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'A great way to start the new year': DLCCC's 4th annual Indoor Triathlon set Jan. 14

A 30-minute ride on a recumbent bicycle is one of three phases that participants complete for the DLCCC Indoor Triathlon, along with a 10-minute swim and 20 minutes on the treadmill. The fourth annual event is set for this coming Saturday, Jan. 14. (Submitted photo)1 / 6
A 10-minute swim in the DLCCC pool is one of three phases that participants complete for the Center's Indoor Triathlon, along with a 10-minute swim and a 30-minute ride on a recumbent bicycle. The fourth annual event is set for this coming Saturday, Jan. 14. (Submitted photo)2 / 6
A 20-minute run on the treadmill is one of three phases that participants complete for the DLCCC Indoor Triathlon, along with a 10-minute swim and a 30-minute ride on a recumbent bicycle. The fourth annual event is set for this coming Saturday, Jan. 14. (Submitted photo)3 / 6
A 20-minute run on the treadmill is one of three phases that participants complete for the DLCCC Indoor Triathlon, along with a 10-minute swim and a 30-minute ride on a recumbent bicycle. The fourth annual event is set for this coming Saturday, Jan. 14. (Submitted photo)4 / 6
A 30-minute ride on a recumbent bicycle is one of three phases that participants complete for the DLCCC Indoor Triathlon, along with a 10-minute swim and 20 minutes on the treadmill. The fourth annual event is set for this coming Saturday, Jan. 14. (Submitted photo)5 / 6
A 10-minute swim in the DLCCC pool is one of three phases that participants complete for the Center's Indoor Triathlon, along with a 10-minute swim and a 30-minute ride on a recumbent bicycle. The fourth annual event is set for this coming Saturday, Jan. 14. (Submitted photo)6 / 6

The weather outside may be pretty frightful right now, but getting in a good, competitive workout doesn't have to involve freezing temperatures, thermal underwear or strapping on a pair of skis.

The solution: Take it indoors. The fourth annual Indoor Triathlon is set to take place this coming Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center. "It's for people of all ages and fitness levels," says the event's coordinator, Heidi Mason. "There are some who come in wanting to make it competitive, or to cross train for another event, but there are also those who do it just for fun."

Though it is a timed event, there are no prizes given for placement, Mason explained, so for anyone who has always wanted to try doing a triathlon, it's a good way to test their physical capabilities without the pressure of a more formal competition.

"A lot of people get nervous when they hear the word triathlon," she said, "but it's really just a good, hour long cardio workout. We try to make it a fun event."

The first "wave" of swimmers is set to hit the pool at 8 a.m., with other participants starting on the treadmill or the bikes. Five participants are included in each wave. "There are different start times throughout the day," Mason said.

Each athlete is asked to complete a 10-minute swim in the DLCCC pool, a 30-minute ride on a recumbent bicycle, and a 20-minute run on the treadmill. Of course, they are allowed some time to transition between each phase, Mason added, with about 15 minutes allotted to get from the pool to the bikes, and another five minutes to move from the bikes to the treadmills, or vice versa.

Though participation varies from year to year, she said, "we shoot for about 30 people."

Mason added that the event is purposely timed to hit shortly after Jan. 1 each year, when people are motivated to get in better shape. Participants are scored based on how many lengths they do in the pool and how many miles they log on the bikes and the treadmill during the allotted time frame. What makes it fun for the participants is that the people who are using the Center's fitness facilities during the triathlon often form a crowd to cheer them on and encourage them to push harder, Mason said. "It's a great way to start off the new year."

Cost to participate is $25 for DLCCC members or $30 for non-members. Final registration deadline is Thursday, Jan. 12. To sign up, come to the front desk at the community center during regular weekday hours, call Heidi Mason at 218-844-4221, ext. 116, or send an email to heidi@dlccc.org.

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

(218) 844-1454
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