When and where the first triathlon was held is sometimes debated among sports historians. What isn’t in dispute is the growth of the sport. In 1978, the first Ironman triathlon was held in Hawaii with a starting field of 15 men and most of the American public couldn’t tell you what a triathlon was. Today, the triathlon is an Olympic sport and women are a major part of the sport. Women-only triathlons are held around the US, such as the Danskin Triathlon Series or the Trek Women’s Triathlon Series. Women who have considered trying their hand at the triathlon have a great opportunity coming up soon.
The Beginner Triathlon Camp for Women will start on July 16, 2010 in Ft. Myers. The 2 ½ day camp is designed for women who are new to the sport and who would like to learn some of the basics. The camp will begin at 6:30pm at Paradise Bicycles, 9733 Six Mile Cypress Pkwy. (view map). Saturday will begin at 7:00am at the Golfview pool in Ft. Myers and the Sunday session will begin at 7:30am on Bonita Beach.
The camp will cover a full range of topics on swimming, cycling and running. The women will get instruction, in both lecture and hands-on formats, on a wide range of things such as how to swim more efficiently, how to transition from one stage to another and how to fix a flat tire on their bike. There will be swim and run analysis, lectures on nutrition, strength training and how to develop a training plan. This isn’t a classroom only event. Campers will have group training sessions, so be prepared to put your skills to use.
The camp will be instructed by 2 USA Triathlon certified coaches, Jennifer Fugatt and Pat Curr, both active competitors themselves. Jennifer is the founder of the Island Coast Triathlon Club and the owner of PhysioFit Coaching, a service that provides coaching to triathletes of all ages and competitive levels.
Fugatt said the camp would not only benefit women who’ve never competed, but those who have competed in a few triathlons and want to improve their training and performance as well. Those wanting to attend can register online. The camp is $180 for those registered before July 1. Afterwards, the cost is $250. If you need more specific information on the camp, email Jennifer.
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