Last Sunday my running crew and I participated in the Lifetime Fitness Indoor Triathlon for the second time. What is an indoor triathlon you ask? How does it work? Let’s take a look.
Lifetime Fitness hosts these indoor triathlons each January at a number of their locations around the country. These events are designed to help people jump start their January fitness and give them an opportunity to see what a traditional tri race might be like. Here’s how it’s “run”:
Ready to go!
We were assigned a swim time to start our 10 minute swim. Each participant swims as many laps as possible within the 10 minutes. The laps are recorded by a gym employee. We were all able to start in the same wave. Pre swim trying to look as fierce as the woman in the photo. Not sure we accomplished that!
We then had a 10 minute “transition” to change into our bike clothing and head upstairs. Obviously, in a real triathlon, one would not have 10 minutes to change and catch their breath.
We were assigned a spin bike with a computer on it and each of us had 30 minutes to bike as many miles as we could. We had lots of fun singing and talking and lots of sweating. Some of us noticed how much harder this felt than a spin class as we did not have any down time. I sometimes struggle to find just the right amount of tension to give me the correct watts on the bike. I pedaled my heart out and was proud of my effort and clocked just under 9 miles. Working on my gears is on my winter goals list.
We then had 5 minutes to transition to the treadmill area of the gym to begin the run.
We simultaneously started our 20 minute treadmill run. Each participant runs as far as they can in the 2o minute period rather than a certain distance. I am not really used to running on the treadmill but felt pretty good after biking. We all picked up the pace the last few minutes and finished strong. Just like that, we were all done! Such a blast and got me really pumped to start training for my spring tri race.
All in all a great way to start off the New Year with a fun low key event. I realized during the event that I could really benefit from doing some of my tri training in this same time based way instead of only training by miles. I have no idea why I never thought of that before!
If you have a lifetime fitness nearby, I highly recommend this event. You don not have to be a member to sign up. It’s well run and lots of fun for people of all fitness levels. We even got a nice T shirt and swim cap. Can’t wait to do it again next year.
Have you ever done an indoor Tri race? Do you train by time or only by distance?
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