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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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