Commitment, Patience, Perseverance & GRIT
This is a story about a true "Ironman." One who displays all of the qualities mentioned above and MANY more.
The "journey" highlighted below belongs to Drew Cruz. It summarizes his long and patient journey to achieve his dream: qualify for and become an Ironman World Championship finisher.
We hope you find this inspirational and informative.
Why Triathlon Camps are Incredibly Valuable
Triathlon training camps are incredibly valuable for triathletes of all levels. They are often a priceless piece of the puzzle as athletes work to become prepared for their key race(s).
However, not all camps are created equal.
Below we will examine what you can expect at a triathlon training camp, the differences between camps and other factors to consider when deciding which one you should attend.
Race Fueling & Nutrition
swim, Swim, SWIM
USAT Multisport Competition Rules
Team RTA Has a Bike Sponsor!
We are super excited to announce our first official Team bike partnership with American Bicycle Group, makers of Quintanaroo (QR), Litespeed and OBED.
ABG is an incredible company that prides itself on customer support and cutting edge technology.
BTW - did you know that QR invented the first triathlon specific bike back in 1987? YUP!
All current Team RTA members will receive EXCLUSIVE PRICING and a significant discount off of MSRP and the very best pricing above and beyond any promotions they offer.
ALL current Team RTA members can find all of the details and special pricing in the Team Email (from 12/1) and within the Team App under "discounts."
What did it take for me to complete my first 70.3 Triathlon?
Experienced Triathlete Decides to Go LONG
Meredith Kursmark is an experienced triathlete. She has finished 7 half iron distance races in the past and has qualified for USAT Age Group Nationals several times. However, she was ready for a new challenge.
In December of 2021, she signed up for IRONMAN Lake Placid. She knew she would need an experienced triathlon coach for such a big undertaking, so she began to search on IRONMAN U® for coaches to interview.
For years, Matt Durkin’s closest friend, an experienced triathlete, encouraged him to sign up for a triathlon. Each year, Matt declined because the commitment to training was daunting… plus, he wasn’t exactly the greatest swimmer. However, in December of 2021, Matt finally took the leap. Matt and his friend signed up for a half ironman the following June. Ironman Eagleman 70.3 was their target race.
Race Fueling & Nutrition
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Jeff Morin enjoys physical and mental challenges. He has proven this by his actions and isn’t afraid to jump outside of his comfort zone. The risk of intentionally making oneself become uncomfortable may seem big, and it is, but the reward is often priceless.
At the grand age of 50, Jeff proved to himself once again, he is unstoppable when he commits to a goal. Despite this, he will tell you: “IRONMAN training is not linear. It is a process.
LIVE on Tuesday, 12/14 @ 7pm
If you are a triathlete and want to learn the most effective ways to improve your swim, this webinar is for you.
We have successfully worked 1 on 1 with literally 100’s of triathletes over the years who are looking to improve their swimming ability. In Tuesday’s webinar, Coach Chris will discuss what has universally worked for EVERYONE.
Meet Gary Yerman. He is a husband, father and managing partner of a successful NYC law firm.
36 years ago, Gary suffered a freak accident when he was 19, playing football in Germany, while serving in the military. That accident left him debilitated and unable to run.
Despite undergoing 15 surgeries, his situation worsened over time. It got to the point where he was living in excruciating pain and dreaded having to walk more than just a few steps.
Exactly 2 years ago on December 5, 2019 he had a below-the-knee amputation and has never looked back. His goal was to become a triathlete.
Gear For Triathletes
The sport of triathlon requires gear. How much gear depends on the athlete and their goals. However, due to the nature of the sport (3 sports combined as 1).
If you're a new triathlete, there are likely things you'll want to purchase. It can be overwhelming and maybe a bit stressful when deciding what to spend your money on.
Obviously, you’ll need a bike (it doesn’t have to be a tri bike or even a road bike… hybrids and mountain bikes work just fine ;) and it’s also probably a good idea to buy a pair of running shoes and goggles.
However, apart from the obvious, below is a short list (in no order of importance) of what you may want to consider purchasing if it fits your budget.
4 Common Triathlon Distances
We recommend starting with a shorter distance first, even if your ultimate goal is a longer race.
How Long Will It Take Me to Prepare for My Triathlon?
However, without learning more about the individual athlete, the best answer that can be given is, “it depends.”
Obviously, this is a generic answer to a generic (yet common) question. Never the less, below I will highlight a few factors that can increase or decrease each athlete’s timeline as well as a list of a few ideas to consider when trying to determine what YOUR timeline should look like.
Needless to say, Matt is a naturally gifted athlete, but he’s not superman. However, he is goal oriented, determined, discipline AND as a happily married, father of 2 young kids, he doesn’t have time to waste. He also knows what he knows and knows what he doesn’t know. Those characteristics are what will make ANYONE successful in the sport of triathlon.
Rules Of The Road
Knowing the rules of the road will help keep you safer and also make you a better riding partner.
Below you will find our top 5 tips for various cycling situations, powered by our friends at Road ID.
Notes From Coach
RTA Virtual Rides
Strength & Conditioning
Women In Triathlon