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Bad Swimmer/Good biker...advice(4 posts)

Bad Swimmer/Good biker...advicer-kelley
Jun 20, 2003 11:52 AM
I'm doing my first tri next weekend up at Tupperlake. I already got a wetsuit to help me float since my butt tends to sink and I swim uphill. I know I'm going to be one of the last people out of the water but I think I should do pretty well on the bike. I'm hoping that I'll be doing a lot of passing on the bike and I was wondering if anyone had advice as for what I should expect on that leg. Will there be plenty of room for passing or am I going to have a hard time keeping my momentum. My goals for the race are A) not drown B) finish C) beat my two buds who are both strong swimmers. So I'm not super worried about doing well overall, but I'll be pretty bummed if I have a bad bike leg.
Hey, me tooZeGopha
Jun 23, 2003 6:54 AM
I usually do about the same thing you do, (okay, I guess I'm not a horrible swimmer, and I'm getting better, but...)

Part of the passing depends on how big the race is. If it's just a couple of hundred people you shouldn't have any trouble. If it's bigger, things could get a little hectic. One thing you will find. if you are passing a lot of people right in a row you'll bike faster. Something to do with drafting off all of them even though you're going faster. Some of my best bike times have been comming out of the last swimming wave and passing tons and tons of peoople on the bike. Good luck!
re: Bad Swimmer/Good biker...advicebrider
Jun 23, 2003 2:44 PM
You will do a lot of passing, but you have to be VERY aware of the people you're passing: slower riders tend to not have the best handling skills, and may weave all over the road; and, you need to watch out for people not assessing YOUR speed well from a look over the shoulder, and dart out in front of you to pass some one. If the race is very small, you should be okay, but I'd expect to have quite a few speed breaks.
re: Bad Swimmer/Good biker...advicer-kelley
Jun 24, 2003 5:11 AM
Thanks for letting me know what to expect. I think there are about 2000 people doing it not including the relay teams, so it may be pretty crowded.