What is Formula Endurance?
Formula Endurance is the ONLY high performance triathlon team in San Diego. With the NCAA set to introduce women's triathlon and scholarship opportunities, it is important that athletes with the aptitude for multi-sport explore all opportunities. Formula Endurance focuses on preparing its athletes for all aspects of triathlon. We don't restrict athletes, we support them. Formula Endurance is committed to promoting and developing the sports of triathlon among youth, teenagers, collegiate and post-collegiate athletes in a team atmosphere, from beginner to elite ability levels. Athletes in the program will build skills and learn goal setting and pursuing goals. With hard work and fun, athletes will build a healthy lifestyle from their experiences in this positive environment for personal growth both in the sport, and in life. Formula will also support certain athletes displaying a desire and potential ability to compete at the highest level of the sport for their age, with a more focused and determined training regimen and development protocol toward the highest levels of sport.
What age does my child have to be to participate?
Your child can be ages 6-19 to be a part of the program. Their age is determined by their age on December 31 of this year.
Who is the Head Coach?
Jim Vance is the head coach of the team. Jim has been an elite triathlete, and is a level 2 USA Triathlon Certified Coach, and an Elite Coach for TrainingBible Coaching. Jim is also a two-time amateur world champion in triathlon, for XTERRA and ITU. He has also seen success at the Ironman level, with multiple top 8 finishes, including 3rd at Ironman Florida in 2006, in a time of 8:37:09. Jim is a former school teacher, who holds a BS in physical education, and using his background in teaching to be an exceptional coach.
How long is the Formula season? What is their race schedule?
The Formula Endurance season is year round, with practices offered weekly. Race schedule varies with the seasons.
How often do they practice?
It depends on youth or junior program, but there are many opportunities. We practice multiple times per week in and around Mission Bay.
What if my child can not attend some of the sessions?
Though attendance will be highly encouraged, it is not mandatory. Athletes who attend practice regularly are the ones who improve the most, without question.
What sorts of equipment does my child need to participate? What can Formula provide, if my child doesn’t have a bike, or other needs?
Athletes in the triathlon program can be offered a bike, helmet and wetsuit, if they need it, for a small annual lease. Athletes in the triathlon program will need a road bike, helmet, wetsuit, and running shoes, at a minimum. Training apparel, such as bike shorts, swim suits, and other items are highly recommended. Formula has delivered FREE gear and apparel averaging nearly $1000 per family, PER YEAR! How do we do this? We get donations from companies and individuals, and we give these items to the athletes.