Summer Triathlon Training
The Tri-Masters Summer Triathlon Training Program consists of an seven-week summer daily training program with three key components:
-Physical Fitness Training
-Life Skills Training
These skills are taught in classrooms, outside locations, or in areas adjacent to the scheduled workouts or planned exercises. Program coaches undergo training to ensure knowledge of sports fundamentals, common sports-related injuries, CPR, counseling, and related classroom leadership techniques.
Age specific lessons teach participants about the nutritional components in “good” and “bad” diets. Lessons are culturally-appropriate, including food items commonly consumed within the households of the participants. Participants are assigned individual and group projects related to nutritional awareness, thereby allowing them to educate their peers about the benefits of healthy living. Specific areas include training on fat, cholesterol, protein, fruit/vegetable awareness, and a workshop that illustrates ways that fast food can affect their workouts. Community health professionals are also brought in to lead portions of this training.
Physical Fitness Training
Participants learn the importance of stretching before and after exercise, and the differences between recreational exercising and sports-related competition. Participants then learn the three disciplines required to complete a triathlon. These disciplines include swimming, bicycling, and running. Community fitness professionals perform portions of this training. As a component of the program, participants also participate in problem-solving workshops to prepare them for challenges that may occur during scheduled events.
Life Skills Training
This component includes sport-specific and non-sport specific activities that are useful during the training season and in the youth athletes’ lives, and includes programs on conflict resolution, anger management, and the benefits of sharing with others. Advanced workshops include the importance of community service, meeting with community business professionals, and “life-plan” workshops where students map out their plans for high school, college and their anticipated professional goals.