* CURRENT THOUGHT: One thing you learn fast when hanging around athletes is that they tend to relax by diving into other pursuits with their usual (i.e. highly unusual) intensity. It's been said that that's how triathletes are born -- training for one event, they turn to another, then another still. Multi-taskers, of which Washington has plenty, love triathlons. And Washington has plenty to offer. Many of the area's best will compete in the fifth annual To the Point Triathlon and Duathlon on Oct. 3 at Point Lookout State Park in Point Lookout, Md. The triathlon is composed of a one-mile swim, a 25-mile bike ride and a 6.2-mile run; the duathlon consists of a 25-mile bike ride sandwiched by 3.1-mile and 6.2-mile runs. The racing, which includes relay teams, begins at 8 a.m. For directions to Point Lookout and more information, visit www.triath.com. To volunteer, call 410-593-9662.

* COOL OUT: Hudson Trail Outfitters has put together a long list of events to help the outdoors crowd as the weather gets cool. The Tenley Circle and Pentagon Row stores will host Fall and Winter Cycling clinics on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Bike maintenance and riding techniques will be covered. Also, on Saturday at 10 a.m. the Rockville and Pentagon Row stores will put on Foot Fests, which will touch upon all the stuff you have to do to keep your feet from killing you when trekking and running. For details and information about upcoming clinics, visit www.hudsontrail.com.

* TRAILING OFF: The Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts are keeping their calendar full. For early risers, this morning the club will send groups to Rosaryville State Park and the Frederick watershed in Maryland for trail work. Both events start at 9:30 a.m. Also, a half-dozen rides are scheduled for this week, including the "early bird ride" on Tuesday at 6:15 a.m. at Schaeffer Farm in Germantown, a ride at Rosaryville at 6 p.m. on Tuesday and a "fast night ride" at Wakefield and Accotink parks in Annandale on Thursday at 6:45 p.m. For more about the club, visit www.more-mtb.org.

-- John Mullen

mullenj@washpost.com