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Races This Weekend!

While Racine is a big race for the team, we also have two local races this weekend that are HUGE! Plan your weekend now to support your teammates at one, or both, of these great events! This is a split weekend, with the Schaumburg Triathlon and Lake Zurich Olympic both on Sunday. We have a ton of athletes doing both events and it's always great to have a cheering squad! Here are the details for both races:

Schaumburg Splash, Pedal, Dash Sprint Tri
Sunday, July 13
Meineke Recreation Center, Schaumburg
6:30 a.m. Start Time

Lake Zurich Olympic
Sunday, July 13
Paulus Park, Lake Zurich
7:00 a.m. Start Time 

Bring your cowbells and YTri gear!!


Open Water Swim Clinic - June 14

YTri and Summit Steps coach Sam Stella will be hosting an open water swim clinic this Saturday, June 14th from 9 - 11 AM. If you are inexperienced with what it takes to swim in open water then this clinic is for you! Sam will work with attendees on getting past open water anxiety, getting into wet suits, dealing with other people in the water, and sighting methods. 

Location: Jones Island Beach, Harvey Ave & N. Alleghany Road, Grayslake
Date / Time: Saturday, June 14th, 9 - 11 AM. 

If you have a wetsuit please do bring it so you can get some practice. If you don't have one that's okay too. Water temperatures have been reasonable.

Do be sure to wear a brightly colored swim cap! This will make things easier for Sam and any other volunteers there helping.

Speaking of volunteers, if you are a comfortable open water swimmer and would like to take an opportunity to pay it forward please do come out and join us! We can use help so people have swimming buddies and to have more people present to help answer questions. Shoot Sam an email at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to give him a heads up that you can help out.

First Tri Forum

Race season is about to begin for many of us, and we know that you may have questions about what to expect. This may be your first triathlon, or your first in a while, or maybe first at a new distance.  We understand that you have questions and may be feeling a little anxious about your event. We want to help assure you that you are ok, and address any questions you have.

Please come to our First Tri Forum on Wednesday June 11 from 6:30 - 8:30 in the State Room at Buehler YMCA.  This will be an open forum for anyone who wants to stop by. Come by anytime, talk with some of the experienced members, get your questions answered and your nerves calmed.

June Social - Kickball!

For our next social, let's play some kickball! When's the last time you played kickball? 7th grade? 

Save the date for our June social -- Saturday, June 14 at 3 p.m. Location is still TBD, but somewhere in Palatine. If you have suggestions, let Jen Bilson know! Feel free to bring the family -- kickball is fun for all ages!

Summer Swimming

Now that the warmer weather is upon us, we are all beginning to transition to outdoor workouts. The Ytri swimming programs are no different. We have two more weeks of our Group Workouts on Monday nights; the last day is June 9th. However, beginning this Friday, May 30th at 5:30am, our coach Sam Stella will begin offering Open Water Swimming practices. The practices begin early on Friday mornings throughout the summer at Jones Island Beach in Grayslake, IL. More information can be found at the Summit Steps Coaching website. (Please note: If you plan to attend you must sign the electronic waiver on the Summit Steps website)
Another great opportunity for outdoor swimming is coming up from June 10th through July 24th. Adult swim practices are offered Tuesday and Thursday nights from 8:15pm to 9:15pm at Birchwood Pool in Palatine (435 W. Illinois Avenue). These practices are very similar to our group workouts and are open to lap swimmers of all abilities. Due to the facility rental costs, the fee is $70 for the session for YMCA members ($140 for non-YMCA members). Register at the YMCA membership desk. (The registration code is: 14spc buaqstmaster.  Bring that with you to ensure no issues with registration)  Although Kevin will not be coaching this outdoor session, he is planning to attend to swim himself and will be available to help out.
Email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with any questions!

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