October 15th, 2008
Practice FAQ

What is the workout schedule?

Fall 2019 – Spring 2020 Practice Schedule:
Bike and Run (Brick) @ 7:00 – 8:30 am. Meet at North end of Spanos Track (next to shed) to set up trainers.
Swim @ 6:00 – 7:30 pm. Canyonview Pool.
Track @ 7:00 – 8 am. Meet at Spanos Track at the top of the stands.
Swim @ 6:00 – 7:30 pm. Canyonview Pool.
(Tentative) OWS @ 7:00 – 8:00 am.  Open Water Swim. Meet at La Jolla Shores beach, big lifeguard tower.
(Tentative) 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. See weekly email for specifics.

Besides our official team practices, people also workout on their own throughout the week.  The team groupme is the main forum for announcing workouts and finding other people to workout with. Please ask one of the officers to add you!


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.

For brick practices, we alternate running intervals with the stationary biking, and occasionally incorporate 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 focus on endurance in open water and help you get comfortable swimming in open bodies of water, where most of our races take place.  Often we also practice race starts and transitions. Bring a bright cap (team members may have extras) and goggles! Wetsuits optional, but advised especially in colder weather (November-May). 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.

Track, turbo, and brick practices can last between an hour and an hour and a half, depending on the workout.

The weekend runs typically last from 1-1.5 hours, plus the time it takes to drive to the off campus location.  Often we get breakfast afterwards!

The weekend 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 groupme and look for announcements and others looking for workout partners during non scheduled workout times.


I don’t have a car. How will I get to practices that occur off campus (open water swims, long runs)?

Carpools are organized weekly in the beginning of the week email. Also, feel free to post in the team groupme looking for a ride anywhere.