What experience do I have to have before joining the team?
No experience is required. We have members from all levels from beginners to those who have competed Ironman triathlons. Our workouts are structured to be adaptable to any fitness level.
When can I join the team?
We accept new members at any time, although joining is strongly recommended at the beginning of the fall or spring semesters. You may fill out the membership form here at any time during the year, but if you want to receive reimbursements or discounts, you must turn your dues within the first 3 weeks of the semester.
How much are dues, and when do I have to decide if I want to pay them?
Our dues are $50 per year. You do not have to pay dues to practice with the team, but paying dues will allow you to receive partial reimbursements for races and exclusive team discounts.
Will I have time to train while getting good grades in school?
Absolutely, it just takes good time management skills. All of our most accomplished athletes are also high-achieving students. Furthermore, a regular exercise routine is known to improve your focus at work. These are good things to tell your parents when asking them for a new bike.
What are the typical triathlon distances?
• Ironman: 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run
• Half Ironman: 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run
• Olympic Distance: 1500 meter (.93 mile) swim, 40k (24.8 mile) bike, 10k (6.2 mile) run
• Sprint Distance: usually about one half of an Olympic Distance race
• Super Sprint Distance: Usually about one-quarter of an Olympic Distance Race
Who can finish a triathlon?
If you're reading this, the chances are pretty good that you could finish a triathlon. An interest in exercise and dedication to a training plan is all it takes. We will help you find a race that is suite to your ability level.
What do I need to buy?
At a minimum:
Swimming: Swimming suit, goggles, swim cap
Running: Running shoes
Cycling: Helmet, have access to a bike
If you find yourself enjoying triathlons, it may be time to invest in more gear, which you will learn about quickly. However, you do not need to start out owning the fanciest triathlon bike there is.