Ironman Training Group

Looking for a fun and friendly group to train with for your next (or first!) Ironman or iron-distance triathlon?

You’ve come to the right place.

Each year, members of the SF Tri Club compete in one or more iron-distance triathlons (2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride, 26.2 mile run). Yep, that adds up to 140.6, just in case you wanted to go ahead and get that sticker for your car for added motivation.

First though, a friendly disclaimer and some fine print from our legal team: Training for an Iron distance race is a BIG commitment that typically involves anywhere from 6 to 12 months of consistent, and sometimes grueling, training.

If you are a triathlon newbie, we’d recommend spending your first season with us training for a shorter (but no less challenging or street-cred building) Olympic distance or half-iron distance 70.3 race before jumping into the deep end.

Already breezed through our friendly warning and still solid in your decision? Excellent! You’ve got guts of steel. Read on to find out how the SF Tri Club does Ironmans.

SF Tri’s approach to Ironman training is inclusive and member-led. Interested members meet the prior year (yes, it requires that much planning!) to pick a target race.

For the last three years the choice has been Ironman Lake Tahoe. Prior to that, additional race choices included Ironman Lake Placid, Ironman France, Ironman Austria, Ironman Canada and others.

The group also chooses intermediate target races and events, such as half-iron races, century rides, social events and training weekends to simulate race distances or train on the course itself.

The group is also responsible for choosing their training approach, for example whether to hire a coach or to create and share their own (free!) training plan based on their extensive experience.

In recent years, SF Tri Ironman training groups have been free to join, and all members are welcome to attend workouts, training weekends, and other events planned by the Ironman training group. Yearning for more info? Contact to be put in touch with this year's Ironman training group leaders!

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