08.14.2018

Kidnapped in Mexico City!

25 years ago Ken was kidnapped in Mexico City on a business trip. Only by the grace of God, he escaped and survived. Needless to say, this insane experience changed his perspective about everything in life. As he reflected and knowing anything is possible, he set a goal to finish the IRONMAN Triathlon.

Training for an IRONMAN or IRONMAN 70.3 triathlon is a huge goal. However, with proper guidance from an experienced triathlon coach, anything is possible.

Initially, Ken’s plan was to follow a pre written triathlon training program in preparation for IRONMAN Lake Placid. However, he decided to call an audible and hire RTA Triathlon to coach him instead. According to Ken, this decision was a game changer and made all the difference.

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08.09.2018

The Next Big Challenge – IRONMAN Lake Placid

Meet Jeremy – he’s a husband, father and an all around nice guy. Jeremy has a super busy life and a demanding job. He’s also a goal oriented-overachiever. Add in triathlon training and there’s a lot to manage. Sound familiar?

Jeremy came to RTA after being referred by one of his good friends and current RTA coached athlete. He was looking to conquer his next big challenge and after doing his first IRONMAN 70.3 in 2016, he decided hiring an experienced triathlon coach was a wise decision.

The idea was to efficiently use his time available to train to maximize his results, given his very busy life.

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07.28.2018

Meet Catherine – one of the kindest and most caring people you will ever come across.

In 2000 she had back surgery and was restricted with activities. However, as she recovered she stopped smoking and slowly started exercising. Then, 9/11 happened and she was in the mix of the chaos in NYC.

Following the events of 9/11 she promised herself she would always try to be fit in case she ever needed to physically help herself or another person.

In 2015 Catherine hired RTA to coach her for her first IRONMAN. She busted her butt and was ultimately successful.

After a few years off, she decided to she wanted to return to Lake Placid in 2018 for IRONMAN. She wanted to test her limits again. We were fortunate to have the opportunity to help guide her and over see her triathlon training program once again.

Below is a short Q & A with Catherine regarding her IRONMAN journey.

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07.25.2018

Team RTA Takes on IRONMAN Lake Placid

Each year a group of athletes from Team RTA target IRONMAN Lake Placid as one of their top priority races. It’s an iconic race and needless to say, our triathlon club loves it. As a result, IMLP is an annual Team Race.

This year was IRONMAN Lake Placid’s 20 year anniversary. It is an incredible venue for athletes and spectators. It’s also the longest running IRONMAN in North America. All of this, only 4 hours from northern New Jersey. Jackpot!

If you’re thinking about signing up for an IRONMAN, THIS IS THE ONE!

This year we had a smaller group then usual, but none the less it was still an incredible race for all those who toed the line. Next year, we expect a bigger group including many first timers.

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06.28.2018
We’ve Landed On The Moon!

We are absolutely THRILLED and HONORED to have been selected as a recipient of the Women for Tri triathlon club grant for the 4th time! We are looking forward to continue growing the female population in the sport we love.

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06.27.2018

 

Want to Be a Triathlete?

From the outside, triathlon can be intimidating, but in reality the sport is the combination of 3 activities most of us did as kids. Below you will learn what it takes to be a triathlete.

 

Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right

– Henry Ford

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06.18.2018

Wyckoff Triathlon – 2018

The Wyckoff-Franklin Lakes Triathlon is a long time running annual “fan favorite” among triathletes in northern, New Jersey. The race is often fondly referred to as “The North Jersey World Championships.” Each year it falls on the Saturday of Father’s Day weekend.

Team RTA triathlon club makes the Wyckoff Tri a Team Race each year. The local Wyckoff YMCA puts on the event. It’s a grass roots, no frills style race that’s close to home. While it’s the perfect challenge for beginners, it also tends to bring out some tough competition.

 

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06.05.2018

Rev3 Quassy Triathlon – 2018

Team RTA triathlon club continued their 2018 season with a Team Race at Rev3 Quassy in Connecticut, which is a short drive from Bergen County, NJ. 

2018 marked the 10th running of the Rev3 Quassy Triathlon located in Middlebury, CT. Rev3 Quassy attracts nearly 2,000 triathletes annually from all over the country. The event offers an olympic and half distance race along with an aquabike and relay.

Rev3, the race organization, does an incredible job of putting on a world class event with the athletes as the #1 priority. It’s no wonder the race has been going on for 10 years.

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05.21.2018

JerseyMan Triathlon – 2018

Each year, Team RTA triathlon club looks forward to the JerseyMan Triathlon.

If you’re looking for an outstanding local triathlon, look no further then the JerseyMan tri. This early season race, which is held every May, offers a sprint and (extended) olympic distance race along with a duathlon and aqua bike race. It’s located in Lebanon, NJ at the Round Valley Reservoir. 

It’s a challenging, but manageable race for athletes of all abilities. The venue is great for spectators as everything is set up for prime spectating – swim, bike, run, transitions and finish line.

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05.02.2018

St. Anthony’s Triathlon – 2018

Team RTA triathlon club kicked off their 2018 season with a Team Race in Florida and it did NOT disappoint.

2018 marked the 35th running of the St. Anthony’s Triathlon located in St. Petersburg, FL. This is an iconic race and there are reasons (many of them) why this race has been around forever.

The race is professionally organized and very well run. It has that “big deal” feel, but with all the perks and fun of a grass roots race. The race also attracts some great competition.

For the second year in a row, Team RTA kicked off the triathlon season with a Team Race in Florida. We offered bike transport to make travel logistics a breeze. Additionally, everyone agreed the sprint and olympic distance options were perfect for early season AND allowed us all to relax a little bit more pre race. St. A’s is just enough to test your fitness, brush the dust off and catapult you into the season ahead.

 

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02.13.2018

FREE Triathlon Lecture Series

 

There’s a lot to learn when it comes to triathlon. We also understand it can be confusing & sometimes intimidating, but fear not!

Each year we enjoying speaking to a variety of triathletes (and future triathletes) in the area on a range of topics. Most of the topics are applicable to ALL endurance athletes including pure runners, swimmers and cyclists. 

The lectures are free to attend and open to the public. We encourage questions & dialog throughout and do our best to tailor each presentation to those in attendance. 

Feel free to bring a friend and enjoy an informative evening.

We look forward to meeting all those who attend.

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01.29.2018

Recently USAT and IRONMAN partnered in an initiative to grow the sport of triathlon. RTA Triathlon is proud to have taken the pledge to do the same.

Initiatives are great and they can be motivating, but they go nowhere unless EVERYONE helps out. So, please consider doing YOUR PART in helping to grow our sport.

YOUR CHALLENGE: Find one friend who has never done a triathlon and get them to sign up for one this year. Do the race together. Tell them you got their back and assure them THEY CAN DO IT!

Official press release below.

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01.11.2018

Women in Triathlon

Proportionally speaking, the number of women in triathlon is low. This is disappointing, because given the right tools, women regularly excel in the sport. With a little inspiration, a good dose of determination and proper guidance, sky’s the limit when it comes to women in triathlon.

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12.13.2017

Common Questions About Team RTA

Thanks for consideration in becoming a member of Team RTA, our triathlon club.

Team RTA has been around since 2010 and has become a supportive community of triathletes from around the Northern New Jersey area.

Our group has grown organically over the years and our members include a wide range of abilities. We have those who have yet to do their first triathlon all the way up to USAT All Americans and IRONMAN World Championship qualifiers.

New to triathlon? DON’T BE INTIMIDATED!

Joining a club like ours may be the best decision you make. As a member of Team RTA, you become a part of our family and your triathlon learning curve will be greatly accelerated.  And most importantly you will have FUN!

Do you have a few questions before joining our Team for the year? No problem! Below you’ll find the most commonly asked questions we have received over the years.

 

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12.11.2017

The Power of Indoor Riding

If you’re a triathlete or cyclist, a bike trainer is a must have. This is especially true if you live in a place that it is difficult to ride outside year round.

I’m not suggesting you ride inside all of the time, although some of the best professional IRONMAN athletes do, but I’d like to explain why at least occasionally it is a good idea.

Unless you have unlimited time or don’t mind getting dropped on group rides or posting an embarrassing bike split, having a bike trainer is invaluable.

Whether you already ride inside or can’t stomach the idea of it, there is absolutely a time and place for a bike trainer. Below I will discuss 6 reasons why indoor riding is a no brainer.

 

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