Message from your Executive
Can you believe we are in March already! Spring is around the corner, so is the renewal of your FMCT membership. The team is hard at work organizing the coming season. We are finalizing the details for the open water swim season as well as the simulation days we would like to offer. Stay tuned. As always we love to hear from our members. Now is the time to speak up if you’d like us to do something differently.
Tuesday March 7th
Pool Swim with Matt: 9:15-10:15pm @ Mayfield Rec Ctr
Please go to our shop if you’d like to join a great group of swimmers.
Wednesday March 8th
Spin With Jade: 7-8:30pm @ 91 Healy Road (Unit 9)
Check the details of this class on our web page.
Thursday March 9th
Strength With Jade: 8-9pm @ 490 Bramalea Rd (Suite 4B)
Check the details of this class on our web page. Still room and time to join.
Saturday March 11th
Spin with Rob: 8:30-10:30am @ 247 McMurchy Ave S
Class is held by Rob McCue, please contact him directly for questions at email@example.com
ONLY 2 CLASSES REMAINING
Muskoka Training Weekend
There is not enough interest this year. The weekend is canceled.
Come on winter, it’s time for you to leave us alone so we can start having more fun outdoor. Who’s looking forward to our first group ride?
It can be a challenge to make it out to all club events and training. So what better way to meet and learn about our members than through our newsletters.
This week we’d like to introduce you to Paula Guy.
Paula (age 46) was convinced to joined FMCT by her husband Marc in the spring of 2014. Prior to joining FMCT Paula enjoyed running, and considered swimming and cycling as more of a recreation than a sport. In fact, swimming in any body of water other than a pool terrified her. Although the swim is still Paula’s least favorite segment of the triathlon, she was able to overcome her fear through the training and support of FMCT.
Since joining FMCT Paula has completed a number of triathlons, duathlons and running events, her favorite being the Gravenhurst Sprint Triathlon.
Outside of FMCT Paula is a mother of 3 children and a step mother of 3 children; aged between 13 and 21. She is busy as a senior member of a manufacturing company and in her down time enjoys traveling and red wine.
Q: I suffered through a series of injuries and personal commitments that had me pretty much out of training for the past year and a bit. In the past if I got injured it was never more than a 6 week layoff and while I found I lost my strength and stamina very quickly, it would also come back very quickly. I’m finally healthy and ready to go again, however, it has been so long I am starting over as if I have never run before. Looking back on what I know I was capable of before (Half Marathons, Marathons, Triathlons) I find it very discouraging when I can barely run 500m today. I find this discouragement to be greater than any motivational tricks I have tried, so I would really like to hear if you have any tips for pushing past this mental block so I can get back in the game. I want to, and I know it will feel great when I finally achieve my goals, however at this point the road just seems impossibly long.
A:Thank you for your question. It is very relatable on so many levels.
I believe that there are many, and some within our club whom have found themselves in a situation very similar to yours.
Take a deep breath and know that you definitely will be back to your old self again. Running those Half and Full Marathons plus a whole lot more. Patience will be key. Being off for 6 weeks is completely different than 12+ months. The body will take a little more time to bounce back. The last thing you want to do is get into the crazy “2’s” – too much, too fast, too soon. So have a realistic training plan.
During large gaps from physical activity it becomes super important to start with smaller goals. 1-3 months. Celebrate each of them when completed no matter how small. Remember, you worked hard to achieve them! Each set of goals will require new mantra’s. I think you are familiar with this as I read above. Something that is going to strike that inner fire within you to keep pushing no matter how hard, daunting or however dark a place you are in when training gets tough.
Don’t underestimate a support system. Surrounding yourself and train with others who lift you up, that will hold you accountable, push you past your limits, motivate you and celebrate all achievements big and small.
In summary, be patient with your body, have a realistic training plan, set realistic small attainable goals, find more than one mantra for each set of goals, surround yourself with a great support system and don’t train alone. Keep your training fun and add in a few short races to further see your improvements.
Remember to believe in yourself because we believe in you.