Basin to offer triathlon training seminar |

Basin to offer triathlon training seminar

Looking to try a triathlon this year?

With months of snow looming ahead, Basin Recreation is offering the opportunity to learn how to properly prepare for triathlons before prime training season begins in the next few weeks.

The four-day seminar is designed for both first-timers and more experienced triathletes to learn how to compete in a triathlon to the best of their abilities with the Tri-Fitness Challenge.

The program will be led by professional triathlete Marcel Vifian next week at the Basin Recreation Field House and the Ecker Hill Aquatic Center.

Vifian definitely knows a thing or two about competing in triathlons. He is a two-time Olympic triathlete, a former U.S. professional national champion, a four-time member of the U.S. championship team as well as personal trainer.

"He’s pro, meaning he gets paid to compete," Strader said.

Vifian will focus on a different topic each night. He will devote an entire session to nutrition, and then focus on technique and proper training habits

for each of the disciplines — swimming, running and cycling.

This will be the first time that the Basin Recreation department has held such an event. According to program coordinator Matt Strader, they are trying to diversify the types of programs that they offer to their patrons and the community.

"We have a lot of people that use our gym. We’re just trying to offer more stuff for people to do," Strader said.

The seminar will be held next week, Feb 6-9. There will be morning and evening sessions for $160 each. The morning session will be held from 8:15-9:45 a.m. and the evening session will run from 6:15-7:45 p.m. For more information, contact Vifian at 602-0269 or call the Field House at 655-0999.

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