It was a landmark occasion for multisport athletes in Orange County on May 31st as Triathica, a one-of-a-kind "triathlon training center," opened its doors to the public in a Grand Opening celebration. The event was highlighted by special guest speaker and Olympian Julie Swail Ertel, a pro triathlete and Irvine resident, who talked about her experience at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Her inspirational tale was just one of many exciting events that took place at Triathica, located off Bake Parkway in Lake Forest.
Guests were treated to giveaways, catered lunch, an expo with shopping booths, guest speakers, as well as the Triathica team giving a first-hand look at everything the training center offers. "I wanted everyone to get a real taste of what we do here and see how we have the tools and resources to lead people into success in triathlon whether it's their first or 50th race," said Triathica president Ron Saetermoe. Such services include in-depth bike fitting, video analysis tools, coaching, training plan development and more.
Triathica staff got their hearts pumping to demonstrate the state-of-the-art-equipment filling the facility. Saetermoe jumped in the Endless Pool to swim, while another Triathica staff member pedaled away on the CompuTrainer on a ride that simulated the Orange County Triathlon bike course. Guests, too, had the opportunity to workout on the equipment, which also includes a full set of CycleOps indoor spin bikes with power meters, Landice L9 treadmills, strength-training equipment and more.
"It may be an individual endeavor to do a triathlon, but we're all in this sport together--we can train together and it can be fun, it's' not intimidating. Bring your bike by or your running shoes and let's get to work," said Facility Director, Jarrett Pflieger.
Triathica invited multisport experts to talk to guests about triathlon and how Triathica can benefit athletes of any level. Among the speakers was Kevin Koskella, one of the top triathlon swim coaches in the nation with more than 27 years experience; Russ Jones, a longtime elite athlete who gave some insider tips to success at the local Pacific Coast Triathlon; Mike Collins, a former pro triathlete and current president of Multisports OC and head coach for Nova Aquatics; and Larry Davidson, an accomplished triathlete who's competed in the coveted Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.
Outside the facility, a mini expo featuring local businesses gave guests a full look at multisport lifestyle. Among the vendors were Wheels on Wheels, Joint Juice, OC Nutrition, Roketti, Edge Cyclesports, GoTein, NutriShop, TriSwimCoach.com, TriZone, and PureFit nutrition bars. Triathica plans on working close with local businesses to make sure customers are getting the best services offered in the area.
"We are here to train and coach athletes in a place where they can swim, bike and run under one roof, and we want to maintain relationships with the local multisport community to ensure the customer is getting the most out of their experience," said Saetermoe.
Triathica offers several membership options free of any sign up fees or hidden costs. To find out more about the facility and becoming a member, visit Triathica.com, email Jarrett@triathica.com, or call 949.273.6223.
26475 Rancho Parkway South
Lake Forest, CA 92630