New DARE TO TRI Season Up and Running


The Modern Athlete DARE TO TRI Academy has had six very successful years since we started with our initial coaching project that took 10 novices to compete at the 70.3 Ironman South Africa in 2012. Now the 2017/2018 DARE TO TRI Programme kicked off on 10 July, so sign up today and let us help you reach your triathlon goals.

This training programme has transformed many everyday athletes and even self-confessed ‘couch potatoes’ into triathletes that have not only finished their first ever Standard Olympic distance triathlon, but then gone on to cross the finish line at Ironman 70.3 as well as the Ironman African Champs in PE.

The success of DARE TO TRI (DTT) is that it is an affordable, manageable and sustainable training programme that fits in with your family, work and social commitments. The programme is designed to take complete novices to the ultimate triathlon finish of an Ironman event, and this is done with a carefully planned gradual increase in training over the triathlon season. DTT specialises in training novices, and this past year we also took visually-impaired triathlete Helen Webb to her first ever triathlon finish at BelaBela, and seven months later she finished Ironman African Champs in PE, where we had nine novices amongst our 12 finishers.

This year’s programme will work toward these main goal events (but we will also plan to do other events on the calendar, including some of the shorter sprint triathlons):
12 August 2017: 5150 BelaBela – 1.5km swim/40km bike/10km run
24 September 2017: MiWay Cape Ultra – 1.9km swim/90km bike/21km run
26 November 2017: MiWay Midlands Ultra – 1.9km swim/90km bike/21km run
28 January 2018: 70.3 East London – 1.9km swim/90km bike/21km run
15 April 2018: Ironman South Africa – 3.8km swim/180km bike/42km run

Tried and Trusted Programme
Each week (usually Mondays) all members receive an e-mail detailing the week’s recommended training as well as the month ahead. The programme will have two training plans – one for novices and one for those who have already completed a Half Iron triathlon and are looking to improve their times. Weekday training is done by yourselves, or with friends, a training group or your clubmates, and then weekend coached sessions will be presented by DTT Coach Derick Marcisz, and all athletes are encouraged to come along and train with the Group. (Specifically structured training is available if you require it, and is especially recommended if you need a beginner’s programme for one of the sports.)

The weekend coached training sessions will be as follows:
• RUN training will be on Saturday mornings from Jeppe Quondam.
• SWIM training will be on Saturday afternoons, starting with indoor pool sessions at Virgin Active Bedfordview, and then we will start open water swims in September as the weather warms up again.
• BIKE training will be on Sunday mornings, either out in the Cradle or in the South of Joburg.

The DTT Academy will also host the following specialised workshops:
• SWIM WORKSHOPS (one indoors and one outdoors) – focussing on swim technique and open water swimming.
• BIKE WORKSHOP – basic bike maintenance.
• BIKE/RUN WORKSHOP – learn how to transition from bike to run.

Still the Most Affordable Option!
The good news is that we have once again kept the costs down, and for just R1500 you will receive coaching and be able to join coached weekend group training from 11 July 2017 till Ironman PE on 15 April 2018. You cannot get this level of coaching for this period (nine months) at this cost anywhere else, so go to and follow the prompts to register.

Meet The Coach: Derick Marcisz
The Modern Athlete DARE TO TRI Coach is 62 years old and can look back on 47 years as a runner, cyclist and triathlete – and he is still an active athlete. Derick has a marathon PB of 2:17:17, a sixth place finish at the Old Mutual Two Oceans 56km Ultra-marathon, and a top 20 finish in the Cape Town Cycle Tour. He has been involved in triathlon since 2000 and has competed in more than 120 triathlon and duathlons, at all distances from sprint to Ironman. Derick has represented the South African Age Group Team at five World Triathlon/Duathlon Championships. He is a qualified TSA triathlon coach and has been involved in coaching athletes for more than 20 years.