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    New to triathlons?

    • How long is a triathlon?

      Friday,20 December 2013   VulcanTri

      What is a sprint distance triathlon? Olympic triathlon....you mean you are going to the Olympics??!!?? Are you just getting involved in the sport of triathlon and wondering what all of the race distances mean?? Don't worry; we have all wondered that at some point. Hopefully this will help shed some light.

      Generally, there are four main triathlon distances: Sprint, Olympic/International, Half Ironman and Ironman. Below are the distances in each....

      Ironman distance: 2.4 mile swim / 112 mile bike / 26.2 mile run
      Half Ironman distance: 1.2 mile swim / 56 mile bike / 13.1 mile run
      Olympic or International distance: 1.5K swim / 40K bike / 10K run
      Sprint distance: varying distinaces below Olympic distance. (see below)

      A sprint distance race is generally around a 200-400 meter swim, 15-20 mile bike and 2-4 mile run. Those are just general distances, but you can find "sprint" triathlons of many varying distances.

      An Olympic distance triathlon is sometimes called "International" distance as well. If you aren't familar with kilometer measurements, in miles it is a .93 mile swim / 24.8 mile bike / 6.2 mile run. It's called Olympic distnace because, well, it is the distance used in the Olympics which added the sport of triathlon in 2000.

      A half-iron distance is exactly half of the iron distance. There are some people out there who actually do "ultra" distance triathlons which are longer than Ironman distance races. But we won't even go there....

      That pretty much sums up the basics of the four main triathlon distances. Any questions? You can find more details in an article at http://www.beginnertriathlete.com/history.htm

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    • How do I start doing triathlons?

      Friday,20 December 2013   VulcanTri

      We were all there once. Where do you begin?

      First, join Vulcan Tri. We have several USAT Coaches we can put you in touch with, as well as, over 200 club members with years of experience. We offer winter beginner clinics aimed at the beginner triathlete and lots of training opportunities.

      Next, pick a beginner friendly race and sign up! Buster Britton and Mountain Lakes are both great beginner friendly races.  Team Magic also hosts a super friendly indoor triathlon at the LJCC and Vulcan Tri hosts a very casual "training" race in early May out at Oak Mountain.

      Third, get out there and train! Contact your local bike shop for weekend rides. Get some miles in out at biker friendly Oak Mountain State Park. When you think you are ready for some longer group rides, show up for our Tuesday night club rides or Saturday morning rides out of the old Brownell Travel. Be sure to join The Dam Swimming Group on Facebook.  This is a group dedicated to organzing open water swims at Oak Mountain. Trak Shak offers Wednesday night group runs that are great fun. Distances vary from 3-8 miles. 5:30 pm.

      As always, feel free to post any questions on our message board located under MEMBERS tab. Good Luck!

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    • Race result splits defined

      Friday,20 December 2013   VulcanTri

      So you've finished your race and go to look on the web site to see your results, only to see a bunch of times that you don't understand. Not to worry, that's what this FAQ is for. Below are some common split terms that you will see on race results and their explanations.

      Please note that these specific splits were taken from the SportsFirst Tri-It-On Triathlon. Other races may have slightly different terms, but you should get the idea. For example, many races may not give you your transition times and will just merge those in with your swim/bike/run splits. One other thing to note is that the ‘beginner’ category is a category specific to Team Magic races. Many other triathlons will not have a separate category for beginners, here defined as those who have participated in 3 or less multi-sport races. It is, however, fairly common to have separate categories for ‘Clydesdale’ and ‘Athena’. Clydesdales are male athletes weighing over 200 pounds and Athenas are female athletes weighing over 150 pounds. (Those weight ranges can vary slightly from race to race.)

      Place: Your place overall (will be overall in ‘beginners’ or overall in ‘open’ for Tri-Ot-On)

      No.: Your race number

      Name: Self-explanatory, hopefully

      Ag: Your age

      S: Your sex

      Swm Plc: Your place for just the swim against others in your category (beg, open, etc)

      Swm Time: How long your swim actually took -- from the time you started to the time you crossed the next timing mat out of the swim into the transition area

      Run Trans: Your time in the transition area (T1) between swim and bike

      Bike Plc: Your place for just the bike against others in your category (beg, open, etc)

      Bike Time: Your bike time. This is from the time you exited the transition area until the time you finished the bike and came back into transition

      Bike Split Plc: Your place after swim and bike against others in your category (beg, open, etc)

      Bike Split: Your race time so far after the bike. This includes swim time, T1 and bike time (but not T2)

      Bike Trans: Your time in the transition area (T2) between bike and run

      Run Plc: Your place for just the run against others in your category (beg, indiv, etc)

      Run Time: How long your run actually took from leaving T2 to the finish line

      Finish Time: Your overall finish time from when you started to when you got to the finish line; including swim, bike, run and transition times

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    • What is the difference between Team Magic and Vulcan Triathletes?

      Friday,20 December 2013   VulcanTri

      Some people have asked...so what is the difference between Team Magic and Vulcan Triathletes? Are they both just clubs in Birmingham for triathletes? Nope. Team Magic is an organization of around 30 volunteers in both AL and TN that work hard to put on these races. These coordinators are multisport enthusiasts who dedicate their Team Magic weekends to make sure you have a first class event! On the other hand, Vulcan Triathletes is a club. We have a few free training races we put on every now and then, but otherwise don't put on any races. We leave that up to the experts. Team Magic was very instrumental in helping Vulcan Triathletes get started many years ago and continue to support us today. So you see, Vulcan Triathletes and Team Magic are a perfect pair and work hand-in-hand to bring the sport of triathlon to our area.

      Find out more about Team Magic on their web site at http://www.team-magic.com/

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    • How do I post stuff myself on the web site for others to see?

      Wednesday,13 November 2013   VulcanTri

      Know a great triathlon-related web site? Have a group weekly workout you'd like for others to know about? Know some special news you'd like to share? Great! You can post all of these things on the Vulcan Triathletes web site yourself! You have the option to post one of the following categories of information:

      Web Link - to add a link to another triathlon-related website.
      News - to let members know about anything tri-related or just congratulate someone on a great race!
      Calendar Events - to add workouts or special events for others to see on the calendar.

      First -- to do so, you have to be logged into the site. Then click on the 'Contribute' button on the menu to the left. You will see the three options above come up as sub-links on the menu to the left. Click on the link for the type of info you'd like to post. Below are specific instructions for each...

      For Web Links:
      - Enter the name you would like to be shown on the site
      - Select the category from the drop down list (pick the one that fits best)
      - Enter the url to the site i.e., http://www.vulcantri.com
      - Enter a short description, if you would like
      - Hit the Save (floppy disk icon) button

      If you have any problems, you can click the Cancel (red X) button

      For News:
      - Enter the title
      - Select the Category
      - Enter your info
      - Hit the Save (floppy disk icon) button

      If you have any problems, you can click the Cancel (red X) button. You can also put pictures here, but if you are reading this FAQ, you probably want to skip this.

      For calendar events:
      - Enter the title of the event in the Subject box such as "Tuesday morning ride from Brownell"
      - Enter the category from the drop down menu
      - Enter some details about the activity in the big white box. You can play around with fonts and stuff if you wish with all of the icons above this box.
      - You can also enter location, contact information and other details in the boxes at the bottom
      - Hit the Save (floppy disk icon) button

      If you have any problems, you can click the Cancel (red X) button. There is more info on this specific option on another FAQ.

      That it! Happy posting!

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    • Forgotten password?

      Wednesday,13 November 2013   VulcanTri

      It happens to all of us. Just click the link in the 'Member Login' box. There, enter your username and email address and a new password will be emailed to you.

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    • How do I change my account email address?

      Wednesday,13 November 2013   VulcanTri

      To change your email address, login and click 'My Profile' under the user menu, then click 'Update Your Profile'. Change your email address and then click the 'Update' button.

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    • How do I post a workout or special event for others to see?

      Wednesday,13 November 2013   VulcanTri

      If you're planning a workout or event and want to let others know about it, you have two choices. Note that you have to login before posting any events!

      • If you're trying to simply guage interest of other members, you can enter it under the 'Group Training' forum after clicking the 'Message Boards' menu item. Then click 'Post new topic'. Others can post replies of the forum.
      • If you're set on a time and date and want to invite others to join you, click 'Submit Event' on the main menu and enter the details.
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    • How do I add the other members to my multi-member account?

      Tuesday,3 June 2014   VulcanTri

      If a member has additional membership licenses tied to their account, they will see a "License Keys" in their dashboard when they login.

      Clicking "License Keys" will open a list of available liceense keys on their account.

      To assign one the licenses to a new member, click on the license key number. This will open a registration window.

      Fill in the information for the new member. The license key field will be pre-populated.

      Click "Subscribe".

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