Beginner Info

If this is your first triathlon, congratulations on undertaking such a spectacular challenge! The Got the Nerve? event is a perfect get-your-feet-wet triathlon. Our committee has put together an excellent series of tips to help make your Got the Nerve? experience both positive and enjoyable.

Beginners Tips

Day Before The Race Beginners’ Clinic

First-time competitors will have an opportunity to visit the transition area, learn how the race will unfold, and receive advice from experienced triathletes that will help them to have a great race day. Please keep an eye on the newsletter and Facebook page for updates and schedule.

Professional Triathlon Coaching


Andrew Yoder is a high performance triathlon coach based in Lancaster, PA. He raced as a professional triathlete for 9 years and was considered one of the best cyclists in the sport. Andrew has worked with some of triathlon’s top coaches and uses his experience and knowledge of the sport to develop his own unique training methodologies.

Andrew uses a real coaching approach of constant communication and fully customized training programs to help his athletes reach their potential. He coaches athletes of all abilities and designs a training program balanced with each individual’s life commitments.

“Got the Nerve? Triathlon sparked my triathlon passion and provided the platform for me to pursue a professional career in triathlon. Born and raised in Lancaster, Mount Gretna has always been a site for endurance sports such as running and mountain biking. When Got the Nerve? Triathlon came onto the scene in 2004, it offered local triathletes with great season opener and the opportunity to race for something more than themselves by supporting the IM ABLE Foundation. Chris has done an exceptional job by providing a high quality race while maintaining a grass roots feeling of inclusivity, community, and camaraderie.” – Andrew Yoder, Yoder Performance

Learn more about Andrew and Yoder Performance and how he can provide guidance for your new or continued triathlon experience:



Mentor Program

We have a group of experienced triathletes who are available for questions as well as organizing training sessions from bike course recon, open water swimming practice, and practice transitions.

Please keep an eye on the newsletter and Facebook page for updates and schedule. If you would like to serve as a mentor to a beginner or take advantage of the program itself, please answer accordingly at the end of your registration.