Monday, May 20, 2013

Where Do Triathletes Live?

Everywhere, right?  But, that is not what I am asking.  I want to know where is the best place to live in the United States that makes for one fun year of training for triathlons.  Why do I ask?  Let me back up a bit...

I am starting PT school in August.  I am so so so excited.  I am going to be a Physical Therapist in three years.  When I graduated from undergrad 10 years ago, I never pictured myself going to graduate school and here I am about to start.  Starting school is a huge step in my life and my family's life.  I will be busy for 2 1/2 years and then ready to start my career.  Three years may seem like a long time to people, but I know it can go very fast.  Eric and I were talking this weekend about where we want to be after I graduate and the "where" really did mean "WHERE?".

I love the town I live in.  We moved here when my oldest daughter was 3 months old.  But, when we bought our house it was under the assumption that we would upgrade in 7-10 years.


Here we are, 8 years later and our house is only worth what our mortgage is sitting at.  Thank you housing market crash for ruining our plans.  The schools are great here and we live in a good location for training.  I have a nice rail trail 5 miles away from my house that I can bike to.  I have run so many runs on this trail that I know it like the back of my hand.


I can go on a bike ride from my house that will be full of hills and little traffic.  I love all this for training.  But, what I do not love is that it is cold and snowy way too long in Massachusetts.  I was on my bike trainer into March this year and did one too many long runs on my treadmill.



That was about 5 months of being on the trainer.  UGH!  I know it could be worse, but I also know it can be better!

So now, the conversations have started.  Where should we move after I graduate?  I am LOVING training for the Ironman so know this is only my beginning.  Where can I live that I can train closer to year round outside?  Here in Massachusetts, we have run clubs everywhere.  There are only a few triathlon clubs.  I have read blogs about others having large triathlon clubs where they live, where are you located?  Where can I find good running trails and fun bike rides with limited traffic?  Hills, no snow, training partners, and miles of beautiful trails.  I know you exist somewhere!  Oh, and I can't forget good races.  I can tell you about all the great local Massachusetts races so I am sure you all have great local races that make living in your community that much more fun.

And, training is obviously, not my only priority when looking for a new place to call home.  Where can I find a this type of  community combined with good schools and jobs?  I know I may not find the best of everything, but I would love to hear about where you live and why I would want to live there.  Share with everyone why you live in the perfect place for endurance training.

13 comments:

Cristina Ramirez said...

Well, no place will have everything but I love where we live inSouth Florida. Florida in itself offers year round training, and so many triathletes USAT has a whole region called "Florida". any given weekend, you can find hundreds of people out and about running, biking and swimming. There are many groups to choose from and a huge training community. Depending on where you live, the schools are pretty good. My kids go to a magnet school and I am perfectly happy with it. However, South Florida is very peculiar and almost seems like living abroad... which I love but not everyone does. It is diverse and has excellent coffee. Traffic is a little crazy and though there are many places to bike, there are plenty of car/bike conflicts. And there are no hills. I mean zero. I've lived in CT, MA, NY, and CA but I really found my home and my training ground here. Good luck with your search!

RunToTheFinish said...

I love cristina, but HELLZ no Miami is not best for your training. Seems like Boulder is what I keep hearing :)


Ok and right now i"m having a moment realizing you are so freaking fast and run on a treadmill staring at a wall...wait is that why?! you want to just get it done?? :) hehe

Kathy Reed said...

Colorado all the way!!!! We really have an extraordinary outdoor community all over the state. Lots of amazing running and tri clubs in the Denver Metro area and Boulder. And, as another healthcare provider, the job market has always been VERY good to me.

Stephanie said...

uhhhhh i am just saying if you leave me to go train in a better environment i can't say that i can support this physical therapy calling anymore. nope nope. not an option. it is one thing not to run with me. so unless you are moving next door the place is here with me clearly. ps that is the most adorable picture of the girls and u

Erin said...

I can offer altitude training at it's finest and a super fun training partner for the running - but it comes with even more snow and COLD COLD outdoor swimming. :)

Nicole said...

I nominate the Seattle metro area as a fabulous outdoor playground! We have lots of running clubs, triathalon clubs, and super fun local races. Tons of great running trails, lots of great bike routes. Winters are so wimpy compared to Massachusetts. Temps rarely go below freezing, summers are mild rarely going over 80. I asked google if it agreed with me and found Seattle to be #16 in the US for triathalon training. http://triathlon.competitor.com/2009/10/news/best-places-to-live-test-2_5598/16, Bellevue is a very pricey neighbourhood because of all the tech jobs, but the amazing opportunities for training extend to all the neighbouring communities. Besides, the tech jobs are a plus for employment! An athlete needs good nutrition and there is a bounty of fresh
local produce at the grocery stores, farmers markets, and
CSA's. Camping and hiking is incredible. Schools and housing costs vary by region and neighbourhood, but many are comparable to MA. Not to mention it would be awesome to have some family close by :)

Laura @ Mommyrunfast said...

Ooh, it's exciting that you could go anywhere! There are TONS of triathletes in Houston, but we're leaving, so don't move here... :) Somewhere closer to NY/NJ would be ideal... I need a new running buddy!!

Brenna Kate Simonds said...

Lots of triathletes in my running club here :) Good ones, too!

Brenna Kate Simonds said...

Northern VA, in case you forgot where I moved to ;)

Krysten @DarwinianFail said...

Hmmmm I am up in Canada so I have no great insights here. But Just wanted to say congrats on Grad school and all of your AMAZING training! xox

Nicole said...

I saw a Seattle news headline which further confirms Seattle as a great place to live, but apparently second only to Boston :) http://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/finance/2013/healthiest-cities-america/

Felipe Pulido said...

I think every place has it's pros and cons for training. You ask the Pros and the vast majority train in Colorado, specifically Colorado Springs/Denver area, numerous reasons, altitude training, fair weather except the winter, and great sports/athlete community. We are in Texas (Fort Worth) and it is not that bad, the summer is a bit hotter than you want or might be used to, but it just forces getting the trainings done early in the day. Florida isn't too bad either, Orlando/Tampa area or even So. Florida might be good options, however if you want hurricanes instead of snow storms... that's the place to go. I think overall, training can happen anywhere... just depends on what you really want to get out of it and where you and your family will be happy :)

meghan said...

Hi! I just found your blog when you added me on DailyMile and I was bowled over by your workouts! My gosh you're kicking Ironman training's butt. Is it IMLP you're training for? And as for my insight, I'm in Tampa. There are TONS of running and triathlon clubs here. Almost too many! In the sense that you get yourself involved in so many and then you have so many training group options that you don't even know where to go and when. Haha! I guess it's a good problem to have. I've just gotten started in triathlon, so I'm right now just loving finding out about all this stuff!