Give It A Tri Training Program Winter 2019 - Los Alamitos Race on the Base

Tri-Zone's Free Beginnner Triathlete Training Program

Whether you are already a swimmer, cyclist, runner, or just thinking about it, Our Give-It-A-Tri training program will help prepare you for our local sprint-distance races. For Winter 2019 our program begins Saturday, January 5th, 8:00am at Tri-Zone. We will be targeting the Race on the Base on Saturday, February 23rd, 2019. The Race on the Base is a sprint-length reverse-style triathlon which consists of a 5k run, 13.1 mile bike, and a 200 meter swim in the base's heated pool. To receive updates via email, just email us at:

Jan 12, 2019 - Week 2 Recap

Our meeting today started with a quick run along the Coyote Creek Park trail. Following the run, Gayla gave a presentation on triathlon gear, focusing on what you will want on race day. She covered triathlon clothing, explaining triathlon vs cycling shorts, and one piece vs two piece triathlon outfits. She then set up a mock transition area, starting with removing all her items from her transition backpack and setting them up in a logical, compact arrangement. She discussed race numbers and race number belts, sleeveless triathlon tops with arm warmers (a triathlete classic!), and when you would want a swim cap for this race.

Following Gayla's presentation, the group headed to the JFTB pool for swim training with Coach David Light. We pretty much filled our side of the pool, 9 lanes with about 5 swimmers per lane. Coach Light started with basic breathing exercises at the side of the pool. After that, he had the swimmers do balance drills and alternating breathing practice. The swimmers practiced with kickboards and pull bouys while Coach Light critiqued their swimming form.

Next week we will be meeting at 8:00am at Tri-Zone. Since we're going to the pool again, we'll start out with a short run. Then Gayla will be presenting a hydration and nutrition clinic. About 9:15am we will head as a group over to the JFTB pool for some more swim practice with Coach David Light.

See you next week!

-- Gayla, Raul, Raul B., and Briana.

Jan 5, 2019 - Week 1 Recap

Today we started our first Give It A Tri Program of 2019. The Race on the Base is always a very popular event, and we had record turnout for our first meeting. We started by taking care of the paperwork. Gayla did a quick synopsis of the program, then Dr. Sean Brathwaite of Braithwaite Chiropractic gave an injury prevention workshop that focused on stretching to help prevent the most common training-related injuries. After that, the group headed out on their bikes for a short familiarization ride to El Dorado park and back, followed by a short run along the Coyote Creek Park.

Next week we will be meeting at 8:00am at Tri-Zone. We're starting out with a quick discussion of the gear you'll need for successfully training for your triathlon. After that, we'll head over to the JFTB pool for some swim practice with Coach David Light.

See you next week!

-- Gayla, Raul, Raul B., Katie, Skyler, and Briana.

November, 2018

Thank you for your interest in Tri-Zone's free triathlon training program. We are excited to offer the Give-It-A-Tri program and look forward to working with you. Family and friends are invited to join you also. Here are a few details you will need to know about the program:

WHEN: January 5th through February 23rd, 2019: Clinics, bike and run workouts Saturday mornings 8am to 10:30am.

WHERE: Clinics, bike/run at Tri-Zone, 3380 Cerritos Ave in Los Alamitos; weekday evening and Saturday practice pool swims at the JFTB pool in Los Alamitos.

January 5th: Orientation and Paperwork, Stretching and Injury Prevention Workshop, Brick Workout
January 12th: Gear Talk, Practice Swim at JFTB Pool
January 19th: Nutrition Talk, Practice Swim at JFTB Pool
January 26th: Running Technique and Injury Prevention Workshop, Brick Workout, Flat Tire Workshop
February 2nd: Bike Maintenance/Gear Talk, Transition Clinic, Brick Workout
February 9th: Transition Practice
February 16th: Race Prep Clinic with the City of Los Alamitos Recreation Department
February 23rd: Race Day! (Optional -- participant is responsible for signing up)

Weekday Swim Workouts: Tri-Zone has lanes reserved weeknights from 6:30pm to 7:30pm for the JFTB Master's Swim Program coached workouts. All abilities are invited, and Tri-Zone covers the cost for Give It A Tri participants. The Master's Swim Program is a great way to get to the next level with your swimming; visit MWR Aquatic Training Center for more information.

We love to answer your questions, so please email us with any comments, concerns, or questions we didn't cover.

We look forward to meeting each and every one of you on Saturday, January 5th at 8:00am!
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