JOIN BALMORAL TRIATHLON CLUB
BTC is friendly, supportive group of people with a wide range of backgrounds and abilities. So, whether you are a complete beginner with no prior sporting experience, a seasoned athlete who is chasing world championship dreams, or you just enjoy being outside and keeping fit in good company, BTC welcomes you to come and train and race with us.
*Family is defined as either 2 adults + 2 children (under 18 yrs) or 1 adult + 3 children (under 18 years)
For further Triathlon Australia/NSW fee information including coaches fees and professional license fees, take a look at the Triathlon Australia membership fee webpage.
Triathlon Australia/NSW membership provides benefits including public liability and personal accident insurance cover while you are racing in and training for sanctioned events, and cheaper race entry fees. Find out more about member benefits here.
BEGINNERS & NEW MEMBERS
At BTC we know that it can be very daunting for first time triathletes. Don't worry - everyone had to start somewhere!
BTC has a New Member Liaison to help and support new members. If you have a question or need some advice, please contact us.
Alternatively check out our general FAQs to help put your mind at ease.
BEGINNER & NEW MEMBER FAQ’s
+ I’m keen to get involved in the club. How do i do that?
BTC relies upon volunteers to be able to keep providing events to club members. We always need volunteers at our club races, juniors race and aquathons. You don't need any prior experience, it's a great way to see what the events are like before you take the plunge yourself, and you'll get to know some other club members too! Take a look at the Volunteers page for more info and to register as a volunteer.
+ I’m only a beginner. How fast is everyone else?
BTC training session attendees have a wide range of abilities and pace, and we have new attendees joining us at training sessions throughout the season. Training sessions are organised by our coaches so that you can complete the session in a manner that is appropriate to your pace and ability. Where necessary, attendees are grouped into fast, medium and not-so-fast groups.
+ What distance is a typical triathlon?
Enticer distance: 300m swim, 10km bike, 2.5km run
Sprint dsitance: 750m awim, 20km bike, 5km run
Olympic (standard) distance: 1.5km swim, 40km bike, 10km run
Half ironman (70.3) distance: 1.9km swim, 90km bike, 21.1km run
Iron distance (Ironman): 3.8km swim, 180km bike, 42.2km 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 Garmin Triathlon Series races run by Hills Triathlon Club at Penrith 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 should build up to at least 2 runs, 2 bikes, 2 swims and a stretch (or yoga/pilates) session each week. 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. Some club members like the discipline of following a set training plan and will engage with the coaches directly to organise a personalised training plan. 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. A tri suit (one or two piece) is also handy for racing. Take a look at BTC club kits here.
+ Race nutrition? What is that?
Race nutrition refers to the food and drink you consume during races and training sessions, including energy gels, sports drinks and energy bars. 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?
Please see our suggested packing list. Please be aware that not all items are needed for shorter race distances.
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 2019-20 season are:
Week commencing 9 Sep-19
Week commencing 3 Feb-20
New Members Week training sessions are:
Track: Thursday 6.30pm at Rawson Park Oval, 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 7.30am at BTC Clubhouse, Balmoral Beach. 1.5 hours of bike and run training. Wear cycling/running gear and bring turbo trainer, bike, bike shoes, sunnies, drink, and a towel. NOTE: There will be no extra coach at this session. New members and beginners are still welcome to attend.
Open Water Swim: Saturday 3.00pm at BTC Clubhouse, 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. If you have a question or need some advice please contact us.
Remember - you don't have to wait until New Members Week! Non-members who are interested in joining BTC are welcome to try ONE of our regular weekly training sessions for FREE before deciding if they would like to join BTC. Find out more about BTC weekly training sessions here
READY TO SIGN UP?
Joining BTC is simple! Click on the below button to be taken to the Triathlon NSW membership web page, follow the steps, and make sure you select BTC as your club.
The Triathlon Australia membership system (Active.com) will automatically renew your membership on 1 July unless you switch the auto-renewal option off.
If you would prefer to manually renew, log into your account via the Active member portal to switch the auto-renewal option off.
You can manually renew your membership via the Active member portal here.