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HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS 

It's the New Year! Time for untold thousands of people to resolve that this is the year. Maybe it's the year that you're going to get off the couch and get in shape. Maybe this is the year that you fulfill that crazy dream of completing a triathlon? 

Whatever your specific resolution, 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:

  • Inspiration

  • Hope

  • Our own experiences in losing the weight, in learning to swim, in dealing with doubtful people around us.

  • Our strategies for dealing with and overcoming the doubts, fears and setbacks that inevitably accompany an attempt to achieve fitness and well being.

We want to make sure that you are fully prepared on race day be it in March, April, May or June.   The 'Beginner Triathlete Mentor Program.' is here to help.

This program was created to match beginner triathletes up with mentors having similar backgrounds or goals to conquer in the New Year.  All of our mentors have a variety of experience in triathlon racing, training and even weightloss.  By putting beginner triathletes in a small group led by a mentor, this will give you a lot of focus and motivation while begin able to pick the brains of your mentor. 

Who are the mentors?

We will have several current BT members in various shapes, sizes and years of triathlon experience willing to mentor 10-15 new people(only a recommendation) each into this great sport.

What is the role of the mentor?
The mentors will give you advice on your questions that you ask. They will check-in frequently weekly 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.

*Note, these mentors are most likely not coaches, treat any advice as just that...advice and keep our terms of use in mind.  Our mentors have been through the ropes already and have done several races, for which they have some invaluable experience to share. 

How long will this last?

This mentoring program will last 3-4 months from January to the end of March/April.  That should be long enough to get beginners triathletes or beginner exercisers into a program consistently while also giving enough time to begin to conquer fitness and weightloss goals and get that first race done in the Spring/Summer.

Who can join?

Any beginner triathlete, exerciser or an not-so-beginner triathlete can join.  The prerequisite is that we encourage you to 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.

How does this work?

Make sure you have first registered at Beginnertriathlete.com.  Then login and follow instructions below:

  1. Choose a mentor.
    Our mentors have filled out a short profile of who they are, their interests, triathlon experience and how they train.
     
    BROWSE through the profiles of our available mentors in our 'Beginner Triathlete Mentor Program' forum.  A 'Full' designation in the subject line means that the mentor already has 5 people in their group.  'Open' means that this mentor is accepting people.
     

  2. Adding yourself to a forum group
    Once you have found a mentor that you like that also has an 'Open' designation in the subject line, just 'reply'  to his/her thread with an intent to join.  Post a short bio of yourself along with your goals.

  3. Ask questions!
    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.

  4. Add your group to your training log
    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.

  5. Log your training
    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!

NOTE: If you have any technical or specific questions about the program, just REPLY to this thread.



2015-05-15 8:12 AM
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Subject: RE: New Year 2015 Mentor Program is OPEN! Instructions Inside
This looks great -- I take from the note it is run just early in the year, yes?
If anything like this is available now, I would be super interested.... please point me in the right direction if there is.
In any case, I will be following various threads on the site.
Thanks so much
2015-05-15 8:20 AM
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What you can do is find a group or two that is still open that looks interesting to you and post to ask if you can join.  They should be cool with it...they usually end up running all year anyways.

2015-05-17 11:31 AM
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thank you...
2015-07-31 9:24 PM
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Subject: RE: New Year 2015 Mentor Program is OPEN! Instructions Inside
Hello!

I, too, would like to see if this new year's group is still open.

I'm over weight and a recent trip to the doctor has revealed that I have high cholesterol. What better reason to look again at something I've always wanted to do: a triathlon!

Thanks!

Perky
2015-12-17 5:15 AM
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Hey Perky - We'd love to have you in the Beer Drinker Appreciation Society!


2015-12-24 6:40 AM
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We would be happy to have you in the Manatees group if you want to join us

It says closed but we never really are.

Edited by StaceyK 2015-12-24 6:40 AM
2015-12-29 12:51 PM
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Where are the groups for 2016? All I see are the older ones?

When I click 'Browse' above it leads me back to this forum.

Thanks in advance!
2015-12-30 8:58 AM
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Question - How do I get in the queue so the BDAS can continue without a hitch?

Thanks,
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2015-12-30 9:31 AM
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Originally posted by Qua17 Question - How do I get in the queue so the BDAS can continue without a hitch? Thanks, DQ

I just added a link in the 2016 forum to 'become a mentor' - is that what you want to do?  That link will take you to thestaging area to fill out a bio.

2015-12-30 9:32 AM
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Originally posted by Fat2FitAggie Where are the groups for 2016? All I see are the older ones? When I click 'Browse' above it leads me back to this forum. Thanks in advance!

We will start releasing some groups to the main mentor forum soon.



2015-12-31 1:50 PM
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I would also like to be in a group please. Doing my first ironman in October! Thanks so much
Josh
2016-02-18 6:13 AM
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I would like to be in the group as I am doing my very first New York Triathlon Expo on march 2016. So exited plus a little bit nervous too. Thankx so much in advance....
2016-05-16 2:40 PM
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When are the spring groups going to start? I'd like to start a group and missed the first part of the season
2016-05-23 4:17 PM
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Originally posted by triathlonpal07 When are the spring groups going to start? I'd like to start a group and missed the first part of the season

Second the question.  Coming back from an extended off-season and am wondering when the next go 'round starts.  Thanks.

Matt

2016-05-31 12:39 AM
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I'm also wondering if a mid-year group is starting. I really need some accountability or else I find myself casting some shade at my bicycle while going to the fridge for another beer. I just saw this forum and it looks like a fantastic idea!


2016-06-06 1:18 PM
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I'm going to start taking round two applications this week for the mentor program, will keep you posted.

2016-08-28 11:10 AM
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Just subrscribed this great forum and introduced myself, is it possible to join mentor groups right now? I am for sure a newbie about tri with some running experience (I can swim/ride too...) and I would accomplish an olympic tri in June 2017...is there any group that could be joined?

Thanks a lot
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