FAQ

 

Read below for the answers to the most frequently asked questions. If you can’t find the answer to your question/concern, feel free to contact a board member or email recruit@caltriathlon.com


What does Membership encompass?

With your $225, once-a-year membership, you receive:

  • 10 fully-fledged, coached practices
  • 150+ new best friends
  • 1 sleek Cal Tri t-shirt
  • 1 pair of swim paddles and buoy, and a swim cap
  • The chance to attend Training Camp and Training Days in exotic locations such as San Diego, Tahoe, and Lake Del Valle
  • The opportunity to race all over California and the US with Script Cal emblazoned across your chest

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Is it too late to join?

It’s never too late to join! We let people join our team any time of the year (except during summer break when the team is not fully active, but we do hold unofficial practices)

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Do I need to be a student to join?

You do not need to be a student to join. We are open to all students, staff, faculty and community members.

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Do I have to race in order to join?

You do not have to race to be on the team. Plenty of people join Cal Tri just to stay in shape and to get their “beach bodies”.

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What should I do to join or try out the team?

There are no try-outs – we accept everyone who wishes to join. If you’re interested in joining, you should do any or all of the following:

  • Come to a team practice or team meeting! You get two weeks of practice for free without any commitment. We recommend Thursday Track or Saturday Rides as they are the most heavily attended practices.
  • Join our email list-serve to get up-to-date announcements on our current practice schedule and team events. Click here for instructions on how to sign up for the list-serve.
  • Talk to someone on the team, either in person or by sending an email to recruit@caltriathlon.com

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What shape do I need to be in?

The great thing about triathlon is that even though it seems so intimidating and demanding, ANYONE can do it. We really do mean that – people on the team have come from all sorts of backgrounds, including never having laced up running shoes or swam over 1 lap before joining. We guarantee that regardless of where you start, you’ll only get faster from there.

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What does the team offer for beginners?

  • Swim: Lanes are always split from Beginner – Medium – Advanced. There will always be people in the same boat as you, and there will always be multiple coaches who are more than happy to be volunteering their time to help you get to where you want to be. Wednesday swims are split into advanced and beginner/intermediate practices. Also, Thursday swims are especially catered towards technique and stroke
  • Bike: Friday afternoon bike rides are the best time to get comfortable biking in a group. The pace is slower and conversational, and the routes are much less strenuous. Word has it that they usually turn into Taco Friday Rides too…
  • Run: Thursday Track is the best time to meet tons of team members as well as our Run Coach, Seth, who will help you with form, injuries, and any other questions or concerns you have. At any run, there will always be a group to run with as the level of athletes is extremely widespread.

Team meetings on education and general social events are also offered throughout the year to get to know your teammates on a better level, without the stress of practice. Our Education Director will make presentations specifically catered to concerns that many of you have so keep an eye out for those on our calendar.

If you’ve got any questions at all, don’t hesitate to talk to any Board Member or email our Head Coach who is literally the most helpful and caring Coach one could ever ask for.

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Can I join even though I can’t make it to all the practices? What is the time commitment to join?

The commitment is really whatever you make of it. You can still be a member of the team even if you cannot make that commitment and attend the practices you can, or practice on your own and race with us. We do encourage you to come out to our team practices though to get to know everyone!

Many people also organize uncoached, informal practices amongst themselves, either to make-up for missed practices or to supplement their training. There are also open hours for all 4 pools (Spieker, Hearst, Golden Bear, Strawberry Canyon) and for both tracks (Edwards and Golden Bear), as well as plenty of spin classes offered at RSF.

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Where do you guys practice?

Many run and bike practices meet at Kroeber Fountain, which is located across Cafe Strada at Bancroft and College. Other runs such as Thursday Track take place at Edwards Track, and may head over to the Strawberry Canyon Fire Trail or Clark Kerr’s Track. Swims are split between Spieker (the main NCAA pool), Hearst, and Golden Bear (Clark Kerr pool). For specific information on routes, head over to Members -> Rides and Runs.

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How can I get some of that sweet Cal Tri gear?

All members who pay dues receive a Cal Tri t-shirt, a swim pull buoy and paddles. To satisfy all your other triathlon-gear wants and needs, check out the Tri Store. Also, be sure to get on the list-serve for information about bigger sponsorships regarding bikes, uniforms, wetsuits, and cycling kits.

If you do not live in the area, but still want to buy Cal Tri gear, contact our Apparel Director at apparel@caltriathlon.com.

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What equipment do I need?

At the bare minimum, you will need goggles and a swimsuit for Swimming; a bike and helmet for Biking; and running shoes and comfortable clothes for Running. Many people don’t invest in a bike their first semester or year, however, and get their training in by attending our spin practices if the bike is an issue. Under the Members -> Education section, our Education Director (education@caltriathlon.com) has created a more comprehensive presentation on how you should spend your money when entering the sport. The team’s many sponsorships and connections will help you get all the triathlon-related goodies that you will want and need once you get into the sport.

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Do I need a bike? What should I do if I don’t have one?

You don’t need a bike to join the team, but if you are interested in racing you’ll eventually need one. You can always use an old commuter that you have lying around to ride, and a lot of members join the team without a bike and purchase one only after they’ve decided they’re ready for the commitment. We realize that bikes are an investment, which is why we have a sponsorship with Sports Basement to make it more affordable for you to buy one. For more information on buying bikes, check out our members section.

If you don’t have a bike, going to spin classes at the RSF is strongly encouraged.

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Do I need a wetsuit?

You do not need a wetsuit to join the team. Many people rent wetsuits from Sports Basement or find a fellow team member to borrow from. Some races are in pools or warm bodies of water and you will not need a wetsuit. Some races are in the open water and you’ll want one to keep you warm. We have sponsorships and discount codes made available to members to make buying a wetsuit affordable.

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What distances do you race?

The team’s official schedule consists of Sprint and Olympic distance triathlons. Sprints have a swim between 400-800 meters, 12-18 miles bike, and 5-7K runs. They take between 60 to 100 minutes to complete, depending on the course. Olympics have swim between 1400-1700 meters, 22-25 miles bike, and 9-12K run. They take between 2 and 3 hours to complete.

We also have many team members who have achieved the title of Half-Ironman or Ironman, and thus you have plenty of good company if either of those are among your eventual goals.

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When is your racing season?

Our racing season with the West Coast Collegiate Triathlon Conference (WCCTC) is in the spring, between March and May, although many of our members continue racing at age group races all the way through October. For WCCTC races, we travel to university campuses up and down the California coast. Our season culminates with Collegiate Nationals (variable location within the US) and Wildflower.

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A lot of these posts are password protected, how can I view them?

Many of our posts are password protected because only members of the Cal Triathlon team are allowed to view them. If you are a dues-paying member of the team and wish to have access to these pages, feel free to email our webmaster at webmaster@caltriathlon.com or our president at president@caltriathlon.com asking for the passwords to each page. We will send these out throughout the year, so keep an eye out for the corresponding emails!

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