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2023 LONG DISTANCE training program (70.3 and Ironman  Distance!)

New for 2023 - LDP includes an Ironman California training add-on!

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 or Full Ironman race, though doing the race is of course not required.

Register for an Information Session now!

June 5th @7 PM - register here!
June 26th @7PM - register here!

Questions? Email




March 13th - May 20th

Cost: $350
New Members: Purchase your GGTC membership here in order to register.
Target Race: IRONMAN 70.3 Morro Bay - May 20th, 2023
Questions: James O'Brien -

2023 Summer PROGRAM


Starts July 3rd to race day

Cost: $350 (+$210 if doing the IM California add-on)
New Members: Purchase your GGTC membership here in order to register.
Target Race:

IRONMAN 70.3 Santa Cruz - September 10th, 2023

IRONMAN California - October 22nd, 2023 (REGISTRATION SOLD OUT)

Questions: James O'Brien  -


We are incredibly excited to have Cesar Valera as our Long Distance coach!

The LDP 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 participated in club events or the Tri-Life Program you have likely seen Cesar. 

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 (and more for IM California) 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 James O'Brien -

Key Dates

Information Meeting

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

Date: June 5th & 26th
Time: 7 PM
Location: 6/5 A Runners Mind - register here!
6/26 Zoom - register here!

Registration »

Kick-off Social

Come meet other Long Distance Members!

Date: TBA

Time: TBA
Location: TBA

First In-Person Group Workout

Date: July 5th @ Kezar for Track

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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