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2024 LONG DISTANCE training program

Why Join?

If you are looking to take the next step in your triathlon training, the Long Distance Program (LDP) may be for you.

Perhaps you have been doing Sprint and Olympic distance triathlons and are looking to move up in distance. Maybe you excel at either swimming, cycling, or running and are looking for a program to refine the other disciplines. The goal of the Long Distance 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.

Register for an Information Session now!

June 10th - Register here!

Questions? Email




February 17, 2024 - April 27, 2024

Cost: $365
New Members: Purchase your GGTC membership here in order to register.
Target Race:

Lake San Antonio 70.3 - April 27th, 2024

Questions Andy Ia -

*This Spring, we're offering a 3 week extension of LDP to additionally target Ironman 70.3 Morro Bay. Select the Morro Bay extension option during sign up if you're interested. The cost for LDP + the Morro Bay extension is $465.

2024 Summer PROGRAM


July 1, 2024 - September 8, 2024


First 10 Registrations: $335

Next 15 Registrations: $355

Remaining 25 Registrations: $375

New Members: Purchase your GGTC membership here in order to register.
Target Race:

IRONMAN 70.3 Santa Cruz - September 8th, 2024


Andy Ia  -

*This Summer, we're also offering a 7 week extension to the program for those targeting Ironman California. The cost of this extension is $200 in addition to the LDP registration. If interested, please register for the Long Distance Program then reach out to Andy Ia ( OR @AndyIa on Slack) for the code to sign up for the extension.


We are incredibly excited to have Jaffa and Tim as our Long Distance coaches!


Jaffa Prince has been based in the Bay Area since 2002. Jaffa has competed at elite levels in water polo, triathlon and road cycling. From 2002-2011, Jaffa focused on triathlon, achieving numerous podiums in top tier races in California and in World Championships at various distances. Unfortunately injury forced Jaffa to focus away from running and in 2012, dedicated himself to cycling, quickly earning the Pro 1/2 status, racing for Norcal teams. Born in Canada, raised in Belfast, N. Ireland, educated in England, Jaffa attended St. Malachy’s College, then Manchester Metropolitan University in England. Jaffa is the son of a First Nation Indian father and an Irish mother. After competing at elite levels in triathlon and road cycling, Jaffa is now focused on sharing his experiences with all GGTC members. Jaffa brings empathy, open mindedness, and creative thinking to coaching issues.

Tim Fleming is the owner of Endurance, so alongside an amazing team, he plays a role in every facet of the business from managing the gym, running the performance/exercise testing lab, to coaching programs, teaching, and developing the eCycling program. For more than 20 years, Tim has enjoyed coaching athletes in every aspect of their performance and at all levels of experience. From nutrition to technique, his commitment to education, sharing experiences through sport, and teaching extends well beyond the cycling world. Tim’s relevant background started with competitive swimming and running before the age of 8 and doing his first bike race at age 12, leading to a triathlon debut at age 15. This early love of endurance sports led Tim to compete professionally in the sport of triathlon, and ultimately studies in sport science, earning a master’s degree in exercise science & kinesiology.

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 squad
  • Clinics that cover topics associated with completing a Half or Full 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 Long Distance program?

The recommended fitness requirements for the LDP:

  • Swim at least 2000 yards regularly 
  • Ride 3 hours continuously at an moderate intensity
  • Run more than 1 hour continuously
  • Own a road or tri bike
  • Have finished at least one Olympic distance triathlon

Who is this for?

Self-motivated individuals who want to take on the challenge of a half or full ironman distance triathlon training and train in a group are welcome!

When will I be working out?

The group meets in-person 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 including Mount Tam peak, Mt. Diablo,  Tunitas Creek / King's Canyon / Old La Honda.

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 prioritize. Rarely does any triathlete make 100% of the workouts, and that's okay. You should plan to dedicate at least 8 - 12 hours a week as part of this training program.

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 road bicycle and helmet, running shoes, swimsuit, goggles, and a wetsuit.  We will cover the basics of required and recommended 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 the Long Distance Program!

Questions? Email Andy Ia -

Key Dates

Information Meeting

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

Date: June 10th
Time: 6PM
Location: Sports Basement Presidio

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Kick-off Social

Come meet other Long Distance Members!

Date: Friday, June 28th

Time: 6-8PM
Location: Southern Pacific Brewing

First In-Person Group Workout

Date: July 3rd

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

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