You will join a small, friendly and fun group of athletes who will become your training family. You will get free access to member-led workouts (bike, run, open water swim), occasional seminars/workshops, access to coached workouts at the subsidized member rates, terrific discounts from our sponsors (for many of us, these discounts repay the cost of membership), monthly social events, a weekly emailed newsletter, access to the TTPDX members-only Facebook group, team support at designated team races, and organized (but not subsidized) housing at away races. You can also take advantage of our “early bird” and late season discounts.” Coached workouts require an additional fee and are optional!
Tri Team PDX is really a club rather than a team. We train together but race as individuals. No qualifications needed to join! “TTPDX is open to athletes of all ability levels, from beginners to elites.” Our motto is “anyone can tri,” and we mean it!
Weekend bike, run, and open water swim workouts are led by volunteer team members, and hence incur no additional cost to TTPDX. Wednesday track workouts are also FREE for members. Weeknight strength, swim and spin workouts are led by professional coaches, who we contract to train us, and involve facility fees as well. The fees we charge usually don’t quite cover costs, so the series are subsidized by membership fees.
The majority of membership fees are used to subsidize our coached workouts and our social events. A small portion of the fees pays for our insurance though USAT, and there are also administrative costs for our website and accounting software. TTPDX is a non-profit organization and our volunteer board members only receive compensation in the form of free yearly membership and reduced rates on coached workouts.
Each year we choose a few races at which we commit to providing team support. We will have the team tent at which you can leave your stuff, you will have team-mates racing with you, an awesome cheering squad, and party time afterwards.
When you sign up, you will receive a letter letting you know the discounts provided by our sponsors. Many of these use a code you will be given to access the discount online. Some use a list of members names that we provide to receive in-store discounts, and others will give you the discount when you show your team membership card.
You will be asked to sign a standard waiver form to participate in workouts. On team rides you are required to wear a helmet and obey the rules of the road. There are no other formal commitments, but we do encourage members to participate by volunteering at local races and at some outreach events.
OMG, do we love you! There are many ways for members to get more involved. We are always looking for people willing to lead occasional weekend rides, runs, and open water swims. We have periodic outreach events for which we need people to man tables for a couple of hours. We also need people to volunteer at races such as Blue Lake, Foot Traffic races and Best in the West, as part of our obligation to the race organizers in return for the discounted entry fees we get. To find out more, talk to any board member or contact us a email@example.com. And please watch the weekly emails for volunteer requests, and help out if you can…
Elections are held each September/October to elect the board for the next year. All team members can vote. Currently, board members have their membership fee waived and receive half-off of coached workout series.
Access to pools in Portland is extremely limited. When the PSU pool closed, TTPDX was unable to find a replacement pool and went without regular swim workouts for nearly two years. Parkrose High School is a beautiful 8 lane pool, and we have access to it Tuesday evenings February through October. That being said, if any team members can find/organize access to a more central pool, we’d love to hear from you!
We start open water swims on Sundays, as soon as the water becomes warm enough. This is likely mid-April, sometimes May. We hold weekly OWS at Vancouver Lake & Horseshoe Lake as long as the water there is free of blue-green algae. Later in the summer, we have periodic swims at Hagg Lake or another alternate venue.
As of 2020, we have close to 80 members. We want to keep the group small enough that it’s possible to know most of the other members, which is part of what makes us a fun and friendly club. We also think it is important that members have ready access to the coached workout series. On the other hand, we also need enough members to create a “critical mass” for group workouts.
Our kits are made to order and we need a minimum number of items ordered to get a good price. In consequence, there is usually only one opportunity a year to order the team kit; this year, that was done in February/March. If there is enough interest, we may open the store again later in the year, so if you are interested in buying kit please let the board know by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the past we have found that evening workouts were more popular with the majority of members. That being said, if there is a strong push for morning workouts we would consider that. Please let the board know, or start a Facebook conversation, if you’d like to advocate for changes to the schedule.