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1/28/10 10:27 P

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Last year was my first season and i got hooked with 4 sprints. This year I am hoping to complete at least one Olympic distance, and probably a few sprints. I like the sprint run distance....that is my weakest of the 3 sports, but I am getting better, slowly but surely.

I have only raced in one location, beautiful Key Biscayne Florida. Kinda want to do a wet suit swim race. Sounds a little scary, but a challenge is always good for me.

You all got me motivated again - THANKS!
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1/26/10 7:27 P

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What a fun thread! As far as upping my distances and all - as of September 09 I'd never run farther than 4 miles (including training for 5 or 6 sprint tris) and now there's a half marathon in my future, May 30. I'm also considering an Olympic distance tri and/or Formula One (if you're not familiar: it's like back-to-back sprint tris: swim, bike, run, swim, bike, run, yay!). And finally, a new race in my city this spring is a paddle tri - run 5k, bike 20k (I think), kayak approx. 5k. I've kayaked that far before but I was definitely not going for speed. Good luck with all your goals, everybody!

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1/19/10 6:01 P

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Wow, I knew if I visited this sparkteam I would be inspired! You guys have awesome goals and it is really helping me refocus mine. Especially the member who is tri-ing at 60! I would like to just focus on the sprint distance this year and maybe try an extended version at the end of the summer. The last month has really been a challenge and today when it was too stormy outside to swim, I was really at the point of giving up on this training "thing". I did a duathlon a few weeks ago and it was fun, but I felt really out of shape. I train alone so motivation can be an issue - but I need to remind myself that the solution is just a click away! Thanks for the pick-me-up and good luck with your training!

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1/19/10 3:01 P

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With 3 sprints under your belt and training for a 10k, you'll have no trouble what so ever preparing for an Oly by mid summer. My guess is you'll feel ready long before Chattanooga.

My wife also wanted to do Irongirl, went to register on Saturday to find it sold out. :(

Chattanooga is a GREAT race. I'm very torn about my race schedule this year. Chattanooga doesn't really fit in but I don't want to miss it. You should definately do it, you'll have a blast.

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1/19/10 1:53 P

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I've had a lot of fun doing 3 sprints over the past 2 summers. I plan on doing at least one more this year, and moving up to Oly in July. I was planning on doing Irongirl Atlanta in June, but it sold out :-( I think it's God's way of pushing me to do the Chattanooga Waterfront Tri a couple weeks later.

I'm running my first 10k in 3 weeks, and running is my weakest event. I wasn't sure about whether I could comfortably prepare for Oly by mid-summer, but I found a 16-week plan for beginners on trifuel that I should be able to handle! I'll see how that one goes before deciding on my Sep. tri schedule!

http://www.trifuel.com/triathlon-trainin
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1/13/10 1:15 P

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Don't let your experience stop you from checking out beginnertriathlete.com. I'm going into my 4th year of tris and I'm training for my first IM and I swear by beginnertriathlete. I check their forums several times per day, read their articles, log all of my training, and thoroughly enjoy the community over there.

They also have a forum for each state so you can get to know people close to you. Just this past weekend a bunch of BT folks got together for a group spin class and once it gets warmer we'll use it to organize group rides throughout the week.

Not enough good things can be said about BeginnerTriathlete.com

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1/13/10 12:59 P

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I've done 2 sprints, last year. I just feel like I've been out of training for so long, that I'm almost coming off the couch.

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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1/13/10 9:49 A

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SUMMERTIME JEN:
Beaten to it by H3HOUND. +1 for Beginner Triathlete, great place to start.

If you've not done a Sprint before, and are really going Couch to Triathlon, I recommend you use the Sprint plan first and then move on to Oly towards the end of the year.

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If God invented marathons to keep people from doing anything more stupid, the triathlon must have taken Him completely by surprise.
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Specificity, specificity, specificity.
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1/13/10 9:29 A

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SUMMERTIME_JEN:
Check out http://www.beginnertriathlete.com/

Edit:
This couch to Oly is available at BeginnerTriahlete:

www.beginnertriathlete.com/cms/artic
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Edited by: H3HOUND at: 1/13/2010 (10:36)
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GOINGFORFE Posts: 35
1/13/10 9:25 A

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I'm incredibly impressed with all of the posts that I just read. Everyone has such great goals and seems so enthusiastic about working towards them. Knowing that everyone else is challenging themselves will make it easier for me to train on those days that I'd rather be relaxing on the couch or sleeping in late.

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1/13/10 6:50 A

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I really want to do an Olympic distance tri this year, for my 40th birthday. I've never done a 10K though, and I've been putting off starting my training, I think because I don't feel ready.

My excuses: I've been off a regular schedule since the fall, and haven't been swimming at all. I had gotten some pretty stubborn tendonitis in my shoulder due to form issues with my stroke, and I don't want it to come back (but the swim is my easiest leg). And it's winter, and cold, so I'm not outside exercising. I had a bad transition from treadmill to pavement this fall, and messed up my knee a bit, so I'd rather start my training outside when it comes to running, but I'm not good in the cold, and neither are my lungs. I do have a gym membership, and will be re-joining the ymca, so I have a pool. Actually, there are a few tri-geared swim programs out there (and would have access to a coach then), but if I sign up for those, I won't join the ymca (expensive). I like the flexibility of working out whenever I want at the ymca, but there's no coach there, so I'm having a hard time with the decision, and I know I'm procrastinating the decision.

Can anyone recommend a Couch to Olympic training schedule, or something where the goal is the Olympic length? Can you help me make the decision about the swim training? Any more advice? I'd love your input!

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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1/12/10 9:41 P

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Not a new ditance but a new approach.

I did my first half marathon in 2009 after training on my own over the winter. I finished in 3:27 (15.50 min/mile pace). I took lots of walk breaks

This year, I am training for another half bt with a group of women from my running club. We don't have a winter training program so we created one and even got a coach.

New attempt to finish faster and stronger than last year. I just ran 7.3 mile nonstop at a 13.59 min/mile pace. My longest non-walk break run so far and the course wasn't flat.

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What a great thread! And hats off to all of you out there challenging yourself with staying healthy, doing a tri for a first time, or attempting a longer distance. I have toyed with the idea of doing a 1/2 Ironman (my longest tri up until now has been Oly), but I enjoy too many other activities to spend that much time training for a tri. I have run a few 1/2 marathons and struggle to do the long runs I need for training. Playing tennis for as long as I have has taken a toll on my knees, so in order to stay healthy and enjoy all my activities, I've realized moderation is the way to go.

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Technically I am trying a new distance since I've never done one before, but I am now officially registered in the SGTRI sprint distance. This will be my first triathlon ever, it is May 15th and I am really nervous/scared about the bike portion. I am going to do it on my mountain bike unless I can find more local sponsors and somehow raise enough for a road or tri bike.

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1/12/10 8:56 P

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I'm going to do my first full marathon, and I'm also doing a sprint tri, but technically it's a longer distance than my first tri I did, so that counts! Plus, my first tri was a pool swim, and this will be my first open water one, so I'm nervous about that!

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1/12/10 8:17 P

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i may attempt a half-iron in october. i completed a new distance this past saturday with the bandera 50k.

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1/12/10 7:43 P

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Healthy...Love your goal and am impressed you started triathlon at 60. I started at 51 and finished two seasons of sprints....

Hoping to hit a 10K this year. If that goes well, a 10 miler from Soldier Field, Chicago (where the Bears play). I would love to try an Olympic if I can do these longer runs without killing myself. Getting a road bike this year, so this should help he bike portion. I will have two years of swimming in the Masters Swim under my belt, so swimming is going great!

Best wishes to everyone on increasing your goals this year!





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HEALTHY4NOW Posts: 28
1/12/10 7:22 P

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I have my eye on my first olympic tri this year plus three sprint, one a month through summer. 2009 I did my first-ever sprint tri, now hooked! At 60 it's not too late to get started... had never competed in anything prior, believe it was kick ball in fourth grade and whatever was required in high school, pre-title IX. Very thankful for the opportunity to train and compete now, adore it! Goal-setting is key, specific, measureable with dates or a timeline. Happy New Year to all!


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1/12/10 6:50 P

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Still in the process of healing my knees. emoticon Hopefully my coach will have some good news when school resumes and I can run some distance any distance. I'll be rooting for everyone! Go team GO!

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1/12/10 6:20 P

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I've done a few 5ks and thats it, so here is what I have planned this year.

On January 30, I'm participating in a race to climb 52 flights of stairs (each flight is 20 steps) to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society.

On February 20, I'm doing a 5 mile trail run which has some pretty steep hills and rugged terrain.

On March 21, I'm doing an indoor triathlon which is based on how far you get in a set amount of time instead of just going a certain distance.

After all of that, I plan to do a 10k. Maybe on April 17, but I might do the 5k then and a 10 later. I'll just see where I'm at. And I plan to do a sprint triathlon in the summer/early fall.

So, I'm trying several new things this year.

"the only person I am in competition with is the me I am yet to be"-source unknown

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1/12/10 5:15 P

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After having to take a year off of running (recurrent knee issues), I am looking forward to entering a few triathlons again. I will probably go back to sprint distance for this year even though Olympic distance was my favorite. So, no, not a new distance, rather the excitement of racing after a year "furlough" is what has me psyched! I signed up for a duathlon already! Goals are Great!

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1/12/10 5:02 P

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I am attempting my first full marathon the end of May. Training starts next week!

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1/12/10 4:59 P

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I'm doing my first tri, which will be a sprint, this year! I'm more excited than anything though.

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No.

I love LOVE Olympic Distance so I'm sticking to that. And some Sprints. I'm a firm believer that going long isn't the be-all-and-end-all.

That said, what do you have your eye on this coming season?

In God we trust, all others bring data.
- W. Edwards Demings

If God invented marathons to keep people from doing anything more stupid, the triathlon must have taken Him completely by surprise.
-P.Z. Pearce

Specificity, specificity, specificity.
-Andy Coggan

The plural of "anecdote" is not "data".
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1/12/10 4:51 P

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Be it a sprint distance, olympic, half-iron, or full IM, who is going to race a tri longer than what they've done in the past?

I am and am anxious about it and want to know who else is in the same boat.

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