era of triathlon with the Midweek Triathlon Series. You probably won’t see me out on the road or at the local race scene much anymore as I have still yet to figure out how to extend the day to 26 hours.