Cardiff try-a-tri

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Iron Pingu    pirate
17/04/2008 at 10:59
Hi, is anyone in Forum land doing this?  I'm very tempted but have never done one before so have no idea how it all works!  The swimming is in the pool so I'm guessing they don't chuck all competitors in at once for a big free for all ... or do they!?
17/04/2008 at 11:38


My clubs event. Won't be doing it cos im staying out of pool events this year. Basicly you guestmate a time for the swim. You then seeded. Either fastst swimer 1st or slowest swimer 1st, do your lenths, jump out, find the bike and go for a ride then finish of for a nice swim.

Prop be a marshal!

17/04/2008 at 11:40

Yes Marshal!

Novice event would get a rocket for entering!

Hope    pirate
17/04/2008 at 11:52
Hi PP, I'm doing this too, it'll be my first tri!! Are you local??
17/04/2008 at 11:52
Go for it Pingu pongu!!! I did my first tri last september. It was a sprint distance and was in the pool. the good thing about the pool triathlons is that because you are seeded in the pool nobody can tell when you are on the bike or running where you are coming overall!! so you can basically come last with no one realising! It's great fun. Have you got all your kit and bits for it?
17/04/2008 at 11:56

 I'm doing this too, it'll be my first tri!!

HE he he he he <evil cackle>

Hope    pirate
17/04/2008 at 12:26
Be nice TT
ImRio    pirate
17/04/2008 at 12:47

"My clubs event"  TT???

Does that mean you have actually been swimming then?

17/04/2008 at 13:00
he's not filled in the forms yet but it's already "his club"...
ImRio    pirate
17/04/2008 at 13:01


Now you or I could legitimately say "my club".    Interlopers!!!  huh!

17/04/2008 at 13:04

Nam forms have been sent and acknolged!

Iron Pingu    pirate
17/04/2008 at 13:27

Cheers for that.  So how about the bike bit.  Is it on road or off road.  I did a road race duathalon last year on my mountain bike.  I won't be doing that again!

 Hi Hope, I'm about 30 miles from Cardiff, so not that local really, but my sis lives up the road from the FF leisure center if that counts.

 TT why stay out of pools!?

 Ok, another question, how long would you expect to take on something like this.  16 lengths 5-10 mins?  Bike 16km (I have no idea) Run 5km 25 mins ???

Iron Pingu    pirate
17/04/2008 at 13:29
Jamma, just read your post.  Kit bits?  I have a swimming cossie and a mountain bike and a brand sparkly new pair of trainers.  Go on, educate me! 
17/04/2008 at 13:32

I'm not the best swimmer but just find pool tris not for me. I like the openwater.

30 miles from cardiff? Valleys somewhere?

Timing. Swim get in and swim it, A you can do the distance B you got a time. Bike average speed on a road bike or MTB with slicks is 16MPH so 16 should take about, 50 minutes then run add a minute to your normal run time due to "dead" legs coming from the bike.

17/04/2008 at 13:33


Get slick tyres, and if front suspension lock out the front folks!

17/04/2008 at 15:09


what I meant was, have you thought about what you'lll wear. I wore a swimming costume with a pair of cycling shorts over the top! (beginner stylee!) then in transition I chucked a vest on which I cycled and ran in. I did loook like a beginner of course but it's ok if you actually are a beginner!!! I didnt want to go and buy loads of bits if It was going to be my only one. I had issues with the whole "how do I get my sports bra on" issue!! I've since bought a tri suit which is great because you can swim cycle and run in it and its a really supportive bra top inside the top bit. If you think you'll do more I'd definitely invest in some tri gear.

I was really nervous when I did mine but it really is enjoyable. where near Cardiff are you?? 30 miles East West north??

17/04/2008 at 15:22
I offered to marshall this one...
Iron Pingu    pirate
17/04/2008 at 15:33

Oh god, I hadn't considered the whole sports bra thing!  They're hard enough to get on without being soaking wet.  What are the options here?  Buy the kit or struggle to put one on whilst getting on a bike and trying to retain some dignity?

 TT I'm PontyPool area.

seren nos    pirate
17/04/2008 at 15:36

Do it PinguPongu

It will be great  its going to be my first one and i'm really getting excited     just got to sort out how to swim and I'll be fine...

Discovered though that as a member I'm expected to marshall so if I take part i've got to find a marshall to do my duties...........

Looking hard but so far only come up with my 12 year old son

Will think about what to wear next week..

ImRio    pirate
17/04/2008 at 15:37
Pingu put it on under your swim costume then just pull on a pair of shorts and vest and you are good to go on the bike! 
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