YoungTri Members Meet for the First Time in Lake Placid!

YoungTri Members Hannah and Olivia connected through YT and met up in Lake Placid this weekend! They went skating, talked tris, and got to know each other a little better :). Hannah is a freshman at UVM, and Liv is a junior in high school in New Jersey!

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Throwin’ up the YT!

Looking forward to many more of these YoungTri meetups and friendships in 2014 🙂

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Skating in Lake Placid!


Have you met a friend through YoungTri (either virtually or in real life)? Let us know! Email

Happy (Almost) New Year!

Tri Hard,


Triathlon Business International Conference: I Will Be Speaking!

photo-210I was chosen to speak at the Triathlon Business International Conference in Marina del Rey, California on January 27th! Kaitlin and I will join triathlon industry leaders (Including Mike Reilly “Voice of Ironman” pictured) from all over the world at the annual conference. I will be speaking about YoungTri, the role of young athletes in the sport, my experience in triathlon, social media’s role in the sport, and more!

Kaitlin and I will be out there for a few days, and we hope to see some members from SoCal while out there! We’re both really excited about attending the conference.

You can find out more about TBI and the conference here.

One of the ***3*** exciting announcements for YoungTri over the next few weeks in preparation for our 3rd birthday! 

Tri Hard,


YoungTri Ambassador Luke Birkett from Nebraska: IronKids Star!

Congrats to YoungTri Ambassador Luke from NE on his awesome finish at the IronKids race in Sioux City, IA! It’s his 8th race of the summer & 11th race so far! He came in 2nd place out of 19 ten year old boys & 8th out of 112 in his division! WOW!

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Luke & his mom rocking their YT gear!

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On the podium!

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Photo finish!

Follow Luke & his mom on Instagram: @ironkid12 @ironmom12

What do you want to see more of on YoungTri? Vote & win YT gear!

Vote below & tell us what you want to see more of on YoungTri! Voters {if you comment on the post or email} will be entered to win free YT gear – winners announced this weekend.

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Tri Hard,

Caity & The YoungTri Team

Transition Talk: Tri Beginnings

At the end of the year, I always find myself quite reflective. This usually seeps into the first month or so of the next year. So much happens over the course of a year; from races won to races lost, myriad hours of training, events, birthdays, meeting new people, embarking on new endeavors – the list could go on forever.

Each year, some blemishes creep into our days, weeks, months – as well as thoughts and behaviors. When the clock strikes 12 on January 1st of the new year, the objective should not be to completely rid oneself of these missteps and to never err again; it should be to grow, learn and progress from previous errors.

This can be directly applied to the triathlon world. Whether it be figuring out new goals after accomplishing previous ones (such as winning a race or completing an Ironman), rethinking things after a failed race or training plan or otherwise, thinking about the upcoming year is an important part of growing as an athlete.

I think the biggest thing to remember is to breathe and know that things will be okay.Like one of my favorite quote states, “Know that everything is in perfect order whether you understand it or not.”

At the time, it may not seem like a disappointing race finish, workout, or failed plan has no good in it… for it can appear as if the situation is merely a disappointing point in your ever-growing and developing triathlon career. However, with disappointments can come growth.

This past summer, did not competing in Ironman and only being able to race a couple of times eem like a positive? No. But after months of reflecting on this shaky race season, I have come to accept it. I needed to focus on rowing, tend to my sprain and stress fracture in my foot, and prepare myself to be a part of a Division 1 rowing program over the summer. This summer provided me with many learning experiences and means through which I can grow and develop as an athlete. Going forward, I’m happy that I focused on rowing over the summer (I needed to learn how to row before I went to college!) and stayed healthy. I’ve transferred this energy for planning for the upcoming year – and I couldn’t be more excited. I can use my strength from rowing to have an awesome tri season this summer.

The same can be said for you. Yes, you. Take a moment to think. What was your biggest triathlon related success last year? Disappointment? How can you reflect, grow and learn from this?

Things are not always perfect. And as much as the inner control freak in me hates to admit it, things often do not go as planned. Sometimes the best way to deal with this inevitable part of life is to go with it. Roll with the punches. Go with the flow. You get the idea. Plan a race calendar, set goals, and adjust and align your expectations along the way. Take each day in stride, and make 2013 the year of innumerable tri beginnings.

Tri hard,



attending the IMNYC banquet even though neither one of us ended up competing – haha (Erin completed IMLP though! Yay)Image

With some of my crew teammates at Harvard!Image

Chilling on the IMNYC course… haha (notice the sneakers… I never wear sneakers outside of workouts unless my foot is injured… it took a lot. haha)


  • Name: Andrew Gyenis
  • Age: 18
  • Hometown: Reston, Virginia
  • Years involved in triathlon: 4
  • School: Stanford University
  • Other hobbies: Open water swimming, fishing, cooking, hiking

Think it’s impossible to balance being a d1 athlete, being a student at one of the nation’s best universities and triathlon training? Think again. Andrew Gyenis from Reston, VA does just that. In this first installment in the “YoungTri Athlete Feature” series, learn about what a typical week is like for him and how he got involved in triathlons.

Andrew is currently on the Stanford men’s crew team. Learn a bit about his schedule in this article, and stay tuned for Andrew’s commentary on balancing rowing and triathlon and their similarities and differences in the next part of the feature!

A bit about Andrew’s background and introduction to the sport:

“I grew up as a distance swimmer and loved the challenges and hard work involved with distance training. When I got to high school, it is recommended that we do a sport in the fall since it is a great way to meet new guys and it is a pretty small school (about 100 guys a class). The obvious choice for me was cross country, especially since I had a couple weeks off from swimming towards the end of August. I found that I had some talent in distance running and found success pretty soon as a freshmen. I had heard that the biking was the easiest discipline of a triathlon to pick up, so that summer I borrowed a friend’s bike that was way too small for me and signed up for a sprint triathlon. From then on I was hooked. My mom always told me before a race “If nothing else, have a great open water swim”. There weren’t many open water race opportunities in my area for a 14 year old, so for a while my mentality was that I was getting in an open water race which just happened to have a fast bike and run afterwards.”

Typical training week this fall:
-Monday: Meet at 6 am to go over to the boat house for an hour row, easy 45 minute swim at 10 am, erg session with the team at 3 pm (roughly 1.5 hours)
-Tuesday: 45 minute swim at 10 am, 45 minute erg session at 4 pm, 1 hour of strength training in the weight room at 5 pm
-Wednesday: Hour row meeting at 6 am, 45 minute swim at 10 am, erg session at 3 pm
-Thursday: 45 minute erg session at 4 pm, hour of strength training at 5 pm, 45 minute easy swim at 6:15 pm
-Friday: same as Monday and Wednesday
-Saturday: Longer row starting at 8 am, hour swim at 1 pm, 30 minute run at 4 pm
-Sunday: Hour swim at 12 pm, 45 minute run at 4 pm

YoungTri 2.0

YoungTri Launches YoungTri 2.0 – New Redesigned Website with More Resources for Members

YoungTri, the international community of young triathletes, launched “YoungTri 2.0” today, August 24th 2012. YT 2.0 is a redesigned version of the site, complete with many new ways for members to get involved.
PRLog (Press Release) – Aug 24, 2012 –
YoungTri 2.0 launches today, as a new and improved way for young triathletes to connect, share their story and learn more about the sport.

YoungTri was launched on January 8th, 2011 with the intention to “connect young triathletes worldwide”. The organization does so through shared stories, ways to get involved, inspiration, information and more.

The YoungTri executive board decided to work on a “YoungTri 2.0” launch the past few months in an effort to redesign the organization. This relaunch of the organization is complete with an entirely new site redesign, new graphics and new pages.

The main elements of the site now include “Why Tri?”, a page filled with resources for new triathletes and those looking to learn more about the sport, “What We Love”, a compilation of contributions from members on their favorite things about triathlon, a new, redesigned “Members” page complete with a forum and links to YoungTri members in the news, a “Get Involved” page with ways to get involved in the triathlon community, and more. The YoungTri Times newsletter was also relaunched as a part of YoungTri 2.0. The first new edition of this newsletter will be released in September 2012.

The new YoungTri launch is focused on members and their dedication to the sport of triathlon. As always, registration for YoungTri is free and all young triathletes (or those aspiring to be!) should go to to register. Members are encouraged to share their story, connect with other members and learn more about the sport through the new site.

The YoungTri Executive Board looks forward to growing and expanding the organization over the coming years, with hopes of it continuing to become a go-to resource for young triathletes all across the world.

YoungTri was founded by Harvard University freshman Caitlin Begg. As an avid triathlete of seven years at the time (now almost nine), she wanted to take her love of the sport to the next level. Through her triathlon efforts, she was recruited as a Division 1 NCAA openweight crew athlete. She is a member of Harvard’s varsity women openweight crew team (Radcliffe). She has made many long-lasting friendships through YoungTri.

The YoungTri Executive Board is made up of four members – Patrick LaBrode, Aaron Lidawer, Alex Werden and Kaitlin Adams. Each have a column in the YoungTri Times newsletter and aid with various aspects of the site as well as ideas and development. The members of the Executive Board have all been a part of YoungTri for over a year.

Patrick LaBrode is a freshman at the University of Texas at Austin and is a member of the varsity men’s swim team. He has competed in over 15 triathlons, including Junior Nationals in 2011. Aaron Lidawer began doing triathlons when he was 13 years-old. He is currently a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania where he is studying business. Alex Werden is a senior at Chapel Hill High School. He is student body president, and has as been racing in triathlons since he was twelve. He is also actively involved in the Swim For Smiles organization. Kaitlin Adams is s a freshman at Boston College where she is studying business. As a South Florida native, she started competing in triathlons at age 15 with her dad.

To find out more about YoungTri, visit the site at

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