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Amy Charity coaches participants in last year’s Old Town Hot Springs’ Triathlon Club. The club is returning this year.
Steamboat Springs Adrienne Stroock previously had competed in triathlons, but she always struggled.
“My training plan was to do as much as I could and hope that would work,” she said.
That changed last year, when Stroock became a member of the Old Town Hot Springs‘ Triathlon Club.
She improved her times in each of her subsequent four triathlons.
“I ended up doing really well,” she said.
That’s why Stroock again will take part in the Triathlon Club, which offers 170 hours of coached training from May 1 through Aug. 19.
“I would totally encourage people that have never done a triathlon to do it,” Stroock said. “This is the way to do it. We had people that had hardly swim before go and do a race. If you think you’re interested, it’s the way to go.”
The club involves coached workouts Monday through Thursday. There are uncoached workouts Saturdays and Sundays. The workouts involve core, track, swim and ride days, among others.
The club is led by head coach Amy Charity. Glen Light and Amy Ackerman will coach running, and Zach Ruppel will coach swimming.
“We had a really broad range last year,” Charity said about club participants. “We had a few who had never done triathlons at all, some who had done some and some who were very limited in their swimming.”
Twenty people took part last year, with 15 of them regularly attending club workouts. Charity said 10 people already have signed up for this year. Although an enrollment cap isn’t yet in place, Charity said it would be somewhere in the 20s.
She said in addition to the training, part of the allure of the club is the ability to work out in groups. There is something to be said about struggling through a workout with others, Charity said.
“It was really fun,” said Tiana Egloff, who joined the club last year never having done a triathlon. “I didn’t know anybody going into the club, but we developed such great camaraderie. It was really great to have people you knew to work out with.”
The deadline to sign up is April 16. Call Old Town Hot Springs at 970-879-1828 or sign up at the front desk. Returning Tri Club members who also are Old Town Hot Springs members will pay $425. Hot Springs members joining the Tri Club for the first time will pay $475, and nonmembers will pay $775. Club fees include entry fees to the five-week Bald Eagle Lake Open Water Swim Series in July.
For more information, visit www.steamboathotsprings.org.
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