Why I joined BATC: I did terrible in the swim for my first triathlon, I swam into a dam, and wanted to have a group of experienced triathletes who could give me some advice.
What I like about being a member of BATC: The camaraderie. Since I joined BATC everyone has been friendly and helpful. The club is welcoming of new members and new triathletes, and always has someone who is happy to answer questions or go on a workout with you. Also BATC is a group of people who won't think you're crazy for doing an Ironman.
Brief Triathlon History: I started running in college and biking shortly after college, but never was a swimmer. I swore I would't do a triathlon because of the swim, but eventually gave in and signed up for the half Ironman in Austin, TX because I thought that should be a good beginner race. I did a few local sprints and Olympic races before Austin and have been hooked since the beginning. I completed Ironman Mont-Tremblant last year as my first Ironman and am training for my next this year in Maryland.
Advice to others who have not joined BATC: Whether you are training for your first triathlon or are an Ironman finisher BATC has a group of people just like you and have been in your shoes and can help you in your triathlon journey. From answering last minute race questions to needing a workout partner there is someone in the club who was just as confused as you are now that would be happy to share what they have learned.
Why join BATC: BATC is an awesome group of people who will help you with whatever you need on your triathlon journey. And we also have a sexy race kit with a crab on it that may or may not make you go faster, but will definitely make you more awesome. ... See MoreSee Less
Today's feature: Member At Large - Stephanie Kiriou
Member Since: 2017 Occupation: Veterinary Technician
Why I joined BATC: I joined BATC because I wanted to complete my first triathlon and not just finish the distance, I wanted to have a good race and really enjoy it.
What I like about being a member: You can always find someone to swim, bike or run with!
Brief triathlon history: I was previously running and obstacle course racing and I was looking for a different kind of challenge. I had always wanted to try open water swimming so I figured this was a good way to start. I trained with the club for a year before doing my first triathlon. I wanted to make sure I could put in the time to train before I committed to signing up for a race. My first time cycling with a group was terrible. I had gotten in way over my head with 16 miles and never biking "real" hills. One member stayed with me the whole ride and helped to keep me going, even though I wanted to turn back after the first few miles. It was the best feeling finishing that ride and I was hooked after that.
Advice to others who have not joined a club: Training can sometimes be lonely without a group so it's nice having others to entertain you on a long ride or run. They will help keep you accountable when you might not feel like getting up for that 7am workout. Training with other people gives me that push to go a little farther or faster than I might have if I had gone out on my own.
Why join BATC: It's truly a welcoming group of people that will go out of their way to help you reach your goals!