Urban Endurance FAQ
I am new to triathlon. What does it involve and what can I expect from Urban endurance Tri Club?
Triathlon is an exciting multi-sport involving swimming, cycling and running (other variations include Duathlon: Cycling and Running and Aquathlon: Swimming and Running). Triathlon is the fastest growing sport in the UK, with people of all ages and abilities participating in it as an active lifestyle activity as well as a highly competitive sport. Urban Endurance is a unique club, open to people over 16, we are qualified coaches and movement specialists, so you can be reassured you are being looked after, getting the best out of triathlon and importantly avoiding injury. We have hands on experience in this fun and active sport.
I haven’t done a triathlon yet. Can I join?
Yes. You don’t have to race, you can just train and be part of this great sport. If you want to take part in a triathlon the club will encourage and support you in getting to and completing your first race. We also encourage members to help out and support others on race days.
How much training will I have to do?
This very much depends on what your goals are. As a member of the club the coaching team will be happy to give you general guidance and the sessions are varied and structured across the year taking into account weather conditions, safety and build towards the race season for those who want to race. As a club we do not insist that you join any of the club sessions or that you train in all 3 disciplines.
Do I have to race?
Not at all. As a club we aim to encourage participation and enjoyment of the sport and to do this in a friendly environment. Racing is not compulsory.
Do I need to be a member to attend club sessions?
If you are interested in taking part in the club’s activities, you are welcome to attend a trial session. After this we will discuss with you the membership options.
How do I join the Club?
Come along to one of the Club sessions and introduce yourself, contact us we can send you our membership details and application form.
How much does a year’s membership cost?
We have a two membership options, and various courses get in touch for more information.
- Urban Strength Club
- Urban Endurance Team
Does my Urban Endurance membership give me automatic membership of Triathlon England (TE)?
No. The club’s Triathlon England affiliation does NOT give our members automatic individual TE membership. We do strongly encourage all our members to join TE. Membership of TE provides a number of personal benefits and further enables the federation to undertake more work to develop the sport on a national level and offer greater support to our club aswell. You can join TE by visiting www.britishtriathlon.org
What time and where are the swim sessions?
Swimming courses are run in term time ,keep checking our blog for news and specialist training sessions and social run, rides and swims.
What is the minimum standard of ability required to join a club swim session?
Ideally you should be able to swim 50m front crawl (2 lengths of a “normal” public pool) at any speed without stopping, before joining the structured coached club swim sessions. If you cannot manage the distance we are happy to recommend swimming teachers to help you reach the first stage.
What if I can’t swim that well?
As a club we can recommend basic swimming lessons and 1 – 1 coaching with various people which will very quickly get you up to this standard. Please contact us and we will happily give you specific contact details.
What equipment do I need?
A well fitting swimming costume, trunks or swim shorts and a good water tight pair of goggles are all you need initially for swim sessions. We will provide various swimming aids and will advise on the potential purchase of other equipment that might be needed. For open water swimming you should have a suitable wetsuit (non wetsuit swimming is very limited in the UK and a good swim wetsuit will also help with your personal safety). Our friends at Total Fitness Bath have all the details needed to fit you with the correct wetsuit. Other options of course are hiring suits.
What time and where are the bike rides?
Your membership allows you access to Velo Club Walcot rides also visit our Facebook page for social and specialist rides to be announced.
Do I need to ride a racing bike?
No. However, you will find riding a road bike on the road easier than a heavy mountain bike and learning the skills of road bike riding will obviously benefit you if you plan to race. If you are going to use a non road bike we do recommend that you fit your bike with smooth or lightly treaded road tyres rather than knobbly off road tyres as these will slow you down. To get more info on road bikes, triathlon specific bikes visit our friends Total Fitness Bath.
How fast and long are the bike rides
Group bike rides are structured to offer different speeds and distances depending on how fast and far riders wish to go on the day. Groups are broken down by individual ability and then by distance (anything from 1 hours riding). visit Velo Club Walcot for more info.
I’m really slow, will I get left behind?
No. A rider (normally one of the coaches or ride leaders) rides with the slowest group to ensure that no one is left behind no matter how slow you are. You are probably not as slow as you think.
Do I need to wear a helmet?
Yes. It is a requirement of club rides that you wear a helmet. No helmet no ride!
What time and where are the run sessions?
Visit our timetable here.
How good a runner do I have to be to join the run sessions?
As with the swim and bike disciplines the club sessions are designed to cater for all abilities. Ideally you should build up to the point where you can jog steadily at a pace where you can talk to the person beside you for 20 minutes without stopping. One session a week will focus on interval type training and the other will be a longer, endurance based run.
I am really slow. Will I get left behind?
Run sessions are structured to ensure that no one gets left behind.