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    I did it (my first "triathalon day", sort of)

    Yesterday, I managed to bike for 20 miles (RT commute to work), swim 800 meters at lunch, and then run a 5K on a treadmill at the Y in the evening. Now all I need to do is to be able to do all three, one right after another.

    And yes, I'm tired today.

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    p.s. I meant "triathlon"; just because I work at a University doesn't mean I can spell.
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    Nice. I have been wanting to do a tri. I had plans this past summer and the one I wanted to do picked out. I had the bike part down, the running I could struggle thru with a decent time. I would bike 30 minutes then run 30 minutes and still feel like I coudl do more. My big hang up however was the swim. I could do 800m but not all at once. I would do 2 laps and have to rest to get some air. I would mix between freestyle and breast stroke and floating on my back and kicking. I figure if I try that in open water I am doomed. Took me close to 45 - 60 minutes to do the swim which is not a very good time at all and it was in a pool. Needless to say I didn't achieve my goal last summer.

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    atcfoody: Congrats & Well Done. Still quite an accomplishment. I hope to join the ranks soon!

    BigUgly: I'm in the same boat as you. I intend on doing my 1st Sprint Triathlon in PA May 31st (Black Bear Triathlon.) I looked @ the 2008 results for the novice (First Time Triathletes) group and saw some swim+T1 times in the mid to upper 30 minute range (29 min to 39 min.) There is still hope for us!!!

    http://www.cgievents.com/cgiracing/bbt/results.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigUgly View Post
    Nice. I have been wanting to do a tri. I had plans this past summer and the one I wanted to do picked out. I had the bike part down, the running I could struggle thru with a decent time. I would bike 30 minutes then run 30 minutes and still feel like I coudl do more. My big hang up however was the swim. I could do 800m but not all at once. I would do 2 laps and have to rest to get some air. I would mix between freestyle and breast stroke and floating on my back and kicking. I figure if I try that in open water I am doomed. Took me close to 45 - 60 minutes to do the swim which is not a very good time at all and it was in a pool. Needless to say I didn't achieve my goal last summer.
    Have you looked into a Duathlon? I did my first last weekend, and it was a blast. It is all of the wonderful goodness of a multisport race without the nastiness of the swim. Sites like http://www.trifind.com/ will list both triathlons and duathlons.

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    Bone Head - the tri I picked out was the Black Bear Tri at Beltsville Lake as well. I kind of felt attached to that lak since I used to go there a lot when I was kid(swimming, water skiing, and fishing).

    Race - I am going to look into a dual, I am still planning to try to get in the pool more this winter.

    atcfoody - if you can do the three already, I would make the attempt at the tri. I am thinking the toughest part is the swim, the other 2 events you may be able to struggle through to finish.

    My goal is to just finish one, and if I am still having fun at the end, I will try another.

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    Big Ugly, Let me know if if you will do the BBT. ( I'm originally from just outside of Pottsville -- 'bout 1 hr SW on 209.) ( I already have my hotel reservations in Lehighton! ) I hope to see you there in May....
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