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6/16/14 9:27 P

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I will have my first " mini triathlon" next Thursday evening. I'm getting scared, nervous, about it. Even though the intent is to learn from it, it is making me nervous.

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2/13/14 9:23 A

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Welcome to our little band of athletes. We look forward to getting to know you better. Good luck in your journey. If there is anything we can do, just ask.

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2/13/14 9:11 A

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Hello Everyone,

I am new to the team and to triathlons. In fact, I signed up for my first sprint triathlon... and while training, I frequently question why I am doing this. LOL

In reality, I am really excited for the challenge of it. It will be a challenge considering running isn't exactly my favorite thing in the world, it doesn't come naturally to me. It is just so much work right now. However, I am working on it and making progress. My goals are to complete the race and the cherry on top would be to not come in last for my age group.

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1/13/14 10:38 A

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Dear IBLAC:

Welcome to the team. We look forward to updates on your progress. If you have any tips please share those too.

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1/13/14 8:43 A

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I'm new to the team, not to spark people. I started doing triathlons and duathlons last summer after losing 65 lbs. I competed in 3 sprint and an oly distance. This year I have my eye on a 70.3 the end of july and going back to the oly i did last summer to beat my time.

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11/18/13 10:18 A

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Hi and Welcome to the team.

Keep us posted on your workouts and what progress you are making toward getting ready for your race.

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Hello! I recently decided I would try to complete a sprint triathlon in 2014. To test myself, I've spent 6 of the last 7 Sundays completing practice tri's. I was unsure how I would do as I still have a lot of extra weight that I am slowly getting off. So far I've lost just over 45 lbs. For my first practice I did a "mini" half sprint tri. Upon completion I felt there was still energy in the reserves, so I went for a 2/3 sprint tri the following Sunday. Again, still fuel in the tank. The third Sunday I completed 12.75 miles bike ride, 3.1 mile jog, and 500 yard swim (not the correct order, but I start from my house and finish at the gym). Felt pretty good, so have repeated the sprint distance for practice several times. Now my goals for next year include completing several sprint tri's and by late summer or fall completing a standard distance tri. I'm sure I'll be checking in for lots of tips and advice!

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2/8/13 5:12 A

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Hi :) I am so glad to have found this team - tri athlons take a "special" kinda person and its great to have found some fellow crazies :)
I started doing tris last year and have recently registered to complete Ironman 70.3 (Half Iron) on 26th January 2014... *insert massive gulp here*

I love the running and cycling but the swimming kicks my butt! (especially being in open water - that freaks my poor little mind out) so i need to spend loads and loads of time this year in the water!

Looking forward to sharing some adventures with you all :)
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stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use." Earl Nightingale


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Hello!

I'm not new to SparkPeople but I am new to the world of triathlons! I've been a runner for the past few years and have signed up for my first (sprint) triathlon this summer.

Swimming is a HUGE weakness of mine so I've started this week swimming laps 30 minutes 3 times a week.

I do want to lose about 18 pounds during training, but I know its mostly going to come from me eating healthy rather than being a junk-food junkie :)

Have a FITastic day!

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1/16/13 11:35 A

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Hi all - I'm not new to SparkPeople, but I'm coming active again. I've been racing duathlons since 2010 and did my first sprint triathlons in 2012. My races for this year are Olympic distances and hope to move to an HIM and possibly an IM in the next few years.

I had a bad ankle injury last year and but on some weight wallowing in self-pity. I hope to drop that weight and a little more to get into top shape this year.


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Hello all. I just joined Sparkpeople to keep track of my calories and hopefully my weight. My 2012 season was terrible due to injuries and gout...both of which can be controlled if I just eat healthier. I have a big year planned with a Full Ironman distance race planned for September.

I hope everyone has a great 2013 planned and you reach your goals.

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11/29/12 11:10 A

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Great little community here! I'm Andrea, mother of 4 and daycare provider. I just finished my first Tri season, did 2 sprint distance races and an Oly distance on my own the end of October to wrap things up. I've been a runner for many years and found mulit-sport to be the new challenge I was looking for. I have my sights set on a HIM in 2014.

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11/28/12 11:03 A

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Hi everyone. I'm new to this group and returning to Sparkpeople after a long absence.
I started by training for the Houston 1/2 marathon in 2011, then in April 2012 did the MS150 Houston to Austin bike ride. Triathlons seemed like a natural progression. I've taken part in 2 Duathlons and 2 sprint triathlons this year. Hoping to end 2013 with an Olympic distance.

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10/31/12 6:37 A

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Hello! I am new to the group. I started doing triathlons a few years ago. I have done sprint and olympic distance. I would like to do an ironman by 2015. I know that losing weight will make all the running, biking, and swimming easier!! The hardest part for me is to find the time for all the training. I'm looking for SP friends to keep me motivated :)

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10/10/12 8:50 A

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Hi everyone.. I am new around here. I am a total beginner. I still have a lot of weight to lose, but I am interested in running, swimming, and biking. Right now I am mostly walking and swimming to lose weight quickly... but I am re-starting the couch to 5k program in January and I plan to use biking and swimming for cross training.

I have taken part in 2 5ks so far, just running/walking intervals... my goal is to finish one running sometime next year.

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New to the team!
I have completed 3 Sprint Triathlons in the past - all while deployed to Iraq.
Completed my 8th Half Marathon 2 weeks ago and will participate in my first full marathon - the Marine Corps Marathon on Oct. 28th.

Looking forward to meeting everyone!
Happy Training!
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Hello team! I'm Ananda, just a runner for now (former tennis player), but I joined this team to get tips from the experienced ones and see how the newbies like me progress. I'm not sure when I'll actually participate in a race, but I'm a fan of multisports. I know that swimming will be my biggest weakness but I don't care. I'll just do it. emoticon

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Hello I am excited about this site and seem to be a bit addicted already. I am in the Columbus GA area.

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For the last year or so, my focus has been running. Recently, I feel I am burned out running and have decided to try out training for a triathlon before I commit to an actual event. Are there any training plans you guys would recommend for a very new beginner?

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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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Hello All:
I am preparing for my 4th triathlon after completing 3 sprint distance races. I will be doing the Northeast Missouri Triathlon (NEMO) September 9. It is a .75 mile swim-18 mile bike-5 mile run so not quite and Olympic Distance but definitely further than what I have done before! emoticon
My true passion is running and I have done 5 marathons but I am getting into tris as a result of cross-training for my running. I am 47 and I only run 3 days per week to prevent injury and help with recovery. emoticon
A few friends I am training with are trying to get me to commit to a half-ironman in August of 2013.I would love to hear from some of you about your tri experiences and get support from this team.


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Hi I am new to the team. I just signe dup for an indoor tri at my YMCA. did my first 5k a few weeks ago I am so not a runner or biker, just started to spin in december. I am a swimmer so I guess I will have that part down!!
I will be needing a lot of pointers!! and asking a lot of questions!!!


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Hey Ebernst -wow doing an ocean swim! I tried just practicing in it and was unable to due to the taste of the salt water-way to go!

Happy for you Lola-sounds like you are doing well already-keep it up. I have renewed my tri spirit after a very tough winter (sick father followed by his passing a year after losing my mom.) I did the Warrior Dash two weeks ago which made me realize how very out of shape I've become.

Bought my very first road bike and since my biking is my least favorite part of the tri I am pleased to say it has made a difference-so light compared to the hybrid I was borrowing.

Able to do the full .9mile distance yesterday w/o stopping which totally surprised me-now to do it all freestyle.

Pleased to be back-signed up for two Iron Girl sprint tri's.......
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Hi! Just joined this group to find more people to chat about my new found love, triathlon, with! :) This is my first season racing and just raced my second tri yesterday with my first ocean swim! Swimming is my first love as I've been swimming competitively since I was 8 and I started running last year, running my first half marathon in March! However, my biking is less than stellar which makes for a really fun time when you are fast swimmer (nothing like hearing "on your left, on your left, on you left" the entire bike).

Anyway, I'm excited to talk all things triathlon related, hand out swim tips, and gain as much advice as I can about becoming a better biker! Plan is to race a few more sprints and some olympic races this year and hopefully train for 70.3 next year!

And really quick..for all the pure newbies out there...stick with it! Last year at this time I couldn't even run a mile and I've now ran multiple 5ks, a half marathon, a 10 miler and 2 triathlons! YOU CAN DO IT!

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Signed up yesterday for my first triathlon. I'm really excited but very nervous as well. The triathlon is in September and I signed up for the sprint distance (750m/20km/5km). I'm quite pumped about it, I went for my first pool traning session the other day and managed to pull off 1000m in one shot (muscle memory I thought was long gone from 7 years and 3 kids ago back when I used to be a lifeguard). Dragging my bike out tommorow for a quick tune up, it's an old beater, but it will do for my first time, My only goal is to finish, I don't really care what my time is (okay.. kind of a lie, I don't want to be last). Using the C25k program for my running training and if I could just kick my stupid chest cold i'd train more intensely. THe cycle is my biggest issue, my quads cry whenever I get on the bike, so my biggest focus in the next few months will be upping my cycling fitness and transitioning to a full crawl for my 750m swim. No idea where to start, can't wait to digest some tips later!

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Flirted with the tri idea for a couple years. I can't seem to get it together.
When do you work out?
What type of helmet should I get?
Any pointers of programs that worked well for you?

I will have to work out before or after work, so curious what works for you
currently I do/teach yoga 3x week and walk/run slowly a couple times a week.

Goals:
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Hi, all! Last week, I signed up for my first duathlon--the Greenswell Dirty Duathlon on May 20th. What am I in for? How do the transitions from run to bike to run work? I do the following (although poorly, yet I have fun): cyclocross for 5 years, a hand full of road races (3 road races, about 5 crits), 4 or 5 mtb races, 2 Warrior Dashes, 3 5Ks, 2 10Ks, and 2 Half Marathons.

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Hi there folks! I'm new to the forum but been on Spark for a couple of years. I started running a little less than two years ago and this winter I decided to attempt my first triathlon. I have a super sprint (500m/6 mi/2 mi) next month that I am getting really stoked for. I have a couple of more standard sprints on the calendar for later in the year also. Looking forward to reading through the forums here!

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Hey!!! I'm Noel and I'm new to this forum but i've been hanging around Spark for a long while. I made the transition to multi-sport last year from a pure runner and I've met with some success but I have a lot of work to do. I'm currently trainin gfor the Alabama Powerman duathlon 10k/60k/10k at the end of March and the St Anthony's Oly distance in St. Petersburg, FL in April. both should be a blast! See you guys around!

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Hi! I'm new to the forum, but I participated in one sprint triathlon last summer. I'm planning on doing another one this summer, possibly sooner, as well as trying to lose weight. I'm really, really slow so I'm also hoping to improve my time emoticon

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Hello to all. I am new to this team. I am an endurance athelete! I just unpacked my gear for races last night. First one of the year is Saturday with my tri club. 2, 12, 2! I am excited!!!! CUrrently in San Diego; mecca for all sports. I am excited to be here.

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Staci,

Don't be afraid, you can do it! I promise!! I was scared to death but kept my legs a pumpin and walked MOST of the 5k run but you will never get another feeling like the one when you cross that finish line. Then you will be adicted. I was 12 lbs heavier than you when I did my first sprint so go for it, walk when you need to.... and remember Nemo, just keeep swimming, just keep swimming and watch out for getting kicked in the face.... sometimes its good to stay in the back. Best of luck to you, looking forward to hearing of your great success!!!

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Hey! My name is Nikki and I am not so new to the sport of triathlon. I did my first sprint tri in 2007 and was HOOKED. I am now starting to train for my 3rd Ironman! Last year, I had an awesome year & dropped major lbs, which allowed me to drop an hour and a half off my previous IM time. Then the off season came & with it major changes to our family...during which I turned to food for comfort and stability. All those lbs I lost, found me again and that made me SO angry at myself. So, at the New Year, I recommitted to SparkPeople and my health/well-being. I look forward to the next few months and the path that I am on...My goal is to be a low enough weight to go sub-13 in August! emoticon

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I have been competing in triathlons for two years now and focus on the sprint distance. When I started my best element was running but now it is my worst! I have been using the Run Less, Run Faster program to bring down my run time and hope to have 5K time of less than 30 minutes. I also got a cadence computer for my bike so my goal is a cadence of 85 for the 18 miles. I have signed up for 3 tris for 2012 and have my eye on two more. My first tri is a super sprint and my nine year old daughter is doing it with me. So excited for her! After years of being a runner, I love the variety of tri training. Good luck to everyone this year. And to the newbies - watch out, you'll get addicted! emoticon

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DC Tri 6/18/2012
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Hello all,

A little about me, I did my first sprit tri at my heavest (254 lbs) in Aug of 10 for my 30th. While I didnt break ANY type of records I am happy to say I finished, and I wasn't last:) I discovered a love for tri's after just the first one. Life happens, this past year was ruff, now back on track and signed up for a number of tri's this year and a duathleon in April. Always looking to learn more, my weak event is running. Swimming is by far my best followed by biking. My goal is to finish the year with an Olympic tri and LONG term goal is to do an Ironman for my 40th. Just happy to be here and learn from everyone. My motto is "Fat girls Finish" and looking forward to loosing the "Fat" part and replacing it with "PHAT"

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Hi, My name is Staci and I am super new to Triathlons....So new, that the day after I signed up I was trying to find a way out. I was so scared!!! My first triathlon is in April, it is a sprinter. I have started training, but I haven't started swimming training yet, as I do not have access to a pool. I am planning on joining a gym that has a pool in January. I thought I would join this team to get some pointers and encouragement, because I am still heavy, even though i workout regularly, I am afraid that I am still too fat to do something like this. I have done 5K's, I run/walk them, but I am not exhausted by them, in fact, I am more energized. I have 4 months to train, so I think I can finish it, but like I said, I am afraid.

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I have my first sprint next weekend. I didn't start training for a triathlon because that's what I planned to do... I was an injured runner desperate to stay as fit as possible while I healed from a stress fracture. So I started swimming and cycling and found I didn't entirely suck at it, haha. Somewhere along the way I decided to make the most of my detour and as soon as I could add the running back in, I would compete in a sprint tri. So there you have it. I'm tri-ing by default! I enjoy the challenge of the workouts and I'm (nervously) excited about my first tri.

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Hi Friends,

I've done a couple triathlons this Summer, soon to be three (got one tomorrow), and I have one more I'm signed up for next month.

It has been, by far, the most fun I've had getting physically fit.

I'm a crazy slow runner and cyclist, but during this process of training, I have discovered I'm a pretty speedy swimmer! Wo0! Funny things is, I usually see a LOT of bikes at T1 because I beat most people out of the water, but I also see a LOT of bikes at T2 because, well, everyone passes me out on the bike course! *laugh*

It doesn't help that I'm in a super heavy, slow hybrid.

So, my reward for completing a full season of triathlons is a nice new shiny tri bike this September! Anyone wanna help me spend some money? :D

Chat with y'all soon!

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Well im urrently 60lbs from my goal weight and have decided that i need a tangible goal to aim for.... and deicded upon a triathlon in July 2012.

I know a year seems a long way off but i swim 500 metres in 30 minutes can only for about 3 minutes before i have to walk again and have never really really cycled on anything other than a spinning bike soo Its going to be quite a challenge.

A tips from the pros on how to start training would be greatfully received. for now im spinning c3 a week and swimming x3 a week. I need to build running in at some point soon.

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My first Duathlon is coming up in two days. I confess I haven't trained as diligently as I intended, but for now it's "stay cool" both literally (SW Ontario is experiencing a significant heat wave) and figuratively (whether enough training or not, it is what it is). I followed advice and registered for a sprint length, and have only two goals: finish, and if possible, don't be last.

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I am new to triathlons, I will be doing my first sprint in Sept. I am really enjoying the training so far, its nice to have variety!

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I just joined this group today. This is my 2nd year of triathlon. Last year I did one. This year I have done 2 so far, my next event is this weekend (on Sunday). It's at a beautiful 7200 feet in water that never reaches over 61 degrees in the summertime. I'm pretty nervous but excited too--I may not be the fastest, but I will finish and that is more than what a lot of people will be doing on Sunday!

Thanks for all of the info and posts!

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Hi folks,

I am totally and completely new to even the IDEA of doing triathlons... but I wanted to start getting more information because competing in one has been my secret dream for years. So here I am!

My goal is to do a sprint triathlon - I feel like that's actually something I can accomplish!

I just finished my 3rd 5k run. It's not easy for me, but it's not the end of the world either. I've been on swim teams a lot of my life, so the swimming doesn't seem daunting... honestly, it's the biking and then doing all three together.

Any resources you have for me would be great!! Thanks!

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Hey everyone,

I have two weeks til my first open water triathlon. Trained today by doing the whole sprint distance in the neighborhood. Completely gassed out on my run, though. Any tips for that bike to run transition would be great.

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I'm new to the team and looking forward to some great advice and stories! I'm participating in my first tri, a sprint tri the end of August. Swimming is my weakness but I am taking swim classes so I know that will help.

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This team was on my list of teams, but since I haven't been on here for a LONG time I guess I'm new.

Right now I'm training for an olympic length tri June 18. Being a 57 year old lady I am not super competitive, but I agree doing a tri is much better training than running alone (I just did a marathon May 8 so I know what I'm talking about!)

In the tri's I've done I have seen every kind of bike. If you are there for the experience any bike will do. With the swim you do need to know how to swim. Swimming in open water can be intimidating at first, but just like anything else practice it and it gets easier.

So as they say Give a tri a try!

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Oh, you guys are so super friendly and helpful. :-D I will say that I think I'm a strong biker, though not as strong as I was 10 years ago before I had kids. ;-) One big "advantage" that I have in my biking is that I put a lot of miles in pulling a trailer with a kid in it.

The tri that I'm looking at in June has a 525 yd indoor swim. I think what I will do is hit the gym and see how 525 yds of swimming feels *right now* and how long it takes me to do it, and then I'll go from there.

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If you're not a strong swimmer, you're not out there to win races, so which tpyoe of bike you have is irrevant. Plus if you train and get strong on the bike, you get ht satifaction of beating thseo on much faster bikes and it might give you the excuse to biek up a new road or tri bike.

Starting out, just compete on what you have, and try to enjoy the training, opportunity to get leaner and healthier and enjoy the atmosphere. I generally found the transition area of a triathlon a much more relax and freindly place than the starting line of a running race. There all the diffrent bikes, gear, people to chat with.

the sport is much easier on your body that doing just 1 sport, especially running. The corss training it provides gives you a more well rounded physique and works your whole body with the swimming.

Give it a try. Like mentioned; start with a short local event with an indoor swim. Then when you're comfortable in your training ot swim at least continously at least 25% farther than the race distance without stopping and without feeling like you really pushed yourself hard just ot cover the distance in a pool than the open water distance your racing, you should be good in the open water race. Again, find a shorter distance event and if you're intimidated, just let the other competitors get a 10 second head start to give them some room so you don't feel crowded at a mass start.

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Go for the TRI! I live in the midwest, so some of the shorter tris start in pools. Once you put in a few practice swims, you see how fast that part of the race actually goes. Especially if the swim is around 500 yds. Same goes for doing some bike workouts. Once you get on a bike again you may decide to look at a new one. I have a hybrid that I love, and has been fine. This summer I am planning to do a XTERRA race which actually requires a mountain bike. If you make your first goal to just complete it, you may find yourself hooked on a new sport.

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I am contemplating my first tri in June. I have some a 10K or 5K several times, and I guess I think of myself mostly as a runner, but I'm looking for additional challenges, and my feet won't hold up to additional running mileage. So a shorter tri seems like a good idea. The two things that concern me: 1st, I'm a slow swimmer (and I'm not thrilled about the prospect of an open water swim), and 2nd, I have a mountain bike, not a road bike. But I think training for a tri will force me to become a better swimmer, and I don't think that my mt. bike will be a big deal for a sprint or shorter length race.

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Hi everyone, My name is Kelly and I live in the St. Louis MO area. I was a member in 09, moved, and lost track of my account. I did my first tri in '08, and I've been doing at least one a year ever since. My goal is usually just to finish. This year I want to beat my times from those finishes. Also checking out a few Exterra type tris. My first official tri will be Scales Lake in IN (June 4, I think). It is .5 mile swim, 5 mile mountain bike, and 3 mile run. There are two races there, and I'm choosing the shorter, because I haven't tried a mountain bike format yet. Last year I really focused on running because that was my greatest weakness in my tris. Since it is at the end, sometimes all I could do was walk. So another goal I have is to actually run my final leg. I did a 1/2 marathon last year as a final race in Oct., I was happy to finish AND I think I walked less than a mile total. I will say the physical wear and tear convinced me to go BACK to tris. I love the mental challenge of making the transitions, and completing a daunting physical task. It makes my job and other tough obstacles in my life minimal. My second race will be the St. Peters RecPlex tri (Fathers day)...500yd swim, 20ish mile bike, and 5 mile run...It will be interesting to see how the change in format and distances affect my times. It is good to be back on here, and good luck to you all as you begin this race season!

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Hi all! Looks like a really nice variety of people here, so I hope to learn some things and hopefully eventually be able to share something back. I did one sprint tri in 2009, and am coming back for more this year! Already signed up for one in April and another in May, and goal is to do one per month this summer and maybe end in the fall with an olympic if things go well. I came out of training for a 1/2 marathon (2/27), and was doing some swimming for recovery as part of that, so am now working on adding the bike piece. Speaking of which, I got a nice (lightly used) road bike, and am ditching the mountain bike I used in my first tri :). The second sprint I signed up for will be my first open water swim (1/2 mile), so I have some learing and fear overcoming to do on that.

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Hi everyone. I decided to join this team because I've always wanted to, and since I turned 40 in December, there seemed to be no reason to put it off.

I'm a bit concerned because I'm not in the best of shape, but I thought having a goal would motivate me.

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Hi! My name is Scarlett. I guess I can say I am a triathlete. I have only done sprint distance triathlons because I am afraid of open water swimming. I can swim in a pool because it's clean, I know my surroundings, and if I get tired it is easy to swim to the other side and grab the wall. My husband got me into it a couple of years ago because I have been a runner for 8 years and a biker about 4 years. He just finished his first full Ironman in Louisville in August! Before, I have always ridden on a road bike that had all of his old parts on it (the ones he DXed after getting better parts!). Now, he bought me a new Cervelo P2 so I have to ride it! I am looking to do more races this year, and maybe up my distance to an Olympic distance tri. I am a pretty good runner (running my first full marathon in May!) and a decent biker, hopefully I can get over the swimming.

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Just look for a short sprint distance tri. Usually around 300-500y swim, 10-15mi bike and a 5k run. Just do it to finish and don't worry about your time. Jsut enjoy the challenge and the gains you make in training. Even at 11min/mi, you won't be last place. I guarantee it. there's lot of beginners at small races.

Keep in mind it may take you close to 2 hours to finish. So you might want to set up a training program that eventually works you up to doing for 2 hours of continous cardio so your used to expending that amount of energy... combine cycling and running. bike for 1-1/2 hours than run/walk for 30 minutes.

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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 be an IRONMAN


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My name is Mike, I live in Iowa. I've raced in triathlons on and off for about 12 years now. I'm a former swimmer & runner from high school and raced bicycles in college, so I'm pretty equal in all 3 events. I'm using the Ideal Protein Diet to get to my ideal race weight... around 8%. I thought this site looked interesting. I'm not sure I have time ot log-in and use it every day. I decided to t step up my training this year, get serious, lose a lot of weight and kick some a**.


If someone wants to start a newbie thread, I'd be happy to answer some questions. I notice a lot of first time racers are choosing intermediate Olympic Distanc events. These are long events and can take over 3 hours if your an average athelete or just starting out. I'd recommend a shorter sprint distance, ideally one wiht a indoor swim. Open water swimming can be interesting unless your a strong swimmer.

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Hi everyone! My name is Andrea, I am 26 and live in Fort Wayne, IN. I have been thinking about doing a Triathalon for a while and stumbled upon one on May 21st that is close to where I live. It is swimming 1500 meters, biking 40k and running 10k. I'm not sure I will be able to train enough to be successful. But I'm not out to win it, I just want to go and have fun. I think it would be a great sense of accomplishment that goes along w/ something like that.

But I'm a total newbie and have no clue about what I need to swim even though I can swim fine..just not sure about what gear I need. And the transitions..what I can/cant have and what I need. If anybody would like to enlighten me I would appreciate it!

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Hi, I am a 29 year old who is new to triathlon. I began training with a group in early December mostly to lose weight. After 2 months of hard training I have gained 2 pounds. Not the result I was looking for so I joined Spark and am happy to see a Tri group here.

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I'm an Anglican priest in southwestern Ontario, who over the last two years lost 65 pounds and over the last nine months gained back 20 of that. Looking for additional motivation to get back on track, I made a comment last fall to a colleague that I might like to try the triathlon that her parish sponsors every summer. Darn, but didn't she remember, so now I'm looking for tips on how to prepare. I have just under 6 months. The cycling would be my easiest leg (40km is not beyond my range), but running 10 km and swimming 1.5 km have me a little anxious. Am I nuts (OK you don't know me well enough to answer that) or do I have a chance to be ready for this adventure by July 23, 2011? BTW, I'm 61 years old.

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I just stumbled upon SparkPeople a couple of weeks ago and so glad I did. Its great to have a community where people can support each other and also understand and appreciate what you are doing. I started doing Triathlon's last year after being inspired by Jon Blais who was the first person with ALS to complete the Ironman World Championship. I have been working with Jon's parents to raise awareness and help find a cure for ALS. While my motivation to compete in these events is fueled by emotion I truly have found my passion. I enjoy the competition, pushing yourself to new limits and going beyond what you think you can do. My goal is to qualify for the Ironman World Championship, I know a BHAG but we have to have a goal. While I will enter the Ironman WC Lottery odds are not good.

I have after 1 yr gotten to where I am able to get in 22-26 hours of training in a week. Each day starts at 4:30 before work where I get in 2.5 hours. Weekends are obviously better I can get in 4-5 in a shot. My family and wife have been 100% supportive. My wife has even been motivated and followed in my steps to get in shape...losing 55 lbs in 10 months.

I look forward to being part of the group

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I hope to learn and offer any knowledge experience I have to this group.

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I'm considering doing a triathlon this year. I started thinking about doing one last year but did a half marathon instead. I'm a little bit scared for the swim part.
I wonder if a duathlon would be good to do first before the triathlon. I'm just not sure if I could be ready in time. The duathlon is in less than a month.

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Hey team, I just discovered there was a triathlete page on spark! yay! i am currently training for Ironman AZ, and would love to have a group of ppl who don't have to ask "why?" :-) emoticon

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Hello! I'm in this because my friend CAHOCKENBERRY has convinced me to do a sprint tri with her in april. I just got my first bike, and have rediscovered swimming (I haven't been swimming in a looooong time!) But having a friend to do it with makes it all the better! I want to finish something for the first time in my life. April 9, here we come!

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Good morning everyone. I just finished my first Danskin Triathlon this year (Sandy Hook, NJ) and want to keep going! I started training last February going from total couch potato to finishing the tri!! My goal was to finish and I did! :-) I ended up swimming with a noodle (anxiety and unexpectedly dark water took me by surprise) and walking the run (I had hurt my back a month before due to lack of balanced training and stretching).

This year I want to train to be able to swim without the noodle and try to run all or part of the 5k. My dream is to be able to run 'barefoot' with Vibram 5 Fingers.

I start Pilates today and more swimming lessons laster this month with walking/running a day or two a week and at least one spinning class a week.

I can't wait to get to know everyone!

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Hey all.
i'm a single mother of seven, and up till now, i've really let the busyness of our life keep me from achieving some of my long term goals. I've been planning to do a tri every year for the last ten years... but so far, haven't made one. The training time was just impossible to find. But ive recently made a lot of changes and am determined to make this happen. rather than just letting this be a one time thing, ive committed to doing a race a year, so that my training can just become a lifestyle. Im basically back at the beginning, these days, but am excited to be starting up again.
thanks to all of you for being a great inspiration!


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I decided last week that I'm going to do a tri I found close to home. It's almost a year away but that just means I have lots of time to prepare. It'll be my first and I'm so excited to find a team with such great info.

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Hi Everyone,

I wish I'd found this team earlier, but I just completed my first sprint Tri on Saturday. It was harder than I had thought,partly because it was much hotter than the weather I had trained in, but I managed to power through.

My plan is to continue training through out the winter and do a couple more sprint tri's next summer with the goal of working toward a Olympic distance the following year.

I look forward to hearing about other's experiences and tips.

 
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Hi ... I decided to join this group because I guess you could say I have caught the tri bug ... About 6 months ago, I started the couch to 5k program and had to stop working out completely because of medical problems. But now I've been cleared to work out again. I have at least 100 pounds to lose and while it seems like a scary thought to me, I think that if I can do it while I find something like that I really love doing then it won't be so bad. I played sports my whole life and used to swim tons growing up. Running at one point was my release of stress but now, it just stresses me out due to the extra weight. I know that the season for triathlons is winding down but I have a lot a work before I will be able to compete. I am hoping to do a sprint in March of 2011! I love to bike and swim, running I'll do because it's part of it. I am totally open to suggestions and comments! No one said life is always easy ... but I like a challenge!

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Hi all! I just found this team and am very excited to join. I've done 5 sprint triathlons, but got injured during Tae Kwon Do class and found that I had an old hip injury that was causing knee problems. My hip surgery was on May 19, and I'm starting to get into some really great rehab. When I got a postcard for a sprint in Bermuda this November, I asked my physical therapist if he thought I could make it back into finishing shape by then, and got a thumbs up! I'm definitely psyched, even though I know November is a long way away, I'm not sure if I can afford airfare to Bermuda, and I'm still restricted to walking one mile or 15 minutes, whichever comes first (currently 15 minutes!).

Can't wait to get to know you and read all about your triathlon adventures!
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I am new to this team. I'm signed up for my first tri (sprint) at the beginning of September. I'm enjoying my training because I used to just run, and switching it up all the time makes it so much better for me.

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Hi everybody! I joined this team because I completed my first triathlon (sprint distance) yesterday and I LOVED it. It was just about three weeks ago when I saw a sign for it at the Air Force base gym where I work out. I'd grown bored with my 5Ks and wasn't seeing the results I wanted on the scale, and I figured the cycling and swimming workouts might give my body the shock it needed. Besides, it was free, so what did I have to lose? It felt so great to cross that finish line, and now I think I may be hooked!

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I'm new to this team. I've done 1/2's and quite a few. I'm going to do a dual in Indiana, need to learn to change a tire, practice of course and find out it I can use the garmin to go from run/bike/run. Thanks for helping me with this. Nice to be here.

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Not so new...this team got me through my first season of tris last summer. Complete an Olympic, a Sprint, and then a 70.3...and then found out I was pregnant. Yes the baby did his first Iron already in my tummy. I had no idea I was pregnant. (He was born almost 2 months ago) Now I am fighting my was back into shape and hope to get at least one race in before the season is over. My mental state needs it!
This is the greatest team ever and I look forward to "using" you guys to bring me back around!!

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Hey folks. I'm new to the team and doing my first triathlon (sprint) on July 25. I picked it b/c the swim portion is in a pool with 2 people per lane at all times so I don't have to panic over an open water swim and i won't feel like I'm in a washing machine with a snake swim in a pool!

My training is going well but I'm definitely nervous about transitions, what to wear, and how the heck I'm gonna run a 5K after the other two legs!

I'm hoping this team can give me good pointers as I get closer to my first tri!

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I just signed up for The Nation's Triathlon with Team in Training! It is on September 12, 2010 and I just started training for it yesterday.

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Hello everyone! I completed an olympic distance triathlon in 2008. It was my first endurance event. I trained with TNT. The training helped me get into the best shape of my life. Since then, I've had a baby, and I'm totally out of shape! I want to get motivated to do another triathlon..but I feel like I have SO far to go fitness-wise.

I live in Central California.

Thanks!

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Hi Everyone! I decided that 2010 is my year for new challenges. I joined a Tri-training group at my gym and am currently training for my first half marathon (3 weeks away!) I have a mock Tri (.5 mile pool swim, hour long spin ride, 5k run) at the end of May. My first "real" Triathlon is set for September that will consist of a half mile swim in the bay, 12 mile bike, and 5k run. So excited!

I am the most comfortable in the water and running. I like to bike but I live in a rural area where shoulders in the road are non-existent and cars fly by. I have to sprint certain areas in fear of my life! I need to begin logging more miles on my bike - I just may need to do it at 5 am!

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I'm gonna throw down the gauntlet and say I want to do my first triathlon (try a tri.. a baby one) on June 19th in Guelph! This will hopefully excite my SP peeps also doing it. =)

Now I just need to get over my fear of my bike (well, riding my bike outside where there are CARS.. I live in a crazy-drivers city)

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Hi team, I just joined and thought I'd introduce myself! I'm Christina, and live in Wisconsin. I am primarily a runner, and am training for my first half marathon this year. Recently I've become interested in doing a triathlon because I would love to mix things up and integrate swimming and biking into my routine...and think it would be a great challenge! While I'm focusing on running this year, I'd love to train for a sprint triathlon in mid-2011. So now I'm just starting to learn what I can about triathlons, what's involved, how they work, what I can do to get ready. My biggest obstacle is that I don't have a bike right now (my old one got wrecked and is long gone...) I can borrow my hubby's mountain bike for starters, but would ultimately want to get my own road bike...but don't necessarily want to lay down a couple of grand on a bike when I'm very new to the sport. Need to find the right balance between spending too much (for a beginner) and going so cheap that I regret my purchase. Anyway, I'm here to learn as much as I can, and I look forward to getting started and chatting with all of you!

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Hi everyone, I am new to multisport training and the forum. I am working toward Effies Great Race in July, which is a 6 mile run, 12 mile bike, and 6 mile kayak. I am weary of swimming with lots of feet around me, so I chose this as my first triathlon. The downside, is that training for the kayak portion is a bit mysterious since I can't actually kayak more than once a week. Any suggestions are welcome.

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Hey! I just signed up for the Nation's Tri in September! I have only done one other tri, so am still a "newbie". My sister, who is a true triathlete and is training for a 1/2 Ironman this summer, suggested that I do 1 super sprint, and at least 1 (preferably 2) sprint tris in order to get ready.
Good luck!!!

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Hello to all. I am new to this board but I have been running for what seems like forever. I came into Triathlons about 4 years ago.. I have done so far, a sprint and an olympic. I have registered to do another olympic event in August (0.75 mile swim, 32 mile bike and 6.2 mile run). My training plan has 2 phases. Phase one is to loose weight. My goal is to loose 15 pounds by May 1. Phase two is to get ready for the race. Right now, I am swimming and running. Swimming is my bigest challenge. I am able to swim about 1/2 mile comfortably in a pool. I have been doing 2 - 900 yard swims on Saturdays with another 900 yards during the week. In about another month I plan to increase to 3 - 900 yard swims. A month after that, I'll change to 2 1350 yard swims. If that goes well, I'll move to open water and think I will be in good shape. After May 1, I expect to add biking to round out my training.

Looking forward to the race. Thanks for any support.


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Hi I'm not really new to the site. I joined last summer and did really well but I gained over the holidays and I'm back on the road to fitness and health. I am pretty competitive and setting the goal of completing a sprint triathlon is just the motivation I need to keep me moving. A good friend and I are going to train and compete together in the Shermanator this August. My 11yr old son in my inspiration. Just a few weeks into training for a 5k he competed in a kids triathlon with only one days notice! He finished near the bottom but with no swim practice what could you expect. We were so proud of his ambition and courage. If he could do it with no notice I can surly do it with 8 months to train! So here I am. I am looking forward to having a great support group here. Thank you in advance. Dana

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Hello, I am new to spark people. The triathlon is my first sport I did to start on my way back in shape. So far I have only done the health-first triathlon in melbourne, fl. First year was a sprint, last year was an olympic. This year I am going to repeat the olympic distance because I want to improve my time before I increase my distance again.

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Hello, I joined SP a LONG time ago but have been doing a number of other things. Including training and completing 2 sprint triathlons. One in 2009 and one in 2008. I have 3 planned for summer of 2010.

I need to start tracking my food again. I have been logging my workouts on another site for the past couple years, not sure if I will add them here and double track or not. mostly need a food journal again.

look forward to meeting others working towards better fitness though swimming, biking and running.



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Excellent! First time I actually check if there is a triathlon team!

Working towards a decent finish on Olympic Lenght triathlon for September and a PR on Sprint in May!

Nice that there will be other people understanding my tri-jargon here! Most of my friends just tend to tild their heads to the left and give me that "you are nuts" look when I talk about my training, drills and pace!

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Well who would have thought I'd find a triathlon team on a weight loss support website! I've been on a weight loss journey for 2 years now, although the last year was mostly spent on a plateau. I've lost 35 pounds and I have 20 more pounds to lose to reach my goal.

I have done 3 sprint triathlons in the Atlanta area over the past 2 years. I am doing my first 10k in 5 weeks and I hope to move up to Olympic distance this summer if the bike fairy comes to visit for my birthday (I've been using a hybrid). So pleased to be a member of this team!

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Hi all-
I just joined this group and am very excited about it! My main fitness goal for 2010 is to complete a sprint tri which I have planned for May. To date, I have done a couple 5ks and a duathlon last September. Im starting a 16 week training plan but know I'll have lots of questions - mostly regarding the swim portion of races since I haven't experienced anything like that before.
Hopefully I can help someone too! Thanks in advance-
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Hi team! Thanks for being such a great resource. I just joined, but can already tell that I'm going to be drawing heavily on everyone's expertise and enthusiasm.

I'm not a tri- (or du-) athlete. . . yet. In fact, I have a hard time just calling myself an athlete with a straight face these days. Once upon a time, though, I was a pretty diesel distance runner. Never very fast, but quite fit, and the veteran of 3 full marathons, 3 1/2 marathons and a ton of shorter races. Then I went to law school, gained a bunch of weight, blah blah ad infinitum. I'm working really hard at becoming that athlete again now that I've graduated, passed the bar, gotten settled in my new life, &tc.

That's what brings me here. I've had a bug up my butt about trying a tri for a while, and the thought of having a totally novel goal is really motivating. I'm seriously thinking about signing up for The Nation's Tri next September -- it sounds like a fantastic event, and it's here in my city.

Any pearls of wisdom, bits of advice, vignettes, or cautionary tales for the brand-spanking newbies are very, very welcome.

Cheers!

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Hello all. I'm not sure if I introduced myself or not. If this is a repeat please ignore ;).

I was encouraged by friends to join them in participating in a sprint triathlon in July 2010. My first thought is that the were nuts for asking me (the most out of shape of the group) but the idea started warming up to me. I thought I could use it as a goal to jump start my weight loss/healthy habits quest.

Now after a few weeks of getting started with just basic activity, I'm wondering if I will make it. I currently weigh 260, I'm 5'4 and 51 going on 52.

Am I setting my sights too high for July 2010 or should I wait until Sept or 2011? I don't know. My body is bucking the new habits by slowing me down with sore knees, aching muscles, etc., but I'm continuing to push through and I'm enjoying reading all the tips in this group and some other sites suggested.

Anyway, that is where I am. I applaud all of you that have completed races and those of us preparing.

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hi all not really sure if this is how it works here but im a 25 yr old from new zealand currently in my 3rd season of triathlons. 5 weeks out from my 1st half ironman. i also do duathlons in winter and also run and bike specific races. hopefully ive done this right and it shows up lol would be cool if there was anyone else training for the same distances to talk to....

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Greetings all!
I have never done a competition before. I am in the army and within my 5 man team there is a couple of people who have. My fitness focus was on preforming to standard on my APFT, however after i reached that goal I started to become more interested in what kept my team members training so hard. SO I decided that I also what to compete and it has been a huge motivation for me to train hard during PT. My first triathlon will be the " Escape from the rock". Its a lot of fun so far, if not also a lot of work. It is also nice for our team to have some common ground.

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I am fairly new here, and wanted to know... Do I have to update my training minutes in My Tools AND in the Triathlon 30minute Daily Goals everyday? What a pain in the a$$ to have to do everything twice. Why can't we get the My Tools My Fitness Minutes to port over and auto populate the 30 minute daily goal minutes?

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Greetings everyone,
I just joined Spark yesterday as part of my renewed focus on training and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

I slacked off somewhat at the end of 2007 after quite a few years of constant training and racing.

But I've had my break and now it's time to get back to training and racing again.

I'm currently beginning to ramp up my fitness in preparation for Ironman USA 2010 in Lake Placid. Who knows? If things go well, I might throw in an early spring marathon as well.

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Hi Everybody!
I have been around other spark forums for a while now and recognize a few familiar "faces". :) Running has been my primary thing, but I would like to try a tri next summer. I just bought a road bike this summer and am looking into some swim lessons after my upcoming marathon. Any tips/advice would be greatly appreciated! I can't wait to get to know everyone!
~Jean

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I've been wanting to try a triathlon for so long, but due to my currant fitness level, I know that it's not possible right now, so hopefully soon I can go from being a wannabe to a tri-girl!



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Hello! I am new to this group and also to triathlons. I am planning on starting base training by October and completing a sprint tri early in spring of next year. I'm 26 years old and have been on a fitness plan now for 2 years after gaining a bunch of weight from living a party girl life. I have lost almost 50 lbs. in the last 1 yr. and 9 months. and I want to refocus my fitness goals. I don't want to be solely fueled on losing weight for appearances, I want a higher goal than that to keep me motivated. So I mostly joined this group to learn about tri's and find support from others who are also training.

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