Half-ironman training program  //  HIT

Why Join?

If you are looking to take the next step in your triathlon training, the Half Ironman Training (HIT) Program may be for you.

Perhaps you have been doing Sprint and Olympic distance triathlons and are looking to move up in distance. Or maybe you excel at either swimming, cycling, or running and are looking for a program to refine the other disciplines. The goal of the HIT program is to give you the skills and experience to successfully complete a Half Ironman race, though doing the race is of course not required.


When: Mar 1 - May 9
Cost: $330 for Members
New Members: Purchase your GGTC membership here in order to register.
Target Race: IRONMAN 70.3 Santa Rosa
Questions: vicepresident@ggtc.org


 When:  Sept 27- Dec 6
 Cost: $330 for Members
 New Members: Purchase your GGTC membership here in order to register.
 Target Race:

Build to 2021

 Questions: vicepresident@ggtc.org


We are incredibly excited to announce Cesar Valera as our HIT coach!

The HIT program will continue to be coached by Coach Cesar Valera. Cesar has 20+ years of professional triathlon experience and 10+ years of triathlon coaching experience.

If you have recently been at club events you have likely seen Cesar. You may have also seen him absolutely destroying the course at the Half Moon Bay Triathlon last weekend.

Program Components:

  • Technique instruction to safely and effectively improve your swimming, biking, and running
  • Equipment overview, evaluation, and recommendations
  • The opportunity to travel, train, and race with the team
  • Clinics that cover topics associated with completing a Half Ironman Distance Triathlon
  • 2-3 coached group workouts / week
  • Additional e-mail support to answer any questions
  • Weekly training program detailing your training


Are there fitness or equipment requirements for the HIT program?

The recommended fitness requirements for the HIT program  are as such:

  • Be able to swim workouts of 2000 yds regularly 
  • Be able to ride up to 3 hrs at an easy intensity
  • Be able to run more than 1h continuously
  • Own a road or tri bike
  • Have finished at least one Olympic distance triathlon

Who is this for?

Self-motivated individuals that want to take on the challenge of triathlon training! Both first time triathletes and those who've competed before and want to train in a group are welcome.

Do you offer Full 140.6 IRONMAN Training?

We've found over the years that a focused 70.3 Half Ironman Program has the most demand amongst members. We do have recommendations for coaches if you're looking for full IRONMAN coaches and coaching programs. Contact us and we'll get you those recommendations.

When will I be working out?

The group meets 2-3 times per week leading up to race day for a combination of swimming, biking, and running workouts.

Where will I be training?

The majority of workouts will take place in San Francisco with bike rides taking place all around the Bay Area.

What happens if I can’t make it to all the workouts?

It would be great if we had enough time in the day to do everything we want but sometimes we have to pick a priority. Rarely does any triathlete make 100% of the workouts, and that's okay. With the help of your coaches, you can train as little as 8 hours a week and feel confident you can complete the race.

Do I have to race?

No, competing in the designated triathlon is optional. You can certainly train with the group and not race or race in another triathlon. It’s totally up to you!

What about equipment?

You will need a bicycle and helmet, running shoes, swimsuit, goggles, and a wetsuit. If you don't have these things yet, don't worry! We will cover the basics of triathlon equipment in the beginning of the training program.

What is the refund or cancellation policy?

There are no refunds given for GGTC training programs. If you find you have any issues attending the trainings, contact us through the email below.

How do I register if I’m not a member yet?

You’ll first need to purchase GGTC Annual Membership here. Then you can register for HIT!

Still have questions? email vicepresident@ggtc.org

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Key Dates

Information Meeting

Learn more about the program
and the coach to see if it’s for you!

Date: Tues, Jan 21, 2020
Time: 6:15- 8:00 pm
Location: Sports Basement Presidio

Registration »

Kick-off Social

Come meet other GGTC Members!

Date: TBD
Time: TBD
Location: TBD

First Group Workout

Date: Sun, Mar 1

Be sure to add Golden Gate Triathlon Club to your profile to include your performance in our Tri Club results at the race!

Golden Gate Triathlon Club is a 501(c)7 non-profit organization.

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