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The Inside Scoop: Race During The Off-Season

Need a challenge to stay motivated this off-season? Sign up for an indoor triathlon.

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Need a challenge to stay motivated this off-season? 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. Can’t find an event near you? Create your own at the gym!

JackRabbit Sports
New York City; $50
; Jan. 8 and 22, Feb. 4 and 19, March 4
This Big Apple tri shop hosts five events around the city and the top finishers compete in a championship.
Jackrabbitsports.com

Life Time Fitness
Various U.S. locations; $25 for members, $30 for non-members
; see website for dates.
The gym chain hosts outdoor events during the tri season and indoor races throughout the year. Lifetimefitness.com

Progression Triathlon
Tolland, Conn.; $25 for members, $35 for non-members
;
Jan. 8, Feb. 5, March 11, April 15 and May 6

Every month the distance increases, ending with the final race—an 800-yd swim, 28-mile bike and 7-mile
run.
Starhillsports.com

Tri to Help
Maryland, Connecticut, Pennsylvania; $40 individual, $90 team (early registration); Jan. 14, Feb. 12 and 25

This series raises money for Stroup Kids for Kids  Epilepsy Foundation, and hopes to expand to 4–5 states next year.
Tritohelp.org

Give It a Tri
Duncan, Okla.; $35 individual, $90 for team
; Feb. 26
A 300-meter swim, 8-mile stationary bike and 3-mile run, with two race options for kids.
Drhhealthfoundation.org

RainMan
Seattle; $45
; April 1
A slightly different format—15 min indoor swim, 30 min ride with your bike on a trainer, then a 2.97-mile run around Green Lake.
Trifreaks.com