Welcome to the Erie Triathlon Club!  We are happy to have you check us out.  On this page we will offer tips, advice and fun facts about triathlons.


Tips and Advice:

Join the Erie Triathlon Club for group rides, runs and swims.  Plus a lot of other great benefits. 

Don't forget to practice your transitions.  This can help improve your time in your next race.

Brick workouts can help your training.  Try combining a swim and bike for a workout or a bike and run. 


Refuel during the race.  Don't wait until you are fatigued, then it is too late.


Always run against traffic and bike with traffic.


If you wear headphones just use one earbud so you can still be aware of your surroundings.


Tips and Advice from ETC Members:


Bert Straub, April 2015 Member of the Month
Ask questions. Go to the Intro to Tri classes when available. Show up at the group rides / runs and open water swims. Introduce yourself and have fun!

Nancy Herbst, May 2015 Member of the Month
For anyone entering triathlon......have fun with it and listen to your body so you don't over do it.

Pamela McCormick, July 2015 Member of the Month
Yes! Learn to recover. Learn to listen to your body. And learn to listen to others. Don’t be bullheaded and think ,’ I’m different, I dont need a rest day or a rest week’. Your body needs it. Any coach or training plan that does not include recovery is just sending you down a road to injury. And that is not fun. I learned the hard way.

Mike Mang, August 2015 Member of the Month
Do the not so fun stuff! The planks, the lunges, the pushups. All that core work that isn't moving you down the road on a beautiful day, will help you stay balanced and injury free! When you are doing a workout, listen to your body, but push hard! And when its time to recover, take it seriously. There is nothing worse than being out of commission for weeks because you skip recovery days. (shin splints, ugh!).

Keeping a balance between your triathlon life and your home life is very important. Remember your support team that enables you to enjoy this addiction.

Stephanie Montgomery, September 2015 Member of the Month
Listen to your body. Sometimes to take a few steps forward, we must take a few steps back. The longer I do this the more I recognize the benefits of “rest days” and taking it easy when our bodies are asking for it. When following training plans, I often find myself thinking of advice given to be by Curt Cardman when I was training for my half iron: If you miss a day in your plan, it’s gone. Let it go. Move forward and don’t try to make up for missed workouts. Oh, and use the pre-race checklist. See below….

Also, remember that what works for one person (nutrition, training plans, etc) may not work for you, so don’t be afraid to take the time and find out what does. Trial and error is often the only way to do so.

Dan Pierce, February 2016 Member of the Month
Make sure you enjoy it. A lot of people get caught up in the big race or the goal for the season. Don't grind through things just focusing on the finish line. If you're not enjoying the journey, it's not worth it. 

Second, listening your body. Back off when it tells you to. Don't worry about missing a session. Make sure you take a recovery week. Too many people don't even make it to the starting line, because they are over-trained or trying to train and race through injuries. 


Debra Stroiney, March 2016 Member of the Month

Keep challenging yourself.  There are so many times where I remember saying "I'll never do that length of race" or "I don't think I would try that"  but then you do and you are proud of yourself for it.  It doesn't have to just be about the types/length of races you compete in.  Challenging yourself in your every day training is also important.  Trying out a new training program, nutrition plan, or hiring a coach to change things up.  Doing the same thing all the time makes us stagnant both physiologically and psychologically.  Never say never, or I can't....if you have it in your mind that is something you want to do then explore all options to find a way to reach that goal.  


Bob Nestor, May 2016 Member of the Month

​Train like you race!


Olivia Nuriulu, July 2016 Member of the Month

I try to exercise all year around including in the winter, I love to go to the Wilderness lodge for cross country skiing. The idea is stay active!


Tina Furhman, September 2016 Member of the Month

Well, I consider myself a tri newbie and I'd say that participating is the first step.  Getting up early on days you don't have to, and showing up at a workout and doing it...even if you're the last one finishing up.  If I can do it, I know someone else can.

Eric Ellis, October 2016 Member of the Month

Relax, laugh, and have fun. It's a learning experience we all were newbies once.


Fun Facts:


The first triathlon was held on September 25, 1974 in Mission Bay, San Diego, California.

The word "triathlon" is of Greek origin from τρεις or treis (three) and αθλος or athlos (contest).

The first modern long-distance triathlon event was the Hawaiian Ironman Triathlon held on February 18, 1978.  Of the fifteen men to start off on that early morning, twelve completed the race and the world's first Ironman, Gordon Haller, completed it in 11 hours, 46 minutes, and 58 seconds.

In 1979 Lyn Lemaire was the first woman to complete the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon.

The oldest person to complete the Hawaiian Ironman is Lew Hollander, who was aged 82 years 129 days when he ran the 2012 Ironman World Championship in Hawaii.  He finished in 16 hours 45 minutes and 52 seconds.

Triathlon Distances
Sprint (swim - .5 mile, bike - 12.4 miles, run - 3.1 miles)
Olympic / Intermediate (swim - .93 mile, bike - 24.8 miles, run - 6.2 miles)
ITU (swim - 1.86 miles, bike - 49.6 miles, run - 12.4 miles)
Half Ironman (swim - 1.2 miles, bike - 56 miles, run - 13.1 miles)
Ironman (swim - 2.4 miles, bike - 112 miles, run - 26.2 miles)

Tri Newbies