The decade’s almost over, incredibly, and, incredibly, the DCT club has been around almost as long.
Perhaps time for a few random thoughts on some of the things that have made and might continue to make DCT a big success:
• Continue balanced, wide-ranging club that promotes everyone from elite athletes to beginners and weekend warriors.
• Push for means to keep race fees and other costs lower. Work with merchant partners and others to this end. Keep membership fees low.
• Help start up an IM or elite training program, drawing on lessons from NTP and HIP.
• Attempt to support regular swims, rides, and runs in NOVA and SOMD in addition to the District.
• Continue successful attraction of and staging of distinct events like the ITU championship and the Nation’s DC here in the metro area.
• Continue and expand if possible inexpensive training races at Hains Point.
• Further support elite events like national tri and duathlon championships.
• Improve web site and social networking tools to the extent possible.
• Attempt to reestablish regular Saturday rides and weekday morning rides for all abilities.
• Continue the holding of happy hours in fun new venues.
• Continue and perhaps expand training weekends in places like SavageMan.
• Keep backing children’s tri in the area. (Attempt to bring Lance Armstrong to the area for a triathlon charity event.)
• Continue inexpensive clinics on running, riding, swimming, nutrition, injury prevention, et al.
• Support college tri squads.
• Attempt again to speed the delivery of club attire.
• Continue and perhaps expand successful brick-nic events in different venues.
Nice post Ed. Many of those things are being addressed which is great news. Some of them still need some work. Either way, very thoughtful post and a great way to address some of the strengths/weaknesses of what we're doing or should be doing.
Also, it's a great time to point out that 2 years ago we were floating somewhere near 850 paid members. As of yesterday, we were at 1045. Consider that we're really only ~8 years old as a club and that's really extraordinary.
This club is amazing and it's been a blast being part of it.
Interesting list. I just signed up with the club this fall after the Nation's Tri. I'd like to see some added profile options on the website. As it stands, all we can add are usernames and a tiny forum avatar. It would be nice if we could have a separate, linked profile page where we could add a larger photo (or photos), a brief bio (tri and non-tri-related as desired), an area to describe triathlon experience, race experience and non-tri interests. It would then be up to each person to decide how much or how little they wanted to reveal.
Back in the day, the old forum had that function - clicked on someone's name/avatar and people could post bios, links to their websites & blogs, race schedules, etc.
RIP old forum. Last time I checked, the domain for the old forum had been poached.
Why did they get ride of that? More and more websites are moving to that type of set-up, partly to copy Facebook and other social networking sites. I think it would be good to learn something about people who post on the forum. You might find out that someone has finished a particular race so you could ask about the course and typical weather conditions there, and so on.