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Old 06-03-16, 11:50 AM   #1
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First half tri. Need a coach

I am 56 years old. Up until about 2000 I was about 180lbs, 5'9" and ran a lot and lifted weights. I was heavy for a runner but in pretty good shape. Then I quit running and got up to about 246 (when I quit weighing myself) so about 2006 I guess I bought a bicycle, actually I have rode quite a bit and lost some weight but could never stay under 235 for a long period of time. I weighed about 231 a little over a year ago when I quit going out to eat except once every 2 weeks. I run 12-15 miles a week and ride 50 or more a week. I am at 190 and slowly dropping weight. I also moved to Augusta GA about this time last year. The end of September there is a tri here that went right in front of my apartment. So I took a beer out to the bus stop bench thing and watched them go by. I was about a mile from the finish line so all the ones I seen go by I am pretty sure finished. I know I can do it, but I just don't want to screw up training and get hurt. Also I felt bad about the beer, one of the runners made some comment about being cruel. My goal is to finish ahead of the SAG wagon. All the online sites with tri training are pay sites and I don't know which ones to trust, if any. I am older so injury is my biggest concern. I have 16 weeks until the tri. Any advice from anyone?
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How are you at swimming?

I was amazed when going to my first Tri at the number of participants that needed help getting out of the water.
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This is a problem too. I live about 200 yards from the Savannah River. I have not been swimming in the river, but I can swim. Well, there is the gator thing but that is not what really keeps me from swimming in the river, I just haven't done it yet and I don't have someone dependable with a kayak to go with me. We do get to wear a wet suit and go downstream. while I was researching online I found a youtube about the speed required to stay ahead of the sag wagon is about the same speed a bag of potato chips floats down the river. So I just have to not drown. https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q...0424&FORM=VIRE
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The second tri had 4 people stationed to help the swimmers.

This is Irene, now a Three Time Iron Man

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Oh, and it is a half tri. 70.3.
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This site has free plans and will help you design your own. BeginnerTriathlete.com - Triathlon Training for Beginners

I just did my second tri and both were sprints. I learned to swim about a month before the my first one which was in April of this year. As for the swim and the wetsuit, I cursed that wetsuit the entire time. My beginner advice on this is make sure it is tight enough but not too tight. The one I did this past weekend didn't require a wetsuit.

My second piece of advice is go to a pool and swim laps. I needed to build up my endurance to swim 600 yards. Join a Masters Swim Group.

I was told this past weekend the Half in Augusta is the best Half Ironman for people new to that distance.
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IMO, you really don't need a coach just to finish. I started swimming March 2012 and did a Sprint 1 week after my 62 in July. Second Sprint in September, IM70.3FL May 2013 then IMFL November 2013. There was a great schedule for the full IM on the net and as mentioned, Beginner Triathlete is good for schedules.
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Thanks for the info and the site.
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I just did my second tri and both were sprints. I learned to swim about a month before the my first one which was in April of this year. As for the swim and the wetsuit, I cursed that wetsuit the entire time. My beginner advice on this is make sure it is tight enough but not too tight. The one I did this past weekend didn't require a wetsuit.

My second piece of advice is go to a pool and swim laps. I needed to build up my endurance to swim 600 yards. Join a Masters Swim Group.

I was told this past weekend the Half in Augusta is the best Half Ironman for people new to that distance.
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Thanks. I just want to finish and not drown. hehe. Maybe next year I will worry about picking up the pace.
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Good on you for stepping out of the box. Better than thinking I wish I had did that or why didn't I do that. Why not do it?
Join the Y or a swim team and start swimming laps. You can coast on the bike,and walk on the run but if you struggle on the swim the end result will not be good. So swim, swim, swim. In my experience swimming and biking are your main priorities. Still gotta run though. Curious, I have you completed a triathlon before?
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The second tri had 4 people stationed to help the swimmers.

This is Irene, now a Three Time Iron Man

I've completed not competed in that triathlon a few years ago. The day before I broke my right big toe. It was purple and swollen at race time. But because Freeport is about 5 hours away I participated anyways. I play in a band and we performed at the Summertime Blues Festival.
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No I have never done any sort of tri yet. I gotta work on my swimming.
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Join the Y or a swim team and start swimming laps. You can coast on the bike,and walk on the run but if you struggle on the swim the end result will not be good. So swim, swim, swim. In my experience swimming and biking are your main priorities. Still gotta run though. Curious, I have you completed a triathlon before?
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At your age I would suggest a complete cardiac exam over a coach.
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