1. Do I have to be an amazing athlete to join?
The club attracts and caters for all abilities – from complete beginners to people competing in international championships.
Whatever your level of fitness and experience – from someone who has never even considered entering a triathlon before, to a seasoned pro with dozens of races under their belt, there will be someone else in the club at the same level as you.
- I’m an international student/postgraduate/visiting student, can I still join?
Yes! Everyone is welcome!
And we do mean everyone – whether you’re an undergrad, a postgrad, an international student, or a visiting student only here for one semester, we would love to have you.
The club attracts a real range of people and has proved to be popular with people of all ages and walks of life. In fact, one of the best things about being part of the club is getting to know lots of interesting people who you wouldn’t otherwise get to meet.
3. I’m not an University of Edinburgh student, can I join EUTri?
It is possible for non-University of Edinburgh students to join EUTri, however, they will need to meet a set of criteria in order to be approved by the Sports Union. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
4. Do I need to own a bike and lots of expensive equipment?
No. The club has 6 bikes (2x small, 2x medium, 2x large) that any club member can use for training sessions and races.
If you do want to buy your own bike or any other bit of kit then there is a lot of combined experience and knowledge amongst the club members to help you out.
We also have 3 cycle helmets that club members can borrow. It is better to have your own helmet but we understand that if you are travelling from overseas then it can be difficult to bring one in your luggage!
We have fins, kick boards and pull buoys for swimming training, so all you need to bring is your swimming costume/shorts, goggles, and a swim cap if you have one although these aren’t essential.
Other than that all you really need are your trainers and shorts & t-shirt (or some lycra if you’re feeling brave!)
5. How often do you train?
There are training sessions most days (you can find details of what/when/where on the ‘Training’ tab). There is absolutely no obligation to go to all of them, though obviously the more you put in, the more you will get out of it.
None of the sessions are mandatory, you can choose which ones you want to go to.
You can do as much or as little as you like – once a week, once a semester, every day, it is entirely up to you. There will always be people who go to every session and there will always be people who only go to a few, whatever you want to do you won’t be alone.
You decide how seriously you want to take it – whether you’re just in it to get fit and have fun, or aiming for an Ironman, we can help you train for it. As long as you’re enjoying yourself it’s fine by us!
6. How hard is the training?
We split into 4 groups at running, 2 at cycling sessions and 6 lanes at swimming, which all go at different speeds. This means that hopefully you’ll be able to go at a pace that you’re happy with, and no-one gets left behind.
We tend to spend the first semester getting everyone up to speed and then step it up a bit in second semester to prepare for the main triathlon season. The aim is to get everyone to the peak of their fitness for the season which starts around April. So if you’re a complete beginner it will be easiest to start in September rather than January, but don’t worry if you can’t, we do ease in after Christmas and all the over-eating!
7. Do I need to have done a triathlon before?
No. Lots of people join the club having never done any kind of multisport race before and that’s absolutely fine. No previous triathlon experience is necessary.
A large proportion of our members join us as complete beginners in September and by the end of the year find themselves sailing through their first multisport races.
8. How do I go about entering a triathlon, duathlon or aquathlon?
Most race entries are done through entrycentral.com. The club will let you know what races are coming up and how to enter them. We also tend to target a few specific races throughout the year and try to get as many club members going to them as possible. This means that we can usually organise group transport for people and their bikes, and also makes the whole thing much more fun!
9. If I join the club, do I have to enter races?
No, it is entirely up to you. You are under no obligation to enter any races and no-one will think less of you if you decide not to.
10. Can I join the club part way through the year?
We organise a sign-up night at the start of term where most people get their membership. This is because it is much easier for us to sort out most of the membership in one night.
But don’t worry if you can’t make it or if you don’t discover Eutri until part way through the year! You can come along to any of the training sessions throughout the year and find any of the committee members who will explain how to join.
Swimming sessions are the most convenient for this because we all have bags with us and it’s easier than running or cycling with membership forms etc. But any training session you can attend will do.
As triathlon is fairly new to a lot of people, we say that you can come along to 2 weeks of training to try it out and see whether it’s for you before you need to decide whether to become a member or not.
11. Do I have to be a member of the Centre for Sport and Exercise (CSE) gym?
Unfortunately from the start of the 2016 academic year, every club member is required to have a CSE membership (full year /semester) to use their facilities.
It is possible to not buy this but you will not be allowed to swim with us and to participate in the spinning sessions you will have to pay for gym entry, so it is probably worth getting the membership. The CSE gym has fantastic facilities and you get access to the public swimming included.
Should I join Eutri?
YES! Go for it!
We are a very friendly, sociable club and we pride ourselves on providing a happy, comfortable environment for people of all ages, and all levels of experience.
It is a great club to be part of, not just because the coaching and training sessions are brilliant, but also because you get to meet a whole bunch of lovely, interesting people from all over the world, studying all sorts of different subjects, and with all kinds of amusing anecdotes to share over a post-training pint!