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Try, Try, Tri!
Coached by Iron Man Hopeful, Chad Lewis
Kennebec Valley Coaching is thrilled to announce Try, Try, Tri -- Summer 2012 Triathlon Training with Chad Lewis.

This 10-week training group is designed for anyone who wants to train for, and compete in a sprint 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, Chad's got you covered.

In order to sign up, you have to be able to swim the length of a pool, run about a mile, know how to ride a bike, and have a bike to use. Please know that any bike will do! There's NO need for a fancy road or tri bike--you can even borrow your mother's 3-speed with the springy seat and the basket.

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 10-week training group. You'll work under the direction of Chad to train for The Colby Triathlon on Saturday, September 22nd. The actual race will consist of a 400 meter swim, a 14.3 miler bike ride, and a 5k run. Registration for the race is handled separately, through the Colby Tri website.

This group will kick off with a meeting on Sunday, July 15th at the Kennebec Valley Coaching studio on Water Street in Augusta. This will be your chance to meet your coach, meet your teammates, get your 10-week training plan, and take care of some of the nitty gritty details.

You'll meet to train with Chad on Tuesday evenings (5:30ish) and Saturday mornings (9ish) starting on Tuesday, July 17th.

If you're not able to make it to every training session, that's okay! Chad will be happy to give you some homework to do while you're up at camp!

You'll run on the Kennebec River Rail Trail and at the Cony High School Track. You'll bike on the Rail Trail, and you'll swim at the Hallowell Reservoir and Messalonskee 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. 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. If you sign up by June 30th, it's only $89 to train twice a week for 10 weeks! That's $4.50 per class...less than a grande drink from Starbucks! After July 1st, the price jumps up to $95.

To register now and pay by cash or check, click here. Please note, you'll have to send your check in by June 30th to get the lower price. Checks should be made payable to Kennebec Valley Coaching and sent to:

Kennebec Valley Coaching
320 Water Street, Suite 102
Augusta, ME 04364

To use a credit or debit card, you can register at If you don't love either of those options, email to make paypal arrangements.

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 rent a wet suit. Chad will talk about wet suit rental at the initial meeting on July 15th.

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.

If you have questions, you can email, or email Chad directly at

Still on the fence about signing up for the KV Coaching Triathlon class?  How about a chance to ask the instructor questions to help you decide?  On July 11th at 7:30pm, Chad Lewis will be at Kennebec Valley Coaching on Water St. to have a little "meet & greet" to answer any questions you have about this new class.  On top of that he'll be discussing exciting news about:

- free bike fit assessment at a local bike shop for group members
- reduced wetsuit rental fees from a Maine Co.

- want to buy your wetsuit instead?  Also available for group members is an unbelievable discount from one of, if not the best, wetsuit manufacture there is

The idea of competing in a triathlon can give some mixed feelings of excitement and anxiety.  By signing up for this class not only will you have the experience of a seasoned triathlete to help prepare you for the "unknown" but also the support of others as they go through this journey with you.  Think about it - track & brick workouts, bike rides & open water group swims - is there really any better way to spend the second half of your summer?