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    Triathlon Racing- Lets get it going!

    They have a racing sticky on the MTB and road forums, lets see if we can get one going here. Have you had your first race of the year? How was it? Want to talk about the pros and what's going on in their world? Lets prove we are as up to speed as our counterparts on the other forums! What do you guys think?

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    i have to put a shout out to a colleague of mine (Chris Waugh) you know who you are. He headed down south to do IMNZ this year, his first IM ever, came in 216th with a sub 11 - 10'54"56. There was i still thinking 'how does he do it?' when it turns out that he was at the boston marathon yesterday to cheer on his girlfriend, met one of our clients from Gatorade who challenged him and got him a start number, he ran a 4'23" on 12 hours notice....

    damn

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    Okay - not sure how this is supposed to go, but I gather you need replies to keep it going, so...

    My friend Julie Swail just came in 21st, and was the 4th U.S. woman in the Honolulu Triathlon World Cup on Saturday. We played water polo together in college, and she won a silver medal in that sport in Sydney before deciding to give triathlon a try. Turns out she's pretty good at it!

    Go Julie!

    (is this what you were looking for for this thread?)

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    3rd place (AG 25-29): Stanford Super Sprint Triathlon
    3rd place (Clydesdale): Ice Breaker Triathlon

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    My first race of the year was two weeks ago. It was a sprint race in an absolute downpour. I finished 7th in my AG, in 1:00:21. I think I could have done better but it's hard to run fast in mud. Ran the 5k in 21 minutes. I was not dissatisfied as I have only been training for longer distances. Next up; my first half ironman. Set to go on May 07.

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    My first race (ever) was last weekend. I'm on a D1 swim team and I have some natural running ability, so I bought a bike and along with 2 swim team friends we decided to try out for our school's tri team on about 2 weeks of training (although we did train for swimming all year). We made the team, and competed at Collegiate Triathlon Nationals in Lake Havasu. Overall, we did pretty well considering I have never done an olympic distance and I have pretty much no running and biking background. I was one of the first few out of the water, but dropped after that. I think I will be able to do better next year since I will be placed in a faster wave. My final time was 2:18, even though the bike course was about 1 mile too long.

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    Heart and Sole Tri (sprint), Versailles KY last Saturday (4th 25-29)

    Absolutely horrible day. Get out of the pool and run into a 40ish degree cold rain. Never been so happy to get off the bike. At least is was a sprint and didn't last too long.

    Oh yeah, and lots of my fellow competitors are either liars or need to be introduced to a clock properly. I'm looking forward to the open water events and avoid some of that nonsense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShawneeSpeed
    Heart and Sole Tri (sprint), Versailles KY last Saturday (4th 25-29)

    Absolutely horrible day. Get out of the pool and run into a 40ish degree cold rain. Never been so happy to get off the bike. At least is was a sprint and didn't last too long.

    Oh yeah, and lots of my fellow competitors are either liars or need to be introduced to a clock properly. I'm looking forward to the open water events and avoid some of that nonsense.
    Good race. I know how you feel about the bad swim times. In my first race of the year, people were all over the place in the pool. I have never understood why people want to submit times they can't swim.

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    Okay - can't submit my own results until my first race in July, so I'll resort to telling you about my friend again. She got 5th overall last weekend in the ITU race in Mazatlan. First American woman this time! A big improvement over the last weekend. Hooray Julie!

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    I run my first ever this sunday. Stay tuned!

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    Strawberry Fields Tri - March 12, 2005 - Oxnard, CA
    Goal: 1:29:59; Actual: 1:29:23
    Age Group (35-39): 44 of 52
    Overall: 351 of 511
    Men: 270 of 333

    Desert International Tri - April 17th, 2005 - La Quinta, CA
    Goal: 2:59:59; Actual: 3:03:44 (and I'm still pissed about it)
    Age Group: 36 of 38
    Overal: 288 of 329
    Men: 201 of 220

    I'm not all that impressed with the winners of trialthons. They're in great shape and they get done quickly. They should try hauling my fat a$$ around the course in twice the time. Then we would see how brave they really are
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    Quote Originally Posted by aikigreg
    I run my first ever this sunday. Stay tuned!
    Be carefull - it's may be a "slippery slope".
    Four months after i did my first tri, i did my ninth. Not trying to blow my own horn or anything; they were mostly sprint distance.
    Point is that you may feel really compelled to do as many races as you possibly can, even if you are not a competitive person who normally enjoys competition. If you don't allow yourself to become frustrated by some of the subtle nuances of the sport (elbows flying in swim, people passing on bike just to slow down, etc.) you can have a really, really good time!
    Good luck, and have fun!!

    Note: am currently recovering from hip surgery, will make real contribution to forum soon - i hope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjbruin
    [B]I'm not all that impressed with the winners of trialthons. They're in great shape and they get done quickly. They should try hauling my fat a$$ around the course in twice the time. Then we would see how brave they really are
    They should try having a real freaking job like most of us. If all I had to do every day is get up, ride, nap, swim, and still be done in time to cook a good meal I would win races too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EarlT
    Be carefull - it's may be a "slippery slope".
    Four months after i did my first tri, i did my ninth. Not trying to blow my own horn or anything; they were mostly sprint distance.
    Point is that you may feel really compelled to do as many races as you possibly can, even if you are not a competitive person who normally enjoys competition. If you don't allow yourself to become frustrated by some of the subtle nuances of the sport (elbows flying in swim, people passing on bike just to slow down, etc.) you can have a really, really good time!
    Good luck, and have fun!!

    Note: am currently recovering from hip surgery, will make real contribution to forum soon - i hope.

    Yeah, the triathalon is my "reward" for losing the last 25 pounds and getting to 17% bodyfat I ahve a weird way of rewarding myself. I'm spening my life currently in pursuit of the athlete I should have been when I was younger. I'm going to be a turtle all my life, but g-dammit, I'm going to be the fastest turtle out there!

    I'm bug bitten anyway. Did my first 5k last November. Broke my leg (!) but I still kept on. Now it's bike centuries and triathalons on top of the wrestling an bodybuilding and martial arts. Somebody stop me!

    No frustrations possible. As long as I finish, I'll be happy. Even if I have to walk the whole darn 5k

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoodlum
    They should try having a real freaking job like most of us. If all I had to do every day is get up, ride, nap, swim, and still be done in time to cook a good meal I would win races too.
    Maybe, but those guys and gals make some extreme sacrifices. The top money for the World Championship is only $100,000. The other races are even less. Even if Norman Stadler or Peter Reid won every race they entered, they would not be sitting pretty. And sponsors don't pay a lot of money either. Faris Al-Sultan (just won IM Arizona) is sponsored by Cannondale. I think they give him something like $4,000 per year and two frames (not bikes...frames). I'm not sure if I have that 100% correct but I'm pretty close.

    Anyway, I don't want to disrespect them as they are amazing. I just think the real heroes of the sport are the ones dragging themselves down Ali'i Drive at midnight after 17 hours out in the heat and the wind. Those people have some serious grit.

    By the way, if you've ever been at the finish line after midnight, it's really cool. Even though the race is officially over, the pros hang around and give there finisher medals to the people who didn't make the time cutoff. Those are some classy people!
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    Going to do my first tri on May 7th -- the Rookie. Did my first 5K the other week and was 12th out of 238 overall. I'll keep you guys posted on how the Rookie turns out. Props to all of you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoodlum
    They should try having a real freaking job like most of us. If all I had to do every day is get up, ride, nap, swim, and still be done in time to cook a good meal I would win races too.
    I don't know. I was just discussing this with a guy at work. Some people are just made fast. I, unfortunately, am not one of those people. I have to work very very hard for my speed. I don't think that any amount of training would allow me to run sub 6 minute miles after biking and swimming. I also don't think that any amount of training would allow me to swim a mile in less than 24 minutes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aikigreg
    Yeah, the triathalon is my "reward" for losing the last 25 pounds and getting to 17% bodyfat I ahve a weird way of rewarding myself. I'm spening my life currently in pursuit of the athlete I should have been when I was younger. I'm going to be a turtle all my life, but g-dammit, I'm going to be the fastest turtle out there!

    I'm bug bitten anyway. Did my first 5k last November. Broke my leg (!) but I still kept on. Now it's bike centuries and triathalons on top of the wrestling an bodybuilding and martial arts. Somebody stop me!

    No frustrations possible. As long as I finish, I'll be happy. Even if I have to walk the whole darn 5k
    I am of a very similar mindset. I have been somewhat overweight most of my life. I was up to 212lbs about 2 1/2 years ago. I changed how I ate (became a vegan) and now weigh 165 (5'10"). I have swam for years and did some running but very little biking. I dislocated my ankle, had two surgeries and was in a cast for seven weeks (got it off January 3rd). While incapacitated I realized that I am getting older (35) and that our bodies break down over time. I realized that I was getting bored with swimming and decided to buy a bike and start doing tri's. I am totally obsessed with it. Rest days are the hardest right now - they drive me crazy not to be training (I have to realize that rest is training). I can't believe I didn't begin biking sooner. I don't think I'll ever be fast, but I am steadily improving my times.

    I stopped swimming and "re-learned" how to swim using the total immersion method. I love it. I also overhauled how I run with the help of ChiRunning by Danny Dryer (unlike any running book I have read). I would highly recommend both of these resources. You will get faster and use less effort.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjbruin
    Maybe, but those guys and gals make some extreme sacrifices. The top money for the World Championship is only $100,000. The other races are even less. Even if Norman Stadler or Peter Reid won every race they entered, they would not be sitting pretty. And sponsors don't pay a lot of money either. Faris Al-Sultan (just won IM Arizona) is sponsored by Cannondale. I think they give him something like $4,000 per year and two frames (not bikes...frames). I'm not sure if I have that 100% correct but I'm pretty close.
    !
    I agree 100%. But all of the Pros, even local Pros here in NC, find a way to make a living out of the sport. Maybe not get rich, but make a living. Yes, they coach, work in the LBS, do a variety of things to make ends meet. What they don't do is deal with the pressure of keeping 75 people employed, making a small business profitable, dealing with customers and employees, and working until 7 or 8 o'clock at night and then going home to run or ride the trainer so you can get a workout in for the day. I'm not disrespecting them here, I think those guys are amazing. I just think about all of us who do our assorted jobs and keep the country running and allow them to compete in a sport for a living. I envy the time they have to work out. I guess we all make our choices, and most of us chose the "normal" life of earn money at work, spend it on hobbys. I see Pro triathletes like rock stars in a way- for every one that makes it, there are thousands who are convinced they can, and they're all at home practicing.

    Sorry for the rant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jennings780
    I am of a very similar mindset. I have been somewhat overweight most of my life. I was up to 212lbs about 2 1/2 years ago. I changed how I ate (became a vegan) and now weigh 165 (5'10"). I have swam for years and did some running but very little biking. I dislocated my ankle, had two surgeries and was in a cast for seven weeks (got it off January 3rd). While incapacitated I realized that I am getting older (35) and that our bodies break down over time. I realized that I was getting bored with swimming and decided to buy a bike and start doing tri's. I am totally obsessed with it. Rest days are the hardest right now - they drive me crazy not to be training (I have to realize that rest is training). I can't believe I didn't begin biking sooner. I don't think I'll ever be fast, but I am steadily improving my times.

    I stopped swimming and "re-learned" how to swim using the total immersion method. I love it. I also overhauled how I run with the help of ChiRunning by Danny Dryer (unlike any running book I have read). I would highly recommend both of these resources. You will get faster and use less effort.
    Inspiring to hear that you are back to your training after your surgeries. I think i had the same realization that you had while i was recovering from hip surgery.
    I am still amazed at how much the down-time has affected me both psychologically and physically. I hope you fared better.
    Possibly the smartest thing i have done as an athlete is read Chi Running. Highly recommend it. Haven't immersed myself (sorry, couldn't help myself) in the the Total Immersion method yet.
    Have a great season!

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    I've done two races already!

    MaxTrax Duathlon - 3 mile run/15.5 mile bike/3 mile run - Columbia, MO - April 17
    Place: 21/156 overall, 6/21 M40-44
    Goals: 19:00/1:00/44:00/1:00/20:00 for total of 1:25:00
    Actual: 19:14/0:58/42:48/1:01/21:12 for a total of 1:25:11

    "I'm Ready for Summer" Triathlon - 500 yard pool swim/12 mile bike/5K run - Brookings, SD - April 24
    Place: 3/93 overall, 2/19 masters men
    Goals: 7:00/1:30/34:00/0:30/21:00 for a total of 1:04:00
    Actual: 6:56/1:40/34:01/0:26/19:43 for a total of 1:02:46

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    Not a triathlete but a duathlete here!
    1st race of the year: May 29, 2005 in St.Jerome, QC. I am looking very forward to starting the du season.

    1st race ever: Sept 2003.
    Never trained for it, maybe ran 10km total all summer. In the cycling portion going up this rather steep hill (for me), I noticed this motorcycle behind me. Oops! Silly me, the road is open to traffic so we shall move to the shoulder & continue struggling up hill. Hmm.... the motorcycle is still behind me & not making the effort to pass. So, I get annoyed & turned my head over to see what the heck he is doing back there & lo & behold! He is part of the the race organizers holding back traffic for me. Me, of all the slow people with a motorcycle escort struggling up this hill.
    That was my defining moment & since then, I was hooked on the sport. Now, I need to learn how to swim & take a crack at a triathlon
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    I pulled my hamstring 3 weeks ago and had to cancel a duathlon. Hoping to participate in 1/2 IM on May 15, Devilman in NJ.

    Then very short 2 months until IMLP, July 24.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gonzo Bob
    I've done two races already!

    MaxTrax Duathlon - 3 mile run/15.5 mile bike/3 mile run - Columbia, MO - April 17
    Place: 21/156 overall, 6/21 M40-44
    Goals: 19:00/1:00/44:00/1:00/20:00 for total of 1:25:00
    Actual: 19:14/0:58/42:48/1:01/21:12 for a total of 1:25:11

    "I'm Ready for Summer" Triathlon - 500 yard pool swim/12 mile bike/5K run - Brookings, SD - April 24
    Place: 3/93 overall, 2/19 masters men
    Goals: 7:00/1:30/34:00/0:30/21:00 for a total of 1:04:00
    Actual: 6:56/1:40/34:01/0:26/19:43 for a total of 1:02:46

    Very nice times - Well done!

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    MHR, you were flying on the run! Great job.

    Last week at the Claremore (OK) SPrint Tri. First tri in many years. I'm 54.

    71st of 200 (117 men)

    400 meter (Stupid) snake swim = 7:29 (projected (conservatively) 6:45
    12 mi. bike = 38:37 (18.6 mph - my best to date as far as I know)
    2 mi. run = 16:20 (8:10 mi. Need to work on "bricks" Should do 7:20's in my sleep!)

    My transitions SUCK! I need biking shoes that don't tie and are not so snug. Gave away about 15 places easily there.

    Anyway, a great time was had by all.

    Am going to get serious about the Tulsa Tri on June 12th. It is an Olympic distance. My run and swim will be much better relative to the competition in those distances. My bike will hopefully remain about the same.

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