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8/31/11 9:57 P

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Congrats on taking the step to sign up and commit! (or is it be committed?)
Definitely get your chafing under control before race day.Also remember, you'll be swimming first, so everything will be wet (and looser) and then you'll get pretty sweaty on the bike, so stuff will slide around. Make sure you've got an outfit that will not chafe!
Personally, I don't wear socks on the bike. I've just gotten used to biking without them (from my sprint and OLY races), so I trained my long rides without them and I was fine. I think using glide, both on your body and your feet/running shoes will really help you with blisters and chafing. Just figure out where you need to put it.
Now for nutrition. I may not be a good one to ask. I took in very few calories in my 70.3. I took 2 bottles of HEED (a scoop and a half per bottle) on the bike, and that was all. On the run, I ate GU Chomps. I let them dissolve in my mouth, so each one lasted about 1-2 miles. Then I drank water about every mile or so. It was also recommended to take salt tablets. I didn't take enough, but luckily I didn't experience any cramping during the race...only when I was finished. Some folks have said to take 1 salt tablet every hour, and 1 GU every hour. I hate GU, that's why I went with the HEED and GU Chomps. And I probably should have taken 1-2 more salt tablets. I took one before the swim, and then 1 before I started the run. The run was a 2 loop course, and I was going to take another on my 2nd lap of the run, but I lost my bag that was holding the salt tablet.
I guess go with what keeps you energized for your long bikes...don't change that too much now. And then add energy and salt for the run.
You have to know your own body, too. Some folks consume a lot of calories when they race. I tend to consume less.
BTW, my bike was about 3 - 31/4 hours also. Two bottles of an energy drink worked just fine for me.
Hope that helps.
I've been meaning to write a race report.Just haven't gotten around to it yet.
Good luck with your race. Let us know how it goes.

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MAGELLAN1's Photo MAGELLAN1 Posts: 550
8/31/11 12:32 P

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well, i officially am registered for the rev 3 cedar point race taking place sept 11.
i have been off this week doing some longer runs and bricks and swims. i plan to do one more kind of longish run tomorrow as i am still testing socks and bras and nutrion.
i went to my local running store and got some tips, there is a new glide that comes in tube and goes on like a liquid powder, that and the wright sock, along with loosening up my front three loops of the shoe seem to have made a difference on the blister problem. i actually just got a new pair of wright socks, i will try my next run. it would be nice to have matching socks!

i bought a new underarmor bra, and went for a n 8 mile run. it was only when i got into the shower that i noticed stinging and now have a nice blister/open area wear the strap rubbed. i am going back to my tried and true northface bra. gosh, who would think of this!! if i would have run farther i probably would have split open.

i did a brick yesterday with a 25 mile bike, then ran 6 miles, slow. alternating jog for 10 mins, walk 1 min. i did not feel very good till almost 2 miles. felt a little dizzy. i think i probably did not take enough calories during the ride to support the run.
i know everyone is different, but do you have a strategy for nutrition on the bike? i was thinking of taking a gu every hour, along with gatoraid/water bottle taking a drink arouind every 15 mins (depending on temps on race day)
i figure the bike should take me around 3:15 to 3:30..



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MAGELLAN1's Photo MAGELLAN1 Posts: 550
8/21/11 5:33 P

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thanks! i did a 59 mile bike around where the race will be, it was a preview ride. i did the aquabike last year and did fine.
after the 59 mile ride yesterday i got off and ran about two miles to see what it would feel like. i usually run after biking, since i am warmed up that way. well, my legs were tired, but no major issues for the short run. i know the run will be tough, no elevation to deal with though : )
i did an 8 mile jog/run today, averaging aound 12.5 min miles. i used some mole skin and tried some soft compression socks. i have been told "wright" socks are good for blisters, i acually have one sock. so i plan to put that sock on the problem foot and go for a 4+ mile run, that seems to be the distance i first notice pain. i have a blister under a callaus now,and dont give it a chance to heal. but i want to get this sock and shoe thing figured out.
i am very surprised that i have been able to up my distance this way.
i think i am going to force my self to walk a bit next long run. i read somewhere walk 3 mins, run 1 min. this may be a better stragety than running till i am tired, walking, then running at the finish(where the camera is : ). what do people think about this idea?
helen, i have a friend that did her first half in boulder, that was 3-4 weeks ago? she drove out from cleveland with a friend and arrived friday, raced sunday and drove back. not much time to adapt to the elevation. she loved the race and was glad she did it. i would like to travel and do races in cool places. the race i am doing is local, the Rev 3 at Ceder point amusement park. its an hour from home. we get lots of people from the cleveland tri club to support. i think that will help carry me through.
congratulations on your race!

Edited by: MAGELLAN1 at: 8/21/2011 (17:35)


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HELENGUNTHER's Photo HELENGUNTHER Posts: 294
8/21/11 2:02 P

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Interesting question, especially since I just finished my first 70.3! I did mine in Boulder, CO, and considering I live in MN, the hardest thing for me was dealing with the altitude on the run. I knew the run would be hard after biking 56 miles, but the run was really tough.
If you are going to do the race, make sure you are strong on the swim and bike, and if you are okay walking/running the half, then go for it. One of my friends that did Boulder with me also struggled on the run, and she walked the entire 2nd loop of the run (it was a 2 loop course). She still finished in under 7 1/2 hours. So go for it!

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RDARLING's Photo RDARLING Posts: 2,902
8/21/11 8:55 A

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I am sure that you will be proud of the accomplishment so it is worth the struggles of training your weakness! A walk/run is a good approach!
Good luck if you decide to do it!

BECCA

Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans.



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MAGELLAN1's Photo MAGELLAN1 Posts: 550
8/20/11 8:51 P

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i have been thinking about doing a 70.3 race in a few weeks. i am not worried about the swim or the bike. i need some advice about the run. i have not been a runner, i tend not to "train my weakness".
So i have been running 2-3 miles a couple times a week, a few weeks ago i upped my mileage of a long run one time per week to 4 miles, the next week 6 miles, then this week 7 miles, in addition to running at least 1-2 times for 2-3 miles. my pace is around 12 min miles, i am not concerned about improving my pace at this point, just doing it and not injuring myself.
i figure i can probably walk and run the 13.2 miles run. so far the biggest issue i have is with a blister on one foot near a bunion. i was told not to change my stride to keep pressure off the part of my foot. i have some relief when i run more on the outside of my foot,the pinky side. but will follow this advice. i don't think a change to a different shoe this late in the game, any advice related to this blister problem would be great. i am playing around with socks and glide.. it seems like smooth non cotton socks would be best..
i am planning to go out tomorrow for 8-10 miles encorporating some walking into my run (but it seems to be hard for me to switch to walking. i actually have been feeling good on long slow runs. this if very strange to me, i don't know why all of a sudden i can go farther and its not torture. )
any last minute training advice, i have 3 weeks till the race. 10 days left before registration closes...



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