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6/20/15 11:11 A

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When is your tri, Tonya? I too am always very anxious before an event ( which does things to my stomach). I'm sure you read over the previous posts... emoticon

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6/19/15 12:34 P

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You're going to crush it, Tanya! I don't know what your tri community is like, but where I live, everyone is so supportive and encouraging no matter what you look like or how fast you go. I definitely do not have the "swimmer's body" that I picture triathletes to have, but when I looked around at the competitors at my tri, I realized that almost no one does! Many folks are just out there to push themselves and see what amazing things they can accomplish. You've already done two tris, so you know what to expect in terms of fatigue and transitions between sports. The only thing you have left to worry about is the distance -- and you've biked 33km! You're right there!

I totally get the nerves. I almost cried before I did my tri because I was so nervous. But remember that you've worked hard and are ready. You'll do great! Let us know how it goes!

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6/19/15 11:10 A

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OMG ladies, I am terrified.
I know that I just jumped in here and I am sorry, but I desperatly need some words of encouragement from someone who has been there.
I have done 2 smaller Triathlons the past month, but I have the big one coming up and I could just puke I am so nervous. I have thought about quiting, but my entire family will be there to cheer me on, and they are even having a BBQ after thr race to celebrate my hopeful accomplishment. I know that I can do the distances a slow ( 750m swim, 40k bike, 5k run) but have never done them all together!! And that Bike ride!!! Oh MY what was I thinking. THe farthest that I have biked is 33K a few times for trainig and I am confidant that the full 40k will be ok. I know in my heart that I will finish this. I will be slow and my time will be terrible,may even have to walk a chunk of the 5k, but I know that I can do it. SO why the heck am I freeking out so bad. Noone I know understands. It doesnt help that I am a plus size girl and that I dont fit the average tri criteria. Maybe thats why I am so scared? Because I worried about what people will think of me as I do this Iron man event. ( omg saying iron man freeks me out!!)




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5/3/15 10:47 P

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It went really, really well. Obviously, I was very slow. But I met all of my goals. I made a goal to finish in less than two hours, and I finished in 1:44. I made a goal to finish the swim in less than 15 minutes, and I finished in 13:32. I made a goal to finish the bike in less than an hour, and I finished in 54:45. I made a goal to finish the run in less than 30 minutes, and I finished in 28:07.

My fiance, who really only participated because he loves me, finished the swim in a smoking 6 minutes, the bike in 45, and the run in 24, for an overall time of about 1:15. He's amazing. I am so proud of him.

I don't know if I'm addicted (yet), but I definitely want to do another one. Good thing tri #2 is in six short weeks! I'm back in the pool to try to bring that time down. :)



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5/2/15 9:33 P

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Congratulations! I am so happy you didn't drop out. I knew you could do it.
So how did it go? Are you looking at your calendar to see when you can do your next one? I hope you are hooked. It's such a fun lifestyle.
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5/2/15 6:52 P

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I'm a triathlete! Two years ago today, I took my first steps as a runner; one year ago today I ran my first half-marathon; today I'm a triathlete! One day (and 364 days of follow-through) really can change your life!

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5/1/15 2:51 P

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Wow, Sally Edwards is an inspiration! Too bad she's not doing our little tri this weekend -- we could finish last together.

I'm still feeling very nervous, but am resolved. I had a terrible dream last night wherein there was a secret fourth step in a triathlon that required that you share a healthy recipe with a panel of judges so I was wandering around with my bike on one shoulder and a plate of whole wheat pasta with spinach in my hand. Crazy!

I'll post and let you all know how it goes!

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4/30/15 8:30 P

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emoticon Way to turn the attitude around! I noticed you lost 89#!!!! Don't be afraid of a triathlon, it will be easy compared to losing 89#, and not take nearly as long, LOL, even if you do come in last. Google Sally Edwards. Do this one for fun and to see what it is like and don't even worry about the time and then you can set some realistic goals.

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"It's not always about calories, 100 calories worth of junk is still junk"
"Dead Last Finish is greater than Did Not Finish which trumps Did Not Start"
"Feeling motivated is what happens when the decisions and choices you're making are consistent with your goals"-Coach Dean


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4/30/15 12:52 P

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Thank you for the encouragement, Helen! I need to keep in mind that every athlete starts somewhere. My first run wasn't a marathon in the same way that my first triathlon won't be a win. The key is to be courageous, trust that I am capable of finishing, and recognize that your first is always a PR! I will not let my nerves get the best of me!

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4/30/15 10:02 A

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DO NOT DROP OUT!!!! you will be just fine. There are lots of folks just like you. Not everyone is speedy fast.
I remember when I did my first triathlon it was a small, local, mini tri. I saw all the hard bodies with the fast looking bikes and I was instantly intimidated. But then I looked around some more, and saw many average Joe's and Jane's, just like me.
I recently spectated at a huge triathlon in St. Petersburg, FL. There were folks of every size, shape, and speed. The accomplishment is in finishing. Just do it! You will be hooked, and I guarantee you'll sign up for another one.
And remember, you will finish long before those that never started.
Please let us all know how it goes for you.
Have fun out there!
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4/27/15 3:31 P

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I've been a member of the team for awhile but I've never posted. My first sprint triathlon is this weekend and I'm feeling very anxious. I can swim, but I'm slow; I can bike, but I'm slow; I can run, but (you guessed it!) I'm slow. I'm worried that I won't be able to finish or that I'll be so slow that I'll be last. I feel like I should drop out. I'm not used to feeling this defeated. Does anyone have any tips for building my confidence back up? Or tri stories that will make me feel better? Or tips?

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