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Triathlons

Discussion in 'General chit chat' started by Jfrwhite, Mar 24, 2014.

  1. Jfrwhite

    Jfrwhite Posting Addict

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    I am considering trying to get myself fit and entering into a triathlon. It is something I have never really thought of before but have for some unknown reason have recently started wanting to do.

    have any of you every done a triathlon before and if so, what would you say would be minimum kit needed? I have a mountain bike and have read that a lot of people start off using mountain bike fitted with road tyres to save money. Any training tips would be appreciated too.

    There is a local triathlon club but I don't feel confident in joining until my fitness level I a bit higher.
     
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    I can't advise in general as I definitely ate all the pies and the only time I'll run is if I'm being chased by pikies or there's food involved..

    What I will say is that (if you're just starting out) you'll notice a huge difference in drag between knobbly and hybrid/slick tyres on your MTB; far more than you'll see between the slicks and a full-blown road bike; so slicks on the MTB are a good, cheap place to start IMO. As you get fitter you might find you're running out of gears on the MTB, though.
     
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    I`d join that Triathlon club, if I were you- bound to have had beginners before, and they`d be able to advise on fitness. And you may find someone up-grading their kit, bag a bargain!
     
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    That is a very good point, I never thought about it that way!
     
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    Are you a decent swimmer? i am quite poor at swimming so did a sprint distance triathlon which was a 400m (16 lengths) of an indoor pool. try that distance or if swimming isn't your thing, try a duathlon (run bike run). not only practice the different disciplines but also practice going from one to the other. the hardest thing i found was cycling for 45 mins then trying to run as soon as i got off the bike..legs are sooo heavy. as above though, join the club. you'll get trainning schedules, training partners and tons of advice. i never did and struggled....good luck
     
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    decide what distance your going to attempt for first one, sprint or olympic or even iron man!

    if your doing an open water swim the organisers will probably insist you wear a wet suite. Swimming is a wet suite is a slightly different experience - the suite is slightly more restrictive but provides you with more buoyancy. Definetly worth having a few practice swings in a swimming pool if you'll be wearing a wet suite.

    PS I only did one - London 1999 and found it easier than a marathon
     
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    I am looking at sprint distance (the ones I've seen are 400m swim, 20k cycle and 5k run if that sounds about right for sprint?)
    Pluggy - I have been reading the hints and tips on the club website and the one thing they really push is the practice the transitions, especially between cycling and running due to the jelly legs effect!!
    thanks for the input
     
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    Also about joining the club, I do intend to join the club at some point, I just feel like my general level of fitness needs improving first although like it has been pointed out they will no doubt have had novice members and I would probably get good training tips.
     
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    I found the transitions quite difficult. I'm not a good swimmer, but did 2 mins faster than i thought i could do (still one of the slowest swim times). i was that knackered after the swim that I got stuck half way out the pool and ended up looking like a beached whale (Greenpeace kept trying to push me back in). the cycle was ok and i was hoping that my running ability would help me gain time ( i was regularly running half marathons) however the change between bike and run turned my legs into heavy jelly and i struggled round the 5k. plenty of practice mate and you will enjoy it.
     

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