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Any triathletes here?(13 posts)

Any triathletes here?mlester
Aug 13, 2002 3:47 AM
I did my first tri on Sunday. It was a sprint...1/2mi/11.5/3.5....and completed in 1:30:36. That is the goal that I had set for my time so I am happy with that. I do have a quick question though. I swim about 3-4 times a week, ride 3-4 times a week and run oh...not so much. My question is what is the best way to train so that when I tie them all together on race day, I don't feel like death is one stroke/pedal/step behind me?

-ml
only you can answer that....Steve_0
Aug 13, 2002 4:08 AM
everyone has unique training requirements.

Sounds like youre off to a good start. Did you incorporate bricks into your workout?

Also, Dont neglect the run... often the most overlooked part in trainig.

Go over to the 'triathlon' board if you want more info.
Triathletes lurk hereafrican
Aug 13, 2002 4:26 AM
Yes I am a triathlete. Congrats on your first race and time. My suggestion is that you look at your splits and see where you can make the best improvements. My first sprint was done in 1:15 the next one a month later (same course) was 1:10 I found a lot of time could come off in transition and the bike. Now I can do that course in under an hour. Thats 3 years later and lots of training.

What works for me (being a natural swimmer) is to swim less and ride more. Riding faster is the key to getting your time down. Doing some speedwork on the run and running 5k races will help.

Swim with swimmers, ride with roadies and run with runners.
A good web site is http://www.triathlete.com
re: Any triathletes here?mlester
Aug 13, 2002 4:40 AM
Hey thanks for the info and encouragement. I went to that Tri board and man, it is d.e.a.d. It is nowhere near as active as this one. I looked at my split times last night and if I remember correctly my swim was strong but my bike was horrendous. I have done training rides 30+ miles at 19-20 mph avg. and my avg on the 11.5 was 16.6!! My run isn't really a problem. I am 5'10" and only a buck thirty...built to run. Anyway, thanks for the responses.

-ml
re: Any triathletes here?Juanmoretime
Aug 13, 2002 7:09 AM
Long intervals on the bike and bricks, in a tri I can average 25 plus on the bike and run 6 minute miles in the run and I'm 45 years old. Every other week race or a race simulation will help out also.
what do you mean by "bricks"? (nm)mlester
Aug 13, 2002 9:43 AM
what do you mean by "bricks"? (nm)Steve_0
Aug 13, 2002 11:08 AM
a brick is (traditionally) a workout in which you follow a bikeride immediately with a run.

Lately, its also been used to indicate a swim/bike workout.
Give TNO and Slowtwitch a trybrider
Aug 13, 2002 8:17 AM
TNO = Tri-newbies online. They have a very active forum (phorum, as they like to call it)

http://www.trinewbies.com/

Slowtwitch also has a decent forum, but a little more hard-core and less active.

http://www.Slowtwitch.com/
See post on tri board. . .js5280
Aug 13, 2002 9:09 AM
It's not as active, but people do still follow it so just go ahead and post there. . .
another instance of...........african
Aug 13, 2002 10:31 AM
Roadies trying to get rid of triathletes??
CongratulationsJimP
Aug 13, 2002 2:18 PM
Congratulations! The first one is always the hardest. I remember getting kicked in the face and having my goggles knocked off in my first tri. It gets better after the first few since you know more what to expect. It is very difficult to compare times, even on legs with the same distance since the routes are so different. Just keep track of your time and compare it next year to see how much you have improved. I raced actively until I had to have knee surgery on both knees - now I can't run. When I was racing, I rode the bike most mornings before work, swam at lunch time, and ran 5 mi at least 3 nights a week. I know that I was considered compulsive, at least by my wife, but I really enjoyed racing and wanted to improve.

Keep up the training and improve!
Jim
Congratulationsakatdog
Aug 13, 2002 7:05 PM
Tri Geek here to. Just have fun the times will come down. Bricks help along with meeting other triathletes who can push you. Runnings has become my week point too since a severly sprained ankle kept me from doing it for a couple months.

ride on
kinda..............Soultrain
Aug 13, 2002 10:59 PM
Does this count? A buddy of mine got this pic and did the additions that are seen. With friends like that......