The Human Powered Racing team is set to make 2017/2018 a winning season.

Sooke set to welcome triathlon training team

Residents are invited to become part of the team

It’s said that triathlon is not about finding out about your limits; it’s about finding out what lies just beyond those limits.

It’s a philosophy that Mike Neill, former professional triathlete, hopes to bring to Sooke with the creation of the Human Powered Racing team.

Neill is the driving force behind Human Powered Racing, an organization dedicated to the concept of creating a team approach to what is arguably one of the most singular of sports.

“There’s no question that triathlon is a very individual sport. No one can complete a race for you. It’s something you can only do by yourself … for yourself,” said Neill.

“But training for the sport, developing the strength you need for it, that’s something that’s best done as part of a team.”

It’s why Neill emphasizes the fun and social aspect of the team concept, saying that when it’s a cold, drizzly weekend morning and it’s time to go for a training bike ride, the chances of actually getting out there is exponentially higher if there are friends and teammates waiting for you to join them.

“Misery loves company,” he said with a chuckle.

The Sooke team will train out of the SEAPARC Recreation Centre on Mondays and Wednesday evenings, between 6:30 and 8 p.m. and again on weekend mornings.

Human Powered Racing is a concept that started out in Victoria in 2006 under Neill’s supervision. With the expansion to Sooke, the organization has brought on coach Rob Dibden, an original member of the Human Powered Racing team.

Dibden was the director of youth development for Triathlon B.C. and represented Canada at the Age Group World Triathlon Championships. He has also been the race director of the Triathlon of Compassion and a collection of other events.

An aspect of the Sooke team that has Dibden excited is the inclusion of a youth component, an initiative that will allow adults to train alongside their children, if they wish.

The youth team will be made up of members aged six to 17 and, although their training regimen will be somewhat different, there will be the opportunity for the adults to work with the younger team members.

“There are other triathlon groups around, but we really limit the number of people on our teams. I think it’s important that you know the people on your team, and that we develop relationships that are going to inspire us to keep going,” said Neill.

“When all is said and done, with all the training and discipline and energy required for this sport, it’s still got to be fun. That’s why we have the team. So people can train and improve while they meet people and enjoy themselves in the process,” said Neill.

Anyone interested in jooining the team can do so by contacting the organization at humanpoweredracing.ca.



editor@sookenewsmirror.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Victoria BC Transit driver taken to hospital after assault

Driver attempted to stop an altercation between two people on the bus

Art takes a personal tone during the 110th anniversary of the Victoria Sketch Club

The 47th annual art show is taking place until March 24

CRD’s 2019 financial plan includes 23 per cent increase for capital projects

Housing, health care and wastewater projects included in 2019 plan

How a scrawny kid from Oak Bay bulked into one of rugby sevens’ best

Doing it for Dylan, Oak Bay’s Connor Braid at the top of his game

VIDEO: Restaurant robots are already in Canada

Robo Sushi in Toronto has waist-high robots that guide patrons to empty seats

Greater Victoria Wanted List for the week of March 19

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: When do you think the next major earthquake will hit Vancouver Island?

According to seismologists, Vancouver Island is overdue for a magnitude 7 earthquake.… Continue reading

Permit rejected to bring two cheetahs to B.C.

Earl Pfeifer owns two cheetahs, one of which escaped in December 2015

Real-life tsunami threat in Port Alberni prompts evacuation updates

UBC study says some people didn’t recognize the emergency signal

Care providers call for B.C. seniors’ watchdog to step down

The association also asks the province to conduct an audit and review of the mandate of her office

Nitro Cold Brew Coffee from B.C. roaster recalled due to botulism scare

“If you purchased N7 Nitro Cold Brew Coffee from Cherry Hill … do not drink it.”

Short list for new gnome home includes Parksville, Coombs

Five potential locations have been chosen by Howard’s owners who will decide Tuesday

B.C. man gets award for thwarting theft, sexual assault – all in 10 minutes

Karl Dey helped the VPD take down a violent sex offender

Most Read