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4/11/10 5:29 P

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fabulous advice
(greatly appreciated!!)
i've definitely got a LOT to figure out
but i'll get there
(thankfully i've got another 4 months to go before my first one!)

CAN'T WAIT!!!

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4/6/10 11:31 A

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Once again, GLAD, great example of why we like your advice to newbies--straightforward and to the point. And directed at a new competetitors level, not necessarily an Ironman!

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4/6/10 11:25 A

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Welcome! There are a lot of us newbies in the group!



"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit." - Aristotle

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-Annual Spring Sprint (Etown)
-River Run 5k
-Lancaster RED ROSE RUN 5 mile
-Warrior Dash
-Craig Heisey Memorial Run 5k
-Grings Mill Run (10k)
-The Baltimore Marathon
-MAG Run 5k
-Kris Kringle


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4/5/10 4:18 P

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and the only thing I will add is, smile, crack a joke, and start the race relaxed, you need to have fun and race hard, keep a steady pace and keep the heart rate in the zone.

Edited by: GWBACH at: 4/5/2010 (16:18)

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4/5/10 4:07 P

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Yes, that's why I go to the mock tris that my coach provides. They are cheap - about $30 - but she runs them like they are a real race. We have to check in, and we get a bib with a number. She provides goodie bags that are actually better than any goodie bag at any race. Since she is sponsored by Hammer Nutrition, they send her cases of product, so we get a sample of a bunch of different Hammer products.

They place buoys out in the ocean, and the coach's husband (who is also a triathlete) gets in a kayak and watches us as we swim. We do the exact course that we'll be doing for the actual tri (swim, bike and run), so things feel familar on race day.

This mock was my 4th time on the course (including mocks & real races) and I forgot where the turn around was for the run! So now I know for race day. We used the same area that is used for transitions and set up bike racks for us. She drew chalk lines for the bike and run in/out in the same place they are for the race, as well as the finish line. She even had a photographer - her daughter!

The only thing she doesn't have that they have on race day is the timers. You have to keep your own time.

The best thing any new triathlete can do for him or herself is to PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE. Practice moving through your transitions. Training will get you through the race, but getting out on the swim, bike, and run course at least once before the race will make it more familar and less stressful, making for a much smoother race. Unless, of course, you put your wheel on backwards or forget something necessary like your running shoes.

-Carolyn

"God gave you your body as a gift, so you should take care of it." - My Mom
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4/5/10 1:07 P

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LOL. good time for that lesson


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4/5/10 1:06 P

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LOL, GLAD! But your experiences (such as a backwards wheel) remind the rest of us what to watch oput for! And you write good explanations for people.

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4/5/10 11:56 A

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Thanks for the nice compliment, Gary, but I don't know THAT much. I have only done 3 sprint tris myself and 2 in a relay. However, I have had my share of challenges during the race, mostly involving water.

Last Saturday I did a mock tri in preparation for the real one in two weeks. When I started the bike I realized I had put my front wheel on backwards. I wasted 5 minutes trying to get it on right. Doh!

-Carolyn

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4/5/10 11:17 A

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I think Carolyn answers are pretty good, but then she knows a thing or two, and congrats on your upcoming tri, and stay relaxed and enjoy the race. practice hard and have fun, it is all about the journey


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Congratulations on signing up for your first tri. Buried deep in my blogs is a Checklist for Beginner Triathletes www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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nal_individual.asp?blog_id=1238386
. I also have a Triathlete Lessons Learned blog that you might want to look at too.

Now to answer some of your questions:

1. You might be a bit dizzy. It really depends on you. Are you someone who usually feels dizzy after exerting yourself in the water? If so, then prepare for it by practicing swimming as hard as you think you will swim during the race. If possible, do practice swims in the same body of water as the race. If the swim is in a pool, swim in a pool, if in a lake, swim in a lake, etc.

2. How long will it take to recover? I find I'm kind of tired the day of the race. The next day I'm still a bit too tired to run very hard, long, or fast, but I can do an easy bike or swim. Usually it takes me 2-3 days before I feel like running again.

3. What to wear? Wear anything that wicks water easily. You don't want water dripping down. If you're swimming in cold water, you may want to wear a wet suit. If you don't own one and don't want to spend the $200 or more for one, you may be able to rent one. Check with a local running store, tri shop, or dive shop. The dive shop won't have a tri specific wet suit, but they'll at least have something to keep you warm. Practice swimming in the wet suit before race day. You can buy tri-specific shorts, tops, and one piece outfits, which all wick water away really well. However some people wear a bathing suit and then put running shorts over that (or not) for the bike and run. You'll have to determine if you can ride a bike for 30K without padding. DON'T wear bike shorts for the swim. They don't dry and you'll stay wet throughout the race and risk getting chafed.

4. Take your bike in for a tune up and make sure it's properly fitted. You may want to do this now so that you're comfortable through training. Learn now to change a flat tire - both front and rear.

5. Read my blog for what to do for transitions. However, everyone is different. You need to lay out your transition area and then physically run through it several times to make sure that everything is laid out in the order in which you will use it/put it on.

6. See my blog for what you'll need on race day. Don't forget some sort of nutrition that you can either take betweeen the bike and run or while on the bike. You'll need to experiment through training what works best for you.

Let us know if you have other questions or need clarification on anything.

-Carolyn

"God gave you your body as a gift, so you should take care of it." - My Mom
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4/4/10 3:33 P

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Well...
I signed up for my first (in August 2010).
I'm nervous and SO excited already!

And yet WOW-- so many questions....

Will I be dizzy coming out of the open water swim?
How long will it take to recover from a sprint? (750m swim, 30k bike, 7.5k run)
What in the heck do I wear?
Will my mountain bike hold up?
How do I handle and prepare for transitions?
What do I pack & what will I need on race day?

(am I gonna regret this?) emoticon

I was a former competitive swimmer during my teenaged years....
Now I've gotten into distance running (training to complete my first marathon this Sept).
And I figured that a sprint tri would be a great goal and sort of reward for cross training (that revolves around the other two sports-- swimming & biking).

I hope I get hooked emoticon

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