Steamboat Springs In her fourth season of doing triathlons, Adrienne Stroock surely has started to understand her place on the podium.
She spent the summer focusing on the Steamboat Sprint Triathlon at Steamboat Lake and the Olympic-length Steamboat Triathlon at Lake Catamount. In each race, she finished second, knocking multiple minutes off her previous times.
But with two young children and a full-time job, Stroock doesn’t always have the ability to train as much as she wants. That's why she again found value in the Old Town Hot Springs Triathlon Club.
After debuting last year with 13 members, including Stroock, the club wrapped up last weekend with the Steamboat Triathlon.
This year, that number swelled to 26 dedicated members, all of varying degrees of experience.
“We had such a wide range of people,” said Stroock, who set personal bests in both Steamboat triathlons. “We had people who never swam before. We had such a huge range of different ages and different athletic abilities, and everybody gets something out of it.”
The growth in the program was a minor concern at first.
But after the trial run two summers ago, head coach Amy Charity said she decided to bring on other coaches with good experience in the three disciplines to add to the program.
She brought in accomplished runners Glen Light and Amy Ackeman as well as former college swimmer Brad Piske to help in the pool.
“I think having the other coaches was really a good balance,” Charity said. “My tendency is always training more. Glen is very conservative. He reads the group well. The coaches met every other week and talked about how they were doing. Having Glen’s balance with mine and different tendencies was good.”
The results speak for themselves.
In the Steamboat Sprint Triathlon, 10 of the 13 athletes improved their times from the previous year. At the Steamboat Triathlon, all 10 who had done it the year before improved.
“I took off time, and I directly contribute it to the Triathlon Club,” said Gail Garey, who was in her second year with the club.
The class featured organized workouts but also information about nutrition and sports physiology.
Charity said the best part was seeing tangible results throughout the summer. She said that each year she learns something new and that she is already looking toward next year.
“I think we will hang onto a lot of the athletes that have done it this year,” she said. “Whether they were absolutely brand new to triathlons or group winners, they all progressed.
The Triathlon Club will return next summer for its third season. It runs from May through August.
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