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Old 06-01-2008, 05:44 PM
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Triathalon Training and MS Bike Ride :-)

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I am currently training for the MS bike ride in the fall.. it is early, but I like to get enough training in.. 100 miles the first day and 50 the second day. A friend of the family has MS, so I bike for her. Myhubby and I did this last year and had a good time.
Later the following month, I will be competing in a Triathalon called, the Ramblin Rose. My first one. I have been biking and running, and will be working on the swimming.
Anyone do a Tri before? Any tips? BIking is my strong point, and running is ok, although I dont enjoy it as much. I may try and keep a bit of a log on here in regard to nutrition and training. Any tips and advice would be great. I have always been into athletics, so I wanted a challenge.

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How long is the distance? I would recommend running a sprint distance triathlon before trying out longer distances.

I know that running is the most demanding part of the race. So, I would recommend that you run as much as you can. The swimming and cycling are easier. Make sure you have plenty of time on shoes, bike, and nutritional supplements before the actual race. What I mean is that you don't want to find out during a race that your new glucose packs give you cramps during the run. The new Nike Mega Swoosh gives you shin splints after the first mile etc. You might want to learn how to change out a flat on a bike.

Are you swimming in open water or in a pool? That makes a huge difference in length of your water workouts. First and foremost, when you are swimming, you must learn to relax your body and use your natural body's buoyancy to help you get through the water.
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Thank you! It is a sprint tri for the first one.

I appreciate the advice. I like the Asic Kayano shoes I bought for running, and yeah, I have been doing more even though it it not my fav sport.
I will be swimming in a pool, and have to work on the breathing aspect of swimming.
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Please post about your training I'd be interested to read along with your journey!
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Me too!! that's a wonderful challenge, Jess and I, too, would love to read along with your journey!

Keep posting in the eating/training log thread as well
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i did a tri a couple of years ago.... it did not go so well for me.

the swimming took way more out of me than i had expected and i then struggled thru the run and bike.
it sounds strange, but i had trained in a lap pool and when i had to do the actual swim in the lake it was a lot different.
also, i kept thinking about that filthy water and it getting into my mouth -- so gross!
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Old 06-02-2008, 05:41 AM
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i did a tri a couple of years ago.... it did not go so well for me.

the swimming took way more out of me than i had expected and i then struggled thru the run and bike.
it sounds strange, but i had trained in a lap pool and when i had to do the actual swim in the lake it was a lot different.
also, i kept thinking about that filthy water and it getting into my mouth -- so gross!
My husband is training for a triathalon right now too.....and the swimming part is in the ocean. That is the part that I am not crazy about. Not to mention, the ocean is a TAD on the cold side right now, so that makes training in the open waters difficult. The tri is in mid July, so water temp should be better.

I'd love to hear your training progress Jess. Good luck!
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If you train in a pool and to be on the safe side, you should be able to swim twice the distance you need to swim in open water. There are several factors that you need to consider. Open water swimming involves different elements such as wind, tide, and current.

One thing that people don't realize about tri-swims is that there are going to be A LOT of other swimmers in the water with you at the same time. You might get kicked in the face and get your goggles knocked off your head if you aren't careful.

One other recommendation is to join a tri-club in your area. They will be able to help you with the logistics aspects of the race as well. For the bike ride, install aero bars. Also, leave your shoes clicked into your pedals before the race for faster transition out of the water and onto your bike.

Oh, don't forget to have fun.
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Thank you for the support and tips
I am enlisting a TRiathalon trainer at my gym come August, she has done many and is an expert in her field, she will help with swim times, technique, transitions etc.. It should be fun. I just want to do well by my own standards.
I am going to have to out and train early in the morning if running or biking outside here as it is 90 degrees all week ugh.
I will try and post some of my training logs. Like I said, thank you guys for the support.
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I'd love to do a triathlon some day, but the swimming would kill me. I can swim, but I'd have a lot of catching up to do in the biking/running race.
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