70.3 World Champion

The ETS crew would like to give a huge congratulations to Jim Fry with his win in the male 65-69 age group at Ironman 70.3 World Championships. Jim swam a race best 32:28 biked a 2:34:32 over 90km and followed it up with a race best 01:55:25 half marathon for the top spot at 05:09:13.

Jim has been a staple in the morning ETS classes over the last 2 years.

Congrats Jim next stop Kona!

ETS Winter 2011 Schedule

Thank you for everyone’s patience as we sort out the Winter 2011 program details. I have been waiting for a certain start date to the New Year as we re-open the main building. I was able to do a tour the other day to see how the roof replacement and internal renovations are coming along and I have to say things are looking amazing under the new roof! It will definitely have a brighter feel under there.

Many of you have asked where ETS will be moving to in 2011. When we start the week of January 10th 2011 we will be in our current location which is the Mezzanine with the great view. We are fortunate enough to be able to start early as the actual program start date for the main building is January 24th 2011. It is during that time that ETS and Tri Club programs may be re-located to a new area in the main building. This area has many pros to our current location and our previous location. Needless to say this will be a big project for me to help develop over the next few months. As we get closer to solidifying this potential relocation I will provide an update right here on our blog.

The following is our Winter 2011 Indoor Cycling and ETS Triathlon Swim schedule;


10 classes $225 member $248 non-member

Mon Jan 10 - Mar 21 6:30-8:30pm Code #35000

Fri Jan 14 - Mar 25 9:30-11:30am Code #35004

11 classes $247 member $272 non-member

Tue Jan 11 - Mar 22 6:30-8:30pm Code #35001

Wed Jan 12 - Mar 23 6:30-8:30pm Code #35002

Thu Jan 13 - Mar 24 6:30-8:30pm Code#35003

ETS BASE BUILDING: 1.5 hour sessions

10 classes $170 member $187 non-member

Mon Jan 10 - Mar 21 10-11:30am Code #35005

11 classes $187 member $206 non-member

Wed Jan 12 - Mar 23 10-11:30am Code #35006


8 classes $90 member $100 non-member

Mon Jan 24 - Mar 21 12:00-1pm Code #35008

Fri Jan 28 - Mar 25 12:00-1pm Code #35010

9 classes $100 member $110 non-member

Wed Jan 26 - Mar 23 12:00-1pm Code #35009

Registration opens Monday November 22nd. Best bet is to call the Customer Service Desk to register (403.233.8393). For any questions please contact Jack VanDyk directly at 403.355.1259 or jvandyk@talismancentre.com.


Congrats to Katy Curtis!

The ETS coaching team would like to congratulate Katy Curtis for her "on-fire" performances this past season especially during the cyclocross season where she finished with a silver medal at the Canadian National Championships on November 6th 2010. Katy has been working with coach Paul Robertson who has been instrumental in helping Katy achieve a new level of performance this past season.

We look forward to seeing Katy continue her progression into 2011.

Well done!

2010 Fall Programs

Greetings to those who read this Blog from time to time! Despite it being the middle of summer we are busy preparing for the fall 2010 offerings for cycling and now swimming. Below is the schedule of programs being offered.

Registration opens July 25th 2010 for these programs. You can register by calling 403.233.8393.

Fall Base Building

Training for next season’s races starts now. These indoor cycling sessions are perfect preparation for cyclists and triathletes of all ability levels. We focus on developing your aerobic base and overall cycling fitness by training with power output and leading the athletes through motivating and specifically designed training sessions . Despite being the aerobic base building season we train hard but smart to help build your cycling fitness.

Fall Base Building 1 Mon 10-11:30am - 10sessions (Oct 4 - Dec 13) $165.00

Fall Base Building 2 Mon 6:30pm-8pm - 10 sessions (Oct 4 - Dec 13) $165.00

Fall Base Building 3 Tue 10-11:30am 11 sessions (Oct 5 - Dec 14) NEW! $181.50

Fall Base Building 3 Tue 6:30pm-8pm - 11 sessions (Oct 5 - Dec 14) $181.50

Fall Base Building 4 Wed 10am-11:30m - 11 sessions (Oct 6 - Dec 15) $181.50

Fall Base Building 5 Wed 6:30pm-8pm - 11 sessions (Oct 6 - Dec 15) $181.50

Fall Base Building 6 Thu 10-11:30am - 10 sessions (Oct 7 - Dec 16) NEW! $165.00

Fall Base Building 6 Thu 6:30pm-8pm - 10 sessions (Oct 7 - Dec 16) $165.00

Fall Base Building 7 Fri 10am-11:30am - 11 sessions (Oct 8 - Dec 17) $181.50

ETS Triathlon Swim

Noon hour swim open to all triathletes interested in refining technique to maximize your comfort, efficiency, speed and endurance in the water. Learn your swimming pace in order to maximize your training time and provide a more objective approach to your training. Learn under the guidance of our experienced coaches how to swim not just survive the water. Pre-requisite: Must be able to swim 25m non-stop.

ETS Triathlon Swim 1 Mon 12-1pm 12 sessions (Sep 20 - Dec 13) $120.00

ETS Triathlon Swim 2 Tue 12-1pm 13 sessions (Sep 21 - Dec 14) $130.00

ETS Triathlon Swim 3 Wed 12-1pm 13 sessions (Sep 22 - Dec 15) $130.00

ETS Triathlon Swim 4 Thu 12-1pm 12 sessions (Sep 23 - Dec 16) $120.00

ETS Triathlon Swim 5 Fri 12-1pm 12 sessions (Sep 24 - Dec 17) $120.00

Vernon Bike Camp Pictures

The first ETS bike camp went off without a hitch, beautiful weather, spectacular riding and great company made for a highly enjoyable 4 days. The group covered around 400km of riding including the daunting Ironman Canada course. A camp survey is in the works and will be out soon; as we are looking forward to input to kick it up a notch for next year.

Here is the link to the album.

Vernon Pic's


Wed Spring Classes

Hey Gang,

Do to demand over May and June I have built a 2 hour ETS class that extends for 8 weeks. The sessions will start Wednesday May 12th (9:30am -11:30 am), and end on June 30th. The cost is 172.00 per person. When registering through the front desk please ask for course code 34716. As the weather permits I will try and do most of the sessions on the patio so bring a long sleeve shirt to warm up, sunscreen and sunglasses.



ETS Spring Training Sessions

Registration for the Spring training sessions will begin on Tuesday February 16th 2010. Please note that you can now register online or by calling the front desk for any of these group training sessions.

ETS Triathlon Swim

Our coaching staff will assist triathletes in refining technique to maximize your comfort, efficiency, speed and endurance in the water. Learn your swimming pace in order to maximize your training time and provide a more objective approach to your training. Prerequisite: Must be able to swim 25m non-stop.

Course number (34591) April 7 - June 30 Wednesday 12-1pm - 13 sessions.
Cost: $117 members and $140 non-members.

Course number (34592) April 12 - June 28 Monday 12-1pm - 11 sessions.
Cost: $99 members and $119 non-members.

ETS Spring Indoor Cycling

Put the final touches on your cycling preparations before you hit the roads this season. These 1.5 hours high intensity sessions are designed to boost your overall cycling power and fitness and will take you out of your comfort zone. Reach a new level of fitness this year.

Course number (34523) Apr 12 - May 3 Monday 10am-11:30am - 4 sessions
Cost: $64 members and $77 non-members.

Course number (34524) Apr 7 - Apr 28 Wednesday 10am-11:30am - 4 sessions
Cost: $64 members and $77 non-members.

ETS Advanced Spring Cycling

Finish your pre-season training with these high-intensity sessions to build your peak cycling power, threshold power and overall cycling fitness. You will be ready to hit the open roads this spring and hammer your riding partners. Don't get dropped by the peloton this season!

Course number (34519) Apr 12 - May 3 Monday 6:30pm-8:30pm - 4 sessions
Cost: $86 members and $100 non-members.

Course number (34520) Apr 6 - Apr 27 Tue 6:30pm-8:30pm - 4 sessions
Cost: $86 members and $100 non-members.

Course number (34521) Apr 7 - Apr 28 Wednesday 6:30pm-8:30pm - 4 sessions
Cost: $86 members and $100 non-members.

Course number (34522) Apr 8 - Apr 29 Thursday 6:30pm-8:30pm - 4 sessions
Cost: $86 members and $100 non-members.

Course number (34614) Apr 9 - Apr 30 Friday 9:30am-11:30am - 4 sessions
Cost: $86 members and $100 non-members.

Endurance Training Systems Spring Bike Camp May 5th to 9th 2010.

The Endurance Training Systems (ETS) coaching team is proud to introduce our first spring bike camp in beautiful Vernon and Penticton British Columbia. For athletes looking to get in some solid cycling volume in preparation for the upcoming racing season, this is a great camp to build your fitness. Vernon is the home town of Jack VanDyk so he knows many of the great training routes through the area which is often overlooked to the more popular destination of Penticton B.C.

Camp participants will be treated to many of the North Okanagan’s finest training routes on roads with little traffic, flat to rolling terrain, climbing and a full schedule of training. We will also head down to Penticton for one day to ride the famous Ironman Canada bike course.

Tentative Schedule;

Tuesday May 4th Travel and check-in day.

Wednesday May 5th
9:30-11:30am Easy 2.0 hours group ride.

12-1pm Lunch break (lunch provided).

1:30-4pm Group ride with sprint training 2.5 hours.

4:45-5:45pm Optional running interval session for triathletes.

6:30-8pm Group dinner and camp overview.

Thursday May 6th

9-11:30am Silver Star foothills interval training session (hills!).

12-1pm Lunch break (lunch provided).

1:30-5pm Easy aerobic training group ride 3.5 hours.

6-7pm Dinner/free time.

7:30-9pm Training talk and Q&A; session with coaches.

Friday May 7th

9am-2:30pm Long ride 5.5 hours.

2:30-3:30pm Break.

4-5:30pm Optional group hike in Kalamalka Lake Park.

6-7pm Dinner/free time.

7-9pm Preview of IMC bike ride and gear preparations.

Saturday May 8th

7-8:30am Travel to Penticton

9:30am ++ Ride the IMC course. Note not everyone has to ride
the “full” route or distance. We will establish short cuts
for those not interested in doing the full route.

4:30pm Travel back to Vernon.

7:30pm ++ Pub Night and group dinner.

Sunday May 9th

9am – 12pm Easy group ride up to 3.0hours.

1pm Travel home…

Our intention is to help keep costs down for this camp so we are exploring a few different options for accommodations in order to focus on the training. This will be dependent upon the total number of camp participants. Express your interest early so we can make the necessary arrangements.

What’s included in the fees:
• Coach led training sessions.
• Planned routes.
• Vehicle support on the longer training days.
• Basic mechanical support from coaches.
• ETS jersey.
• Two lunches.
• Sports nutrition products TBD.
• Coaches “chalk talk” sessions.

We will also have some items such as tires, tubes, chains, bar tape, derailleurs, cables and housing available for purchase if required however it is expected that each participant will have their bikes tuned up at a bike shop prior to the camp to ensure everything is in excellent working condition. SpeedTheory has offered to help camp participants with a bike check-up prior to leaving Calgary – more details to follow.

Cost: $550.00 for ETS Indoor Cycling Program participants and Talisman Centre
Triathlon Club members.

$650.00 for non-ETS and TC Triathlon Club members.

*Transportation costs, food beyond that provided and dinners are not included in the fees.


A non-refundable $150.00 deposit is required at the time of registration. The remaining balance is due 30 days prior to the camp (April 5th 2010).

Cancellation Policy:
If you decide not to attend and have paid in full, you will be refunded in full minus the $150.00 deposit 31 days or more prior to the camp. No refunds will be provided in the 30 days prior to the camp.

Endurance Training Systems/Talisman Centre reserves the right to cancel this camp. We will do so at least 30 days prior to the beginning of the camp. In this event, you will be issued a full refund. ETS/Talisman Centre is not responsible for fees associated with planning your trip, such as airfare, alternative accommodations, car rentals etc.

Exceptions to this policy cannot be made for any reason, including weather or personal emergencies.

Equipment and Clothing items to bring:

 Bicycle cleaned, tuned and ready to ride.
 Helmet
 Jerseys at least 4 (short and or long sleeve)
 Shorts at least 4 pair
 Cycling tights.
 Vest and/or cycling jacket.
 Base layers 2 to 3 lightweight.
 Rain jacket.
 Arm and leg warmers.
 Socks ( DeFeet Woolie Boolies or some other Merino wool type).
 Cycling gloves short finger and/or full finger.
 Cold weather gloves.
 Cycling shoes.
 Cycling booties or overshoes for added warm and protection if required.
 Eyewear/sunglasses.
 Chamois cream.
 Small tote or backpack for anything you wish to keep in support vehicles.
 Heart Rate Monitor and/or Power Meter (Power Tap or SRM or other).
 Sunscreen???
 Toiletries for clean up between rides.
 Comfortable clothing in case you decide to join for the optional hike.
 Running gear for the triathletes looking for some extra training.

Bottles/mix/food: If you will be arriving before a camp begins, remaining afterward or have specific nutritional requirements, please bring what food/drink supplies you will need for yourself.

Bottom line is to come to camp prepared for any type of weather. In addition it is a good idea to be ready physically for these camps prior to coming in versus doing very little and then having the camp ramp you up. We will be doing a ton of riding in this short period so we advise participants to get in some longer rides outside in the three weeks prior to camp. It is typical that in the two weeks post camp you may feel tired as your body begins the repair process, especially when you drop back to your regular training volume. But by week three many should start to feel the benefits of the big volume which is perfect for those training for late May and early June races.

To register and secure a spot please contact Jack VanDyk at 403.355.1259 or jvandyk@talismancentre.com.

Welcome Taylor Dawn Hindle!

On Novermber 19th at 11:58pm Taylor Dawn Hindle, was born at 7lbs 15 oz, 19 inches long. Congratulations to the new parents Laurel and Matt Hindle.

Welcome to parenthood...


ETS Winter Indoor Cycling Programs

The ETS Winter Indoor Cycling schedule is now available to view and registrations are now being accepted. Once again these are sure to sell out quickly so please contact Jack VanDyk directly to register and avoid disappointment.

We will be moving the ETS training environment into the Fitness Mezzanine located in the building which is home to Gyms 4 & 5 as well as the Lindsay Park Physiotherapy Clinic which looks out into Lindsay Park.

There will be change rooms and showers during 2010, on both the Aquatic and Dryland sides of Talisman Centre, although there will not be an Executive Locker Room during this time. On the dryland side, locker rooms and showers will be located where the executive locker room is currently located. On the aquatic side, the locker rooms will be where the Foundation Lounge currently is, and showers will be built on the pool deck.

Due to the large laydown for the construction trailers, cranes and other equipment, Talisman Centre’s parking lot will be reduced to between 170 and 200 parking stalls onsite. Of course, we are across Macleod Trail from the Erlton C-Train station, and the #10 bus stops near the entrance to our parking lot.

Despite these challenges we are proud to offer the same number of indoor cycling sessions and a new and exciting training environment. The ETS coaching staff is looking forward to this new move!

ETS Advanced Base Building
Continue to build upon the Fall base building programs with these challenging 2-hour workouts designed to increase your overall cycling abilities. The perfect training program for long distance cycling and triathlon events.

6:30 pm- 8:30 pm Jan 4-Mar 22 (34264) 11 classes
Member $225 Non-Member $270

6:30 pm- 8:30 pm Jan 5-Mar 23 (34265) 12 classes
Member $245 Non-Member $294

6:30 pm- 8:30 pm Jan 6-Mar 24 (34266) 12 classes
Member $245 Non-Member $294

6:30 pm- 8:30 pm Jan 7-Mar 25 (34267) 12 classes
Member $245 Non-Member $294

9:30 am-11:30 am Jan 8-Mar 26 (34268) 10 classes
Member $204 Non-Member $245

ETS Base Building – Winter

Continue to develop your aerobic base, pedal mechanics, cycling-specific strength and lactate threshold as well as VO2max and anaerobic capacity in a progressive manner leading into the cycling season. Individualized power training zones and a power profile will be developed for each participant to provide more accurate and
focused training.

10:00 am-11:30 am Jan 4-Mar 22 (34269) 11 classes
Member $176 Non-Member $211

10:00 am-11:30 am Jan 6-Mar 24 (34270) 12 classes
Member $192 Non-Member $230

If you will not be able to attend at least 60% of the course you wish to register for, please DO NOT register for it as we have had issues over the years with too many people not showing up regularly and taking spots that others can commit to. Please be realistic with your level of commitment.

As previously stated, ALL registrations will be processed through me and NOT the Customer Service Desk or online.

Registration Process:

1.Email or call me at jvandyk@talismancentre.com or 403.355.1259 with your course selection(s) from the list above along with cc# as I will process payment at the time of registering each person. Both methods are secure.

2.The date and time you send your email or leave me a voicemail will be used to process the actual order of registrations and as such makes this process "first come first served". There is no guarantee you will get the course(s) you select so register as soon as possible.

3.Once your registration and payment has been completed I will notify you of your registration(s).

4.A paper receipt will be provided upon participant request only.

Thank you.