- Associated Press - Saturday, October 18, 2014

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Juneau’s swim, bike and run community have another opportunity to escape the winter blues.

Beginning in January, Juneau’s Tracy Rivera will be gearing up local athletes for those three disciplines through his Orca Multisport 8th Annual Winter/Spring Triathlon Training Camp.

“Getting out of the ‘winter blues’ is easy with a fun and dedicated group of athletes to train with,” Rivera said. “Knowing that twice a week for nine weeks you will be meeting with other like-minded souls and doing great triathlon gear workouts provides motivation to commit yourself to training through the winter.”

The camp gives aspiring beginner triathletes, and those wanting to improve, the knowledge to execute their own training, compete successfully in triathlons of varying distances and participate in the vibrant training community in Juneau.

Learning the three disciplines can also lead to races in various events that do not combine for a triathlon or can be a great way to just stay active and establish a life-long fitness regimen.

Triathletes take to the sport for many reasons. Some want to lose weight fast, others want to gain self-confidence, some to connect with life through exercise and even a few that want to rule the office water cooler bragging days.

A given is that the sport of triathlon will help participants lose weight as the three disciplines are one of the best cross-training workouts out there and your body will burn more calories than it ingests.

Your body will start to become injury-proof as the three sports distribute stress more evenly to bones and joints instead of just one constant pounding from one sport. As your workouts become smoother your results are faster and your energy, no matter a novice or a wearer of the Hawaiian Ironman World Championship T-shirt, will increase. Needless to say your health improves and you live longer. Mental tasks and productivity improves, your composure and relaxation skills improve during stressful situations and self-confidence skyrockets.

Triathletes feel alive and invigorated as the proverbial ‘runner’s high’ also features a ‘swimmer’s and biker’s high’ and the three sports combine to prevent boredom or burn out.

According to Rivera’s website, orcamultisport.weebly.com, the triathlon training camp will have two workouts a week, generally on Mondays and Wednesdays. There will be four swim sessions on Sunday nights (Jan. 11 and 25, Feb. 8 and 22) at the Augustus Brown pool. Swim sessions will be geared for triathlon stroke work and athletes should be able to swim 100 yards without stopping. The class will meet on Monday nights on non-swim weeks at the Dimond Park Field House (no Monday workout on pool weeks) and every Wednesday at the Dimond Park Field House.

Those who sign up for the class must also have their own bike and indoor bike trainer.

The camp runs from January 5-March 4. The cost is $265 and the camp is limited to 25 triathletes, from beginner to ironmen, who want to be a part of Juneau’s vibrant triathlon world or just compete against those winter blues.

For questions or more information, contact [email protected]

“The camp is about half full right now,” Rivera said. “About 90 percent of the folks that took my camps have participated in triathlons.”

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Information from: Juneau (Alaska) Empire, https://www.juneauempire.com


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