Click image at the end of this post for a photo/audio slideshow of the Silicon Valley Triathlon Club training at De Anza College in Cupertino.
For many of us, just making time for the gym or a run around the block is difficult enough to keep us from going to workout. Our lives have become so ingrained in our daily routines that we neglect what’s most import for us to live and stay healthy: exercise.
To be healthy we have to move. We have to get out there and put in some effort to stay healthy and in shape. And it’s not always easy to do. We all know that we can improve our health by simply being more active but how many of us actually do it?
It’s become so easy for us to use anything as an excuse to not exercise e.g. work, school, family, etc., but we’re only fooling ourselves into believing that other areas of our lives are more important than our bodies – and being healthy.
Besides having to do exercise, we may not know how to or what options are available to us. And unless you can revitalize you’re exercise routine of the past or know a friend who can help you out, arranging a fitness schedule is tough and hard to do on your own.
Well, for South Bay residents there’s hope and it comes in the form of the Silicon Valley Triathlon Club (don’t let their name intimidate you. It’s OK).
—————————————————————————————————————————————————— Listen to Silicon Valley Triathlon Club members explain why they joined the team and what keeps them coming back. Be sure to click the image at the end of this post to see photos of the Silicon Valley Triathlon Club and hear from the coaches and club president.
Now I what you’re thinking, you’re not a triathlete and you’re definitely not qualified to train with triathletes (You’re wrong!). Even if you don’t know what a triathlete is (I didn’t) there’s a place for you at the Silicon Valley Triathlon Club.
Triathletes train to swim, bike and run in events, hence their name “tri” athletes. The Silicon Valley Triathlon Club (SVTC) promotes beginner, intermediate, advanced and new-to-the-sport members to “reach not only the starting line, but the finish line as well,” according to their website.
The club’s goal is to improve their members’ fitness and racing skills but it also provides a social outlet for members too. Many members look forward to their workouts each week and enjoy the groups’ energizing camaraderie. This is the key to their success.
From the coaches to the members, the club welcomes everyone with open arms and encourages people to keep coming back because regardless of their age or skill level there’s a group for anyone.
SVTC is the largest triathlon club in Northern California. If you have a background in one or more of the sports or are entirely new to triathlon, the club encourages you to come out and try one (or two) of their workouts before becoming a member. And for only $60 for a regular one year membership (that’s $7 a month!), you’ll get your monies worth (I’m sure of it).
It’s also a great resource for children to get active because each year the club hosts the largest Kid’s Triathlon in the nation for children under the age of 13. The Kids Triathlon benefits the Silicon Valley Childrens Fund and raised roughly $20,000 last year.
The Triathlon Club meets at different athletic facilities in the South Bay to train for each sport: for running the club meets on Tuesday’s at 6:30 p.m. at De Anza College, in Cupertino, Two swimming sessions meet Wednesday’s from 6-7 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. at Fremont High School and cycling training takes place on Saturday’s and a route is announced for members each week.
To learn more about the Silicon Valley Triathlon Club check out their website and be sure to join their team on Facebook and follow them on Twitter so you never have to exercise alone (well, unless you want to).
Are you already a SVTC member? Tell me about your club experience by following or mentioning me on Twitter @danielgamberg or leave a comment on this post.
Click image for a photo/audio slideshow of the Silicon Valley Triathlon Club training at De Anza College.