Petersen Performance Lab Youth and Junior Triathlon Team


How much experience should my child have before joining the team?

No experience is necessary! Just a desire to be active and be part of the multisport lifestyle; and have FUN! We have children on the team that range from working on their first triathlon this year to years of experience.

Do I need to buy a new bike?

Generally no, any functional bike will work. Kids bikes are just fine. For the older kids (9-15), that have experience in triathlons, a road bike is recommended, but not required.

Should the bike be a Tri bike?

Absolutely not. At this age, bike skill building is the focus. We want the kids to learn how to handle their bikes with confidence and safety as priorities. Also, once the kids reach the age of 13, they are eligible for draft legal racing where only road bikes are allowed any way.

Where are the practices?

Bemis Woods South; however, we do move practices periodically if needed. For example, we have held practice at the Oak Brook Park District to prepare for the Cori’s triathlon. Open water swim practices are held during the summer at 57thstreet beach.

When are the practices?

Run and bike practices are held from 4-5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, respectively. We also work on transitions periodically during the Thursday bike practice.

When does the season run?

The season runs from April 13 to September 15th for 2013. Kids can join anytime. During the winter, periodic clinics are also held.

What are the race distances?

Below are typical distances per age group. There are no official distances for kids triathlons, so distances between races vary, but shouldn't be longer than what is shown.

Age Swim Distance Bike Distance Run Distance
6-8 25-100 yards 2 km 1 km
9-11 100 yards 3 km 1 km
12-15 200-400 yards 5-10 km 2-3 km

Do the kids receive a training plan?

There is no formal training plan, outside of the practices. At this age, skill development is the priority. Most of the children in the program are involved in other sports and all are active, so they have the endurance/fitness to complete a triathlon. Our staff is here to develop the skills to complete a triathlon competitively and most importantly, safely. The children at this age are at a critical age for skill development, thus the focus of our program on triathlon skill development. Of course there is guidance pertaining to what the kids should be doing outside the formal practices to prepare for competition, if needed.

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Petersen Performance Lab Youth and Junior Triathlon Team

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