TCMTriSquad 2022 Team Goals
Updated: Nov 14, 2022
Despite being a fiercely individual sport I've always enjoyed the team aspect of triathlons whenever the occasion presents itself. It can provide enormous motivation to be part of a collective result and my best and most fun moments come from my participation in triathlons that were team events.
In 2021, TCMTriSquad grew in numbers with the addition of new athletes and coaches to support them and late in the year I registered the squad as an official USAT and Ironman club. I put together some team goals for the club in our first full year.
IRONMAN TriClub Global Rankings
Goal: Top 100 in Division V
Ironman events award points to age group competitors registered under clubs. The better you perform in your age group the more points you get. But everyone gets points just for finishing an official 70.3 or Ironman. Details of the competition here. Division V is for clubs with less than 25 participants (i.e. not total membership but number of members that compete in an Ironman branded event in that calendar year) and TCM will undoubtably be in this category in 2021. After signing up in September of last year, we finished 2035 out of 3954 clubs in Division V. If you haven't affiliated your profile to TCMTriSquad do so here.
The year was a competitive one with many tri clubs coming back to life. At time of publishing we sit in 581 out of 4735. Far from the goal but big improvement of last year.
National and World Triathlon Championship Representation
Goal: 10 TCMTriSquad Participants in National and World Triathlon Championship Events
Somewhat frustratingly and incredibly, USAT has no formal Club Championships scheduled this year. I've heard rumors that it will combine one in 2023 but that doesn't help this year. However, representation at National or World Championships across the globe will bring much honor to the club. The USAT National Championships are listed here. Some national championships require no qualification. And our international athletes have their own federations national championships.
These were our Nationals/Worlds representatives this year- 7 total:
National Duathlon Championships, Irving, TX: Kevin Wu
World Sprint Triathlon Championships, Montreal, Canada: Mariah Mitchell, Martin Spierings
National Olympic Distance Championships, Milwaukee, WI: Julia Ritter, Teri Goldwasser
National Sprint Distance Championships, Milwaukee, WI: Mariah Mitchell, Kelsey Gray
Ironman Santa Cruz 70.3 TriClub Podium Awards
Goal: Top 5
Our home Ironman race! With many members proximal to the start line it makes sense to target this event. TriClub Podium Awards are an on-site competition that honors the top five clubs with a physical and digital award at each IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 race. All affiliated club members are counted towards the final podium rankings. Club points are calculated with up to a maximum of 10 athletes, with the points being added from the top 10 scoring athletes from their respective club.
Much more competitive than last year, the squad showed up in force and put in a great performance and was the smallest club represented in the Top 10. 10th from 185 Clubs.