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Found out why they swim first in triathlons(9 posts)

Found out why they swim first in triathlonspedalAZ
Nov 26, 2003 1:49 PM
I rode the bike hard for about 15 miles and then jumped into a 2 mile swim practice after a quick change today. I couldn't believe how stiff and sore my shoulders and triceps were at first. It took quite a while to get loosened up. But, by then, I was getting leg cramps in my lower calves and my quads.

Wow. Better stay more on top of the nutrition and stretching when I try that combo again. At least the 5 mile ride home afterwards felt pretty good.
Not alwaystheBreeze
Nov 26, 2003 2:15 PM
There is a nice sprint distance tri in Los Alamos NM where the bike event is first. 20K on the bike, then in the pool for 400 meter swim. Because the swim is not open water having the bike first helps spread out the pack so the pool isn't so crowded. It is an Olympic size pool (50 meter long course). You get in at one corner, swim back and forth around buoys and get out at the other corner. Then go run. Fun.
If swimming were lastgtscottie
Nov 26, 2003 2:32 PM
I'm thinking we might lose a lot of athletes. If you fall to the ground in exhaustion during a run you bruise your knee. If you power out in the open water.....blub
If swimming were lastDutchy
Nov 26, 2003 5:18 PM
In Australia there is a national Tri-series that sometimes does swim, bike, run, swim, bike, run. I don't know how they do it.


If swimming were lastSteve Bailey
Nov 26, 2003 7:52 PM
There's also a race in New Paltz, NY in Sept., called S.O.S - Survival on the Shawangunks, or more fondly as Suicide on the Gunks.

Starts off with a 32 mile road ride, including once up and over the hill to Lake Mohonk and then back up to the Lake Minnewaska State Park lot. Then a 7 mile or so run ?, then a mile swim in Lake Awosting (note that distances here are approx.), then another 5 mile or so run, then a 3/4 mile swim in Lake Minnewaska, then a 13 mile run to Lake Mohonk, another 1/2 mile swim, then a mile run uphill to the top at the TipTop House. I think it's 2 miles of swimming and 18 running.

The swim legs are often in very cold - high altitude lakes, while you drag your running shoes and whatever warm clothing you desire in a float bag. I've know many people to drop out due to hypothermia. The entire race is on top of the Shawangunk ridgeline, with (cold) cross winds.

That sounds awfulpedalAZ
Nov 26, 2003 7:56 PM
Have you done it?
That sounds awfulSteve Bailey
Nov 27, 2003 5:59 PM
Never done it. My running days were over 20 years ago with repeated sprained ankles, etc... otherwise I'd be a confirmed tri nutcase, as I swim and bike fairly well.

I used to ride with a women who won the all female category 2 years running, and a number of other tri geeks who've finished. They all had difficult races.

I've also mt. biked and x-cntry ski'd there and have a respect for the exposed location, makes me glad my ankles are shot !.

Cramping!! I almost drowned after ...Live Steam
Nov 28, 2003 8:20 PM
doing a five mile run in modest heat and then jumping into the surf. My legs and arms locked up in cramps so bad that I could not extend them. I was toumbling around in the surf like laundry in a front load washer. My girlfriend and other friends thankfully noticed and pulled me from the water. I think this is a real posibility for why the swim comes before the run and ride.
My first and last triathlonmickey-mac
Nov 28, 2003 8:56 PM
I did a triathlon in '84. An 80 year old man with one arm beat me out of the water on the swim. However, I passed the bastard on the bike. ;-) I stuck to dry land after that.