Tri club dives into first-ever winter swim program |

Tri club dives into first-ever winter swim program

Axie Navas

Alex Furrer, aptly nicknamed the Tahoe Tri Club’s Supreme Master of Volunteering, decided to fill a winter-training void in the community.

He and other members of the triathlon club launched their first-ever yearlong swim-training program in early January to help children and adults train for upcoming triathlons and maintain their winter endurance workouts.

“I think I do it as a community, volunteer thing. When a project is not there, I feel the need to bring it there,” Furrer said. “I spent many, many hours trying to coordinate the pool times. It’s a lot of work.”

Furrer, a Tahoe Tri Club board member, spent about 40 hours arranging for the three one-hour swim slots in the South Lake Tahoe Recreation Center pool and registering new members.

About 30 people have signed up so far for the $6-lessons geared toward anyone who can comfortably swim 25 yards and is interested in learning more about organized swimming or triathlons.

The Tahoe Tri Club offered biking and running sessions for South Shore students in the summer, but snow would cut the training season short. Furrer said the club wanted to expand the program into the winter.

An indoor, heated pool fit nicely into that plan.

The swim lessons will help young, future competitors prepare for the next Tahoe KIDS Tri Series, Furrer said. The Tahoe Tri Club established its inaugural children’s triathlon in 2011, and then continued the event the next year with three more competitions.

Furrer said the club is on track for another children’s series in 2013. Tentative dates for the races are July 21, Aug. 18 and Sept. 8 at Lake Baron, according to the club’s Facebook page.

“We wanted to put together a program that was geared specifically toward triathlons … It’s a really great group and we’re building a fun tribe of triathletes. We want to promote the healthy, active lifestyle,” said Jason Collin, one of the club’s chief officers.

Collin is already preparing for the Lake Tahoe Ironman that will take place in September. The grueling mega-triathlon consists of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a marathon and demands months or even years of training before athletes reach the start line.

“It’s the granddaddy of triathlons. With it comes a lot of excitement and energy, and a lot of pomp and circumstance. It’s tough in the winter because of the weather, but you just have to try and get in as much training as possible,” Collin said.

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