Triathlon Training Opportunities for All Levels
Court One Triathlon Club (C1TC) is one of the Lansing area’s premier triathlon training clubs. Our coaches offer training for athletes at all levels - from beginners getting ready for their first triathlon to experienced racers chasing big goals like 140.6 and 70.3 distance events. In this supportive, enthusiastic environment, everyone benefits from training as a team while receiving individual instruction.
Structured Triathlon Training
C1TC’s main training season is January through May. For five consecutive four-week sessions, our coaches lead athletes through a structured training program that starts with base building and increases in intensity to develop endurance and speed. All eyes are on preparing for an early summer triathlon and setting you up for a successful season!
Athletes choose their training class based on a combination of their experience level and race distance. Classes meet on Saturday mornings and last approximately three hours. Each class includes a combination of the following:
- A swim workout, complete with drills to improve your swimming technique. Our coaches have been trained by Olympian Sheila Taormina and love working with swimmers of all levels. This is often the most intimidating part of triathlon, and we’ll provide the instruction necessary to help you succeed! We also provide swim-specific strength training.
- A bike workout, designed to build endurance and speed. You either use Court One’s state-of-the-art Keiser spin bikes or bring your own bike and trainer, depending on the training class you select.
- A run workout, including varying levels of intensity to maximize your running ability. Runs are held outside, except in extreme conditions, and use the low-traffic areas around Court One.
For 2021, we've added a virtual option that includes coached bike workouts and strength training via Zoom.
Additional Training Opportunities
Our coaches offer year-round training opportunities for anyone, regardless of whether they’re participating in the C1TC Saturday classes. These include a weekday evening Skills and Drills swim class, various open training opportunities in the summer and group trainer rides during the winter. Visit the Court One Triathlon Club Facebook page for the most current information.
Meet Our Coaches
Coach Sarah is an experienced triathlon coach and Certified Technical Swim Coach, having trained with Sheila Taormina, Olympic Gold Medalist and World Triathlete Champion. Sarah is also an accomplished marathon runner and has completed the Chicago Marathon five times to date, among others.
Coach Steve is a USAT Certified Triathlon Coach and active triathlete, finishing several 70.3 Half IRONMAN distance races. He is also a Certified Technical Swim Coach, having trained with Sheila Taormina, Olympic Gold Medalist and World Triathlete Champion.. Over the past seven years, Steve has coached hundreds of athletes through C1TC and the Oak Park YMCA Triathlon Team.
Laurie is an active triathlete and an ASFA Certified Indoor Cycling Instructor. She has competed in a wide variety of sprint and Olympic distance triathlons since 2015, and also enjoys the challenge of mountain bike racing and XTERRA events. She loves introducing new triathletes to the sport, modeling a can-do attitude and plenty of enthusiasm.
Karri jumped into triathlon in 2018 as part of her health and wellness journey, and has successfully completed three IRONMAN 70.3 events, along with numerous sprint and Olympic distance triathlons. Karri has been an enthusiastic member of C1TC for the past two years. She is excited to utilize her professional training in resilience and mental toughness to help athletes overcome challenges, and her supportive attitude will inspire athletes at all levels to reach their goals.
Katy has a background as a high school speed and synchronized swimmer, traveling nationally and internationally to compete. She gave up swimming to join the Army in 1992, then moved to Michigan four years later. She entered the triathlon scene in 2012-13, starting with an indoor tri and quickly becoming a regular on the podium at both sprint and Olympic distance events. She has qualified for nationals every year she has competed and finally toed the line at Nationals in the Olympic Distance both in Omaha (2017) and Cleveland (2018), earning a Team USA spot at both events. All our athletes will benefit from Katy's extensive triathlon experience and her perspective on balance.