We hope you will join us in this great sport, and we all remember just what it was like to have an idea but not sure how to begin… Remember there is always someone in the club who will be happy to answer your questions…and there is no such thing as a dumb question!
First of all don’t be put off by all the ‘fancy gear’, all you need to start is a pair of togs, a bike with two hard tyres, and a pair of running shoes. If you catch the SWIM-BIKE-RUN bug you can pursue better equipment then! Remember that we have plenty of amazing who are willing to help with discounts and plenty of experience and advice on what you need.
For those of you who are not swimmers but want to give triathlon a go, consider forming a team. There is bound to be a club member happy to do a swim for you. Post your request on our Facebook page close to the event.
Winter is duathlon season and a great way to build the basics. The season includes our own hosted event – the North Island Club Champs at Pukekohe.
It is often a good idea to come along to an event and be a spectator. Take a look at what is going on and you will be sure to see someone there that you can ‘relate to’. Don’t go away without making yourself known to someone and asking some questions. We are a very friendly group of people who are keen to share the fun of a sport we all enjoy. If they don’t know the answer to the question you asked they can direct you to someone who can. If you are shy you might find it easier to contact us by phone or e-mail with your questions. Either way, ask all the questions you have, there are no such things as silly questions.
How to get started on your journey
You may be a swimmer already or you may be someone who has not swum for years. You may have never swum before but want to give it a go. We suggest that you take yourself down to your local pool and join in the swim squads that are already set up for this purpose. If you are not sure where or who to ask, post a message on our Facebook page or send a message to the committee and we will point you in the right direction. We may even be able to suggest a buddy to chat to.
In summer the club runs brick sessions (swim, then bike, then run) from our club base on Okahu Bay (in addition to squads run by club coaches whom you are welcome to try out). We also run our beginner programmes as great options to get a true sense of what the sport is all about!
Medical or physical disabilities
If you have the goal of achieving a triathlon or duathlon but feel that your medical or physical disability may prevent this contact us to let us know your needs and which race you would like to have a go at. We will do all that we can, within our power, to ensure your race is successful and fun. Remember, nothing is impossible. We aim to provide events for everyone.
Wetsuit or no wetsuit?
This decision is pretty simple. Go with whatever makes you feel more comfortable in. Wetsuits help with buoyancy and keeping you warm in cooler water, but if you’re not comfortable swimming in it or getting out of it in transition, then stick to your favourite pair of togs! If you do wear a wetsuit, tri glide or similar round the ankles, wrists and neck, l make it all the more easier to take off. Your local wetsuit retailer will give you all the tips you need.
Check out blueseventy.co.nz for options.
Do I need a coach?
A coach will offer much more than a programme, they will have experience and information which you need to know in order to race well and have fun! They are not compulsory but really great to have if you have already started and now have set a goal to achieve a triathlon or Duathlon that may be bigger than your ability right now. The club offers plenty of advice and assistance in this area. We also have club members who are happy to be mentors or buddies to guide you along the way. So contact us and let us know your dream and we will do the best we can to help you achieve it.