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3/8/10 10:01 P

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Congratulations on signing up for your first tri. We have a lot in common, my first tri is at the end of July. I am a runner first, feel comfortable on the bike but my swimming will need practice, practice, practice, practice. Fortunally, my swim is in a pool. I look forward to comparing training notes! Oh, I did join our local tri club and they provide free Master Swim Classes and have a mentoring group for beginners. That might be something to look into in your area. Happy Training!

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3/8/10 3:54 P

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Congrats on your up coming tri, good luck and have fun training. and like you the swim was something I never did so 6 lessons and lots of pool time, I made it. And you need to get out into the open water before the race, like the others stated, it will freak you out the first time. I would say 3 or 4 times is best. By the way, the swim is my favorite part of the tri, and I like to get right in the middle of it and fight my way for the first 200 meters, You have to pick your way thru, sprint here, dodge there, and then pace it the rest of the way.

Have fun training and remember the journey is the best part.
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3/8/10 1:07 P

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Before my first triathon, I e-mailed USAT to confirm they were legal and they said yes. However, most people don't know that, and someone at one of my races "told" on me.

This swim was in a lake, and they had a race official guy on a microphone jabbering away in between announcing waves to go. He made the announcement that there is one athlete using a mask and snorkel and futher stated it was legal. I was no where near where the announcer was, so I figured someone snitched on me. Nice, huh?

The last thing I would do is anything illegal in a race. What's the point? You get disqualified if you get caught and you simply cheat yourself if you don't. My first triathlon I could not finish the ocean swim - it was too rough. So I got out and wound up running across the timing mat. Well, no race official saw me spending several minutes walking up and down the beach looking for my BF and mom, so I wound up with an official time. I contacted USAT who said they could not change the published times locally but they can make changes at USAT HQ. So if you go back and look at times for that particular race I show up as finishing, but USAT has be in their official records as a DNF.

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3/8/10 12:20 P

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Mask and a snorkel are legal?!? Wow, that changes so much for me. I swam like crazy (as a kid) using those. That makes a big difference for me. Thanks for the tip!!

2011 race schedule:
2/27 Princess 1/2
4/30 IL 1/2
5/7 Indianapolis Mini
6/11 Carmel 1/2
8/ 6 Eagle Creek 1/2
11/5 Monumental Full

"It is the illusion that we can go no faster that holds us back."

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3/8/10 11:34 A

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I starting doing tris with a swimming background. Not competitive swimming, but swimming for fun and I also play underwater hockey, so I am pretty comfortable in the water.

CDNTRIGIRL hit the nail on the head when she said to swim in the same place as the race. If it's open water like a lake or ocean, you want to get the feel of that, since it's different than a pool.

A tip on race day if you're in open water: Start off the swim in the back and to the outside. That way you will avoid much of the kicking and elbows that can freak some people out. Remember: The swim is just a warm up to the bike. NO ONE wins a race on the swim. As you do more tris and you may want to push yourself more.

Although I am a comfortable swimmer, I try to stay out of the mosh pit. I find that I expend less energy if I am not getting pushed around or kicking other people. I save it for the bike and run. Plus I wear a mask & snorkel (yes it's legal) for my races. When the race is in the ocean I enjoy watching whatever is swimming around, and I can see the little jellies and avoid them. I sometimes forget I'm racing, but at least I exit relaxed and ready to tear it up on the bike.

Good luck on your training. When/where is your race?

-Carolyn

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3/8/10 11:06 A

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I love that both of your are not confident in your swimming but you are getting in the water and DOING IT ANYWAYS! How awesome is that! I have done 5 sprint tri's and the swim and bike are my best legs (oh and maybe celebrating after a.k.a. the 4th leg!). I think to be comfortable in the water it is important to get a few good lessons either at a Masters Club or a private coach. These will help you so much. Then, if possible, do a trial swim at your race site. Open water can really freak people out because the water could be deep or cloudy or too much splashing or whatever.

More than anything though, I am proud of you for stepping up and giving it a tri!! It's a wonderful addiction! If you're racing in Canada let me know so maybe I can cheer you on or race with you!

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3/8/10 10:57 A

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I feel your pain -- we're doing on in Sep and haven't officially started yet, but swimming is my weak point too - so weak in fact that I'm taking swimming lessons to learn how to not doggie paddle starting at the end of the month. The swimming portion is what scares me the most of this whole deal.

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3/8/10 10:39 A

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I'm a distance runner but I'm starting to train for a few sprint tri's this summer. Swimming is not my strong point, by far! But I'm improving each time I get in the pool.
I find that I'm so exhausted after a few laps in the pool that I just don't understand how I'm supposed to bike and run after that. Seems like my legs feel like jello. I'm hoping that will change as I improve on my swimming.
Looking forward to learning some tips from experienced triathletes!

2011 race schedule:
2/27 Princess 1/2
4/30 IL 1/2
5/7 Indianapolis Mini
6/11 Carmel 1/2
8/ 6 Eagle Creek 1/2
11/5 Monumental Full

"It is the illusion that we can go no faster that holds us back."

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