A Health Club Triathlon?

A Health Club Triathlon?

Post by <73534.2.. » Thu, 18 Jan 1996 04:00:00


After watching several tri's on ESPN this past year, I've decided that I am
going to give it a go this year.  My question is this---- I've heard so many
triathletes speak of the difficulty of transition, namely legs that just don't
want to ride or run or whatever.  Would it be of any benefit for myself to
swim a thousand or so meters, then hop onto a lifecycle, and then onto a
treadmill?  With this lousy weather it doesn't look like I'll be outside training
until April.  Any suggestions?

 
 
 

A Health Club Triathlon?

Post by Mike Tenne » Fri, 19 Jan 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

>After watching several tri's on ESPN this past year, I've decided that I am
>going to give it a go this year.  My question is this---- I've heard so many
>triathletes speak of the difficulty of transition, namely legs that just don't
>want to ride or run or whatever.  Would it be of any benefit for myself to
>swim a thousand or so meters, then hop onto a lifecycle, and then onto a
>treadmill?  With this lousy weather it doesn't look like I'll be outside training
>until April.  Any suggestions?

Hey, I thought I had that plan copyrighted!

Actually, that's sort of what I'm doing at our club, tho not every
workout. <g>
I still run outside, but my every other day club workout involves a
hard workout on the life cycle - in hill climbing mode, then 1/2 mile
or a mile of easy/hard intervals on the indoor track, followed by the
swim.
I'll probably  reverse that on occasion and do the swim first, but I
found that if I delay, all the machines are full.

Any suggestions about the value of that sort of workout would be
welcomed here, too.

When it warms up, I'll shift to outside biking and (I guess) just swim
inside. Haven't got that far yet.

Mike Tennent
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A Health Club Triathlon?

Post by Dave Thoms » Fri, 19 Jan 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

>After watching several tri's on ESPN this past year, I've decided that I am
>going to give it a go this year.  My question is this---- I've heard so many
>triathletes speak of the difficulty of transition, namely legs that just don't
>want to ride or run or whatever.  Would it be of any benefit for myself to
>swim a thousand or so meters, then hop onto a lifecycle, and then onto a
>treadmill?  With this lousy weather it doesn't look like I'll be outside training
>until April.  Any suggestions?

Sounds good.  Also spend some time on the erg.  You want to be using
the erg for endurance so aim for 20-30 minute sessions.

Cheers,
dt.
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A Health Club Triathlon?

Post by Ray Plotecia, Image Contr » Fri, 19 Jan 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

>  After watching several tri's on ESPN this past year, I've decided that I am
>  going to give it a go this year.  My question is this---- I've heard so many
>  triathletes speak of the difficulty of transition, namely legs that just don't
>  want to ride or run or whatever.  Would it be of any benefit for myself to
>  swim a thousand or so meters, then hop onto a lifecycle, and then onto a
>  treadmill?  With this lousy weather it doesn't look like I'll be outside training
>  until April.  Any suggestions?

Yes.  Its a great way to get used to the lead legs.  Besides, if you're stuck inside anyway, what
alternative do you have.?

You don't really have to triple, especially in the winter, but a swim/bike or bike/run day once a week will
get you used to the feeling.

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|       Ray Plotecia            |
|       Image Control           |

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A Health Club Triathlon?

Post by Wouter Gerritsm » Sat, 20 Jan 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

>After watching several tri's on ESPN this past year, I've decided that I am
>going to give it a go this year.

All this rambling on media exposure, finally we have prove in our own
discussion group. Somebody wants to start after all that sweat on the
television!

Cheer him up, don't tell him what is to train.

Yes, Yes, yes, go on.
Continue in your helth club, do your laps in the whirl pool, run your
repaets on the stairclimber. Yes, yes yes, we organize an indoor tri
again. Relax in the sauna, afterwards, but don't go out of that door,
don't get any fresh air, And maybe it is better to watch a few more
before you decide to participate in a real one.

Wouter

 
 
 

A Health Club Triathlon?

Post by Marty Mill » Mon, 22 Jan 1996 04:00:00

Would be of great benefit, however the bike to run transition is infinitely
more difficult than the swim to bike for most people.  Bike-Run workouts are
often known as "bricks"  (don't ask why, you'll just stir up more
controversy).  Many even do bike-run repeats.  No reason why they can't be
done on a lifecycle and a treadmill, either.

Marty



Quote:

>After watching several tri's on ESPN this past year, I've decided that I am
>going to give it a go this year.  My question is this---- I've heard so many
>triathletes speak of the difficulty of transition, namely legs that just
don't
>want to ride or run or whatever.  Would it be of any benefit for myself to
>swim a thousand or so meters, then hop onto a lifecycle, and then onto a
>treadmill?  With this lousy weather it doesn't look like I'll be outside
training
>until April.  Any suggestions?

 
 
 

A Health Club Triathlon?

Post by JWalth15 » Mon, 22 Jan 1996 04:00:00

Hey, this is an entire form of triathlon competition.  Haven't your seen
the ads for various YMCA indoor triathlons?  Sounds motivating.  Anyone do
one of these?  Was it fun?

Byron

 
 
 

A Health Club Triathlon?

Post by Tri-G » Mon, 22 Jan 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

>Hey, this is an entire form of triathlon competition.  Haven't your seen
>the ads for various YMCA indoor triathlons?  Sounds motivating.  Anyone do
>one of these?  Was it fun?

Yes, I've done a number of Y sponsored triathlons. They are pretty
fun, exclusively short sprint courses (in my experience). All I have
done have been .25m swim indoor pool / 8-16m bike / 2-3.1m run.

They differ from a 'real' triathlon in that they are much smaller in
scope, attract a more local entrant base & are usually free (all the
ones I have done were anyway).

 
 
 

A Health Club Triathlon?

Post by Peter Kassena » Wed, 24 Jan 1996 04:00:00

Quote:


>>After watching several tri's on ESPN this past year, I've decided that I am
>>going to give it a go this year.  My question is this---- I've heard so many
>>triathletes speak of the difficulty of transition, namely legs that just don't
>>want to ride or run or whatever.  Would it be of any benefit for myself to
>>swim a thousand or so meters, then hop onto a lifecycle, and then onto a
>>treadmill?  With this lousy weather it doesn't look like I'll be outside training
>>until April.  Any suggestions?
>Hey, I thought I had that plan copyrighted!

Sorry Mike,

But in the years 1991-1993 we had the official Dutch Indoor Triathlon
championships. This race included:
- 10 laps swim (250 m.) in a special built pool
- 10 k. bike on a trainer
- 2.5 k. run on a treadmill.

I don't know why this event wasn't organized in 1994-now. Too bad,
because it always was fun to watch the athletes 'drop dead' when they
came off the treadmill (some of them actually showed a form of motion
sickness *after* the run). The last male winner was the Dutchman Ron
van de Pol with a total time of 22.02 min. (2.50-11.27-8.05)

Personally I do not know athletes who practice their run-bike
transitions only indoors. But IMHO this can be lacked to the 'fear' of
dutch triathletes to go to a health club or fitness centre. It is not
yet commonly accepted.

Good luck, but remember, the Real Thing only happens out there, in
dirty canals, on melting roads, in the sun...

Peter Kassenaar.
/*----------
Peter Kassenaar (The Netherlands)

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A Health Club Triathlon?

Post by Wouter Gerritsm » Sat, 27 Jan 1996 04:00:00

Quote:
>Good luck, but remember, the Real Thing only happens out there, in
>dirty canals, on melting roads, in the sun...

                                 ^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Peter have you been training recently ?

I suspect not. Maybe a health club is a good idea after all.

Quote:
>Peter Kassenaar.

Wouter
 
 
 

A Health Club Triathlon?

Post by Dan Bak » Thu, 08 Feb 1996 04:00:00

they ARE fun... The club I was at in Chicago has one every Feb to
get people going for the spring. They even have a couple decent
prizes, which is outstanding considering its a very small field!  
It really helped motivate workouts, and a few people worked
together on technique, training and racing tips from more
experienced people. Really helps you meet people you may want to
train with outdoors later in the season.

If you are in the western suburbs of Chicago, check out the
Exercise Playce in the Oakbrook Tower. Membership is a little
expensive, but the facilities are super.

Dan