Frequently Asked Questions
Generally, we will train at or around the Paseo Maritimo in San Pedro. Every now and then we will spice up the training with MTB sessions, trail runs, runs on the athletic track, swims in the lake or 50m pool etc. Please have a look at our Heja application for any changes. Our general training schedule is:
- Mondays SWIMMING, Location and time TBD*
- Tuesdays 18:00-19:15, RUNNING & CYCLING, San Pedro Paseo
- Wednesdays 18:00-19:15, FUNCTIONAL TRAINING, San Pedro Paseo
- Thursdays 18:00-19:15 RUNNING, San Pedro Paseo
- Fridays 18:00-19:15, Mountainbike Training, Various locations
- Saturdays 12:15-13:30 POOL SWIMMING, Supera San Pedro
- Sundays LONG RIDE, Location and time changes
- Tuesdays 19:00-20:00, CYCLING, San Pedro Paseo
- Thursdays 19:00-20:00 RUNNING, San Pedro Paseo
- Saturdays 12:15-13:30 POOL SWIMMING, Supera San Pedro
- Sundays LONG RIDE, Location and time changes
* Pool times and location for pool swimming will be announced as soon as possible. Until then, Mondays will be rest days.
One would need running and cycling clothes and shoes, a bike (any MTB or road bike will do), a good helmet, a swimsuit, goggles and perhaps a wetsuit for open water swims when the water is colder (for adults only as we won’t swim in open water with the children outside the warm season). None of the gear needs to be expensive. In fact, we would strongly advise to start with cheaper or second-hand gear and upgrade as you learn and improve in the sports. We often exchange and resell gear, bikes etc. within the club. Especially for children as they tend to grow fast.
Yes! The more expensive the bike the more professional we look. Unfortunately, though expensive bikes will make you ride (marginally) faster, the truth is that most of us have way more room for improvement in training, mental strength and body composition than that we can ever buy in terms of bike and gear improvements.
Seriously, the most important thing is to get some wheels and to go out and ride them! Any bike will do.
Not really. A triathlon bike is more aerodynamic and makes you go faster on flat courses, in headwinds and at speeds above around 35km/h. As our training grounds are mountainous and we do a lot of climbing, a (lighter) road bike is actually more suitable than a triathlon bike in our region. That said, if you want to go fast on flat races (outside of Andalusia), a TT bike can improve your times if a) you are used to the bike and can remain in TT position b) the race is not too technical or hilly and c) you ride fast enough to gain the aero benefits! Our cycling coaches will be happy to tell you more.
For children we recommend to start with MTB bikes and move towards road bikes when their level of cycling technique is adequate. Our coaches will let the parents know when your child has reached that stage.
For adults, if you want to train open water swimming the whole year round you will need a wetsuit. Also for races outside summer, a wetsuit is recommended.
We won’t swim in open water with the children outside summer, therefore the tri-kids do not need wetsuits.
KIDS TRIATHLON & DUATHLON SCHOOL
No, but in order for the children to grow into a habit of training and into a long-lasting healthy life-style, we advise to join as many training sessions as possible. One hour of training a day may sound like a lot, but nowadays children are much less active than before. Our experience is that 1h/day will not get your loved ones tired. On the contrary, expect your children to have a lot more energy after training!
No, we take care of your child(ren). We are used to that. You are free to stay and enjoy the atmosphere or even train with us, but it is perfectly fine to run some errands, train yourself or just relax while the kids are training.
Yes, we understand the challenges of family logistics first hand. There will always be present at least some parents or coaches from 15 minutes before to 15 minutes after the training sessions. But please respect these times and in case of emergency at pick-up time, let us know by phone.
Not necessarily. Not every child is motivated and competitive all the time. While it is true that participating in a race is very good training, often a strong motivation factor and a lot of fun, there is no pressure. Some kids train for years before they feel comfortable enough to race. Other kids race in every training session.
We recommend a mountain bike for children when they start training.Mountain biking is an excellent way to develop crucial cycling skills and to quickly feel more comfortable cycling. MTB’s are generally cheaper, sturdier and less prone to damages. Also, because they are heavier, the children develop more powerful leg muscles. Road bikes can be used too, but they aren’t as versatile as MTBs given that we will do many cycling trainings on the trails.
When your child has developed sufficient cycling skills, our coaches will suggest to start using a road bike. Often we hand down road bikes within our club as kids grow pretty fast. These bikes are perfect for learning how to handle a rod bike and for using during the races.
Of course! He or she can start with duathlon and when the time is right, add the swimming sessions. Or maybe become a great duathlete! Our experience tells us that the support from their club friends will soon make the children want to try swimming. Our coaches could also offer a few private swimming lessons to get a head start.
My child is afraid of swimming in the sea or other open water. Does she/he have to join these sessions?
No, we will never force a child to do anything it is afraid of. However, as our coaches are very experienced, they will soon make the children feel comfortable enough to join the open water swim sessions and make small steps to becoming great triathletes.
No. Although we prepare our training programs and sessions in a way that the members should be able to participate in and reap the benefits of all training sessions, we all do have bad days, other things that pop up or simply times we cannot make it. As we are training frequently this is not a problem. Of course, we encourage all members to come as often as possible and know from experience that “just getting out of the door” is often enough to make it to the end of a training session and get that positive achievement feeling anyway!
Yes, this is one of the advantages of our club. There is no need to “waste time” just waiting for the children to finish training; you can join the older kids (our A-team) that trains at the same location. Rest assured, the level of the A-team is challenging enough for most parents. If not, you can always join the adult training sessions directly after the kids’s session on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Yes. Many good triathletes were non-swimmers when they started out. Actually, a lot of us have been there and experienced frustration or even fear over swimming. Rest assured, you will improve your swimming rapidly. Alternatively, you can join the club and train cycling and running first and maybe later join the swim sessions.
Not at all! Our training philosophy builds upon taking small steps and having all members improve at their own pace. Our coaches, however, are very skilled (swim) coaches and will quickly help you to become more comfortable in the open water.
Our aim is to have parallel training sessions with the “tri-kids” as this is practical from many perspectives (e.g. parents and kids training at the same time) and contributes to a great club atmosphere.
From 1st October, the adults train directly after the tri-kids on Tuesdays and Thursdays and at the same time as the kids on Saturdays. Adults: Tuesdays 19:00-20:00 (BIKE, San Pedro), Thursdays 19:00-20:00 (RUN, San Pedro) and Saturdays 12:30-13:30 (SWIM, Supera San Pedro).
Our adult members range from absolute beginners to podium finishers and world championship qualifiers. Part of our club culture is to have the experienced athletes mentor the beginner athletes and make them feel comfortable and progress faster. Our training sessions will be done in smaller groups at different levels to accommodate for all members.
In our tri-school we have a relatively high number of beginners which makes the threshold for joining a bit easier. We also have more experienced athletes. We try to mix the kids during certain activities so that the newer ones progress as fast as possible.
Whilst it is not strictly necessary to wear club gear during the training sessions, we would prefer if our members used a tri-suit in our club colours during races. For training sessions we use our high-viz club t-shirts.
Members have the opportunity to buy club gear e.g. (tri-suits, running shirts, cycling kit) at a discounted/sponsored price. Our club colours are black with high visible, neon pink/green/yellow.
There is no need or pressure to compete at all. If you or your children just want to enjoy the training sessions and become fitter, you are very welcome to do so!
Due to practical reasons, we will be primarily looking to participate in triathlon, duathlon, aquathlon, swimming, running and cycling races in the Málaga province and in the rest of Andalusia. For the tri-kids we will compile a list of interesting and recommended races in the beginning of each year. Those will be the races where we will try to be represented by as many club athletes as possible. These races will be guided and coordinated by our coaches. However, it is totally up to our members themselves if and where they want to race.
No, but being a member has several advantages. Among others, it includes accident and liability insurance, lower race fees and early sign up for races in the Circuito Andaluz that non-federated athletes don’t have. For more information please check:
Tri-kids (until 14) can train 5-6 days a week with our coaches. The adult members in the Tri-club train 3 times per week with our coaches (1 bike, 1 run and 1 swim session) and often organise additional training sessions together.
Included in the fee are also discounts for club gear like tri-suits as well as discounts and perks offered by our sponsors. Members also get 20% discount on private coaching sessions.
Club members that want to become federated will get a discounted FATRI license fee.
The first member of a family (father, mother, children) pays the normal membership fee. Each additional member from the same family, gets 25% discount.
We are a duathlon/triathlon club and are as such promoting the multi-sports. Therefore, we do not offer memberships for the single sports. However, with a membership one can always choose to practice only one sport with the club of course. We think you might soon be joining the other sports though!
Yes, every member has 1 vote. Right for voting for a child under 16 years old will be transferred to the child’s parent(s). For more details see our Club Statutes.
A Fan Membership costs €125/year and is only intended for those who want to be a member of our club but cannot participate in the training sessions. A Fan member will get the same benefits and discounts on club gear as other members. On top of that, included is also a FATRI license so Fan Members can use their FATRI card to race and represent our club in any race worldwide.