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DLEDBETTER11's Photo DLEDBETTER11 Posts: 1,418
9/19/11 12:22 P

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Awsome Job! Are you hooked now (already looking for another to do)? I loved the first one so much I signed up for another tri that same day.

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9/19/11 12:14 P

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I did it!! I finished in 1:13! My goal was 1:15. I was 19 of 27 in my division. Wow! I keep on surprising myself! Love SP!!!

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9/19/11 10:15 A

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Congratulations on the first tri - I know you did great on this second one too! emoticon

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9/16/11 11:04 P

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I did my first mini last Saturday and it was great. 250 yd/ 10 mi/ 2 mi. I was so nervous! If you haven't been doing brick workouts then that will be difficult. My best suggestion is to rack your bike, walk 10 yards or so to steady yourself and get your feet moving, then run. A 7 mi bike isn't bad, but if you're pedaling hard your legs will be jello when you hop off. It's hard to get them going in a run motion. Most important... have fun! It's a learning experience. I practiced transitions like crazy and still there is nothing that compares to doing it in a live race situation. I have a sprint (1/3 mi/ 15 mi/ 5k) in the morning and I'm not nervous at all now that I know what to expect. Have fun!!

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9/15/11 9:12 A

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I'm signed up for my 5th tri in October and like you I still worry about getting everything I need to the starting line. The local Swim/Bike/Run Ky. store owner (and evening TV News Anchor extraordinaire Sam Dick) helped me a lot with race prep and transitions.

Quick tips - make a list and use it to practice setting up your transition area (even if it is in your back yard or drive way). The day before the race, find the transition area and physically run from the water to the transition area and then from the bike area to the run exit. This should help calm your nerves a bit before the race.

My tri-club also hosts transition bricks where we hop on the bikes, ride a mid-distance loop, and transition to the run, run 3 miles, and transition back to the bike for another ride. It is actually kind of fun to laugh at each other trying to quickly transition without falling on our butts!

Good Luck and have fun!!!

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9/14/11 10:03 P

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Physically, you will do great. Just know it will feel real bad coming off the bike and trying to run, but after a short bit you'll be fine.
Put together a check list for race day, and lay out everything ahead of time. Practice at home what you will need to do in each transition. Remember, less is more. You are doing a sprint, so you don't need a lot of gear or to change a lot of clothes.
Make sure you have shoes (for biking and running), your helmet, goggles, and sunglasses. Everything else is pretty optional. Hopefully you can swim in the same thing you will wear on the bike and run. No need to put clothes on after the swim.
Hope that helps. Have a great time! You'll be hooked!

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9/14/11 5:42 P

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you are going to rock it!!!! just believe in yourself and let it happen. good luck and have fun.


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9/14/11 5:16 P

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I bet you'll surprise yourself. This will sound weird, but running a 5K by itself is harder to me than running a 5K after swimming half a mile and biking for 16.

Your body will do strange, impressive things when you call on it!

Have a great race!

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MYTHERNAL's Photo MYTHERNAL Posts: 91
9/14/11 5:06 P

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I am probably underprepared but I will be happy just to complete it!

It's 250 meter swim
7 mile bike
2 mile run

I can do all of these individually pretty easily but haven't really tried to string them together. I am going to try a "brick" of bike + run tonight and see how it goes. Wish me luck! More than the physical aspect I am worried about forgetting some gear or not knowing where to go, etc!

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