UPDATED SEPTEMBER 27, 2013: Coach Tom here. We’ll announce our 2014 TRI 101 schedule on November 1, 2013.
It looks like training will begin the week of January 27, 2014 for either the Caveman Sprint Triathlon (275-yard pool-swim, 13-mile bike, 3.1 mile run) on Sunday, April 13, 2014 in Flower Mound and/or St. Patty’s Triathlon on Sunday, March 16. Both of these events are PERFECT first-timer, beginner events!
2012 was a VERY busy year for TRI 101. I am going to reduce my class size to 12-15 people.
Please keep reading! The FAQ’s are very, very helpful.
Now, you’re probably wondering, “Is this program really for beginners?”
90% of the entrants into all Dallas Athletes programs are beginner, novice, or intermediate athletes looking for help and instruction to achieve a fitness goal. You will find many TRI 101 athletes who run maybe once a week, who have not swam in 10 years, or who haven’t been on a bike in a long time! TRI 101 was created by Dallas Athletes founder and president, Tom Ryan. Tom was voted “Triathlon Coach of the Year” in back-to-back years by Competitor Texas Magazine. He is a four-time Ironman finisher and 20-year triathlete!
For more information, please contact Tom.
For the past seven-years, every session has SOLD OUT!
UPDATED, September 27, 2013:
How far is a Sprint Triathlon?
If depends if it is a pool or open-water swim. For example, our 2014 Caveman Sprint Triathlon is a 275-yard pool swim, 13-mile bike and a 3.1 mile run. The Texas Man Sprint Triathlon features a 500-yard open-water swim, 18-mile bike and 5K.
OK, how much is the program?
Always the money question. OK, big spender… here you go.
$229 Non-Dallas Athletes members
$199 Dallas Athletes members
I want to do this! How do I register?
Click HERE on November 1, 2013. That is when our TRI 101 programs begin. Then, dance like you’re the only one in the room!
If I signed up online do I need to come to a registration/orientation meeting? And when is the meeting?
If you want to meet with Tom and ask questions, then registration/orientation is GREAT time to have one-on-time. The orientation is HIGHLY recommended. There is a pre-swim at orientation to gauge your swimming ability, or lack of! Ba-da-bing! (FYI, the registration option is only available if the program has availability! (For the past five-years, every TRI 101 session has sold out.)
Is TRI 101 really for beginner triathletes?
90% of the entrants into all Dallas Athletes programs are beginner, novice, or intermediate athletes looking for help and instruction to achieve a fitness goal. You will find many TRI 101 athletes running maybe once a week, people who have not swam in 10 years and have not been on a bike in a long time! The single most important piece of information I can give you is… DO NOT OVERTHINK THIS ADVENTURE! Too much thinking often leads to negative thoughts, “I can’t do this” or “Everyone is faster and fitter than me.” PUH-LEASE! Just show up!
Does my TRI 101 entry fee include my entry fee for the race?
Your TRI 101 investment does not include entry fee to the race. Entry fee is the responsibility of the athlete.
I @#$! at swimming! What do I do?
At the first swim session we will gather all the information needed to place you in the right group. You need a swim suit. NO NUDITY in DFW pools! But, you may cuss underwater! Hey, that’s something!
What else do I get besides the training?
The best part of the programs is the Group Training Dynamic. Nothing beats training with people who have similar goals and attitudes. We also offer plenty of post-workout Q & A, training and nutrition tips and much more.
It’s tough for me to train after work, when are the workouts?
You will find workout options Monday-Sunday. Times vary based on the day of the week, but most days have early workouts. (Sunrise or before.) The only evening option is a swim on Wednesday. Times vary due to class schedule and sunlight.
What if I can’t make all the workouts?
You are not expected to make all of the workouts! Every Friday you will receive an e-mail containing the upcoming week’s workouts. Think of it as a dinner menu. Look at your workouts and compare them to the workout sessions. Then fit the workouts into your schedule. You can do one workout per week with the group or five. It is up to you.
Where do most of the workouts take place?
The majority of the workouts take place in the Coppell, Flower Mound, Grapevine, Lewisville, Valley Ranch, Las Colinas, Carrollton areas and roads near and around DFW airport.
What is the average age of the entrants?
We have folks from 16 to 65-years-old. The average age is 33. With a even percentage of men and women!
What do I need to get started?
First, register and tell three friends you’re doing a triathlon!
You will also need:
I have a mountain bike. Do I need a road bike?
This is a the tricky part of TRI 101. I am fine with you having a mountain bike. My concern is you! The reason I discourage mountain bikes is not that I don’t like mountain bikes! Rather, former TRI 101 athletes have told me they felt left behind when they rode a mountain bike. Why? Road bikes are simply faster than mountain bikes due to weight and tire width. If you need a bike, here are a couple of options for you!
I’m Interested… But I have more questions.
Contact Tom Ryan.
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