Annual triathlon will benefit club's nationals trip

By Beau Ebenezer

February 15, 2014 Updated Feb 16, 2014 at 12:10 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Athletes in Central Illinois are looking to maintain their outdoor skills despite the cold weather.

And Bradley's annual indoor competition allowed them to do just that.

Swimming laps is not Andrew Cain's strongest athletic ability.

But for this Bradley athlete, swimming is just one of three events he participates in.

"I probably like the bike the most," said Cain. "Swim definitely needs the most work and running is kind of right there in the middle. As far as where I am at, I need to improve in all of them really."

Cain was one of the 70 competitors at the Fourth Annual Bradley Indoor Triathlon.

Saturday, he competed at the collegiate level against athletes from Michigan State and the University of Illinois.

These athletes tested their endurance with three back-to-back events.

The indoor rules are adjusted slightly to be comparable to an outdoor triathlon.

"This goes by time instead of distance," said Bradley Triathlon Club President, Christopher Douglas. "We take their time and convert it to a distance. We use that for scoring."

Triathletes said one great thing about these indoor events is that it keeps them in shape during the winter months.

Because in April, Bradley's club hopes to compete in the National Championships in Arizona.

Proceeds from Saturday's event will help Bradley's club make that trip.

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