Top Five Rules for TriStars Success

The Rules For TriStars Success


As those who have experienced a spin class with me know, I am a fan of “The Rules” as published by the Velominati. These are rules of cycling which cover everything from riding in the rain (#9) to safety by prohibiting half-wheeling (#86) to what to wear (#53). The rules are put forward in the spirit of good fun and camaraderie. In that same spirit, I am putting forward these slightly modified top 5 rules for success with Tristars whether we are just starting out or wizened veterans. If you want to check out the original rules, and I do believe you should, please click on this link:

Rule #3 – Guide the Uninitiated. Learning the basics of the sport can be intimidating. If cycling has over 100 rules as imagined by the Velominati, imagine three sports and learning them all at once. Learning how to be happy and successful at triathlon is a never-ending process. No one knows everything and no one can know everything. Those of us who have been around have a duty to help beginners with tips and advice. 


There is no question too silly to be asked. What is a Presta? Which way does a swim cap go? What are A’s, B’s and C’s? How do you pump a tire?

All the experienced people once had to ask these questions or something very similar. Use them as a resource. They have a duty to help you. They know they owe it to the sport to help you. They want to help you. Let them. Also, they are friendly and nice people, especially Saskia.

Rule #5 – Harden the F*&% Up. Triathlon is a sport in which you are constantly pushing yourself. You are pushing through your fear of putting your head in the water or you are making yourself run faster than ever before or you are riding with clipless pedals for the first time ever. No matter what we do and how fast everyone else may be going, the only constant is that we are pushing ourselves all the time.

It is uncomfortable to push yourself. Do it. We will help you.

Rule #10 – It Never Gets Easier, You Just Go Faster. Triathlon is an individual sport. Your coaches do not want you to go as fast as your friends. Your coaches want you to do your very best. Your coaches want you to put in a real effort in each workout because only through that work will progress be made.

When you see other people going faster than you, no matter how effortless it may look, you must always remember that person is working just as hard as you are. As you progress and the successes pile up, the one constant will be how much work you must put in to achieve that success. There is no letting up; you will just be going faster.


Rule #9 – If you are out riding in bad weather, it means you’re a bada$$. Period. Success in triathlon requires consistent effort over time. If we let inclement weather deter us from one and then two and than three workouts, before you know it, the training season will have passed us by and we will have not progressed the way we wish and the way our coaches know we are capable.

Aside from genuine safety issues such as frost on a wintery bike ride, our workouts never stop. There are very few conditions you cannot deal with through good gear. Gloves, hats, thermal tights and fenders are all required items. Everyone knows that no matter how bad the weather is, once you get moving, it is just fine. So, get out there and lay down the foundation for a great triathlon season.

Rule #43 – Don’t be a jackass (that’s my job!). If you absolutely must be a jackass, you must be funny. We are all equals in the pool, on the road and on the trail. Be respectful and have fun!

Written for TriStars by Chris Siver