Triathlon Club


Please Note: Fall 2013 – The Triathlon Club is currently accepting new members. If you are interested in registering or have questions about the Club please contact Jon Bird at 403.355.1259 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Can we ride in the Triathlon Club/ETS Studio area any time outside of a scheduled course?

Yes, your Triathlon Club membership or ETS membership provides you access to the Triathlon Club/ETS Studio as long as there is not a class or program currently running. At 30 minutes before any registered class you may be asked to leave to make space for the members registered in the upcoming class.

Can I attend another session or class if I miss one?

Each Triathlon Club course has a maximum number of athletes that can participate in the class. Each session typically fills to capacity. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate more people in a session beyond our available space.

If a specific circumstance beyond your control arises and you miss a session, you can speak with your instructor or the Sport Development Manager, Jon Bird at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

As a member of the Triathlon Club, are training programs provided for members?

Training programs are provided as part of the Triathlon Club. Guidance can always be solicited but our philosophy is such that providing generic programs will not properly prepare someone for achieving their goals. If you are looking for more specific programming, testing and nutritional guidance, the Endurance Training Systems (ETS) Customized Coaching Packages are a better option.

What is the best way to select courses?

We advise Triathlon Club members to first select a discipline they feel they need the greatest coaching guidance. Many choose to do only the swim sessions for this reason. As the year progresses you are free to select other courses for variety, another 'push' or to meet other club members. As you become more proficient in swimming you may find that one session per week is good and select a brick training course to train for the more difficult aspect of triathlon as you move from the bike to the run. You can then continue to swim on your own but still have at least one interaction per week with the coaches on the pool deck.

Does the Triathlon Club train for specific events?

We do not train for specific events per se. However, The Talisman Triathlon Club has typically attended the Wasa Lake Triathlon in June, the Calgary 70.3 and Ironman Canada in August. Many of our members have also taken part in other triathlons such as the Canmore Olympic, Sylvan Lake Half Ironman, Peach Classic in Penticton and the Kelowna Apple Triathlon. Most members select their races/events and then use the Club to train for these events.

Typically after a year or so with the Triathlon Club some members decide to train more seriously and hire a coach under the Endurance Training Systems Customized Coaching Package for a more focused training approach.

Is Talisman Centre's Triathlon Club a good place for beginners?

We have a wide mix of participants in the Club. Our oaches ask that all new members have the ability to swim 500 meters, own a road bike and have one triathlon under their belt before they join.

As a club we gradually build fitness and strength in the Fall. The Winter session focuses on more intensive and longer training sets, and in the Spring we begin high intensity training in preparation for the racing season ahead.

If I am already a member of Talisman Centre and I sign up for the Triathlon Club, do I get a discount on the Triathlon Club membership?

You will be withdrawn from your Talisman Centre membership option and prorated for any time remaining on that membership plan. You will then be credited the difference onto your account. The credited amount can be applied towards your Triathlon Club fees. If you have a family membership to Talisman Centre, the Triathlon Club membership will be added on top of the existing family membership.