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

Group seeks to build honorary RCMP sculpture in Sooke

Sooke RCMP officers work long hours protecting the community, and a local… Continue reading

Refugee family gets help with rent

Sooke council changes scope of $3,600 grant

Central Saanich police chase down speeding biker

A motorcyclist from the Lower Mainland was caught on the Tsawout reserve… Continue reading

Sooke high school welcomes new principal

Laura Fulton was formerly vice principal at Belmont High and Spencer Middle schools

Solitary-confinement veto a chance to address mental health: advocate

B.C. Supreme Court made the landmark ruling Wednesday

Winter storm coming to B.C. this weekend

The bets are on as to how much snow the province will actually get in the coming days

B.C. civil rights group files complaint about RCMP arrest of man who later died

Dale Culver, a 35-year-old Indigenous man was arrested in Prince George last July

Lawyer says former B.C. government aide ‘barely guilty’ in ethnic vote scandal

Brian Bonney pleaded guilty to a breach of trust charge

Quite a few tears as homemade quilts distributed to residents of Ashcroft Reserve, Boston Flats affected by last summer’s fire

Quilters in B.C. and Alberta worked through the summer and fall to create more than 100 quilts.

B.C. coast loggers celebrate history, hope for improvement

Truck Loggers Association awaits B.C. NDP government’s new direction

Global Affairs aware of report of two Canadians kidnapped in Nigeria

The foreigners were heading south from Kafanchan to Abuja when they were ambushed around Kagarko

Saanich lights up Layritz Park with solar-powered lights

Saanich plans to install more solar-powered lights after installing them in Layritz… Continue reading

Whistler role in potential Calgary Olympic bid would be welcome: IOC

Calgary is mulling whether to vie for the 2026 Games, and could look to facilities in B.C.

Most Read