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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 06-19-12, 02:45 PM   #1
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Doing my first triathlon in August - excited

The wife asked me to do an olympic distance tri (1500m swim, 40K bike, 10K run) with her this August so I've been adjusting my training accordingly. Since I dont want to spend any more money on bikes right now I'm adjusting to riding in the drops, which I never do. Just doing that bumped my avg about 1 mph or so - little soreness in the saddle though from the adjusted position. After a whole ride in the drops it feels like you're riding a cruiser when you go back to the brakes/horns, etc.

Did my first brick workout today - bike/run - 20.56 miles in 1:10 (17.6 mph avg) - 4:10 transition - 5 mile run in 41:54 (8:22 pace) - 1 hr 56 min total. I'd like to avg 18mph during the race, not sure if that is going to happen or not. There is a lot of stopping and starting where I ride, which hopefully wont be the case during the race. The run was hard. I'm 245ish and it was tough to get going after the bike and I started cramping a bit at the end. My overall goal is to finish in under 3 hours. My best 1500m swim time is 27:05, which leaves me roughly 34 mins (figuring 30 mins for the swim) to bike five more miles and run 1.2 more - gonna be tight. If I can drop some weight by August it may happen. Wish me luck!
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man they are great numbers for a guy your size, you are in a lot better shape than you let on lol.
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been a long time since I did a tri....and was never fast. One thing you may already know: If all your swimming has been in a pool and the tri is open water it is a really, really, really good idea to get at least one open water swim in before the tri, more is you can.

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Thanks for the replies. Almost all of my swimming is done open water - I work on the river and our office is on a big lagoon, which allows me to swim at lunch, etc. I actually think open water swimming is easier due to the wetsuit. I'm in Oregon and the water temp where I'm at is 55-60 right now so you have to wear one. The buoyancy keeps me pretty flat in the water.
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man they are great numbers for a guy your size, you are in a lot better shape than you let on lol.
Thanks man. I train hard, but unfortunately, it was strength oriented for the last several years so I've put on a lot of body mass I dont need and am trying to get rid of. My wife is a marathoner so she's helped me w/the transition to endurance type sports. I was a Marine stationed in Hawaii back in the day, so I was no stranger to swimming and running
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I just posted this on my facebook the other day:

"I don't understand triathalons. Why swim 1 mile, bike 25 miles, and run 6 miles, when you can simply bike 32 miles instead?"





In all seriousness, good luck, heck of an accomplishment.
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I just posted this on my facebook the other day:

"I don't understand triathalons. Why swim 1 mile, bike 25 miles, and run 6 miles, when you can simply bike 32 miles instead?"





In all seriousness, good luck, heck of an accomplishment.
I dont disagree with that
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Maiden,

Not that I have ever done a tri...but let's just say I am one of those folks that reads a lot. I was thinking about our times and an article I read.

They were talking about training if you come from one sport (say running)

In other words on a scal of 1-5 if you are already running somewhere around a 3 (and you clearly are) then focus all your time on the bike. Races are most often won on the bike and if you are running 8:20 s. man you add a couple mph to your ride and your going to be badd a$$
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