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Need HELP, and lots of it!!!hikerryank
Jul 11, 2002 11:06 AM
So last night I was invited to do a half olympic distance tri in Cherry Hill NJ this weekend. I wasn't planning on doing my first tri until Sept, but said I would give it a go. Now here is the problem. I've only been in the pool twice this year, and this is the first time I have ever gone swimming other than to get back to the boat after waterskiing. Last night, I found I can do the half mile swim, but will need to use every stroke in the book. I'm also a little nervous about swimming in a crowd. My only goal is to beat my two friends (both of whom are swimmers but I should crush them on the bike). Should I just start the swim at the back and work my way through everyone on the bike or attempt to start the swim mid pack? I'm looking through the other newbie advice, but anything you really think I should know would be great to add.
re: Need HELP, and lots of it!!!brider
Jul 11, 2002 12:52 PM
Unless you're well versed in water polo, I'd recommend strongly that you DON'T start mid pack. Even as a fairly strong swimmer, I was never comfortable getting bumped around for the first few hundred yards of a tri swim. What I always did was to line up outside the main group to the side that will be away from the first bouy (if there's a turn on the swimn course). That way you can stay out of the pirhana feeding frenzy at the start, settle into your stroke quickly, and not get bogged down at the turn. No problem utilizing the different strokes, especially if it helps you to stay on course. Given that this is your first tri, you should just look to finish within your abilities and not worry about how fast any one else is going. If you beat your buddies, then great.
re: Need HELP, and lots of it!!!hikerryank
Jul 12, 2002 4:49 AM
Thanks for the advice. As long as I don't drown, I'll post how I do on Monday.
i gues kikerryank drowned?SteveO
Jul 17, 2002 4:10 AM
hope not; ive been waiting for his story.