(Closed) Triathlon bees!!

posted 5 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@OnceUponATime:  I’m not a triathlete, but I’ve seen several training schedules here and there as a long-distance runner. Shockingly yes, that’s what most I’ve seen look like. Even people training for Ironman’s have a bit less intense of a schedule than I would imagine. Plus, if you’re already doing the fitness you’re doing- you’ll probably do really well for a sprint.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@OnceUponATime:  So after 4, you have to walk? Try setting small goals to build mileage. Maybe similar to a race training plan, do shorter mileage all week and then work in a run with longer mileage and build upon it weekly. Those shorter runs will help you maintain endurance (and speed if you choose to work that in) and that weekly longer run will help prove to yourself mentally that you can push past your limits. And for me, once I reach a new distance, when I go to run it again if i’m struggling I say to myself, “you’ve done this before…you know you can do this…”

My runs are actually full of mantras that help me to keep going or go faster.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I did one sprint tri. I had been running half marathons for a while, and I figured anybody can ride a bike, so I focused on the swimming, because that shit is HARD for me. I was not really training for a fast time, just the experience. I swam 3X a week, ran about 3 times and then rode on the weekends. I think the biggest thing you need to work on is the transition from bike to run.

I will also admit I didn’t really take on the task with a lot of discipline (it was a few months after our wedding), so I am not the voice of authority, but if I could do it, then you can too!

 

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Hey! I’ve only done one sprint, but I’ve run 7 marathons and am marrying an Ironman so I have some experience! What is the distance of your sprint? Technically a sprint is a 750 meter swim, 12 mile bike, and 3.1 mile run but sometimes they vary the swim or bike a little bit. Swimming is the hardest thing for most people, so be sure you’re comfortable swimming! Is your swim in open water? If so, definitely get a practice or two in open water because it’s really different than a pool. I would try to be able to swim 1000 meters without stopping (if your race swim is 750 meters). As for the run, if you can do 4-5 miles you should be fine, but make sure to do a few of them after a bike ride! Even just a 10 mile bike ride and a 2 mile run will help you get used to running on tired legs. Your legs will feel like total jello right when you get off the bike, so you may need to walk a little to get them used to being off the bike. You don’t need to practice the entire thing; if you want to do all 3 in a practice, I wouldn’t do more than 500 meter swim, 10 mile bike, and 2 mile run. Save it for the race!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

For a sprint triathlon yes. A sprint triathlon is very very short. Even an olympic the schedule isnt too taxing. A sprint is a 750 meter swim, a 12 mile bike, and a 3.1 mile run. Its a quick taste of triathlon like a 5k is a quick taste of running.A sprint can be completed within 90 minutes, an olympic the elites will finish in about 2.5 hours.

I actually considered doing a sprint this spring before the olympic in June and possible half iron in september but Fiance just laughed at the distances since every saturday I take a swim class that I swim 1.25-1.5 miles then I do a spin class right behind it, sundays I run 6-15 miles typically.

 

Half and Full iron well those are an entirely different ball game. When you finish a full iron you will feel 3 things: Pain, Glory, and Pride and your face will look like this especially if you did the cycling and running up foot hills (note these times are unrealistic I started 30-40 minutes after the first wave):

 

 

Coming around the final bend:

FINISHED!

 

 

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Hey! I have done one Sprint Tri and used a book called “Essential Week-byweek training guide”! It is VERY detailed and has so much info. I really liked that I knew exactly how to work out every single day. 

 

Good luck!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Posting for reference!

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

@OnceUponATime:  if you want a reason to run more than 4 miles, sign up for a half marathon! If you’re in decent condition (knees etc) and can do 4 mi, you can totally do 13. Knowing you’ve got a race to train for is super motivational. (I sometimes listen to podcasts or books on tape to keep me interested on long runs.). Good luck on the sprint!! Never done one – I am the world’s worst swimmer…

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@RunnerBride13:  I agree with everything she said. 

Also, I’d add transition work. Try swimming 500m and then go for a bike ride. Or do a ride then immediately go for a run. The two biggest challenges people (especially first-timers) run into with triathlons is the swim (open water is scary) and transitions (which can be awkward and time-consuming). Also, on the actual race day, make sure you warm up really well before the swim. With the cold water and nerves, it’s very common for people to get cramps or panic. 

I’m currently training for my first triathlon after doing several half marathons and a few shorter races. My swim is surprisingly strong (I train with a private swim coach once per week) but I’m absolutely terified about the bike. I’ve had a few bad experiences with bikes/motorcycles in my past so riding hard/fast is mentally freaking me out. 

Good luck to you!!

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

@OnceUponATime:  You’ll get there we all start somewhere. I started with walking and weight lifting. You’ll get there faster than me too ๐Ÿ™‚ trust me on this.

 

It doesnt matter what you do anyway just keep moving is what matters.

 

I’m on a kamikazi mission anyway to do as many races as I can before I cant anymore :).

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

@OnceUponATime:  When I swim at the pool I wear a high end speedo suit, and a swim cap. It works fine.

 

You do not want to swim with bike shorts the chamois will soak and it will be squishy, and then you will chafe yucky. You’ll want tri shorts or just spandex shorts. Your race is short enough that shorts without pad should be fine with a speedo. You probably wont need to invest in a speed suit, or wetsuit.

 

Edited to add: If you choose to go onto an olympic or greater you’ll want to look into a speed suit and probably a wet suit. You’ll also need to learn about nutrition while completing the triathlon at that point. Right now you’ll maybe need a gu half way through the bike and thats it. You can probably get by with sports drink as a worst case scenario.

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