2014 Centaur Subaru Triathlon Clinics

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2014 Centaur Subaru Triathlon Clinic

Centaur Subaru – Triathlon Clinic Weekend

 

Centaur Subaru is proud to support grassroots triathlon in Calgary for the fifth straight year. Both beginner and intermediate triathletes are invited to attend a free clinic put on by Canadian professional triathetes Jon Bird and Grant Burwash. The first day will have athletes test the new Calgary 70.3 course at Auburn Bay. We will focus on skills and tips for swimming in a lake, including sighting, entering and exiting the water, swimming straight, pack swimming dynamics and wetsuit information. This course is limited to the first 35 people that RSVP. All participants are required to have an Alberta Triathlon Association membership to participate.

 

Day 1 – Swim

Auburn Bay – Saturday May 24, 2014 -8:30am
8:30am: Arrive, chat about technique, tips & swim strategy
9:00am: start swimming ~30mins
9:45am: T1 discussion and any other questions.
10:30am:   Headed home in a warm car
What to Bring:

Swim suit, goggles, wetsuit, swim cap, neoprene cap (if you have one), towel, warm clothes
Day 2 – Bike/ Run

North Glenmore Park – Sunday May 25, 2014 -9:30am

 

The second day will have athletes test out the transition area for the Calgary 70.3 course at North Glenmore Park. The bike-handling course will focus on skills and tips for bike handling, pack riding, climbing, basic bike maintenance and road safety. Following the short bike run athletes will learn quick transition tips, maximizing your run tips and some dynamic run drills that will prevent injury. This course is limited to the first 35 people that RSVP, each participant will receive a free catered lunch and some PowerBar products. All participants are required to have an Alberta Triathlon Association membership to participate..
9:00am: arrive
9:30am: clinic begins with cycling segment.
10:30am: start practicing transitions and run segment begins.

11:30- Lunch and discussion
What you need to bring:

Bike, Helmet, warm clothing, towel, toque, gloves, riding jacket, running shoes

 

 

Jon Bird – jonbird@shaw.ca

Grant Burwash – grantburwash@gmail.com

Cost – FREE * requires a ATA license and signing a waiver

To register for this course please submit the following online form. If the form is no longer active the clinic has filled up.

 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1LJDy_phxtCwR2as-W3dzjEclNpznl-iKURoq5ItjyXE/viewform

Centaur Subaru Clinics 2012

 

Centaur Subaru – Triathlon Clinic Weekend

Day 1 – Swim & Bike

Cottage Country -Ghost Lake – Saturday June 2, 2012 – 10:00am

 

Centaur Subaru is proud to support grassroots triathlon in Calgary for the third straight year with day one. Both beginner and intermediate triathletes are invited to attend a free clinic put on by Canadian professional triathetes Jon Bird and Grant Burwash. The first part of the morning will have us test out Ghost lake. We will focus on skills and tips for swimming in a lake, including sighting, entering and exiting the water, swimming straight, pack swimming dynamics and wetsuit information. Following the swim we will dry off and warm up with some goodies from fresh kitchen then hope on the bike. The bike-handling course will focus on skills and tips for bike handling, pack riding, climbing, basic bike maintenance and road safety.  This course is limited to the first 35 people that RSVP, each participant will receive a free catered lunch, water bottle and some PowerBar products. All participants are required to have an Alberta Triathlon Association membership to participate.

Itinerary:

 

10:00am: Arrival and get into your wetsuit

10:00 – 10:15: Brief chat from Grant and Jon about what to expect

10:15 – 10:45: Swim for as long as you can comfortably

10:45 – 11:30: Warm up and get changed – ‘ what to expect on the bike’

11:30 – 1:00: work on drafting bike handling and gearing

1:00 pm: lunch and PowerBar samples and talk on bike mechanics by Speed Theory

 

What you need to bring:

Bike, Helmet, warm clothing, wetsuit, towel, toque, gloves, riding jacket

 
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Centaur Subaru – Triathlon Clinic Weekend

Day 2 – Run Clinic

North Glenmore Park – Sunday June 3, 2012 – 10:00am

 

Centaur Subaru is proud to support grassroots triathlon in Calgary with the second day of our weekend triathlon clinic. Both beginner and intermediate and advanced triathletes are invited to attend a free clinic put on by Jon Bird and Grant Burwash of Talisman Centre’s Endurance Training Systems. This run clinic will focus on skills and tips for Calgary 70.3 including race nutrition, staying cool, fast transitions, running form and a preview of the 70.3 run course. This course is limited to the first 35 people that RSVP, each participant will receive a free catered lunch, water bottle and some PowerBar products. All participants are required to have an Alberta Triathlon Association membership to participate.

Itinerary:

 

9:45am: Arrival and light warm up

10:00am: Begin 21 km run preview of 70.3 course (you don’t have to run the full 21km)

11:45 – 12:00: Running school with focus on technical running form

12:00 – 12:15: lunch and talk on transitions and nutrition

 

What you need to bring:

Running shoes, appropriate running gear, warm down gear for post run

 

View Centaur Run Clinic in a larger map

 

Grant Burwash – grantburwash@gmail.com

Cost – FREE * requires a ATA license

Win at Banff International Triathlon

This past weekend I raced the Subaru Banff International Triathlon. What a perfect day for racing. The weather was clear, sunny and a high in the mid 20’s. I was using this race as a final tune up before I head down south for several 70.3’s this fall. The day started out with a swim in the 14C Two Jack Lake. I was actually quite happy that my hands and feet went numb in my warm up swim so that I didn’t feel like I was cooling down during the rest of the race. I knew my main competition would come from Ironman UK champion, Scott Nyedli. About 500m into the swim I found myself at the front of the race with Scott on my heels. I decided to put in a couple surges to drop him, but he responded to each on. When I realized I wasn’t going to crack him, I settled into a relaxed rhythm and came out of the water first, with Scott on my heels.

The run to the first transition was up a hill and my breathing got out of control and I felt really off. I quickly tried to calm down once I was on the bike and focus on the next task at hand. Scott passed me 6km into the bike, at which point I decided to just follow behind him and let him set the pace. We played cat and mouse on the bike, exchanging leads several times before he lead me into T2 by a few seconds. My game plan was now to put in a surge for the first 2km of the run and see what kind of damage I could do to Scott. After the first km, I had put probably 150m on him and settled into a tempo run. Throughout the day I was having stomach issues and probably threw up half a dozen times, so I didn’t want to have to put in any significant surges on the run. As I rolled through the run, I thought about the next two weeks of racing and tried to hold a steady pace. I was quite happy in the end with my run split of 33:19 and overjoyed to get my third win of the season.

One of the highlights of the day was having Hillary and my family there to watch. Because of my travel schedule, it’s not very often that my family and friends get to see me race, so this was a treat. I would also like to give a special thanks to Centaur Subaru, Speed Theory and PowerBar, who were all on site helping me this weekend.

Full results are posted here

Next up, Ironman Cancun 70.3 on Sunday.

Here are some pics from Kelowna

Grant Burwash Kelowna triathlon

Grant having a pre race chat with Holy and Hillary. Racing with support is great!

Grant Burwash Kelowna triathlon

Grant Burwash Kelowna triathlon

Grant Burwash Kelowna triathlon

Grant Burwash Kelowna triathlon

G-Force

Bike day and Kids day

This morning was the first Centaur triathlon camp of the year. Jon and I woke up to fantastic weather and the day only got better. We had about 30 people show up for our bike handling course and if they had half as much fun as I did, the day was a success. It’s great to be able to talk to people about the sport that I love and pass on my knowledge to them. After we hung out int he sun and ate a catered meal from Fresh Kitchen and talked about bikes. This past week was incredibly busy trying to get things together for the day, but it honestly went off perfectly. If you attended the camp, I’d love to hear your feedback on what you thought about it.

On Tuesday Jon and I talked to about 40 grade 5/6 students about sport, university and goal setting. In the past I have done a bunch of public speaking and very much enjoy it. The kids were so responsive and ate up the entire presentation. They had lots of questions about our bikes, eating and how we got to be where we were. One of the most inspiring parts was when we asked them what goals they had for themselves. They had answers like famous artist, hockey players, vets, etc. I reminded me again of my dreams that I have held since a very young age. I need to keep the same passion for my dreams and goals that I had when I was first starting out. There are many tough days, and I feel I’ve had my share lately, but if you keep pushing for what you truly want, nothing seems like to much of a hurdle.

After a talk we went outside with them and played some transition games. I can still hear the roar of protest go up as we mixed their shoes up so they had to search to find them. What a great way to spend the afternoon. It looks like I’ll be doing another one in early June. Of course I’ll post on that when the time comes.

Life is good!

Grant

Centaur Subaru – Bike Handling Course

ETS – Centaur Subaru – Bike Handling Course

Bearspaw Lions Club – Saturday May 15, 2010 10:00am

Centaur Subaru is proud to support grassroots triathlon in Calgary with the first installment of triathlon bike handling. Both beginner and intermediate triathletes are invited to attend a free clinic put on by Jon Bird and Grant Burwash of Talisman Centre’s Endurance Training Systems. The bike handling course will focus on skills and tips for bike handling, pack riding climbing, basic bike maintenance and road safety. This course is limited to the first 35 people that RSVP, each participant will receive a light catered lunch, water bottle and some PowerBar products. All participants are required to have an Alberta Triathlon Association membership to participate.


Itinerary:

10:00am: Arrival and bike set up, get ready to ride

10:00 – 10:15: Warm up around the bearspaw loop.

10:15 – 10:30 Ride Safety

10:30 – 12:00: work on drafting bike handling and gearing

12:00: lunch and talk on bike mechanics and powerbar

Jon Bird – jonbird@shaw.ca

Grant Burwash – grantburwash@gmail.com

403-999-7028

Cost – FREE * requires a ATA license

Please contact Grant or Jon to book your spot in the first Centaur Subaru camp of the summer.