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4/8/11 10:04 P

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Thanks for the comments.
And I will be looking into those tips.- Thank you

-Heather.

"It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed".
-Theodore Roosevelt

"LIFE isn't about how to survive the storm, but how to DANCE in the rain".


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4/6/11 12:10 P

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You can read through the posts for trianing tips. A good website is Beginnertriathlete.com. Slowtwitch.com is another, but more for experienced, long distance triathletes and pros.

For all 3 disciplines. Just start out doing what you can and slowly increase the distance. The nafter you've built a base and can run and bike and swim (without stopping) at least twice the distance you're going to race, then start ot work on intervals ot increase your strength and speed. They don't have ot be sprinting either. Jsut a pace that's a little faster than you plan ot race at followed by a speed that's a recovery. It's oftne easiest to use breating rates or heart rate zones as your guide to pacing.

But you need to do some sort of intervals. Endless miles will yield you 1/2 the results you'll get from directed and somewhat structured interval training. You can get more training 6 hours a week alternating hard and easy recovery days, than you will going for 10 hours a weeks at the same pace. If you have limited time ot train, you "easy" days for your legs cna be swimming days. So alternate swimming, running and cycling. Spend at least 1/2 of your time cycling and divide the rest between swimming and running.

As you geta few weeks away from your race, practice transitions. Also, once you have a good base, throw in a "brick" once a weeks. Where you ride at least 30 minutes then immeidatly throw on your runing shoes and run at least 20 minutes.

For the bike... if you don't have aerobars, get them and work with a bike shop to make sure you bike is set-up and fits properly. A $800 bike that puts you in a comfortable but efficient aero position is faster than a $10,000 bike that's set-up ad fits poorly. Aero trumps weight even on hilly courses and fit trumps $$$ spent every time.

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4/6/11 10:58 A

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Hi and Welcome, you sound like you have a great summer in store, so enjoy your training and listen to your body and have fun!


"The future ain't what it used to be"
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4/6/11 9:37 A

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Hello! I am new to the group and new to triathlons. This year I made the decision to try it out. Right now I am working on getting back to my summer body (running, spinning, and lifting to build muscle and lose winter weight) but my tri training in SW Michigan starts thru a local running shop in May. The main tri that I am going for at this moment is a sprint in August (750m swim. 12mile bike. 5k run). I do plan to do more of them throughout the summer once I get some training in. Running right now is my WEAKEST. I am still in the honeymoon stage of cycling (first couple years). I road a lot last summer both on the road and trail and have since just bought my first road bike (picking it up today!). In the off season and 2 days a week in season I go to spinning classes to continue riding (by far my favorite out of the multisports). Swimming I will need to work on more. I went about a month ago and tried freestyle for the first time. I was told by my friends trainer (who was there with my friend for his first tri) that I was a really strong swimmer for a beginner. If anyone has any advice or tips for someone new to tri training that they feel would be helpful please let me know.

Edited by: WMUGRAD at: 4/6/2011 (09:42)
-Heather.

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-Theodore Roosevelt

"LIFE isn't about how to survive the storm, but how to DANCE in the rain".


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