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Question for the Triathletes (& other endurance junkies)

Saturday, August 04, 2012

Triathlon A -- West Point is going to be August 19th. I've already paid. Yes I will attend.

Triathlon B - Middletown Y will be August 25. Only 1/3 mi swim, a hilly 14 miles but a dead flat (Rail Trail) 3 mile run. This can also be done as a Duathlon 1 mi run, 14 mi bike 3 mi run.

Are Tris A & B too close together?

Oh, and Triathon C - Danskin at Sandy Hook on Sept 9th. As mentioned before DOGLADY is training for this one, it has good reviews in the Tri Community for newbies and I would really like to do it - work schedule not withstanding.

Thoughts Sparkers?
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DOGLADY13 8/13/2012 9:01PM

    Not that I'm a triathlete, but I think A and B are too close, especially if you decide to come down for Sandy Hook.

When in doubt you can consult the Magic 8 Ball for help.

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HEALTHYOTTER 8/6/2012 10:16AM

    How quickly did you recover from your first tri? I know I was pretty sore for about 4 days after I finished mine. Tri A is your "I did this despite injury" victory dance for sure!
What's the deadline for signing up for B? On the one hand, you've got all your gear, your training, B could be like a long training day. I would be tempted to finish A, decide on B that Tuesday or so before, give all you've got to enjoying C.

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CINERICIA 8/5/2012 8:32AM

    I have no advice to offer you. I don't swim. (I can; I just don't.) and so have never even considered a tri. I was reading through the comments and I don't even know what a "brick" is. However, I wanted to say, "How awesome are you? Way awesome!" for even considering three sprint tris so close together. I know how hard you've been working on all three areas and I am busting with excitement for you. I hope you get the great advice you need to make a decision that's right for you.

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ATHENAPOWER 8/4/2012 10:27PM

    I'm assuming you haven't registered for tris B and C yet (or at least, not for B, since it sounds like you're planning to race with Doglady).

Personally, I find that I recover really quickly from sprints and that racing on back-to-back weekends wouldn't be out of the question. If you know how you respond and it's no big deal, you should be fine. However, if you haven't done many tris before, or especially if A is your first ever, I wouldn't waste the money on B until you know how you might respond. My husband's from Warwick and if the hills in Middletown are anything like the hills there, you're going to need FRESH LEGS to race them, ha ha! I'm assuming West Point is pretty hilly too, based on the location, so you might want to give B a pass unless you're really used to those conditions from training.

As for C, I've raced in Long Branch NJ a few times and it is super flat and fun. I think Sandy Hook probably fits the same profile. Whatever you do, have fun and embrace all of the events you eventually decide to do!


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KAREN42BOYS 8/4/2012 8:04PM

    Okay, so they are both sprints I see. So how buff are you?

I can tell you that doing a sprint last weekend has left my body in definite need of recovery (but I had fun pushing myself hard last weekend let me tell you) this week.

How long have your bricks been the last several weeks? Is your build really strong?

I think I'd vote for Tri A and C and skip B. Or if you are just desperate to do B, then do it as the Du.

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