It’s good to be back - Swimming Cycling Running

As a very social club the COVID period has been both difficult and challenging for people to stay focused on training for races that have been pushed out or cancelled, but thanks to our creative Clubmates, technology and some coaxing through inter Club competition we have managed to keep in touch with most of our membership.

As always the safety of our Club mates and families and the community at large has always been the focus of our dedicated committee and to this aim, most of our face to face training for the last number of months has been cancelled.

In order to return to club training, there are a number of steps the Club has to take to ensure the safety of participants going forward for all events for the foreseeable future.

The first is for any member to attend a training event they must first fill in a Training Attendance form. This form allows you as a participant self check your health and wellbeing in relation to COVID, it also enables the COVID Officer to keep track of people attending events should there be a COVID case amongst any club member or an associate of that member, this will aid in the contact tracing should it be necessary.

This form should be filled in on the day of the event before you meet up with any other clubmates. The form must be filled in for every event, training meetup or group swim.

The data collected from this form will be confidential to the COVID officer in line with Triathlon Ireland guidelines.

Who are we

Tri-Lakes triathlon Club was formed in 2009 when a group of like-minded enthusiasts were preparing for a season of long-distance swimming and then a few bikes were bought and it all started from there.

With a little experience, a lot of sore bums, a few mistakes and a lot of heart, gradually the club grew from strength to strength with a committed committee driving the club forward and with more members gained more experience and less sore bums and fewer mistakes!

Today the Club has more than 100 members ranging from pensioners to pre-schoolers! and has vast experience from 4 world championship Ironman qualifiers to long-distance swimmers to ultramarathon runners to people who don’t know their gears from their goggles.

Membership

Remember you have to be a member to take part in Club events and club training sessions, so make sure your card is the up to date card, there are loads of options when taking out your membership so make sure you pick the right one for you. Just make sure you pick TriLakes as your club.

Become a member here

Why Join Tri-Lakes

By joining Tri-Lakes triathlon club you get the benefit of years of experience, you get the support of fellow triathletes to train and have fun with. The club subsidises various training sessions for athletes along with arranging regular cycling events and swimming sessions.

There are a Thursday morning swimming session and Sunday club cycles, online spinning classes and lots more fun ways to join in. We run running sessions in Belclare and have various open water swimming days in the lakes in the area and in Salthill. Keep an eye on our calendar and be sure to join in!

Whats App Group rules

The Whatsapp group belongs to everyone!

If you’re looking for a training buddy or have a query or want to share some info, feel free to use it.

It can be a great starting point. However, there are over 100 people listening so keep it to the point!

Then if your chat is going into a long thread, you can move off this rather large group chat and finish discussion elsewhere.

So if you see a query unanswered, it’s usually because the person was contacted privately, not that no-one responded!

Here are some simple tips to follow:

  • Keep an eye on the time, people work on shifts and have kids don’t text before 9.00 am or after 10:30 pm.
  • If your message is just for a few people PM them we don’t all need to know the conversation.
  • Don’t use it as a running commentary of your training blog.
  • Always keep to the purpose of the group! Don’t share irrelevant messages about other topics.
  • Don’t be offended if others leave. Not everyone wants the same information.
  • Do politely excuse yourself before you leave a group.
  • Do not have one-on-one conversations in the group. Switch to private messages.
  • If a message asks for a positive response like an RSVP, don’t reply in the negative. Only say if you are able to attend.
  • If someone asks a question and you don’t know the answer don’t respond with “I don’t know”. Just wait for someone who knows the answer to reply
  • Do not discuss weight, size shape of anyone, bikes are ok though, remember what you find funny may scare other people off.
  • Banter is not an issue as long as it is Club/Event relevant without being insulting, but keep it short, if necessary move it to another group.

Upcoming events

Sunday Social Zwift Sessions

Bike TT Series

Unfortunately, this event has been postponed until further notice due to COVID 19 restrictions.

Our annual TT series is being put together at the moment and dates and locations are going to be announced soon so get on your bike and ride!

Most of the courses will be out and back of varying distances. So get ready to test yourself against the clock.

Ths series is only open to fully paid up members of the Club.

Entry forms are available here.

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