F.A.Q.

Thanks for your interest in the MIT Triathlon Club! Here is some information you might find helpful.
Who we are:
A competitive MIT Club Sport team of MIT affiliates (students, post-docs, faculty, staff, and their spouses/partners) who train and race in multisport events. Our club is for people of all levels of experience and athletic ability. We have a USAT Certified coach, Bill Steele, who leads several pool and open water swimming practices as well as track workouts, Functional Movement Screening (FMS) sessions, and video recording with voice-overs to help optimize swim technique.
What we do:
We currently hold the following weekly group practices: Tuesday evening coached swimming sessions, Tuesday morning track workouts, Thursday open water swimming (in summer), Wednesday evening spinning sessions, Friday swims, and weekend club rides (often combining with the MIT Cycling Club. These fixed weekly workouts and others (led by individuals on the team) are posted to the team Google calendar on our website here. These workouts are generally confirmed and are first broadcast to the team via our email list: Reduce spam with javascript. Sign up using the link at the top of the Workouts page. All you need to do to practice with our team is sign a Club Sports waiver and bring it to your first practice (available here)
In addition to practices, we also race competitively in summer race series (FIRM Racing & Max Performance Races, for example) and in the Northeast Collegiate Triathlon Conference (NECTC.net). The club funds race registration and associated travel and lodging for many of the team-targeted races via reimbursements. To race with the team (and thus receive reimbursements), you must be an MIT affiliate and pay an annual $140 club dues fee (financial year begins May 1).
How long is a triathlon?
Triathlons are of various distances. The shortest is a sprint distance, which is usually 0.5 mile swim, 12 mile bike, and 3 mile run. Most of our club races will be sprint distance. Next is olympic distance: 1.5K swim, 40K bike, 10K run. A full ironman is 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and 26.2 mile run. Half ironmans are half of that. For more information about training and racing, check out beginnertriathlete.com or one of many other triathlon web resources.

 

Do I have to know how to swim?
While we have a range of swimming abilities in the club, a a basic knowledge of free-style (front crawl) will let you get the most out of the workouts. PE classes during the semester are a great resource if you're new to swimming. Additionally, our coach hosts 30-minute swim sessions after our weekly coached workout specifically designed to help beginners or less-experienced swimmers.

 

When is the season?
Triathlon racing season is during the Summer and Fall (June-October). The Northeast Collegiate Triathlon Conference races are from the end of August to the beginning of October. Collegiate Nationals are in mid-April. Most of us train almost year-round for various races and sports, so there will always be someone available to work out with if you so desire.

 

Can I join as a graduate/undergraduate?
Any MIT affiliates are welcome to join our team, though only full-time graduate and undergraduate students are eligible to race in the collegiate conference. The season consists of late spring, summer, and early fall races, with most of the collegiate races during the fall semester.

For more information regarding membership requirements and benefits, click here

 

How often do you train together?
We currently have a fixed-workout schedule that has group training options several days week, sometimes twice per day. Of course, you can attend these as fits your schedule and aren't required to go to every single one. There are coached swim sessions once per week, along with several other days when team members organize swim workouts. Sometimes people run together, but it tends to be difficult because of the wide range of running abilities. For cycling, there are occasionally team rides, and many club members also ride with the MIT Cycling Club. For more information on our workout schedule, join the email list and visit our Google Calendar.

 

How do I join?
First complete this online waiver and then come to a practice. Stick around if you like it. No fee for trying us out.

 

Is there a membership fee?
We collect $140 dues only from racing members (members who enter club-sponsored races and would like to be reimbursed for part of the racing costs). These dues will help cover travel, entry fees and accommodation for collegiate races in the fall, collegiate nationals in the spring and selected races in the summer.

Collegiate racing members have all club-funded races covered by this fee. For MIT affiliates, this fee covers 75% of the race entry fee, with travel coverage determined on a case-by-case basis.

Moreover, all undergraduate racing members get 1 FREE RACE and a USAT Membership

Dues cover a complete season from May 1 to May 1.

If you race with the club at least once, you will more than recover your membership fee.

In addition, members who attend coached swim and run practices and access our sponsorship deals pay a $30 club membership fee.

For more information regarding membership requirements and benefits, click here

 

What are the advantages of membership?
Training Partners: The main advantage is that you get a group of people to train with at least a couple of times each week. That works wonders for your motivation. See the Google Calendar for workouts, and keep an eye out for emails.

Coaching: Also, we have a swim coach, Bill Steele of Breakwater Sports Training, to organize workouts and focus on technique.

Race costs: Costs associated with club-sponsored races are fully or partially reimbursed; generally, if you do even one race with the team, you will more than recover the cost of the dues from reimbursements of entry fees, hotels, car rentals, etc.

Sponsorship: We also have several great product sponsors, who give team members huge discounts on sports-related products. Email tri-exec for exact details, but here are some examples: XTerra wetsuits (HUGE discounts, often over 50% off), Newton Running Shoes (free pair for those who race at nationals), Rudy Project (40% off eyewear and helmets)

If you have any more questions, feel free to email our club officers at To reduce spam, you must have javascript enabled

 

 

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Interested in becoming a financial or product sponsor? Email our sponsorship chair for details!

MIT Triathlete looking for a discount code? Email tri-exec