TRAIN WITH BALMORAL TRI CLUB
Balmoral Triathlon Club offers three professionally coached sessions per week from the start of September through to the end of April - Track, Brick, and Open Water Swim. Open water swim continues all year round (including May through to August).
Each session costs. $5.00. You can either pay in cash at the session or you can buy a 20 session training pass HERE.
BTC training sessions are run by our partners Energy Link Performance Coaching and cater for all abilities. If you are considering attending a BTC training session for the first time, please ensure that you arrive 15 minutes earlier than the start time so the Session Captain can greet you and introduce you to the coaches.
When: 6:30pm, Thursdays (start of September through to end of April.)
What: Track runs for 1.5 hours in total, including a warm up jog, dynamic stretching, the main session, core/strength, and cool down stretching. The focus of the main session is speed-play (changing pace) and tempo (running at specified paces).
It does not matter if you are a faster runner seeking podium finishes or someone who is just starting out – because we run around a 400m oval, we are all together throughout the session and start/finish at the same place. Whatever your ability, expect an intensive running session that will challenge you.
Bring: Drink, Warm Top, Towel (for core and stretching), $5.00
Where: Centennial Park (meet near the duckponds)
When: 7:00am, Saturdays (start of September through to end of April.)
What: Brick training runs for 1.5 hours in total, including a warm-up cycle, the main session, and core/strength and cool down stretching.
The main session comprises various combinations of cycling and running within the boundaries of Centennial Park. You will likely find yourself on your own for parts of the session so make sure that you arrive in good time to listen to the coaches briefing so that you know how many laps of cycling (on 4km loop) and what course to run (various distances). We use triathlon bike racks at brick sessions so that attendees can also hone their transition skills. Stick around after the session for a chat and coffee at the nearby coffee cart.
Bring: Bike, Bike Helmet, Bike Shoes, Run Shoes, Towel (for core and stretching), $5.00 (plus coffee money)
Prerequisites: We ask that attendees are confident cycling in groups on the road before participating in brick sessions. If you do not feel like you are ready to cycle on the road and/or in groups, take a look at some of the courses run by Bicycle NSW and keep an eye out on the BTC Facebook Members Page and BTC Newsletter for beginners/social ride dates (held every few months).
The session comprises a 300m easy warm up swim (from the clubhouse, along the yellow buoys to the island, and into the beach), the main session, and a 300m easy cool down swim (the warm up swim in reverse). The main session is approximately 1.5km of swimming broken up into ‘sets’ (blocks of swimming) which typically vary from 100m to 500m in distance, which may be aerobic (longer/steadier) or anaerobic (shorter/faster) in nature. At open water swim, expect to encounter a variety of challenging conditions throughout the year including waves, chop, and varying levels of water visibility and water temperature. This is a tough session but great for preparing for triathlon or ocean swim races!
Bring: Googles, Swimsuit, Towel, Wetsuit (highly recommended over Winter months)
Prerequisites: We ask that attendees can swim at least 1km continuous freestyle in a pool before attending open water swim training. If you are not yet able to swim this distance, check out our Resources Page for a list of swim schools and squads that may help. Open water swimming can be a daunting prospect, even for those who are good swimmers – if you would like to come along to a session to have a chat with the coaches and to see what the session is like, you are more than welcome.
INFORMAL TRAINING SESSIONS
In addition to the formal BTC training sessions, club members kindly volunteer their time to run weekly spin and periodic group rides.
When: 6:30pm, Tuesday all year round
What: Coach Lew from Energylink Performance Coaching runs an informal 1 hour indoor spin session for those who are looking to build their cycling strength but want some company and music whilst they do so. This is a great session for those who want to work on their cycling but are nervous about riding on the roads!
Bring: Turbo Trainer, Bike, Bike Shoes, Drink, Towel, Swimsuit (for cooldown dip at Balmoral Baths during Summer months)
Where: Mosman, Northern Beaches, Ku-ring-gai, or Hornsby area - route and meeting points tbc
When: Sunday morning – dates and meeting times tbc
What: Every few months we run group social rides to cater for confident cyclists and/or beginners. Keep an eye out on the BTC Members Facebook Page and the BTC Newsletter for upcoming events.
Bring: Bike, Bike Shoes, Bike Helmet, Puncture Repair Kit/Spare Inner Tube, Drink, Snacks/Nutrition, Waterproof/Windproof Layer, Phone (for emergencies), Money (for coffees)