The Chicago Tri Club offers many free and discounted standing group workouts, run by either club volunteers or our generous sponsors. For liability reasons, all CTC-led group workouts are members only; sponsor-hosted workouts are generally open to the public unless specified to be CTC-only. Workouts hosted by other groups are listed at the bottom.
Group workout leaders receive .5 RAV points for each workout they lead. Additional group workouts designed specifically for less experienced triathletes are also available through the CTC Newbie Program. Sign up here to volunteer for Gear Watch or to lead a Sunday ride, Muffin Run, or Stroke & Stride: http://tinyurl.com/ctcvolunteers.
Fast & Fit Bike Rides 9 - 11 am April - June
Our sponsor Fast & Fit Coaching is holding newbie rides leading up to the Pleasant Prairie Triathlon. All rides leave at 9 am with a moving time of 1 1/2-2 hrs. We start with a safety check and rules of the road and leave promptly at 9:05am. The rides are part of a progressive training plan ending with Pleasant Prairie Tri so each week has a new focus, increased time, cadence, transition, etc. We progress into bricks as part of the Saturday rides, where the bikes are secured at the shop and we go for a timed run. The rides are no-drop so pace is determined by the slowest rider but be prepared to push yourself and ride approximately 20 miles. For all Bricks bring your gear to leave at the shop, once we get back to the shop plan on a quick transition and a 15-20 min run. We ask riders to have helmet, phone, id, water bottles, flat repair kit (if you do not know how to change a flat they can help), bike and cash. Please RSVP to Michelle@fastandfitcoaching.com If there is inclement weather you will receive a text or email 60 minutes prior to the ride with updates. Start locations are usually either BFF Bikes or Tailwind Cycles, check the Calendar for details.
Muffin Rides Fall, volunteer dependent
What better way to enjoy the fall season than to ride from Chicago to Highland Park? Along the way you will enjoy the changing leaves. A short rest in Highland Park for a MUFFIN, coffee, etc. and then the return trip home. Some of the riders also like to have breakfast afterwards. It really is a great time so come on out. The ride begins on the lake front path Saturday mornings around 8 am. and the ride is approximately 46 miles round trip. We do need leaders for these rides. So, if you know the route please feel free to become a ride leader. WE NEED RIDE LEADERS. DON’T BE SHY. ….Ride leaders receive RAV points towards year end prizes. Have fun!
Muffin Run 9-11 am September – May
A relaxed 1- hour run (sometimes with challenging weather) followed by brunch. The Muffin Runs are free (except for brunch!) and leave at 9:00 am Sundays from the CARA Board (Diversey and the lakefront running path). Since there will be varying paces, the only rule is that everyone end up at the brunch spot ~10:00 am. Since it’s more fun with more people, sign up here to lead; your only duties are to make sure people join you for muffin run, show up for the run, and you get to pick the brunch spot. You may create a FB invite, post on the forum, or otherwise get the word out.
Barrington Rides 8 am May- September, volunteer dependent
Sundays at 8:00 am (departure time!) in suburban Buffalo Grove. There is no cost for these rides, where you can get up to speed in a rural/suburban setting, and even ride a few small hills. Please come prepared to maintain at least a 15 mph pace for either the 38 or 55 mile loop, and bring a copy of the appropriate bike route cue sheet. Carpooling should be arranged using the Message Boards. Please make sure your bike is in safe operating condition (including your helmet) and use proper group bike etiquette. Also, please bring spare tire tubes in case you get a flat tire.
City Rides Spring and Fall, volunteer dependent
We encourage members who do not want to go to Barrington to organize a ride leaving out of the city. Suggestions include riding north to Tower Rd/ Highland Park/ Kenosha, south on the path to 79th/92nd/Indiana. Distance and route are determined at the discretion of the ride leader. Check message boards for updates.
Indoor Stroke & Stride and CTC Invitational Tri at FFC, Dec-Jan (approximate depending on FFC schedule)
FFC/ TriMonster invites card-carrying CTC members to their Lincoln Park club (939 W North Ave) to bring our popular summer workout indoors for the winter! Join us for a 1/4 to 1/2 mile pool swim and 2-mile treadmill run over the winter and prepare for the CTC Invitational Indoor Sprint Tri, as well as FFC’s regular indoor tri series. The CTC indoor tri features sprint distances, with a 1/2 mile pool swim, computrainer bike leg featuring terrain from a real sprint tri bike course, and a 5k treadmill run. Both S&S and the CTC indoor tri are FREE to members, but you must show your CTC Membership Card at the front desk to be admitted into the facility (you may print it out or pull it up on your smartphone). Dates, times, and other details will be posted on the forum.
CTC Swim Class with Chicago Blue Dolphins spring through summer
Chicago Blue Dolphins is offering a CTC-exclusive swim class on Mondays over the spring and fall. The class will help you improve your stroke for triathlon swimming and racing, and is a fun way to work on your swim technique with other CTCers! Details of each session will be announced on the forum and newsletter.
Track Practice 6 - 7 am, May - September
Track practice is at Lake Shore Park (808 N Lake Shore Drive), is open to all levels, and is free if you bring your own workout. Track workouts emphasize interval training, a key to success to improve your running speed, efficiency and form. If you’d like coaching, our sponsor Fast & Fit Coaching is offering a run coaching special in conjunction with this workout: You’ll get a customized weekly track workout along with instruction and feedback on how to improve your running form. These workouts coincide with the Tuesday morning practice sessions. The cost for coaching is $160 for the full season (through the marathon into fall), 10 sessions for $125, or $15 for a single session. All new people are entitled to a free trial session, but everyone must RSVP by registering for this event.
Stroke & Stride 6:15 pm June – August
1/2 mile or full mile swim followed by a fast transition and a 2 mile run held at Ohio Street Beach. Stroke & Stride is on if the beaches are open so please visit the Ohio Street Beach website before heading out. Check in with the timer by 6:15 and be ready for a water start promptly at 6:30 pm. There is no fee for this timed weekly club scrimmage.
Due to shallow and protected water, open-minded lifeguards, and marked buoys, Ohio Street Beach is the favorite place for many triathletes to swim in Chicago.
Open Water Chicago arranges meet-ups at Oak Street Beach’s “Ladder 1″ year-round. (They welcome triathletes who display friendliness and humility.)
CTC Sponsor Chicago Blue Dolphins hosts open water swim classes and clinics. Ask about their CTC discount.
The annual Big Shoulders 2.5 k / 5 k Lake Michigan race is the second Saturday of September at Ohio Street Beach.
See the forum for occasional CTC swim meet-ups.
Maps of CTC rides are located on the Bike Routes page.
Several of the local bike teams have beginner friendly rides for road bikes (no tri bikes or aero bars allowed), emphasizing pace line and group riding. These include BFF Bikes, Spidermonkey Cycling, and xXx Racing-Athletico.
The Chicago Area Runner’s Association also has a large number of training programs and group runs.