My 16 yr old daughter and I completed our first Sprint Triathlon yesterday - Shawnigan Lake Subaru Series. I had trained in the pool and had my 500m freestyle down to 13 minutes, then would continue with another 500m of freestyle at easier pace. When I hit the open water I managed the first 75 to 100m doing freestyle mostly because of the close proximity of the swimmers, but had to sidestroke the rest (with brief bursts of freestyle) I cannot believe how different the pool and open water are. The wetsuit helped immensely with floatation and I cannot say that waves or splashing were a big problem. I did choose my start position carefully however.
The bike segment though challenging with hills, and slick with rain, went well. My biggest fear had been my legs being tired for the run, but somehow both my daughter and I were amazed at how strong we felt during the run. Both had strong finishes and now are contemplating the Victoria Subaru Sprint Distance on June 16.
Fitness Minutes: (21,732)
905 4/21/13 8:06 P
I've only done one Try a Tri and the swim was much too short and easy for me but it was not in open water but in a pool. One thing that I want to do differently is to make sure it's scheduled during a warm time of day/year. It was in the fall at 8am and the swim was the first leg, so I really froze for the bike ride. I agree with the PP who recommended to practice your transitions and plan your wardrobe well. I put on pants over my wet bathing suit and they kept sliding off during the run lol.
Fitness Minutes: (2,155)
1,349 4/21/13 1:15 P
As someone who's done a grand total of one sprint triathlon in her life, and that over 20 years ago, the only advice I have is not to neglect the swim training. It can be so short in a "sprint" that it's tempting, especially if you're a reasonably good swimmer already. But you may find when you actually do it in a race, the combination of extra speed and all the people around you messing up your breathing wind up making you lightheaded, and that makes the rest of the race pretty miserable.
I would take your bike to your local bike shop and express your concerns to them. It may be a simple adjustment that will solve your problems. Or they can give you some advice as to how to alleviate your wrist problem. Pedaling downhill can be scary, but also really fun.
I have done two sprint triathlons and I am assuming that will be your distance as well? First timers usually do not jump into the bigger ones. I did one where I swam in the San Francisco Bay. You will need a wetsuit and you can rent them. I rented mine online then ended up buying it. If you already have one get into the water in it and see how it feels. I highly recommend a thermal cap, it will keep your head warm. Do not be afraid to switch up your strokes. Backstroke is great, same with side stroke when you cannot or do not want to do freestyle. Also practice swimming with your head above water. The water will turn into a washing machine in the beginning so be sure you go in with your right group. Do not go in with the 'hot dogs'. I cannot stress enough to be sure you are in a good swimming routine right now. If you can sign up for a masters swimming class all the better. Practice riding your bike for the same distance and see what works. If there are hills in the course practice hills. Your transitions will eat up more time that your can imagine. Practice them before the event.
Have fun!!!! These are fun events.
Edited by: DVDIAMOND at: 4/19/2013 (20:17)
Fitness Minutes: (29,419)
850 4/19/13 7:22 P
I've never done a triathlon, but my cousin and her husband do them. (Her husband is currently training for his second Ironman.) My husband is about to start training for his first sprint tri, so we asked my cousin and cousin-in-law for advice. The main thing they told us is that it's absolutely essential to train in open water at least twice. (And my husband is a very strong swimmer.) Having all the other competitors splashing around you in open water while you're trying to focus on breathing and moving forward can be extremely difficult.
I don't have any input on the biking or running, but wanted to pass that along, since they were so adamant about it. Good luck! :)
I've signed up for my first spring triathlon in August and I have some newbie questions for those of you who swim, bike, and/or run outside.
The Swim: -Any suggestions on swimming in open water? I've done some very limited ocean swimming, usually not going out beyond chest height in water. Do you find yourself taking more lungfuls of water because of waves (I'll be swimming in the Pacific ocean near a harbor, off the coast of Monterrey)? Or once you get out there is the water pretty still? Any words of advice/support in general?
The Bike: -I find my wrists get sore a lot when riding. I've tried to compensate by sitting back on my seat and supporting more of my torso with my abs which helps some. Any other suggestions? I've been trying to learn how to pedal downhill for the gyroscopic stability but find it's scarier and more unbalancing than coasting. Any ideas?
Running I"m not so worried about because I've done a few 5 and 10ks but any tips from those of you who've done a triathlon would be greatly appreciated!
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