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Indoor Tris Are Not Just For Newbies...

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By Triathlete.com

When there's snow on the ground and you're ready to race, indoor triathlons offer a great challenge.


The off-season can be rough. Shorter days and cold outdoor temperatures can cause training motivation to dwindle. If you find yourself struggling to get moving when workouts force you inside, signing up for an indoor triathlon could cure your off-season woes.


Indoor triathlons are almost always based on time instead of distance. A typical race length is 75 minutes, consisting of a 10-minute pool swim, 10-minute T1, 30-minute bike (in a cycle studio or on an exercise bike), 5-minute T2, and a 20-minute treadmill run. Racers are “graded” on a curve based on the number of participants, with athletes receiving points based on how they performed in each discipline....

 


The race format may seem targeted to newbies, but indoor tris can help multisport veterans get primed for the upcoming season. Cate Demet is a Chicago-based triathlete with more than 100 outdoor triathlons on her race resume, but she also participates in five to seven indoor triathlons during the long Midwest winter to get both body and mind ready to go when the snow finally melts. She’s even gone so far as to participate in multiple indoor triathlons on the same day.  READ MORE

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