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3/10/10 6:51 P

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Hi all - I've done several indoor tris and I agree, they are definitely fun but not really comparable to an outdoor. At 2 of the races I did, I asked how they set the resistance the same on all the bikes and was told they calibrated it using a weight (we weren't allowed to adjust resistance at these races). Overall a great motivation when your energy is flagging in the winter!

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3/10/10 11:00 A

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That sounds perfect! Can't wait to hear how you do with the series.

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3/10/10 9:59 A

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You are helping!!

I found a rec center that does tris in their outdoor pool with a regular bike and run. And it's 1/2 the cost of the other one I was looking at. So that's what I'm doing! Probably 2 out of their series of 4.

I found a pair of Speedo tri padded swim shorts on clearance too, felt better spending $26 instead of $90 on them.

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3/10/10 9:37 A

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RAIN, I agree you--the indoor tri was definitely a good experience. I am just not sure it is necessarily the right choice for a first one.

MARY, what did you decide to do? Are we helping, or just confusing you more?
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3/10/10 9:34 A

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An indoor is totally different. But worth doing at least once.
Your swim should be your best time ever =-) Bonus!
Your spin should be your best time as well =-) double bonus. BTW... make sure you do speed and not high resistance on the spin bike. That is totally different than road cycling. You will get to your mileage in much quicker.
Your run ...well it will be easier than a normal TRI because your legs won't be spent from Cycling. However it's a treadmill (yuck) so the run is totally how hard you want to push.
I think it is worth doing at least once.
you should get a rockin time. And if you get a real talkative group then the time will fly.
Or if could just feel like a day at the gym. It really is what you make it.
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3/9/10 7:06 P

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I've done both indoor and outdoor tris.

I liked the indoor tri because it pushed me a bit in winter training. I also liked the time restriction, because it made everything completely doable, and transistions were a piece of cake.

However, they lacked the camraderie of an outdoor tri. There wasn't any "festival" kind of thing going on--it was just in the middle of a gym. I agree about the bike being not equitable. You just spin as fast as you can, instead of increasing resistance to make a more powerful ride. And the transistions aren't anything like the real thing. I had 10 minutes between the swim and the bike, because they wanted you to get out of the wet clothes. In an outdoor tri, even the transitions are timed, and become the "fourth discipline."

So, if you want to see if you'll enjoy the dynamics of triathlons, I don't think that an indoor tri will do that. If you want to see if you can do all three events and experience the feeling of the exertion involved in a tri, go for it--it's a safe place to figure that out.

I like HUMBLEDAISY's idea about an indoor swim. Also, what about seeing if there is a "Try a Tri" in your area? Shorter legs, but includes all three events, and "real" transitions.

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3/9/10 6:08 P

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Have you considered an early season tri where the swim is indoors but the rest is a real outside ride and run? A friend of mine did her first tri that way - the outside bike ride was chilly! - but she loved it and felt it was a good introduction.

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3/9/10 5:32 P

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I wouldn't pay money to enter an indoor tri, I would do it on my own and keep record of my distances and try to improve them at regular intervals, say once a month. That way you are competing against yourself, there is not a bike difference and it is a good way to train for an outdoor tri because you are active in all three disciplines.

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3/9/10 5:00 P

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I have never done an indoor tri, but I know a lot of folks like them as a way to try a tri. I have been doing triathlons for about 10 years now, and my prejudice against indoor tris is the bike portion. Unless there is a way to calibrate all the bikes the same, it seems if someone gets a bike that's easier to spin than someone else, it's not really level a playing field. The bikes are also not set so that if you increase the resistance you cover more distance (that's what happens on a real bike outside) One sparker did an indoor tri and said it was hard pedaling so fast, since there was no resistance on the bikes. I know that the issues with the bikes is a personal one, because I'm a fairly competitive person and would like to compete on a level playing field.
So, my prejudice aside, many newbies love the indoor tri because the distances are doable, the swim is in a pool (and not open water), and it gives folks a feel for what the 3 disciplines will feel like back to back.
I will tell you this...coming from your running background, and your recent injuries, you will love triathlons! I guarantee it! and the cross training you will have to do will help you with your running, too.
If you decide to do the indoor tri, be sure to report back and let us know how it went and what you thought.

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3/9/10 4:49 P

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I have never done an indoor tri, but it seems to be totally different than an outdoor one. Much in the same way that off-road and road triathlons are different, and indoor and outdoor running are different. I think it could be a fun experience, but if it isn't, I wouldn't let that lead you to the belief that you wouldn't like outdoor tris.

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3/9/10 4:41 P

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I'm researching tri's in my area and I had no idea that there were indoor tris. 10 min swim, 30 min bike, 20 min run.
I'm considering doing one of these as my first tri. It's only $40. I'm a distance runner and already have spent $400 in race fees this year. I guess I want to see how I like it before committing to an outdoor tri.
But I also don't want to be disappointed by my experience either. Thoughts?

2011 race schedule:
2/27 Princess 1/2
4/30 IL 1/2
5/7 Indianapolis Mini
6/11 Carmel 1/2
8/ 6 Eagle Creek 1/2
11/5 Monumental Full

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