LAS VEGAS TRIATHLON CLUB RESOURCES

Valuable information for the swim, bike, run, and newbies!

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We understand there isn’t a one-size-fits-all training solution. That’s why we list a handful of choices rather than only one.

Training resources info coming soon!

SWIMMING RESOURCES

Triathlon swimming practice in Las Vegas occurs in pools throughout the community. Many train on their own at their health clubs, others a part of regular coached pool sessions. Lake Mead is our lake for practicing open water swims.

Check our Local Coaches page for details on swim coaching. Most of our coaches will work with beginning as well as seasoned athletes to teach them what they need to know to get through their initial races. For many beginners the swim can be the most unfamiliar and scariest part of the event – don’t let that stop you!!!

Do to the fact that swimming is an athletic, technical and emotional challenge for some we recommend that you work with a coach to get the basics down if you are new to the sport. We also recommend that if you have any concerns about your ability when you go to the lake, that you take a personal floatation device like a lifeguards buoy, until you are sure of your abilities.

SWIMMING LOCATIONS

Boulder Beach, Lake Mead

During the summer athletes will have several lake swims in preparation for racing; most of these will be combined with a bike and a run. These will originate at Boulder Beach in the Lake Mead National Recreational Area.

http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/108520

Henderson Multigenerational Center

The Multi-Gen center is a community center in Henderson and is open to the public. It features indoor and an outdoor pools. Coach Devonee is the Master’s swim coach (see our Local Coaches page). Call the center to verify specific swimming hours.

Multigenerational Aquatic Complex is located, 250 S. Green Valley Parkway (at Paseo Verde Parkway); (702) 267-5824. The activity pool opens for recreational swimming from 11am to 6pm daily. Lap swimming in competitive pool from 5am to 4:30pm daily, 9am to 6pm Saturday, 11am to 6pm Sunday. Recreational diving occurs in the competitive pool from noon to 6pm weekends. Lap swimming takes place in the indoor pool from 5am to 9pm weekdays; 9am to 6pm Saturday, 11am to 6pm Sunday.

Desert Breeze Community Center

Desert Breeze is a community center located on the west side of Las Vegas and is open to the public. It features an indoor pool. It is home to the Las Vegas Masters Swim Team coached by Coach Vic (see our Local Coaches page). Masters swim is 5 days a week from 5:30am to 7am. Call the center to verify specific swimming hours.

Desert Breeze Aquatic Facility is located at, 8275 Spring Mountain Road (west of Cimarron Road); (702) 455-7798. Indoor pool offers family swim hours from 1 to 4pm and 7:30 to 9pm weekdays and 1 to 5pm Saturday, and lap swim hours from 6am to 1pm and 8 to 9pm weekdays and 1 to 5pm Saturday.

Pavilion Center / Palo Verde Pool

Palo Verde is a community pool located on the west side of Las Vegas in Summerlin and is open to the public. It features an outdoor pool. It is home to the Viva Las Vegas Masters Swim Team led by Coach Courtney (see our Local Coaches page). This is an outdoor pool so swim times vary during the season, call the center for specific swimming hours.

Also known as Pavilion Center Pool it is located at, 101 N. Pavilion Center Drive (near Greenmoor Lane and Anasazi Drive); (702) 229-1488. Hours for recreational swimming are from noon to 4:45pm; Monday through Friday, noon to 6pm Saturday and Sunday. It features an Olympic-size pool with lap and recreational swimming and 1- and 3-meter diving boards.

Las Vegas Municipal Pool

The Municipal Pool is a community pool located near downtown Las Vegas and is open to the public. The center features an Olympic-size pool with lap and recreational swimming and 1- and 3-meter diving boards.

Municipal Pool, 431 E. Bonanza Road (near Las Vegas Boulevard); (702) 229-6309. Hours for recreational swimming are from 8am to 9pm – weekdays and noon to 6pm weekends.

CYCLING RESOURCES

Las Vegas has a great varied cycling environment. The club is obviously geared toward Triathlon; most triathlons are endurance events that take place for the most part on flat or hilly terrain with a few short steep hills thrown in for a challenge. Our area offers all of that plus long climbs into mountainous areas. There is everything out there plus summertime heat. Many times you will want to fit in a ride when you don’t have tine to schedule with others – we all know how that goes. We also have a lot Vegas visitors that check our site out – in both cases these routes are suggestions that may be useful. Most of our rides are our and back so you can vary the length by turning back at any point. Cell phone coverage is spotty in the more mountainous and remote places so don’t rely on your cell to get you out of a jam in all cases. That’s it stay hydrated in the summer and enjoy our environment.

Here is a summary of how we will be categorizing our rides.

PACE

  • A: Relaxed pace, with plenty of regroup locations
  • B: Base pack, with occasional stops/regroups
  • C: Brisk pace with few stops
  • D: Fast pace minimal stops

TERRAIN

  1. Essentially Flat
  2. Gradual Climbing (good challenge for beginners)
  3. Rolling Hills
  4. Rolling Hills with steep climbs (very challenging with some relief)
  5. Steep very long Climbs (Are we there yet?)

CHECKLIST

When we post a ride we will include the following:

  • Date
  • Meeting Location and a map link
  • Ride Type – Mileage/Pace/Terrain – Example: A 60 miles, Base Pace, with rolling hills (no drop) = 60/B/3 (no Drop)
  • Estimated run time not including stops – Example 60 miles @ 15mph = 4 hours
  • Ride description
  • Weather Cancellation Y/N
  • RSVP ( contact person and run leader)

All riders participating in a Las Vegas Triathlon Club rides are responsible for carrying the following items:

  • HELMET!
  • Bike tube patch kit, and/or,
  • Spare tube (recommended)
  • Pump or other inflation device (CO2)
  • I.D.
  • Emergency cash
  • Appropriate amounts of water and food
  • Basic tools: multi-tool, tire lever
  • Cell Phone (optional)

RIDE LOCATIONS

Starbucks on West Charleston – around the Red Rock Loop -to the junction of 160 to the town of Blue Diamond and back approximately 45 miles.

We meet at the Starbucks at Town Center and West Charleston. This is the classic Vegas ride, it has everything, hills, scenery, a small town to refuel in and on top of all of that there is a 6′-8′ bike lane along 70% of the route. This is a popular Saturday group ride an A pace on a 3-4 Terrain. If you do not ride the loop the terrain becomes a solid level 2. Verify meeting times with the ride coordinator; times vary during the year as temperatures rise. @15mph = 3hrs.

http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Starbucks-Charleston-the-Loop-to-160

Starbucks in the Trails Center – through the northwest urban area – to the town of Indian Springs and back approximately 80 miles.

We start from the Starbucks in the Trails Shopping Center. This is a long ride; some may look at it as a desolate ride however to locals it offers desert solitude. It is relatively flat with long modest ups and downs. It becomes very challenging when it is windy. You can refuel in Indian Springs. There is a relatively wide breakdown lane on 95 therefore all things considered it is a relatively safe route. This is a great ironman distance training route. You can turn back whenever and create your own ride distance. This is a popular training ride an A-B pace on a 2 Terrain. This is not a regular ride verify date and meeting times with the ride coordinator; times vary during the year as temperatures rise. @15 mph = 5hrs 20 minutes

http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Summerlin-Starbucks-to-Indian-Springs

Starbucks on Eastern in a shopping center just off I-215 – through Green Valley in Henderson -to the junction of raceway and Lake Mead Blvd – past Lake Las Vegas – through Lake Mead and back approximately 70 miles.

This is generally an insiders training ride because it is easy to get off track and until you get to Lake Mead it is very urban. It is rolling and the distance makes it a challenging ride. When you get to Lake Mead bring your wallet there is a $3 park entry fee. There are plenty of convenience stores to refuel at until you get to the park. The park segment is a classic ride. This is a an occasional ride so verify date and meeting times with the ride coordinator; times vary during the year as temperatures rise. This is an A pace on a 3-4 Terrain. @15mph = 4hrs 40 minutes.

http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/107535

Boulder Beach to the north Lake Mead entry station – to the south entry station – back to Boulder Beach – approximately 24 miles.

We meet at the picnic area parking lot at Boulder Beach for bike riding sessions for sessions that involve swimming we meet along the beach. This is the classic Vegas/Lake Mead ride; it is also the perfect triathlon training location. There is a lake with buoys to swim along, great cycling terrain and a newly constructed paved running path that goes along the lake through historic railroad tunnels down to the dam. The only thing it doesn’t have is a store to buy what you forgot. There is a $5 park entry fee. This is a popular Saturday ride at an A-B pace on a 3 Terrain. This is not a regular ride so verify meeting times with the ride coordinator; times vary during the year as temperatures rise. @15mph = 1hr 40 minutes.

http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Lake-Mead-Classic-Lakeshore-Loop

Want to get more involved?? Love to ride?? Become a Cycling Leader!

The Las Vegas Triathlon Club is looking for cycling leaders. Its fun, you get to meet new people, and you have the opportunity to inspire others while getting in a workout.

If you are interested in being a Cycling Leader, have questions/comments about the Running Program shoot me an email: citydave@cox.net I’d love to hear from you.

RUNNING RESOURCES

Las Vegas has a great varied running environment. You can do a trail run in the desert, or along the trails and tunnels at Lake Mead, or choose a more urban setting for a training run by yourself or with friends and club members. As the Las Vegas Triathlon Club we do not believe that one organization has everything for everyone; while we put together training events we also affiliate with other groups – cross pollination especially in swimming and running makes sense especially in our town. Therefore we will post club training runs along with other affiliate runs. Some of these originate from the strip which can be helpful to our visiting triathletes.

Once again a word of caution – there is everything out there plus summertime heat. If you go for a trail run cell phone coverage is spotty in the more mountainous and remote places so don’t rely on your cell to get you out of a jam in all cases; stay hydrated in the summer and enjoy our environment.

Our affiliates include the Niketown Running Club and the Las Vegas Track Club.

PACE

  • A: Relaxed pace 10 min +Regroup at key points
  • B: Brisk pace, with staggered start times
  • C: Brisk pace, slower runners turn around when faster runners pass going the opposite direction
  • D: Fast Pace do our own thing

TERRAIN

  1. Essentially Flat
  2. Gradual Climbing
  3. Rolling Hills
  4. Rolling Hills with steep climbs (very challenging with some relief)
  5. Steep very long Climbs (Are we there yet?)

CHECKLIST

When we post a run we will include the following:

  • Date
  • Meeting Location and a map link
  • Run Type – Mileage/Pace/Terrain – Example: 5 miles, Relaxed Pace, essentially flat = 5/A/1
  • Estimated run time not including stops – Example 5 miles @ 10 min pace = 50 minutes
  • Run description
  • Weather Cancellation Y/N
  • RSVP ( contact person and run leader)

RUN LOCATIONS

Forum Shops at Caesars.

(702) 650-8888

Running Club, every Wednesday @ 6:00pm

Whether you’re training or looking for a new motivation, just lace up and join the Niketown Running Club. Runners and walkers of all levels meet to run 3, 5 and 7 miles-your choice, your pace. It’s an urban run with fluid/water support. The course is relatively flat on sidewalk with several major street crossings. Join Niketown on Wednesdays at 5:45pm, runs start at 6:00pm, followed by post-run refreshments. 3-5-7/A-D/1 Call if weather looks like an issue. Jimmy Bremer is the Niketown contact. Run times will vary upon your run pace and distance.

http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Niketown-Run-7mi108281

Want to get more involved?? Love to run?? Become a Run Leader!

The Las Vegas Triathlon Club is looking for run leaders. Its fun, you get to meet new people, and you have the opportunity to inspire others while getting in a workout.

If you are interested in being a Run Leader, have questions/comments about the Running Program shoot me an email: citydave@cox.net I’d love to hear from you.

NEWBIE RESOURCES

When it comes to beginners we leave it to the experts. Below are some websites, books, and local coaches we recommend for beginners. Do you have a favorite newbie resource? Contact Us and we will add it here.

TRIATHLON WEBSITES

TriathaNewbie.com – http://triathanewbie.com

Tri-Newbies Online – http://trinewbies.com

Beginner Triathlete.com – http://beginnertriathlete.com

Training Peaks – http://trainingpeaks.com

TRIATHLON BOOKS

http://www.amazon.com/Triathlon-Books/lm/3FP3615T90SEG

LOCAL COACHES

Please check out our Local Coaches page for their info!