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Try, Try, Tri!
Swim, Bike and Run with Kennebec Valley Coaching
Kennebec Valley Coaching is thrilled to announce Try, Try, Tri...
Summer 2018 Triathlon Training

This training group is designed for anyone who wants to train for, and compete in a triathlon. If this is your first tri, or your fifteenth tri, this group is for you. The workouts will be adaptable to every fitness level--beginner to advanced. Whether your goal is to finish the race or to set a new PR, we've got you covered. This group is appropriate for fresh newbies, and for experienced triathletes who want to sharpen up a specific event. Are you an Ironman with swim anxiety? Are you an Olympic Tri Guy who falls apart every time the run comes around? Are you kinda scared of it all? Pretty good at it all? We've gotcha.

We have Ironman finishers, Ironman hopefuls, first timers, new swimmers, old swimmers, and everyone in between.

In order to sign up, you have to be able to swim the length of a pool using a freestyle stroke and be comfortable in water above your head, run about a mile (you can lay down and heave for air afterwards, we don't mind), know how to ride a bike, and have a bike to use. Please know that most any bike will do! There's NO need for a fancy road or tri bike--just something reliable.

This year, Try, Try, Tri will be co-coached by Amy Lawson and Stephanie Medlen. Amy is the founder of Kennebec Valley Coaching. She's an Ironman finisher and and Ironman Certified Triathlon Coach. Steph is a lifelong swimmer, and certified as a Learn to Swim Instructor through US Masters Swimming.

If you're under 15, you'll have to talk one of your parents into signing up for the group, too (which is totally fine, because your mom will rock a wetsuit like she was born wearing it).

This is a 8-week or 12-week training group. You'll work under the direction of KVC to train for the Megunticook Sprint or Olympic Triathlon in Camden on Labor Day weekend. Follow the link for more information on race distances. Registration for the race is handled separately and independently through the triathlon race website.

You'll get weekly swim, bike and run coaching in a group setting. 

This group will kick off on Monday June 11th (12 weekers), and again on Monday July 9th (8 weekers). During the week, you'll have the opportunity to join in on any or all of the following groups:

6am Indoor Cycling (full class, bring your own trainer to participate)
Evening swim at Maranacook Lake (5:30 newbies, 6:00 experienced)

5pm Ride & Run Group (not open to one on one coachees -- only Try, Try, Tri participants and individual registrants)
This class is designed to make you do very hard work on very tired legs. Class will start with the hardest 15 minutes of biking you can possibly muster, 2 minutes of straight plyometrics, then we simulate a quick T2 and head outside for speed, stairs or hills. This group is so hard, so fun, and so worth coming to. The newbies and the Ironman people can all handle it, and all find it challenging enough to complain about. Perfect!

11am Indoor Cycling (spin bike or trainer)

7am Track & Trail Running Group

We mostly meet at the Kennebec Valley Coaching Studio. Our Saturday morning runs sometimes vary in location (the Cony track, or various trails), and our Monday evening swim always meets at Maranacook Lake.

There are SO many reasons to join a training group! Training with a group helps you stay motivated and working under a coach who's an experienced triathlete will help you train efficiently and effectively. Plus, will laugh until your abs fall off. Why go it alone when you can train at KVC?

How Much?
Get ready to fall out of your chair...because this class is a slammin' deal. 

12-Week Class

8-Week Class

Swim Only -- Open to newbies and experienced swimmers
To register for swim and swim alone, it's $99 for 12 weeks, $75 for 8 weeks, or $49 for a 5 swim punch card.

To register now and pay by cash or check, please email us at kennebecvalleycoaching@gmail.com.

To use a credit or debit card, you can register by using the 'Register Here' link at the top, right corner of this page.

Other Stuff.
Wet Suits
The water's cold in Maine, so you'll probably want a wet suit for the open water swimming. You can borrow one from a friend, go to a store like Play it Again Sports, scour Craigslist, or get a whale of a deal on eBay. Just be sure to get a triathlon specific suit.

Trying something new or joining up with a new group of people can be a nerve-wracking thing. Please, please, please know that Kennebec Valley Coaching is committed to providing a friendly, supportive, non-intimidating training environment.  Do we push hard? Sure. But we push you within your own ability level. There's no such thing as being to big, small, tall, short, fast, or slow for Kennebec Valley Coaching. Who ever you are, you'll be surprised by what you can do with some guidance and coaching, and more than that, you'll be so stinkin' proud when you cross that finish line!

Safety and Risk
All physical activity comes with some degree of risk--especially with swimming and biking. We'll do everything we possibly can to keep you safe and out of harm's way, but ultimately, your safety is your responsibility. Your equipment must be safe and functional, helmets are definitely required, and most of all, you have to work within your ability level. If you're not confident enough to ride with clipless pedals, don't use them. If you're not sure about swimming in water that's over your head, don't do it. All participants will be required to fill our liability waivers to participate in class.

If you have questions, you can email kennebecvalleycoaching@gmail.com.