New Member Quick Start Guide

Welcome to SF Tri! Go through the topics and questions below to finish setting up and start having fun!  Not yet a member? Join us!

TO DO RIGHT NOW!
    Join the SF Tri
Google Group - make sure you have emails enabled!
    
Set up your sftriclub.org log-in
    Set up your calendar log-in
    Set up your calendar avatar

TO DO THIS WEEK:
    Pick your 
first workout and RSVP
    Like the SF Tri Facebook page
    
RSVP to volunteer at a race or community service event

TO DO THIS MONTH:
    Come to
happy hour
    Come to your first track workout, Tuesdays
    Bring a
non-member friend to a workout
    Sign up for a 
club-supported race
    Order your SF Tri uniform 

FOR EXTRA CREDIT:
    
Post a workout on the calendar
   Help out the SF Tri Leadership Team - we're all volunteers!
   Post a photo on Facebook or Instagram using #sftriclub

Q: I just joined SF Tri and I’m excited to get started! What should I do first?
A: Take a sec to finish setting up your account so you get all the goods:
Join the Google Group.
The SF Tri Google Group is open to members and non-members, and is the main forum for club announcements and discussion.

Set up your member log-in for the club website.
If this is your first time logging in, you will need to set your password. Go to the upper-right corner of this page and click on "Forgot Password" to get started.

Set up your log-in for the club calendar.
This is our nerve center where you post and RSVP to workouts and events. It’s extra awesome, so you’ll need to set up another log-in:
   1. Click on the Calendar tab above
   2. 
On the Calendar page, click on the Login link (on the right side of the header).
   3. On the login page, click on "Forgot your password?"
   4. On the Forgot your password page, enter your email address and click on the "Send reset instructions" button.

NOTE: If you receive a message saying that the email address could not be found, it is possible the your account has not yet been created. This takes up to an hour from the time you receive your membership confirmation email. If you need help, email
membership@sftriclub.org.
You will receive an email from SFTri Calendar with instructions for resetting your password. Go through this process and check the "Remember Me" box on the log-in page.

Set up your calendar avatar. This photo appears next to your calendar RSVPs so we know who to look for at a workout. Go to the calendar, log-in, and click "Manage Avatar" in upper-right corner.

Q: What's a good first workout for me?

A: All workouts on the calendar are open to all members unless otherwise stated. Feel free to come to any workout that looks good to you. That said, here are some good ones for new members:

  

SF Tri Track Workouts, Tuesdays at 6:45 pm, late January through September. There are pace groups for all abilities, based on your estimated 10K time. If you aren’t sure what your 10K time is, you can ask track coach Tom to help you find the right pace group, or just latch on to some people that seem your speed.
Spin classes. SF Tri has triathlon-specific spin classes starting in late January and usually continuing through October. You get the best deal by buying a series, usually 12-13 weeks long, but if you miss the sign-up period, you can still drop in to some of the classes if space is available. See the spin classes on the calendar for more details on how to drop in. Any event that is preceded by the word “Kickoff”, usually in January or February. Check the calendar!

Q: Ok, I am logged in to the calendar and see a workout I want to join. What do I do?

A: RSVP! All members are welcome to join events that are posted on the calendar. To RSVP, you must be logged in to the calendar. While RSVPs are not usually required, we strongly encourage it so we know who to expect and so we can provide enough materials, cue sheets, food, drinks, space, costume accessories, etc. if needed. If the event organizer lists his/her phone number, take that with you so you can call if you need help finding the group.

Don’t see any workouts that work with your schedule or training plan? Then post a workout! As a member-driven club, most workouts are hosted and posted by members just like you. If there’s a workout you would like to see, create one! It doesn’t matter if two people or twenty people show up--all member workouts are welcome.

Q: What volunteer opportunities should I plan on attending?

A: Giving back to the sport and community through race volunteering and helping to maintain our Bay Area playground is a core value of SF Tri. All members are encouraged to volunteer for at least one community service event and at least one race event. It’s a great way to meet other members outside of a workout! 

Q: What do you all look like when you’re not wearing spandex and helmets?

A: Come to our monthly happy hour to find out! 4th Thursdays, check the calendar for location. Other social events include happy hour after track; our “Pepstock” spring picnic before our first target race of the year; and our end of year party in December, where we get all fancy and give out annual member awards.

Q: Can I bring a non-member friend to a workout?

A: The more the merrier! Non-members can attend one workout before deciding to join the club. Add a guest(s) to your RSVP by clicking the “Guests” drop-down menu.

Q: Which races should I sign up for?

A: SF Tri selects a handful of target events each year, and we encourage everyone to sign up, volunteer, or cheer so we can make it a big party! Many of these races will have free member-led training groups, with a couple people making sure that there are appropriate workouts every weekend leading up to the target event. Many also include training weekends to scope out the race course. (Exception: The 0-60 new triathlete program has an additional cost, but most 0-60 workouts are open to all members. See calendar for details.) Before signing up, check the Race Discounts page for discount codes! Members sign up for all kinds of races, and we encourage you to RSVP to the races you are doing, and to post your races on the club calendar if they’re not already up. This helps racers plan logistics, and helps the rest of us wish you luck!

 Q: SF Tri jerseys and uniforms… why and how should I get them?
A: To make sure we can see you during races and training rides! You become instantly recognizable on the race course and you’ll love hearing shouts of “Go SF Tri!” while biking around the Bay Area. Wearing a club jersey also helps other members to follow you on rides. We recommend getting at least a club tri-top and tri-shorts for racing, and bike jersey for training.

Look out for emails about dates when you can try on samples for fit. You then order the uniforms online and they are shipped directly to you.

Q: I’m ready to post a workout! What should I include?
A: You can look at some workouts that have been posted (especially those posted by “SF Tri Club”) for examples, but here are some tips: 

To create a workout, log in to the calendar and click the “Add” button above the calendar
Enter a descriptive title, meeting location, and description of the workout. Some details to include are the planned route, anticipated pace and “seriousness” of the workout, whether and where you’ll be regrouping, your phone number, and whether you’ll be getting food and/or drinks somewhere during or after the workout.
Common meeting places for rides due north include Sports Basement Presidio, Golden Gate Bridge Plaza, and Mike’s Bikes in Sausalito. 
Include a link to a route map or cue sheet. Check out the Bike Route library and Run Route library, or make your own!

   Have more questions? Email  info@sftriclub.org    

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