Half-ironman training program  //  HIT

Half Ironman Distance Training Program

Welcome to GGTC’s Half Ironman Distance training Program! This training program is designed for the Santa Cruz 70.3 IRONMAN or other summer season races. This program is designed specifically to match your level of fitness and ability.

We’re looking for people ready to take on a great journey to complete the Santa Cruz 70.3 IRONMAN on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018. Racers will swim 1.2 miles, bike 56 miles and run 13.1 miles.

HIT Coach: Kate Ligler

We are incredibly excited to announce Kate Ligler as our HIT coach!

Kate Ligler is a category 1 road and professional MTB cyclist for Equator Coffee whose work in the sports and fitness industry has spanned nearly the last two decades. She has finished in the top 5 in nearly half a dozen Leadville Series Events, as well as qualifying for the XTERRA World Championships in 2017 for Wattie Ink.

Kate specializes in endurance training in both functional strength and conditioning, as well as technical program creation for cyclists, runners, triathletes, and multi-sport endurance athletes. She is a NASM cPT in addition to a NASM CES (corrective) and PES (performance) specialist. She is also an active member of IDEA, as well as a collaborator for the SEN (Strength Endurance Network).

Coach Kate also coaches our indoor cycling series at Shift SF, which is another way to improve your fitness on the bike!

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:
    • Wednesday evening track workout coached by Mario Fratoli in coordination with Coach Kate at Kezar Stadium
    • Sun mornings with Coach Kate
  • Santa Cruz 70.3 IRONMAN Course Preview
  • Additional e-mail support to answer any questions
  • Weekly training programs detailing your training


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 140.3 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?

Workouts will be held in San Francisco and North Bay.

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 and sometimes life gets in the way. 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!

Can you tell me more about the Triathlon?

Please visit their site for more details regarding the race. Securing an entry spot and registration fees are not included with the program. You must register independently for the Triathlon.

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 purchase GGTC Annual Membership prior here. Then you can register for HIT!


When: July 1 - Sept 9
Length: 10-week Program
Cost: $330 for Members
New Members: Purchase your GGTC membership here in order to register.
Questions: secretary@ggtc.org

Key Dates

Information Meeting

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

Date: Mon, June 18
Time: 6:30pm - 8pm
Location: Presidio Sports Basement

Registration »

Kick-off Social

Come meet other GGTC Members!

Date: TBD
Location: TBD
Registration TBD »

First Group Workout

Date: Sun, July 1

Location: Tam High Swimming Pool

Santa Cruz Triathlon

Register ASAP »

**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)3 non-profit organization.

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