A triathlon can be an intimidating race, especially for beginners – but what a thrilling feeling it is once you’re standing at the finish line. If you’ve always wanted to compete in a triathlon, or would like to improve your time from a previous race, our TriFit triathlon training program starts May 22. We’ll be training to compete in the Allendale Countryside Triathlon, which is the Championship race for the West Michigan Tri Series, and the only indoor transition and finish in the sport.
A full triathlon is actually an Olympic event, but the triathlon as we know it comes in four different sizes – Sprint, Olympic, 1/2 Ironman and Ironman. It includes a swim, bike ride, and run (in that order). The Allendale Countryside Triathlon, which draws athletes from throughout the midwest, is a Sprint distance with a 5oo meter swim, 17.5 mile bike ride, and a 3.1 mile run.
If this triple threat is on your bucket list but you’re not sure where to start, our TriFit program will prepare you for the triathlon through:
- Weekly training plans
- Race day preparation
- Cross training, strengthening and core
- Fueling and recovery
- Pacing, transitioning, and tapering
- Support and access to experts
Top Notch Instructors
Our program offers three of the best in the sport. Gina Otterbein, PT is a Boston Marathon finisher who has also finished top in her age bracket at a number of triathlons. She has also completed BikeFit training and that knowledge can give you the edge when it comes to the biking portion of the event. Kelsey Wilterink, swim coach and trainer, is a prior collegiate All-American swimmer and active racer. Diana Painter, PT is a sports rehabilitation expert, past collegiate runner, and active racer.
Our TriFit program has limited space so early registration is strongly encouraged. This year’s Allendale Tri is expected to double in size and we can’t wait – it’s truly a great race and we love being a sponsor. If you have questions on triathlon training, TriFit, or fitness in general, get in touch with us via email or by calling 616.997.6172.