The Top Training Destinations for Triathletes: Clermont, Florida

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A:BEST FOR: Training like an Olympian (and escaping the West)
WHEN TO GO: October through May

This Orlando suburb's balmy weather and quiet, rolling hills have ensnared Olympian triathletes Sarah Haskins and Jarrod Shoemaker, as well as Ironman champ Nina Kraft. But the city’s biggest draw is the National Training Center, a 300-acre athlete's playground with an Olympic-sized pool, fitness center, track and field complex, performance testing, trainers, physical therapists—everything, in short, an athlete could possibly need. Facility fees start at $15 per day. One caveat: Clermont’s rainy season is during the summer, so make the city a winter or spring training destination to avoid the monsoons.

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