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04-23-2011, 07:01 AM
Hi everyone!

I am going to do a triathlon on 28th August (was meant to be 11th June but that one sold out before I could sign up!) and thought it might be cool to get to know others who are also training for a tri!

My main sport is running I think. I did a half marathon last week and am doing a 5k race in May and have been running on a regular basis for about two years. Swimming is also OK, I was on the swim team in high school so technique is no problem, fitness will be though! I haven't been swimming at all in the last year. Cycling, hmmm. I cycle as my main form of transport, so an hour a day to and from work and to the shops etc but I have never tried to go fast...

My ultra fit boyfriend is going the triathlon with me, and his even fitter brother is doing the one in June so I have to perform well otherwise I'll be the only one who didn't!

Feel free to join in if you are also training for a tri, we can all help each other. I have absolutely no idea how to train for one at all...


05-09-2011, 08:28 AM
I started this thread a few weeks ago, but have noticed a few other people talking about tris and how we should have a triathlon thread, so bump!

I've cycled to and from work already today, now I'm off for a swim and pilates class :)

Feel free to join in!

05-09-2011, 11:48 AM
Aha! i didn't see it a few weeks ago.

I have another one on June 12, and am going to try an Oly on August 7. Race report on last Saturday's race will be up sometime soon. It was a blast!

05-09-2011, 12:35 PM
Yeah it sounds like you had a great time!! I still haven't registered for the 28th August tri, although I am training for it. I have an appointment with the orthopaedic surgeon on Wednesday to discuss possible foot surgery so I need to find out the date for that before I register.

Even if I don't end up racing this year (although I hope so!), it has been great to get back into swimming! I haven't swam regularly for 10 years but at the moment I'm going 2-3 times a week. How did you train the swimming bit, if you don't mind me asking? My distance is 750m so I've just been swimming that for a start. I'm too out of swim shape to manage 750m straight crawl at the moment, but I can manage 50m crawl + 25min breaststroke x 10 in 22 minutes. I've got ages to get that better though! If the doc decides to operate, that is the only sport I'll be able to do for a few months :(( God knows what will happen to my waistline then, I control my weight basically by exercise and a half hearted diet...

Well done again! I can't wait for the race report!

05-09-2011, 12:51 PM
I am registered for an all-women Tri on Sept. 11th. At this point, I am really excited, but I know as the time gets closer - I will be NERVOUS! Lol!

Right now I am struggling to get in all my work outs. I signed up for a Spin class at the gym. That has been awesome. I would like to get in an outdoor bike ride in addition to taht once a week. I have been running 2 - 3 times a week. I have at least been doing good with that.

Swimming... wweeelllll... I need to get in more swimming. I am not really worried about the swimming. I have been swimming all my life. BUT I do still need to get in the water and practice!

05-11-2011, 01:15 AM
claire, hope the surgery stuff ends up okay...I was out of commission all last fall with surgeries, so I really sympathize.

sCraver, congratulations! It is great to have a tri to work toward. :) For what it's worth...I had been swimming all my life too, and have improved immeasurably over the last four months with some help.

I started swimming on my own, but eventually joined a Masters swim group to get a little coaching and a more regular swim time. It was an EXCELLENT decision- see below.

Polar Bear Pink Cheeks Triathlon race report:

Swim: 900 YD, 16:50 (1:50/100 yards) -- This was nothing short of miraculous. I swam a single warmup lap, then did my thing. Didn't feel like I ever really got started and then I was done, and 1:30 faster than I've ever done it before. I didn't think I'd be below 2:00/100 for a while yet. I thought the timer had made a mistake. :) Another woman in my swim group is an amazing runner/cyclist/athlete -- she beat me by many minutes in bike/run!!! Her overall time was 16 minutes better than mine and she was 13th overall -- and I beat her swim time by two full minutes.

Bike: 29:18 for 6 miles. Normally that would have been about 23-24 mins for 6 miles, so I thought it was slow. However, this was the most what I didn't expect. The course was about half gravel (serious Alaska-type gravel), lots of 90-degree turns, and very hilly. One of those hills went on forever, I swear. I was on my Cannondale F700 mountain bike (much slower than my road bike). Felt pretty good, no problems there. Need more hill work on bike and run, there's no doubt about that. I didn't die but eventually will want to do better.

Run: 31:51 5k (3.1 miles). Personal best for a 5K. Very, very hilly course. First mile was downhill, last mile was uphill. Mile times were 9:24; second was 10:09; third was 11:19 (that last, uphill mile). It was way hard, by far the hardest part of the race. Normally I run an 11 minute mile.

Race was swim, run, bike. T2 was transition from run to bike and was 43S.There was no T1 as my swim time was WAY before bike time. Like, 8:20 AM and the main race started at 11 AM. They worry about it being too cold in early may to go straight from the water to a cold outside, I understand.

That said, it was a gorgeous day, just beautiful and warm. Eagles riding thermals over the starting line for a good while. :)

I thought I finished somewhere in the middle of the back half of the pack, but it turns out I was 45/90 for the women and 22/37 in my age group. Goals #1 (finish) and #2 (don't finish last) were well met.

I'm ready to go for the next one!

05-12-2011, 09:30 AM
calluna - That is awesome! Congrats on doing so well on your first tri!!

05-16-2011, 12:59 PM
I haven't been doing much swimming. I have been doing ok with biking - but I need to do more outside biking. I HAVE been running. I feel like running will be the hardest part. I know that the bike portion is longest (in miles and time) but then to get off the bike and run 3.1 miles... I feel like the better I am at running, the easier it will be to do it when I am tired.

IDK... just rambling. I need to go for a bike ride.

06-03-2011, 05:28 PM
Anyone still here?

I am thinking about doing one of the many mini-tri's they have going on this summer... Might be good for me to practice ahead of time.

I bought a stability ball today... I want to work on my core more. And I am buying a new pair of running shoes today! Whoo hoo!! (I am really excited.)

06-03-2011, 09:06 PM
I'm considering finding a 5k or tri or something... I know that for my last 5k... I had something to work up to. It ended up being more like a .5k (long story)... but I worked hard to get there. Afterwards... I had shin splints... and that messed me up... and then I didn't do any of it anymore.

I'll have to see if there's anything that's going to be happening in/around Dallas, TX... or in the town I'll be living in at college... I'll see. :)

06-04-2011, 01:25 AM
I'm still here! Ran 3.55 miles this morning and have a brick (18 miles bike, 4.5 mile run) scheduled for tomorrow. Next triathlon is next Sunday, June 12...starting to feel the nerves a little bit already! Need to find some time to go over the course this weekend since this one is local.

Also, I signed up for one on July 17 in Fairbanks - it has an open water swim, so that should be interesting. I still haven't seen entry open up for the Oly I am hoping to do in August but I'm training for it anyway.

Glad to see you're still here...hope this thread stays a bit more active. :)

06-04-2011, 11:51 AM
SCraver, I just realized that I see you over on BT, too...no wonder you looked so familiar...

It's raining today - I'm going to see if the weather improves a bit before I try working out. If it continues nasty I'll do the bike ride inside and then go out to run. Humbug.

06-06-2011, 01:24 PM
SCraver, I just realized that I see you over on BT, too...no wonder you looked so familiar...

It's raining today - I'm going to see if the weather improves a bit before I try working out. If it continues nasty I'll do the bike ride inside and then go out to run. Humbug.

LoL! Yup! I have been hanging out there more than here lately. All this exercising is actually making it harder to lose weight (I get so hungry!!) but I feel great!

It was a glorious weekend. I ran Satruday morning for a couple miles with my sister. Today, instead of going to the gym, I have to go to the Dr. I have some sort of poison ivy type thing going on that NEEDS to be looked at. ~sigh~ So, I THINK I can get home, throw my toddler in his jogging stroller and go for a run.

I should be able to get in a swim tomorrow. Run Wednesday. Spin class on Thursday. I guess another run on Friday.

I ordered a stability ball. I want to work a bit harder on my core. After I did my 10k the other weekend, my ABS were sore!!!

06-09-2011, 12:44 AM
Hi Guys! I am pretty new to 3fc and so I just found this post! I tri! :) I did my first Sprint distance tri( 300 yrd swim, 15 mile bike, 3.1 mile run) at the end of March and I loved it so much that I signed up for two more. I will be doing another Sprint distance at the beginning of August and then an Olympic distance at the end of September. I start training twice a day for 16 weeks next week for my Olympic. I am a little nervous about that one simply for the distance of the run...6.2 miles. With ample training I am pretty sure I can do it though. :) I am glad to have found friends that enjoy the same thing! Awesome!:carrot:

06-09-2011, 12:56 AM
Welcome, ballerina. :) It's good to find another person with whom to tri!

scraver, I spend way more time on BT than I do here these days as well. I like it there- it's way friendly to Athenas and newbies and all age ranges. I really like that!

Wish me luck, ladies...my next race is this weekend, on Sunday. I perused the bike course today - it's about 2/3 flat, but the third that isn't is WAY downhill, SERIOUS uphill, rough, and some twisty turns. I do some riding on hills and have gotten up over 30 mph from time to time...but that downhill scares me. And that uphill will be brutal, I think. It goes on forever.

The run course is dirt, and I'll probably run it tomorrow just to go through it once before the race. The run course is a cross-country ski course and as such will probably have swales but no serious hills like the road course. It's nice to have a local event. :)

06-09-2011, 08:24 AM
I secretly (shhhhhhh!;)) would want to do a tri, but am 44 yrs old and think I would stroke out!:dizzy:

Seriously...I've gotten this body in decent shape (I think), but get scared and uncertain when challenged to put it to the test. I dunno...call it fear of commitment maybe?

Can someone tell me how long is the run, how many miles the swim and biking? I think I could prolly run 5K, swim a mile, and bike 5 miles??? Maybe followed by 2 strokes and a mild myocardio infarction though!:eek:

Anyhoot...maybe I'll just stand on the sidelines and cheer you all on!:carrot: :dancer: :carrot:

06-09-2011, 11:01 AM
ballerina454 - Welcome! Yay!! I like to see there are women here tri-ing! I am actually enjoying the mix of different exercises. I don't get bored b/c I am always switching between biking, running, swimming and strength training!

calluna - Good luck this weekend!! Are you excited? Nervous? Downhill scares me, too. I have this irrational fear of falling off my bike. I mean - people fall off all the time. You brush yourself off and get back on. But the thought terrifies me. I know with more practice, I will get better (besides, I fell off my bike all the time as a kid)

joyfulloser - You could TOTALLY do a tri. I read all sorts of stories about people who start training at all different ages! The one I am doing is a sprint triathlon. It is 1/2 mile swim, 12 mile bike ride, then a 5k run. There are some little "practice" tri's in my area over the summer that I am thinking about doing. They are like 1/4 mile swim, 8k trail ride and 5k trail run. (This place also does MINI tri's which are 1/8 mile swim, 3 mile bike, 1 mile run) i figure doing a couple would be good practice for the transitions and such before my big day on Sept. 11 when I do my "real" triathlon! Eek! Less than three months to go.

06-10-2011, 08:32 AM
ah I am so jealous! Good luck for the weekend, calluna! My triathlon plans have been shelved because I'm having a foot operation, but I am going to find one in London next year and register for it early. I was gonna do a sprint this year, but seeing as I will have a whole year to train, I think I'll go for an olympic one :)

Good luck and keep tri-ing (terrible, I know!)

06-10-2011, 01:06 PM
joyfulloser, you could do it. The real key is building up slowly. Go to the pool and swim a lap. Rest. repeat. Do the same on the bike - ride a mile the first day. The golden rule is never to increase your distance by more than 10% a week, and to take every fourth week as a lighter or recovery week.

The race I do this weekend is 500 yards (10 laps); 10 miles bike ride; and 3.1 mile (5k) run. Not hard at all. They vary a little, as scraver pointed out - my last one had a 900 yd swim and mountainous, gravelly 6 mile ride.

Thanks everyone for the well-wishes; I'll tell you all about it after the race! Good, bad, and ugly. :)

06-13-2011, 12:28 AM
YIPPEE! What an awesome race. I had a GREAT time and did really well - 1:21:29.

Swim: 9:20. I think this is the time they told me as I got out of the pool, and they didn't give us the "official" breakout of times in the preliminary race results - just the total times.

I registered for this event in February before I'd ever had a timed swim of any kind. I put in about twice the amount of time it would take me (20 mins)and so was at the tag end of the swimmers. Argh.

Still, well prepared and had a great swim - very pleased -- wish I'd had a bit more warmup time is all.

Bike: Don't know the time for sure. However, I smoked the big downhill, handled the two large climbs, and in general did the course about as well as I could have wished today.

Run: No time on this yet. This was every bit as challenging as I expected it to be with the many hills and dirt course; I think I did well enough but it underscores the need for more hard work on my running. Also...it's a good thing there was an aid station there with gatorade; I had opted to leave my powerbar gel behind in transition and regretted it - a lesson learned on race nutrition.

Total time today: 1:21:29
Rank: 7/? in AG, 25/65 for women overall. I was very, very happy with my race. Felt good afterward. Can't wait to improve for the next one!

06-13-2011, 02:11 AM
I am training for a trial :D its in 4 days but I just hurt my back from falling down stairs and MT leg from im not sure. Im not allowed to do it now :'(

06-27-2011, 01:01 PM
calluna - Congrats on the awesome race the other weekend!!

aussienerd - sorry about the back injury! I hope you are taking care of yourself!!

So - My triathlon is on 9/11. In the meantime, I have gotten an itch to ALSO train for a Half Marathon. There is one that looks like fun coming up on 9/18... as in one week after my tri. 12 weeks from now. Is that nutty of me to think of doing it?? I ran six miles on Sunday. I feel like I need to build up some emdurance. Maybe do some strength training on my legs.

07-19-2011, 06:00 PM
SCraver how's the training going?

Anyone else still have an upcoming race?

I did one this weekend that was pretty killer-heat wise, but the race handled it beautifully with ice, sprinklers, and dunk tanks. So nice to have such a well run race. They even had a roving truck asking if we needed water! The race took me so much longer then last year because of the heat though. Ugh very unpleasant and so very little running involved. :(

08-11-2011, 09:52 AM
Training for a Tri and a HM at the same time is not as "easy" as I thought it would be. The other week, I was feeling really excited for my Tri but today... I am feeling a little nervous.

Everything hurts. Mostly in a good way. I am not losing any weight (um, b/c I keep EATING) I am going to take the fall/winter to maintain the progress I have made in my fitness and focus on some strength training and on weight loss.