October 15th, 2008
Practice FAQ

When and where do you practice?

Our main practices are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings at the Spanos Track, and our Sunday team ride which meets at the Campus Bike Shop. More details on daily practices are below!


What is the workout schedule?

Fall 2018 – Spring 2019 Practice Schedule:
Swim @ 6:00 – 7:30 pm. Canyonview Pool, combined practice with club swimming.
Track @ 7:00 – 8:30 am. Meet at Spanos Track at the top of the stands.
Bike @ 6:30 – 8:30 am. Meet at Campus Bike Shop.
Swim @ 6:00 – 7:30 pm. Canyonview Pool.
Brick/Turbo @ 7:00 – 8:30 am. Meet at North end of Spanos Track (next to shed) to set up trainers.
OWS @ 7:00 – 8:00 am.  Open Water Swim. Meet at La Jolla Shores beach, big lifeguard tower.
Beginner/Social Ride @ 4 pm. Meet at Campus Bike Shop. [FALL quarter only due to limited daylight hours]
Long Team Ride @ 8:00-11:00 am. Meet at Campus Bike Shop. Please see Bike FAQ page for more information about riding with the team.
Trail Run @ 9:00-11:00 am. Rotating off-campus locations.

Besides our official team practices, people also workout on their own throughout the week.  The team email list is the main forum for announcing workouts and finding other people to workout with.

Are practices mandatory?

Team practices are not mandatory, but you should attend as many as you can. Of course, we are all students, so we understand if you have conflicts with school or have a big deadline. As the race season picks up in Winter quarter, there is an expectation of regular attendance at main practices for any athletes interested in competing for the team at Nationals.


What do you do at practice?

For turbo practices, we’ll put our bikes on stationary trainers and focus on interval training.

Tuesday’s brick practice will alternate running intervals with the bikes, and have skill sessions focusing on everything from form to transitions and strategy.

Track practices will be running only and work on speed and pacing using shorter intervals.

Swim practices will train technique and endurance.

OWS (Open water swims) will also train race starts and transitions. Bring a bright cap (team members may have extras) and goggles! Wetsuits optional, but advised especially in colder weather. Prepare to switch to a run if surf conditions aren’t favorable.

Our beginner/social rides are no-drop, chill pace, and will probably involve a stop for donuts or coffee! Timed for sunset along the coast, and a great option for people just getting familiar with road riding.

Long rides focus on group-riding skills and bike handling, as well as endurance. We will have different pace groups.


What should I bring to practice?

For a turbo workout, you will need to bring your bike, as well as, shoes to ride and run in.  Most people wear bike shorts and t-shirts (or some sort of athletic top).  Additionally, you will want to bring a water bottle and, if you sweat a lot, a small workout towel.  The team will provide the stationary trainers.

For running workouts on the track, just come wearing clothes to run in and your running shoes.  You may also want to bring a water bottle.

For brick workouts, bring running shoes and your bike, and clothes you’re comfortable riding/running in.

For what to bring on the Saturday ride, please see the Bike FAQ (AND YOU MUST HAVE A HELMET!)

Our beginner Friday rides are a great opportunity to learn bike handling skills and riding in groups, as well as road safety. Also review the Bike FAQ (helmet!!)

For the swim, you need goggles and a swimsuit, and (sometimes) hand paddles, size S or XS.


How long are practices?

Swim practices last about an hour, but some people will stay in and swim longer.

Tuesday and Wednesday practices can last between an hour and an hour and a half, depending on the workout.

The Sunday bike rides typically go from 8am to 11am, which includes times to stop for breaks and to let everyone regroup. Occasionally, the group will split up and people will ride shorter or longer.


How do I find other people to workout with during the week?

To find people to train with, join the team email list and look for announcements.  Also, if you want some company on a workout, send an email to the list and invite people to join you.