"Try not to die"….. Calling TRIATHLON bees!

posted 3 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I wish! My goal is to run a full marathon after this baby is born, then switch to triathalons!

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I ran my first full marathon a month ago and now I want to try a triathlon. Interested to hear some responses!

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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@lealorali:  I have only done 1 triathlon, but my husband has done dozens including an Ironman, and I have run 7 marathons and tons of halfs, so I’m pretty well-versed in the sport!

How many triathlons have you completed? Sprint, olympic, Ironman, etc? 1 sprint and it was so fun! Sprint distances are not always standard- it was a 750 meter swim, 12 mile bike, and 3.1 mile run.

Your PR if you feel like sharing:  My swim was 21 min, bike was 48 (I hate cycling), and run was 25 min for a total around 1:40. 

What part of the country/world do you live in? I used to live in the Southwest, now I live in the Southeast.

Favorie equipment (bike, suit, handy gadgets)? Garmin watch, definitely. I didn’t have to wear a wetsuit because it was warm for my race but that would be important. Good running shoes too.

What can you not do without during a triathlon? Hmmm, I mean aside from the obvious (running shoes, shorts, etc) I would say good goggles and a non-crappy bike.

The craziest thing you have seen at a triathlon: A European man who didn’t realize that people don’t get naked in public at American races!


Tips for newbies: I would say that you should definitely do at least some 5K races before attempting a triathlon. Preferably a 10K or half marathon. I would say the exertion of a sprint triathlon is similar to that of a half marathon. I would also suggest going to a few triathlons first to see how it all works. You need to do some brick workouts (two sports in one workout) and some longer workouts than you will do in the race (i.e. run more than 3 miles at a time because your run will be at the end when you’re really tired). Finally, I would say practice swimming in open water if your race is in open water. It is SO different from swimming in a pool.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@lealorali:  Women don’t usually have nipple chaffing because you wear a sports bra that shouldn’t rub against your nipples like a t-shirt would. 

@DerDawg:  It’s a lot of fun! You should tri it! Tongue Out

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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@lealorali:  I love tris!  It’s hard to get bored with the transitions.

How many triathlons have you completed? Sprint, olympic, Ironman, etc? Not sure off the top of my head, but I have done everything from a sprint to a half ironman.

Your PR if you feel like sharing: I’m not that fast, I just try not to die… or be last 🙂

What part of the country/world do you live in? Most of my races were mid-Atlantic, but the half was in OKC. 

Favorie equipment (bike, suit, handy gadgets)? Watch for me too, I have a Polar.  Bento box for the bike on long races is also handy.

What can you not do without during a triathlon? Socks.  I know it adds time, but it’s worth it to me.

The craziest thing you have seen at a triathlon: At the half I saw someone pulling a child with a severe disability on the bike and then pushing him on the run.  Not really crazy, but it definitely made me think about my challenges compared to his and dig down.

Tips for newbies: + 1 on open water swims, or at least practicing spotting in a pool.  It’s much harder (for me) to swim a straight line than anticipated.  Also, test your nutrition out pre-race, don’t learn that gu hates you on race day! 

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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

How many triathlons have you completed? Sprint, olympic, Ironman, etc? I did a Sprint Tri, but have done numerous running races from 5k’s to half marathons to mud runs.

Your PR if you feel like sharing: Gosh, I don’t even remember. I remember it being slow, but definitely not last.

What part of the country/world do you live in? I’m in the Southeast, my Tri was here in my hometown. We’re a resort area and we have various sporting events through the year that draw a big following.

Favorie equipment (bike, suit, handy gadgets)? My running belt. I’m a pack mule and I keep SO much stuff in there. Other than that, comfortable clothing and good shoes in a must. 

What can you not do without during a triathlon? A good bike!!!! My girlfriends and I (all my running partners) decided to do the Tri and just do it to finish. Nnoe of of purchased a Tri bike (holy expensive batman!!) and so that was definitely a disadvantage.

The craziest thing you have seen at a triathlon: Our Tri is a weekend long thing. The day before I went out to watch the Olympic & Ironman, as I knew a lot of people participating. I was sitting on the sidelines during the bike portion at the turnaround point, when two people collided right in front of me. The woman flipped over her bike and went face first into the concrete. She didn’t move. I honestly thought she was dead. It was my first Tri, and I was freaking out. I started to cry, because I was worried I’d just watched someone die – and it made me super nervous about doing it myself the following day. She went to the hospital and ended up being okay.


Tips for newbies: Train!!! Seriously, each of those activites on their own are managable – but it’s a whole different beast when you put it together. I’m part of a fitness group that takes a “bootcamp” approach to our workouts and we do some crazy stuff. I’ve never been so exhuasted (including after running a half marathon) as I was after the Tri. Find others who are also participating and train together. 

 

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@lealorali:  Thanks! And no, my Garmin is not waterproof. I use it for the bike and run 🙂

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@lealorali:  I love my fitness belt! It’s by iFitness, and I bought it at an expo before my first half marathon. In fact, I actually ran with it the first time during the half, without training with it and had NO problems. It’s made of neoprene, and super soft. I have this one:

http://www.fitletic.com/running-belts/ultimate-ii-running-belt.html

In the pouch I keep my ID, Credit Card, some cash, my cell phone. In the little velcro pouch on the side I keep the keyless entry part of my car keys, so I can get into my car. It has little elastic loops on the other side for gels. My favorite part is being able to keep my bib attached to it (with the tabs at the bottom) so you aren’t worried about shedding layers during a race. I do have a water bottle for it, but I’ve never used it. 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I didn’t see this until just now.. 🙂 

 

How many triathlons have you completed? Sprint, olympic, Ironman, etc? A bunch of sprints and one half ironman. I was partway through my 2nd half IM when I had a bike accident and had to drop out of the race bc my helmet was cracked in half. 

Your PR if you feel like sharing: I’m a solid MOPer. 🙂

What part of the country/world do you live in? Copenhagen, Denmark and most of my tris have been here but I’ve got a half IM in May in Austria and a full in July in Lake Placid. 

Favorie equipment (bike, suit, handy gadgets)? I love my Garmin 910xt and my TYR backpack (alliance team I think it’s called). The backpack holds a ton of stuff but it never really feels too heavy when I’m biking with it on to and from practice.

What can you not do without during a triathlon? A good tri suit. 

The craziest thing you have seen at a triathlon: The black cat that ran across the road right before I had my accident at my half IM? 🙂 I thought that was a really bad sign and then a few km down the road, some guy decides he’s going to slam on the breaks and fall over while going around a turn and I flipped over him. Landed on my head, neck and shoulder but somehow managed to come out with minimal damage to myself and my bike.  The sole casualty was my helmet. I’ve never seen such frightened looking spectators though. 

Tips for newbies:  Don’t be so worried about the gear. As long as you have a bathing suit, goggles, a bike and some running shoes, you can do a tri.  Also, don’t skimp on bike training. The rest you can fake but if you’re not comfortable on your bike then it can have disasterous consequences. Finally, join a tri club. Training with buddies is so much better than training alone, plus the experience sharing can be invaluable. 

@lealorali:  I don’t know about the rest of the Garmins since I only own the 910xt but at least that one and the 310 are waterproof and built for multisport use. 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@lealorali:  That would be weird but nope, it wasn’t me.. 🙂 I hit the pavement and bounced back up. They had to drag me over to the side of the road to prevent me from getting back on my bike and continuing.  I think accidents happen far too often in these sort of races, especially when you get people who aren’t completely comfortable with handling their bikes which is why I recommend lots of time in the saddle. 

I’ve also heard good things about the Suunto Ambit as far as multi sports GPS watches go and I think that one is a little bit cheaper.  I’m really looking forward to seeing how the Bia sports watch does when it finally comes to the market. I supported their project on Kickstarter and it sounds like an awesome product.  

Nope, I’m not Danish – just married to a Dane and am stuck here until I convince him to move elsehwere 🙂  

Post # 16
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Following this thread as I will be starting to train for sprint tri in August. 

I currently do races 5k & 10K and have a half in May.

So far I’ve found networking (or getting a mentor) with like-minded people is key and joined a local Tri group. They will be hosting brick workouts in the spring. The tri community is very supportive. 

By working with people (especially women) who have been there, done that, it saves you money in the long run because they can advise you on effective training strategies and experience with equipment/gear.

A running belt is essential. And my next two big purchases are Garmin 310XT and road bike. The girls in my tri group advised me to not go out and spend a ton of money on bike. It’s important to do a few sprints/olympic distances to see if its soemthing you are really going to stick with before deciding to spend on pricy gadets or equipment. Because the dollars add up quickly. 

Also, attend as many free or low cost seminars as you can on training for tri’s, repairing and maintaining bikes etc. At least here in NYC you have a so many bike shops and training centers that offer workshops frequently. 

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