NEW MEMBERS & BEGINNERS
BTC training sessions cater for all abilities, from beginners through to experienced athletes. So, once you join up, feel free to come along to any of the weekly club training sessions. We have a great team of coaches and a great bunch of clubbies who will make you feel welcome and supported.
NEW MEMBERS WEEK:
We understand that some beginners may feel apprehensive about joining our regular training sessions. We run two New Member Weeks each season, during which there are extra coaches on hand to focus on the needs of beginners. If you feel nervous or apprehensive about starting out, come along to BTC training sessions during these two weeks.
New Members Week’s for 2018-19 season are:
- Week commencing 24 Sep 2018
- Week commencing 4 Feb 2018
New Members Week training sessions are:
Track: Thursday 6.30pm at Rawson Park Oval in Mosman. 1.5 hours of speed and interval running, including warm-up and cool down/strength & stretch. Wear running gear and bring a drink, towel and warm top.
Brick: Saturday 7.00am in Centennial Park (meet near the Duckponds). 1.5 hours of bike and run, including warm-up and cool down/strength. Wear cycle/race gear and bring a bike, bike shoes, helmet, running gear, drink, towel and warm top.
Open Water Swim: Saturday 3.00pm at the BTC Clubhouse at Balmoral Beach. 1 hour of interval swimming in Sydney Harbour. Wear swim gear and bring goggles, towel and a warm change of clothes.
You don’t have to book but please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the session start time so that the Session Captain can welcome you, introduce you to the coaches, and make sure you are settled and ready prior to the session start.
Remember - you don't have to wait until New Members Week! Non-members who are interested in joining BTC are welcome to come along to our regular weekly training sessions to meet the coaches, meet the club members, and see what the session are like.
Non-members can try one of each of our weekly training sessions for free before deciding if they would like to join BTC.
Find out more about BTC weekly training sessions here
NEW MEMBER ENQUIRY FORM
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's committee we have a new member liaison, so please get in touch by filling out the enquiry form below.
Alternatively check out our General FAQ's that may help put your mind at ease.
+ 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
THIS MEANS IN ORDER TO JOIN BALMORAL TRI CLUB YOU MUST ALSO BE A MEMBER OF TRIATHLON NSW
TRIATHLON AUSTRALIA FEES
Junior $32 (5-11 years)
Junior $71 (12-19 years)
For further Triathlon Australia fee information, coaches fees, pro licences etc see here. Triathlon Australia offer a family discount of 20%, and BTC offers a family discount of 40% (1 adult & 3+ kids, or 2 adults & 2+ kids)
Triathlon NSW membership provides benefits including public liability and personal accident insurance cover while you are racing and training in sanctioned events, and cheaper race entry fees.
Ready to sign up? Joining the club is simple: Join Triathlon NSW here and select Balmoral Triathlon Club as your club.
Got a question? Get in contact with our New Member Liaison Officer by leaving your details on our contact form above.
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