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3/2/12 3:22 P

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Should not have to worry about riding in a pack on your bike portion. There is no drafting or group peloton allowed. Just stay to your so that faster bikes have an easier path to pass you. If you should happen to have to pass .... pass on the left and state to the rider on your lest as well so that they know you are passing.

Main thing is to have fun and finish. Don't worry about time or speed. That is what next year's training is all about;-) Chances are once you do one you are hooked. Once you finish one then you start thinking how can I be faster.

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2/23/12 12:39 A

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(1) Don't Die (2) Don't Quit aka Finish were my 2 goals for my first XC mountain bike race. Tris are hardcore, good luck! +1 on having a shop check your bike prior and pre-riding as much as possible. If you're stuck inside, get some leg work in, squats, lunges, that type of thing.

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2/21/12 2:25 P

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I love your "Don't Die - Don't Quit" moto and I hope you will let me borrow that for my upcoming half marathon. Regarding the bike I was going to suggest road tires. It shouldn't cost too much and will help with your speed?

My Aunt is celebrating her 60th in October and will also complete her first triathlon. I sure hope I can keep up with ladies like yourself.

Way to Go!

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2/19/12 7:23 P

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Love spinning...twice weekly for me...it can't hurt, but it is WAY different from cycling. A good spin class with a lot of standing climbs can certainly help!

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2/19/12 4:03 P

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Not too worried about the swim... I need to build up a little endurance, 500 yards is a bit out of my range right now. I have no worries about the "open swim" aspect - until this morning, when I swim, I swim in local rivers and lakes. The murkiness doesn't scare me. I've been told about the termoil in the water... that scares me much less than the thougtht of biking in a tight group!

I often ride out to a lake outside of town, swim in my bike shorts and a swim top, then ride back. Chafing isn't much of an issue.

Luckily this tri is run originates out of a park just a few blocks from my house. Often, I would follow the spray painted arrows on the road left after this same triathlon. It is not always the same route but guaranteed it will follow one of my normal routes.... ones I know every curve and hill by heart.

I plan to get a tune up and road tires... to set up the old girl as well as I can as a road bike. Looking at the times, it seems they are averaging over 15 mph.. I would love to be a faster bike rider. I am really excited about trying to push my speed-comfort.

How much do you think a once-a-week spinning class would do me while I wait for the roads to get less icy?



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2/19/12 3:21 P

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Can you find a Du first? Run-Bike-Run. Then you can add the swim.

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2/19/12 8:58 A

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Great advice so far. I agree with BARRON, be very cautious in the water. Get a good tune up on your bike and ride the one you are most comfortable on.

Be sure to let us know how you do. Personally Tri's scare the heck out of me.


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2/19/12 6:49 A

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Cool! I did a marathon back in 2010 and will do a Tri one day (looking for a good Dual right now). I am super slow, speed never being my main goal.

But I can tell you from the running aspect speed work or hills really help, and I bet both of those would help with the bike speed as well (if everything is in working order). Absolutely run the the exact gear you plan to tri in training for the race. Chafing can be a beginners biggest down fall! If you will be biking or running in any amount of wetness (from the swim or sweat) it is best to know what works or doesn't work before race day.

There is going to be a group in charge of the race, read their rules.

Keep smiling the whole race, because you are awesome!

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2/18/12 5:45 P

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If you goal is only to finish then do it. Don't worry about a bike right now.

Do you have the course map? Look it over in a car, any big hills that would cause you to need extra gearing?

Have fun.

First timers really need to know what goes on under the water during that swim. You will probably get kicked or someone might swim over you, some people panic. Just beware.

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2/18/12 11:49 A

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2/18/12 11:47 A

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The most bang for the buck would probably come from a tuneup to make sure that the equipment you already got works as well as it can. That the brake stop, gears change, and the wheels are straight enough not to rub on the brake pads. Having your bike checked over also makes it less likely to strand you in the middle of the ride.
Your most bang for the buck after that is probably rubber. Buy some faster tires. Narrower and better tires will take some weight off the bike and roll easier.
Other than that I wouldn't put a lot of money into a 10 year old hybrid. If you are on good terms with a bike shop they might be willing to look through their used parts for inexpensive ways to make your bike fit better, be more comfortable,or perform better,

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2/18/12 11:32 A

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Whew...don't think I'd EVER consider doing a tri. I'm more of a distance rider without too much worry about speed.

I think the main thing is getting on the bike as much as possible and challenging yourself by looking at your speeds and/or time you take to bike certain distances and keep pushing to get the numbers down (time) or up (distance). If you could buddy up with a cyclist who can challenge you that would also be helpful. Often in preparing for a tri folks will get together and do group rides, which could be helpful. You might learn little tips/pointers from others.

It would be helpful to know the terrain that you'll be expected to cycle, especially if hills and climbing are to be expected and to practice by cycling on similar terrain.

Kudos to challenging yourself!

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2/18/12 9:49 A

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Hey Kids!

In celebration of my fiftieth birthday this summer, I am entering the Lactic Edge Triathlon this summer! Now, I have never, ever had a number on my chest... never in a race, never on a team. I am so excited/scared/nervous!

After a 500 yard swim, I will be riding my bike 17 miles, and then "running" 3.1 miles. I can ride 17 miles pretty much no problem but not very swiftly. I am taking a couple swimming lessons and working on my Couch to 5k to get ready. Meanwhile I am looking at my bike...

Now, the tri is put on by the YMCA and my two goal are: (1) Don't Die (2) Don't Quit. So speed isn't my central goal but it is good to be thinking about it for the first time. I've always wondered how far I can go, not how fast I can go.

So, with all that said, I have two bikes: a vintagie cruiser with baskets and a cupholder and an early 90's Schwinn Cross-Fit.
http://bikecatalogs.org/SCHWINN/MODELS/C
ross-Fit.html
which is what I will pretty much have to ride since there is no way I can afford to get a new bike. I am already breaking the bank on running shoes but I can probably come up with some money for bike improvements by July 7th (the big day).

I am FULL of questions... How do you train for speed? What would be my best bang for the buck up-grades for my bike? Any "first tri" advice?

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