Okay, 2005 is here and it’s time to make those New Year’s resolutions. If one of them is to do your first triathlon or train smarter this year here is a helpful hint, join a triathlon club. I’d recommend this even before you consider hiring a coach. Why do you ask? I’ll give you an answer for beginners and seasoned triathletes. As a beginner you have decided to add triathlon training to your already busy schedule. Maybe you have been running 5ks, 10ks or training for a marathon. Maybe you want to test your skills off your bike or maybe those master swim classes have motivated you to cross train. Whatever your reason you already know you’ll need some help but where do you get it? You may find your best resource is your local triathlon club. First, you’ll meet experienced triathletes. Triathletes tend to be nice people. Many experienced triathletes are willing to help newbies. Second, you can train with triathletes. Club or group workouts are very motivating and soon you’ll start feeling like a triathlete, making you less likely to flake out. Third, you’ll gain access to club resources; whether it’s getting a discounts at the local bike shop, running shoe store or possibly borrowing a wet suit for your first race - clubs offer many valuable resources. Many clubs offers workshops that can teach you racing tactics. Triathlon clubs also give you a chance to make new friends. For seasoned triathletes, joining a triathlon club can introduce you to new training partners. Jumping in a workout with people at your level or better gives you an opportunity to be pushed. Since training basically is about the overload principal, most people respond to training with other people by going a little harder and a little longer, overloading more effectively. Many people have used these new support systems to shave seconds or minutes off old personal records. When does a coach fit in? For some people it depends on their financial situation, for others it is about finding the right coach. Many clubs offer coaching referrals and members will usually recommend their favorites. You can ask you fellow triathlete questions on their coach’s training programs, specialties and personality. Maybe a potential coach will lead a workshop or write a club article. It gives you a chance to make a well-informed decision. Make that New Year’s triathlon resolution and join your local triathlon club. Clubs are a great social outlet and offer community involvement. If you are already a member get more involved by leading a weekly workout or joining the board. Use your club for your benefit and to help others. And when you cross that finish line for the first time or hundredth time, wearing your team colors with pride or being cheered on by teammates, you will be glad you are part of something bigger than yourself.
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