LTC is extremely lucky to have many very experienced and committed members (some of whom are also accredited coaches) who have competed very successfully at triathlons of all distances, both in Ireland and abroad. These experienced athletes and Club stalwarts are always willing to provide advice and information to new members on all aspects of triathlon, including training methods, nutrition, equipment, gear, race entries and preparations, injury prevention and treatment etc.
The LTC Mentoring Program is specifically designed to help new triathletes learn about the sport and prepare for their first race. The program relies on the sharing of knowledge between those with more experience and those who are still learning.
The aim of this program is to connect LTC Members who are looking for guidance on triathlon topics or Club activities with a more experienced LTC member who can provide this guidance. Typically, mentor-mentee relationships involve pairing of newer members with older members, but this is not always the case; you do not have to be a new member to want a mentor!
Mentor-mentee relationships will ultimately be defined by the individuals involved. These relationships may initially focus around common topics such as the following:
- Training for a first Triathlon Race.
- Making the jump from Olympic distance to half or full triathlons.
- Utilising Club and online resources.
- Becoming more involved in the Club.
Mentors are volunteers; they are not expected to become personal coaches. If that level of relationship with an experienced triathlete is necessary, then mentors may be able to provide recommendations on how to find a personal trainer or other Club resources. It is not expected for Mentors to assume that level of a role and its responsibilities.
There are no limitations or restrictions around which LTC members can sign up to be mentees or which members can make themselves available as a mentor; we all have something to teach one another.
If you wish to become a mentor or, as a mentee, wish to be paired with a mentor, then please contact the Club training officer or deputy training officers.