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Gonna Try My First Tri (team effort)

Old 06-28-15, 09:00 AM
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Gonna Try My First Tri (team effort)

I've been cycling to loose weight for about a month now, I've never really been any sort of athlete. I have been intrigued by triathlons, but I have effectively zero swimming or running skills. So I convinced two coworkers to form a relay team with me for an upcoming Sprint distance Tri that is supposedly beginner friendly.
If any of you are going to be at the Post Falls Triathlon on August 2nd, keep an eye out and come say hi to the fat guy on the red Trek 😉.
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Old 06-28-15, 12:15 PM
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Good Luck! Have fun and in your case, leave it all out there on the bike course.
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Best of luck to you man! All you have to do is do your best. Practice harder and put your whole heart in it. All will soon pay off.
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Old 08-05-15, 03:29 PM
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That was a blast! It ended up being pretty low attendance, 55 individuals and 2 teams. We beat the other team by 2 seconds!

Our swimmer switched her phone to "do not disturb" mode the night before so she could get plenty of rest... but apparently that silences her alarm as well. Much to our relief she came running across the parking lot in her swim suit just before the first swim wave took off. I had just enough time to put the timing chip on her ankle and tell her "swim to that bouy, then to that one and back. Over there with all the bikes is the transition area, run in there and find me." And then they were off. She swam great.

We completely botched transition 1. The timing chips were strips of foam padding with velcro squares stuck on. The three of us have very different ankle diameters so I had procured a couple extra squares of velcro. Well, when she came running up I ripped the ankle chip off of her but the velcro was stronger than the adhesive so I ripped the velcro completely off of the chip. "no problem" I thought because I had one extra square left so I stuck it on... only to realize I stuck the wrong half of the velcro on. Velcro is a hook & loop system, and hook & hook doesn't work no matter how hard you push it together . So I ripped it apart again and tried to stick the loop square on but I couldn't get the freaking back peeled off of the adhesive. So I handed it to our swimmer (she has small hands) and she tried it for a while but couldn't get it either. So she handed it to our runner and he was finally able to peel it off. Somewhere during all of this ridiculousness the other team's swimmer finished and their biker left, so we had given away our early lead. Our transition took 3:36, but finally the chip was on my ankle, I rolled my bike out and jumped on and went.

I hadn't scouted the route ahead of time (learned that lesson!) so I had no idea how big the "big hill" at the beginning was. I charged on up going a bit too hard and had to walk some of it after a while. All in all I rode well, pushed hard, and actually gained about 12 positions throughout the ride! I don't feel I could have gone any faster and I averaged 14.5mph even with the hill from hell, so I'm pretty happy with that. More importantly, I gave us about a 4 minute lead back over the other team.

Transition #2 took 22 seconds and our runner was off. He ran well but the other team's runner was really really fast and closed the gap back down. We ended up winning by 2 seconds, 1:38:53 to 1:38:55!

It was a great time!
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I had a gopro on my helmet (I know, big dork), so if I ever get a free second to edit it I'll have a video to share.
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2 seconds?! Wow that's close. Well done.
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Congrats!

Now there's going to be that little voice in the back of your head saying, "I bet we can do that solo next year...."

And that's how it begins.
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Originally Posted by WebFootFreak View Post
Congrats!

Now there's going to be that little voice in the back of your head saying, "I bet we can do that solo next year...."

And that's how it begins.
Don't tell anyone but I just registered for a swimming class this fall at our local college...
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Here's the video:
https://youtu.be/9gW6Fp-354I
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I read the posts in order and when I got to the bit about the transition, I thought "hey that sounds like...." and sure enough it was you! That was a fun video to watch.
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