Five smart things to look for when joining a triathlon club in 2010
Posted Feb 06 2010 7:00am
With the 2009 triathlon season over and the 2010 triathlon season quickly
approachingjoining a triathlon club is one of the best things you can do
for camaraderietriathlon training motivationnew friends in your sport,
and help with organizing and planning your workout days and training season.
But unfortunatelysome clubs can be a bit stagnantand may not provide you
with exactly what you need. The last thing you want is to be paying
membership dues so that you maybe get a jersey with a club name on itbut
not much else! So here are my 5 crucial elements that I recommend you look
for in a triathlon club.
1. Social Events: Triathlon training is certainly importantand organized
swimsbikesruns and cross-training events are importantbut it's also
nice to be able to get out and loosen you triathlon training tie with other
triathlon club members. Look for social events like bowling nightsskating
partiesfield trips and other extracurricular activities that take your
mind off the grind of training but still allow you to spend quality time
with other triathletes.
2. Forum: It is very useful for a triathlon club to have an online forum to
interact with other members of the clubto ask questionsto list gear for
sale or tradeto post training sessionsor to talk about races and race
results. The alternative is a messy e-mail inbox as letters fly back and
forth about where the swim is on Thursday night or when the next club
meeting might be. Assuming the triathlon club has a websitea forum is a
3. Meetings: Another crucial feature of a triathlon club is some form of a
structured get-together during which members of a triathlon club can meet
and greetlearn about upcoming eventsreview past eventssocialize and
maybe even have a guest triathlon expert presentation. Without regularly
scheduled meetings (i.e. the second Tuesday of every month)it's easy for a
triathlon club to just become another ignored detail in your life.
4. Gear: Your triathlon club definitely needs to be branded. With options to
put a logo on everything from cycling jerseys to hats to towels to hoodies
to bumper stickers to racing equipmentthere's no excuse not to have a way
for triathlon club members to wear a brand with pride! This is also a great
way to recognize other fellow triathlon club competitors at the races.
5. Clinics: It is important for you to be able to learn about the sport of
triathlon outside of the regular triathlon club meetings. Your club should
be able to organize tire-changing clinics at a local bike shopswim clinics
at a club member's poolor run clinics at the track. Continuing education
is another good way to socialize and interact with fellow club members while
also enhancing your triathlon abilities.
There are a variety of websites such as TriMapper that will allow you to
search for local triathlon clubs in your area. Be sure to look for these 5
crucial elements in your search for a triathlon club and you'll be sure to
wind up a part of a successful organization!
Ben Greenfield is the Renaissance man of the sport of triathlon.
He's a fast triathletea coacha personal trainerand much more more.