Training in Clermont
Do you want to come train for a week? Or do you just have a day to get away from the Orlando parks to enjoy the Triathletes Playground?
The focal point of Clermont athletics is the National Training Center. This USAT certified facility has an outdoor Olympic sized pool, rubberized track, experts physiologists to test VO2max, swim, run or bike analysis, strength functions. You can also start a run or ride from the NTC on the 27 mile long paved pedestrian trail. Our store is located inside the NTC, so a visit to be introduced is a must!
There are hotels near the NTC - Fairfield by Marriott and the Hampton Inn. If you are looking to stay longer and would like the option of a kitchen there are several options. A local realtor has built a duplex overlooking the lake and the pedestrian trail and is open to renting for weeks or months, contact Diane Travis. There is also Vacation Village
Every Saturday there is a FREE timed 5k run on the pedestrian trail starting from Clermont Boat House. To sign up for the 5k go to parkrun.us
There are rides that start from any one of the bike stores in the area: South Lake Bike & Tri, Clermont Bicycles, Epic Cycles, Winter Garden Wheelworks There are also ride maps on www.windermereroadies.com , Map My Ride, and Florida Freewheelers
For running there is the 27 mile long paved pedestrian trail that runs beside the lake and into the hills. There is also the favorite Orange Grove/Clay Road/Dirt Road 10 mile loop-there isn't a website for this except-http://www.mapmyrun.com/us/clermont-fl/clermont-10-mile-dirt-road-clay-road-route-1870618. If you are out there on the right morning you might see hot air balloons taking off or some fun wild animals.
Across the street from the 10 mile dirt road is Lake Louisa State Park. It is also a great, traffic free, place to train. It also has camping sites, RV hook up and furnished cabins. The www.draftlegalchallenge.com also kicks off the Triathlon season in this park. And it is a great race for spectating the pros because it is one of the only draft legal races in the US.
Clermont has triathlon races from March to October with Sommer Sports as the host. There is every distance from Super Sprint to Ironman and all have the backdrop of the beautiful hills and lakes around South Lake County.
We hope you have enough information and websites to put together your own weekend or week of training in the hills and warmth of South Lake County. If you have more questions please do not hesitate to contact us. We love meeting and becoming friends with people from all over the world who share our passion for triathlon.