Training Programs :: Sprint and Olympic Triathlon Training

Chicago Triathlon: Sprint and Olympic Triathlon Training

This is THE premier triathlon in Chicago — and one of the largest in the world! CES will take you through every step of the journey — from the initial day of training all the way to the medal placed around your neck at the finish line!

CES Triathlon Training

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT through April 30th

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We have created a custom, 12-week program that will get you ready for one of the premier races in the world! No matter your experience level, we'll get you ready to perform at your best. Your first triathlon? Our coaches guide you every step of the way. Shooting for a PR? We'll challenge you to reach for the next level! Get motivated, meet great people, have fun and get in terrific condition at the same time! Sign up for our training program before signing for the Chicago Triathlon, and we'll send you a code good for $10 off race fees.

Highlights for 2018!

CES Triathlon Jersey 2018
  • Custom, CES triathlon jerseys are included into the cost of the program. Custom jersey valued at $90
  • AMAZING Race-Day Experience!!! Exclusive CES Start Wave and Transition Racks! HUGE pre & post race team compounds!
  • Virtual Training Option — get the coaching and training support even if you can't make the group training! (*some restrictions apply)

Group Training Days

Group training sessions are held every Thursday and Saturday, beginning with our first session on Thursday, June 7, 2018 (we'll be running at Fleet Feet Sports, Old Town). Read below for more detail on what happens at those sessions.

Thursdays — 6:30pm

These days alternate between running & swimming workouts. (Biking with a group along the lakefront at night just isn't a smart thing to do!) The focus of these mid-week workouts are on technique, strength & speed. Our coaching staff will be present to help teach, challenge and motivate you!

Saturdays — 7:00am

A variety of training activities take place during our weekend sessions. Some weeks focus exclusively on biking. Other weeks combine bike & run together ("brick" workouts). Several times we put all three sports together to simulate the unique challenges of triathlon. Our coaches will train with you to motivate and answer any concerns or questions that come up along the way.

CES Triathlon Training

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Open House & Custom Tri Apparel Fitting

Want to learn more? Join us at one of our Open Houses — a great opportunity to see what a CES training program is like to be sure this is a right fit for you. Meet our coaches, sponsors and alumni and ask them questions regarding the program. You'll also meet your future teammates. We'll go over the structure of the program, explain the training plan and get you excited for a great season of training and racing with CES. Registration will be available after the meeting. Don't worry — we won't make you swim, bike or run — dress casually and bring your questions. You will also have the opportunity to get fitted for you custom CES Tri jersey. The Open House is FREE for those who RSVP.

  • Sunday, June 2, 10:00am at Old Town Triangle Center (1763 N. North Park Ave)


Program Benefits

Not only do you get to have a fantastic experience, but you also receive great stuff:

  • Professional, experienced (and nice!) coaches (more details)
  • Personalized, daily training schedule for all levels of triathletes, including first timers!
    • Delivered via FREE Training Peaks account
  • Weekly e-newsletter with training & program updates
  • Weekly Q & A with our coaches at all training sessions
  • Coached group training — two times per week
  • Custom technical training shirt (GROUP members only)
  • $10 discount off Chicago Triathlon Race Fees (not applicable for those already registered)
  • Custom, CES Triathlon jersey included in the cost of the program
    • Custom Triathlon Racing Jersey, valued at $90 (GROUP & VIRTUAL members)
  • Exclusive access to the CES Team Tent at Swim Start and at the finish line on race day!
  • Sponsor Benefits:
    Discounts/promotions from our exclusive partners:
  • Educational seminars & clinics (more info below)
  • Fun, team social activities
  • and much more!


Group Training Program:* CES Alumni New Members
Early Bird Pricing (through April 30) $285 $299
Regular Pricing (May 1 and beyond) $295 $309
Virtual Pricing:    
Early Bird Pricing (through April 30) $139 $149
Regular Pricing (May 1 and beyond) $149 $159

Payment plan is available — simply contact to set it up.

  • $100 deposit and 3 monthly payments (includes small processing fee)

Please note: This program does not include your entry fee to the Chicago Triathlon. It is the athlete's responsibility to register for and pay the race entry.

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Limited Space Available

In order to maintain the high quality that CES is known for (and which participants expect of CES), this program is limited to 125 people. Don't miss your chance — register today!

Group Training Locations

Where will we meet? Depends on the focus of that day's training session. Here are a few of the key training locations:


  • Ohio Street Beach — We swim in Lake Michigan. A lot. There's no better method to prepare for open water swimming than by training in open water!
  • UIC Sport & Fitness Center (West Campus) — We'll train here while we're waiting for the lake to warm up. We host our Swim Technique Clinics here on the first and second weekends of training, June 9 & 16.


  • Old School Forest Preserve — We travel to the northern suburbs for our longer bike sessions, where the roads are open without a rollerblader in sight. Many team members carpool to the training site, which has bathrooms, water and free parking for your convenience. Occasionally, we also include short "Brick" runs after the rides.
  • 31st Street Beach (Chicago Lakefront) — We do some of our "Brick" training sessions from here, riding and running south along the beautiful Lakefront Path.
  • Randolph & Lakeshore Drive (near Columbia Yacht Club) — We hold our Race Prep clinic here, as this is the site of the transition area for the Chicago Triathlon.


  • Fleet Feet Sports, Old Town — For our "running only" training sessions, we meet at Fleet Feet Sports and head to the Lakefront Path. There will be gear check, bathrooms, changing rooms, and water available before and after these sessions.

Virtual Training Option

Do you live too far away and can't make it to the group workouts? Can't make it to any of the Group training sessions because of conflicts?

Solve this problem with our Virtual Training option and you'll receive daily training schedules and coaching support online (via Training Peaks), access to race day amenities, as well as the weekly email newsletter with coaching tips, race updates and more. The virtual program is a great way to train on your own with virtual support from a helpful team of coaches.

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Clinics & Seminars

If you wish to achieve your goals, you need to do more than put in the miles! Our expert coaches and guest speakers present clinics on a variety of topics including (but not limited to):

  • Triathlon Swim Technique (1.5 hour comprehensive clinic plus follow up)
  • Cycling — Skills, Maintenance and Equipment selection and Fit
  • Smooth, Fast Transitions — the "Fourth" component of triathlon
  • Core & Strength Training
  • Injury Prevention & Flexibility
  • Food as Fuel: Sports Nutrition for Triathletes
  • Training Tools: GPS, Heart Rate Monitor, Online Tools Training
  • Mental Skills for Training & Racing Success
  • Comprehensive Race Prep

Our Coaching Staff

CES is proud of our professional, experienced coaching staff — they go the extra mile to make sure you have an enjoyable and successful training season! Why is it important to have qualified coaches? They can:

  • Evaluate your current fitness level and goals to insure you are training at an appropriate level
  • Evaluate and suggest ways to improve your form & technique
  • Assist you if you need to adjust your training schedule, in the event of an injury or missed training due to unforeseen circumstances
  • Motivate and challenge you to accomplish your goals in a smart, safe and effective manner

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How to Register

Online registration is available by clicking the button below:

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No refunds are provided in full or in part for any reason, including injury, after a program commences. No prorated fees are provided for late enrollments.



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