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 Post subject: RIGHT... Triathlon
PostPosted: Sun Aug 17, 2008 3:46 pm 
Am determined to give this a go, having intended to do so this year and failed miserably because of the 'off' early on in the spring and then on-going issues with tummy and shoulder.

I think the tummy would benefit from my being fitter. The shoulder I have decided to learn to manage through physio, TENS and ignoring it.

So... assuming that I'm starting from a very low fitness base and will probably be doing much of the training solo, where do I start organising myself to get fit over the autumn/winter so that I could have a crack at Tri in the spring without embarrassing myself totally?

I really do want to do this, but I need a bit of motivation and the right starting points.


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 Post subject: Re: RIGHT... Triathlon
PostPosted: Sun Aug 17, 2008 8:58 pm 
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Low fitness base? I'd suggest something like the 18-week training programme on TriNewbies.com. This will work through regular sessions of swim, bike and run, building base fitness and then speed, with scheduled breaks for recovery and also specialist stuff like "brick" combination workouts closer to race day.

Pick an event from the BTF's event list and set your training plan up for that race. The Sprint distance races have swims of between 500-750m, a 20km bike and a 5km run. Super-sprint or novice races are usually about half that distance. A sprint will take most people between 1h and 1:50 to complete. There are a handful of women-only races in the calendar, and they're very good, but generally triathlon is friendly and open and has a lot of women anyway, so it's not a testosterone-fest.

If you choose a race with a pool swim, you need much less kit. Most sprints are pool-based. The others are open-water (lake or sea) swims, for which you need a wetsuit.

So assuming you do a pool sprint, you'll need - swimmies, goggles, bike and bike clothes, helmet (mandatory), running gear. Talc and lube are useful (the talc goes in your shoes to make it easier to change; the lube is for bits that may chafe when you start riding while wet). A number belt and a towel to mark your spot and you're ready to go.

For the swim, everyone who's competing does front crawl. Breaststroke is fine; butterfly and backstroke are usually banned but silly drowning-arse strokes are common... Unless you're a fast swimmer the trick is to take the swim nice and steady. A fast breaststroke will beat a slow crawl. A competent crawl is ideal. Side-stroke is not uncommon for athletes with shoulder problems. Getting some swim coaching is absolutely golden if you're an utter noob.

The bike can be almost any conventional bike that's roadworthy. I've seen shoppers and slicked MTBs at novice events. Fixies are formally banned, though a bit of schmoozing can get them in; recumbents and Wobbly John Specials are definitely banned. Don't give the bike an all-out assault - hold back a bit for the run. You absolutely must have your helmet secured as long as your bike is in play - it's a DQ offense to forget it.

The run's just running. You'll feel wobbly coming off the bike, everyone does, then generally people run the second half harder than the first - basically, once you've found your legs, muller it.

If you have cash, the one piece of kit that's really worth getting is a one-piece tri suit. They start reasonably cheap, and it means you have to do very little clothes-changing in transition. In short races that's valuable time and hassle saved. Don't worry about looks, as there will be at least one 60-year-old bloke in 1980s purple-and-lime speedos and man-bra at every race. :)

I hang around on http://www.tritalk.co.uk for motivation and tips. There's a "tritalk turnouts" thread where the upcoming events are listed along with who's going, so it can get quite supportive. And there are as many newbies as ironmen.

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 Post subject: Re: RIGHT... Triathlon
PostPosted: Sun Aug 17, 2008 9:07 pm 
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I wobbled in from a 30 minute run/walk earlier and was called a pieathlete :grrrr:


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 Post subject: Re: RIGHT... Triathlon
PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2008 8:35 pm 
Andy

Thanks very much for this.. I'll need to do some reading! But... I'll also need to do some activity! :mrgreen:

Bags.. pieathlete? I know one of those! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: (many pies!!)


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 Post subject: Re: RIGHT... Triathlon
PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2008 10:21 am 
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I have seen someone swimming backstroke in one of my races :mrgreen: .

I concur on the trisuit thing. Also remember that in the pool-based swims, no matter what time of year, there is always a significant percentage of complete novices.

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 Post subject: Re: RIGHT... Triathlon
PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2008 9:19 pm 
Pool based and shorter sounds good to me to start with!

Tri suit? Err, yes, I can imagine that Himself might appreciate that, just anyway, never mind it being *useful*! :mrgreen:

I think I'll get myself onto a fitness programme like I mean it first, and then reward self with the Tri suit though..


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 Post subject: Re: RIGHT... Triathlon
PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2008 11:03 pm 
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After the consumption of too much wine over dinner, I've agreed with two of my friends that we're all going to do the London Triathlon next year.

I can swim slowly but competently, and the cycle's fine, but I can't run for a bus. This could be interesting... :oops:


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 Post subject: Re: RIGHT... Triathlon
PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2008 11:12 pm 
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The big one? Go you! \:D/

You could cheat and do it as a relay team ;) Or you could get some nice new running shoes (new shoes!) and start plodding -you've got a year, which is plenty of time! It's only 10k (and half that for the Sprint)...

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 Post subject: Re: RIGHT... Triathlon
PostPosted: Sat Aug 30, 2008 12:01 am 
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Sprint? :shock:

That's a new type of minty flavoured sweetie, isn't it?

Oh dear...

Still, a year's loads of time to get fit 'n' elfy. :grin:


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 Post subject: Re: RIGHT... Triathlon
PostPosted: Sat Aug 30, 2008 11:22 pm 
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There's no need to get elfy if you're not that way inclined. I'm still trollish. :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: RIGHT... Triathlon
PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2008 12:30 am 
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I'm doing a tri tomorrow.

It's a team relay event though with the local run/bike/swim clubs supplying the competetors for each section - with the teams being drawn from a hat.

I've only got the 20k ride bit to do.

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 Post subject: Re: RIGHT... Triathlon
PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2008 10:50 am 
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I dread to think what bike you're doing it on?! :shock:

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 Post subject: Re: RIGHT... Triathlon
PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2008 1:59 pm 
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Bugger. Chain dropped off the outside of the big chainring and slightly mangled the rear mech. :evil:

I had to stop and untangle it - couldn't get the top 2 gears on the, mainly downhill, way back. :roll:

I'll have to fettle it before Tueday's time trial otherwise I'll have to use the fixie ...


... complete with hub dymano. :P

34.20 for the 20k today, including midway fettling time.

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 Post subject: Re: RIGHT... Triathlon
PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 10:54 pm 
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My brother and I have decided to try a sprint tri for the first time next March-ish.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 10:58 pm 
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Tranent! I'll be doing Tranent again next year!

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