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Old 08-09-08, 11:48 AM   #1
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Triathlons should be renamed DEATH RACE!

Ok! I FINISHED!! A few people fell out of the race but other then them i was LAST. I SERIOUSLY underestimated the SWIM.... SERIOUSLY! 1/2 mile and after about 10 strokes i knew i was gonna be suffering.. the main thing was the pool -lake difference and just not having a solid stroke flat out.. So my swim was brutal..
my legs were shot and i thought about calling it a day.. but my goodness i COULDNT quit... seriously i just couldn't form the words. After serving the swim i'll be DANGED if i quit.

The ride was pretty brutal because of my legs.. but half way through i was about to pick up the pace quite a bit.. i actually caught some of the ladies finishing up (they ALL passed me on the swim and i had a 3 min head start hahah).

So now its war! me and swimming! if i would have got out the dang water faster it could have been interesting.. more people seemed to struggle on the bikes than swimming.. i was the other way around.

The motivation from all of the top athletes and crowd was A....MAZING! it'll keep you going!

1 Sprint Tri down! more to come*

*(If the swimming improves...the feeling of drowning or the fear because your tired.. yeah.. no thank you.. i think 1/4 mile swim is more reasonable haha)
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Old 08-09-08, 11:59 AM   #2
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Bwa-ha-ha-ha! Welcome to the ranks of the finishers, Chris! Great job!


Look, it's an accomplishment all unto itself to just finish one. First, last or in the middle.....it's all good.


Congrats, Bro!
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Old 08-09-08, 12:09 PM   #3
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Thanks Tom... Your to blame! just so you know! hahah
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I had fun watching a Tri last May.
500 participants Dismounting their bikes to get ready to run.
Did you get any pics to show us?
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So, Chris, how'd you like the rubber legs at the transitions?
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Old 08-09-08, 01:28 PM   #6
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Great job!! Forgive my stupidity - but was there a run section as well? Awesome work...
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I have a question,what is the order for a Tri?
Run,Swim,Bike??Bike,Swim,Run???
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Old 08-09-08, 01:30 PM   #8
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Swim, Bike, Run.
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What sucks......

I can't do the Tri at the end of the month! I'm currently off the bike and back on a cane. I stepped into a hole yesterday and screwed my knee on a cross country run. Severe pain on the outer side of the knee. I have an appointment with the Ortho doc next week, soon as the swelling goes down a bit.
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Good Job.

It seems that everyone has a weakness concerning triathlon.
Some can't run, others fear the water, etc...
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Thanks Joe,I really would like to do 1 tri before I get too old.A friend of mine is doing a Mini Tri in NJ soon,I forget the specifics,the run is 5 k though,that much I remember.Maybe this could be a goal for me,I think I can be ready by next year.Then build up to a real one eventually.
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You don't have to "Freestyle" swim. Do freestyle for twenty strokes or whatever number you want to use and then breast stroke for the same or whatever feels good and then do it again. You can do the same thing in your pool swims to get your body in better condition for the swim. I screwed up my shoulder, and now I do mostly mile long breast stroke work outs each day. Actually 80 lengths of the pool, so it is 1 and 9/71 miles each day.

I only did 15 free strokes yesterday and my shoulder is telling me it is a problem.
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I'm not sure if I will ever get the courage to do a Tri, even a short one. If I do it will be one like I saw where the swim was in the river. You got to swim down river. I guess I could float down river. I think it was .5 mile, but that is along ways when you a bouncing off the bottom. A rock and I have a lot in common when it comes to swimming
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Thanks everyone!

Yeah.. the start was.....$@#$@!!@# i had butterflies like i've never had before.

I did a mix of "Freestyle" and Backstroke and Doggpaddle! LOL oh and rare Gulp water and drown stroke.

Looking at my times bleh! the swim killed it! but its a baseline and i know whats needed. Train on the swim so it doesn't kill the bike ahhaa.

Tom - Yeah... the Swim Transition to bike was pretty wobbly! badly! the Bike to run i was feeling strong. I just couldn't get my legs to spin it out! i can do a 12.9 mph all day long! but until about half way thru the ride my legs kicked in somewhat. Sorry about the knee man! I hope you get better soon!!!!

All - If your curious just go for it! if you are 0-6 hrs from Central Illinois let me know i'll do it with yah! my next one will be a 1/4 instead of a 1/2 mile swim.


Side note- Never relized how skimpy the Trigear is until today! that is all! .....Don't you judge me! ha ha ha
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You finished. That's more than most people even dream of. I can't imagine doing a triathlon. Was it a full one?
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I'm really proud of you. Good job, Chris.
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Thanks Joe! We'll meet up next time and rock and roll! all in due time.

I appreciate everyones comments and encourage anyone interested to try an event! You can do it! and you'll be hooked!
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You might try a sidestroke if it's allowed. That's a better stroke to use for choppy water, anyway. It is slower than the usual freestyle but more efficient. It also requires considerably greater lane width or you'll kick other swimmers ;-) I always used the sidestroke for open water swims back when I was near non-freezing open water (AK is short on swimable lakes sadly). It lets you use the full power and length of your legs and arms together.

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The USAT says "Swimmers may use any stroke that will proper themselves through the water and may tread water or float".
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Chris! Congrats dude! Going from centuries to tri's I see. Nice work!
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I have a question,what is the order for a Tri?
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The traditional order is Swim, Bike, Run, but there are variations. Many of the sprint tri's in this area are Run, Bike, Swim because the Swim is done in a pool. Putting the swim last allows everyone to space out prior to entering the pool.
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