Ok, I know some of you might be thinking “Is she really suggesting that I try doing a triathlon? Uh, I can’t, I’m not in shape, I can’t swim,….” First, let me say, if you like diversity in your workout and a little bit of a challenge, doing a triathlon is probably right up your alley.
Even if you aren’t a good swimmer or feel like you’re out of shape, this can be a fun event for you to start. Particularly, indoor triathlons are great for those that are just learning or not strong swimmers. Typically the swim portion takes place in an indoor pool that is shallow enough for you to walk or stop if need be. You can take each segment at your own pace and not feel overwhelmed.
Indoor triathlons are based on the distance you do in a particular time. Usually they entail a 10-min swim, 20 min bike, and 15 min run. The bike is done on an elliptical or spin bike and the run on the treadmill, unless the location has an indoor track. They are fun and you will be done in an hour. Indoor tris also are great preparation events for outdoor events and if you’ve never done one.
Different park districts or gyms sponsor them and if you’re looking for one in your area, feel free to check http://www.active.com or even Lifetime Fitness gyms have them in a variety of states, see http://www.indoortri.com/
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