High Performance Team

High Performance Teams play an integral role in the identification, recruitment, development, and age-appropriate competitive preparation of emerging Youth Elite, Junior Elite, and U23 athletes for USA Triathlon with the goal of developing well-rounded athletes capable of success at the highest levels of competition and progression within the USAT High Performance Program. AERO is one of only 40 such teams in the entire country and the only High Performance Team in the state of Tennessee. The AERO High Performance Team competes in highly competitive, draft-legal races across the country. Team selections are completed in the fall for the upcoming season beginning in January.

Training options for High Performance Team athletes

Daily Performance Environment

We believe that the best way for athletes to achieve their highest performance is to train primarily in a group environment where the guidance of coaches can assess progress and instruct in areas of form, skills and technique and support of teammates can help motivate athletes to push beyond their previous limits. Athletes in the Daily Performance Environment train together under the supervision of USA Triathlon certified coaches 8 to 15 hours per week and receive a customized training plans monitored by coaches through Training Peaks.

  • 8-12 hours coached practices
  • Custom training plan
  • Coaching at all AERO events
  • Discount at all AERO camps
  • Cost: $570 / session
    • Spring Session: March 20-June 4
    • Summer Session: June 12-August 27
Distance Training

For athletes living too far to participate in the Daily Performance Environment AERO offers distance training options with customized training plans monitored by coaches through Training Peaks allowing athletes to train on their own with occasional access to High Performance Team practices as well as weekly feedback and event coaching from High Performance Team coaches.

  • Basic Distance Athlete Training
    • 6 hours group training included per month
    • Cost:  $80/mo
  • Distance Athlete Plus Training
    • 6 hours group training included per month
    • Weekly training plans
    • Cost:  $150/mo
  • Additional drop-in practices for distance athletes are $10/hour
Emerging Elite
Athletes working towards being a part of the High Performance Team the following season may be selected to participate in a limited numbers of High Performance Team practices as an Emerging Elite athlete. If you have an athlete interested please contact the High Performance Team head coach for more information.

2017 Regular Season Training

Training during the 2017 season will be broken up into 3 sessions.
Weekly training plans for all HP team athletes in daily performance environment sessions will be provided.

Training Sessions

EARLY SEASON SESSION – January 9th through March 5th; $400

  • 4-5 hours swim/week
  • 1-2 bike sessions/week
  • 1-2 run sessions/week

SPRING SESSION – March 20th through June 4th; $570

SUMMER SESSION – June 12th through August 27th; $570

Submit HP Team Application


Race Schedule

Draft Legal Youth & Junior Races

Non-Drafting Races

Annual Membership
There is a $75 annual membership fee for all AERO athlete, with a $25 discount for early registration (by March 1st). The membership fee includes the following benefits:
  • AERO athletic shirt or water bottle
  • USAT youth membership
  • Coaching at all AERO events
  • Discounts and other benefits from local businesses
  • End of season team party
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