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9/2/12 11:08 A

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Had a blast doing my first triathlon yest. Was kayak instead of swim and what a blast only 20 miles total but very fun to do 3 sports in one event ...so far its always been running and more running so much fun to change it up

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8/31/12 6:37 P

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Thanks for the responses

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I've done half and full marathon this year and couple warriors tomorrow a small triathlon with canoeing .....20 miles in massillon Ohio....close to home in 3 weeks i have the northcoast 24hour race .......i walk run so none of this is fast just completing everything i can I did a bunch of 5k and 5 milers also with some bike riding 40 miles ......base is coming but not there yet i think I'm going to do north Carolina half ironman June 2nd 2013 to get ready for full a few months later

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8/31/12 1:15 P

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Yeah, hard to offer advice not knowing where you're coming from. I did my first (and only so far) IM last November. I'd signed up a year before, so I was specifically training for that for a year, but I'd been doing shorter distance races for 4 years before attempting that distance. Could I have done it sooner? Sure. But that was my journey.

I couldn't afford coaching or anything either, so I based my training plan off one in "Training Plans for Multisport Athletes." I didn't do everything I should have done to be ready for race day, but my goal was only to finish, and in under 15 hours if possible. And I did!

I had planned to lose the 30 pounds or so wanted to lose in the first 6 months of training, then crank it up when I began following the 6-month training plan, but the weight loss didn't happen. I found that I was so hungry when I was training so much that I ate all the calories I was burning. At a certain point I had to just accept that if I was going to finish the race, it was going to be at the weight I was at. Again, I did it, but if you're still looking to lose weight, or hoping that the training will help with that, just know that it might not work the way you're thinking.

Let us know what other specific questions you have, and good luck!

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8/31/12 10:37 A

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Hi and congrats on your goal of a IM. I am not sure as to what level you are at as far as doing a IM. I visited your page and see a HM so far. and a 50 pounds down on the weight, Way to go. I am a big fan of taking small steps to get to my goals. Every one is different so I respect a view that does not share my caution, I would think a few races of different distances would serve you better. say, do a couple of sprints and the some olympic distance and then a couple HIM, and then after a solid build up of your base, and a good idea of what it will take to finish a IM and have good idea of the time needed to train for it. It is a huge feat, and I would think in years and not year. unless you have a solid base and lots of training under belt I say start small and enjoy the journey. Good luck and keep it fun!! JMO Gary


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8/31/12 8:06 A

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I hope I'm not making too lofty of goal but I wanna do an ironman late next so essentially year to train.....any advice appreciated....maybe do a half part way thru training...

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