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Posts: 1,859 10/1/13 10:15 A
Training for my Tri to take place in August 2014 - Iron Girl !! Woo Hoo . I was a Volunteer Swim Angel last year for the Tri to get the feel of the Atmosphere . Tonight I start a swim class to improve my form . I do cycle every other day now - 12-14 miles each time on a Rock Hopper Specialized Edition without Clipless need to get used to that Idea. I have Speed Walked many 5ks in the past year - running is not my strong point in this race as I broke both legs in Nov. 2010 and had pins removed still improving my gait . For me its finishing the Tri . I am very excited about finding this team - off to ride - LiL Racer - Karen
Edited by: RACINGTODOIT at: 10/1/2013 (10:16)
Be You , Cause everyone else is Taken !
Pounds lost: 121.0
Fitness Minutes: (55,857) Posts: 2,388 8/17/13 12:59 A
My name is Cheryl and I live in Ottawa, Ontario. My DH and I have been married 23 years and have a wonderful 11 year old son. This year I turn 50 so I decided that I would do another Iron 70.3 to celebrate a new decade in my life.
I will be competing in my 2nd half Iron on the 31st of August here in Ottawa, Ontario Canada. Just heading in to a gradual taper next week but this is the final Peak Week in my training. Next year I will be doing the Mont Tremblant Ironman 70.3. I swim in open water at least 3 times a week for 2 to 3 km each time....love it. My husband is my cycle coach who loves to go on 90 km rides with me every Sunday. The running is my least favourite part as I have had a recurring hip injury flare up again. I tore a hip flexor years ago playing hockey and never had it properly rehabbed.
Glad to be a member of the forum and looking forward to the wealth of information from all the other Triathletes in the club.
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Fitness Minutes: (27,540) Posts: 437 4/26/13 3:58 P
In recent days I've decided to celebrate my 50th birthday in September 2015 by completing an Olympic-distance triathlon. I'm already an avid cyclist. I was working my way back into running (I need to lose another 20 pounds before running will be comfortable or fun). I'm not crazy about swimming, but I live near a river and my husband is willing to be my spotter/sag wagon for swims. I have a couple of years to prepare myself. I plan to do a few sprint triathlons next summer to monitor my progress and keep myself motivated.
I've posted this on my Facebook page. The more people who know about my plan, the more embarassing it will be if I don't follow through. I'm thinking of telling some people I really dislike, in hopes it will be humiliating to fail. That should help when motivation is lagging.
Love God. Love your neighbor. Change the world. It really is that simple.
current weight: 185.1
Fitness Minutes: (123,655) Posts: 5,785 2/21/13 12:31 P
The run will come with patience, perserverance and time. I used to be a runner/sprinter with world class times. I have had both knees rebuilt and can no longer run but I still compete in triathlons and I am quite successful. Keep up the good work.
Pounds lost: 11.0
Posts: 6 2/20/13 9:33 P
Hi. I have done one spring triathlon...in 2011. It was so fun. I want to train and get in shape for doing at least one again this summer. I am also trying to lose 40 lbs.
current weight: 169.0
Posts: 1 1/18/13 1:49 P
I am Ali. Ive been a triathlete for years. I did Ironman, half Ironman...all of it... I lost a lot of weight doing triathlon but still fight the weight battel every winter. My weight typically goes up 20 lbs every winter and it sucks. I am trying hard to not train to eat but to eat to train. Its so tough sometimes...
Fitness Minutes: (2,137) Posts: 71 12/29/12 10:28 P
Glad to find this group! I have done a few sprints & 2 half marathons, but have completely slacked in the last 9 months. I'm signed up for our favorite local sprint in June called the Pineapple Man and my goal is to do an Olympic in October. I'm looking forward to being inspired by all of you!
"You can't lose confidence in yourself, or you've lost already.When you get knocked down, you've got to keep getting back up." ~Tim Tebow
current weight: 202.7
Posts: 112 11/26/12 2:57 P
I'm Nichole and have been on Sparkpeople since 2006. This year I completed 2 sprint triathlons and 1 olympic. I am planning to tackle 1/2 ironman in June 2013 and thought this group would be a great place for me to provide and receive support in the upcoming months.
Pounds lost: 84.4
Posts: 69 11/20/12 9:42 P
Hello! I am signed up for a Tri-it Triathlon in May 2013! I am happy I just found this group!
My tri-it tri consists of: 500m swim, 10k bike, and 3k run! All seem very doable to me. The swimming and biking I can already do but I am just beginning my training for running. I haven't ran in years and even though it is only 3k it seems a bit daunting to me right now.
current weight: 199.0
Fitness Minutes: (59) Posts: 1 10/20/12 10:59 P
Hi! I'm Kim. I am so excited to find this group. Back in May, several of my friends were signing up for half marathons and I turned to my husband and said "we need to get more fit." I have to be different though and just running bores me, so I said "let's try a triathlon." I should mention here that I didn't own a bike, hadn't done laps in years and was a many time C25K dropout. I think my husband thought I was nuts. He indulged me though and at the beginning of September, we completed our first Sprint.
Next spring/summer, I'm already signed up for a half marathon and a Olympic length. I have a long term goal of doing an Ironman in 2014 or 2015. In the meantime, my goal is to get my basic strength level up and lose some weight so I'm not dragging as much me around.
Fitness Minutes: (932) Posts: 9 10/3/12 10:59 P
I'm including training for a sprint triathlon in 2013 in my workout goals. I have always wanted to participate, but my weight has gotten in the way. Now I'm living my life, losing the weight, and working towards the things that I want to do. I have to lose the weight because it is stopping me from living.
Kat Moving more to lose more.
Pounds lost: 6.0
Posts: 36 9/24/12 12:02 A
Hi my name is Becky. I want to do a sprint triathlon in 2013. I live in the Orlando area and am looking for training partner to make the training more fun
Fitness Minutes: (9,140) Posts: 151 9/12/12 1:18 A
I am very interested in trying a tri at this point but have to get knee issues under control before I can even consider the running portion. I know I would be able to walk but I seriously don't want to walk. The biking will be no problem for me since my 2 boys and I go on bike rides weekly when the weather is nice and we have done over 35 miles twice in the last year. My main concern is the swimming since most of the tri's around here are done in open water and I am unsure about doing that. I could do it in a pool or lake but not sure about open water. I have started looking for ones in my area and am hoping within the next year to compete in my first one.
current weight: 200.0
Fitness Minutes: (1,301) Posts: 6 9/6/12 1:09 A
Hello live in beautiful Oregon and participated in a sprint Tri earlier this summer and looking forward to another one this weekend! Look forward to getting to know you all more.
current weight: 163.3
Posts: 255 8/25/12 2:54 P
Just a little line to note that I'm really happy to have found Spark Triathlon Club. I'm a dreamer, but I intend to reach this level of fitness and to quench this nagging desire to participate "for real." Looking forward to getting to know you a little better over time and hope to be actively involved as much as I can. Getting healthy involves a real time commitment, and much of my effort will be concentrated on what goes on in the kitchen, at the dinner table, plus gaining a real sense of balance between rest and strenuous outdoor activity. Glad that we have found each other on this journey!
Edited by: WOLF-SPIRIT at: 8/25/2012 (14:54)
"From a certain point onward there is no longer any turning back. That is the point that must be reached." Franz Kafka
Posts: 31 8/6/12 2:06 P
Hi all. I'm turning 40 this year and I'm scheduled to run my first 1/2 marathon on that very day. While that goal has been set all year long, a very lightly used road bike fell into my lap on Father's Day weekend, so I immediately thought "do a triathlon". I scheduled two sprints - one in September and another in Oct. I also added a 20 mi bike to LIVESTRONG Philly weekend where I was previously signed up for a 10K.
Triathlon training is really paying dividends. I feel better than I have in 20 years, and since I'm (borderline) ADD as it is, it helps alleviate training boredom. I would love to say that a half Ironman might be in the plan for 2013, but I would assume an Olympic distance will be for sure.
The other nice side effect to all of the heavier training is the (slight) wiggle-room you get with your diet. I feel full and fueled, and I'm not denying myself anything (I make pretty sensible choices), but I'm burning EXTREME calories 6-8 times per week sometimes more than once per day.
current weight: 230.0
Fitness Minutes: (14,395) Posts: 1,206 7/21/12 8:03 P
Hey there. I'm a renewed Sparker as of today. A few years ago - 2006 through 2008? Maybe? I lost about 50 pounds with the help of SP and became a runner along the way. I ran the NYC Marathon in 2009 at about 185 lbs. In the interim I've gotten into triathlon, but I've also gained back enough weight to be consistently over 200 lbs - a place I told myself I'd never return. SO, because I want to complete my first half distance tri next year, and am about to return to school / change careers to a wellness related field, it's time to get back in control and get back at it! Glad to be here!
I'm 37, married, and have a 16 yo son and dog. We like hiking, camping, and swim / bike / running (well, I do anyway! They like to sherpa :) ). I'm currently unemployed (hello, weight gain!) and will be starting a program to become a licensed massage therapist in September. Ultimately, I want to head my own sports massage therapy practice to work on endurance athletes, amateur and professional.
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Hi my name is Ben and I have completed 1 sprint and 2 Olympic Tri's in the past. I am getting ready to run the Nations Tri in Washington DC this Sept for the third time. I am looking for any help or suggestions to improve my run time. I was a swimmer in high school and I like the bike, but my run times are killing my overall times. I have set my goal for the Nations at 3 hours and 15 minutes. I appreciate any support or ideas. Thank you for any help.
Short term goals: 1000 mins of Exercise a month. Run Nations Tri in 3 hours 15 minutes
Long Term Goal: Complete an Ironman
Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.~~Robert Collier
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Posts: 15 5/9/12 4:31 P
Hi all, I'm Krissi and I have lived in Sarasota since 2008. I have two boys ages 5 and 11 and I homeschool them. I'm on here to basically build muscle tone as I'm not so experienced on the strength training as I am cardio work. My goal is to lose about 10-15 pounds. Right now my goal is to compete in a triathlon later this year. My favorite hobbies include knitting, reading, and riding my Fuji road bike on the Legacy Trail.
current weight: 148.0
Posts: 70 4/3/12 3:34 P
Hello all! I'm Jamie, 23 and married. I'm training for an Olympic Triathlon in September. I wanted to try a Sprint first, but there wasn't any available in my area, so I just signed up for an Olympic one! Lol Hopefully I won't regret that later! ;). I was a competitive swimmer in high school, and can't wait to get back in the water and learn a couple new sports as well! This looks like a great team, and I can't wait to get to know you all! Jamie
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~Mark Twain
"The principle is competing against yourself. It's about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before." -Steve Young
Posts: 721 4/1/12 3:42 P
Hello everybody! My name is Michelle. I just completed my first half-marathon at the end of February and decided I needed to challenge myself more. So, I have signed up for TWO triathlons this year. The first in June is a sprint tri and the other in September is an Olympic length.
So, I have been following a training plan for a month now. I recently started a "swim bootcamp" class to try and work on my swimming efficiency and endurance. And now that the weather is gorgeous, I am going to attempt the biking outdoors. The biking is actually the part I am most worried about. So, I plan on hitting that hard in the weeks to come.
I am really looking forward to seeing everyone's progress and sharing my own.
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"The Pride You Gain Is Worth The Pain" - Dennis Oglivie
Fitness Minutes: (44,668) Posts: 434 3/28/12 12:29 P
Hello everybody! I'm a long time sparker (over 2 years I think) and I've lost over 100lbs. since I started. About 2 years ago I started running, 5ks at first and now the longest race I've done is 25k. A friend of mine had started doing triathlons a little while ago and had an old road bike he let me borrow. I spent the winter building a base in running and swimming and continuing to run and now I'm ready for my first tri. I am doing a super sprint next month (Long Island Mini Might Man 500m swim/6 miles bike/2 miles run) and have a couple other sprint tris on my radar. Looking forward to sharing and learning with you guys!
Losing the weight, one pound at a time.
current weight: 208.6
Posts: 47 3/25/12 11:26 A
Good day! I'm Kathy - and am happy to see this group on Sparks. Just joined SparkPeople this week. And, it is my goal to complete a tri this year. Running and biking is not the issue for me - swimming is! Have taken a couple lessons in February (haven't had swimming lessons since I was a child - and I am 51 now). Another lesson this week, as I am taking on too much water. Can only swim about 1/2 a lap, then I have to stop to either cough or get rid of water. Ugh! Best wishes to everyone!
Posts: 55 3/5/12 2:27 P
Hello! So I have been wanting to do a triathlon for about two years now and finally decided I'm going to do one in the Fall of this year, I guess it's on my bucket list. Anyway I used to hate running, the biking and swimming part I like but running used to be awful for me. I haven't trained to run in about two years, the last time I did for a 5K immediately after the 5K was over I was thrilled to be done with it and never ran again until now. In the past two years I have become a yoga instructor and am furthering my training to become a master yoga teacher, this has changed my whole outlook on running so when I started the sparkpeople 5 K rookie training program I am finding I am enjoying running and the journey, I had a 180 degree shift - from pure hate of running to joyfully doing it. I am in week 5 of 8 for the rookie running 5K program and I figured I would tackle the hardest thing for me first - the running, so when I can run a solid 5K then I will start on the biking and swimming... all very exciting! Happy to be on this journey!! :)
Dance like nobody's watching!
Pounds lost: 10.0
Fitness Minutes: (21,661) Posts: 729 2/20/12 5:46 P
Hello! I decided that in order to loose weight I needed to have a more concrete goal to work towards. JennSwims and DogLady13 posted about their Sprint Tris and made it sound so ... achievable. Foolishly, I rushed in and am now realizing what I have signed myself up for. But I'm not a quitter, so here I go!
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Posts: 52 1/18/12 10:38 P
Hello. I have made a new goal to participate in a triathlon. I can swim a mile although it takes me 45 minutes. I can run a 5k and bike for 45 minutes. I have an old but good road bike and need to start collecting other gear. Biking is the hardest for me. Running is ok but I love to swim. I am joking my triathlon club at the Y as well.
Pounds lost: 43.0
Fitness Minutes: (12,964) Posts: 53 1/17/12 7:33 P
Hello! I have made a goal to complete a Triathlon this summer! I have been a runner for years, usually doing a few 5Ks a summer, so to add variety to my training and give myself a goal to work towards, I have decided to try a sprint triathlon.
I need to buy a bike, but really would rather buy a mountain bike than a road bike... will have to think about that some.
current weight: 157.0
Posts: 381 1/15/12 10:23 P
Hi everyone! I've set a goal for myself...I want to compete in the Tri-Raider sprint triathlon in Lubbock on June 23, 2012. I start training tomorrow and I thought this would be a great support group because I've never done anything like this before. Does anyone know where I can get a free triathlon training program or guide to help me know what I need to do?
JADE DRAGONS-PROUD AND DETERMINED!
current weight: 165.0
Posts: 7 11/27/11 3:45 P
Hello! I'm going to complete 12 challenges in 2012 and triathlons will be two of them. I love cycling and running so thought I'd put them together for a bigger challenge...
I did my first swim training today and only made it two laps before I was out of breath so I think I have my work cut out! Once I can do it in the pool, I have to take it out to a chilly English lake in spring (Brrrr!). Next stop, wetsuit shopping.
Be a yes person!
Pounds lost: 14.0
Fitness Minutes: (13,025) Posts: 288 9/25/11 10:26 A
Monkeesaunt1 - WELCOME TO THE TEAM!!!
I would recommend that you work on your swimming and biking until your foot heals. I think it is awesome that you have a sprint triathlon planned. Getting started is the hardest part.
You can do it!!
"Live Like Your Dying"
current weight: 339.0
Posts: 72 9/24/11 1:53 P
I volunteered at a triathlon supporting The Challenged Athletes Foundation earlier this year. I thought I would love to do it. The youngest was just 9 and the oldest was well into their 80's. I am hoping to participate in the Sprint version when it comes back around in the late Spring. However, it depends on how my foot rehab goes. I am recovering from a servere bone contusions of my mid foot. MD treating it like multiple mini stress fractures. It would be my first triathlon. Can use whatever help any of can give me. Please message me.
current weight: 177.4
Fitness Minutes: (13,025) Posts: 288 9/17/11 11:06 A
Welcome OWASCOJIB1 to the Team! I think it is AWESOME that you want to do a sprint triathlon! I did one in 2007 and also plan on doing another on in 2012.
"Live Like Your Dying"
current weight: 339.0
Fitness Minutes: (13,025) Posts: 288 9/17/11 11:04 A
Hi Suzanne! Welcome to the Team! You are doing great! I have never done a duathlon but always thought it would be fun!
"Live Like Your Dying"
current weight: 339.0
Fitness Minutes: (7,226) Posts: 23 9/14/11 1:59 P
I am a 46 year old female who wants to complete a sprint triathlon in 2012. I think I can handle the swim and the run. The bike is the hard part for me. Well, that and the extra weight that I am currently hauling around. I would love to ride up the hills and run the entire 3.1 miles.
A dream worth pursuing is never easy.
current weight: 227.0
Fitness Minutes: (8,524) Posts: 39 9/12/11 8:47 P
Hi, folks! I'm Suzanne, and I am just getting into tris. I did my first duathlon yesterday (run 2, bike 20, run 4), and it was awesome! Now to get some pool time! I just started running a year ago, about 20 lbs into my weight loss journey (I'm now 70 lbs down, with 40-65 more to go!), and I completed my first half marathon last month. I am working toward my first marathon, as well as working on getting some pool time to get back up to where I once was when I coached swimming.
"Don't sacrifice what you want most for what you want right now."
current weight: 159.0
Fitness Minutes: (13,025) Posts: 288 9/6/11 8:09 A
My name is Bryan & I was the one that started this Team. I originally started this team to help motivate others to do a triathlon but today I need some motivation. The last few years I have really fell off the wagon and have had a hard time getting back in. I did my first and only sprint triathlon in 2007 but have not did one since. I have struggled with my weight and everything I lost I have gained back...now I weigh 347. I have not been below 300 pounds for 20 years. I will keep you all posted on my journey.
"Live Like Your Dying"
current weight: 339.0
Fitness Minutes: (594) Posts: 10 8/24/11 10:30 P
If I can do it, you can. I am 56 and 35 pounds overweight and not a runner. I just did my first tri this past sunday and only prepped for it for about 12 weeks (off and on). It was so much fun. good luck
Pounds lost: 2.5
Posts: 198 8/24/11 10:00 P
Hi all: I just joined this group, and I'm thinking of doing a Sprint Tri. I just started running this year--I have done three 5Ks, a 4-miler and now I am signed up to do a 10K in September. Scary!
I purchased a bike this last weekend, fixed it up and I have just started riding again since I was a lot younger. I plan to sign up for swim coaching at the local school district starting in the fall. My goal is a Sprint Tri in the spring. Can I be ready? Winter is coming, so some training, particularly biking, will have to be on hold, but I can ride until late fall anyway.
Fitness Minutes: (594) Posts: 10 8/23/11 9:50 A
I just joined our local YWCo and started swimmming laps, then a friend lives on a lake and I swam in it 2x the week before the event. My other tri friend found a master swim program at an aquatic center and trained with a trainer. I have always been a good swimmer, not a great swimmer. I am bouyant :) Also, i really like the tri newbie plan website. I am really going to work on my running. slowly but surely, I can run a 5k, by Oct. 9, especially if I can knock off 10 pounds by then. thanks for responding and good luck. BTW, I met quite a few folks who had just learned to swim the year before the tri!
Pounds lost: 2.5
Fitness Minutes: (4,207) Posts: 394 8/23/11 7:41 A
That's awesome. Where did you train for the swim? and were you a swimmer grwing up. I am soooo afraid of the swim part as my form is not correct and I get winded quickly.
current weight: 4.0 over
Fitness Minutes: (594) Posts: 10 8/22/11 9:07 P
I did my first tri-sprint yesterday. 400m swim, 14 mile bike and 5K. I finished in 1:59:54. i was so thrilled and know if I can find a way to run, instead of walk/jog I can really improve my time. I was 11 out of 15 in my age group, so I was happy and also really amazed that I finished it. BUT, the run and the pictures, once again, reminde me of the 35 pounds I need to lose. So, I am going to try to get with the Spark plan and be accountable for my intake. One of the things I like the most about this Tri-spring was the work-out. I get bored quite easily, so doing three different kinds of workouts in a week is much more fun. Before I did the tri, I found an online tri newbie workout (11 week plan) I followed it religiously until we went on a one month vacation 6 weeks before the tri. I lost weight, could feel/see my body changing and stayed very active and a healthy eater on vacation. But, when I returned, work started back in 4 days. i had a lot of stress and BAM, added back 5 pounds. So, here I go again and will enjoy reading what others have to share about being a Spark triathlete.
Pounds lost: 2.5
Posts: 57 8/12/11 6:09 P
Hello, friends and neighbors!
I am a graduate student in Computer Science at the University of Oklahoma, and my first triathlon (a sprint, the Monster II in Denton, TX) is 9 weeks away! It's a 250 m swim, a 16 m bike ride, and a 5k.
I have only just started training seriously, and in seeking advice from the internet, I have properly terrified myself. I am still working up to running a full 5k! (I'm on week 3 of C25k). The internet seems to think that I should have started training months and months ago! I don't care about placing--I just want to finish. (Preferably in under 2.5 hours, but I'm not really picky.) Is nine weeks a completely insane amount of time to get ready?
Anyone want to help me quell the internet-induced terror before I melt into a little puddle of "there's no way I can possibly do this" misery?
current weight: 217.0
Fitness Minutes: (20,867) Posts: 1,325 8/11/11 7:54 A
Hi, I'm Shannon. I just raced in the Niagara Triathlon (try a tri), and it was fantastic! I finished in 55:53, attaining my goal, which was to do it in less than an hour. I think I may do the Lakeside Mini Sprint, which is September 18th, so I need a new goal. Any ideas?
"It's not about being fat; it's all about being fit" "It's not about being thin; it's all about being healthy" "It's not about weighing less; it's all about having more energy"
current weight: 148.0
Fitness Minutes: (4,207) Posts: 394 8/9/11 12:28 P
I am very interested in doing a triathlon next year, I have a little swimming anxiety (especially since 2 people died in the NY tri this weekend). I just got on a bike for the 1st time since I was a kid 30 years ago.
I don't know where to begin to train for this. I can already run, so what comes next? ANy suggestions/support would be greatly appreciated!
current weight: 4.0 over
Posts: 191 7/23/11 10:41 A
Hi all, I recently hit a bit of a plauteu with my weight loss so was trying to figure out what to do to get it going again. My husband is training for a marathon, and I do not like running long distances. On the other hand I love biking and swimming so thought a sprint triathlon might work. I read the book "Slow, Fat Triathlete" and was totally pumped. My first tri is a week from tomorrow! I'm sure excited/nervous. The swim is in a pool so that should go fairly well and I bike all the time, this bike course is 10 miles. I'm just nervous about the run as I can't run the whole thing. Can't wait to learn from everyone on this team! Have a great weekend!!!!
current weight: 205.3
Fitness Minutes: (16,625) Posts: 509 7/7/11 5:46 P
Hi there folks,
I am brand new to even the IDEA of doing a triathlon...and finally decided to say outloud that I want to do a sprint triathlon, so that I can make it happen!!!
I've just finished my 3rd 5k run, so I am fairly new at that... I've never competed in anything bicycle at all, but I spent a lot of my life on swim teams, so I feel confident about the swimming portion.
If anyone has any resources, tips, ideas or help for me.. I'd love to hear them!!! Thank you!!!
"To ensure good health: eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life." William Londen
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."
Hello. I did my first sprint triathlon about 3 weeks ago. I feel like I did pretty good and learned some things to prepare for the next one. Unfortunately that morning we had strong winds with heavy gusts. The wind direction made about 2/3's of the course have a head or cross wind. All of my training time had pretty much been in low-wind conditions, so needless to say it killed my time. So, I'll have to gain more strenght on the bike to be able to improve in those situations. I really enjoy the endurance aspect of triathlons. Each leg gives me goals to work towards in my training. I have another one planned in September and I'm really looking forward to making some new goals and meeting/beating them. People I've met through this activity are really friendly and happy to help. I'm having fun and enjoying being part of this sport.
Posts: 39 7/1/11 8:37 P
I'm a long distance horseback rider who has been really out of shape. I decided that now was the time to do it, and I decided to start training for a triathlon. My overall goal is to be in good enough shape to ride a 50 miles endurance ride by January, but I figured training for a Tri would only help me in that goal. I'm looking for someone in the DFW area to train with. My general blog is www.alicestrailridethroughlife.blogspot.com
Edited by: AYOVICH at: 7/1/2011 (20:41)
current weight: 215.2
Posts: 441 6/29/11 12:56 P
Hi! I started doing tris last year in an effort to get some weight off. I now have completed three triathlons! I just completed my third last weekend and shaved off 6 minutes from last years time! I have one more tri this season at the end of July, the Athleta Iron Girl. Besides tris, I really enjoy running. I've done several 5k's, a 10k, and a half marathon and I have another 10k in two weeks. I look forward to getting to know people and listening to other peoples stories and advice.
WAMCVEY- WOW! Super job on the tri, especially the 5k! How did the Morgan's Little Miami Tri go? Sounded interesting.
I am training for my sprint tri at the end of August. Start swim training this week.
Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans.
current weight: 154.6
Fitness Minutes: (18,623) Posts: 222 6/1/11 11:32 A
Hi all! I just did my first (sprint) triathlon last Saturday (the Tri for Joe, in Cincinnati). I feel pretty happy about it. Looking back, I can see lots of places for improvement (not the least of which was a fall on the bike, resulting from getting cut off by another cyclist as we were coming up to the U-turn of an out-and-back turnaround). Still, there was a lot to be (very) happy about. For one, I finished it! But more significantly to me, my 5k run was a faster pace than I've ever done a race with in the past. I'm not sure if it was due to my heart rate already being elevated from the bike, or if it was just a particularly flat course, but the fact that I set a PR for a 5k as part of my first triathlon is something I'm particularly happy about. :-) Next up... this weekend I'm doing an unusual tri-event. Morgan's Little Miami Triathlon has a 6 mile kayak (or canoe, I'll be kayaking), followed by a 5.5 mile run, followed by a 18 mile bike. It will be really unusual to me to finish off a race on a bike.
Anyway, looking forward to experiencing more of the sport. :-) Catch ya later!
If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right. -- Henry Ford
"Often our pain becomes our passion" -- unknown
current weight: 178.4
Fitness Minutes: (4,627) Posts: 134 5/25/11 8:30 P
My name is Nina and I have two triathlons under my belt - the last one was a couple of weeks ago. I finished the Irongirl Atlanta. I live in a very supportive triathlon community with one of the most amazing trainers. I've decided to change my focus from training for a tri to using the workouts to lose weight. But I'll be swimming, biking, and running my way to my goal weight :)
current weight: 202.8
Posts: 75 5/19/11 7:38 A
Which Iron Girl sprint are you training for? I am doing the one August 7 in Syracuse, NY. Let me know we could try to train together occassionally if you want.
Edited by: KCLARK529 at: 5/19/2011 (07:40)
current weight: 248.6
Posts: 75 5/19/11 7:35 A
Hi everyone! I am Katie. I did Sparkpeople all the time about two and a half years ago. Since then I had not been active on SP or much in my daily activities. As I got started back up I have tried to regain the the Spark. I am using it as a way for me to track and journal bit about my progress. Mentally it is helping me stay on track and the support from others trhough my journey has been great.
This year I am training for my first triathlon. My older sister completed a couple last year so I feel if she can do it I can do it. It is definately a challenge but with the support of my training group we can definately do it.
current weight: 248.6
Posts: 18 4/20/11 1:34 P
My name is Brooke. I am new to SparkPeople, and have been using it for about a month.
I shattered my leg 3 years ago playing roller derby, and wound up with crutch palsy and all kinds of ailments that did not help in the weight department!
Last year, just to prove my parents and my ortho wrong - I decided to run a half marathon.
I completed my first half marathon in November 2010 and my second in February 2011. I have finished Warrior Dash, two 10Ks, countless 5Ks, and have added cycling races to my list.
I hope to complete a triathlon this year and reach a size 8 dress size.
love,love,love cycling and have done several tours for fun and self challenge. not a fast rider by any means but i get there!!! did a relay duathlon with my son last summer and had a great time. decided i needed to do something on my own,,,but what?? i'm no runner and have no intention of becoming one due to ankle issues. then i discovered aquabike!!! signed up for the sprint aquabike event of the orlando women's triathlon festival this coming october. working on the swimming is a challenge. but i've got 6 months. any tips on how not to suck the pool into your lungs would be greatly appreciated!!!
Posts: 1,821 4/15/11 3:41 P
Hi there my name is Gerry.
I completed a sprint triathlon in june of last summer and it inspired me to complete a longer sprint 750m/33k/7k in August of 2010. I am currently training for an Olympic distance triathlon on August 7, 2011 and have a few tune up triathlons planned between now and then.
current weight: 217.4
Posts: 13 3/31/11 4:35 P
Hello! I'm Cassie and I'm running my first sprint tri on May 8th in Austin. I used to run track and I've kept up with running.. so I think the other two sports will be the biggest challenge. I started training a couple weeks ago, and I've found that my weakest point is the swim. I'm an awful swimmer. Taking at triathalon swim class starting next week! :) Good luck to all!
current weight: 130.7
Posts: 12 3/29/11 10:55 A
Hi! I'm Kerrie and I did my first tri, an Iron Girl Sprint, last summer. I was inspired to do it when I watched my friends and many other amazing women complete one the year before and decided I had no excuse. I enrolled in swimming lessons, started cycling indoors, then gradually took it all outside and bought my first bike in 25 years and swam in a lake for the first time, oh, ever!
My goal for the 600M swim/18 mile bike/5K run was to finish in under 2.5 hours. Well, the goal was to finish. But I had hoped for under 2:30. I did it in 2:27, which was not bad for a short, overweight, lifelong non-athletic newbie who walked most of the 5K!
This year I'm doing the same race and a few other running-only races; last year my focus was on swimming but this year I'm in a running program and taking regular spin classes to up my bike endurance. I want to improve my time-- aiming to finish in under 2 hours. I'm also trying to lose weight, which will only help my time.
Posts: 62 3/27/11 1:42 P
Hi! My name is Cristine and I've been doing crossfit since July. But, because of money issues (anyone will tell you crossfit is pricey) I had to give it up. I am now trying to keep myself motivated to continue to workout, so I figured a triathlon would be a good place to start. My daughter is on the swim team and I swim with her a few times a week, but running is not my strong suit. I feel like it's really monatanous, but I'm going to keep it up so I can say I'm a triathlete!
Pounds lost: 34.0
Posts: 182 3/26/11 12:38 P
I was a runner in the past but suffered stress fractures and other injuries and had to give it up about 18 months ago. I got into cycling and swimming at that point to stay in shape and not go crazy from missing the running. I really miss the competition involved with running so I decided to get into multisport activities since the run is only a portion of the overall event. I am a pretty decent race-walker (10 min/mi) if I am on pavement/asphalt and I am just now getting back into a slow run if I'm on a bark trail.
My first duathlon is in June, olympic distance and first triathlon in July. I'm still deciding between the sprint and olympic distance. I think I will register for the olympic distance and train for it but I've been told I can drop down and compete in the sprint if I need to when the time comes.
Swimming is my biggest challenge right now. I'm fairly confident on the cycling because I was riding about 70-100 miles a week last summer and currently ride about 25-30 outdoors weekly. None of my running portions are longer than 10k and I know I can do that distance.
Hoping to find some good info and on-line support because I don't have any "real life" friends into multisport events. :)
Pounds lost: 117.5
Posts: 57 3/13/11 12:43 P
Hi everyone! I am a long time Weight Watchers member and just joined SP in January. My passion is running. I live it, love it, teach it, and coach it. I just had baby #2 a year ago and in both pregnancies was on bedrest, so getting back into running with 2 toddlers and not exercising has been more of a challenge than I thought. I have been involved in tris and done relays where I am the runner. I finally was able to get registered for my first own tri in MAy- I feel lucky,the registration was closed and full in 23 minutes!!! Being in the frozen north, we don't have too many triathlons up here and 95% of them are done with a swimming pool because our bodies of water have ice on them most of the year. But I am excited, and honestly had to dig through my garage to find by bike helmet!!
current weight: 175.0
Fitness Minutes: (10,961) Posts: 460 3/5/11 6:52 P
As my spark page suggests, i love sport, but very bad at loosing weight. I want to do my first triathlon I can run:only 11 min miles though. I can cycle, but dont know of times yet! only got a mountain bike!!!!! I can swim, but i am recovering from september surgery on my shoulder.
I am entered for my first 500m outdoor swim I am wavering about which triathlon to enter, as i want to be with other newbies trying the sport out for the first time, rather than be left on the start line by the professionals.
IT FEELS VERY DAUNTING......BUT I WANT TO DO IT
My goal is to run the Bolton Race for Life 5K race in under 30 mins in 2011.By the number of hills i have run up recently i must be able to do it now!!!! 1/2 marathon...argh!
Pounds lost: 12.0
Posts: 16 2/18/11 2:15 P
Hello to all. I've been a part of Sparkpeople for a couple of years and have learned a lot. I've always had issues with consistency in exercise, so last year I started signing up for races to encourage exercise.
This year I'm upping the challenge with attempting a tri. My plan is to start with an indoor tri early in the season as a test and attempt a sprint tri by the end of summer. I'm already becoming more consistent and feel loads better. I'm sure I will have lots of questions in the future and hope to learn from everyone in this team.
Pounds lost: 20.0
Posts: 918 2/13/11 3:05 P
HEY! My name is Noel and I have been with Spark for a couple years now (WOW). I joined the Tri team because I intend to transition from a traditional runner to a triathlete this year. I have wanted to do Tri's for a number of years but have always found myself tied up with other stuff. This year seems to be WIDE open :) I will be home from overseas in just over a month and I will get busy learning the finer points of competing as a triathlete! Stop by my page and check it out. I'm be updating some of the pics... Most of them are getting to be old. My daughter, for instance, is almost 5! she is just between 2 and 3 in most the pictures posted here. I welcome any support, suggestions, rants, raves and any other sort of communication from my team mates here. I'm truly excited to be trying something new and to be part of this team! Hope to see you around!
current weight: 142.0
Fitness Minutes: (84,103) Posts: 1,165 2/7/11 2:34 P
Hi, I'm new here! (To the team, not to Spark.) My husband & I decided over the weekend that we want to do a triathlon this year instead of just road races. We've set our sights on the Austin Tri in September, so we have plenty of time for training. I started today with a 4-mile bike ride & I am now happily sitting on my couch. Looking forward to getting to know you all and picking up some tips!
Posts: 98 2/4/11 9:46 A
Hello Tri Club, I am EJ and I have never ran a Tri before and I am looking to compete in one. This will be a good challenge. I wish everyone a safe training season and hope everyone has a PR this year.
current weight: 159.5
Posts: 29 2/2/11 12:16 P
Hello tri-ladies and gents! I did a sprint triathlon way back in 2004 and set this as a goal for 2011 along with my commitment to weight loss. The training will definitely help me keep my calories in check and tracking everyday seems to be the best thing to hold myself accountable. I love biking and swimming, but if anyone wants to take on the run for me....have at it. Mostly, I am excited to be a part of this community and cheer everyone on to your goals too! This is an awesome thing we are all working towards. Much cheer!
Edited by: TRACYMEAD at: 2/4/2011 (13:51)
current weight: 260.0
Fitness Minutes: (7,426) Posts: 572 1/26/11 8:00 P
Hi everyone! My name is Nell. I am currently signed up for an indoor non-competitive triathlon in February with a very good friend of mine (20 minutes of running, 20 minutes of cycling and 10 minutes of swimming). I am also training for a 5K in Arizona with my cousin. I know I have a long way to build up my endurance but I am excited and determined to try my hand at a Sprint Triathlon in July.
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Started: 245 Current: 225 Goal: 140
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Pounds lost: 28.0
Fitness Minutes: (335) Posts: 52 1/25/11 11:01 A
My name is Sarah. I've never ran a triathlon. I have run half and full marathons in the past, and can swim pretty well (which is saying something, considering I've had a fear of water for YEARS!), but I don't know what to do about the bike. I can ride one, but that's about it. I get the concept of shifting gears, but it feels really weird. I don't know whether to get a mountain bike, hybrid road bike, or tri bike. The bike is the longest leg, and the one I'm the most uncomfortable with. There is an indoor tri coming up in my area, and I'm thinking about signing up... I know I have to start somewhere.
current weight: 203.0
Posts: 2 1/22/11 11:03 P
Hello to everyone here! I also would like to do a triathlon. I've never done one but I love bike riding. I also love to be in the water but I'm not the best swimmer. I guess the first step is to take swimming lessons??!! I haven't been running lately but know how to get into running shape cuz I've done it before.
So basically I joined this team to get/stay motivated. And the truth is, I'm terrified to do a triathlon, especially alone. I keep thinking what if I do everything wrong or don't know the rules/etiquette (sp?). Any ideas on how to get over that?
Anyway, so that's my life story. Nice to meet you all.
Fitness Minutes: (11,149) Posts: 53 1/13/11 4:33 P
Just introducing myself. I am new to SparkPeople and I just joined this team. I am doing my first triathlon in June.
First Marathon: 2011 Grandma's Marathon
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First Triathlon: 2012 Trinona International Distance
First Half Marathon: 2010 Minneapolis Monster Dash
Running It Off!
current weight: 147.8
Posts: 12 1/11/11 5:50 P
Hi. Just wanted to introduce myself. I joined this club today. Have done lots of sprint triathlons in the past and one half ironman. This year, I will be doing several sprints, a 70.3, and a full Ironman in August. Exciting and scary. I also have to drop about twenty pounds that I've gained during a 2010 full of injuries and over eating.
Pounds lost: 9.8
Fitness Minutes: (828) Posts: 6 1/8/11 2:40 P
Hi everyone, I'm also stopping in to introduce myself and say "hi"...I've done some sprint tri's in the past and am now getting ready for my first olympic distance tri...I'm excited about getting back into a more regular/disciplined training schedule that will help me get back in shape. I hope to get some good training tips/motivation from this team! :)
Posts: 43 1/7/11 10:48 P
Stopping in to say hi and introduce myself. I'm justing beginning to restart training again after a year of injuries in 2010. I ran my first and only 8K in October but since then have taken time off to heal and I think I'm ready! It's been my goal to do a half ironman for a couple of years now but I'm starting off training to do an Olympic length first, whether I get it done in 2011 or not is going to be based on staying injury free. Anyway, week one done and the rest of my life to follow :)
Pounds lost: 5.5
Fitness Minutes: (24,220) Posts: 3 12/31/10 10:22 A
As you can see by my profile picture, I'm already a seasoned triathlete. have been doing them for 10 years and recently completed my first Ironman. Now, I have to get my eating under control and hopefully get myself to a healthier weight.
Posts: 143 12/20/10 9:46 P
My name is Melissa. I'm 30 and want to be a triathlete! I've done some sprint tri's with friends, but nothing official. I am starting a beginner tri training program at my gym Jan 10th and there are several sprints I'd like to do in the spring/summer with an Olympic toward the end of the summer!
I love swimming/biking/running but need to increase endurance in swimming and running. I am hoping this gets my body fit too. It will be nice to focus on the races and not every pound :)
Those who fail to succeed give up what they want most for what they want in a moment.
current weight: 170.1
Fitness Minutes: (33,273) Posts: 4,298 11/24/10 3:31 A
I'm sticking my toe in here, because I WANT to be an Iron Woman! :) Right now I'm not even running all that far (I've got a 15K coming up in March that I'm training for though), and I won't be getting a bike until spring (doing lots and lots of research), and it's been ages since I did any *serious* swimming - but these are all things I WANT do so, and figured joining the team NOW would help me stay motivated.
Call me Euphrates (no really - I prefer it to my given name of Lisa, and use it everywhere outside of work)
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Hi all. I am planning my first triathlon next summer. I run half-marathons and this past summer I did a 4km swim across a lake. I can ride a bike so I figure it's time to try to put it all together.
Kathy in Ontario
1st goal: 175 - no longer obese (Achieved May 23, 2010) 2nd goal: 147 - no longer overweight 3rd goal: 141 - healthy BMI
current weight: 176.0
Fitness Minutes: (12,263) Posts: 26 11/11/10 1:45 P
Hi everyone. I'm Sarah and I JUST (like 10 mins ago) signed up for a triathlon through Team in Training! My company has a corporate team and during just an informations meeting, signed up! I'm scared to death! I don't know how to ride a bike!! I'm scared of getting hit in the face during swim!! I'm afraid of brick training! OMG!!!
Pounds lost: 34.0
Posts: 10 11/8/10 9:06 P
Loved, loved, loved the triathlon I did! Had three goals: 1. don't quit, 2. don't die, 3. come in under two hours. Check, check, & check!
Tri season is done here, but will be ready to go again in April!
current weight: 161.0
Fitness Minutes: (54,305) Posts: 1,689 10/12/10 1:18 A
Hi! My name is Olivia, I am preparing for my first triathlon in May 2011!
"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take." --Wayne Gretzky
"Tough times never last, but tough people do." --Robert H. Schuller
"You always pass failure on your way to success." --Mickey Rooney
"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." --The Oath of the Special Olympics
"Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up. " --Dean Karnazes
Pounds lost: 5.4
Fitness Minutes: (525) Posts: 1 9/28/10 10:06 P
Hi everyone, my name is Emily and I'm new! I've been a triathlete for 5 years and i'm excited to put a new focus on eating properly. Let me know if you're ever hitting a tri in the DC area - maybe we'll see you out there :)
Pounds lost: 3.1
Fitness Minutes: (123,655) Posts: 5,785 9/27/10 1:37 P
Hey all, thanks for becoming a member of the team. Use this area to introduce yourselves.
Pounds lost: 11.0
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