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2014 End of Season

Dear Ytri friends,

We have had one incredible season, and we can't believe that we are already beginning to plan for next year!  The 2014 season saw many new members successfully compete in their first triathlons, an incredible number of veteran Ytri members reaching for and achieving new goals including faster times, longer distances, and achieving personal best times.  As a club, we also watched and celebrated along with our friends as they became Ironmen for the first time.  One of the missions of this club is to build, sustain, and foster a community of individuals who have a passion for triathlon and in supporting each other as we learn and grow in the sport.  Thanks to all of you, we were more than successful in doing just that this season!  

Although the triathlon season has come to a close and as we turn a corner toward the 2015 season, we still have opportunities for you to take advantage of!  Be sure to check out the group swim workouts, Fitness Specialists open house, and be on the lookout for news of our 2014 Ytri end-of-year party, among other events.

As you know, Ytri operates solely on volunteer power.  As we look forward to 2015,  we're looking for a few individuals to help out in Key Volunteer roles! Key Volunteers will execute a variety of duties that keep the club running smoothly. We sincerely hope that you may be willing to volunteer a little bit of your time!  If you have thought about taking a little more active role in Ytri, and would be interested to hear more about what opportunities are available, please contact Kristan, Ytri club president, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Don't forget- all Key Volunteers receive a free Ytri membership for the 2015 season!!!

Thank you so much for being a part of this group- you are what makes this a truly special and unique club!



The Ytri Board 

Fitness Specialists Open House

As we transition from the racing season to the offseason it is a great time to add strength training to our regimen. However, for many of us the weight room is an intimidating, if not scary place to be. Luckily our community partner, Bill Phan of Fitness Specialists has offered to host Ytri members on Saturday, October 18th at 2:00pm for an informative open house to discuss strength training for endurance athletes. Bill Phan will also have information about the strength training clinics and massage therapy services that he offers throughout the year.

Bill Phan - Licensed Massage Therapist and Personal Trainer
240 W. Northwest Highway
Palatine, IL 60067

Buehler Ytri Club

Who We Are

Buehler YTri is a triathlon club associated with the Buehler YMCA in Palatine, Illinois. The club was founded in January 2008. The club is open to YMCA members  and non-members. We are a club that is focused on those new to the sport of triathlon as well as experienced triathletes.  Our goal is to support you and your training at whatever level you find yourself. 

Membership will provide you with:

  • Swimming Clinics & group workout opportunities
  • Training programs for various distances developed by a USAT certified coach
  • Discounts on tri-gear at our partner triathlon related businesses
  • Clinics on training, bike maintenance, bike handling, nutrition, and more!
  • Access to online triathlon resources
  • Interaction with experienced triathletes
  • Fantastic Spectathletes to cheer you on in our Club races
  • YTri social events

Why Join YTri

Joining Buehler YTri is a great way to get started in triathlon, learn from others, train with your teammates, and have fun, all while learning to lead a healthy lifestyle.  We don't care how fast you are, or how far you go.  Our goal is to get you to the finish line.


Contact Us

Please don't hesitate to contact our club staff with questions or suggestions you may have.

  • President: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Kristan Felix)
  • Membership: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
  • Website Support: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  



Group Swimming Beginning Soon!

2014-2015 Ytri Group Swimming Workouts:

-Monday evenings at Buehler YMCA lap pool. Beginning Monday October 27th.
-Time: Group 1 @ 7:30pm, Group 2 @ 8:30pm*
-Written workouts will be provided and Ytri coaches will be on deck to offer stroke correction advice and swimming tips.  No registration is required for participation, just show up at the pool ready to swim with swimsuit, goggles, and a water bottle. If you have a pull buoy or other swim training tools, bring those too. Non-YMCA members must pay the daily YMCA facility access fee at the Front Desk

*Due to lane constraints at the YMCA we have to split into two groups. 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. So, Group 1 (aka: Team Shark) is for those whose swim pace tends to be on the slower side. Group 2 is for those who are more intermediate/advanced swimmers. Don't worry If you are unsure of which group to join, it may take a few weeks to get everyone where they need to be. Just show up to either group and we will make it work.

If you have questions you can email Kevin at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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!

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