Here is some additional information for anyone following the Newbie Program who would like to join in our general club happenings! All our workouts can be made newbie-friendly as long as you’re familiar with this basic information.
Muffin Runs – on Sunday mornings Labor day to Memorial Day. Always newbie friendly!
Stroke & Stride – Thursday nights June-Aug. Timed swim/run workouts at Ohio Street Beach.
Gear Watch – Sunday mornings June-Aug. Swim/bike/run while someone watches your stuff. Check Volunteer Leader Schedule to confirm that volunteers are registered to be there!
Buffalo Grove Rides – Sunday mornings May-Aug, weather permitting. Newbie-friendly rides, depending on volunteer availability! Check Volunteer Leader Schedule to see which rides are no-drop!
City Rides (aka Muffin Rides) – weekend rides June-Aug, weather permitting. Newbie-friendly rides, depending on volunteer availability! Check Volunteer Leader Schedule to see which rides are no-drop! Fast & Fit also has training rides leading up to Pleasant Prairie! See group workouts page for more details!
The usual club bike route is 38 or 55 miles, with portions of the route crossing busy intersections or on major streets. Here is the cue sheet an alternate 15-mile route that starts from Barrington High School, that is almost exclusively on quieter roads. Only the first portion leaving Barrington High School is on a major street, but is still fairly quiet. You may choose to do 1 or 2 loops of this route until you are comfortable enough to join the club rides which leave out of the forest preserve parking lot near Checker & Arlington Heights Roads in Buffalo Grove. As always, make sure to be careful of your surroundings and watch for cars, pedestrians, wildlife, and other cyclists when riding outdoors!
This is one of the most frequent questions newbies have. In triathlon you are responsible for fixing your own flat tires during a race. You may also need to do it in training. So, it’s a good skill to have. Here’s a great video from our sponsor Get A Grip that you can follow along. If you have a CO2 pump and you’ve never used it before you’ll want to practice with it before you really need it! Chrissie Wellington herself almost lost Kona because she didn’t get the CO2 into her flat tire!