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8/24/10 1:45 A

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I signed up for my first sprint the day I signed up for SP. And that just happened to be only 23 days before the race! I survived it, it wasn't pretty but I finished and I wasn't last:) You can find some great training schedules at www.beginnertriathlete.com. I am currently doing the Olympic training schedule in hopes that it will make the sprint that much easier next year! Good Luck and have a blast!

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8/18/10 12:26 P

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Finished my first triathlon (sprint distance) on Sunday. It was great! I have pictures in my blog on my SparkPage. I finished 22nd out of 60 in my age group. I ended up wearing a sports bra, swim suit (womens speedo competitive suit) and zoot tri shorts. I had bought a zoot tri top, but being as tall as I am, it rode up A LOT when I practiced with it. It was too small. I had regular running shoes and pedal "cages" on my mid-grade road bike. I threw on a shirt with my race number pinned on before the run. I had the very basic equipment and everything went great. I can't wait for my next one!



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2012 Rewards:
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-15 lbs: new tri gear
-20 lbs: personal trainer
-30 lbs: new clothes
-40 lbs: home gym
DUATHLON: new bike **Completed 08/14/2011**
TRIATHLON: new itunes **Completed 09/25/2011**
1/2 MARATHON: spa day **Completed 11/13/2011**
1/2 MARATHON: iPod Nano **Completed 12/04/2011**


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7/31/10 9:10 A

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Try a apir of tri bike shorts...made for swimming and biking and running. The padding is different. Also, be very careful because wet shoes from water running off of you have a tendency to slip off of pedals. Invest in or borrow some clip pedals and shoes allows you to pull when pedaling and not just to push...makes you more efficient and a lot faster.

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7/30/10 3:33 P

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Thanks! I'll just be wearing running shoes since I only own a mountain bike with regular pedals (no special bike shoes or clips). I'll try a run without socks to make sure they won't give me blisters on race day. On the bright side, when I transition from the bike to run I'll just have to take my helmet off before I'm on my way. I'm planning to throw on a pair of shorts over my bathing suit but that shouldn't take much time... just not comfortable riding and running in just a swim suit.

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7/30/10 3:23 P

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Have shoes ready to go. A small towel for drying feet and it helps if you don't have to wear socks. Have helmet and dark glasses on headset and ready to go. Might actually have at least one shoe attached to pedals. Hopefully you are not changing a lot of clothes. A snack, water, etc., should be on bike and ready to go.

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7/30/10 1:57 P

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Hey! I'm new to triathlons too and was wondering whether anyone has any tips for a quicker transition between the swim and the bike. Thanks!

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7/30/10 10:41 A

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In any race, in any sport, you will always see "those" people.

How is the training going Felice? Are you sorting things out? What about race day equipment? Any questions or suggestions the veterans can answer/make?

Audrey

"Fall down seven times, stand up eight!!!"

2012 Rewards:
-10 lbs: new running gear
-15 lbs: new tri gear
-20 lbs: personal trainer
-30 lbs: new clothes
-40 lbs: home gym
DUATHLON: new bike **Completed 08/14/2011**
TRIATHLON: new itunes **Completed 09/25/2011**
1/2 MARATHON: spa day **Completed 11/13/2011**
1/2 MARATHON: iPod Nano **Completed 12/04/2011**


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7/27/10 9:52 A

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All women Tri's are neat but the entrants are not all polite. Some of the serious or "elite" type/extremely competitive will run over you, swim over you and generally speak ill of you if they think you are in their way. However, most of the athletes are great!

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AUDIKAT007's Photo AUDIKAT007 Posts: 281
7/27/10 9:15 A

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Good to know. I've only ever watched a tri on TV and they were super serious riders but they all seemed to ride well... it just looked scary. I am sure I am building it up more in my mind than what it actually is. The tri I am doing is an all woman tri, so I think everyone will be super polite. Not that guys aren't, they are just faster.

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"Fall down seven times, stand up eight!!!"

2012 Rewards:
-10 lbs: new running gear
-15 lbs: new tri gear
-20 lbs: personal trainer
-30 lbs: new clothes
-40 lbs: home gym
DUATHLON: new bike **Completed 08/14/2011**
TRIATHLON: new itunes **Completed 09/25/2011**
1/2 MARATHON: spa day **Completed 11/13/2011**
1/2 MARATHON: iPod Nano **Completed 12/04/2011**


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7/22/10 11:42 P

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Most of the time in triathlons, you do not bike in a group. Drafting leads to penalty time. One rides to the right and passes on the left.

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7/22/10 3:53 P

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Congratulations on signing up!
Honestly, I would suggest reading some blogs on SP for other people's first triathlons and see what they have to offer - I certainly wrote about my first tri, and the subsequent ones - so there are tidbits to be had all around!
I think if you feel comfortable with each separate event, then you are already more prepared than a lot of people, so how do you feel about them?

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7/22/10 2:07 P

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If you are a member of a gym, a good place to start is indoors: swim in a pool, go to a spinning class and run on a treadmill. It will be easier to keep track of distances and once you have built up endurance and some confidence, head outdoors. Don't feel overwhelmed, just take it day by day. My first tri is August 15th. My biggest fear is biking in groups... if you can, find a group to bike with before the race. Most bike stores have Saturday rides where you can get experience riding with a group.

Audrey

"Fall down seven times, stand up eight!!!"

2012 Rewards:
-10 lbs: new running gear
-15 lbs: new tri gear
-20 lbs: personal trainer
-30 lbs: new clothes
-40 lbs: home gym
DUATHLON: new bike **Completed 08/14/2011**
TRIATHLON: new itunes **Completed 09/25/2011**
1/2 MARATHON: spa day **Completed 11/13/2011**
1/2 MARATHON: iPod Nano **Completed 12/04/2011**


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7/21/10 9:29 P

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Yes you need to be able to do all of the different events fo at least the amount of distance necessary to complete the event. Alternating days of exercise helps and then a long ride or long run on the weekend is ideal. A brick is when you do all three of the exercises the same day. I believe the event is short enough that you can do the distances as a brick once a week. It is an eye-opener to jump off of a bike and run.

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7/21/10 11:57 A

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What you want to do is to put time in for each of your sports on a regular basis before the event. You've only got two months to train so the beginner Tri training programs won't fit your schedule. Try to swim, bike and run every week. You'll want to be able to do at least the distance of the individual sports prior to the tri. It would also be a good idea to try an open water swim and a couple of bricks/transitions before the race.

Keep your eye on the prize.


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7/21/10 11:12 A

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Well I have finally committed to doing a triathalon. I was going to wait until next year but then thought what the heck am I waiting for? I am doing a supersprint which is .2 miles swimming (open water), 17 miles biking and then 1.5 miles run.

My question is what do I do to train for it? I have until September 11th and I am pretty lost and overwhelmed right now.

Any hints, tips, advice, training would be greatly appreciated!




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