Post # 1
I’m doing a sprint triathlon (swim 1/3 mi, bike 17mi, run 5k) two weeks before my wedding and I’m hoping for some training advice. I haven’t swim in open water yet, but I plan to work on that soon (I have a serious fear of fish)!
I can do all the elements separately, but I’ve never tied them all together. I don’t want to come in first place, I just want to finish in a reasonable amount of time (for me).
Any advice? Do’s or Don’t?
Post # 3
Open water swimming is a must. I negelected that & it really killed me (almost). I was fine swimming more than 2X that distance in the pool but it was a huge difference in oper water (w/ tons of ppl kicking at ur face, water splashing, can’t see crap). Other than that, on race day, get to the race location with ample time to snoop around, register, & relax. I also made the mistake of arriving too close to start time.
Find appropriate clothing & figure out if u’r ok not changing & what outfit u will wear. Figure out if u need a wetsuit, etc.
I heard that for each day that you train, do not actually do all 3 types in the exact same distance. Either just do 1 type, or do 2 types but each with a shorter distance than game day. In other words, undertrain…
When I was training, I would run and swim (backward order, I know) and bike another day. However, I didn’t have a trainer with me but it nevertheless kept me in good shape. Good luck!
Post # 4
I agree 100% with pren79 – open water practice is a MUST. All of that splashing is very overwhelming the first time you encounter it. At my frist one I was liike "OH HOLY CRAP IM GOING TO DROWN!" but I promise you that passes…it inhibits your sight more than anything.
Also – bring your bike to a triathlon specific cycling shop. The tweaked my handlebars and seat so that i am working a different primary muscle group in my legs (quads) than I do for the run so you dont fatigue as quickly. Id give yourself ample time to do this though – I deifnitely noticed how sore I was for a few rides after he did this.
Lastly – WORK ON YOUR TRANSITIONS!! I’ve seen more than one race where the difference between first and second came to the transition time. Everyone has different tricks up their sleeves (er…wetsuits…) So see what the tri shop has in the ways o hints. ie for me – as im coasting into the transition area between bike and run, I undo my cycling shoes so I dont have to unclip them and take them off. I just yank my feet out, switch to sneaks, and get on my merry way.
Good luck, let us know how the training is going!!
Post # 5
Congrats on training for your first tri! Like KellyV, I highly recommend organizing your transition area and setting your running (and bike shoes if you have them) on a towel with your race bib, food/gel, sunglasses, etc. And even more importantly, memorize where your transition area/bike rack is! Unless you are slow like I was and can see your bike after the swim
If you are using a wetsuit, make sure you practice in it at least once just to get a feel for it. If you have access to an area to do an open water swim or two, fantastic. If not, it’s okay–I wasn’t able to before my first tri (due to water quality, so gross!). Unless you are crazy fast, you will get hit or kicked, and you will be hitting/kicking other people. Just do your best to stay calm and keep an eye on where you are swimming so you don’t swim more than you need to.
I’ve trained doing brick workouts, and I’ve been advised not to do brick workouts, so do what you feel best doing. The transition from bike to run is very awkward and I think worth practicing a little, even just to prepare mentally for your legs will initially feel.