Training With Results: An Interview with Lynn Tougas

Like many other triathletes, Lynn Tougas is dedicated to her sport. 

Back in early spring, Lynn won a BikeWatts Computrainer rental from an event hosted by Toronto Triathlon ClubSince then, she’s become stronger on the bike and enjoyed the convenience the Computrainer provides. So far she’s had a great race season, placing highly in her age group. We like to think BikeWatts has played a part in achieving her successes.

We are happy to welcome Lynn to our blog to discuss her training and how she uses the Computrainer.

…On Triathlons I have been doing triathlons for just about 20 years now. I got started through a friend who was taking a Learn To Race (Road Cycling) Course I was assisting with.  Cindy was taking the course to improve her cycling skills for triathlon. She thought I would be well suited for the sport. I completed one corporate event with a friend at the Milton site in 1995 and then I completed the Kingston Sprint event back in 1995 with Cindy.  I have never looked back!

I am not sure I have a favourite distance as of yet.  Just a favourite course type, and that is a challenging hilly bike course. Of late, I am enjoying one or two 70.3 distance events per year, mixed in with several other sprint and olympic distance events.

…On Using the Computrainer I love watching my efficiency “donut”.  Being born with hip displasia and later developing a bit of scoliosis, it is imperative for me to have a proper bike fit and efficient output so that I don’t get back pain and gait issues running off the bike. I also love having the watts output visible along with the ability to set up a “race” with other riders at various speeds/wattages with whom I have to keep up.

So far, I have used the trainer to ride the Milton Course a few times before the event I completed this year. I was well prepared and knew every bump and turn.  I aced the course, being the first woman off the bike out of 133. I have a couple of more races coming up, and I have been able to ride each of these just once. As I continue to train over the summer I will have more opportunity to ride them again at least one or two more times.  One of these is the Gravenhurst Olympic and the other is my big goal race, the Dublin 70.3. Both are quite erratic in terms of rolling hills intertwined with longer jams.  Courses like this have been where I have encountered difficulties in the past.  With a little extra indoor complimentary training and getting to know the subtle intricacies of each of these challenging routes, I will for sure fly out there on the real courses on race day!

…On Training Indoors, Even in the Summer Obviously one major advantage is the safety.  I am not pressured to ride outdoors in rush hours or at night, nor am I contained to a small circuit doing laps.  I am on a real course in the comfort of my own home.  I can concentrate on the drills which my coach has laid out for me that session without interruption. Computrainer is a REALLY effective tool in this way.

Thanks, Lynn, for sharing your training experiences and good luck on the rest of the season!

lynnLynn is a Registered Kinesiologist, providing services as a Personal Trainer, Precision Nutrition Coach, NCCP Triathlon Coach, Yoga Teacher, Pilates Mat+Props (Bands, Balls, Ring and Roll) Instructor. You can reach her on Twitter (@LTKnS), on Facebook (Lynn Tougas Kinesiology and Sport), and LinkedIn (Lynn Tougas, Registered Kinesiologist). 

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