Informational Meeting RECAP!

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It was great seeing everybody at the meeting tonight! If you missed the meeting or want to learn more about specific things, here's the recap. I tried to keep everything as short as possible so email me or comment below if you have any questions. All of the links lead you to our website. I just linked them to make it easier for y'all! :)
 
Table of Contents
Triathlon Clinic (Learn everything you need to know about a triathlon!)
 
How to Join
All you have to do is follow the simple steps here. Please get dues paid ASAPs, but if you're really on the fence about joining, come to one of our practices this week. Just make sure you fill out the assumption of risk form and the standards of conduct form.

Dues
Dues are $130/year and $70/semester. You can also just pay practice dues for $30/semester, but you won't get access to discounts or the training plans written by our coach, Michelle LeBlanc. Her plans are geared towards all of our team races.
 
Triathlon Clinic
Our coach, Michelle LeBlanc, will be coming with professional triathletes Liz Baugher and Sarah Hankla from OutRival Racing to host a triathlon clinic for us! They'll teach you everything you need to know to complete a triathlon. Bring your swim suit, cap, and goggles as they will be doing a special swim technique clinic too. linics like these can normally cost upwards of $100, but you are getting it for free as a due paying member! It will be in REC 281 at 1PM on Sunday, Sept. 15th. Register here.
 
Practices
We have practices almost every day of the week. They are optional. The calendar keeps an up-to-date schedule of the practices, but if you want more details or learn more about the particular types of practice for each day, go to the practice schedule page. On the calendar page, you can click the workout for a given day and the "WHERE" part you can basically plug into Google Maps to get the meeting location.

Mondays and Thursdays are 5:30PM are group rides. Know the route in case you want to go faster or slower than the rest of the group. Tuesday and Thursday at 7:30-8:30PM are swim workouts and 8:30-9:00PM will be a technique driven workout to help you improve your swim skills. You are welcome to go to both sessions! Wednesdays at 6PM are our track workouts. We typically do a mix of fartleks and speed work. On Fridays, we go out to Lake Bryan (it's a $5 entry fee if you're not on the team) to run at the trails and swim at the lake. On Saturdays we will have long bike rides and on Sundays we will have long runs. These typically alternate so we will do one a week. Check the calendar for the meeting location of the weekend long rides/runs. On Saturdays, Brazos Valley Cyclists also host a ride at 8:45PM leaving from Military Walk. You are welcome to ride with them too!
 
Partnerships
As a full due paying member, you get access to all of our partners! This includes our coach, Michelle LeBlanc and OutRival Racing, Muldoon's Coffee House, Bay Area Schwinn, Brazos Running Company, GU Energy Gel, Rudy Project, Blueseventy, Running Warehouse, Aggieland Cycling, and Wheelbuilder.com. Discounts vary by company, but can be as much as 55% off on products! You can pay off your dues many times over by just getting a bike from our bike sponsor, Jeff Parker from Bay Area Schwinn.
 
Racing/Uniforms
We have 4 team races this semester listed here. Team uniforms are not required (required only for the collegiate conference race), but highly recommended. Sarah Pledger, our uniforms and apparel officer, will be sending out details about uniforms next week! We also have a lot of other apparel such as cycling jerseys, running singlets, swim suits, swim caps, etc. you can purchase very cheap! We use Champion Systems for most of our uniforms, and I personally believe they are one of the best and most comfortable suits out there!
 
Nationals Details
As much as we like to help beginners do there first triathlon, our main goal is competing at nationals each year. Nationals this school year will be in Tempe, AZ, in April. Last year, we won our conference for (at least) the 4th time in a row, and placed 8th nationally. We can bring 42 people to nationals. The individuals picked to go are determined by volunteering, performances at conference races, and team time trials. The top 4 of each gender can also get their nationals race fee reimbursed. Individuals who want to go to nationals must also pay a nationals travel fee not included in the dues. You can find details of these inside the PDF.
 
Fundraising
In order to help fund our nationals trip, we volunteer at football games by selling Dippin' Dots (you only have to volunteer for half the game). We will be volunteering at all home games that aren't race weekends. Additionally, we volunteer at RaceTexas events, Reed Arena Cleanup, and Team Time Trials.
 
Q&A
Why join the team?
As one of the largest teams in the nation, we help both beginners complete their first triathlons and also compete against other teams at a very high level. We beat UT every year and the conference championships. This past year last year, the top 4 athletes on our team were also the top 4 athletes in the entire conference.
 
I've never done a triathlon before. Can I join?
Definitely. You don't get in shape to join the team. You join the team to get in shape!
 
I don't have a bike. Can I still join?
Yep! You can come to all the swim and run practices. You'll need a bike to race, though. Our bike partner will help you get a great deal on a new/used bike. Like... a really really good deal. 
 
Are there tryouts? 
No. Everybody is welcome :). Though I do recommend you know how to swim freestyle and can swim a couple laps without stopping.
 
Training Challenge Results
Training challenge results are posted here.
 
New Officer Election Results
It was a very close race, but congratulations to Kathryn Racine and Brandon Miller for becoming the new addition to our 2013-2014 officer crew! It's going to be a great year!