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7/11/12 4:06 P

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Is your weight as your ticker shows? If so, unless the distances are very short (a run of about a mile), I think it would be a better long-term goal rather than a short-term one. If the run is the 5K (3.1 miles) which is standard for sprint tri's, I would be concerned about the effect on your knees of any training you are doing for it.
To have a great time and not injure yourself, maybe you could do the event as a relay. Find 2 friends, concentrate on 1 discipline, and take some of the pressure off yourself. If you find you like the atmosphere and the competition, you can get yourself more prepared for next year, and the next year, and the year after that...

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7/11/12 2:29 P

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A big question is where is the swim (pool, lake, ocean, river?), and do you know how to swim? As long as you're comfortable with the swim the rest of the race is a matter of just doing it to completion.

Find some friends that are doing it and train with them. If you don't have any friends to train with, you should be able to find a group in your area on

Make sure you have the right running shoes by going into a mom & pop type store and getting fitted. The chances of you finding a shoe that is right for your gait by walking into a big box sports store is slim and you may wind up being really uncomfortable on the run, or worse, hurting yourself.

As far as a bike goes, as another poster her said, rent or borrow a bike. If you can't do either and must buy a bike, then buy one that you know you will use again later. If you buy a hybrid, mountain bike, or comfort bike, then when you register for the tri, you might want to consider entering the fat tire division (bikes other than road or tri bikes are heavier and therefore harder to pedal, meaning it will take you more time). If you use a road bike, then you will register within your age group.

Also, as mentioned, do brick workouts. Ride the bike for several miles, drop it off at your house or car, and immediately start running. You don't want more than 1 or 2 minutes in between biking and running because you need to get used to how that feels.

Find a book on how to train and get ready for a triathlon, as this will have tips on training, equipment, and nutrition.

Good luck and enjoy the race!


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7/11/12 10:57 A

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I agree with RJMC64, 8 weeks is abit of a crunch. But if you go in with the attitude of just wanting to finish upright & smiling it could be done.

Have fun & and enjoy the journey.

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7/11/12 9:05 A

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I did not train from nothing and 8 weeks is a crunch but you can do it. As for the bike, I wouldn't go crazy, maybe try and borrow a bike or even rent a bike for this first triathlon since it can be a huge investment and since you haven't done one yet you might want to wait and see how much you like it.

I would suggest practicing your transitions and also trying some brick workouts where you go from riding the bike to running at least once a week. Is the swim in open water? If so you need to get in there and practice open water swimming.

Being that this is your first tri make your goal just to finish and have fun.

Losing the weight, one pound at a time.

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7/11/12 5:54 A

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I've just signed up for a sprint Triathlon 2 months away but have very poor basic fitness and have never done anything like this before.

Has anyone trained for a sprint triathlon from nothing before? Have you got any tips?

I still need to buy a bike!

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