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2/27/10 1:44 P

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Practicing swimming in the open water will actually help you out ifyour tri's are going to be in open water as well.

Sounds like you are on your way!

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2/26/10 8:26 P

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thanks for all the advice, i guess i need to go shopping. i am going to use my old, old schwinn 10 speed to start with, i got it used in 1976. LOL needs new tires, tube and brakes just to get it on the road but it is a start. if i love it then i will start looking at bikes.
gotta find place to swim, no pools close but lots of rivers and lakes but that is a little cold right now.

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2/26/10 11:53 A

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Welcome Bobby, I'm new to tri's as well, I find the training is really fun. I can't wait for the actual races, my first is April 3rd for a little in town fun one, then May 15 for a real one (sprint of course). Good luck, I wouldn't stress over the transitions, I hear a lot about them, but I ignore a lot of it so I can just go out and have fun. I grew up in a speedo though so running in one doesn't bother me.

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2/25/10 11:07 P

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Bobby:
Good choice - adding swim and bike to running! A more full-body aerobic workout is hard to imagine.

For guys, the change is pretty easy. Get a pair of tri-shorts (they're like cycling shorts but with a thinner pad). You wear the shorts for everything and change top as necessary (i.e. put on one after swimming).

If you want more detailed advice on "Transitions" I think Carolyn (GLADGAD) has a really useful blog post about it. I'll see if I can dig it up tomorrow.

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Hi and welcome, and I agree, Tri's are a blast to race and the training helps you stay in great shape. Like Helen stated, get a tri short and top to do all 3 in, and I have to wear my bike shoes and change into my running shoes. have fun and good luck


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2/24/10 8:52 P

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Welcome to the world of triathlons. I'll bet you'll be hooked in no time. Most people wear tri shorts for all 3 events. It's like a bike short, but with a smaller and more absorbent pad. Depending on the length of the bike, you could get away with wearing jammers (the new, longer version of the speedo). Wear something on top that you can swim in...it's very hard to put a top on after the swim when you are all wet. Shoes are personal, and it depends on what you're most comfortable biking in. Again, if the bike isn't very long, you can do the bike ride with running shoes. But if you're used to biking in clipless pedals, that what you'll want to bike in, and then change to running shoes for the run.

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2/24/10 8:16 P

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I am looking to do my first tri in june, july or august(all sprint), i have 3 picked out so i will base it on my training(would like to do june and august). i am here to learn as much as i can because i know little to nothing about doing a tri.

i have been running for about 1.5 yrs and have been injured several times so doing a tri is a way to force me to cross train. i have about 20 races under my belt from 5k's to a half marathon.

one of my concerns is the transition between swim/bike/run at the race, i don't want to wear a swim suit to bike or run so how is it done? shoes?
any advice for a newbie to tri's? i will take all i can get.

Bobby D - Ellwood City, PA

"If God invented marathons to keep people from doing anything more stupid, the triathlon must have taken Him completely by surprise." ~P.Z. Pearce

"A lot of people run a race to see who's the fastest. I run to see who has the most guts."
-Pre

I do it because i can, I can because I want to, I want to because you said I couldn't.


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5k 22:31
5 Mile 41:26
10k 50:28
13k 1:10:32
HM 2:02 PR


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