Youth and Junior Elite Team
Started in 2014, M3’s Youth Triathlon program is focused on educating and training 12-18 year old individuals in swim, bike and run. The team offers youth athletes the opportunity to train for and compete in the next level of races beyond Youth triathlons. Our athletes participate in Super Sprint, Sprint and Olympic distance races.
Our team trains 6x per week with two sessions in each discipline. We focus on form, strength, speed and endurance. M3 selected 12 races for the 2016 season, including the USA Triathlon National Age Group Championships in Milwaukee WI. M3 also offers elite athlete training with a focus on National level success.
OUR TRAINING PROGRAM
The team has two swim practices per week. We focus on triathlon swimming with sets with emphasis on longer distances and building endurance. Cycling is predominantly indoors using indoor bike trainers at our studio in Vienna. Athletes provide their own bikes and trainers to these sessions. We also offer skills and technique clinics and longer outdoor rides, based on athlete level. Outdoor sessions are on closed paved roads or parks with minimal vehicular traffic. Running takes place in and around Vienna. We use the W&OD trail, local high school tracks and quiet neighborhood streets with wide sidewalks. Additionally, we offer strength sessions at the M3 studio in Vienna. Strength sessions feature TRX suspension trainers and other exercise using an athletes body weight.
IS MACHINE M3 YOUTH AND JUNIOR TRIATHLON PROGRAM RIGHT FOR ME?
Machine M3’s Youth and Junior triathlon team is a competitive team for 12-18 year olds who may have done a kids triathlon and want to grow and dedicate themselves to the sport of triathlon. There are three levels: Novice, Intermediate and Elite. Each discipline (swim, bike and run) is coached by Machine M3 coaches. We have 4-6 workouts for novice and intermediate athletes and 6-9 workouts for elites. Machine M3 focuses on building endurance and speed while teaching correct technique. Athletes compete in local events, including super sprint races, sprint races and Olympic distance events.
DO I NEED TO HAVE DONE A TRIATHLON BEFORE?
No, we are building the team around individuals who want to grow in the sport.We expect athletes to be competent swimmers. Prior success is not important, but we want to build from an even base level and coach athletes to compete in events with longer distance swims. An athlete must be comfortable swimming a 500-yard pool swim.
WHAT WILL I NEED?
All athletes need swim gear. Novice and Intermediate athletes need a bike (type of bike is not important). All athletes need bike helmets which fit correctly and are no more than 12 months old. Athletes need bike or triathlon specific shorts and good quality running shoes. Elite athletes need a road bike with drop handle bars. Elite athletes need bike shoes. Although athletes compete in local races including those with open water swims,. we race from late May – late September so water temperatures are typically warm enough to avoid the need for wetsuits. Wetsuits may be rented from local vendors for a nominal fee, if necessary.
EDUCATION AND ONGOING CLINICS
While triathlon is not new, competitive teams for youth and junior athletes are not common and as such, beyond swim, bike and run, education and understanding about the sport is limited. Triathlon is growing and M3’s goal is to educate athletes and parents about the sport. M3 has partnered with several local vendors who provide their time to M3’s athletes, including Bonzai Sports, Positively Chiropractic and Machine Aquatics. We have monthly clinics and education seminars featuring speakers who discuss racing, bike maintenance, triathlon’s growth into a college sport, sports physiology and what training does for you, nutrition for youth athletes as well as many other topics.