Tips for Triathlon Training in Washington, D.C.

Washington D.C. is a hub for triathletes, and for good reason—the nation’s capital has a variety of options to fulfill your training needs. We asked local triathletes for all their favorite places to swim, bike, run and eat and here’s what they recommended.

Where to Swim:
The Arundel Olympic Swim Center offers multiple masters groups, including the Annapolis Breakfast Club, which swims daily at 6 a.m., and a triathlon-specific masters program. The center has an $8 admission fee and flexible hours for lap swimming. There are two D.C. public pools popular with local triathletes: an indoor pool located at Wilson High School where the D.C. Triathlon Club Masters Swim Program swims, and an outdoor pool located at Hains Point.

Where to Bike:
Packs of cyclists ride popular routes including the Mount Vernon Trail extending out to the Mount Vernon Estate in Alexandria, Va.; Beach Drive, which is a series of closed roads for a flat out-and-back ride in Rock Creek Park, and a 56-mile loop from Georgetown to Seneca, Md. The route takes riders along the flat and fast MacArthur Blvd. to the rolling hills of River Rd. If you’re in the Annapolis area, locals love the Annapolis Triathlon Loop—25 miles of flat, fast roads, challenging climbs and one major descent. Check this website for a database of bike routes.

Where to Run:
If you haven’t done a monument hop yet start there—running from one monument or memorial to another is an easy and scenic way to rack up the mileage (just be sure to bring your metro card if you get too far from familiar territory). The C&O Canal out of Georgetown offers flat running loops and Roosevelt Island is a nearby escape from the city with a one-mile trail within the island. Running routes can also be found along locals’ favorite bike paths, including Rock Creek Park Trail and Hains Point.