New–Washington DC Tri Resource Section/Post

I get a ton of requests for the best places for triathletes to train, so I started putting them all together in a single cohesive (updatable) post.

Now, there are a gazillion places to train in the DC area, but I detailed out my favorites and the ones I use all the time.  I also focused on ones that cater better to triathletes.  What do I mean by that?  Well, hard and intense – but short – city bike rides aren’t as good for most triathletes as a 3-5 hour nonstop route that allows you to get in and and stay in aero position.

By the same token, open water swimming is a staple in most triathlons, so getting some open water time is key.  And OW swimming is a tough one to come by in the DC area.

So with that – here ya go:


Just click on the pretty picture and it’ll forward you off to my spiffy page for DC.  Also, if you’re in town and visiting, it’s probably a good place to start.

Enjoy, and enjoy your weekend!


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  1. One quick swim update – the East Potomac (Haines Point) pool is open to non-DC residents as well, you just have to pay $3 or so to use it. But since it is where Mayor Fenty and his tri club train it is *always* the nicest and cleanest pool around. Coincidentally (I’m sure) it was one of the first to receive a $75k upgrade to their heater last year. Best place in the city to swim.

  2. Wow! This is an awesome resource. Thanks for putting this together!

  3. We must be swimming at different East Potomac pools…

    In reality, the nicest pool around is Wilson in DC. Also have heard good things about W&L in Arlington post-upgrades.

  4. I just had the pleasure of running on the Capital Crescent Trail this past week while on vacation in DC.

  5. Cool! I will be in DC this October and might need a good place for a long run. Maybe a swim. Great tips!