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First tri in a 1.5 weeks!(11 posts)

First tri in a 1.5 weeks!empacher6seat
Jul 21, 2002 7:46 PM
I'm shakin' in my boots!
Can anyone give me any pointers? It's an olympic distance tri, so 1.5k swim, 40k bike, 10k run. I'm in pretty good shape but not the best swimmer. I just got to the point where I can actually finish a 1.5k without stopping! yikes!
Anyways, any tips on pacing, transistions, or words of wisdom for a newbie? Thanks in advance... I'll try and post some picks and let you guys 'n gals know how I do.
re: First tri in a 1.5 weeks!bm
Jul 21, 2002 9:47 PM
carbo loading:
1. peak training 4 or 5 days before event
2. ease training within 4 or 5 days to event
3. 70% carbs (complex carbs), less fats and protein

efficieny is important - your heart will be racing with nervousness. so don't burn out in the first few mins

1.5k ~ 900 yards . . . unfortunately not an olympic distance. the olympic is 2 miles, or about 1600+ yards. anyhow, just keep a stretched stroke

to me, the bike is the most important. spin the pedals, don't hammer. stay in aero, BUT COMFORTABLE positions.

the bike -> run transition IS NOT FUN. and i say this because i have a long history as a runner, and my first tri taught me how tricky this can be. to practice : after maybe 10 miles on a basic bike ride, go for a short run . . . my impression of this was a pain in the hips and hamstrings . . . be careful not to injur anything - and keep good form.

if you can, try to avoid using socks. they'll save some seconds and avoid muscle cramps in transition. smear vasoline in the shoe to prevent chafing and baking soda to soak up moisture.

i'm reading two great books now for triathlon technique. they might provide some good advice to you:
triathlete's training biuble by Joe Friel
total immersion by Terry Laughlin

i'm a newbie too, so i know what your going through.

good luck
Jul 22, 2002 5:42 AM
olympic = 1.5k
ironman = ~ 2 miles.
oops - ok - nmbm
Jul 22, 2002 11:27 AM
re: First tri in a 1.5 weeks!SteveO
Jul 22, 2002 5:46 AM
go to the local supermarket and get one of those plastic dishwashing tubs. Fill it with water and set it up at the bike transition (out of the way; others will be doing it so just watch and learn). When you exit the water (with wet feet), your feet will collect a lot of sand; when you get to your bike, simply step into the tub, to clean them, and put your bike shoes on immediately.

As far as the swim, be prepared for a lot of jostling. Nothing dangerous, but it is a little freaky to the newly-initiated. If you cant swim without goggles, consider shoving an extra pair down your suit (they sometimes get knocked off).
re: First tri in a 1.5 weeks!brider
Jul 22, 2002 8:11 AM
Check out my post from a while back:

brider "Transitions" 5/14/02 11:26am
Thanks for the advice!empacher6seat
Jul 22, 2002 3:01 PM
I'll tell you all how it went, maybe I'll even have some pictures, too!
Which race?sctri
Jul 23, 2002 6:55 PM
Which race are you planning to do?
(I'm in North Vancouver and i think i remember reading that you are on the island? no?)
check out it can be helpful....

Sri Chimnoy tri at Elk Lake! nmempacher6seat
Jul 24, 2002 10:25 AM
Forgot to add... Elk Lake is in Victoria. nmempacher6seat
Jul 24, 2002 10:12 PM
Cool, good luck, enjoy (nm)sctri
Jul 25, 2002 12:15 PM