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Do I have enough time to train for a triathlon August 10th?(8 posts)

Do I have enough time to train for a triathlon August 10th?globalhelipimp
Jul 6, 2003 10:43 PM
I just started road biking yesterday, and did 23 miles with an average speed of about 16mph. I have a running background, and ran many 5k's throughout high school. I'm 19 years old now, and really want to do a sprint triathlon August 10th.

Swim - .5 mile
Bike - 14 miles
Run - 3.12 miles

Realistically speaking, do I have enough time to train? If so, how should I outline my training schedule? My swimming leg would by far be the worst. How do I train to swim?

re: Do I have enough time to train for a triathlon August 10th?gebbyfish
Jul 7, 2003 9:00 AM
I think you have plenty of time for that distance. If you really stink at swimming, you'll have to put in some time at the YMCA or local pool, working up to that distance to make sure that you can do it. I would recommend you break down your swim stroke with "Total Immersion" by Terry Laughlin I think. There is a series of books on drills to help you to add more glide to your stroke, and concentrate on buoyancy and using the twisting of the torso as the power of the stroke, instead of the flailing of arms. Do a brick or two a week(i.e. bike followed by run), even the distance that the race is. I don't think the run will take that much out of you, considering your previous experience. 14 miles on a bike is really not that bad, as long as it's not straight up a mountain or something. I guess, the main thing is to work on that swimming!

re: Do I have enough time to train for a triathlon August 10th?globalhelipimp
Jul 7, 2003 9:51 AM
I really do need to put some time in the pool. Could I
train in my own pool, or is this not long enough?. The max
depth is 8.5ft and the shallow end is 4ft deep, in a
rectangular shape. I'll try and ask my dad what the length
of the pool is and get back to you.

Also, what should I be buying for the tri? I really have
no idea what I need- swim goggles, speedo, nutrition,
clothing? Other things? Brand recommendations for the
above listed?

re: Do I have enough time to train for a triathlon August 10th?mtuck
Jul 7, 2003 12:42 PM
You really should be swimming in a pool that is 25 yards long. It gives you a better chance to work on your stoke without too much turning. It's also easier to measure your yardage. I agree with the above post from gebbyfish, check out "Total Immersion" by Terry Laughlin. It really helped me get back some form I once had many years ago in high school. Your local library might have a copy in its' system.

As far as what equipment you need, I would say go to a sports store and try on as many different goggles as they have. Find a pair that will hold suction to your face when put on comfortably, not to tight. You might want to find a triathlon specific swim/bike short. These have a small pad built into the short, and are made to dry quickly. Other than that just have a comfortable pair of running shoes. I am assuming you already have a bike. Look at some online shops for clothing specials,,,, just to name a few.

Eat healthy, do a little carbo loading the day or two before the race, and have some energy gels to take during the race (take 15-30 minutes before the race and then take one during each transition).

Remember to have fun, that's what it's all about. This sport can be very addicting.
Easy on the gel there!empacher6seat
Jul 12, 2003 8:59 AM
Unless you're taking 3 hours or so to complete a sprint, all that gel isn't neccessary at all! The vast majority of people have sufficient stores of glycogen in their body to comfortably last for over an hour.

When you go on a 1.5 hour bike ride, do you have a gel every 20 minutes? That seems a bit excessive, unless you have hypoglycemia or something.

For a sprint, eating a healthy dinner the night before, a light breakfast, and maybe sipping on a sports drink during the race should be more then enough for keeping your energy high.
Re: Easy on the gel there!mtuck
Jul 13, 2003 8:46 AM
I only posted what I have done to prepare for a race, I am by no means an expert. Most gel packs say to take one packet for 30-45 minutes of intense activity. I try and do my races pretty much all out, especially sprints.

IMHO having 3 gels for a race is not too excessive, especially if you are planning on taking 1.5 hours or so to complete the race, but that's just me. I would rather have a little extra sugar/glycogen on board at the end of a race than bonk!

You need to find out what works for you.
Carbo-loading and more human physiologyCannon
Aug 6, 2003 3:42 PM
Carbo-loading should be done more than a day or 2 before the event, more like 4-5 days before the event. Also don't eat anything with 90 minutes or less before the race. This is because the body will release more insulin than needed making your Blood glucose go low (Hypoglycemia). When Blood glucose goes low you will bonk. The body is more sensitive to insulin during excerise. This is why it will go Hypo.

Now if you are diabetic like me throw all this knowledge out the window.
re: Do I have enough time to train for a triathlon August 10th?mtuck
Jul 7, 2003 10:00 AM
I did my first sprint tri (1000m open water swim, 15.5 mile bike, 3.1 mile run) with one month of training and I did fine, I actually beat one of my buddies who's been doing tri's for some time. I had been mountain biking (weekend warrior) for the last three years and started jogging (2 miles a couple times a week)in Feb. The swim was the hardest but I survived.

Check out for some great swim workouts. They vary in yardage from a couple of hundred yards to advanced workouts of a couple of thousand yards.

Don't set your goals too high; just go out, finish, and have some fun.