An invitation for triathlon training partners:
There is a small group of us who have met through postings here, as well as on Active.com and other triathlon related message boards who get together informally for running, cycling and swimming workouts (and twice for an ocean swim). We all enjoy training and find that the opportunity to train with others is very motivating and makes a positive difference in improving our conditioning.
Although most of our group rides and runs are in the South Bay and West LA areas, some of us are open to other venues.
I'm trying to get more people on our list so there are better chances of at least 2, 3 or 4 people getting together at the same time. There are mostly women but some men in our group, all living around the Los Angeles area. Some are beginners and some have been doing triathlons for 3 years. Several of us swim in the same Master's program.
We don't care how fast you are, we don't care how old you feel, we don't care if you only want to bike, but we do care about helping each other improve. And we all want to compete in triathlons. Some just want to finish, some dream of winning their age group.
I'm hoping to find people to train with at least once a week. But it's up to you and your busy schedule as to how often you make the effort to join us.
If anyone out there reading this would like to get on my email list for group training sessions including group rides, running, ocean swim practices, etc., just send me your email address. I also include other triathlon training related info such as recommendations on training materials, articles, books and web sites, info on Master's Swim programs, plus info on local triathlons (and aquathons), 5K/10K races, pier-to-pier ocean swims, etc.
Just to be clear, neither I nor any of our group are tri coaches, although we do share our accumulating knowledge with each other and discuss our training methods and ideas. This is not a club or anything you have to pay to be part of, just a very informal group of people who sometimes train together.
Email me at email@example.com and I'll put you on my email list for up coming training sessions.
All are welcome to join the fun, no purchase required!
Redondo Beach, CA
hi, i am interested in starting to train for a triathelon. Which one are you training for? When are you all meeting?
We have 2 people in our group who are only a week to a few weeks into their training for doing a sprint triathlon, so if you want to join us and can run or bike at all you'll have people to partner with on your training. A couple others have not been training since their first tri last October, but will be starting up again this week. Plenty of beginners here.
Some of us are looking to do the Redondo Beach Triathlon June 11th as a season opener. It was my first tri last year, partially because it's where I live, but also because it's one of the shortest races you'll ever find, making it a good one to start with. It has a 1/2 mile swim, 6 mile bike and 2 mile run. If you want to start racing sooner there are races in April and May also.
As to when we meet, well it's fairly informal. I usually meet with a couple people near Santa Monica College for a long bike ride Saturday mornings and in the South Bay on Sunday mornings.
Usually once a week or so I link up with someone to go running in the late afternoon or early evening during the week after work. Some get together for running on weekends as well.
On Tuesday and Thursday nights I swim in a Master's swim program at Mira Costa High School's pool. You can either do the formal interval workout or just do lap swimming.
I make all my training sessions open to whoever wants to join me.
Where do you live? If you are near the South Bay, West LA area, or even Orange County, I should be able to get you going with a few training partners at your level.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll send you our next group training email.
I'm interested in training with your group. Where do you do your running workouts and how often? I'm planning on starting ocean swims in mid-April, and would be much more comfortable swimming in groups. Are you doing any ocean swims yet? (I'll send you an email also.)
Update: Still welcoming new training partners!
It's been just over 6 months since I made the original post above looking for training partners. There have been quite a few people who have emailed me to join our little group of triathletes in the Los Angeles area. Out of that large group, almost a dozen have participated in our loosely organized training sessions. But we are still open to anyone else who wants to join in.
As this thing has evolved, we mostly have people from the South Bay and West LA areas who tend to train together one to three times per week. Additionally, we have others all around the metropolitan area including Orange County, the Inland Empire, etc. So if you live too far from the coastal zone to train with us, there are others looking for training partners who you may be able to link up with through our group. Think of this as a sort of training partner co-op. Besides, sooner or later you will want to do some ocean swimming with a group, and you can do that with us whenever you feel like it.
Let me give you an idea of what we are doing currently. Usually we do a group ride of 2 to 3 or more hours on Saturday or Sunday morning. There is almost always a group starting from Santa Monica and/or Redondo Beach. Also on the weekend, we try to make one day a swim/ride brick or a ride/run brick. The week before a sprint tri we will usually do a time trial on the actual course.
During the week we try to get in a group ride in the early evening for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or do some intervals, and on another day sometimes do an ocean swim practice.
Several of us have joined the same Master's Swim program held at the Mira Costa High School pool in Manhattan Beach on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30 to 8:30 PM. Others swim at Santa Monica College.
Although we do run together sometimes, most of our group training is on the bike, in the water or a brick.
We have all levels of triathletes; from those still gearing up for their first sprint tri, to some who have a couple years experience. Our ages range from the early 20's to over 50, and about an equal number of men and women. Although we are not a formal enough group to be called a club, and no one goes around claiming to be a coach, we do learn a lot from each other's experience.
We have had people complete this year in the UCLA IronBruin Reverse Triathlon, the Redondo Beach Triathlon and even one who did the Brazil Ironman. We have people preparing for the Pendleton Tri (Olympic distance), the Los Angeles Tri (Olympic distance), the Carlsbad Tri (sprint), the Santa Barbara Tri (sprint), the Malibu Tri (sprint) and the Hermosa Beach Tri (sprint). We also have a couple people, including myself, who have done some of the Playa del Run Aquathons (1,000m swim & 5K run, no bike), and plan to do more of them.
The emphasis here is on having people to train with as a motivational tool. It's a lot easier to drag your butt out of bed on a weekend morning if you know your buddies are expecting you.
I normally send out a group email around mid-week with the various options for group training in different areas, plus an overview of how the training went the previous week. We also send out race reports about the triathlons and other events we participate in telling about our own personal experiences and adventures trying to get from start to finish line.
So if you want to join the fun, email me at email@example.com, and I will add you to the group emails and hopefully you will find a new way to stay motivated and improve yourself.
Redondo Beach, CA
interested in some ocean swims if you are doing any..I sent you an email. I'm in Carson.
I'm interested in joining your group for triathlon training. I ran my first marathon in 2004 but have not been running steadily for over a 1 1/2 yrs. but want to get back into training and doing a triathlon. I live in Santa Monica.
Send me an email at dougboswell.verizon.net, and I will put you on the emailing list.
Also, please tell me: I know you're new to triathlons, but do you have a road bike and/or a wetsuit yet (not all that necessary just yet)? How far do you run and how long does it take (or what pace do you run at)? Are you doing any swimming? Is there a particular triathlon you are planning to participate in?
We have a group ride starting in Santa Monica this Sunday morning. Also, we are doing an ocean swim, followed by a run and a ride Saturday morning in Hermosa Beach.
Glad to have you join us,
Redondo Beach, CA
Could you put me on your mailing list? I would like to try to make it to some of the group training. I am currently following a purchased training program from active.com designed by Gayle Bernhart (coach of the men's and women's olympic team) and it is a motivator, but the bike is my limiter and I would like to learn more and ride with a group.
I actively competed about 7 years ago, life got in the way and I started again last summer. I intended to do the Redondo Beach Tri, but had a significant bike crash and was too injured. I am sked for olympic tris on 23 July, 27 August and 24 September.
In responding similarly to the message query from Connie, I have a road bike and I have a wetsuit.
Thanks for continuing to organize. I live in the South Bay.