Workouts

Locations

 

Check the weekly update for location specifics. Below we've listed google maps links to our most common meeting points.

Swims​:

Bike & Trainer Rides: Burnham Pavilion (Ford Center) - meet outside Serra Street entrance 

Runs:​ Track runs @ Cobb Track - meet on the north side of the track, off Galvez Street

 

2022-23 Race Schedule

A Couple Notes:

Oct 9 - UC Davis Aggieathlon (Davis, CA)

Oct 30 - Cal Berkeley Bearathlon (Berkeley CA)

Feb 11-12 - UCSD Tritonman (San Diego, CA)

TBD - Stanford Treeathlon (Redwood City, CA)

TBD - Cal Poly MTS (Regionals) (Cayucos, CA)

TBD - Collegiate Club National Championships (Lake Lanier, GA)

TBD - Escape from Alcatraz (San Francisco, CA)

 

Race Reimbursements

Information about reimbursements for Nationals can be found below in the Nationals Team Policies section.

The team subsidizes the cost of racing by reimbursements for all members in good standing. To be a member in good standing you must pay dues and be a member in good standing.

Reimbursement policy:
  • Lodging: We will reimburse hotels for races on the team racing calendar that require overnight stays.

  • Fall: We will reimburse the two team races during fall quarter (Aggieathlon, Bearathlon)

  • Winter: We will reimburse for Tritonman.

  • Treeathlon: Treeathlon will not be reimbursed. Each team member is expected to volunteer at the race. If a team member would like to race in the Treeathlon, they must provide two substitute volunteers and do substantial preparation work for Treeathlon ahead of the race.

  • WCCTC Championships: We will reimburse for the WCCTC Championship race (MTS).

  • Spring: See our Nationals Team Policies section below for information about reimbursements for nationals.

  • Transportation: Car owners who provide transportation according to the race coordinator's plan will be fully reimbursed for their gas as well.

  • Good Standing: Reimbursements will be withheld until athletes are in good standing (must pay dues and perform the team responsibilities during the quarter in which the race is held).

 

If you register for a race but do not compete due to injury or other circumstances, you will not be reimbursed.

Nationals Team Policies

SUTT Eligibility Requirements

  • Athletes must pay winter and spring dues to go to Nationals.

  • Athletes must volunteer at the Treeathlon Race.

  • Athletes must be eligible to score for Stanford at the race (see USAT Eligibility Requirements below).

  • Athletes must be active team members (i.e. attend at least three workouts per week).

  • Athletes must express interest fall quarter when the deposit payment is due.

  • Athletes must participate in one regular season race and WCCTC conference championships (exceptions made for academic time conflicts).

USAT Eligibility Requirements

  • Each athlete must be enrolled as a full-time student (graduate or undergraduate) and must be in good standing financially, academically, and disciplinarily within the academic year.

  • A full-time athlete who completes degree requirements for an advanced degree during the fall or winter is eligible to compete in the National Championships held the same academic year.

  • An athlete who is a full-time student in the fall semester or winter quarter but is not a full-time student at the time of the race is not eligible for the National Championships if they did not complete their degree requirements.

  • If an athlete has changed schools/teams (through a transfer or after graduation), they must compete for the school in which they are currently enrolled as a full-time student.

  • All athletes must be 28 years old or less on race day.

  • All athletes must be USAT annual members.

  • All athletes must wear their official team uniform that includes the team name and covers the torso completely.

  • Full rules can be found on the USAT Collegiate Nationals Website.

Selection Criteria

  • The top 4 racers per gender (8 total) and the Nationals draft-legal team will receive additional financial support (see reimbursement policy below). Often, the top four athletes on the team will also be the members of the nationals draft-legal team.

  • Racers who are interested in being on the draft-legal team will be determined by coaches early in the training season. These athletes will have altered workouts that focus on this style of racing.

  • The "top 4" (per gender) will be determined as follows:

    1. Top Stanford finisher at WCCTC Championship race.​

    2. Top athlete in SUTT performance ranking as of WCCTC Championships (see below).

    3. Runner-up athlete in performance ranking as of WCCTC Championships (see below).

    4. Coaches' choice.

  • The Stanford Triathlon Performance Ranking will be based on an athlete's best 3 WCCTC qualifying races (regardless of format) measured in terms of the athlete's time as a percent of the race winner's time averaged over the three races. Note: results from the WCCTC Championship race can be counted as 0, 1 or 2 races in the SUTT Performance Ranking (whichever is best for the athlete).

Reimbursement Policy

  • Athletes attending nationals will be reimbursed for flights, race registration, hotel, and transportation around the race site, except for a copay to be determined in the Fall. 

  • The team will rent a truck to transport bikes to the race site. The total cost of the vehicle will most likely be covered. 

 
 

Misc. links

 

Bike Buying Guide

How much is it going to cost?

  • New bikes are quite expensive (probably well over $1500 for something you'd want for tri), so we definitely recommend buying used

  • If you'd like new, Menlo Velo is closing and may have sales (Oct 1, 2022); we also get a Specialized discount as a team

  • If buying used, head over to Facebook marketplace and Craigslist. For carbon, expect over $1000. You may find a decent aluminum one for ~$600.

  • Keep in mind when budgeting that you will have to buy other things too (like new pedals and shoes) that'll add $150+ to the cost

What type of bike am I looking for?

  • Unless you are an experienced cyclist you do not need a triathlon, or time trial (TT) bike; just look for a road bike.

  • You do not need large tires or a cyclocross bike or touring bike, just a general road bike with tire size 23-28c approx.

  • Brands such as Specialized, Giant, Felt, Trek, Cannondale, Cervelo, Fuji, BMC, Scott are the most popular and probably your best bet

  • Size: road bikes often come in frame sizes in cm, or S, M, L, etc. You can often find online based on your height roughly the size you're looking for (let us know if you need help with this)

What are some specific features I should look for?

  • Frame material: carbon vs. aluminum. I (Sonia) am very biased and love my carbon bike. Carbon bikes are generally lighter and stiff, and can absorb shock well but are more expensive. Plenty of new aluminum bikes are also lightweight though! We advise to make this decision based on your budget.

  • Brakes: there are 3 main types: rim, mechanical disc, and hydraulic disc. Disc brakes seem to be the new normal, so we do recommend those if you are investing in a new bike, and preferably hydraulic.

  • Components: lots (but not all) bikes have a Shimano groupset. These are components such as the derailleurs, brake calipers, and chainrings. These are ranked in order of "worst" to "best", which has to do with functionality and weight:  (lowest) Claris, Sora, Tiagra, 105, Ultegra, Dura Ace (highest). We recommend at least Tiagra, but if you can get 105 that's awesome.

  • Tube vs. tubeless tires.  Plenty of adopters swear by tubeless tires but it is much less common and not at all necessary. You don't need to seek out tubeless unless you know for sure you want them.

Here are a list of questions you should ask the bike seller, there is no right or wrong answer, just things to keep in mind.

  • When has it last been tuned up?

  • Has it been in any crashes and is there damage? (particularly on carbon bikes, damage can be catastrophic to the frame.) We do not recommend purchasing a bike that's been in a crash if the owner cannot provide specific details and ensure that there is not hidden damage.

  • What's the approximate miles ridden?

  • Next check out the brake pads and shifting. Do the brake pads seem worn out? Is shifting smooth? Are the wheels trued (straight)?

  • If things aren't looking great, that's not necessarily bad, it just means more $ you are putting into replacing components.

  • You also want to ensure it fits you: the seat isn't in its absolute lowest or highest height to fit and the handle bars aren't too close or too far away from you

What's next?

  • Helmet: if getting a new one, you should buy one with MIPS, a new-ish technology which helps with rotational impact absorption. If your old helmet has been in one too many accidents or looks worse for wear, you should get a new one.

  • Bike fitting: many Bay Area stores and individuals offer fitting, which helps you size your saddle, handlebars, stem, cleats, etc. Will cost $75-$100. Not required but can be helpful for comfort.

  • Clipless pedals! You'll need 1) pedals, 2) cleats, and 3) shoes. This totals to another $150+, but you're going to want these sooner or later to help with power transfer and pedaling efficiency. Clipless pedal buying guide will appear in a future edition of the bike advice column :)

  • New saddle and tires. Not required, but stock tires and seats are not the best. We recommend Gatorskins for durability or Continental grand prix for a more race feel. For saddle, Specialized or Selle Italia make nice ones, but there are lots of other brands too.

  • Bike maintenance. Another expense, but super important to keep your bike safe. It is good practice to just have a rough idea of the number of miles on each component on your bike (chain, brake pads, tires, etc) to know when to swap them out. The nice thing is most of these have indicators of being worn out. We'll also have some maintenance clinics later in the quarter.