Endurance Sports NW is a local racing headquarters
If you’re in the market for a new bike, especially if you’re into racing then Endurance Sports NW in Mukilteo is probably the place to go.
The shop, which offers almost anything you would need bike related, is also home to the Endurance Sports NW Club, focused on helping people achieve their goals in running and triathlons.
The store, located at 4201 Russell Rd., has been in business for four years and in its current location for the last three.
“We're basically a full-service bike shop with some triathlon bikes – we're probably more bike oriented, but we do sell some running shoes, etc,” said owner Grant Harrington.
Harrington said the store doesn’t carry a lot of inventory on hand, but that allows them to be very price competitive and order whatever a customer may need.
“The biggest thing for us is we don't carry a ton of inventory, but in the same aspect it helps us be very price competitive in retail,” he said. “We work a little differently in how we fit bikes. We can offer pretty much any type.
“I am a bike fitter, and we figure out what's going to be best for them. I would say the bulk of what we do is just retail.”
The club portion of the business includes about 40 paying members. For the yearly fee, members get access to daily workouts, the club’s three coaches and races.
Harrington said they currently offer workouts five days a week, during what is considered the ‘slow season.’
“Depending on the season, and what we're looking to do, the activities vary,” he said. “Participation in a lot of the activities dwindles during the summer. This time of year it's a struggle to get people out just because kids are out of school, their traveling and on vacations.
“The club flourishes ironically in the off-season, in the winter because we have a full spin studio upstairs.”
Presently the club does a bike/run workout on Tuesday mornings, an evening track run and open swims at Lake Serene.
Laurie George, who runs Mukilteo Fitness Bar, uses the space upstairs at the shop, and members of the club can take a several of her classes for free as part of their membership. George offers TRX and Indo-Row classes to members, but operates up to 15 classes a week through her business.
On Saturday mornings, Harrington said the club offers a group bike ride, open to any skill level.
“We kind of want to be that place where people can not only buy a bike, get the bike serviced, find people to ride the bike with and get the bike serviced and race the bike,” he said. “We kind of want to be all of the above for our customers.”
Harrington said most of the club members are from Mukilteo, Edmonds and Everett, but that customers come from all over.
“A lot of Canadian customers,” he said. “I think it's mostly they look on vendor websites, so they call down and ask if you have access to this bike. I guess our pricing is better than what it is in Canada.”
Harrington said a lot of the members of the club to come with very little experience.
“Most people, when they come to us, come in at a very entry level,” said the coach. “I've seen people come to us who have barely swam before and can barely run a 5K, and taken them all the way through Ironman's.”
Harrington offers individually coaching, as do the club’s other two coaches Dameon Hahn and Natalie Marquez.
“The biggest thing is understanding is that people can do more than they think they can,” said Harrington. “Things a lot of times seem a lot bigger than they actually are and our bodies can do absolutely amazing things when we put them to the test.
“When I first started I couldn't even run a quarter of a mile. I was started running 1 mile, then 2 miles and it was a lot of that. The biggest thing is that people can do more than they think they can. It's just a matter of doing things one day at a time and not trying to do everything today.”
Harrington suggests taking the step to sign up for a race, putting an end goal on the training.
“You can't actually do a race unless you sign up,” he said. “The first investment anyone can make is monetary. You can't put in two years worth of physical work immediately but you can sign up for a race.
“Having something out there so you can develop a plan is vitally important. If you're just training to train or if you're trying to do this for weight loss, that's a very daunting thing.”
For more information about the club or the shop, visit http://endurancesportsnw.com.
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