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2018 Half IRONMAN Training Program (HIT) to Wildflower

Half Ironman Distance Training Program

Welcome to GGTC’s Half Ironman Distance training Program! This training program is designed for the Long Course distance race at the iconic Wildflower Triathlon. This program is designed specifically to match your level of fitness and ability.

We’re looking for people ready to take on a great journey to complete the Wildflower Triathlon on Saturday, May 5, 2018. Long Course Racers will swim 1.2 miles, bike 56 miles and run 13.1 miles.

We are incredibly excited to announce Kate Ligler as our HIT coach!

Kate Ligler is a category 1 road and professional MTB cyclist for Equator Coffee whose work in the sports and fitness industry has spanned nearly the last two decades. She has finished in the top 5 in nearly half a dozen Leadville Series Events, as well as qualifying for the XTERRA World Championships in 2017 for Wattie Ink.

Kate specializes in endurance training in both functional strength and conditioning, as well as technical program creation for cyclists, runners, triathletes, and multi-sport endurance athletes. She is a NASM cPT in addition to a NASM CES (corrective) and PES (performance) specialist. She is also an active member of IDEA, as well as a collaborator for the SEN (Strength Endurance Network).

Coach Kate also coaches our indoor cycling series at Shift SF, which is another way to improve your fitness on the bike!


  Dates: Feb 25 - May 5
  Length: 10 Week Program
  Cost: $330
  New Members: Purchase your GGTC membership here in order to register.
  Questions: Email

Program Components:

Technique instruction to safely and effectively improve your swimming, biking and running

Equipment overview, evaluation, and recommendations

The opportunity to travel, train, and race with the team!

Clinics that cover topics associated with completing a Half Ironman Distance Triathlon

2-3 coached group workouts / week:

»  Wednesday evening track workout coached by Mario Fratoli in coordination with Coach Kate

Kezar Stadium

»  Sun mornings with Coach Kate

Wildflower Course Preview

Additional e-mail support to answer any questions

Weekly training programs detailing your training

Key Dates

Information Meeting

Tues, Feb 6

7pm - 8pm

Learn more about the program and the coach to see if it’s for you!

Location: Sports Basement Presidio

Registration OPEN NOW

Kick-off Social

Thu, Feb 22

Come meet new and senior GGTC Members!

Location: TBD

Registration TBD »

First Group Workout

Sun, Feb 25

Location: TBD

GGTC Wildflower Training Weekend

Fri, Apr 6 - Sun, Apr 8

Lake San Antonio
(Wildflower Tri Location)

More Info Coming Soon »

Wildflower Triathlons

Sat, May 5

Members Get Your GGTC Discount Here »

Register ASAP »


Who is this for?

Self-motivated individuals that want to take on the challenge of triathlon training! Both first time triathletes and those who've competed before and want to train in a group are welcome.


Do you offer Full 140.3 IRONMAN Training?

We've found over the years that a focused 70.3 Half Ironman Program has the most demand amongst members. We do have recommendations for coaches if you're looking for full IRONMAN coaches and coaching programs. Contact us and we'll get you those recommendations.


When will I be working out?

The group meets 2-3 times per week leading up to race day for a combination of swimming, biking and running workouts.


Where will I be training?

Workouts will be held in San Francisco and North Bay.


What happens if I can’t make it to all the workouts?

It would be great if we had enough time in the day to do everything we want and sometimes life gets in the way. With the help of your coaches, you can train as little as 8 hours a week and feel confident you can complete the race.


Do I have to race?

No, competing in the Wildflower Triathlon is optional. You can certainly train with the group and not race or race in another triathlon. It’s totally up to you!


Can you tell me more about the Triathlon?

Please visit their site for more details regarding the race. Securing an entry spot and registration fees are not included with the program. You must register independently for the Wildflower Triathlon.


What about equipment?

You will need a bicycle and helmet, running shoes, swimsuit, goggles and a wetsuit. If you don't have these things yet, don't worry! Coach JD will cover the basics of triathlon equipment in the beginning of the training program.


How do I register if I’m not a member yet?

You’ll first purchase GGTC Annual Membership prior here. Then you can register for HIT!

Let’s Do This!