Aspiring triathletes will take their first valuable steps toward enjoying this lifelong sport by participating in this unique and fun event. Scott Fliegelman, owner and head coach of FastForward Sports, will lead the Wednesday clinic portion along with select coaching staff who combined have helped hundreds of novices over the past ten years to achieve their multisport dreams. Participants will be divided into smaller groups and enjoy four 30-minute clinics on triathlon swimming, biking, running, and transitions, then everyone will come together on the beach for a final in-water swim session.
On Saturday morning, you will then have a chance to put it all together in a safe, fun, and rewarding race environment at the Crescent Moon Sprint Triathlon, where Newbies will have their own starting wave, after the competitive racers have cleared the swim beach. You will be rewarded with a finisher medal as you complete your journey!
SWIM- FastForward coaches will, first, lead you through a 'dry land' clinic that will properly prepare you to put on/ take off a wetsuit, use your goggles, apply anti-chafe products, deal with cold water, minimize contact in the water, sight turn buoys, relaxed breathing, draft other swimmers, learn what to what to do if you need help, and more... The coaching clinic will conclude with an in-water experience, where the coaches will help you try out what you learned during the dry land training!
BIKE- Participants will learn how to properly mount/ dismount the bike, safe riding techniques and rules, change gears and brake, turn, use a water bottle while riding, learn how to properly dress for racing and training, and more...
RUN- Athletes will learn strategies for dealing with that special feeling of running "off the bike", including advice for both training and race day such as the proactive run/ brisk walk method, discuss proper fueling and hydration, what to wear and what NOT to wear, pacing, and more...
TRANSITIONS- This is the fourth discipline in triathlon and can be super fun! A list of 'what to bring' will be sent to you before the event, and coaches will show you how to select the best transition spot, how to organize your transition area most efficiently, and do a walk through of 'swim in', 'bike out', 'bike in', and 'run out' areas so there will be no surprises during the race.
Following the Wednesday evening clinic, each participant will be able to put what they've learned to use in a fun, triathlon experience at the Crescent Moon Sprint Triathlon just a few days later. A special start wave will be available for Newbie participants, and you may go as fast or as slow as you'd like. Everyone is welcome, regardless of ability level. The race portion of the day will be coordinated by Racing Underground, a leader in Colorado multisport event production since 1995.
The tri will start with a 750 meter swim in the Aurora Reservoir, with Newbie Triathletes starting in a final 'Beginner-Only' wave. The swim portion will have lots of water safety personnel to guide you and keep you safe. Floatation devices will not be provided - you must be able to swim the 750 meter distance, but any stroke is acceptable.
Following the swim, you will head out on a 12.4 mile bike ride, where the majority of the course will be closed to vehicular traffic. The course has some rolling hills, and any bike is acceptable.
The final event will be the 5k run, which is completely closed to traffic and covers a mix of paved and dirt multi-use paths!
There will be finisher medals for everyone, and we'll have a catered post-race meal for you as well.
This event is for beginners, so we don't require you to have a fancy triathlon bike, a wetsuit (although wetsuits are recommended, and can be rented locally at any Runners Roost location), or any other fancy or expensive gear. The most important things you can bring are a smile and the desire to try!
The list of required items is short - you will need a bike, a bike helmet, a pair of running shoes, a swimsuit, and your favorite towel! You may also want to bring bike shoes, swim goggles, and a wetsuit - but these are optional.
Swim: You will also need to know how to swim, and you will need to be capable of swimming a continuous 750 meters by June 7th. You may use any stroke you desire - backstroke & sidestroke are fine, in fact those are the two strokes I (Darrin, the Crescent Moon race organizer) used to complete my one and only Ironman distance swim.
Bike: Road bikes, mountain bikes, and cruisers are acceptable - just bring what you have, as long as it is in good working order.
Run: Running or walking are permitted.
Relax - you can do this!