In this course, the endurance sport of triathlon will be analyzed from a practical point of view. The essential nature of each sport involved (swimming, biking, and running) will be studied along with nature of transitions among the three sports. Topics include the analysis of each sport, as well as the study of the history of triathlon, strategies of the three sports, and pedagogical principles of triathlon.
- Introduction to Triathlon
Compiling the Necessary Equipment
- Rules: National and International Organizations
- Types of Races
- Triathlon Terminology
Biomechanics of the Three Sports
- Transition areas
- Creating Propulsion
- Technique Improvement
- Swimming Drills
- Pedaling Efficiency
- Pedaling Cadence
- Riding Position
- Mechanics of Running
- Mechanics of Running after biking
Nutrition and Body Metabolism
- Safety Concerns
- Training Principles
- Types of Training
- Overload Principle
- Specificity Principle
- Warm-up and Cool-Down
- Developing a Training Program
- Developing a Strength Training Program
- Maintaining a Training Log
- Bike Maintenance
- Essential Nutrients
- Energy Nutrients and Non-Energy Nutrients
- The Triathlete’s Diet
- Pre- and Post-race Recovery
- Carbo loading
- Recognizing Overtraining
- Types of Injuries within the 3 Sports Disciplines
- Common Injuries
- Injury Prevention
- Tapering Training
- Final Workouts Prior to a Race
- Race-Day Preparations and Checklist
- Faster Transitions
- Racing Attire
- Racing Tips from the Pros
- Participating in a Sprint-Distance Triathlon
- Career Paths
Finch, Micheal. Triathlon Training. Human Kinetics; 2004, Windsor.
Town, Glenn and Kearney, Todd. Swim, Bike, Run. Human Kinetics; 1994, Windsor.
Methods of Instruction
Training Swims, Training Rides, Training Runs, Strength Training Workouts
Practical Coaching and Training Applications
Means of Assessment
The selection of evaluation tools for this course is based upon:
- Adherence to college evaluation policy regarding number and weighing of evaluations, for example a course of three credits or more should have at least three separate evaluations.
- A developmental approach to evaluation that is sequenced and progressive.
- Evaluation is used as a teaching tool for both students and instructors.
- Commitment to student participation in evaluation through such processes as self and peer evaluation, and program/ instructor evaluation.
The following is presented as an example assessment format for this course:
|Completion of a triathlon
|Cognitive mid-term exam
|Cognitive final exam
After completing the course, students will have acquired and be able to demonstrate:
- Thorough working knowledge and understanding of the spirit and rules, history, safety, and etiquette of triathlon.
- Improvement in personal physical fitness by participation in swimming, biking, and running.
- Development of an individualized workout program to successfully complete a sprint-distance triathlon.
- Sharpened skills and techniques in the fundamentals of swimming, biking, and running.
- Developed aptitude for
Practice of training methods that maximize potential and minimize injury.
Knowledge of certifications and career paths regarding coaching triathletes.
- Conditioning principles, training methods, training design and planning for triathlon.
- Nutrition and body metabolism during endurance and strength training exercises
- Bike maintenance.
Ability to swim 500 meters continuously
Own or have access to a multispeed bike in good working condition.
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A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.
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