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Discussion: Yes Tri!!!

Subject: Yes Tri!!!

By: d h.

Written on: Wednesday November 04, 2009

Message: I am on my way to training for my first of all time sprint tri next Jul. I am totally inspired to all I am reading on Ontri. Thank you!
Any beginner tips (really beginner) will be greatly appreciated.

Subject: RE: Yes Tri!!!

By: Clyde W.

Written on: Wednesday November 04, 2009

Message:
Tip 1. There's lots of time between now and July. Take your time building mileage and intensity gradually, to reduce injury risk.

Subject: RE: Yes Tri!!!

By: Teri d.

Written on: Wednesday November 04, 2009

Message: Remember to have fun. The first one is all about learning the ropes, not the time. Clyde's advice is important and right on. He'll probably also tell you to work on your swim stroke this winter with drills, a good coach and/or master's group. I saw that you're in Federal Way (I'm up in Seattle.) Which tri are you thinking about?

Subject: RE: Yes Tri!!!

By: Tommy F.

Written on: Thursday November 05, 2009

Message: D-H,
I'm right there with you. My first sprint tri is June 2010. I need to learn how to run and swim...

Subject: RE: Yes Tri!!!

By: Elena S.

Written on: Sunday November 08, 2009

Message: Swimming is the "scariest" if you never swam in a group and outdoors, definitely get your stroke analyzed over winter, to get your technique polished, and get out for open water swims a few times before the race. Learning how to transition and be organized about your gear is important too, so practice that , and on the day of race arrive early to ease the "nerves". Bring energy gells for the bike part, and make sure your bike is "tuned up" before the race. Transition from bike to run can be hard, so practice BRICKS. In general, pick a Sprint training plan (they have different levels), record your workouts and stick to it. Good luck!

Subject: RE: Yes Tri!!!

By: Bruno P.

Written on: Sunday November 08, 2009

Message: Register now , nothing like registering to motivate.

Subject: RE: Yes Tri!!!

By: Jeff C.

Written on: Tuesday November 10, 2009

Message: I'm on the same page as you, I will be doing my first triathlon in the spring/summer, can't wait!

Subject: RE: Yes Tri!!!

By: Ronald F.

Written on: Tuesday November 10, 2009

Message: I'll second what Clyde said. Most important is don't over do it. People that do, tend to end up with running injuries.
Pick a plan and do it. The rests and recovery periods are very important even though you might feel like it is too easy.

During the winter you might want to learn about your bike. Maintenance, tire changing cleaning and lubrication.

Ask a lot of specific questions on ONTRI.

Subject: RE: Yes Tri!!!

By: Belinda C.

Written on: Monday February 08, 2010

Message: What everyone else said is very good advice. I registered for my first tri about three weeks before the event which motivated me to train, my goal was survival. I have now completed 8, 7 sprints and one olympic. When you arrive on race day, walk through transition every way that you will during the event, in order. That way, when your mind is fuzzy coming out of the water, you will have seen your bike from that angle before. Some exits are better marked than others. Nothing beats a walk through or two to help you transition. Relax and have fun.

And another thing, no matter what you think new gear will do for your race, do not try anything new on race day.

Subject: RE: Yes Tri!!!

By: Suzanne C.

Written on: Monday February 08, 2010

Message: 1) Invest in good shoes - have them fitted
2) Build slowly. Add mileage and time no more than 10% per week. Take a week every 3 to recover and reduce EVERYTHING during that week.
3) Take a break when your body tells you that you need a break. It's ok to sleep in or veg on the sofa once in awhile (read: once in awhile = not every day :) :)
4) Find friends who enjoy this stuff too - it makes training a whole lot more fun!
5) Eat well and sleep enough so you have enough energy to train. No energy = crappy training sessions = crash and burn.

These are my top five in no particular order.

Subject: RE: Yes Tri!!!

By: Michael S.

Written on: Monday February 08, 2010

Message: 6)pose in you wet suit and take good pic's!! :):):)

Subject: RE: Yes Tri!!!

By: David H.

Written on: Tuesday May 17, 2011

Message: Here's what helped me the most for my first sprint tri last Summer (or things I should've done):
1) don't get too wrapped up in the "gear" game...good shoes, a decent bike and helmet, tri suit, goggles, sunglasses, and dry-fit socks (cotton socks don't go on easily when you're wet).

2) talk to other triathletes...they/we love to share and encourage beginners

3) build endurance slowly...don't forget stretching and weight-lifting

4) Get comfortable swimming in open water...start swimming slowly, settle yourself down, and don't be afraid to do breaststroke (or whatever) if necessary.

5) Spend some time on beginnertriathlete.com (as well as ontri.com, of course)

6) get your gear together a few days before the race

7) have a blast!

Subject: RE: Yes Tri!!!

By: David H.

Written on: Tuesday May 17, 2011

Message: oh yeah...and you won't need a wetsuit if the water temp is over 70 deg (I think that's right). Race websites should let you know water temps that week.

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