Triathlon - Time to step up to the plate
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05-12-10, 11:45 AM
So last year around this time i weighed 238lbs and my Dad challenged me to come train with him. ( he is a member of TCSD and was training for the Ironman in Phoenix) so i began to train, riding 2 days a week, and running up a local Mtn. 3 days a week...Cowles for those of you in SD... and by Oct i was weighing in at 195 and never felt better. All i wanted for Christmas was a membership to TCSD, so that's what i got. as time has gone by i have dealt with Unemployment and other financial issues which i didn't deal with properly and my Dad moved to Temecula. So here i am, still haven't done anything with TCSD except a group ride with Chris Carmichael.
I am back up to 212 and lost a great dose of confidence. My Dad challenged me to do the Sprint on the 22nd and i'm pretty nervous about it. BUT i guess its time to see what im made of.
I am not worried about the Bike or Run in itself, but i haven't had much pool time this winter, So im worried the Bike and Run AFTER the swim.
Any advice for a first timer? I have been to many Tri's and my dad does Ironman's but he just keeps saying don't worry about it...lol.
05-12-10, 02:07 PM
just shoot for a finish...don't set a time for yourself that you need to beat. I made that mistake, and it cost me during my first one (I come from a running background with some cycling). Pushed too hard on the swim, drank some water, tried to crush the bike out of T1 and ended up losing the little I had to eat that morning at about mile 2. I lost 4-5 minutes stopped on the roadside losing breakfast and only caught up to those people I passed about 6 miles later. AND I still had a upper-mid pack bike split(could have been top 60 or so). Had I gone a little slower, I could have gained 75+ places overall. Eliminate my "pit-stop" and I come in ~115-120ish instead of ~190-195ish(400+ people). Take my misfortune as a lesson. And have fun
05-12-10, 06:59 PM
thank you. thats what im gonna do. finish is good enough for me on my first one. then i can only improve from there.
05-13-10, 09:50 PM
Agree. Enjoy it, learn a few things and see it as a starting point. Let us know how you go.
05-23-10, 06:16 PM
well, i did it. i was not prepared for the swim, as i thought. but i did it. I couldn't believe the "feeling" when you get out of the water heading into T1. i thought i was gonna fall over and was forced to walk through it to avoid embarrassment. I havent seen my times yet, although i am not very concerned about them, but my overall time was 1 hour and 58 min. for 700m swim 12.5 mile ride and 3.8 mile run. i made sure i didnt walk on the run, that was my goal for the triathlon.
05-23-10, 07:47 PM
Well done. You started & you finished. Feel like you learned a lot? Keen for more? As you mention your times, I'm guessing you're competitive enough to push on.
05-23-10, 09:30 PM
Congrats! If you are like me you are already thinking how you could have saved minutes or seconds here or there and just try to improve on the next one.
06-08-10, 06:09 PM
My only number i am really concerned with is the swim as of now. I need to shave 10 min off my swim and do it comfortably. 25 min is unacceptable for 700m. I was really hurting. I have been training for a few weeks now and my swim is coming along. The next Tri is Saturday so i will see if I improved. but my goal is to have a 16 or 15 min swim by next month.
06-08-10, 06:11 PM
But yes...I am extremely competitive minded person. Mostly to see what i can get out of myself.
06-09-10, 06:14 AM
Well done! My 1st tri I felt really uncomfortable in the swim so ended up breaststroking the 300m, but I learnt a lot and have gone back for a lot more. A friend has done IronMan at Kona and he said not to worry about, just learn from all the experiences.
06-09-10, 07:19 AM
sorry to hear you're not near your Dad anymore
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