Need a challenge to stay motivated this off-season? Completely new to the sport but want to ease your way in in? Sign up for an indoor triathlon. The typical format is 60 minutes of racing: 10-minute pool swim, 30-minute indoor bike and 20-minute treadmill run, with variations depending on location and organizers. Unlike a “real” triathlon, you typically have about 10 minutes to transition to the next discipline. Listed are just a handful of events, but there are plenty more across the country. If you can’t find an event near you, just create your own at the gym!
New York City; $50; Feb. 3 and 17, March 3 (championship)
This Big Apple tri shop hosts indoor events around the city and the top finishers compete in a championship.
RainMan Indoor Triathlon Series
Seattle area; $60 individual, $90 team; Feb. 16, March 2 and 24, April 6 and 14
Tri-Freaks Endurance Sports hosts indoor tris with an added fun side—their events are held at night with various decade music themes that change in every location (expect disco balls and costumes). The race format is also slightly different, with a 15-minute indoor swim, 30-minute ride with your bike on a trainer, then a 2.5-mile run around an indoor track (run distance changes slightly depending on location).
Life Time Fitness Indoor Triathlon
Various U.S. locations; $25 for members, $30 for non-members; see website for dates.
Well-known for their popular outdoor events, the Life Time Fitness gym chain also holds the biggest indoor triathlon series throughout the year.
Star Hill Triathlons
Tolland, Conn.; $25 for members, $35 for non-members; One per month, next event is Feb. 10
Every month the Star Hill Family Athletic Center hosts a sprint triathlon consisting of a 300-yard swim, 10-mile stationary bike and 3.1-mile run (on the track or outside if the weather permits).
Tri to Help
Various locations; $50 individual, $110 relay team; Feb. 10 (sold out) in Lancaster, Penn., Feb. 23 in Canton, Maryland, and Towson, Maryland, March 16 in Baltimore and Aug. 3 in Mesa, Ariz.
This series is presented by the Stroup Kids for Kids Epilepsy Foundation, and the proceeds are donated to the Johns Hopkins Pediatic Epilepsy Center.
Give It a Tri
Duncan, Okla.; $35 individual, $90 for team; Feb. 24
A 300-meter swim, 8-mile ride stationary bike and 3-mile run, with an individual or team race option for kids.
San Diego Indoor Triathlon Series
San Diego; $27; Feb. 23;
The last event in the series is held at the Lawrence Family JCC, where you’ll swim in a 35-yard heated outdoor pool before hopping on a spin bike then treadmill.