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Approaching the first attempt at a triathlon

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Well I am less than 2 weeks away from my first triathlon. I know that I can complete it (barring any mishaps)... I am concerned about how well I will do though - I thought it would be enough just to do it and complete one, but now I want to be somewhat competitive. My biking time is killing me - I am a good 10-15 minutes slower than most of the competitors on the bike. Part of it is that I have a 15 year old mountain bike that I am using - I can't afford a new bike right now so I am going to just have to suck it up. I don't know how to get faster on the bike - I've been riding regularly for the last 3 months and while my pace has significantly increased - it has leveled off for the last month. And slower than I would like. I am frustrated. I know I shouldn't be - I know that I can complete all the portions of the race - just maybe not to my satisfaction.

Any suggestions to increase the speed on the bike?
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TIMOTHYNOHE 6/18/2013 2:41PM

    Like your first half or full marathon, your concern should only be finishing. Well, finishing and making the cut. If you are only 10-15 minutes behind the leaders on the bike leg, you will make the cut.

1) Swim -- don't drown. When the horn sounds, swim to the first buoy. That is your only goal. Then swim to the next one. Open water scared the crap out of me, but I did it in plenty of time.

2) First Transition -- at this time of the year, you won't be worried about a wet suit. Just get your bike shoes on as quick as you can. Don't dawdle. Be careful not to mount your bike too soon.

3) Bike -- Ride you best. Don't fall off. Your times will be fine. Me I was a little intimidated about flying down hill at 30+ MPH. I felt so naked. If I fell, I thought O would break something --- off. Use all your gears to get up the hill.

4) Second transition -- No need to change your shirt. I had a singlet under my bike jersey so all I did was strip that off. A lot of people leave their shoes clicked onto their pedals. I never mastered that. You running shoes should be untied. One thing I did was to use old school clips so I didn't have to change shoes. I rode in my runners.

5) Run -- by the time you get here, you are pretty much done. But I found that my legs were like rubber for the first quarter mile or so.

One of the things I did was to bring my shoes and helmet in a 5 gallon work bucket. It then became my seat for the transitions.

The upside. You will have a PR no matter what.

Have fun. You have trained for this. you will do well.

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