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7/11/10 9:09 A

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I don't have a whole lot to add to what others are saying, except to say congratulations on your decision to do a tri. Your training schedule sounds good and it helps to have someone to train with, even though you don't live near each other.

-Carolyn

"God gave you your body as a gift, so you should take care of it." - My Mom
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7/10/10 8:55 P

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Thanks for the Map My Run site and the SP site. Those will be very useful!

And, Jen, my sister-in-law is training with me... but from a different state. :-) We do see each other quite a few times a year, though, and plan on doing some runs & rides together. Right now, I have a running buddy (only been together twice) and a swimming buddy (she is a swim coach and opens our pool). I hope to find someone (or a group) to ride with when I'm ready, too.

Thanks for the book recommendation!

Dana, Half Fanatic #1693

Completed 2013 Events:
Feb 9 - Pedaling the Prairie, 45 miles
Feb 16 - Lions Club Bike Ride, 46.5 miles
Mar 3 - The Great Plane Ride, 25 hilly miles
Aug 18 - TriGirl Sprint Duathlon
Sept 2 - Dam Ride, 32 miles


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7/10/10 7:47 P

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I love the SparkPeople fitness map feature. I use it before I run or ride so I can plan my route if I'm looking to accomplish a certain distance. Also, it will calculate your speed, and estimate your calories burned.

I also recommend beginnertriathlete.com for a great sprint training program (worked great for me), and the book "Triathloning for Ordinary Mortals" which focuses on realistically acheiving personal success in a triathlon, without gettting into intimidating training techniques. The more technical books I think are great after you've gotten your first race done.

I love that you are doing this with your sister-in-law. I've been trying to get mine to work out with me but wound up just doing it alone. A great personal success, but pretty solitary.

I joined a local bike club - I highly recommend this when you get more comfortable with distances. They'll help a lot with technique and bike advice, and also an extra hand if you wind up with a flat or broken chain along the way.

Good luck!

6/7/09 Great South Bay Sprint Triathlon (750m, 11mi, 5k), 1:43:45
6/20/09 Diamond Dash for a Cure 5k, 32:45
7/5/09 Independence Triathlon (500m, 8mi, 5k), 1:12:30
11/15/09 Damon Runyon 5k Yankee Stadium, 39:44


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7/10/10 1:02 P

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Try this from SparkPeople
http://wfl.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitn
ess_maps_home.asp?

And this one from MapMyRun
http://www.mapmyrun.com/

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7/10/10 9:02 A

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Thanks, Bob. I don't know how to figure out how far I'm running. If I'm running around the neighborhood, is there something online to help me?
Thanks!

Dana, Half Fanatic #1693

Completed 2013 Events:
Feb 9 - Pedaling the Prairie, 45 miles
Feb 16 - Lions Club Bike Ride, 46.5 miles
Mar 3 - The Great Plane Ride, 25 hilly miles
Aug 18 - TriGirl Sprint Duathlon
Sept 2 - Dam Ride, 32 miles


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7/10/10 7:11 A

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IMSMILEY88,
Great Post! I'm sure you'll do very well?
Why do you need GPS?
You can use any of the great mapping sites to determine distances and routes.

I don't mean that you should or should not get one.
Being in shape is great, but having to balance the cost of elite tools with all the other expenses in life is tough.
My bike has a computer that tells me current speed, average speed, distance, etc. Not expensive at all. HRM tells HR, calories, etc. Even mine is pretty costly but provides a lot of data and sends it to computer for analysis. I have a foot pod that I use (not necessary) if I just want to run wherever I feel like turning.
I suggest that you consider getting a good HRM instead of a lower quality HRM/GPS unit.

Bob

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7/9/10 8:00 P

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Hi, everyone. I'm new to the team. I am reviving my dream to do a tri! emoticon

I first had the desire back in 2003. I started running on a treadmill, doing spin classes, and took semi-private swim lessons for 8 weeks. I ended up doing 2 5Ks, but I had never tried running outside. I had times of 49 mins and 46.5 mins.

Anyway, "life" got in the way. (Basically, my 3yo dd hated going to the gym and I decided I couldn't keep it up.)

So, about 6 weeks ago my sil came to visit. She had started running and lost a lot of weight - 30 or 40 pounds. I was impressed! And, she was going on a 25 mile bike ride the following weekend. It motivated me.

I started by dieting about 5.5 weeks ago... and then I started the C25K program a few days later. I have a pool and started swimming laps. I started reading and saw schedules where you can train for a tri in about 3 hours per week. I realized I could train for a tri!

I went on my first bike ride (in about 2 decades!) a week or 2 later while visiting my sil. We did 2 rides: 4 miles and 7.4 miles.

So, here I am! I have signed up for three 5Ks. I expect to walk a lot of the first two (in Aug & Sept), but run most/all of the thirs (Oct). I also found a sprint tri near my moms that has the swim in a community center we actually go to. So, that's my goal and it is in late April.

My main question right now is about a HRM. I really want a monitor, but also want a GPS. I'm not sure about spending that much money this early into it, though. But, then again, I don't want to buy one and then need to upgrade.

My current training schedule:
run 3x per week (C25K)
swim 3x per week (with a local group at neighborhood pool)
weight train 2x per week (1 with personal trainer)
other when possible - I'd like to start cycling (on stationary bike or spinning) 2x per week, but we'll see!

Ok... that's my novel. emoticon

Dana, Half Fanatic #1693

Completed 2013 Events:
Feb 9 - Pedaling the Prairie, 45 miles
Feb 16 - Lions Club Bike Ride, 46.5 miles
Mar 3 - The Great Plane Ride, 25 hilly miles
Aug 18 - TriGirl Sprint Duathlon
Sept 2 - Dam Ride, 32 miles


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