Picture this: You cruise along Asheville’s iconic Blue Ridge Parkway with a pack of training buddies on perfectly tuned bikes, fully supported by a sag wagon and looking forward to local brews and made-to-order meals around the campfire post-ride.
You finish up a high-altitude run on Boulder’s lung- and leg-busting Switzerland Trail, then shoot the breeze with Crowie as you lounge in NormaTec boots in the resort’s recovery room.
You polish off a powerful espresso and a home-baked, gluten-free pumpkin chia muffin, the Tucson sun warming your back as you saddle up to tackle Mount Lemmon’s 9,157 feet (again, sag wagon included).
Halfway through a swim session you pause to soak in the sunrise view of the peaks surrounding Bend; later, you and your lane partner cruise into town on Vespas in search of a bountiful brunch, then return home for an afternoon run followed by a massage. Forgot your goggles or run hydration belt? No sweat. Just pick up what you need at the on-site pro shop and be on your way.
Each scenario is not only possible, but also probable at any one of First Bourn’s planned destination training resort villages (Firstbourn.com), slated to open in late 2015. Asheville, N.C., will lead the charge with the first of these unique high-end training communities, with Boulder, Colo.; Tucson, Ariz.; Bend, Ore., and others to follow. Ideally situated for a blend of relaxing privacy yet proximity to nearby restaurants and towns, with immediate access to many of the best riding and running routes imaginable, First Bourn promises luxe accommodation at an affordable price, customized and catered specifically to endurance athletes. And under the expert guidance of chief experience architect Craig “Crowie” Alexander and a number of other resident athletes, the amenities are sure to be exactly what any triathlete would want or need.
Some of the VIP features at First Bourn
– Homestead-style housing surrounded by 10–50 acres of stunning open space
– On-property and adjacent trails and roads perfectly suited for training
– 25-meter lap pools, both salt- and freshwater continuous swim pools
– Custom-cooked meals to satisfy any diet
– High-end rental bikes
– On-site, no-cost mechanics (even the tubes are free)
– Recovery centers with NormaTec boots
– Sauna/steam and massage rooms
– Mini Cooper cars and Vespa scooters available for check-out
– A focus on eco-friendly practices
– A pet-friendly policy and yes, (potentially) even house dogs