Race report - first triathlon (long)

Race report - first triathlon (long)

Post by Chris Durk » Wed, 14 Jul 2004 11:49:23


Hey people,

I've been lurking in these groups for a while now, and I've learned a
lot from reading all of your posts. I don't usually have time to
participate but I just completed my first triathlon so I figure it's
time to give back to the community by entertaining you all with a race
report. I'm sure it will be a lengthy post, so if you're anxious to
get on with whatever the latest flamefest is, feel free to skip it.
<g>

First, a bit of background. Last October when I quit smoking for the
nth and final time, I decided I needed to set a positive goal that
would give me something to focus on and cement the transition from
self-destructive to healthy lifestyle. Now, one might say that simply
breathing clean air is in itself a worthy goal, but apparently the
concept of that wasn't enough for my stupid mind. It needed to be
expressed in a physical sense. So, I figured, I'm turning 30 next
June. It's about time I stopped with the half-ass "smoking in
moderation" crap. I will complete a triathlon before that year is up.
And so it began.

As it turned out, substituting an unhealthy ***ion for a healthy
one worked better than I had even imagined at the time. I highly
recommend this to anyone struggling with something similar. The basic
strategy was - do aerobic exercise at least 5x per week. Any time I
felt the urge to smoke, do more aerobic exercise instead. This worked
out great. The physical exertion was the perfect outlet to get rid of
that twitchy, I-want-to-kill-something nic fit feeling. And the pain
of being out of shape was a great reminder of how stupid I had been
and how far I had left to go. Many was the time when I stopped in the
middle of a run to puke, or by the side of the car before driving home
after a hard swim. Great stuff, I tell you.

A small disclaimer is probably in order at this point. I've never been
overweight and have always been in fairly good shape, kept active with
biking, tennis, etc. Never smoked more than a pack a day, and by the
time I quit I was down to around 5 or 10. So my particular story
shouldn't be taken out of context if you happen to be a 3 pack a day,
100 lbs overweight type of person. Choose the pace that fits your
situation, don't kill yourself. But do suffer. Pain is the feeling of
weakness leaving your body.

OK, enough with the past. You folks probably don't care to hear about
my struggle to change idiotic behaviour patterns anyway. Heheh.
Actually I made all that up to excuse my slow times. Just kidding :)

A word on my training regimen, or lack thereof. My plan was to focus
initially on swimming, which I had no experience at all in. Mix in
some cycling (mostly commuting to work) and weight training, then
phase in the running starting in January. This pretty much went
according to plan, though I ended up doing most of my biking in the
gym until May. (Pacific NW, rain, laziness...) My primary goal was to
concentrate on becoming a good swimmer, so I wouldn't drown. Biking
and running were things I'd done since I was a kid, at varying levels
of commitment. My bike is a hybrid and I'm not a fast runner, but I
could easily handle the distances that would be involved with the
sprint tri I signed up for. Well, maybe not easily, but I could
certainly finish it, even if at a patheticly slow pace. Or so I
reasoned at the time.

Those first months of swim training were a humbling experience. At
first, I could barely do 50 yds, and would have to rest for a minute
afterwards, gasping and dying. Seems like it took forever before I
could do three lengths in a row. Other notable milestones were my
first sub-minute 50, the first time I seriously tried breathing every
three strokes (asphyxiation, pain), finally mastering breathing every
3 (freedom, balance, relaxation), first 1000, first 1500.

I have to say that the Total Immersion book played a huge role in jump
starting my technique to the point where I could swim without getting
tired. Particularly where body position and balance are concerned,
those drills are invaluable. I'm not sure what I look like when I
swim, but I suspect it's some hybrid of the "TI" and "Larry" styles.
45 degree body rotation, long strokes, arched back, loper. I'm a 6
beat kicker though. No matter how far the swim. Although realistically
it turns into sort of a 2 beat over long distances. (KICK kick kick
KICK kick kick). Kicking for me is a natural, inseparable element of
swimming. Even if I'm not using it for power, it's essential for
balance. Plus it's nice to have in my arsenal when I feel like
sprinting. My ankles are inflexible by nature, so I'm constantly
stretching them to keep the kick propulsive.

Going into the race, my 400 time in the pool was 8:39. Slow, but not
too bad considering it was a really relaxed swim. I figured I could
easily do at least 8:00, probably better, which was well within the
"respectable" range for last years' race results. My favorite workout
is something I call the "pyramid", which consists of 2 50s, 2 100s, 2
200s, 2 100s, 2 50s. On longer days, throw in 2 400s in the middle.
Rest 10 breaths after a 50, 20 after a 100, 30 after a 200. Go faster
on the "descending" slope of the pyramid. I did that one a lot leading
up to the race. Interspersed with the occasional long swim - 1000 or
1500 yds. I also swam a couple hundred yards in lakes maybe four
times, just to get a feel for the navigational and coldness aspects.

In case you haven't noticed, when it comes to swimming I am obsessed.
When I pass a body of water I have an overpowering urge to jump in. I
don't feel right unless I swim 5x a week. I just raced yesterday, and
all day at work I couldn't wait to swim again tonight :)

As far as cycling goes, that's something I've always done and am
fairly good at. My bike isn't very fast - it's a Trek 7500 hybrid
upgraded with Continental tires. Great commuting machine, which is
mainly what I use it for. An excellent workhorse to handle roads,
trails, curbs, and rain. Not the best device for maintaining say, 20
mph over a 30 mile training ride. Not even within the realm of
possibility. So I contented myself with riding 15 mph, climbing as
many hills as I could find, and building up the engine, so to speak.
Plenty of time in the future to buy some expensive lightweight race
bike.

Running is another area that demands some level of obsession, at least
from a technique perspective. Given that it produces more injuries
than any sport I know of, I figured I had better make sure I was doing
it right before doing it very often. I have high arches and tend
toward underpronation and an outward splay of the feet. Or at least, I
used to. I've trained myself to the point where even when walking I
now keep both feet lined up in a || pattern, almost unconsciously. I'm
also a forefoot striker who enjoys running barefoot. On dirt, that is.
Not sure I ever want to try that on pavement. As with cycling, I run
with a fairly high cadence, and try to focus on increasing stride
length while maintaining cadence when I want to speed up. All of this
technique stuff has recently materialized to the point where I can run
comfortably for 5 miles or so with no lapse in form. I still have a
long way to go as far as speed.

I think my fastest timed mile so far was 7 minutes, and typically I go
around 8 to 8:30 when running outside. In other words, slow.
Borderline jogger. When inside, I do intervals on the treadmill, using
the "pyramid" method - 6 mph, 7 mph, 8 mph, 9 mph, 8 mph, etc. Rest
periods in between are 5 mph. This seems to work pretty well at
keeping me from dying of boredom on the treadmill, on those days when
I need to squeeze a quick run in at the gym. I have yet to really try
a "fast" 5K distance in training, so who knows what I could do if that
were the only thing on the agenda for the day. I plan to find out soon
when I focus more on running.

OK, on to the race description. The triathlon I signed up for was,
aptly named - "My First Triathlon". What a title, eh. It sure looks
cute on the T-shirt too. Luckily there are no fuzzy bunnies or flowers
on there.

I arrived early so I could watch the previous days' race and get a
feel for the course. The lake was beautiful, clear, and cold! Much
colder than the ones around my house that I had practiced in. Not
quite wetsuit temp, but cold enough to cause tingly extremities after
doing a few 100s in there. I went in several times that day and stayed
in around 10 minutes, to try and acclimate.

Saturday's race went in 4 waves of 100 each. The first guy into the
water started ***stroking like mad, taking an early lead. Then he
proceeded to flip over and backstroke for the next half of the swim! I
think he continued on like that for the whole race, alternating
between *** and backstroke. Only a few people caught up to him too,
this guy was an animal. His backstroke was easily faster than my
freestyle. I think he ended up coming in third for the swim. I'm not
sure how he did overall.

Other than the front pack, the race was pure chaos. It looked like
people were getting thrashed, beaten, and kicked everywhere. Based on
this I decided that the next day I would start at the front of the
first wave, just behind the first row of people into the water. I
figured it was better to be up front with the good swimmers, who would
know how to pass me properly. If they wanted to pass, let them work
for it.

Showing up early turned out to be a great idea. Not only did I get to
watch the first days' races, I was able to do a couple of quick swims
in the lake, drive up and down the bike and run courses, and generally
get familiar with the whole deal.

Sunday morning I rose at 6 AM, relieved that the dream about missing
the race was just a dream. I was psyched and ready to go. The 50 cent
hot shower in the state park was a welcome convenience, considering I
slept on the ground in a tent. By 6:30 I was at the local cafe,
getting coffee. 7 AM and I was at the race site, setting up my bike
transition area, ...

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Race report - first triathlon (long)

Post by dreade » Wed, 14 Jul 2004 12:44:14

Thanks for the post. I haven't done a tri. yet but would like to and your
story is inspiring. Also: I know it's kind of gross but if you've got to pee
and there's no time I think most runners just let it go. take a shower
later...or jump back in the lake!


Quote:
> Hey people,

> I've been lurking in these groups for a while now, and I've learned a
> lot from reading all of your posts. I don't usually have time to
> participate but I just completed my first triathlon so I figure it's
> time to give back to the community by entertaining you all with a race
> report. I'm sure it will be a lengthy post, so if you're anxious to
> get on with whatever the latest flamefest is, feel free to skip it.
> <g>

> First, a bit of background. Last October when I quit smoking for the
> nth and final time, I decided I needed to set a positive goal that
> would give me something to focus on and cement the transition from
> self-destructive to healthy lifestyle. Now, one might say that simply
> breathing clean air is in itself a worthy goal, but apparently the
> concept of that wasn't enough for my stupid mind. It needed to be
> expressed in a physical sense. So, I figured, I'm turning 30 next
> June. It's about time I stopped with the half-ass "smoking in
> moderation" crap. I will complete a triathlon before that year is up.
> And so it began.

> As it turned out, substituting an unhealthy ***ion for a healthy
> one worked better than I had even imagined at the time. I highly
> recommend this to anyone struggling with something similar. The basic
> strategy was - do aerobic exercise at least 5x per week. Any time I
> felt the urge to smoke, do more aerobic exercise instead. This worked
> out great. The physical exertion was the perfect outlet to get rid of
> that twitchy, I-want-to-kill-something nic fit feeling. And the pain
> of being out of shape was a great reminder of how stupid I had been
> and how far I had left to go. Many was the time when I stopped in the
> middle of a run to puke, or by the side of the car before driving home
> after a hard swim. Great stuff, I tell you.

> A small disclaimer is probably in order at this point. I've never been
> overweight and have always been in fairly good shape, kept active with
> biking, tennis, etc. Never smoked more than a pack a day, and by the
> time I quit I was down to around 5 or 10. So my particular story
> shouldn't be taken out of context if you happen to be a 3 pack a day,
> 100 lbs overweight type of person. Choose the pace that fits your
> situation, don't kill yourself. But do suffer. Pain is the feeling of
> weakness leaving your body.

> OK, enough with the past. You folks probably don't care to hear about
> my struggle to change idiotic behaviour patterns anyway. Heheh.
> Actually I made all that up to excuse my slow times. Just kidding :)

> A word on my training regimen, or lack thereof. My plan was to focus
> initially on swimming, which I had no experience at all in. Mix in
> some cycling (mostly commuting to work) and weight training, then
> phase in the running starting in January. This pretty much went
> according to plan, though I ended up doing most of my biking in the
> gym until May. (Pacific NW, rain, laziness...) My primary goal was to
> concentrate on becoming a good swimmer, so I wouldn't drown. Biking
> and running were things I'd done since I was a kid, at varying levels
> of commitment. My bike is a hybrid and I'm not a fast runner, but I
> could easily handle the distances that would be involved with the
> sprint tri I signed up for. Well, maybe not easily, but I could
> certainly finish it, even if at a patheticly slow pace. Or so I
> reasoned at the time.

> Those first months of swim training were a humbling experience. At
> first, I could barely do 50 yds, and would have to rest for a minute
> afterwards, gasping and dying. Seems like it took forever before I
> could do three lengths in a row. Other notable milestones were my
> first sub-minute 50, the first time I seriously tried breathing every
> three strokes (asphyxiation, pain), finally mastering breathing every
> 3 (freedom, balance, relaxation), first 1000, first 1500.

> I have to say that the Total Immersion book played a huge role in jump
> starting my technique to the point where I could swim without getting
> tired. Particularly where body position and balance are concerned,
> those drills are invaluable. I'm not sure what I look like when I
> swim, but I suspect it's some hybrid of the "TI" and "Larry" styles.
> 45 degree body rotation, long strokes, arched back, loper. I'm a 6
> beat kicker though. No matter how far the swim. Although realistically
> it turns into sort of a 2 beat over long distances. (KICK kick kick
> KICK kick kick). Kicking for me is a natural, inseparable element of
> swimming. Even if I'm not using it for power, it's essential for
> balance. Plus it's nice to have in my arsenal when I feel like
> sprinting. My ankles are inflexible by nature, so I'm constantly
> stretching them to keep the kick propulsive.

> Going into the race, my 400 time in the pool was 8:39. Slow, but not
> too bad considering it was a really relaxed swim. I figured I could
> easily do at least 8:00, probably better, which was well within the
> "respectable" range for last years' race results. My favorite workout
> is something I call the "pyramid", which consists of 2 50s, 2 100s, 2
> 200s, 2 100s, 2 50s. On longer days, throw in 2 400s in the middle.
> Rest 10 breaths after a 50, 20 after a 100, 30 after a 200. Go faster
> on the "descending" slope of the pyramid. I did that one a lot leading
> up to the race. Interspersed with the occasional long swim - 1000 or
> 1500 yds. I also swam a couple hundred yards in lakes maybe four
> times, just to get a feel for the navigational and coldness aspects.

> In case you haven't noticed, when it comes to swimming I am obsessed.
> When I pass a body of water I have an overpowering urge to jump in. I
> don't feel right unless I swim 5x a week. I just raced yesterday, and
> all day at work I couldn't wait to swim again tonight :)

> As far as cycling goes, that's something I've always done and am
> fairly good at. My bike isn't very fast - it's a Trek 7500 hybrid
> upgraded with Continental tires. Great commuting machine, which is
> mainly what I use it for. An excellent workhorse to handle roads,
> trails, curbs, and rain. Not the best device for maintaining say, 20
> mph over a 30 mile training ride. Not even within the realm of
> possibility. So I contented myself with riding 15 mph, climbing as
> many hills as I could find, and building up the engine, so to speak.
> Plenty of time in the future to buy some expensive lightweight race
> bike.

> Running is another area that demands some level of obsession, at least
> from a technique perspective. Given that it produces more injuries
> than any sport I know of, I figured I had better make sure I was doing
> it right before doing it very often. I have high arches and tend
> toward underpronation and an outward splay of the feet. Or at least, I
> used to. I've trained myself to the point where even when walking I
> now keep both feet lined up in a || pattern, almost unconsciously. I'm
> also a forefoot striker who enjoys running barefoot. On dirt, that is.
> Not sure I ever want to try that on pavement. As with cycling, I run
> with a fairly high cadence, and try to focus on increasing stride
> length while maintaining cadence when I want to speed up. All of this
> technique stuff has recently materialized to the point where I can run
> comfortably for 5 miles or so with no lapse in form. I still have a
> long way to go as far as speed.

> I think my fastest timed mile so far was 7 minutes, and typically I go
> around 8 to 8:30 when running outside. In other words, slow.
> Borderline jogger. When inside, I do intervals on the treadmill, using
> the "pyramid" method - 6 mph, 7 mph, 8 mph, 9 mph, 8 mph, etc. Rest
> periods in between are 5 mph. This seems to work pretty well at
> keeping me from dying of boredom on the treadmill, on those days when
> I need to squeeze a quick run in at the gym. I have yet to really try
> a "fast" 5K distance in training, so who knows what I could do if that
> were the only thing on the agenda for the day. I plan to find out soon
> when I focus more on running.

> OK, on to the race description. The triathlon I signed up for was,
> aptly named - "My First Triathlon". What a title, eh. It sure looks
> cute on the T-shirt too. Luckily there are no fuzzy bunnies or flowers
> on there.

> I arrived early so I could watch the previous days' race and get a
> feel for the course. The lake was beautiful, clear, and cold! Much
> colder than the ones around my house that I had practiced in. Not
> quite wetsuit temp, but cold enough to cause tingly extremities after
> doing a few 100s in there. I went in several times that day and stayed
> in around 10 minutes, to try and acclimate.

> Saturday's race went in 4 waves of 100 each. The first guy into the
> water started ***stroking like mad, taking an early lead. Then he
> proceeded to flip over and backstroke for the next half of the swim! I
> think he continued on like that for the whole race, alternating
> between *** and backstroke. Only a few people caught up to him too,
> this guy was an animal. His backstroke was easily faster than my
> freestyle. I think he ended up coming in third for the swim. I'm not
> sure how he did overall.

> Other than the front pack, the race was pure chaos. It looked like
> people were getting thrashed, beaten, and kicked everywhere. Based on
> this I decided that the next day I would start at the front of the
> first wave, just behind the first row of people into the water. I
> figured it was better to be up front with the good swimmers, who would
> know how

...

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Race report - first triathlon (long)

Post by Susan in L » Wed, 14 Jul 2004 13:40:16

Sounds like a great deal of dedicated, careful preparation paid off in a fun
and satisfying race. Congratulations on a job well done!

Susan


Quote:
> Hey people,

> I've been lurking in these groups for a while now, and I've learned a
> lot from reading all of your posts. I don't usually have time to
> participate but I just completed my first triathlon so I figure it's
> time to give back to the community by entertaining you all with a race
> report. I'm sure it will be a lengthy post, so if you're anxious to
> get on with whatever the latest flamefest is, feel free to skip it.
> <g>

> First, a bit of background. Last October when I quit smoking for the
> nth and final time, I decided I needed to set a positive goal that
> would give me something to focus on and cement the transition from
> self-destructive to healthy lifestyle. Now, one might say that simply
> breathing clean air is in itself a worthy goal, but apparently the
> concept of that wasn't enough for my stupid mind. It needed to be
> expressed in a physical sense. So, I figured, I'm turning 30 next
> June. It's about time I stopped with the half-ass "smoking in
> moderation" crap. I will complete a triathlon before that year is up.
> And so it began.

> As it turned out, substituting an unhealthy ***ion for a healthy
> one worked better than I had even imagined at the time. I highly
> recommend this to anyone struggling with something similar. The basic
> strategy was - do aerobic exercise at least 5x per week. Any time I
> felt the urge to smoke, do more aerobic exercise instead. This worked
> out great. The physical exertion was the perfect outlet to get rid of
> that twitchy, I-want-to-kill-something nic fit feeling. And the pain
> of being out of shape was a great reminder of how stupid I had been
> and how far I had left to go. Many was the time when I stopped in the
> middle of a run to puke, or by the side of the car before driving home
> after a hard swim. Great stuff, I tell you.

> A small disclaimer is probably in order at this point. I've never been
> overweight and have always been in fairly good shape, kept active with
> biking, tennis, etc. Never smoked more than a pack a day, and by the
> time I quit I was down to around 5 or 10. So my particular story
> shouldn't be taken out of context if you happen to be a 3 pack a day,
> 100 lbs overweight type of person. Choose the pace that fits your
> situation, don't kill yourself. But do suffer. Pain is the feeling of
> weakness leaving your body.

> OK, enough with the past. You folks probably don't care to hear about
> my struggle to change idiotic behaviour patterns anyway. Heheh.
> Actually I made all that up to excuse my slow times. Just kidding :)

> A word on my training regimen, or lack thereof. My plan was to focus
> initially on swimming, which I had no experience at all in. Mix in
> some cycling (mostly commuting to work) and weight training, then
> phase in the running starting in January. This pretty much went
> according to plan, though I ended up doing most of my biking in the
> gym until May. (Pacific NW, rain, laziness...) My primary goal was to
> concentrate on becoming a good swimmer, so I wouldn't drown. Biking
> and running were things I'd done since I was a kid, at varying levels
> of commitment. My bike is a hybrid and I'm not a fast runner, but I
> could easily handle the distances that would be involved with the
> sprint tri I signed up for. Well, maybe not easily, but I could
> certainly finish it, even if at a patheticly slow pace. Or so I
> reasoned at the time.

> Those first months of swim training were a humbling experience. At
> first, I could barely do 50 yds, and would have to rest for a minute
> afterwards, gasping and dying. Seems like it took forever before I
> could do three lengths in a row. Other notable milestones were my
> first sub-minute 50, the first time I seriously tried breathing every
> three strokes (asphyxiation, pain), finally mastering breathing every
> 3 (freedom, balance, relaxation), first 1000, first 1500.

> I have to say that the Total Immersion book played a huge role in jump
> starting my technique to the point where I could swim without getting
> tired. Particularly where body position and balance are concerned,
> those drills are invaluable. I'm not sure what I look like when I
> swim, but I suspect it's some hybrid of the "TI" and "Larry" styles.
> 45 degree body rotation, long strokes, arched back, loper. I'm a 6
> beat kicker though. No matter how far the swim. Although realistically
> it turns into sort of a 2 beat over long distances. (KICK kick kick
> KICK kick kick). Kicking for me is a natural, inseparable element of
> swimming. Even if I'm not using it for power, it's essential for
> balance. Plus it's nice to have in my arsenal when I feel like
> sprinting. My ankles are inflexible by nature, so I'm constantly
> stretching them to keep the kick propulsive.

> Going into the race, my 400 time in the pool was 8:39. Slow, but not
> too bad considering it was a really relaxed swim. I figured I could
> easily do at least 8:00, probably better, which was well within the
> "respectable" range for last years' race results. My favorite workout
> is something I call the "pyramid", which consists of 2 50s, 2 100s, 2
> 200s, 2 100s, 2 50s. On longer days, throw in 2 400s in the middle.
> Rest 10 breaths after a 50, 20 after a 100, 30 after a 200. Go faster
> on the "descending" slope of the pyramid. I did that one a lot leading
> up to the race. Interspersed with the occasional long swim - 1000 or
> 1500 yds. I also swam a couple hundred yards in lakes maybe four
> times, just to get a feel for the navigational and coldness aspects.

> In case you haven't noticed, when it comes to swimming I am obsessed.
> When I pass a body of water I have an overpowering urge to jump in. I
> don't feel right unless I swim 5x a week. I just raced yesterday, and
> all day at work I couldn't wait to swim again tonight :)

> As far as cycling goes, that's something I've always done and am
> fairly good at. My bike isn't very fast - it's a Trek 7500 hybrid
> upgraded with Continental tires. Great commuting machine, which is
> mainly what I use it for. An excellent workhorse to handle roads,
> trails, curbs, and rain. Not the best device for maintaining say, 20
> mph over a 30 mile training ride. Not even within the realm of
> possibility. So I contented myself with riding 15 mph, climbing as
> many hills as I could find, and building up the engine, so to speak.
> Plenty of time in the future to buy some expensive lightweight race
> bike.

> Running is another area that demands some level of obsession, at least
> from a technique perspective. Given that it produces more injuries
> than any sport I know of, I figured I had better make sure I was doing
> it right before doing it very often. I have high arches and tend
> toward underpronation and an outward splay of the feet. Or at least, I
> used to. I've trained myself to the point where even when walking I
> now keep both feet lined up in a || pattern, almost unconsciously. I'm
> also a forefoot striker who enjoys running barefoot. On dirt, that is.
> Not sure I ever want to try that on pavement. As with cycling, I run
> with a fairly high cadence, and try to focus on increasing stride
> length while maintaining cadence when I want to speed up. All of this
> technique stuff has recently materialized to the point where I can run
> comfortably for 5 miles or so with no lapse in form. I still have a
> long way to go as far as speed.

> I think my fastest timed mile so far was 7 minutes, and typically I go
> around 8 to 8:30 when running outside. In other words, slow.
> Borderline jogger. When inside, I do intervals on the treadmill, using
> the "pyramid" method - 6 mph, 7 mph, 8 mph, 9 mph, 8 mph, etc. Rest
> periods in between are 5 mph. This seems to work pretty well at
> keeping me from dying of boredom on the treadmill, on those days when
> I need to squeeze a quick run in at the gym. I have yet to really try
> a "fast" 5K distance in training, so who knows what I could do if that
> were the only thing on the agenda for the day. I plan to find out soon
> when I focus more on running.

> OK, on to the race description. The triathlon I signed up for was,
> aptly named - "My First Triathlon". What a title, eh. It sure looks
> cute on the T-shirt too. Luckily there are no fuzzy bunnies or flowers
> on there.

> I arrived early so I could watch the previous days' race and get a
> feel for the course. The lake was beautiful, clear, and cold! Much
> colder than the ones around my house that I had practiced in. Not
> quite wetsuit temp, but cold enough to cause tingly extremities after
> doing a few 100s in there. I went in several times that day and stayed
> in around 10 minutes, to try and acclimate.

> Saturday's race went in 4 waves of 100 each. The first guy into the
> water started ***stroking like mad, taking an early lead. Then he
> proceeded to flip over and backstroke for the next half of the swim! I
> think he continued on like that for the whole race, alternating
> between *** and backstroke. Only a few people caught up to him too,
> this guy was an animal. His backstroke was easily faster than my
> freestyle. I think he ended up coming in third for the swim. I'm not
> sure how he did overall.

> Other than the front pack, the race was pure chaos. It looked like
> people were getting thrashed, beaten, and kicked everywhere. Based on
> this I decided that the next day I would start at the front of the
> first wave, just behind the first row of people into the water. I
> figured it was better to be up front with the good swimmers, who would
> know how to pass me properly. If they wanted to pass, let them work
> for it.

> Showing up early turned out to be a great

...

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Race report - first triathlon (long)

Post by gentol » Wed, 14 Jul 2004 13:36:34

great report
plodzilla
Quote:

> Hey people,

> I've been lurking in these groups for a while now, and I've learned a
> lot from reading all of your posts. I don't usually have time to
> participate but I just completed my first triathlon so I figure it's
> time to give back to the community by entertaining you all with a race
> report. I'm sure it will be a lengthy post, so if you're anxious to
> get on with whatever the latest flamefest is, feel free to skip it.
> <g>

> First, a bit of background. Last October when I quit smoking for the
> nth and final time, I decided I needed to set a positive goal that
> would give me something to focus on and cement the transition from
> self-destructive to healthy lifestyle. Now, one might say that simply
> breathing clean air is in itself a worthy goal, but apparently the
> concept of that wasn't enough for my stupid mind. It needed to be
> expressed in a physical sense. So, I figured, I'm turning 30 next
> June. It's about time I stopped with the half-ass "smoking in
> moderation" crap. I will complete a triathlon before that year is up.
> And so it began.

> As it turned out, substituting an unhealthy ***ion for a healthy
> one worked better than I had even imagined at the time. I highly
> recommend this to anyone struggling with something similar. The basic
> strategy was - do aerobic exercise at least 5x per week. Any time I
> felt the urge to smoke, do more aerobic exercise instead. This worked
> out great. The physical exertion was the perfect outlet to get rid of
> that twitchy, I-want-to-kill-something nic fit feeling. And the pain
> of being out of shape was a great reminder of how stupid I had been
> and how far I had left to go. Many was the time when I stopped in the
> middle of a run to puke, or by the side of the car before driving home
> after a hard swim. Great stuff, I tell you.

> A small disclaimer is probably in order at this point. I've never been
> overweight and have always been in fairly good shape, kept active with
> biking, tennis, etc. Never smoked more than a pack a day, and by the
> time I quit I was down to around 5 or 10. So my particular story
> shouldn't be taken out of context if you happen to be a 3 pack a day,
> 100 lbs overweight type of person. Choose the pace that fits your
> situation, don't kill yourself. But do suffer. Pain is the feeling of
> weakness leaving your body.

> OK, enough with the past. You folks probably don't care to hear about
> my struggle to change idiotic behaviour patterns anyway. Heheh.
> Actually I made all that up to excuse my slow times. Just kidding :)

> A word on my training regimen, or lack thereof. My plan was to focus
> initially on swimming, which I had no experience at all in. Mix in
> some cycling (mostly commuting to work) and weight training, then
> phase in the running starting in January. This pretty much went
> according to plan, though I ended up doing most of my biking in the
> gym until May. (Pacific NW, rain, laziness...) My primary goal was to
> concentrate on becoming a good swimmer, so I wouldn't drown. Biking
> and running were things I'd done since I was a kid, at varying levels
> of commitment. My bike is a hybrid and I'm not a fast runner, but I
> could easily handle the distances that would be involved with the
> sprint tri I signed up for. Well, maybe not easily, but I could
> certainly finish it, even if at a patheticly slow pace. Or so I
> reasoned at the time.

> Those first months of swim training were a humbling experience. At
> first, I could barely do 50 yds, and would have to rest for a minute
> afterwards, gasping and dying. Seems like it took forever before I
> could do three lengths in a row. Other notable milestones were my
> first sub-minute 50, the first time I seriously tried breathing every
> three strokes (asphyxiation, pain), finally mastering breathing every
> 3 (freedom, balance, relaxation), first 1000, first 1500.

> I have to say that the Total Immersion book played a huge role in jump
> starting my technique to the point where I could swim without getting
> tired. Particularly where body position and balance are concerned,
> those drills are invaluable. I'm not sure what I look like when I
> swim, but I suspect it's some hybrid of the "TI" and "Larry" styles.
> 45 degree body rotation, long strokes, arched back, loper. I'm a 6
> beat kicker though. No matter how far the swim. Although realistically
> it turns into sort of a 2 beat over long distances. (KICK kick kick
> KICK kick kick). Kicking for me is a natural, inseparable element of
> swimming. Even if I'm not using it for power, it's essential for
> balance. Plus it's nice to have in my arsenal when I feel like
> sprinting. My ankles are inflexible by nature, so I'm constantly
> stretching them to keep the kick propulsive.

> Going into the race, my 400 time in the pool was 8:39. Slow, but not
> too bad considering it was a really relaxed swim. I figured I could
> easily do at least 8:00, probably better, which was well within the
> "respectable" range for last years' race results. My favorite workout
> is something I call the "pyramid", which consists of 2 50s, 2 100s, 2
> 200s, 2 100s, 2 50s. On longer days, throw in 2 400s in the middle.
> Rest 10 breaths after a 50, 20 after a 100, 30 after a 200. Go faster
> on the "descending" slope of the pyramid. I did that one a lot leading
> up to the race. Interspersed with the occasional long swim - 1000 or
> 1500 yds. I also swam a couple hundred yards in lakes maybe four
> times, just to get a feel for the navigational and coldness aspects.

> In case you haven't noticed, when it comes to swimming I am obsessed.
> When I pass a body of water I have an overpowering urge to jump in. I
> don't feel right unless I swim 5x a week. I just raced yesterday, and
> all day at work I couldn't wait to swim again tonight :)

> As far as cycling goes, that's something I've always done and am
> fairly good at. My bike isn't very fast - it's a Trek 7500 hybrid
> upgraded with Continental tires. Great commuting machine, which is
> mainly what I use it for. An excellent workhorse to handle roads,
> trails, curbs, and rain. Not the best device for maintaining say, 20
> mph over a 30 mile training ride. Not even within the realm of
> possibility. So I contented myself with riding 15 mph, climbing as
> many hills as I could find, and building up the engine, so to speak.
> Plenty of time in the future to buy some expensive lightweight race
> bike.

> Running is another area that demands some level of obsession, at least
> from a technique perspective. Given that it produces more injuries
> than any sport I know of, I figured I had better make sure I was doing
> it right before doing it very often. I have high arches and tend
> toward underpronation and an outward splay of the feet. Or at least, I
> used to. I've trained myself to the point where even when walking I
> now keep both feet lined up in a || pattern, almost unconsciously. I'm
> also a forefoot striker who enjoys running barefoot. On dirt, that is.
> Not sure I ever want to try that on pavement. As with cycling, I run
> with a fairly high cadence, and try to focus on increasing stride
> length while maintaining cadence when I want to speed up. All of this
> technique stuff has recently materialized to the point where I can run
> comfortably for 5 miles or so with no lapse in form. I still have a
> long way to go as far as speed.

> I think my fastest timed mile so far was 7 minutes, and typically I go
> around 8 to 8:30 when running outside. In other words, slow.
> Borderline jogger. When inside, I do intervals on the treadmill, using
> the "pyramid" method - 6 mph, 7 mph, 8 mph, 9 mph, 8 mph, etc. Rest
> periods in between are 5 mph. This seems to work pretty well at
> keeping me from dying of boredom on the treadmill, on those days when
> I need to squeeze a quick run in at the gym. I have yet to really try
> a "fast" 5K distance in training, so who knows what I could do if that
> were the only thing on the agenda for the day. I plan to find out soon
> when I focus more on running.

> OK, on to the race description. The triathlon I signed up for was,
> aptly named - "My First Triathlon". What a title, eh. It sure looks
> cute on the T-shirt too. Luckily there are no fuzzy bunnies or flowers
> on there.

> I arrived early so I could watch the previous days' race and get a
> feel for the course. The lake was beautiful, clear, and cold! Much
> colder than the ones around my house that I had practiced in. Not
> quite wetsuit temp, but cold enough to cause tingly extremities after
> doing a few 100s in there. I went in several times that day and stayed
> in around 10 minutes, to try and acclimate.

> Saturday's race went in 4 waves of 100 each. The first guy into the
> water started ***stroking like mad, taking an early lead. Then he
> proceeded to flip over and backstroke for the next half of the swim! I
> think he continued on like that for the whole race, alternating
> between *** and backstroke. Only a few people caught up to him too,
> this guy was an animal. His backstroke was easily faster than my
> freestyle. I think he ended up coming in third for the swim. I'm not
> sure how he did overall.

> Other than the front pack, the race was pure chaos. It looked like
> people were getting thrashed, beaten, and kicked everywhere. Based on
> this I decided that the next day I would start at the front of the
> first wave, just behind the first row of people into the water. I
> figured it was better to be up front with the good swimmers, who would
> know how to pass me properly. If they wanted to pass, let them work
> for it.

> Showing up early turned out to be a great idea. Not only did I get to
> watch the first days' races, I was able to do a couple of quick swims
> in the lake, drive up and down the bike and run courses, and generally
> get familiar

...

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Race report - first triathlon (long)

Post by Badger_Sout » Wed, 14 Jul 2004 19:04:57



Quote:
>In case you haven't noticed, when it comes to swimming I am obsessed.
>When I pass a body of water I have an overpowering urge to jump in. I
>don't feel right unless I swim 5x a week. I just raced yesterday, and
>all day at work I couldn't wait to swim again tonight :)

>As far as cycling goes, that's something I've always done and am
>fairly good at. My bike isn't very fast - it's a Trek 7500 hybrid
>upgraded with Continental tires. Great commuting machine, which is
>mainly what I use it for. An excellent workhorse to handle roads,
>trails, curbs, and rain. Not the best device for maintaining say, 20
>mph over a 30 mile training ride. Not even within the realm of
>possibility. So I contented myself with riding 15 mph, climbing as
>many hills as I could find, and building up the engine,

Hi Chris - Great report as others have said. I think most of the ppl
who are into the swim-bike-run thing have experienced many of the
things you related. I did nearly the same thing back in the 80s and
being a swimmer and former lifeguard, and a pretty decent middle of
the back biker back then, running was my trouble sport.

All of your training regimes seem familiar, and the pyramiding in
swimming is interesting. Most ppl tend to do a bit less kicking, and
rely on the stroke and form to do the pulling - the kick is pretty
much used not to propel that much, but to keep the drag low by not
letting the lower body sink too much below the surface - but whatever
works for you - I liked the drafting techinque you used. Be
interesting to hear your race times and positions and age group
snippets.

For the running may I suggest fast downhill repeats to help you bring
your running speed up a bit.

What I did was find a 4 mile stretch that was basically a slight down
hill the whole way and have my wife help me out. I'd do some focussing
on this x days a week for about a month leading up to a race. The idea
was simple. Start out with a couple mile warm up jog usually out and
back or on a track, which in my case was near the trial downhill,
luckily. Then do a timed run down the hill and have your driver pick
you up and take you back to the top. I worked up from a 7:30 run/jog
pace to running sub 6:00 on this downhill portion. This helped
immensely in my running and pacing and getting used to running 'at
speed' and moved my jog/run pace to sub 7:00 in about a month. Of
course you have to have a fitness base and a running base - I had
about 30-40 miles of lsd and fartlek a week for the previous year.
Anyway, adapt as needed. Just be aware that you don't want a steep
downhill, just gradual, almost so you don't notice that it's downhill
- just enough to aid you almost like a tail wind on a bike. I'd do 3-4
repeats of this 2-3 times per week in the final 6 week period, with a
good 1 week taper of all events (staggered) leading up to the race.
That's the other thing I wanted to mention. Be sure and taper all your
events wisely. Best tapering is to switch to like 75% or less daily
pace and for the more intense activities, depending on your
background, just maybe do a quick taper or take the last couple days
off, just doing a bit of lazy jogging to stay loose and keep the
proprioception. I posted a long message with some tips from Mark Allen
in this ng - google on it from last year I think. It's a list of 4 or
5 tips on areas that can be neglected.

Get back and let us know the rest of the story.

Best,

-Badger

 
 
 

Race report - first triathlon (long)

Post by Tony » Thu, 15 Jul 2004 23:09:42

Well done Chris, your gradual approach is smart.  As for the hybrid bike -
its refreshing to see someone willing to wait until upgrading to a sleeker
machine.  I see so many people around here who get a little into biking and
suddenly buy a trek 5500 or a top-of-the-line time trial machine when
they're out of shape and 15 pounds (or much more) overweight.  The money is
wasted on them IMO.  I've never done a tri, but I've done biathlons, and you
can get pretty far with a mid-range racing bike with aero bars...

- Tony

Quote:

>Hey people,

>I've been lurking in these groups for a while now, and I've learned a
>lot from reading all of your posts. I don't usually have time to
>participate but I just completed my first triathlon so I figure it's
>time to give back to the community by entertaining you all with a race
>report. I'm sure it will be a lengthy post, so if you're anxious to
>get on with whatever the latest flamefest is, feel free to skip it.
><g>

>First, a bit of background. Last October when I quit smoking for the
>nth and final time, I decided I needed to set a positive goal that
>would give me something to focus on and cement the transition from
>self-destructive to healthy lifestyle. Now, one might say that simply
>breathing clean air is in itself a worthy goal, but apparently the
>concept of that wasn't enough for my stupid mind. It needed to be
>expressed in a physical sense. So, I figured, I'm turning 30 next
>June. It's about time I stopped with the half-ass "smoking in
>moderation" crap. I will complete a triathlon before that year is up.
>And so it began.

>As it turned out, substituting an unhealthy ***ion for a healthy
>one worked better than I had even imagined at the time. I highly
>recommend this to anyone struggling with something similar. The basic
>strategy was - do aerobic exercise at least 5x per week. Any time I
>felt the urge to smoke, do more aerobic exercise instead. This worked
>out great. The physical exertion was the perfect outlet to get rid of
>that twitchy, I-want-to-kill-something nic fit feeling. And the pain
>of being out of shape was a great reminder of how stupid I had been
>and how far I had left to go. Many was the time when I stopped in the
>middle of a run to puke, or by the side of the car before driving home
>after a hard swim. Great stuff, I tell you.

>A small disclaimer is probably in order at this point. I've never been
>overweight and have always been in fairly good shape, kept active with
>biking, tennis, etc. Never smoked more than a pack a day, and by the
>time I quit I was down to around 5 or 10. So my particular story
>shouldn't be taken out of context if you happen to be a 3 pack a day,
>100 lbs overweight type of person. Choose the pace that fits your
>situation, don't kill yourself. But do suffer. Pain is the feeling of
>weakness leaving your body.

>OK, enough with the past. You folks probably don't care to hear about
>my struggle to change idiotic behaviour patterns anyway. Heheh.
>Actually I made all that up to excuse my slow times. Just kidding :)

>A word on my training regimen, or lack thereof. My plan was to focus
>initially on swimming, which I had no experience at all in. Mix in
>some cycling (mostly commuting to work) and weight training, then
>phase in the running starting in January. This pretty much went
>according to plan, though I ended up doing most of my biking in the
>gym until May. (Pacific NW, rain, laziness...) My primary goal was to
>concentrate on becoming a good swimmer, so I wouldn't drown. Biking
>and running were things I'd done since I was a kid, at varying levels
>of commitment. My bike is a hybrid and I'm not a fast runner, but I
>could easily handle the distances that would be involved with the
>sprint tri I signed up for. Well, maybe not easily, but I could
>certainly finish it, even if at a patheticly slow pace. Or so I
>reasoned at the time.

>Those first months of swim training were a humbling experience. At
>first, I could barely do 50 yds, and would have to rest for a minute
>afterwards, gasping and dying. Seems like it took forever before I
>could do three lengths in a row. Other notable milestones were my
>first sub-minute 50, the first time I seriously tried breathing every
>three strokes (asphyxiation, pain), finally mastering breathing every
>3 (freedom, balance, relaxation), first 1000, first 1500.

>I have to say that the Total Immersion book played a huge role in jump
>starting my technique to the point where I could swim without getting
>tired. Particularly where body position and balance are concerned,
>those drills are invaluable. I'm not sure what I look like when I
>swim, but I suspect it's some hybrid of the "TI" and "Larry" styles.
>45 degree body rotation, long strokes, arched back, loper. I'm a 6
>beat kicker though. No matter how far the swim. Although realistically
>it turns into sort of a 2 beat over long distances. (KICK kick kick
>KICK kick kick). Kicking for me is a natural, inseparable element of
>swimming. Even if I'm not using it for power, it's essential for
>balance. Plus it's nice to have in my arsenal when I feel like
>sprinting. My ankles are inflexible by nature, so I'm constantly
>stretching them to keep the kick propulsive.

>Going into the race, my 400 time in the pool was 8:39. Slow, but not
>too bad considering it was a really relaxed swim. I figured I could
>easily do at least 8:00, probably better, which was well within the
>"respectable" range for last years' race results. My favorite workout
>is something I call the "pyramid", which consists of 2 50s, 2 100s, 2
>200s, 2 100s, 2 50s. On longer days, throw in 2 400s in the middle.
>Rest 10 breaths after a 50, 20 after a 100, 30 after a 200. Go faster
>on the "descending" slope of the pyramid. I did that one a lot leading
>up to the race. Interspersed with the occasional long swim - 1000 or
>1500 yds. I also swam a couple hundred yards in lakes maybe four
>times, just to get a feel for the navigational and coldness aspects.

>In case you haven't noticed, when it comes to swimming I am obsessed.
>When I pass a body of water I have an overpowering urge to jump in. I
>don't feel right unless I swim 5x a week. I just raced yesterday, and
>all day at work I couldn't wait to swim again tonight :)

>As far as cycling goes, that's something I've always done and am
>fairly good at. My bike isn't very fast - it's a Trek 7500 hybrid
>upgraded with Continental tires. Great commuting machine, which is
>mainly what I use it for. An excellent workhorse to handle roads,
>trails, curbs, and rain. Not the best device for maintaining say, 20
>mph over a 30 mile training ride. Not even within the realm of
>possibility. So I contented myself with riding 15 mph, climbing as
>many hills as I could find, and building up the engine, so to speak.
>Plenty of time in the future to buy some expensive lightweight race
>bike.

>Running is another area that demands some level of obsession, at least
>from a technique perspective. Given that it produces more injuries
>than any sport I know of, I figured I had better make sure I was doing
>it right before doing it very often. I have high arches and tend
>toward underpronation and an outward splay of the feet. Or at least, I
>used to. I've trained myself to the point where even when walking I
>now keep both feet lined up in a || pattern, almost unconsciously. I'm
>also a forefoot striker who enjoys running barefoot. On dirt, that is.
>Not sure I ever want to try that on pavement. As with cycling, I run
>with a fairly high cadence, and try to focus on increasing stride
>length while maintaining cadence when I want to speed up. All of this
>technique stuff has recently materialized to the point where I can run
>comfortably for 5 miles or so with no lapse in form. I still have a
>long way to go as far as speed.

>I think my fastest timed mile so far was 7 minutes, and typically I go
>around 8 to 8:30 when running outside. In other words, slow.
>Borderline jogger. When inside, I do intervals on the treadmill, using
>the "pyramid" method - 6 mph, 7 mph, 8 mph, 9 mph, 8 mph, etc. Rest
>periods in between are 5 mph. This seems to work pretty well at
>keeping me from dying of boredom on the treadmill, on those days when
>I need to squeeze a quick run in at the gym. I have yet to really try
>a "fast" 5K distance in training, so who knows what I could do if that
>were the only thing on the agenda for the day. I plan to find out soon
>when I focus more on running.

>OK, on to the race description. The triathlon I signed up for was,
>aptly named - "My First Triathlon". What a title, eh. It sure looks
>cute on the T-shirt too. Luckily there are no fuzzy bunnies or flowers
>on there.

>I arrived early so I could watch the previous days' race and get a
>feel for the course. The lake was beautiful, clear, and cold! Much
>colder than the ones around my house that I had practiced in. Not
>quite wetsuit temp, but cold enough to cause tingly extremities after
>doing a few 100s in there. I went in several times that day and stayed
>in around 10 minutes, to try and acclimate.

>Saturday's race went in 4 waves of 100 each. The first guy into the
>water started ***stroking like mad, taking an early lead. Then he
>proceeded to flip over and backstroke for the next half of the swim! I
>think he continued on like that for the whole race, alternating
>between *** and backstroke. Only a few people caught up to him too,
>this guy was an animal. His backstroke was easily faster than my
>freestyle. I think he ended up coming in third for the swim. I'm not
>sure how he did overall.

>Other than the front pack, the race was pure chaos. It looked like
>people were getting thrashed, beaten, and kicked everywhere. Based on
>this I decided that the next day I would start at the front of the
>first wave, just behind the first row of people into the water. I
>figured it was better to be up front

...

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Race report - first triathlon (long)

Post by Madelain » Fri, 16 Jul 2004 00:02:52

Quote:

> Well done Chris, your gradual approach is smart.  As for the hybrid bike -
> its refreshing to see someone willing to wait until upgrading to a sleeker
> machine.  I see so many people around here who get a little into biking and
> suddenly buy a trek 5500 or a top-of-the-line time trial machine when
> they're out of shape and 15 pounds (or much more) overweight.  The money is
> wasted on them IMO.  I've never done a tri, but I've done biathlons, and you
> can get pretty far with a mid-range racing bike with aero bars...

> - Tony

Tony,
What is a "biathlon" in this context?  Is it bike + swim or is it bike +
run?  I thought a biathlon was cross country skiing + marksmanship.  I'm
curious because I can't run but can bike and am looking for something to
shoot for.
Madelaine
P.S. the obvious obsence definitions have occured to me, so don't bother.
 
 
 

Race report - first triathlon (long)

Post by Harold Buc » Fri, 16 Jul 2004 00:16:26


Quote:

> What is a "biathlon" in this context?  Is it bike + swim or is it bike +
> run?  I thought a biathlon was cross country skiing + marksmanship.  I'm
> curious because I can't run but can bike and am looking for something to
> shoot for.

Where do you keep your rifle when you bike? Or do you have a pistol? I'm
sure there are many things you can shoot for, but most will land you in
jail.

The term "duathlon" is usually used for run-bike-run events. "Biathlon"
is trademarked or something for XC-ski and shooting (or XC running and
shooting) events, but people still use it for run-bike and run-swim-run
events. I've seen "aquathlon" for run-swim-run events.

But the bottom line is that the terms aren't completely standardized,
and "biathlon" might mean snowshoeing and harpooning. Read the
description before signing up!

--Harold Buck

"I used to rock and roll all night,
 and party every day.
 Then it was every other day. . . ."
      -Homer J. Simpson

 
 
 

Race report - first triathlon (long)

Post by Dot » Fri, 16 Jul 2004 00:55:58

Quote:

> Tony,
> What is a "biathlon" in this context?  Is it bike + swim or is it bike +
> run?  I thought a biathlon was cross country skiing + marksmanship.  I'm
> curious because I can't run but can bike and am looking for something to
> shoot for.
> Madelaine
> P.S. the obvious obsence definitions have occured to me, so don't bother.

"Biathlon" is generally used for xc skiing and rifle sharpshooting
(dictionary def, albeit an old dict). However, I've noticed several
people use "biathlon" for bike-run competitions. In Alaska, there's
seldom any ambiguity that biathlon refers to ski-shooting competitions
;)  since we've had some top-notch biathletes come out of the state in
the past and we tend to be a snow-oriented state (as we're dreaming of
it now).

"Duathlon" is usually used to refer to run and bike competitions, but it
can refer to a competition with any 2 disciplines. I think I've seen xc
skiiers refer to duathlons with classic and skate components. As Harold
said, check what is involved in the race - disciplines, order,
distances, terrain (flat, hilly, on/off road), etc.

That said, I've done 1 hilly trail duathlon twice (fit my schedule), and
really enjoyed it. Mt bike portion was challenging but not technical;
others might be more technical. Ours was run-bike, but more usually
they're run-bike-run. I'll probably do more in the future, but it
depends on race dates and lack of conflict with trail races.

Yea, a run-bike duathlon would be a good first running goal :)  Enjoy!

Dot
(reader didn't like multiple ng so had to clip some)

--
"Success is different things to different people"
-Bernd Heinrich in Racing the Antelope

 
 
 

Race report - first triathlon (long)

Post by Tony » Fri, 16 Jul 2004 13:20:10

Yes it was "Duathlon".  In the ones I did (same one 2 times) it was a 5k
run, 20k bike, then another 5k run.  LoL actually it was called the
"Y-athlon" because the YMCA here sponsored it.  I would do it again this
year but I think they stopped it.

- Tony

Quote:


>> Tony,
>> What is a "biathlon" in this context?  Is it bike + swim or is it bike +
>> run?  I thought a biathlon was cross country skiing + marksmanship.  I'm
>> curious because I can't run but can bike and am looking for something to
>> shoot for.
>> Madelaine
>> P.S. the obvious obsence definitions have occured to me, so don't bother.

>"Biathlon" is generally used for xc skiing and rifle sharpshooting
>(dictionary def, albeit an old dict). However, I've noticed several
>people use "biathlon" for bike-run competitions. In Alaska, there's
>seldom any ambiguity that biathlon refers to ski-shooting competitions
>;)  since we've had some top-notch biathletes come out of the state in
>the past and we tend to be a snow-oriented state (as we're dreaming of
>it now).

>"Duathlon" is usually used to refer to run and bike competitions, but it
>can refer to a competition with any 2 disciplines. I think I've seen xc
>skiiers refer to duathlons with classic and skate components. As Harold
>said, check what is involved in the race - disciplines, order,
>distances, terrain (flat, hilly, on/off road), etc.

>That said, I've done 1 hilly trail duathlon twice (fit my schedule), and
>really enjoyed it. Mt bike portion was challenging but not technical;
>others might be more technical. Ours was run-bike, but more usually
>they're run-bike-run. I'll probably do more in the future, but it
>depends on race dates and lack of conflict with trail races.

>Yea, a run-bike duathlon would be a good first running goal :)  Enjoy!

>Dot
>(reader didn't like multiple ng so had to clip some)

>--
>"Success is different things to different people"
>-Bernd Heinrich in Racing the Antelope

 
 
 

Race report - first triathlon (long)

Post by onemaratho » Fri, 16 Jul 2004 21:58:18



Quote:
> Overall, it was a good race. I finished feeling strong, and didn't
> drown. Triathlons are so much fun, I am now thoroughly ***ed. I
> can't wait to do another one. I'm not sure if I'll do another sprint
> this year, but next year I'm definitely doing the "My Next Triathlon",
> which is a follow-up to this one, followed by the Black Hills
> Triathlon next fall. That one is olympic distance. Hopefully by then
> I'll own a better bike and be somewhat competitive. In the meantime, I
> plan to enter every 5K I have time for, plus a couple of 10Ks before
> next fall. Hopefully some longer open water swims too, if I can find
> any.

> Thanks to everyone on the newsgroups for all their informative and
> inspirational posts, and for taking the time to read this.

> Wishing you good health and speed,

> Chris
> aka "Thrashing Slug"

congrats, Chris, on your first tri! loads of fun, eh? reading your
report, i almost felt like i was reading my own first race report. i,
too, am just getting into tri (did my third race this summer), and
started out much the same way you did. i came from a non-swimmer
background and concentrated on that mostly in training. i, too, used a
clunky hybrid bike, but posted a decent time mostly through plain hard
work. i do come from a bit of a running background (4 years of
experience before my first tri last year), so that wasn't a worry for
me.

a tip, in case anyone else didn't mention it: get yourself a race bib
belt. you can attach your race number bib to it pre-race, and in T1,
you'd just clip the belt around your waist (with the number on the
back), then at T2, just turn the belt around with the number on the
front for the run. easy!

yeah, must take it easy on water, etc during the bike. must remember
that the run will slosh around whatever is in your gut at the time. i
made the mistake of eating part of a banana in T1 once (i was
famished!), and by the time i got to the run, my stomach was starting to
cramp.

anyway, great race, and welcome to tri!

Cam

 
 
 

Race report - first triathlon (long)

Post by Chris Durk » Sat, 17 Jul 2004 23:33:24

So, the official results are up on the website. I forgot to mention in
my original post what the distances were. 1/4 mile swim, 12 mile bike,
3 mile run.

My overall time was 1:22:17, which put me in 23rd place out of 109. 5
of 8 in my age group. Swim split was 9:28, 11th overall, 3rd in age
group. Bike time is kind of confusing but I think it was 44:51, 18th
overall, 4th in age group. Run time was 28:00, 49th overall, 6th in
age group.

I was kind of surprised by the swim time, since it felt like I was
swimming much faster than I had in training. I would have estimated at
least 7:00 per 400 yard pace. Most likely the pack I was swimming with
went off course and we ended up doing more than 440 yards. Either that
or the cold water made it seem like I was exerting myself more.

My run time was also much worse than I had estimated. Even allowing 2
minutes for the "rest stop", that still averages to almost 9 minute
mile pace, which is pretty bad. Cramp or no cramp, I never would have
allowed myself to run that slow if I knew what pace I was going. I
definitely need to remember to use the timer on my watch next time!

It's cool though, this taught me a couple of valuable lessons that I
can put to good use. I need to focus more on maintaining my target
pace, and pay less attention to the people around me. On the bike I
had no problem doing that, since I had the speedometer. The swim and
run are a bit trickier.

Thanks to everyone who posted with suggestions.

Chris

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> Hey people,

> <race description snipped>