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This has probably been asked before, but here goes..Pygme
Jun 27, 2002 5:45 AM
I want to do my first tri. There is one coming up on July 20th. 300meter swim/12 bike/3 run.

I am a cyclist/runner. I ride anywhere from 250-350 miles a week and run 3 times a week from 6 to 9 miles and have done several 12 mile runs this year.

I dont swim, though. Last week, before a MTB race at Lake Bryan Texas, I was watching some tri guys and gals swimming in the lake. I decided that after the race, I would swim.

I ended up swimming about 200 meters out to a bouy and back. I swam the first 100 meters just fine, but had to "rest"- dog paddle- twice on the way back. My lungs felt fine, but my arms were getting tired.

Question? Do you think it is possible to swim enough between now and then so that I could reasonably make the swim? BTW, it is a pool swim.

What other tips/hints can you give this first time tri-guy?
re: This has probably been asked before, but here goes..brider
Jun 27, 2002 7:05 AM
You'll easily be able to develop enough endurance to make a 300m swim by race day. But don't worry about needing to take a rest -- just do breast stroke instead of dog paddle (more restful, and faster).
Jun 27, 2002 7:06 AM
Yeah, it's possible.Swimming is just like running or biking, if you don't do it for awhile, in your case never done it, you are going to be a bit rough at first. Once you get use to it you'll be fine. Hey, I couldn't even run a 3 miler at 8-9 min/mile pace after a couple of months of zero running (but I biked), when I usually pull 7 min pace in triathlons.

Jun 27, 2002 9:18 AM
I went swimming this morning.

I swam 4 laps in a 25 meter pool non stop and took a rest. I swam three more sets of 50 meters before I stopped.

I guess the next time, I'll try to make 6 laps non-stop and so on.
Jun 27, 2002 5:08 PM
Hey, try and throw in a few sets of kick, with a board, i think that developing a steady kick will help with stability, which will make you more efficent in the water, which should be a goal (short and long term)

Drills are good too, but if you are perhaps not looking about making a hardcore or long term tri comitment then maybe it would be best to keep with what you are doing just to increase you endurance with the muscles that arent used to useing