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congrats on your tri Cari!!!
How do you make yourself do it? You remind yourself that your're fulfilling your obligation to get the best from yourself, and that all achievement is born out of sacrifice. - Lance Armstrong, Every Second Counts
LOL, I know what you mean about the swimming! So I completed my tri a few weeks back, and I LOVED IT! I was a little nervous about the swimming, but decided to bite the bullet and plan to do freestyle the whole way and take breaks if I needed to. It turns out that I swam all 9 lengths (just 225) in total and actually passed two people! But that first hit in the water nearly took my break away! It was chilly, and my adrenaline just surged, but by the end of the first length, I'd pretty much gone numb and calmed down quite a bit!
I used my mountain bike, too, but should have paid more attention to the shape it was in... I only had the middle of my 3 larger gears and I paid for it on the hills. Definitely going to get that looked at before I do my next one. I'm saving up for a nicer beginner road bike, but I'm thinking it will be a while yet before I get it.
The run blew my mind.. I couldn't believe that I actually ran my best race pace EVER after having cycled those hills. I thought at first the distance was wrong! All in all, it was super fun, I learned a lot, and I'm looking forward to the next one!
(my swimming continues to improve, too... just needed time)
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Oh, I completely feel your pain! I have been a runner for a long time. Marathons, 1/2 marathons, 10K's, you name it. I never was much of a bike rider, but my sister talked me into doing a short-distance tri last summer. I started riding on a 25 year old mountain bike and fell in love with biking! I decided to bite the bullet and buy a road bike (Specialized Dolce Elite) which I absolutely love. I worked hard on the swimming for several months and felt very comfortable with that part. Then the day of the competition came. The swim was 1/2 mile in a quarry. I got in, adjusted my goggles and was happily treading water. Then the whistle blew and I took off. As soon as I put my face in the water, I just about panicked! I felt like I couldn't swim at all! It took most of the first 1/4 mile for me to calm down and get into a good rhythm. the second 1/4 mile was much better, but I didn't swim a very good time. I had a lot of ground work to make up on the bike and the run! The swim was much easier the second time. I guess because I knew what to expect. I only did two last year, but I plan on doing several more this summer. I hope that the swimming just keeps getting easier the more I do it. Good luck to you!!!
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It's so funny to me how nearly everyone considering a tri has one area they consider their "weak point". I'm no different, I'm planning to do my first sprint tri in the spring, and I'm worried about the swimming!
I'm a runner, and just did my first full marathon this fall, so no worries on that front. I do love mountain biking, and plan to just switch out my tires from nubbies to slicks for this, no *huge* worries there yet. Swimming however... hm.
I swam in high school, but always went with backstroke, since I would have trouble getting my breathing rhythm downpat when I got nervous! I'm actually considering taking a class at my YMCA for adults who want to learn how to swim laps for exercise!
So I'm super-excited about trying something new, mostly I'm just hoping I don't embarass myself!
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