Steamboat Springs There have been sunny and cloudless days, road bike sightings and glimpses of warmer weather.
It’s a reminder summer is coming, and with it comes the third year of the Old Town Hot Springs Steamboat Triathlon Club.
Registration for the club is open here. The deadline is April 16, and the club for athletes of all fitness levels is limited to 35 participants. The club runs from May 1 through Aug. 18.
“Last year, we had a great percentage of athletes returning,” head coach Amy Charity said. "For us, that’s a measure of success. It shows people got value out of it. We hope we can attract new people. It’s a nice way to spend a summer, get fit and and challenge yourself. It becomes a very tight-knit group by the end.”
In its first year, the group had 18 members, and 12 returned last year. All of the group's coaches are returning.
Charity said participants get an average of 10 hours of triathlon-specific training each week and 170 coached hours throughout the summer. The team also has informative meetings on various topics throughout the year, including nutrition, the physiology of training and bike maintenance.
Glen Light will return to coach the running and biking sections. Matt Stensland will help with the biking, and Amy Ackerman and Stensland will help run Tuesday practices that usually include a bike ride and a run.
Brad Piske will return to help coach swimming. The workouts are designed to get participants ready for the July 21 Steamboat Lake Sprint Triathlon and Aug. 18 Steamboat Olympic Triathlon.
“Overall, the expertise of the coaches is what I’m excited about,” Charity said. “The coaches have a lot they can teach to the group.”
The cost of the club is $425 for returning participants who are hot springs members, $500 for new members who are hot springs members and $750 for guest participants. The cost includes registration for the five-event Bald Eagle Lake Open Water Swim Series. Participants must be 17 and older.
Old Town Hot Springs announces new triathlon club for children
For Joy Rasmussen, creating a triathlon culture in Steamboat Springs is a passion.
But throughout the years, Rasmussen, a USA Triathlon certified coach, said part of the population always was overlooked.
“There was always a segment that seemed to be missing, and that was children and youth,” she said. “That and the fact we have so much potential here in Steamboat.”
To fill that need, Rasmussen helped set up the Old Town Hot Springs Youth Triathlon Club. Rasmussen also recently became a certified USA Triathlon youth coach.
There are two groups, one for children ages 8 to 12 and one for youths ages 13 to 16. The club will run from June 6 to 13 with swimming from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and a bike/run combo from 6 to 7 p.m. The club will continue from June 18 to Aug. 1 with swims from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and then a bike/run combo from 10 to 11 a.m.
The cost is $100 for registered swim team members, $335 for hot springs members ages 8 to 12, $385 for hot springs members ages 13 to 16 and $500 for guest participants.
Rasmussen said the goal is to help children get fit, understand transitions, work on nutrition and prepare for race day. The group is targeting a June 29 family triathlon at the hot springs. It also is looking at the IronKids event Aug. 3 in Boulder.
“The triathlon community gets bigger and bigger,” she said. “The best part about it is the kids. We may have some kids just looking to have fun and get fit. We may have kids who want to do this and put their heart and soul in it."
Find more information or register here. There also will be an informational meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Old Town Hot Springs.
To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email lgraham@SteamboatToday.com