These triathlon stores offer much more than just swim, bike and run gear.
This article was originally published in the March/April 2013 issue of Inside Triathlon magazine.
Gone are the days of bouncing from running store to bike shop for all of your triathlon needs. Triathlon-specific retailers have taken multisport to the next level, offering high-end perks like bike fit studios, metabolic testing and high-tech recovery products. Here are three stores that are doing it right.
PlayTri (Dallas and McKinney, Texas)
As one of only four USAT-certified training centers in the country, PlayTri features a full metabolic testing center, CompuTrainer and strength training classes, plus a tri club, coaching and junior programs. Want to jump into a local race? You can rent a wetsuit, tri bike or race wheels for the weekend.
“Our staff are all triathlon coaches, so they are educated in not just the product, but how that product can help you reach your triathlon goals,” says PlayTri president Staci Brode.
PlayTri also has a few cool tools, including an Endless Pool, an AlterG anti-gravity treadmill and the Millennium Ice Cryosauna—a hot-to-cold-to-hot chamber designed to increase blood flow for quicker recovery. Playtri.com