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Sugoi Race Apparel Update and Spectathlete Apparel orders

We expect to recieve our order of racing apparel from Sugoi sometime this week.  We will arrange for times beginning next Monday, April 21st, at the YMCA for pick up.  We will also have samples of our Spectathlete and Training apparel and will begin taking orders next week. Items that will be available include: T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, visors, and Tech T-shirts.

Exact days and times for apparel pick up will be included in next week's email newsletter.

NEW times for Group Swimming

Due to the growing needs of the YMCA youth swim team, their practice schedules have expanded this spring. There is only so much space in the pool so we had to get creative to make sure we can continue our workouts this spring. Beginning next Monday, April 14th, we will have new times for our Group Swimming opportunities. First of all, the Friday swim sessions are ending. This week is the last Friday practice. Unfortunately we could not find a time that would work for all on Friday evenings. We hope to resume Friday swimming in the Fall.

However, there will still be Ytri swimming on Mondays, but the times are changing. Things will be a little different going forward so please be patient as we transition to our new times. We will be sharing the pool with the swim team and we have to make sure there is a lane open for YMCA member drop-in swimmers. This may make for a crowded pool from time to time. To alleviate some crowding, Ytri will have two separate practice groups that will run consecutively. Starting at 7:00pm we will have our "Ytri 1" group practice and starting at 8:00pm the "Ytri 2" group will practice. The idea behind the different groups is to combine all the swimmers of similar abilities and paces so that we can fit into as few lanes as possible.  It is difficult when we have many swimmers of different speeds trying to share the same lane. The "Ytri 1" group is for those swimmers who completed our Crash Course and for those who typically do the "C" workouts at our practices. If your swim pace tends to be on the slower side this group is for you. The "Ytri 2" group is for the more intermediate/advanced swimmers.  If you regularly complete the "A" or "B" workout at practice then this group is for you. Please adhere to these groups to help things run as smoothly as possible. If you are unsure of which group to join, please ask Kevin or Marsha since we have a pretty good sense of who belongs where.

Monday Evenings - April 14th through June 9th
"Ytri 1" Group - 7:00pm
"Ytri 2" Group - 8:00pm 

Also, if you are not a YMCA member, please remember there is an additional fee to join us for swimming. Please pay the daily fee at the front desk each time you come to swim.

If you have any feedback (positive or negative), please share with coaches Kevin or Marsha. We know that change is never easy. Thank you in advance for your patience as we make this transition!

The Cycling Studio Has Moved!

In case you missed it... the cycling studio has moved! The studio is now located down the hall from it's original location, in a room on the right hand side of the hall before you reach the gymnastics gym. From here on, we will be meeting for Performance Cycling there!  A couple of things to bear in mind:

  • The transition to this new space can't happen over night. The Y is working very hard to be able to offer classes while this move is occurring so that cancellations don't have to occur.  Please bear with everyone as this all takes place.
  • The Y is working on improvements to the ventilation in that room.  Again, work is not complete yet and they are aware that changes need to be made.  Please understand that you will need to bring extra water/ drink/ electrolytes during this transition time AND will need to monitor your own workout intensity.  If you are feeling overheated because of the high temperatures in the room, PLEASE do not continue to exercise at the same intensity level.  Bring it down a notch!  Most of us love a great workout, and actually enjoy being "beaten up" a bit during PC, but a heat injury can be serious, and can ruin not only your workout, but possibly even your season.  Acclimatation training/ heat training is not recommended to be done at high-intensity, so please don't make the mistake of trying to get ready for our Chicago summers in one week! 
  • If you have any feedback (positive or negative), please feel free to let the instructor know, or you can contact Heidi Deininger or Tiffany Heal directly. We know that change is never easy, but please try to be patient as we work with the Y through it!


If you have any further questions for us here at Ytri, please contact Club President, Kristan Felix at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Upcoming Swimming Time Changes

Due to unforeseen scheduling conflicts with the Blue Marlin swim team we must revise our swim training schedule.  We will still swim tonight at 8:15pm and Friday at 7:00pm.  Beginning next week we will have a different schedule.  We are still working with the YMCA to ensure minimal disruption to our training regimen.  As soon as we know the days and times we will comunicate that information to you.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Please email Kevin at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

Transition Clinic April 12th

Where: Buehler Y "Training Room" (across from gymnastics room)
When: Saturday, April 12th from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. 

Your race is approaching and one of the most intimidating parts of the big race for you might be the transition area. It can be confusing and overwhelming for any triathlete not to mention the first timer. The transition itself has been called the fourth discipline, and is often overlooked for improvement; yet it is one of the easiest places to find time savings.

Join Coach Sam for our transition clinic April 12th @ 10:00 am at the YMCA. He is going to share the "do's and don'ts of transition," and tips on how to get in and out as quickly as possible. Sam will present a transition area and what a successful transition area looks like. This is a great opportunity to learn more and ask questions.

Hope to see you there!

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