Hello, I've just completed my second marathon and I'm looking for a new goal to set my sights on. Triathlons look like a ton of fun and setting a longterm goal of eventually finishing an ironman will really motivate me to put the training time in. But thats a ways out! First I need to spend some serious time in the pool. I can swim to survive... but distance swimming and open water swimming is something I've never done. So first thing out of the gate I'm hoping to find a private or group swimming instructor to teach me the proper stroke technique for use in traithlons. I'd like to find someone in Rhode Island or southern Mass if possible. I'm thinking its best to start right out of the gate with proper instruction before I start guessing and teaching myself bad habits.
I'm also interested in connecting with training groups for eventually swimming, and currently running and cycling. I have so far not turned up much in terms of clubs in Rhode Island online. Does anyone have any info, links, know anyone? I'd appreciate any info.
Are there any gym's with pools that anyone recommends in Rhode Island? Any that are favorites of other triathletes? I know there are a few YMCA's with pools but so far thats all I've turned up. Any info on connecting with the triathlon community and coaches in the area would be much appreciated.
Thanks very much.
After seeing the weather report, can't you just swim out the door? Or maybe inside the house? Sorry to hear about the flooding; I hope you are not affected. Can't help with your question though.
Nah! I need to work on my stroke in a pool first and get it down before I risk swimming down 95 south! : )
I am lucky that I wasn't affected personally other than having to detour around many closed roads due to flooding. At least today the rain stopped for the most part... but were not out of the woods yet. Many of my friends however were not so lucky. We'll bounce back though!
I don't know about clubs and such... my family moved from Rhode Island 20+ years ago.
But I would reccomend the Barrington Triathlon (I think it's called the "Bayside YMCA Triathlon" now. I have fond memories of watching my mom complete that when I was a kid. At some point in the next couple of years I hope to go up and do it once... just for the sake of sentimentality.
I did come across the listing for that Tri. I'm not sure when my first one will be. But that would definitely be one to put on the calendar when I'm ready. I still need to buy a tri bike and seriously work on my swimming before I'll be ready. Which I'm really looking forward to!
I am happy to also report that I've managed to find some Rhode Island based communities of triathletes as well as some swimming instructors as well. More info is always welcome but I'm off to a good start!
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