- Need work in the pool?
- Want to become stronger on the bike?
- Not really a runner?
- Don't want to workout with a bunch of crazy, elite athletes?
Don't worry, we are not a team of crazy, elite athletes. We've all struggled (or continue to struggle) in one or more aspects of triathlon, but we continue to work on our weak points to get better. One of the best things about Lodi Masters Triathletes is that we are more than just a club. We offer actual training throughout the year to help you reach your goals.
Quite a few people have told me that they would like to do a triathlon but that they can't swim...don't worry, we've got two coaches that will get you from floundering-fish to Phelps in no time!
James Cotta is the head coach. He is a grape grower with a passion for helping people improve their athletic performance. When he's not coaching us old folks, he can be found in the pool coaching the kiddos. James' racing background includes criteriums (look it up...its CRAZY!), triathlons and Masters swimming. Coach James recently returned from the Huntsman World Senior Games with some nice hardware!
|John & James|
We are a group of people with a common interest in training for and competing in multi-sport events. Most of our members have busy lives with work and family commitments. Although the name says "Lodi", we have members from Stockton, Tracy, Manteca, and Modesto. We have all ages and abilities on our team.
We have an active Facebook group where members converse daily. Scheduling changes are posted when they occur. We also share tips and techniques, ask questions, post photos, etc. Not only is this a great way to share information, but it also builds relationships.
When We Practice
As a member of Lodi Masters Triathletes, you can swim any time the Lodi Masters (swimmers) practice. Generally this is M-F mornings 5-6am or in the evenings (times vary but are usually around 5-6pm). Since we share the pool with local schools and swim & water polo teams, times/locatons sometimes change.
|Tokay High School|
|Saturday ride, followed by breakfast at Bob's|
|Bike skills clinic|
|Open water swimming at Lake Camanche|
|Tuesday Night Run - Fleet Feet Stockton (Free & fun!)|
What Type of Races
We do more than just triathlons. We also do duathlons and running events. Members are welcome to make race suggestions. It's not hard to convince teammates to come join you...we love to race!
|2013 Kickstart Duathlon - Folsom Lake, CA|
|2013 Avenue of the Vines - Half Marathon|
|2013 Fathers Day Triathlon - Rancho Seco Park|
- Our first race as a team was the 2012 Golden State Triathlon in Sacramento, CA
- Our oldest member is in his 60's
- Married couples that train together get a discount
- Coach James can be bribed with Subway or donuts (just checking to see if he actually reads this)
Sorry if this post came across as a shameless plug for my team...it was! There is a quote that is often tossed around that goes something like "If you're not growing, you're dying". This can be true whether you are talking about a business, a church or a triathlon training group. We want to encourage new people to come and check us out...kick the tires...see if we are a fit. We want to grow!
I remember how nerve wracking it was to walk on to the pool deck at Tokay the first time. I made my hubby go with me for morale support (he later ended up joining the team too). Coach James and the rest of the team understands this, we've all been there. Once you meet us, I think you will agree that we are quite likable :-)
If you are reading this post because a friend sent it to you, contact that friend and ask them to bring you to practice (just for a little morale support). We would be thrilled to meet you and help you get started on your triathlon journey! Don't know anyone on the team... leave me a comment and I will make sure I'm at practice that day to meet you and introduce you to everyone.