Ideas for Tri-specific training facility

Guest  Aug 7th 2006 at 17:31
Hi all!

I\'m about to open a training facility and am looking for ideas for the tri-specfific facilities. We have all been to gyms and such but what if we could have the same laboratory type facilities that the pros have. For instance, im sure many of us have been at a gym or on a treadmill finding it max\'s out at 10 mph or bikes that are limited to360 watts of resistance. And also, what do we all think of endless pools, I know a few places have them in the UK with cameras for form analysis but has anyone been to one? Or how about bringing your bike to winter sessions, trubo training after the swim under monitored conditions . . . . ?

Anyway, any ideas would be great. No idea is a silly idea . . . . well apart from my ex.

Thanks for all your help. Great site by the way, build it and they\'ll come!

4 replies
Oziem  Aug 8th 2006 at 11:52
Altitude chambers
Wind tunnel
"Must tri harder"
Oziem  Aug 8th 2006 at 14:34
Spin bikes with clipless pedals
"Must tri harder"
Chig  Aug 8th 2006 at 16:14
Endless pool OK, but if you really want to make it a great technique tool you\'ll need one glass sidewall and a glass front end wall, so you can video the stroke properly. Add in some readily available swim coach software to analyse and overlay strokes, and you\'ve got a really useful, and rare tool.

They\'re also really good if you plan on selling wetsuits!

Another suggestion would be to have the faciltiy arranged so that you can do an indoor triathlon, without having to go up and down stairs or open and close doors. You could then race as many athletes as you have spin bikes, or more usefully, run brick sessions, staggered if you have more participants than spin bikes, as it\'s very difficult to get satisfactory T1 practice elsewhere.

Some gyms now have indoor running tracks (Total Fitness in Preston has one, and I\'m sure some posh gyms down south will too). One of these would be better than endless treadmill sessions, and would allow better group training, but you\'d need plenty of space.

Good luck!!
Guest  Aug 14th 2006 at 15:23
Great ideas guys thanks. I think the indoor track is going to be a bit tight to do but video analysis for both swimming, bikes, and definately adjustable spinning bikes with clipless pedals. The wetsuit pool trial idea for sales is a great idea, why dont they all try and offer that!

I think the indoor triathlon is another great idea, how about if you could get an idea of altitude changes of your race course and have a reccy setup in the pool, transition to pre-programmed bike and treadmill programme. Can even set the pool temperature to match open water conditions. I think only two could do this at the same time as the pools only let two train at one time, but what an awsome idea!

I often hear people amazed at the feeling of a T1 on Ironman. It would be great to be able to offer those practice facilities in a safe environment.

Wind tunnel would be lovely but ill leave that to Lotus!

Any guys, any other wishlists, keep them coming! Thanks again!
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