Photo Courtesy of Tim Edwards

Mike Monson competed against schools from around the country in the 2015 National Triathlon Championship in Georgia.


February 9, 2016

Gear up with Tri Club

On the top floor of the Cleveland State Rec Center, Coach Tim Edwards is perched in a corner, watching his team run around a track filled with students.

On each side of him medicine balls and balance balls are lying on the ground, waiting for the next exercise.

“All right, grab the medicine balls and give me 10 lumberjacks and then four laps around the track,” Edwards says, as a group of eager runners are huddled around him.

The runners are a part of the Cleveland State Triathlon Club, which is made up of undergraduate and graduate students at Cleveland State who want to train and compete in triathlons.

The club formed in 2002, making it one of the longest running clubs at Cleveland State.

The goal is to help students train for triathlons in a group environment.

The club also helps people with very little experience, but who have a goal.

“We have members who have never swum before they joined,” Edwards said. “I work with them on the fundamentals and teach them how to swim along with the proper mechanics of running.

A triathlon combines swimming, biking and running into one race with the best time winning the race.

In collegiate triathlons, individuals earn points for their team based on how they finish.

“It takes a sport that is seen as being individualistic and gives it a team feel so we all pull for each other,” Mike Monson, president of the Triathlon club, said.
Members all have different reasons for joining the club and different backgrounds, but the common theme is to stay healthy.

“I wrestled in high school and I wanted a way to stay in shape that wouldn’t beat up my body as much, so I joined,” Monson said.

Monson has competed in multiple triathlons and became the president in the last year.

He attributes his success to Coach Edwards and to the training regimen he puts together for the members.

The club meets twice a week and on the days they do not meet Edwards will post a workout online for the members to follow.

“The posted workouts are good, but I like the set schedule of twice a week practices,” Sarah West, vice president of the club, said

The goal is the same for all the members — to qualify for the 2016 USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championship, in Clemson, S.C., where 31 different schools compete for gold.

“I am waiting to hear back for a spot in the Olympic Triathlon at Nationals,” Monson said.
An Olympic Triathlon is the traditional triathlon that has a competitor do a 1.5 kilometer (.93 mile) swim, 40 kilometer (25 mile) bike and a 10 kilometer (6.2 mile) run. Cleveland State team members also trains for sprint triathlons, which consist of a 750 meter (.47 mile) swim, 20 kilometer (12 mile) bike and 5 kilometer (3.1 mile) run.

The team has an indoor triathlon on Feb. 24 at the Cleveland State Rec Center, which is a fundraiser for the club along with some race experience for the season ahead. The indoor triathlon is open to anyone and is different than a traditional triathlon, in that each event has a time limit and when the time expires for one event everyone moves to the next event. There will be a collegiate and non-collegiate division.

If interested in participating in the indoor triathlon, sign up is at:

The team has a website and is always looking for new members. Get more information at


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