Jones Center Prepares Ironman Triathlon Hopefuls

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Accomplishing fitness goals on your own is often a challenge in and of itself. But now The Jones Center in Springdale is offering an instructional clinic to help you race and complete an Ironman triathlon over the course of six weeks.

“My whole family participated last year,” The Jones Center Annual Giving Manager and Triathlon Challenge participant Brandi Holt shared. “We had a great time.”

Holt started competing in Triathlons about four years ago. Thanks to the Jones Center’s Indoor Triathlon and Training Challenge, it is a family affair — even for those who never thought about doing it before.

“The Triathlon Challenge is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who is just thinking about trying the sport for the first time, all the way to the seasoned professional who is trying to jump start their early triathlon season,” Holt explained.

Holt and The Jones Center Fitness Coordinator Casi Shanks admit getting started can be intimidating.

“There’s a lot that goes on and it’s three different sports compressed into one competition,” Shanks said. “So we have designed our training program and our indoor triathlon to help onboard beginners to the sport.”

Whether it is swimming, running or cycling there is help at every stage for all skill levels.

“Every coach works at each person’s individual level that they need, as well as it’s just fun to compete with your family,” Holt offered.

“This helps pave the way for those beginners to have a few less bumps in the road, joining the community that participates in the sport,” Shanks said.

If the thought of competing against others seems daunting, you can just tune every one else out with each stroke in the pool.

“Because it’s time-based you’re really challenging yourself and that’s what’s a really fun part about it,” Holt explained. “So, no matter what your friends’ or family’s goals are, you’re still working on your own personal goal.”

For any beginners, even flirting with the idea of signing up, Holt offered one more selling point.

“The access to the expert coaches that are a part of this doing swimming, biking and cycling,” Holt shared. “Beginners would not have access to this caliber of coaching, techniques and training tips.”

The kickoff meeting for the challenge is Saturday, January 26 at 9:00 a.m. and the cost for the program is $40. Click here to learn more about The Jones Center and all the programs and services offered.

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