A triathlon is a combination of swimming, biking, and running all done in a single race. Triathlon season starts in March and lasts until November, so there are races all year around to compete in. The club competes in numerous races throughout the year. Every late April we send a team to Collegiate Nationals to compete against other collegiate teams.
There are basically four different types of triathlons: sprint, olympic/international, half iron, and iron distance. Sprint triathlons typically have a 250-750m swim, a 10-14mile bike, and a 5K (3.1 mile) run. Olympic distance triathlons consist of a strict 1500m swim, 40K bike, and 10K run. An ironman distance race is a 2.4mile swim, 112mile bike, and 26.2 mile run. Half ironman is exactly half of the distances in a full ironman. The club typically competes in sprints and olympic distance race. However a lot of club members also race the longer distances too.
Only current NC State students are allowed to join the club. If you are interested in joining show up to a practice and introduce yourself to everyone. It's a great way to get a feel for what the triathlon club is about. Anyone can join the club even if you have never raced a triathlon. Email the club at email@example.com if you have any questions.
Are there requirements/try-outs to join the club?
The only requirement is that you be a NC State student that pays club dues every semester/year and volunteers at one event per semester. We do not have try outs, but we do only have a select number of slots the club can send to Collegiate Nationals each year.
No. Most members do have some background in one of the three sports. Chances are their will be someone within your ability level at practices. The club is not a varsity sport, and our main focus is having fun while promoting a healthy lifestyle. Prospective members need to be able to swim. We can help you improve your swim technique at some club practices.
It cost $35 for females and $50 for males per semester. For a year long membership it is $50 for females and $75 for males.
Paying members of the club will gain access to our customized moodle page where members can organize individual workouts with other team members as well as access to group workouts throughout the week. Through this members can get customized training plans and ask questions to our own Coach Brooks Doughtie. Members get access to all the sponsor discounts. The club also has uniforms that members can purchase. We currently have one-piece triathlon suits from Champion System. If you place you're order early enough, we can customize the triathlon suit with your last name on the back.
The basics are goggles, a bike, and running shoes. If you are thinking of racing more than 3 races in a year we highly recommend you become a USAT member.
Sign up to be a USAT member at the USAT website. It costs $45 for a year membership. If you aren't a USAT member at every race you have to pay a $10 one time fee to cover liability and insurance fees for racing. If you race more than three races a year it saves you money to be a USAT member.
No, any bike will do. Some people train on mountain bikes. However you may decide to upgrade as you keep training. If you need help with picking a bike one of the club officers can help you decide. The club gets a 10% discount on bikes at Inside Out Sports.
FS Series has a lot of local triathlons, duathlons, open water swimming, and running races.
Setup Events is another great race production company that has races in North Carolina in their Inside Out Sports Series and TrySports Triathlon Series.
Finally there are some great Aquathons (swim-run) put on by our Sponsors One Step Beyond.
Yes, we get 40% off the select races from FS Series
»Cary Long Course Duathlon
»Cary Long and Short Course Duathlon
»Cary Short Course Duathlon
»Inside-Out Sports Olympic Triathlon at Beaverdam
»Triangle Orthopaedic Sprint Triathlon
»Washington Triathlon Weekend Presented by Inside-Out Sports
»Washington Sprint Triathlon
»Battle at Buckhorn Triathlon
Contact the Club President or Secretary for the discount code.
Definitely! Plenty of people in the club are amateur bike mechanics from just dealing with equipment problems. I suggest you at LEAST know how to change a tire. You never know when you will need to.
Contact Chris Fundanish at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss this further.