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11/18/14 7:56 P

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Thanks, Mirage! Those are great tips! I'm so excited to finish a tri. I never thought I could run a 5k and just learned how to ride a bike last year, so this is all huge for me!

4ever, I got at RAD Mag trainer that was fairly inexpensive on Amazon. It doesn't have a ton of bells and whistles, but it definitely does the job. I have used it several times now and, although it's fairly loud, it's great to be able to cycle indoors. And Mirage is right, if you just flipped on the television, the minutes fly by. I recommend it!

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11/18/14 12:04 P

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Good Morning, Everyone!
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Saw your post on Swimming! Yes, you definitely have a Sprint distance covered...and some! (750M)
I train in Open Water weekly. We warm up with anywhere from 400 to 750M at a nice slow pace with emphasis on our stroke.
Then, it varies depending on the distance you want to do. I'll a 400M, come out of the water, get out,m run on the beach to the start, and repeat. We always swim in pairs and never start another leg after exertion. We have special time trial training for that.
As in running, long slow distances build conditioning and endurance. The speed will come in proper roll and stroke.
Indoor Olympic pools with 50M distances are the best for people like me with back injuries. (less turns) I focus on long slow distances. Any aquatics activity is such good cross training with minimal body impact.
Looks like you're loving it after your first outing! That's huge! Enjoy!
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Oh, and we have a Giant Cyclotron in our family room. If you're watching TBL a Tri, or a Cycling race on the tube, it's better when you're spinning!
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As for doing a Tri, it sounds so good that first time when you hear over the PA that "You are a Triathlete!" All the best!
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11/12/14 12:26 P

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emoticon !!!!

I've been thinking about getting a trainer since it's hard for me to get out to ride as early in the morning as I get up to workout (safety reasons)...which trainer did you get and how do you like it so far?

So glad you had a great time at the pool and are able to use the tools you learned from running to rebuild and do even more cool stuff!!!! :-)

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11/11/14 2:24 P

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Kristen, I faced my fears and went to the pool and it was so great! Everyone's tips were SO helpful. I swam 900 m, so I know I have the tri distance down; now I just need to get faster. I also set up an indoor bicycle trainer so I can cycle through the winter. The skills I've learned from running - dedication, perseverance, and the value of having a goal - have really made me committed to staying on track through this injury.

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11/10/14 8:02 P

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Have a great time! I can certainly understand being nervous, but the folks here have given you some great advice and encouragement!

Be sure to let us know how it went!

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11/6/14 8:57 P

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Thank you so much for the tips and the encouragement! I'm going to gather up all my courage and head to the pool tonight.

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11/6/14 6:05 P

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Where are you planning to do your swims? If you're going to a natatorium, you may want to check with the club and see if they offer beginner swim lessons. I know where I go, lots of triathletes take classes on proper form and technique.

I have actually done aqua-jogging (AKA Deep water running) as a adjunct to my running and love it. If you go to a gym or natatorium, they may have a flotation device to help keep you afloat--all's you have to do is mimic running in water. I love it!

HAPPY RUNNING!

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11/6/14 1:59 P

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practice and repetition will make you a stronger swimmer. Everyone was a beginner at one time.

You have lost 87#... nothing to be self conscience about! emoticon

Most pools have a family swim and or classes in the water but usually will always have one to two lanes open for laps.

More than one person can be in a lane, especially if there are only a few open. Pick the lane w/ the least amount and/or slower moving if you think you'll be slow. You can always change lanes too.

Lanes are like rules of the road. Stay on the right and pass on the left.

Biggest thing is to get into the water, get your rhythm down and then just 'let it come', relax into it. Great exercise. I have no idea how to count calories burned by swimming.





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11/6/14 1:06 P

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I'm haven't done any tri's but swimming is a great activity to stay active while your not running. Are you nervous b/c your not a strong swimmer? If so, I believe this will go away the more swimming workouts you do. As far as technique goes, if you are training yourself, google is your best friend. The only thing I know about that, your arms and legs do all the work, just like running.

This probably does help a whole lot, but I believe your nerves will calm down once you start swimming. Just like you probably experienced in running, it is a constant learning process on what works for you.

Hope your rehab goes well.

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11/6/14 12:26 P

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Hey, rookie runners! I have a questions that's tangentially related to running. I'm injured and being forced to cut mileage for at least a month. I want to take up swimming as a rehab/cross-training activity, but I'm so nervous! I'm not a very strong swimmer, and I don't have all the fancy gear, and I don't even really know how lap swim hours at the pool work. Remember back when we were all first starting to run and we felt so self-conscious like everyone was judging us for not being fast or wearing the coolest running clothes? It's like that, but worse because I'll be in a bathing suit. Ack.

I absolutely do not want my nerves and self-consciousness to overcome my will to do this. I want to do a triathlon in 2015, after all! Does anybody have any tips for me? Is there anyone out there who swims for cross-training that can give me some pointers? Or even just some words of wisdom to overcome these nerves?

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