Triathlon Clubs around the UK

Do you belong to a club? Have you tried a club?

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04/07/2012 at 18:20
Very welcoming Would never have gone from none swimmer to IM in 9 months

Won club of the year in 220 mag twice in recent years and event of the year. This last weekend held a women's only tri on Sat and. Mixed Olympic on Sunday. Not bad for a small place
04/07/2012 at 18:31
Don't think it does ! Nice hoodies tho with my name on !
04/07/2012 at 19:23

I belong to two tri clubs because they both provide me with different things.

One does a lot of sea swimming, which is my main emphasis.  It is also very friendly and suitable for all abilities with the emphasis on socialising after the training.  It has a lot of very experienced athletes and also some good coaches and they don't mind if you are just a swimmer, cyclist or runner and never actually do a triathlon.  I OW swim with them a lot and occassionally cycle and run with them.

The second club comes with a gym and as well as doing the three disiplines they also put emphasis on general fitness and strength training which will complement triathlon training.  I tend to do the gym sessions and it also provides more variety when I am injured.  They also do Masters swimming sessions so I can improve my technique and speed in the pool during winter when OW swimming grinds to a halt.  However, this club tends to place more emphasis on competitiveness and the longer distance events which I find off putting and it does tend to discourage beginners.  For this reason they are not my first claim club.

MovingAlong    pirate
04/07/2012 at 19:25

My club have been fantastic, but ultimately primarily for the swim sessions. It was also a financial decision in that they offered OW swimming for peanuts and much cheaper than the nearest alternative (£10 per month, 5x OW swims per week + 1 pool session vs £6.50 per go at local lake) - evidently I don't make it to all of them - but some amazingly do!

Cycling doesn't really happen with people already having their own routines and little groups. Although they do a group turbo session once a week during winter months. There is a single run session per week, but most belong to running clubs as well (and there is a deal with the local running clubs that we can turn up and train for free).

So all in all, very good. No chance I would have made the swim cut-off at Outlaw without them,

Edited: 04/07/2012 at 19:26
04/07/2012 at 19:47

I did my first sprint tri early this 'summer'. I'm thinking about doing an oly and maybe middle distance next year. I can't do fc at the moment. I quite like training on my own but sometimes it would be nice to have company and outside motivation. Have looked into my local tri club (i.e.gone to the website0, BAD tri but haven't done anything about it yet. One thing that's put me slightly off is that you have to be able to do 400m fc in one go to join their swim sessions. I'm not there yet. But they do say that they can put you in touch with instructors. One thing which is for is that the lake they use for OW is 2miles from home. Not making any decisions yet.

MovingAlong    pirate
04/07/2012 at 20:13

I suppose I should really answer the questions though too!

Was I apprehensive? Yes, very. Thought they'd all be elite athletes. Turned out a few are, but as per most things there is the complete range of people. I'm still by far the worst swimmer though, but they've accepted me for what I am, and I get use to seeing people swimming under me, over me, around me at various points in the pool Its all good fun though!

Very welcoming though. Always keen to offer advice, some which is taken with a pinch of salt with people offering advice for the level they're training at rather than the level I'm at. And after my father-in-law (bike expert), they're my 2nd port of call with bike issues and there is never any shortage of offers for 'turn-up round my house with it and we'll take a look' & 'I'll have a spare one of those in the garage, let me dig it out for you'.

I also forgot they do a weekly summer cycling session which focuses purely on technique for climbing and cornering, and can also be used as a little bit of an interval work-out. I forgot because it only happens in nice weather, so ultimately has only happened twice this year.

The final selling point for them is that virtually all the sessions are within about 1 mile of my house so I really have no excuses for not going.

I didn't have the bottle though to tell them I was doing Outlaw, but that says more about me than them. I knew I was so poor at swimming when I entered that I thought they'd all laugh at me. They wouldn't have, and in fact probably would have offered many nuggets of advice, so me not having the bottle probably lost quite a valuable resource.

Britrisky    pirate
04/07/2012 at 23:16

I haven't tried my local club. Their website didn't come across as very welcoming, and I've looked at their times for events and am thinking they're all so much better than me. Plus their OW sessions aren't at a time when I'm free ...

I also feel like I'd be betraying my running club ...?

Would like to 'belong' to some group or other, though - am in T.A., so might look at the Army Tri association. If only to get the discount ...?

05/07/2012 at 07:43

i was in the same club as Dave for a year. The one that won "Club of the Year" last year. It was great for short distance stuff, but I found it of no value at all for long distance training. Quite rightly, the focus was on the needs of the majority, which was in Sprint, Oly and short distance stuff. The "long ride" on a Sunday typically attracted 2 riders that nobody else liked, and started at 9:00 in the morning, so didn't suit me as a family guy. Swim sessions were good, and so was the track, but a track sesh isn't much use for a noddy iron-trainer like me. So I didn't renew.

But I'm fancying the company and social interaction of a physical club again, so I might re-join or have a crack at Mersey Tri, the other mob local to me. Other alternative is to join one of the fantastic bike clubs local to me on the Wirral, and join a swim session too. To your point, KK, sometimes we might be better off training with single-sport people.

Edited: 05/07/2012 at 07:45
05/07/2012 at 07:57

I'm thinking of joining NEWTS (any NEWTS on here?) but like mikasa I'm a bit put off by the 400m time trial for new members.  I could probably just manage it (12 minutes) but want to do it all in fc.  My thinking is join in the autumn and train with them through the winter.  

05/07/2012 at 08:12

Britrisky... don't put too much emphasis on the race times.  Not all members will race and typically the stronger ones will race the most therefore biasing the results.

If I was to look purely at race times for my club I would never have joined.  We only have about 80 members and about 5 of them have qualified for their age groups so that would imply a strong club.  But there are probably only about 10 who race regularly.  The others might only race once a year or don't have the competitive spirit.  There are also a large number who join up for the sea swimming only (we get a lot of Channel and Solent swimmers) so they wouldn't appear on the race listings.  The social side (i.e having fun while training) plays a big part.

seren nos    pirate
05/07/2012 at 08:18

Dim TIM TRis........newts are always really friendly at events...........and slugs comes on here occassionally .........If they trained this side of newport i would be very tempted to join them.........

05/07/2012 at 09:31

DimTimTris please get on the NEWT website, get in touch with Kelly (dont miss this bit) & then get yourself along to Newport Sports Village next Tuesday. Dont wait till September, 2 months missed!. None of us particularly like the 400m TT, but get them done regularly its a great measure of how well you're going. Unfortunately I'm on a sabatical from tris for a period so wont be there for a while at least, but you'll be sure of a warm welcome, great training sessions, fantastic coaching & some really good mates. 

Ironholgs    pirate
05/07/2012 at 11:43

I'm a member of COLT ( City of Lancaster Triathlon ) and have been since they started. I'm on the committee and run the website, so I'm biased, but I think it's a great club. We have people of all abilities, doing all distances. We have fast rides and slower rides, coached swim sessions and OW sessions in the summer.

The run training is actually done by me, most of the time.

I can't think of anything bad to say about it, apart from the run training could be better

05/07/2012 at 13:24

Took me 2 years to pluck up the courage to join my local club, for swimming, and rides.

I thought they would be full of fit athletes, and I would be way too slow.......

turns out they are a normal bunch of people, covering all abilities, and are really friendly......  Recommended if you can get over the 'I am not good enough'

Oh and I won the fastest IM award last year - I was easilly fast enough so had been worrying way too much about nothing....


06/07/2012 at 07:59

Cheers Slugs, a great recommendation.  I'll get in touch with them.  Thanks!

06/07/2012 at 16:02

I will need to join my local tri club next year and although I'm not looking forward to it, it's the only way I can swim in the nearest OW round here (someone drowned there a few years ago so now the only way you can swim is 'supervised' and they only allow the tri club to hold supervised sessions).  I did my OW training for the Vit with a friend at a venue on the other side of the county but that's just not practical to do on a regular basis.  I'm totally terrified of going though as I've seen a few of them at tris and they are all super fast and I'm worried I'll be looked down on for being so slow.  I was speaking to one of them at the Vit last year and she was all lovely and smiley and 'come along we're not all fast and we're really welcoming'.  That was until I mentioned I was second from last out of the swim and T1 had taken me 15 minutes, then all of a sudden she couldn't wait to get away from me and heavily hinted that it would be adviseable to get faster before I started attending any of their training sessions   I did also try contacting them about swimming, as I thought maybe the lady who'd spoken to me may have been a one off, but no-one wanted to speak to me despite several emails to various people and a couple of messages left on phones.   

06/07/2012 at 23:20

SLIL, you would be well served at Mersey Tri, long distance focused is right, however, the 'not doing long distance' stuff at the other club, which is mine as well is probably just by bad luck, we kicked off a long distance section in 2004 and 12 of us did Nice in 2005, a few did Norseman the same year but its a bit hit and miss with training partners as the guys I tend to ride with go from Eureka cafe on a Sunday.

The issue with some clubs and doing long rides under the club banner is insurance, in todays world that can be a lot of pain for the club, so people organise unofficial club runs. Mersey Tri are well up for long distance and when I was doing Mallorca this year there was about 30 of them. I am sure they will be very welcoming.

Blisters    pirate
07/07/2012 at 00:12

I've joined Tri Team Glos
They are much more friendly than the running club I used to belong to. Cycling on a Saturday morning is a good group atmosphere, 3 lots set off, of different abilities. The mantra is that they don't leave anyone behind. Mind you, Groups 2 & 3 wait atop hills for stragglers, Group 1 send an ace back to help and you're supposed to tag their rear wheel and grunt back up to the peleton!

They are doing a lot to teach me how to swim properly. I've gone from 25m egg beater to being able to survive for 1000m. It's not fast, but it's only been 8 weeks. I'm chuffed with that.

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