Can a couple of shoe ins for dead last participte?

Can a couple of shoe ins for dead last participte?

Post by KRasmus5 » Wed, 20 Aug 2003 11:18:44


Me and my 11 year old boy are interested in "sprint" marathons.

They look like fun and we like doing different things.

We have been on 20+ mile bike rides but the running and swimming kind of have
us spooked.

We are both dead slow swimmers and I cannot run due to heel pain and would walk
the 5k.

I understand that these are timed events and there will be serious competitors
there but can a couple of shoe ins for dead last participate?

We are looking at the South Haven Triathlon in 20 days.

I emailed the organizers of this event and asked them that question.

20 days, hmm.

500m swim, 20k bike, 5k run.

We begin working on the swimming tomorrow at the YMCA.

Any advice on training for the swimming part?

Also need advice on hydration and nutrition.

Usually before a long ride we begin hydrating one hour before we hit it with
Gatorade.

During the ride we stop every 30 - 45 minutes for snacks (PBJ, fruit...) and
water/Gatorade.

I am guessing there will be water available at the event but that we will not
be stopping for snacks.

What should we eat before the event and how long before hand?

I was planning on us guzzling Gatorade and eating PBJ's and fruit about an hour
before the start.

Thanks in advance for your assistance.

Kerry

PS - My boy thinks he can take me in this.

I dont think he can.

 
 
 

Can a couple of shoe ins for dead last participte?

Post by Mike Tennen » Wed, 20 Aug 2003 21:38:56

Quote:

>Me and my 11 year old boy are interested in "sprint" marathons.

>They look like fun and we like doing different things.

Super.

Quote:

>We have been on 20+ mile bike rides but the running and swimming kind of have
>us spooked.

>We are both dead slow swimmers and I cannot run due to heel pain and would walk
>the 5k.

>I understand that these are timed events and there will be serious competitors
>there but can a couple of shoe ins for dead last participate?

Generally, sprint tris have a larger number of beginners than other
events, so chances are there will be a "first timers" wave.  If so,
you'll start with the other folks doing their first.

Unless theirs a cut-off time necessitated by street closures, sprint
tri's recognize the above and have generous time for finishing before
they start packing up everything. You indicate that you have contacted
the RD, which is the right way to do it.

Quote:
>We are looking at the South Haven Triathlon in 20 days.

>I emailed the organizers of this event and asked them that question.

>20 days, hmm.

>500m swim, 20k bike, 5k run.

>We begin working on the swimming tomorrow at the YMCA.

>Any advice on training for the swimming part?

>Also need advice on hydration and nutrition.

For a sprint tri, you don't need to be overly concerned about eating.
Take along a bottle of Gatorade on the bike and  that should be
sufficient for hydration and nutrition.

Quote:
>I am guessing there will be water available at the event but that we will not
>be stopping for snacks.

At a sprint tri, there won't be aid on the bike section, but there
should be water at the transition area and at the turnaround for the
5K.

Quote:
>What should we eat before the event and how long before hand?

>I was planning on us guzzling Gatorade and eating PBJ's and fruit about an hour
>before the start.

Be careful with that. You don't want it to come back up in the water
during the swim.  You might try it before swim practice and see if
there are any ill effects.

Quote:
>Thanks in advance for your assistance.

>Kerry

Good luck, but most of all - have fun!

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Post by Withe » Thu, 21 Aug 2003 03:45:32

Quote:

> Any advice on training for the swimming part?
> PS - My boy thinks he can take me in this.

> I dont think he can.

If it were my eleven-year-old, I would give some thought to staying in
close contact with the boy.  Hopefully, he can't outswim you that
badly(?).  : )

People get knocked around in the water sometimes and he may be small,
relative to the other ***s in your wave.  I wouldn't worry as much
about an injury as his frame-of-mind.  If you are there and calm, that
might help(?).

Be ready for the The RD to respond with some policy about minimum age
too.

Good Luck!

rsquared

 
 
 

Can a couple of shoe ins for dead last participte?

Post by Bill Thoma » Thu, 21 Aug 2003 04:49:24

They have kid specific triathlons that are great for kids to get started
with.  The distances are very short but it gives them a taste of how the
competition works before they get dumped into a race with a bunch of ***s.
They are generally something like 200 m swim, 6 mile bike and 2 mile run.
It's great for learning transitions and such.  You wouldn't be able to
compete with him but he might enjoy them.  Just a thought.


Quote:
> Me and my 11 year old boy are interested in "sprint" marathons.

> They look like fun and we like doing different things.

> We have been on 20+ mile bike rides but the running and swimming kind of
have
> us spooked.

> We are both dead slow swimmers and I cannot run due to heel pain and would
walk
> the 5k.

> I understand that these are timed events and there will be serious
competitors
> there but can a couple of shoe ins for dead last participate?

> We are looking at the South Haven Triathlon in 20 days.

> I emailed the organizers of this event and asked them that question.

> 20 days, hmm.

> 500m swim, 20k bike, 5k run.

> We begin working on the swimming tomorrow at the YMCA.

> Any advice on training for the swimming part?

> Also need advice on hydration and nutrition.

> Usually before a long ride we begin hydrating one hour before we hit it
with
> Gatorade.

> During the ride we stop every 30 - 45 minutes for snacks (PBJ, fruit...)
and
> water/Gatorade.

> I am guessing there will be water available at the event but that we will
not
> be stopping for snacks.

> What should we eat before the event and how long before hand?

> I was planning on us guzzling Gatorade and eating PBJ's and fruit about an
hour
> before the start.

> Thanks in advance for your assistance.

> Kerry

> PS - My boy thinks he can take me in this.

> I dont think he can.

 
 
 

Can a couple of shoe ins for dead last participte?

Post by chris freema » Thu, 21 Aug 2003 09:57:43

I wish I could "sprint" a marathon. :-)

Chris

Quote:

> Me and my 11 year old boy are interested in "sprint" marathons.

 
 
 

Can a couple of shoe ins for dead last participte?

Post by Rich » Thu, 21 Aug 2003 10:17:36

Make sure you guys can do the 500m distance in open water, it will be
different than swimming in a pool.   Line up at the back of your wave
to avoid having others swim over you at the start.

good luck,
Rich

 
 
 

Can a couple of shoe ins for dead last participte?

Post by Tri_Gee » Sun, 24 Aug 2003 12:39:30

The best part is you are doing it together, so just have fun with it...but
be warned...IT IS ***IVE, SO BEWARE!!

P.S.  I have $20 on the boy...


Quote:
> Me and my 11 year old boy are interested in "sprint" marathons.

> They look like fun and we like doing different things.

> We have been on 20+ mile bike rides but the running and swimming kind of
have
> us spooked.

> We are both dead slow swimmers and I cannot run due to heel pain and would
walk
> the 5k.

> I understand that these are timed events and there will be serious
competitors
> there but can a couple of shoe ins for dead last participate?

> We are looking at the South Haven Triathlon in 20 days.

> I emailed the organizers of this event and asked them that question.

> 20 days, hmm.

> 500m swim, 20k bike, 5k run.

> We begin working on the swimming tomorrow at the YMCA.

> Any advice on training for the swimming part?

> Also need advice on hydration and nutrition.

> Usually before a long ride we begin hydrating one hour before we hit it
with
> Gatorade.

> During the ride we stop every 30 - 45 minutes for snacks (PBJ, fruit...)
and
> water/Gatorade.

> I am guessing there will be water available at the event but that we will
not
> be stopping for snacks.

> What should we eat before the event and how long before hand?

> I was planning on us guzzling Gatorade and eating PBJ's and fruit about an
hour
> before the start.

> Thanks in advance for your assistance.

> Kerry

> PS - My boy thinks he can take me in this.

> I dont think he can.