NEW MEMBER & BEGINNER SESSIONS
All of BTC training sessions cater for beginners to experienced athletes so don't feel shy, once you join up feel free to come along to any sessions that the club holds. We have a great team of coaches that will make you feel welcome and all our sessions can cater for any range of ability, so don't worry, come along and get started.
Our next members week will commence on Monday 5th February.
NEW MEMBER ENQUIRY FORM
Come along and get into triathlon with BTC. If you are not yet a member of BTC you are welcome to join in our Swim or Run sessions, however for insurance reasons you must be a member of BTC to join in with Brick (Ride/Run Session and our Beginner Cycling session.
Our Last New Members Week included the following activities.
Beginners Ride: Approx 45min - 1 hr ride around Mosman, easy pace, tips and tricks for road/group riding. Bel Fong as your ride leader.... followed by Coffee in Mosman.
Beginners Brick (Members only) - extra coach on hand for new members, no need to sign up, just turn up at the session and introduce yourself to the coaches. Bring $5 for training session.
Beginners Open Water Swim - 2:45pm at the Clubhouse. We will have an extra coach to take a new members open water swim session. No need to sign up, just turn up with your $5 training session fee, goggles, towel etc
Don't forget you don't have to wait until beginners week, pop along to our coached sessions and introduce yourself to the coaches who are all friendly and supportive of new members.
First timer in the sport of Triathlon? Welcome..
At BTC we know that it can be very daunting for first time triathletes, don't worry everyone had to start somewhere. As part of our club committee we have a new member liaison so please get in touch by filling out the form above on this page.
Below you fill find a list of General Newbie FAQ's that may help put your mind at ease. And if you're keen to join, check out the section down below these FAQs.
+ I’m only new. How fast is everyone else?
Balmoral Tri Club has members that attend training sessions for the first time all throughout the season. Training sessions are organised so you can complete the set at your own pace. Members are usually grouped into fast, medium and not so fast groups. Importantly, no one is keeping track on just how many laps you have completed….so it will not be obvious if you are last!
+ What distances are a typical triathlon?
An enticer race is (generally): 300 m Swim, 10 km Bike, 2.5 km Run A sprint race is 750 m Swim, 20 km Bike, 5 km Run An Olympic (standard) race is 1500m Swim, 40 km Bike ,10 km Run A half ironman (70.3) is 1.9 km Swim, 90 km Bike, 21.1 km Run An iron distance (Ironman) race is 3.8 km Swim, 180 km Bike, 42.2 km Run
+ What distance should I start with?
This is an entirely personal choice. The short BTC club races offer race and transition practice in a friendly and supportive environment. The sprint races run by Triathlon Australia at Kurnell are also popular beginner’s races.
+ How often should I be training?
This depends upon your target race, the level of proficiency you want to achieve and your base level of fitness. As a general rule of thumb you can build up to at least 2 runs, 2 bikes, 2 swims and a stretch (or yoga / pilates) session each week, though longer courses may require additional training sessions. It is considered good practice to have one day per week as a “rest” or no exercise day.
+ Do I need a coach?
Again, this is a personal choice. At the beginning you may want to come to all of the club training sessions and seek the advice of the Energy Link coaches. Informal club training sessions also offer the opportunity to chat to other athletes whilst joining in with a training session. Some members like the discipline of following a set training plan, other members have to fit training in around work, family and other commitments and need the flexibility that having your own training plan can give. You can also research training plans online.
+ What gear do i need?
You need a pair of swimmers, goggles, bike, helmet and running shoes. If you only have a mountain bike, don’t worry, it is common for people to start out on mountain bikes or commuter bikes and you do see these in shorter triathlon races. A trisuit (one or two piece) is also handy in races.
+ Nutrition? What is that?
Race nutrition refers to energy gels, sports drinks and/ or energy bars that provide energy for you during your triathlon race or during training sessions. Each athlete and each race distance has different requirements so it is worth researching and then testing your nutrition before race day.
+ What should I pack for race day?
This is a common question. Please see our suggested packing list. Please be aware that not all things are needed for shorter race distances.
How to Join
Triathlon Australia and Triathlon NSW use a compulsory membership model, in which all (racing) BTC club members are required to also be members of the State Association.
THIS MEANS IN ORDER TO JOIN BALMORAL TRI CLUB YOU MUST ALSO BE A MEMBER OF TRI NSW
TRI AUSTRALIA FEES
Junior $31 (5-11 years)
Junior $63 (12-19 years)
For further TA fee information, coaches fees, pro licences etc see here. Tri Australia has a family discount of 20%, and BTC offers a family discount of 40% (1 adult & 3+ kids, or 2 adults & 2+ kids)
SO FOR AN ADULT THE ANNUAL FEE TO JOIN BALMORAL TRI CLUB IS $180 (TRI NSW + BTC)
Membership of TriNSW has significant benefits for members, including cheaper race fees and third party insurance when training and racing.
The TRI Australia system (active.com) will automatically renew your membership on 1 July. If you would prefer to manually renew, go to 'Manage your Membership' to turn auto renewal off. You can manually renew for the 2017-2018 season now via your member portal.
Ready to sign up? Joining the club is simple: join Tri NSW here and select Balmoral as your club.
Got some questions? Get in contact with our New Member Liaison Officer by leaving your details on our contact form above.
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