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9/4/09 9:25 A

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LOL WONGERCHI...it probably looks a lot like me butterfly!

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9/3/09 3:26 P

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Lovey:
Can't remember if I said this on the Tri group but remember, swimming is ALL about technique. You're going down the right path with the swimming lessons, the more you get the better.

Learning all 4 strokes is also a good idea, IMO. Don't know why but I've always had to do all 4 strokes as a both a young swimmer and as a Masters swimmer, and felt much more rounded doing so. In my case though, it's about 3.5 strokes - you have to see my Fly to believe it!

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9/3/09 1:34 P

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Lovey,

As the proverb says: fall down 7 times; stand up 8.

I'm sorry for your disappointment but like everyone else I also admire your determination. I know that you will continue to train and that you will finish your next event. I suspect there will be tears then as well.

Bob




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9/2/09 8:26 P

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LOVEY, I think the class is a great idea for you. It will increase your comfort in the water and strengthen your strokes, to give alterrnatives when you are on your open water swim and need a break. I also like that you want to try some masters competition!

I looked into splitting a trainer once, but couldn't find friends to commit to sharing the cost with me.

And I had to laugh when you said you repeat the class, because it is at a better time than the Masters class. Sounds like something I would do...

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9/2/09 10:59 A

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I've never done a triathlon (except a team one where teammates did the swim and run) but I remember the humiliation of my first bicycle race. I stayed at a hotel and the only thing they had out for breakfast was coffee and donuts so I ate a few. At the race I delayed the start because I put my number on upside down. Then when the race started I didn't get my foot in the toe clip and everyone was gone by the time I got rolling. For several laps I trailed the peloton not loosing ground but not gaining on them either. After several laps chasing they pulled me from the race because they deemed me out of contention. As soon as I pulled off the course I puked up my donuts.

I did go on to do more races and things got better. I won one raced and placed in a half dozen others and really enjoyed it (usually anyway). Just keep going!

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9/2/09 8:02 A

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Lovey

It sounds like you have a plan of action. Just keep taking lessons and swim as a work out along with your runs and biking.

As a competitor you always want to finish the race no matter what. I'm glad you are grabbing the bull by the horns and facing your biggest limiter in doing triathlons.

Good Luck and I would do the fall Tri as well.

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9/1/09 6:49 P

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Good for you, get back on that horse. You learned something from your attempt instead of letting it defeat you. That is a wonderful thing and now you have a goal. I'm sure next year you will make it with time to spare. You are a wonderful inspiration.

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9/1/09 4:21 P

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You are truely an inspiration. I cant even begin to imagine competingin a triathalon - and you had the courage to put yourself out there!
I am so impressed with you perseverance - you should be very proud! th eclass sounds like a good way to become a stronge swimmer. Hang in there. you are awesome!

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My goal is efficiency and with that I hope speed. I donít need to win the race, I just need to finish strong so I still have enough strength for the bike and run. I can do freestyle and breaststroke. When I get tired doing freestyle, I usually do breaststroke but my breaststroke is really slow. If I get panicky, breaststroke usually calms me down. Sometimes I float on my back but I donít move fast enough because I donít know how to do backstroke. Good time to learn is now. My A race is an open water swim but there are many triathlons that I am interested in that are pool swim. During the summer, my sonsí swim team has master competitions during the meet. Itís a lot of fun but I am way too slow for those guys but next year I wonít be.

My triathlon club has open water training every week from May until October. I will have time to do OWS training before Iron Girl in August. The YMCA master swim team also does OWS practice every week in the summer specifically for this triathlon.

This class will get me started. Once I complete it I hope to repeat it because its 6am versus the master swim class at 8:45pm.


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-stay consistent in my workouts
-strengthen my recently broken ankle

2012 Accomplishments:
-cosistent training after healing from a stress fracture in my foot
-completed a 10 miler, 10K and a half marathon
-sorry my year ended in Maym 2 weeks after my half marathon when I crash on my bike shattering my ankle. I had surgery and ortho put in 8 screws and a plate.



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9/1/09 1:30 P

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Good for you for not giving up. My question is though: what is your goal for swimming? My concern with the class you posted is that it is really focused on pool competition. For triathlon, and open water swimming, you don't need to know turns and such, and you don't need to be able to do an IM (back, breast, free, and fly). I just want to make sure that you are focusing your efforts toward reaching your goal. One thing that really helped me (I hadn't swum in over 10 years before February and I just completed a half Ironman triathlon!) was to hire a coach for a private lesson. Myself and 5 friends paid her (I think it came out to $12 each) for 45 minutes in the pool one-on-one. She was able to tell each of us what we were doing wrong and tips on how to change it. And since she'd done triathlons, she knew what would work best to train for that race. Good luck!!

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9/1/09 1:12 P

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Lovey - that sounds like a great program. I'm glad to see that you didn't give up after your last tri. Not finishing is frustrating, but going back after your goal is commendable. You've learned a lot and I think you'll come out stronger for it.

Edited by: GLADGAD at: 9/1/2009 (13:14)
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9/1/09 1:11 P

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That sounds like a great class and you definitely have a great attitude. Rather than giving up you are taking action to make your next event better! You should be very proud of yourself. You are no quitter and will do great on your next event.

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9/1/09 12:46 P

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I just registered for a swim training class at the Y starting next week.

Here is a new adult aquatics class being offered at the YMCA in the morning. It is not part of our Masters class so you can't just show up and swim if you join the masters swim class.

Adult IV Swim Class
Days: Tuesday/Thursday - starts 9/8/08
Time: 6:15 to 7:15 am
Price: Members $43, Non-Mem $86
Instructor: Pam Williams
Register: Front desk, class limited to 24
Location: Y of Central MD, Dancel Family Center, 410-465-4334
Min. requirements: Must be able to swim Ĺ mile or 36 lengths during a 45 minute workout. Must be comfortable in deep water and have a good understand of all 4 competitive strokes.

Focus: Main focus will be development of competitive strokes and techniques including starts and turns. Workouts will include practice sets and intervals while continuing to develop triathlon training, overall swimming endurance and speed.

To pass: Participants will be able to swim a 200 IM from start to finish with good form and will be able to swim 54 lengths (3/4 mile) to 72 lengths (1 mile) during a 45 minute workout.


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2013 Goals:
- lose 50lbs
-stay consistent in my workouts
-strengthen my recently broken ankle

2012 Accomplishments:
-cosistent training after healing from a stress fracture in my foot
-completed a 10 miler, 10K and a half marathon
-sorry my year ended in Maym 2 weeks after my half marathon when I crash on my bike shattering my ankle. I had surgery and ortho put in 8 screws and a plate.



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9/1/09 12:36 P

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First sprint triathlon Ė bummer

I posted this on the Tri board.

I attempted my first sprint triathlon (Iron Girl) and failed. The .62m swim, 17.5 mile bike and 3.4 m run course is difficult and hilly. The biggest thing is that you have an hour to complete the swim but a total 4.5 hours to finish from the start of your wave.

The swim was my biggest obstacle. I was in wave 8 of 13 waves. It seemed so long but I kept pushing. However, I guess my pushing wasnít enough. I went way pass the hour cutoff with about 200 yards still to go. All the waves behind me passed me. I was the last swimmer. The swim official boated over to let me know that I was too far passed the cutoff; I was in the water too long and would not be allowed to continue. They were concerned that I would be too exhausted to bike and my safety would be an issue.

As I exit, I tried not to cry but that didnít last. I felt horrible, humiliated and like such a failure. I was tired but I felt like the bug I got the week before was pretty gone. However, once I got out of the water, I couldnít stop coughing. In fact, I have not stopped coughing yet. I think I have eaten passed the recommended limit of cough drops already.

Anyway, everyone kept trying to comfort me and encourage to try again next year. I left the park because I just felt horrible and kept crying.

A club mentor is trying to convince me to do another triathlon this fall. This way I wonít fall back on my swimming. She wants me to get a confidence boost she feels I need. It is .5 mile swim versus the .62m I attempted. The bike and run are shorter and significantly flatter than mine. Some say itís flat but flat is relative to the biker, in my opinion.

That was my day.

Lovey


2013 Goals:
- lose 50lbs
-stay consistent in my workouts
-strengthen my recently broken ankle

2012 Accomplishments:
-cosistent training after healing from a stress fracture in my foot
-completed a 10 miler, 10K and a half marathon
-sorry my year ended in Maym 2 weeks after my half marathon when I crash on my bike shattering my ankle. I had surgery and ortho put in 8 screws and a plate.



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