Triathlon Thread

Discussion in 'Sports' started by fifthcircle, Jun 29, 2010.

  1. fifthcircle

    fifthcircle Beer Knurd

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    Join a gym with a lap pool. Swim three times a week. If you suck at it, get a swim coach (or lessons).

    I used the Total Immersion method. You tube has lots of vids on it. Worked really well for me.

    The swim became my favorite part after the first open water tri. :deal

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  2. yater

    yater Long timer

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    I can swim just fine....but that's like saying I can run or ride a bike. I'm talking about form and training.
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  3. UngaWunga

    UngaWunga Mosquito bait

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    Then find a team that has a coach. That's what helped me, and I've been on swim teams since I was 3.
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  4. fifthcircle

    fifthcircle Beer Knurd

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    www.beginnertriathlete.com

    Great resource from forums and training plans, to logging your workouts. :deal
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  5. zrxmoto

    zrxmoto don't wanna be a n00b

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    If you're already a decent swimmer, look for local "Total Immersion" swim instruction. Here in Minneapolis they offer instruction through the YWCA. TI fundamentally changed my wife's swimming.

    www.totalimmersion.net

    I've avoided triathlons because of the swim, but in my case I'm going completely back to basics in an adult swim class in September. Kinda like when Hollywood "reboots" a movie franchise.
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  6. Yukon65006

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    Just signed up for my first Half Ironman. Still trying to figure out what came over me but whats done is done. Have done 4 marathons, lost count on Half marathons, 2 Biathlons, 2 Sprint TRI's. Only 23 weeks away so time to hit the pool and bike and maintain the current running level, last marathon was 4 weeks ago.
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  7. fifthcircle

    fifthcircle Beer Knurd

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    You won't have a problem. Swim comfortably, bike smoothly, and you already know how to run :1drink Have fun!
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  8. rspennac

    rspennac Super n00b

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    Last year I dropped about 60 lbs of fat. A friend told me about sprints. I thought, well I can do each leg on its own easily so maybe....

    I signed up. This past May I ran it. The water was so cold. I think the temp was about 62. I rented a nice tri-wet suit. It did its job really well however I could not handle the cold water hitting me in the face. Each time the water splashed up I caused me to gasp and suck in water. I thought oh sh!t what am I going to do? I switched to breast stroke. Better but so slow and the neck strap started pulling restricking my breathing. Now what? Well, try back stroke. It worked awesome! Before I knew it I was passing all kinds of people. I ended up swimming about 2/3s of the swom on my back. Funny.

    My time wasn't real fast but I wasn't trying to beat people. I just wanted to finish. In my age group I finished #24 out of 31. So overall it was a great experience. Best of all my kids were there and were in complete awe of what I just did.

    I plan to run a sprint in May, a few 5k's and at least one 10k. If I stay focused I may run an olyimic sprint.
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  9. fifthcircle

    fifthcircle Beer Knurd

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    Cold water can be a challenge. If it really bothers you, you might wait until at least late June to do tri's in your area:deal
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  10. Yukon65006

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    Just completed the Knoxville REV3 70.3 race on Sunday. What a great and challanging course. While my times were not great, 7:13, I was able to get through it all. Next year at REV3 Quassy or Orchard Beach I will do better, moving to CT in 2 weeks.

    It was great seeing how well Adventure Rider was represented at the race. Lots of GS's with ADV stickers on them hauling the cameramen and race officials around the course.
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  11. Chisenhallw

    Chisenhallw Avowed Pussbag

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    Biathlons (skiing & shooting) or duathlons (running & biking)? :lol3
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  12. Yukon65006

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    Biathlons= skiing and shooting or running and biking or shooting and running. Duathlon= running/biking/running
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  13. AKtracks

    AKtracks Kilted Fükengrüver

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    One year and 92 lbs. ago I promised myself that I'd finish a Ironman before I'm 40 (currently 38). I've taken the first step and registered for a local sprint tri in the spring. Training has begun and is really helping out as far as getting through the Alaskan winter is concerned. I'm also planning on a Olympic(ish) distance and half-iron later in the summer, along with my first marathon this fall. If all goes well, I'll be flying someplace warm next winter to finish an Ironman.

    Anyone else spending the winter training for a spring event?
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  14. fifthcircle

    fifthcircle Beer Knurd

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    I wish! I keep gaining weight, and I just added another kid to my family. So there goes a couple years of activities. The good news is that the next couple years will fly by really quickly :deal

    Congratulations on the weight loss.:clap
    I'm sure you will love the sprint tri, and in training for the 70.3 distance, you will learn a lot about yourself. Take your time, and have fun. (I injured my foot twice training to run 13.1....less is more dude!)
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  15. Chisenhallw

    Chisenhallw Avowed Pussbag

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    :y0!

    The winter has been too wet here to do much *real* cycling, so I've been spending it running. However, my first duathlon is in about a month, so I've started my brick workouts. Thursday was run/bike, friday it rained :bluduh but today's sunny so it's time to bike/run.
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  16. AKtracks

    AKtracks Kilted Fükengrüver

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    and it shows. I was thinking that it'd be like cycling, boy was I wrong...I felt like a drowning wildebeest. :lol3

    Time to find a swin coach until I'm back on form.
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  17. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Humph. You can't tell me that. I've been out pretty much every day this winter. :nod

    Trainers suck, so I HTFU and go out in the cold. ...and amazingly, I can't dress lightly enough to not sweat! Thank doG for wool mid-layers!

    Oh, and www.slowtwitch.com is a good place to spend time too

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  18. Chisenhallw

    Chisenhallw Avowed Pussbag

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    You're waaaaaay better equipped than me, Gummee!

    ACCOUNTABILITY;
    Stomach flu laid me out half-a-week. :bluduh Tried running on wednesday, nearly ended up puking multiple times. However, back on the hammer today.
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    Chisenhallw Avowed Pussbag

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    17 deg F (ambient), winds 14 mph W-NW. 35 min of running intervals (9 min/mile avg pace) 45 min of cycling intervals (no idea about speed, my cyclocomputer took a dump earlier this week). I hate winter.:vardy:vardy:vardy
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  20. fifthcircle

    fifthcircle Beer Knurd

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    Oh yeah, well I ran super slow for a total of 1.75mi this morning. So there!!! :lol2

    I actually feel pretty accomplished about it. Its been a long time since I have ran, and I felt pretty darn good considering the extra 30lbs of fat hangin off me :eek:

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