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Open Water Triathlon Swim Clinic...My First Group Swim...

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Saturday, June 23, 2012


** MY NEW TRI-SUIT

I went to a sponsored open water swim clinic where an experienced triathlete takes you on the swim course and passes on some hard earned lessons. What a privilege it was to be able to get any sort of athletic fellowship. Where I am at is kind of remote so there are not any group runs that I am aware of of stuff like this and if there is, my schedule is so contrary that it makes taking any sort of classes almost impossible.

If a group met once a week for 3 months, I would be able to make about 40% of the classes but yet would be paying for all of them and would not be progressing with the group. Not a good scenario so everything I do is solo.

What a cool thing to be able to swap stories, talk to real people, see their gear and gain some knowledge.

The course didn't have the buoys out yet but we swam the distance by following the markers around the swimming area. I didn't time myself but I was second out of the water (among beginners that is) and felt great. The place where I do my open water swimming is pretty hostile compared to this area. Where I go, its usually choppy, cold and lots of weeds. This place was IDEAL. about as good as a pool without the chlorine and the temp was perfect.


** THE MARKERS ARE KINDA HARD TO SEE... Best I can do with a cell phone...

The reality of my first tri has always been a little distant since I am pretty removed from everything but this brought it home and boy am I excited.

I also toured the bike course... good thing I did.

I was a little taken as to how steep the hill climbs are going to be. In short, about 8 miles of the 18 mile course will be pretty hard core. I'm ready and I know I will do good but boy am I not looking forward to the first 1/2 mile of the 5K. Its going to feel like I'm running through waist high jello.


**OUR GROUP**


** CANT WAIT TO PUT THIS ON MY TRUCK.. along with my 26.2 and 13.1 stickers :)

Over 100 athletes will be participating in this... its going to be exciting.


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I can really feel the tri-fever coming on.... symptoms are similar to the woo hoo flu..

-Also, after I wrote my last blog, I went out for a late night run.. 11:30PM. Didn't have any particular distance in mind, just went. Wound up doing 10K about 3 Min short of a PR. Not bad for having not done anything for 2.5 weeks. I will chalk this up to me simply needing recovery time. rest is not a four letter word albeit the situation that brought it about was not good but I will make lemonade out of lemons.

Race report coming out Next Sunday or Monday.... Cant wait to get my Tshirt and medal :)
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NANHBH 7/3/2012 11:33AM

    I can feel your excitement in this blog! I know that you already completed it, but I'm enjoying reading your pre-race reflections! Love that tri decal. Do they give them out at races, or did you buy that?
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KAREN_NY 6/30/2012 2:52PM

    lovin' that sticker.... almost as good as bling! ;)
Good luck!

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SBNORMAL 6/30/2012 4:54AM

  Good training and I am impressed, with your endurance.

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FITWITHIN 6/29/2012 9:37AM

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KBRADFORD88 6/28/2012 7:52PM

    Can't wait to hear about how you stomped it!

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WISDOM73 6/27/2012 11:06PM

    Sounds like you are enjoying yourself. I share your feeling about being part of a group to do sports. Enjoy your tri! emoticon

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TODAYIAM 6/27/2012 3:58PM

    You're going to do AWESOME!

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TWINZMOM7 6/27/2012 1:48PM

  Hey, this is awesome! I'm so glad I found your blog. I just registered for my first Tri and had my first bike ride today. I'm feeling so much...incredibly nervous being the biggest feeling! I can't wait to hear how it goes!

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MARGARITTM 6/27/2012 1:24PM

    Can't wait for the race report!

I'd wish you luck but that is for the untrained ..... have fun and do the best that you have in you THAT day!

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TMOORE073 6/27/2012 12:43PM

    Wow good for you! I want to do a Triathalon myself! I will be 49 next month & I am a avid runner. Been running for almost 30 years! No knee problems yet. Woo hoo. I am so glad to read about your story this gives me so much motivation to get started a train for one myself! Please keep us undated on your race. Would love to hear how it went & to get some tips from you. Good Luck I know you will do great! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TONYPADILLA 6/27/2012 10:13AM

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GOING-STRONG 6/27/2012 10:07AM

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Looking forward to that race report my friend! Go get 'em!

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CAROLZ1967 6/27/2012 9:56AM

    That's great they offer opportunities to review the 3 different race "courses"!! One day I'd like to do one. I was a competitive swimmer, used to bike a lot and run now. So I know it's doable for me...just got to get working on all 3 and maybe get a new/better bike. Can't wait to hear how you do! Good luck in your race!!

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STARLIGHT615 6/27/2012 9:08AM

    Awesome!! Good luck!

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IMIN2GENES 6/27/2012 8:20AM

    Lookin' good! You totally rock Robert. Good luck with the tri!
Chris

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VALERIEMAHA 6/26/2012 11:43PM

    I leave for awhile and LOOK AT YOU! I'm amazed and impressed...but NOT surprised. SO.EXCITING!!! You go Robert!!!
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DARLENEB33 6/26/2012 9:03PM

  Thanks for the post. Looks like you had a great group for the swim. Best to you on your tri... not something I could try... not right now anyway!!! Have fun and you will not notice how hard you have to work ( at least that sounds good... lol ) Hope you finish first (if you are like me, if you finish it will be a first! at least on the tri, right!) Be proud of getting to this point, you are an inspiration! Thanks! emoticon

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KATD13 6/26/2012 7:15PM

    Can't wait to read about how the Tri goes! Want to do Tri's myself, but I'm not ready...YET!

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HARTINGL52 6/26/2012 6:24PM

    Go for the Gold. This is Great. You are awesome. emoticon

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YAMEL4 6/26/2012 5:46PM

    Good for you!~ Go for the Gold!

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SIMOFDIM 6/26/2012 5:02PM

    Good for you!


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JESSZZ123 6/26/2012 3:44PM

    Wow! Keep it up; you're gonna go so far. I believe in you, and I know you can do it! You must post results for us all to see!

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LITTLEROX20 6/26/2012 3:21PM

    That is so totally awesome! Excited for you

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KITHKINCAID 6/26/2012 2:10PM

    I've totally done the 11pm runs too. Something actually kinda nice about them.

I'm excited for you! This race looks really fun :)

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RUNGIRL96 6/26/2012 1:22PM

    Good luck! Sounds like you are well prepared. Have fun! emoticon

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LUV2RUN72 6/26/2012 12:19PM

    Good luck!

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DOTTY7267 6/26/2012 10:29AM

    I wish you the best. I know that you and your team will be successful.
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CHANGINGSAM 6/26/2012 9:35AM

    Love the sticker! Good luck!

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LSPIZZA 6/26/2012 9:12AM

    Enjoy. It feels really great to finish a triathlon! Mine were flat - ocean swims and sea level cycling plus boardwalk runs. Hills! You go!, emoticon

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GRRARRGH 6/26/2012 8:04AM

    I can't wait to hear how the tri goes - good luck!

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RITAROSE 6/26/2012 8:00AM

  I am excited for you!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KATHIC2 6/26/2012 7:05AM

  You are awesome. I believe in you. We share a similar journey. Have a great race!



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COOKIE_AT_51 6/26/2012 6:52AM

    You will rock it ... can't wait to hear about how it went! emoticon

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LTMURPHY7 6/25/2012 9:02PM

  Best of luck. Sounds like you're ready emoticon

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TXHRT4U 6/25/2012 7:57PM

    That is GREAT that you took advantage of swimming with a group and receiving the knowledge from others. You will do great! Stay focused!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 6/25/2012 7:09PM

    Congrats for getting out there and doing it. You are better than I

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BECCA315 6/25/2012 3:58PM

    I admire you for sharing the photo of yourself in a swim suit. I would never have the nerve to do that. You're a great inspiration.

Becca

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DEARTOMYHEART 6/25/2012 1:56PM

  emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Good Luck, can't wait to hear how all went. emoticon

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RRA1963 6/25/2012 1:23PM

    Good for you. Can't wait to hear how well you do when race day gets here. Keep up the good work.

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MIMOTOGO 6/25/2012 1:13PM

    Great job Robert! Can't wait to read your success blog after the Tri. Keep up the great work, YOU CAN DO IT!

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LENGELKE 6/25/2012 9:15AM

    Holy hell, I wish i had the guts to train for and do a triathalon. I'm too chicken as I am not entirely sure I'd make it out alive! Congrats to you!

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LIV2RIDE 6/25/2012 9:10AM

    emoticon You are truly amazing! I can't wait to read of your experience.

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LIFESANATTITUDE 6/25/2012 12:56AM

    Congrats and good luck! I have a few helpful suggestions for your race!
1st- You mention hills on the bike course. Everyone will be pushing pretty hard on the upside of the hills and then coasting down them. Ideally, you need to just make sure and not lose ground on the upside and then EXPLODE on the down hill when everybody else is enjoying the benefit of gravity!
2nd-triathlons ACTUALLY consist of 4 events. Swim, bike, run and TRANSITIONS. Please practice your transitions. You will be glad you did.
3rd-find visual landmarks for your bike and practice getting from the swim-out to your bike a few times. You will be short of breath and it's very disorienting to find the bike.
4th-at the end of the bike, loosen up your gears and let your legs spin a bit-try to shake out the lactic acid. This will help reduce the jello-leg feeling.
5th-practice running with your bike. The best way is to put your hand on your seat, but to run that way takes practice.
I look forward to hearing about your tri! Best of luck and have a GREAT time!
Kathy

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TAMPATINK67 6/24/2012 9:03PM

    Fabulous inspiration!

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THINNYGINNY 6/24/2012 5:23PM

    Excited for you and inspired by you...I am babystepping my way to running - running for a minute on treadmill, walking for 2 minutes... but this time next year I am gonna race!

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JEANNETTE59 6/24/2012 5:05PM

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_MOBII_ 6/24/2012 2:47PM

    I am nowhere near doing any of that but I am so excited for you!

Good luck!

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_MOBII_ 6/24/2012 2:46PM

    I am nowhere near doing any of that but I am so excited for you!

Good luck!

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DRB13_1 6/24/2012 2:26PM

    thanks for the update...cheering for you in the tri. I have always appreciated that men and women both do well in tris. Sounds like you are ready. emoticon flu indeed!

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