Timex triathletes to train at IMG, G.T. Bray

cschelle@bradenton.comFebruary 27, 2014 

A participant jumps into the water at last year's Sarasota-Bradenton Triathlon at Nathan Benderson Park. PHOTO PROVDED BY SARASOTA-BRADENTON TRIATHLON.

MANATEE -- About 50 Timex triathletes will be coming to IMG Academy in mid-March to train for their upcoming season.

The team's training center in the New York-New Jersey area is no longer available so the team chose IMG Academy in Bradenton bringing 50 athletes and about 15 staff to the academy to experience its world-class facilities, said Gary Pluchino, vice president of business development for IMG Performance.

IMG doesn't have a competition pool where those athletes can train, so they'll use the G.T. Bray Aquatic Center as part of their training at IMG from March 13-16, Pluchino said. The practices will be in the early morning, he said, in an attempt to avoid interfering with other practices.

Triathlon training isn't a regular part of IMG business so don't expect an Olympic pool anytime soon at the sports performance academy even though it will be constructing a new school building and student center soon.

"I guess I would say never say never," Pluchino said. "I can tell you it's not in the plans at the moment, but it doesn't mean we wouldn't look at it in the future for something like rehabilitation or just for our students to use as well."

The athletes will visit IMG to take advantage of the Gatorade Sports Science Institute,, sports performance orthotic sponsor A Line and meet with coaches specializing in nutrition, physical and mental conditioning, he said.

"We would love to have them come back and hopefully give them everything they need to do to train," Pluchino said. Of course the academy also plans to offer "the red carpet treatment."

Charles Schelle, Herald business reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7095. Follow him on Twitternote>

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