Triathlon club to offer race training

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— There will be plenty of training and techniques to go over.

But the real gain of the Triathlon Club is that when participants look over and see someone else going through the same thing, they make more progress.

“A big part is group camaraderie,” said Amy Charity, who with Dustin Fulkerson will be leading a four-month training series through the Old Town Hot Springs. “There is nothing like working out together and making progress. A big piece of it is the fitness and the accountability. But it’s a huge dynamic with the people you’re training with.”

The club begins May 2 and will culminate Aug. 28 with the Steamboat Springs Triathlon.

Training will feature four days a week of guided instruction by Charity and Fulkerson.

The club is designed for all abilities and focuses on getting people ready for a sprint-distance triathlon July 24 at Steamboat Lake or the Aug. 28 Olympic-distance Steamboat Triathlon.

“It caters to anyone,” Charity said. “The bulk of people are fairly new to triathlons. But it’s for anyone that’s used to triathlons.”

The training will focus on swimming, biking and running and the techniques that go into each. There will be special segments on bricks — long bike rides followed by short runs — to get people’s legs used to that.

It also will have instructions on transitions, address when to eat during a race and have two open water swims to get people used to the water.

“That’s one of the biggest things is getting out in the water and getting used to the wet suit,” said Charity, who completed the Ironman Switzerland in 2008 and coached a triathlon team in Washington, D.C. “It’s about knowing what it’s like with others swimming around you.”

The cost for the training is $400 for hot springs members and $600 for nonmembers. People can register by calling the Old Town Hot Springs at 970-879-1828 or by signing up at the front desk. Charity will host a meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Old Town Hot Springs.

Charity said the club is three-quarters full and encouraged people to sign up as soon as possible.

“It’s building endurance and confidence,” Charity said. “It’s being sure that you’ve done the training necessary to get through the race.”

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