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New to triathlonsempacher6seat
Apr 18, 2002 9:21 PM
Well, I love swimming and running and cycling, although I've just recently started road riding more, and I'm considering triathlons. I'm considering some super short ones this summer, just to get the feel for the transitions and doing all three activites in a row. I just have some questions for you guys. What's your training ratio between events? like how much time you spend swimming as compared to running or biking? Or do you just work more on your weakness? Any tips on these or other pieces of advice for a newbie will be very helpful. Thanks.
re: New to triathlonsbm
Apr 19, 2002 12:00 AM
not an expert, but can give a little advice.

my roomate trains much more seriously then i do: swimming M+W+F masters swim, turbo (run + bike) sprints on Tues, Longer bike rides Thursday and Saturday, Long Runs on Sunday. it's usually recommended to break for at least one day of the week, but he's so addicted he only rests for illness or school finals.

no doubt, training is very time consuming, especially because you need to build base endurance. once you've built up your endurance base, i'd suggest working on the weakest parts. strengthen your form and economy. WORK on transitions, especially bike -> run. i'm am a very experienced runner, but the first time i went from bike to run it was almost as if i had forgotten how to run.

good luck
re: New to triathlonsSteveO
Apr 19, 2002 3:30 AM
After a base is built (over winter) im usually pretty lax about training; about an hour every workday

M,W,F - run 1 hour
T,Th - Swim 1 hour
Saturday and/or sunday - bike anywhere from 1 to 5 hours, depending on the mood/other plans.

Its funny how the whole 'weakness' thing evolves; when i first started tris, i prettymuch ignored my strength (cycling) because i felt VERY behind in my swim, and somewhat behind in my running. I now participate in more half's and marathons and long-distance swims than i do cycling or tris.

Before your first, definately do a couple 'bricks' (bike followed by a run). This is crucial to get used to the feeling of running while your legs still want to cycle.

Also, try a few swim-bike combinations, not as crucial as a brick, but gives you the feeling of starting bikeride already tired.

Dont know if youve ever started an open-water or mass-start swim. typically, its a pretty chaotic event; you'll be inadvertantly kicked, punched, swam over, etc. It's not really a big deal, but be ready for it; many beginners are somewhat overwhelmed when they experience that for the first time. Just find a grove and go with it.

good luck.
re: New to triathlonsbm
Apr 19, 2002 2:41 PM
User steve is right about the weakness thing. i think it's funny that, as an experienced runner i got addicted to cycling. i used to run long distance and hated road biking. but at the moment, i bike more then i run.