Message from previous Club President, Ian Crafter
On behalf of the Committee of the Dubbo Triathlon Club I would like to invite and encourage anyone thinking about getting involved to get in touch with us so that we can arrange for one of our friendly Committee or Club Members to meet you for your first race or training activity.
You don’t need to join the Club straight away to take advantage of this what the club offers. Attend a few free training sessions and see what we offer as a club before deciding if this is the right sport for you. You may wish to start with just running, cycling or swimming sessions, or any combination of those to build your fitness and confidence over time.
To further help you transition to the sport we encourage team entries in all of our local club races meaning you can have 2 or 3 people competing as a team with one doing the swim, one the ride and one the run. This is a great way to learn about the sport of triathlon, improve your fitness and meet members in a supportive friendly environment.
Newcomers can attend up to three Club race events before having to take up full membership, although we do remind you that the earlier you join, the better value you get for your annual membership fee.
We look forward to welcoming you to the Dubbo Triathlon Club!
At Dubbo we know that it can be very daunting for first time triathletes, don’t worry everyone had to start somewhere. So please get in touch if there is something specific you need information on.
Alternatively check out our General FAQ’s that may help put your mind at ease.
Q. I’M ONLY NEW. HOW FAST IS EVERYONE ELSE?
A. Dubbo Tri Club has members that attend training sessions for the first time all throughout the season. Training sessions are organised so you can complete the set at your own pace. Members are usually grouped into fast, medium and not so fast groups. Importantly, no one is keeping track on just how many laps you have completed….so it will not be obvious if you are last!
Q. WHAT DISTANCE SHOULD I START WITH?
A. This is an entirely personal choice. The short Dubbo club races offer race and transition practice in a friendly and supportive environment.
Q. WHAT DISTANCES ARE A TYPICAL TRIATHLON?
- An enticer race is (generally): 125 m Swim, 9 km Bike, 2 km Run
- A sprint race is 500 m Swim, 18 km Bike, 4 km Run
- An Olympic (standard) race is 1500m Swim, 40 km Bike ,10 km Run
- A half ironman (70.3) is 1.9 km Swim, 90 km Bike, 21.1 km Run
- An iron distance (Ironman) race is 3.8 km Swim, 180 km Bike, 42.2 km Run
Q. HOW OFTEN SHOULD I BE TRAINING?
A. 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 can build up to at least 2 runs, 2 bikes, 2 swims and a stretch (or yoga / pilates) session each week, though longer courses may require additional training sessions. It is considered good practice to have one day per week as a “rest” or no exercise day.
Q. WHAT GEAR DO I NEED?
A. 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 and you do see these in shorter triathlon races. A trisuit (one or two piece) is also handy in races.
Q. DO I NEED A COACH?
A. Again, this is a personal choice. At the beginning you may want to come to all of the club training sessions and seek the opportunity to chat to other athletes whilst joining in with a training session. Some members like the discipline of following a set training plan, other members have to fit training in around work, family and other commitments and need the flexibility that having your own training plan can give. You can also research training plans online.