About TWT

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Who is Together We Tri?
Together We Tri is a triathlon training company offering goal-oriented athletes and health-minded individuals of every level of fitness an unmatched multi-sport athletic experience. TWT promotes group training with a science-based approach focused on building strength, injury prevention and increased endurance.

TWT has teams and programs to fit a variety of schedules, fitness and competitive goals. Intensity varies from getting fit for beginners to an advanced level of training for competitive athletes. Each team has a Head Coach along with specialty coaches to help you reach your peak potential.

Train in-season, off-season or year-round. Join a team or buy a punch card package to fit your availability.

What makes us unique?
TWT believes that no athlete ever TRI's alone. Training and race preparation is done as a team that provides benefits few athletes can accomplish on their own. Training in a group provides support and encouragement, holds a certain level of accountability, grows friendships with like-minded people and most importantly, has a place for every athlete regardless of experience or ability.

Group training elevates the engagement of all athletes through the power of the group itself.

Same vision, same passion, more features and benefits!

What's New?

New Coaches: Welcoming new team and specialty coaches in 2014, Coach Wes Bell, Coach Julie Schultz and Coach Dave Goss in addition to returning coaches. Local Legends will also be making guest appearances throughout the season. Check out the TWT website this spring for new and updated bios.

New Organized Team Workouts: Meet your team for additional weekly workouts. These will not be coached workouts but will be lead by one of your very own. We will mix these up from more hills to longer rides to morning swims. Another way to help each other stay motivated together!

New TWT Groups names: Named for the community of athletes who make up each group representing their heart, soul, personality and athletic goals!

New Advanced Personalized Training: TWT will be offering personalized training programs one-­on-­one with certified coaches starting in early Summer 2014. There is no better way to supplement your training than having your very own coach to help you achieve your goals.

Membership: TWT is launching a Membership Program in Spring 2014. A nominal annual fee provides special pricing for training programs and events, Gear of the Year! Special swag for members-­only, access codes for discounts on race entries and wet suits, special pricing on TWT gear, discounts with local vendors, member rosters, social events and more! Fee: $50 annually

Communication: Athletes receive a weekly message from Head Coach Libby Hurley listing training plans for every group, nutritional guidance, additional off­‐group training options plus upcoming race information. Team Coaches will email additional tips and group specific training information for the upcoming workout twice a week.

New  TWT Cares: Not-­for­‐profit arm of TWT building community centered athletic events benefiting athlete scholarship funds and disabled athletes. These events will be designed with community, family and competiveness in mind. A local 5k and end-­of-­season benefit are planned for 2014.

New  Pricing: Annual pricing options are now available providing a better value for year­‐round athletes. Programs are also available on an 'a la carte' basis. TWT program prices reflect the first‐ever price increase in a 13­‐ year history to ensure quality coaching, programming, and company longevity. All programs are still less than competitors, costing only around $10/hour for all programing.

Referral Perks: Building our community is essential. Spread the word and earn perks! Refer athletes who register for OST programs and we will waive your POWER UP! fee. Refer a yearly athlete and secure your Honor Pricing each year.

 

 

What Our Clients Are Saying About Together We Tri...

~Natalie... I discovered TWT last year through my local park district and had such a great time, it must have shown because my sister was convinced to join me this year. Our coaches were a great source of inspiration and motivation as were my fellow TWT-er's. But, most of all, you find out that you can be your own (and other's) inspiration. The program is well worth it, especially if you're new to the sport, but my second time around was even better than my first because my sister was there! She's already close to beating me and she just started (competitively) running last year!!!

~Christine... I had always enjoyed cycling and swimming recreationally, but I picked up running in the Fall of 2005. My sister got me involved with TWT for the 2006 season, and we had the BEST summer training and racing together! I have now been bitten hard by the triathlon bug, and have set a goal to do a Half-Ironman distance race next summer. I never would have considered that an attainable goal without the support and encouragement I received from my TWT coaches and teammates!

~Dorthy... Without TWT, I would not have signed on for the International Distance at Accenture. As part of TWT, I got great coaching, encouragement and support. I also met a wonderful group of people with goals similar to my own. A great experience in every way.

~Caren... My experience with TWT far exceeded anything I imagined. I thought I was signing up for training, but what I got in return was much greater. I gained wonderful friendships and realized I can do just about anything if I put my mind to it. If someone told me I would be swimming a half of a mile in Lake Michigan, I would have never believed it. Now, when I face a challenge in other parts of my life, I remember what I have accomplished (through TWT) and know that I can get through whatever it is I am facing.

~Joanne, age 54…I have the confidence now to attempt other athletic challenges and now know that my age does not have to prevent me from learning and improving in sports.

~Corrine, age 34…The program gave me a confidence that I did not have before. It made me realize that almost anything I put my mind to and prepare for properly I can do. Thanks for the experience!

~Michael, age 26…Thank you. My confidence in myself is at an entirely new level. I have proven to myself that I can still compete and accomplish whatever it is I put my mind to. I couldn't have done this if it weren't for the excellent coaching staff and all of your faith and positive reinforcement!

~Allison, age 60…I have always flirted with the idea of completing a triathlon. Now I have. I don't live with regrets and never intend to stop reaching new goals. Thank you for sharing your gift.

~James, age 30…It's frightening to undertake something like Mrs. T's---The world's largest triathlon---without support. I will definitely continue to train throughout the winter and participate in multiple triathlons next summer. I'm hooked!

~John, age 40…You deserve all the thanks in the world. You knew that I was terrified of the swim and not very good at it and you transformed my confidence and my stroke. I owe you so much because I know that this will not be my last triathlon!

~Meghan, age 33…The relationships I have made and the experiences we have shared will be talked about forever. It just goes to show that nothing in life is out of reach…and that everything and anything is attainable.

Questions about TWT

1. What is together we tri?
2. How long have you been training people?
3. How did the company start?
4. Who are the coaches?
5. How do you train us from a base level?
6.Where do you meet for training?
7. How many days do you meet for group training?
8. How many days a week do I need to train?
9. What are your programs?
10. What is a brick workout?
11. Do I have to know how to swim?

12. What if I don't have a bike?
13. Is it expensive to do a triathlon?
14. Do I have to be doing a regular exercise program to start your program?
15. Who enrolls in your programs?


1. What is together we tri?
Together We Tri is a triathlon training company based in Chicago targeting all levels of athletes in the pursuit of doing a triathlon. Whether it's there first or 100th. We offer something for everyone with our programs. We have just been voted the number one triathlon-training program in Chicago by Chicago Athlete magazine readers. Something we are very proud of. We have helped many athletes through our coaching staff and continue to be passionate in helping all of you with your goals. Whether it?s crossing the finish line for the first time or winning your age group, we have a program that suits your needs.

2. How long have you been training people?
We started in 2000 and we have helped over 6000 athletes achieve thier training goals. We will continue to grow at a pace that we can deliver a quality program so everyone gets personal attention and isn't lost in the shuffle like other meg programs. Participants in our groups always become great friends, and by keeping our programs limited to 30 people per group you get the individual coaching you need.

3. How did the company start?
In San Francisco, I got the triathlon bug and wanted to extend this experience to all of my friends. I am in the medical field and a personal trainer so a bunch of doctor friends and triathletes that I knew came up with a program that can be modified safely to fit anyone?s level and get them across the finish line. I came up with lectures and points that needed to be covered for a new triathlete to feel comfortable come race day as well as tips and workouts to help seasoned athletes improve their skills and times and we added all of it to the 12 week program for a complete training experience.

4. Who are the coaches?
Chicago triathletes that are passionate about training. All of our coaches are nationally certified and have extensive triathlon backgrounds. Although all triathletes now, some come from a running back ground, Others are century cyclists, and some are nationally ranked swimmers. Our coaches also range form recreational triathletes to elite competitors including 8-time Iron men with national rankings. We all have a common goal of helping others in the pursuit of a great goal and something we are all passionate about sharing.

5. How do you train us from a base level?
Our programs emphasize safety so we encourage all of our participants to listen to their body and increase appropriately which is 10-15% per week, making sure to include taper weeks. Our programs take each persons base level into account. The first three weeks concentrates on technique and getting your body ready for increases appropriate for you. Our programs also have mentors to train with you. People who are new to the sport as well and may have done their first event a season ahead of you. We help you each pace yourself in the training whether you are running for the first time with walk breaks or a 6-minute miler. We take it all into account.

6.Where do you meet for training?
Meet at our various traning locations Lakeshore athletic club on fullerton and Park center on chestnut in Glneview. Our technique lectures start there as well as our initial training, then our group starts meeting at the lakefront for more intense workouts as well as open water swims, brick workouts practicing transitions and dress rehearsals simulating the actual race.

7. How many days do you meet for group training?
We meet two days a week as a group, but you receive a day by day schedule of what to do so there are no questions in regards to your training schedule. Also all of our participants have e-mail access to our coaches, so even on non group days we are there to answer any questions.

8. How many days a week do I need to train?
A minimum of 4 days a week. Giving your weakest sport 2 days of focus and your 2 stronger sports one day a week. Building on all with increasing intensity and endurance, but allowing rest days and tapers in between your intense weeks is the best way to train. We always stress that more often than not less is more. You must always listen to your body while training. The most common schedule however is a 5-day a week training schedule. With 2 days a week on your 2 weakest sports and 1 day a week on what you consider your strength. Many seasoned athletes train 6 days a week and 1 rest day. But this intensity is not needed for most people.

9. What are your programs?
Beginning to Tri is a 2-hour lecture, covering the basics of triathlon. We go over race distances, gear, transition set up and how to formulate your own safe training schedule. It's a big Q & A session to try and help the participants answer their personal questions and concerns before venturing into their first attempt.

We have an indoor tri, off-season training, a 20 week course, a 12 week co ed and a 12 week women only program. We also have various swim clinics on technique and open water comfort.

Our most popular program is our Complete Tri, which is a 12-week program where we meet two days a week for group training and then you follow the day by day schedule given to you for training. We have technique clinics to evaluate all sports. Nutrition, injury prevention, transition lectures and open water swims as well as practice with your brick workouts and dress rehearsals. This is our most inclusive and makes training a lot more fun since you have a group pursuing the same goal. Plus your confidence is great come race day, which makes the whole adventure a lot more fulfilling. It becomes a fun challenge rather than a scary challenge.

10. What is a brick workout?
A brick workout is basically a back to back workout, for instance doing a swim followed immediately by a bike, or a cycle followed immediately by a run. This is to practice going from sport to sport and training your body to call on different muscles or sometimes the same muscles in a different capacity immediately. Doing Bricks is a great way to help with your endurance and to practice your transitions for a better time.

11. Do I have to know how to swim?
For a triathlon you must feel comfortable and practice an efficient stroke in your training, for our program however, we have had people that were even afraid of the water or very poor swimmers to start and after our clinics and a few lessons became confident with a proficient stroke. Our programs will take your level and teach you to the best of our ability an efficient technique in order to train appropriately and get you across the finish line. We have so far had a 100% success rate even among participants that couldn?t swim a single lap when they joined our program.

12. What if I don't have a bike?
You will eventually need a bike for the event, however you can start our program with out a bike initially. We do try to encourage you after our bike lecture and giving you tips on what would suit you best that you find one to train and race with. This could be borrowed, rented or purchased. It doesn't have to be anything fancy if your goal is just to cross the finish line. It can be a granny bike with a basket on front a mountain bike or a road. We emphasize a good fit but we say as long as it fits, has 2 wheels and you can pedal it. That's all you need. A light road bike will get you there faster, but there is no need to spend the money for your first experience. A warning however, many participants get hooked and one of the best ways to better your time is to purchase a fast bike for the next race.

13. Is it expensive to do a triathlon?
Race entries range anywhere from $40-$15 dollars for a sprint distance and as much as $500 for an Iron man. The gear can be as minimal as a bathing suit and goggles and a borrowed bike and a good pair of running shoes. You can however invest a lot in your equipment as you want to upgrade, but it is not necessary especially if you are pursuing this as a goal to cross the finish line and not become an elite competitor...yet.

14. Do I have to be doing a regular exercise program to start your program?
No although it is better for your overall health to be doing a regular schedule. Many people just have not found the time until they commit to a program such as ours. We start our programs with a base phase lasting 3 weeks that gets your body used to a routine before we start increasing intensity. If you are already on a regular program however we can start your increases day one of training after we go over proper technique. You can follow the more aggressive program in your logbooks given to you in our training groups.

15. Who enrolls in your programs?
All shapes and sizes, ages and people of varies athletic abilities. We have a lot of self proclaimed couch potatoes, nationally ranked swimmers who have never run a step, out of shape college stars, marathoners and seasoned triathletes wanting to better their skills. We have such a diverse group all wanting to accomplish a similar goal and overcome... whether it's to do a first race. Get over the fear of water, learn how to run, or train to win their age group. WE all have fun pursuing our own goal together.

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