There are athletes who enjoy challenging themselves within the sport of triathlon. Perhaps the athlete is an established swimmer or runner, maybe they just have that "it" factor. They excel at every sport and are SELF driven- not PARENT driven. We have a place for these athletes on the High Performance team which focuses on draft-legal racing. This is the same format used in the newly formed NCAA Women's Varsity program and the format used by professional with their focus on international competition and potentially the Olympics.
Draft-Legal racing is very competitive format of triathlon. The training and approach is entirely different than non-draft racing. On the following pages, you will find detailed information about triathlon, our team culture, expectations and help in understanding entry into this format. Athletes that participate in draft-legal racing are typically strong swimmers or strong runners and are driven to compete at the highest level of the sport. There are currently less than 700 athletes in the United Stated aged 13 to 19 years old competing in this format. It's not for everyone, like all true "High Performance Teams," the program is very selective.
Age-group coaching does not work for draft-legal. The training is completely different. Don't be fooled by coaches who coach non-draft and "dabble" with draft-legal, it is irresponsible. Sending an athlete to Age Group Nationals/or Worlds and is NOT the same is Elite Cup racing.
The first year on the High Performance Team is probationary for all athletes. Athletes must demonstrate safe bike pack riding skills before entering into this format of racing. The first year of exploring the highest level of the sport gives the athlete and parents the opportunity to explore draft-legal triathlon to see if it is a good fit. To be perfectly honest, the first year of racing is humbling for all of the athletes. It takes time to develop the skills to be competitive.
These are the fastest multi-sport athletes in the United States and it can be very intimidating and dangerous if not adequately prepared. Coach Kim keeps the HPT small and selective, this ensures quality coaching that is specific to each individual athlete. After the first year, Coach Kim will sit down with the parents and athlete to create a 4 year plan to ensure long term success.
Criteria for consideration:
- Swim year round and meet the swim standards.
- Meet the minimum run time standards.
- Must have a road bike, no TT bikes.
- Completed in a triathlon in the past.
- Willing to travel to races.
- Dedicate time to learning the bike skills that ensure safety for the athlete and other competitors.
- Recognize that there is a large learning curve and success does not come easily.
High performance athletes are joking called our "mini-pros." As their behavior, personal habits and approach is focused and professional.
Parents of the fully committed athletes provide the opportunity for their children to participate in draft-legal racing. They support their athlete without interfering with coaching and do not "live through their child." They understand long term athlete development and progression through various stages and understand the ultimate goal is to pursues winning and the even more important goal of teaching life lessons through sports.
There are many factors that impact athlete progression. Teens are growing, each and everyone are at different levels in their social, physical, mental, emotional and athletic development. It is impossible to compare one athlete to another. Athletes, like all humans-- are continually growing and changing. Don't focus on today's results.
Coach Kim works individually with families to create a long term development plan that will address your athletes specific needs as they grow and mature. Athleticism is not the most important area to develop. Without a solid social, physical, mental and emotional foundation; the athletes athletic potential will not be met.
This is private coaching. Specific planning and progression based on your athlete's developmental needs keep your family and athlete in balance. In-season training is considered January through August of each year. The monthly fee is $175 per month, plus and additional $100 per cup race for race suport. Off-season is September through December, the monthly fee during this time period is $100 per month.
This includes annual training, four year LTAD goal setting, unlimited coach access, Training Peaks Premium account, race support, in person training sessions and full access to all practices and camps offered by Impact Multisport.
Not all athletes are ready to join the HPT. Coach Kim offers an Elite Development program for middle and high school students who are interested in competing in the draft-legal format. These athletes typically meet the time standards in one area, but have weaknesses in other areas that need to be improved. These athletes are invited to participate in all HPT practices during this time.
Click on the Draft-Legal Format link to the right and you will find detailed information about racing, our team culture, expectations and help in understanding entry into the sport.
To understand the travel demands of draft-legal racing, review the schedule.