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6/14/11 10:54 A

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Thank you for the support! I guess I always feel like this before a big race espcially when I up the ante, last year I just started out with sprint tri's & I remember that my first one I was so nervous that I barely slept the night before, I have no idea how I even made it through with my nerves. Which leads me to think, why oh why do I subject myself to this...LOL! Honestly it feels great to have the accomplishment after the fact but right beforehand is so nervewracking it's ridiculous!

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6/13/11 6:09 P

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You will do great! If you've been swimming 3 X a week and doing intervals, you have the endurance you'll need to get through the swim. Take it slow, especially in the beginning, and just try to find your rhythm and find the buoys!
On the bike, do the best you can on the hills. And for me, I try to survive the run! Remember, you can always walk on the run. I'll bet you have a great base and all the endurance you need to finish. Let us know how it goes!
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6/13/11 4:33 P

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Good luck! I decided to sign up for one too. Genny and I are doing the "Buckhead Border Challenge". I don't think it will be to terribly hilly (compared to the 15% grades I've been training on). I just don't want to have to be pulled out of the river with a fish net! emoticon

You'll have to update us on your results and I'll do the same!!!

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6/13/11 4:22 P

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Sooooooo, the time is here, this Saturday I will be doing my first Olympic Triathlon & now that is getting so close I am sooooo very scared! I hope time wise I do respectable. I hope that I am able to make it out of the swim, I've been doing pool workouts 3x per week & added lots of intervals this year which is making me faster but OWS is different too. Then the bike...oh, the bike, I heard that this race is really, really hilly! I know that I will make it but I'm hoping that I don't completely suck out there. Then the run, running is ok but I hope that I am not too tired by that point.

Does anyone have any race day tips for this distance?

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CRYSBROWN1's Photo CRYSBROWN1 Posts: 1,162
5/26/11 4:00 P

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Thank you so much for the advice! It means a lot coming from people that have been there & done that!

Seems like the weather has been crappy everywhere! We have had nothing but rain in RI too & I am also thinking that the water is going to be frigidly cold by the time of my tri...hello wetsuit I guess!

Everyone sounds like they have some fun events planned! Someday I hope to complete a 70.3 & perhaps when my kids are older so I don't have to worry about training time so much I'll conquer an Ironman but that's more of a bucket list wish.

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5/26/11 9:28 A

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Wow Helen, sounds like we are on a similar path. I just finished my first two events of the year (a marathon and a tri-sprint) and I'm training for a century ride (this weekend) and a 70.3 in September - Nashvegas. I'm not much of a swimmer so I'm sticking to my training plan like glue.

Good luck with you upcoming events! emoticon

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5/26/11 12:01 A

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Sounds to me like you're right on track. Be careful who you listen to, because there are always people out there that think if a little training is good, a lot must be better. Not true. And, with too much training, you run the risk of injury.
If you can bike 30 miles, you will be fine doing an OLY. Just make sure you do a few transition runs after a long bike, and incorporate a few bricks after a shorter bike day. You do not need to bike 25 miles and then run 6. I have done a few Oly's in the last few years, and it sounds as if with your training you will be just fine.
I like the idea of plugging your training into a training plan, based on the time you have left before your race. I'm sure you'll find you'll be just fine.
Me on the other hand, is freaking out! The weather has been horrible in MN and I have not been able to get out on my bike very consistently, and I hate biking indoors. Also, the lakes have been too cold for swimming, even in a wetsuit (they're still below 60 degrees). And my first tri (which is an OLY) is in 2 1/2 weeks!
After that, my training has to really kick into high gear because I am signed up for my first 70.3 on August 7th! Yikes!
Good luck all you triathletes out there. Our season is just beginning!


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5/25/11 8:16 P

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Double that distance for biking in training? Not nessesary. The longest ride all year I've done is 42 miles and I only did that once early in the season during base phase.

I rarely ride more than 32-35 miles now. Better to do a brick anyway.

Don't sweat it, just maintain the training volume and work in ntervals. You will get faster and gain endurance.

My first Olympic race of the season is Sat. Its been raining a ton in MI, so I won't be surprised if the swim is cancelled.

I've had some knee issues so I took it easy this week.

I've also been busy. We're finalizing deals to buy a new house and selling ours and it's been crazy!!! Spent most of the weekend getting the house organized.

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5/25/11 1:10 P

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I highly suggest pulling up a training plan and plugging yourself in the appropriate week (based on remaining training time). I'm making the jump to half iron and was totally panicked until I started the training plan (posted on my blogs) and now feel much more confident I'll be ready.

Congrats and GOOD LUCK!!!

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5/25/11 12:53 P

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Hi Everyone!

I am officially in freak out mode! I have been training for my first Olympic Triathlon & yesterday I clicked on the button & officially signed up! I have done 5 Sprint Tri's so I think I understand how this tri thing works but I KNOW that the increase in distance is going to be HARD! Looking for advice from peoople that have takent he plunge from a Sprint to an Oly. Now that I am signed up I'm freaking out that my training is just not enough...
Right now I'm doing swim for 3 hours per week, running 3 times a week with long runs up to 10 miles & then biking 3 times per week between 4.5-6 hours per week. The part that I am worried about is the biking. The race is 24 miles & I have done that distance but now I'm reading that I should be doubling that distance for training...yikes! & there isn't much time left.



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