Despite an inability to swim right now in New England, you can still stay in a “triathlon state of mind” during this most unusual spring season. Going outside for a run is a great way to take your mind off current events, and outdoor bike rides will only become more appealing as the weather warms. And in lieu of swimming? Purchase an inexpensive set of exercise bands and you can “work” those swimming muscles as often as you’d like!

At New England Endurance Events, we’re trying to help. We have introduced a variety of special programs, using social media and Youtube, to keep our athletes in shape — and perhaps win a few prizes while doing it!

Visit our Facebook page or Instagram to get an idea of what it’s all about. Then, participate!

Here’s what we have going:

Mondays at 5pm are our “Happy Hour” sessions, where a coach or a pro answers your questions about specific triathlon topics. Last week Ironman Coach Ted Geddis talked about indoor bike training — with no question too simple or complex. This upcoming Monday Trish Cundiff of Aquasafe Swim will show ways you can stay in “swim shape” and answer all those questions about this sport which is both so simple and yet often frustratingly difficult to excel at. Other upcoming sessions include triathlon coach Richard Hatch and “Chi Running” coach Vince Vaccaro.

Wednesdays are “Workout Wednesdays.” Recent workouts were led by certified yoga instructor Terry Walsh and YMCA coach and triathlon-obsessed junkie Keith Putnam. This upcoming week our workout will be led by former swim/triathlon pro and retired Division One coach Pam Rogers, who will keep us in swim shape with dry-land workouts.

Fridays are Freebie Fridays and here is a chance to win a goodie bag of prizes from New England Endurance Events. Every week is different: post a pic of your bike, or running shoes, or how you like to arrange your transition area. Winners are announced each Monday.

Additionally, we’re having “pop-up” events each week. Recently bike mechanic and elite triathlete Seamus Woods carefully went over the steps to change a flat tire…coming up next Tuesday Calmer Choice instructor, triathlete and NEEE staffer Stephanie Goley will help us understand and practice “mindfulness” to help us cope with current events.

In addition to Facebook and Instagram, many of the video sessions will be posted to our YouTube Channel. So if you can’t make it live, come by to check it out when it’s convenient.

Please stay safe, everyone, join us online, keep training and we’ll see you out on the courses at some point this season!