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Spoke Talk: You know you want to tri

If you live in Steamboat, you’re a multisport athlete. You probably ski or snowboard in the winter, mountain bike or road bike and run in the summer. Throw in fly fishing, golf, hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, yoga, strength training and on and on, and there you are. A multisport athlete!

So, if you’ve ever thought to yourself, “I’d like to do a triathlon one day” then read on. Here are all the resources you’ll need to get started.

First, let’s talk about the distances. When people new to the sport of triathlon think about triathlon, Ironman usually comes to mind and scares them off immediately. But you don’t have to spend all your spare time swimming, biking and running.

There are four distances to choose from, and if you ask me, the shorter the distance, the more fun the race. But I will warn you. Once you give triathlon a try, it’s like the Yampa Valley curse. You’ll keep coming back for more.


Sprint Triathlon: 750-meter swim/20K bike/5K run (.5 mile/12miles /3.1 miles)

Olympic or International Triathlon: 1,500-meter swim/40K bike/10K run (.9mile/25miles/6.2 miles)

Half Ironman Triathlon: 1.2-mile swim/56-mile bike/13.1-mile run

Ironman Triathlon: 2.4-mile swim/112-mile bike/26.2-mile run

If you love mountain biking and trail running, you may want to try out XTERRA triathlons. They are the off-road version of triathlon and are usually in the sprint to Olympic distances.

There are plenty of these around the state including the Rocky Mountain XTERRA regional championships at Beaver Creek in July. Visit http://www.xterraplanet.com/ to find out all the information you’ll need on off-road triathlon including the entire race schedule.

Training for a triathlon doesn’t need to be all-consuming and can be a lot of fun. There are great resources in town to get started and have fun while you train.

A good place to start is by visiting Old Town Hot Springs and asking about the triathlon club. It is a great resource for new and veteran triathletes alike and has a great group of people of varying ages and abilities. Training with a group is a lot of fun group-training sessions are scheduled almost every day of the week.

Your next opportunity to TRI a triathlon is coming up fast: Tri the Boat sprint, Olympic and half Ironman distance triathlons are Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28. If you’re not ready to compete, this Stagecoach event offers a great opportunity to spectate and see what it’s all about.

Following are links to races, information and triathlon organizations. Or drop a line to Routt County Riders – info@routtcountyriders.org – and we’ll point you in the right direction.

Other Steamboat races:

Open Water Swim series at Bald Eagle Lake (July 6, July 13, July 20 and July 27)

Steamboat Lake Sprint Triathlon (July 19)

Lake Catamount Sprint and Olympic Distance Triathlon (Aug. 16)

XTERRA women’s off road triathlon (Aug. 30)

Steamboat triathlon training information:




Colorado race information:




National organizations:




Matt Roberts is a Routt County Riders board member and volunteer, and he enjoys training for and racing triathlons.

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