Announcing Time Trial Saturdays!

Athletics Ontario is pleased to announce our new weekly series, Time Trial Saturdays. To foster a gradual return to training and in the spirit of Phase one foundational training, AO will introduce virtual Time Trial Saturdays. A new Time Trial opportunity every Saturday where you can establish a post-isolation baseline performance, at different distances, that you can post to see where you are at and also provide to your Coaches so you both have a launch point to begin training from.

Each week, a new registration will open for a new distance. As the weeks progress, we will begin to incorporate different styles of time trials, including exercise circuit trials. The distances and dates for the first three weeks have been scheduled as follows:

Week One (May 23)               1200m
Week Two (May 30)              2000m
Week Three (June 6)              800m

How to Enter:
1) Join the Athletics Ontario club on Strava: www.strava.com/clubs/athleticsontario

2) Register through Race Roster and include your AO Membership number.

https://raceroster.com/events/2020/31776/athletics-ontario-virtual-weekly-time-trail-saturdays

(If you require a membership renewal follow this link: https://www.trackie.com/members/ON.php)

3) Run your time trial at any safe time and safe place each Saturday.

4) Submit your result to the official leaderboard on the Race Roster page HERE with a screen shot of your activity, by Saturday at Midnight. Results will be collected and shared on Sunday.

The top 5 finishers of each gender, from each weekly time trial will be featured in AO’s weekly newsletter! Keep up with our social media (@athleticsont) for updates on each time trial!

Athletics Ontario is thrilled to be working diligently on return to training guidelines for a safe return process. However, we continue to reiterate the importance of maintaining physical distancing during training and ask that you be mindful when completing these time trials outside or in a public setting. Please respect all facility closures as well as protocols set by your local or municipal authorities. Remember, you do not need a track facility to complete the time trial, use your GPS watch or Strava to just as easily track your distance and time.

Remember over the past 8 weeks, all athletes have been training on their own, so these Time Trials should not be PB or World Record targets.  If you’ve only been completing mileage endurance, your body may not yet be ready to perform at a fast pace.  One of the ever present realities is when you return from and sort of training hiatus, depending on what you’ve done – you may be more susceptible to injury by doing too much too soon, or too fast too soon.  Remember to trial on your own, practice social distancing, and only push yourself to a comfortable effort.

Good luck to all who participate, we hope you enjoy the new weekly series, Time Trial Saturdays!

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