BTC FAQ

BTC FAQ

Not sure if Brooklyn Tri Club is for you? Here are some common questions:

How much does membership cost and how long does it last?

Our club dues are $75 a calendar year, which is very minimal compared to most triathlon clubs. Most of the fees are used to cover our coaching staff, plus club administrative expenses such as insurance, website maintenance, and the costs for our annual meetings. All memberships must be renewed in January of each year.

Just who do you think you are, Brooklyn Tri Club?

BTC’s mission is to foster the sport of triathlon (swimming, bicycling, and running) in Brooklyn and the greater New York area by providing opportunities to learn and participate in the sport and by promoting healthy and sustainable living that can be realized through involvement in the sport and through training. BTC supports its members with group training, educational workshops, and social activities.

What if I’ve never done a triathlon?

Great! Every year, roughly 20% of our members are training for their first triathlon, so you’re in good company.

When and where do you swim?

Always a challenge in NYC, but Brooklyn has some great options. There is no official “BTC swim workout.” But a lot of our members swim at Berkley Carroll School with John Stewart or on their own at the Dodge YMCA. And in the summer many of us head to one of the NYC Parks & Rec pools for some open air swimming, or at Coney Island. See our Where to Swim page for a complete list of local options.

When are your workouts?

We list our weekly workouts to our members on our training page and calendar. We host four professionally coached sessions each week: Strength training on Mondays, cycling on Tuesdays, speed work on Wednesdays, and bricks (bike + run) on Thursdays.

What level of commitment do I need to put in if I join the club?

The club is what you make of it! You are free to come to as many or as few workouts and social events as you wish.

What does the annual training calendar look like?

Weekly club workouts including rides and bricks are usually in full swing between April and September. During the colder months, we offer indoor training opportunities, including computrainer and strength training, and members frequently organize small-group runs on weekends.

What does my membership get me?

Our club dues are minimal compared to most triathlon clubs—most of the fees are used to cover club administrative expenses such as insurance, website maintenance, and the costs for our annual meetings.

Included in membership:

  1. Weekly workouts: Workouts include professionally coached bike workouts, bricks,  speed work and strength training. Members organize weekend long rides and runs.
  2. Seasonal workshops: Past workshops have included basic bike maintenance, bike  handling skills, hill-climbing, nutrition, injury-prevention, season planning, and swim clinics.
  3. Social events: Beyond our annual membership meeting and holiday party, the club also gets together for  “recovery drinks” after club races and BBQs in the summertime.
  4. Access to forum: Members post daily with interesting articles, carpool requests, workout partner needs, gear  and training questions and answers, and events in the area.
  5. Sponsor discounts: Our sponsors provide great discounts that are usually worth more than the $75  membership fee! Once you join, you can access the Member Discounts page.

Do I have to live in Brooklyn?

Since our training and social events occur in and around the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Prospect Park, Prospect Heights, Ft. Greene, and Flatbush, it’s easier to attend workouts if you live within a few miles of Prospect Park. Some of our members with access to cars live in Bay Ridge or Staten Island.

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