The New Year is here! You have probably found your way to this site to get on a training program for your first triathlon or just to find an exercise program. Whatever your reason, many of you have found your way here to beginnertriathlete.com looking for information and advice. We've got plenty of that, but due to the special nature of this community we have a few other things we can give you that you may not be expecting:
Training for a triathlon is a big goal, not only is there one sport - but three! You have lots of questions and few answers. Do I have to train each sport in a row? What is a brick? Can I use my mountain bike? Do I need a wetsuit? This is why we have created the 'Beginner Triathlete.com Mentor Program.' We want to answer your questions.
This program was created to match beginner triathletes up with mentors having similar backgrounds to conquer their goals this 2020. All of our mentors have a variety of experience in triathlon racing, training and even weight loss.
By putting beginner triathletes in a small group led by a mentor, you'll gain focus and motivation while also giving you some accountability and the ability to pick the brains of your mentor.
We have many BT members in various shapes, sizes, lifestyles and years of triathlon experience willing to mentor 10-15 new people each into this great sport.
The mentors will give you advice on the questions that you ask. They will check-in at least weekly, usually daily in your group's thread to offer tips and motivation. They will also visit your training logs regularly to check-up on your progress and leave comments - essentially to keep you motivated.
This mentoring program will last three to four months from January to April That should be long enough to get beginners triathletes or beginner exercisers into a training program consistently to get that first race in!
Any beginner triathlete or exerciser can join. You can even join if you are a current triathlete and still want to learn or need some group motivation.
The prerequisite is that you register for a free account, and you log your workouts on BT's training log (that big 'Training Log' link at the top). Why? That way our mentors and your other group members can look at your workouts, leave comments and even answer questions. It's a great reference source too especially if you ask a training-related question. It's the ultimate in personal accountability as your group will be watching you.
How does this work?
Make sure you have first registered at Beginnertriathlete.com. Then login and follow the instructions below:
Throughout this mentor program, ask questions to your mentor's group by 'replying' to his/her thread in the Beginner Triathlete Mentor Program' forum. Everything is in one place and other group members can talk too.
Add your mentor and other group members to your training log for easy access to view their workouts and to leave comments. You can configure your training log settings and add these people by username to your 'friends' list via your training log control panel. *You will want to set your log to 'public' for this program so your group can see you.
To log your training, just hit that big 'Training Log' button at the top. Read more about the training log features. Read more about using the training log, see 'Setting Up Your Log' and 'General Logging'. More log articles in the 'Training Log Category' The 'Inspire Me' link is pretty cool and will allow you to leave comments and motivation in other members training log.
Good luck! Don't be the resolutionist that didn't make it. Accomplish your goals!
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