Triathlons Council: Swim. Bike. Run.

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Triathlons Council: Swim. Bike. Run.

Council Chairs: Norman Seavers

Creator: Megan Hutchinson

Purpose: To connect individuals and groups who currently participate or are interested in triathlons.

To share "best practices," especially as they relate to efforts to provide access to groups traditionally underrepresented in the sport.

For anyone interested in information, tips, resources, questions, and/or curiosity within the world of triathlons.  http://www.usatriathlon.org/

Members: 44
Latest Activity: Aug 8

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Tri Club Challenge

Started by Michelle Harburg. Last reply by Jayson Jackson Feb 16, 2011. 3 Replies

Hey all,If you are part of a triathlon club, think about doing The Nation's Tri on 9/11 as a team race. There is a great Tri Club Challenge for teams bringing more than 10 people. Prizes include free…Continue

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Comment by Miriam S Lynch on August 8, 2017 at 11:22am

In July, our Triathlon Council hosted a Twitter Chat with our Triathlon Council Chair Norman Seavers & our Aquatics Council Chair Thaddeus Gamory . If you have any further questions be sure to use the #diachats or email us at info@diversityinaquatics.org

Twitter Chat Triathlon Answers.pdf

Comment by Mark Rauterkus on August 12, 2011 at 4:44pm
In our Pittsburgh Public Schools Summer Dreamers Camp we did a biathlon.

Everyone got a yellow swim cap with a number on it - sharpie. We used a Time Trial start with a new "go" for the next racer every 30 seconds. It was okay to pass or be passed on the course. Total time counted, of course. We'd subtract the difference from the start time from finish to make the race 'fair.'

Ours was a 100 yard swim. Swimmers began in lane 6 for 25 yards, then over to lane 5 for 25 yards, then lane 4 and 3, in a snake like fashion. At the end of lane 3, the lane line was attached to lane 1 to make the lane go wide at that end to signal that that was were to exit the pool.

Run was barefoot in a grass field outside. Swim pool is right by a side door. A course was about 320 yards with 3 points to hit. They ran around the flagpole, (about 50 yard line), then back to the school's wall, then through the football practice field goal post and back to the pool. We had 4 course marshals at each change of direction to cheer. Then in the pool again they swam 25 yards to finish -- in lane 1.

If the kids could not swim that far, kicking with a kick board or water polo ball was permitted. Same too with the use of a life jacket.

The kids got a taste of an endurance event. Most of the times were between 6 and 12 minutes. Results went straight onto a poster board chart. #, time of start, name, split after 100 swim, final time on clock, total time (after subtraction of start delay), place. 
Comment by Mark Rauterkus on August 12, 2011 at 4:15pm

Woops. My message to all about our summer camp biathlon should have gone onto the wall. Sorry. 

 

100 swim + 320 run + 25 swim. Time trial start on :30-second intervals. Barefoot run in grass field. Yellow caps with numbers for each participant. 

 

Hard work and good experience.

Comment by Jayson Jackson on May 9, 2011 at 10:37am

Here's a great article on Megan Hutchinson aka Hutch from the Centre Daily Times.

 

PSU triathlete draws strength from family

Comment by Michael on February 25, 2011 at 3:20pm

Jayson that is a great idea, but it takes a lot to pull it off.  I started a tri club a few years back and that was our club goal to host a triathlon.   We decided to do a youth triathlon and it was a huge success (pool swim better control of bodies and safety).  It took about 15 months to plan and then run our first race.  We decided to continue in the two years following our first race.  Each year our numbers increased and the word of mouth was impressive as people were asking and calling about it when we decided not to host the fourth tri. 

Hosting a triathlon is doable and something that will take a lot of planning and checking out especially if you want it sanctioned  (which I highly recommend).  Either type, Adult or Youth, it would be good to get folks involved in a new opportunity for cross training and exposure. One of the entry points for folks in our community (Ames, IA) was in providing a youth triathlon it gave us a chance to work with the kids in three different disciplines and expose them to a new sport.  It also was a way to increase children's activity levels in the summer and an entry point for parents to ask about our Tri Club.  Prior to the clinic it was a way for us to host swim clinics, bike clinics, run clinics and the overall preparation for the triathlon.  Several of the kids in our community have continued and became hooked on the sport and particpate in elite level youth triathlons. 

I would be interested in serving on a planning committee toward planning a triathlon.  Contact me at runtrimn@gmail.com

 

Comment by ERROL DUPLESSIS on February 25, 2011 at 2:55pm
Absolutely.  Contact me at 757-570-3520 or Errol@LakeRawlings.com, and I am confidant we can work out the details.  Please call.
Comment by Jayson Jackson on February 25, 2011 at 2:37pm
Could we have a DAP Triathlon at Lake Rawlings as a fundraiser?
Comment by ERROL DUPLESSIS on February 25, 2011 at 2:33pm

This is a great sport . . . if ever your triathletes need an open water training facility, please consider Lake Rawlings in Rawlings (Brunswick County), VA.  Our driveway is a mile long, plus the country roads are accessible for running and cycling.  You can visit our website at www.LakeRawlings.com, or call 804-478-9000.  Hope this helps.

Errol Duplessis

Comment by Michael on February 9, 2011 at 7:41pm

Another interest area for me.

I purchased a bike a few years ago and received a wetsuit with the bike.  I am like Ms. McCray, I don't like to wear it because it definitely heats you up. Additionally, you ride a bit higher in the water.  I formed a triathlon club a few years ago and one of the pre-race activities our club would sponsor is an open water swim clinic. This was a chance for people to come out and tryout their wetsuits and practice starts for the triathlon.  The feedback recieved was great as people felt more comfortable practicing and using their equipment a few times before the actually competed in a race with it.

Check stores like play it again sports for wetsuits or check other media outlets (triathlon blogs).  The key in wetsuits is making sure it fits correctly.  A friend wore a wetsuit that did not fit him and had some pretty bad chaffing and rashes in spots on his body, which made his ride and run very painful. :)

 

Is there anyone in the Ohio area that is interested in training for local race? 

I have competed in several triathlons (Sprint, International) and want to jump back into the competition flow.  My goal is to begin competing again to prepare for 1/2 Ironman and Ironman in a year or two.   The beauty of Tri's is that the training is great and keeps me motivated.  Something different to do everyday, I just love the training. 

Comment by Adrienne McCray on February 3, 2011 at 12:39pm
I'm not a great swimmer so I like wetsuits for triathlons because of the added buoyancy.  You can definitely feel the difference. With that said, I won't wear one if the water temps are too warm, for me about 72+ degrees, because I feel like I'm going to overheat.  I've tried the full-sleeve suits but unless the water is really cold (below 60 degrees) I prefer to go with sleeveless because it feels less restrictive to me.  Some stores will rent them, which is a good way to figure out what size and type you feel comfortable in before you purchase one.  Some will even credit your rental fee towards purchase of a new wetsuit.
 

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