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Yet to compete or experienced with tips

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16/03/2004 at 14:11
Having yet to compete in a triathlon I thought it would be a good idea to open a thread for people in a similar situation or more experienced triathletes to share training tips etc.

I definitely could do with some advice so perhaps others could too.
cougie    pirate
16/03/2004 at 14:50
Loads in the same boat - just search the forum for your particular dilemma.

(And don't let Candy convince you that the best form of training is Ironman Austria !!!) ;-)
16/03/2004 at 15:17

Candy's recruitment drives are part of the fun.
cougie    pirate
16/03/2004 at 15:34
Oh noooo - he got to you Jj !
16/03/2004 at 15:54
[looks wistful]
cougie    pirate
16/03/2004 at 16:06
[looks up wistful]
16/03/2004 at 16:42
[looks up cougie]
16/03/2004 at 16:51
16/03/2004 at 17:01
[looks up jj] ?
cougie    pirate
16/03/2004 at 17:04
wistful [Show phonetics]
sad and thinking about something that is impossible or in the past:
a wistful smile
I thought about those days in Spain and grew wistful.

Eh. Spain ? Austria I knew about - but Spain ? Now I'm confused. And Ed - quit it with that periscope please - it's cold.
Orca    pirate
16/03/2004 at 18:09
Sorry to spoil things by getting back to the original point of this thread but Evil Pete, I'm in the same boat. I've the Paris marathon in three weeks and then it's training for tris. is a great beginner site to check out.
16/03/2004 at 20:00
t'ain't no periscope cougs.
16/03/2004 at 20:12
don't listen to eddum, Evil Pete!

Tritalk has all sorts of odd people contributing to it!

People like ed

and cougie

and Jj

16/03/2004 at 20:14
[scrabbles toe in dirt in shamefaced sort of way]

you just haveta get used to us.

I'm looking to do my first tri sometime this summer - I have a couple of little obstacles to overcome, but in all seriousness this forum is the place to come for support and advice.

So don't be put off - just go with the flow.

cougie    pirate
17/03/2004 at 01:08
What do you wanna know ? Jj's expertise is cycling, and my knowledge of swimming is quite legendary. ;-)
17/03/2004 at 08:29
Thanks for the tips guys.

I'm having a problem breaking into any kind of routine. I'm thinking of the London tri, just sprint distance to get me started.

What volume of training should I be doing?

I know I'm not doing enough.

Watch that periscope boys, sounds nasty.

17/03/2004 at 09:08
Ah yes Cougie's legendary swimming ;)
But is it as good as mine? heh

I'm going to start swim training soon (end of the 8's rowing season on Saturday so can change training for a month or so before the head to head season starts)

You reckon 2 sessions a week (max I can do in the pool I'm affraid) with 1500m for each session is ok? I did a 1k swim in 21 minutes (very slow I know) but could only manage one length crawl then one length breast stroke, I want to just get this up to all crawl, not bothered about the speed as I know it'll come down just from doing crawl.

I'd say I'm fairly fit (just not swim fit)
17/03/2004 at 09:57
I did London Sprint last year as my first Tri and it was a fantastic experience!

Went on to do another at Seaford (Southcoast tri) and had another excellent event - with lumpy sea just to add to the excitement!.

Moving up to Olympic this year (OMG)!! programme so far is:
Stratford Sprint
Windsor Olympic
Ironbridge (team)
London Olympic
Southcoast Olympic

If swimming needs improving, I used to just plough up and down the pool non-stop for the required number of lengths, but have recently found some training sessions which (with some adaptations) seem to have helped in stroke development. I'm now working on the power aspect. (two sessions a week for about an hour each)

have a look at follow the "information " link and then the Spelthorn swim sessions link.

As for riding - I just get out and do it!

Running is my weak link so I'm doing 3 runs a week (-ish) ranging from speed work to long runs/event up to half marathon. 5 mile this morning!

I hope this helps and hope to see you at London!!
cougie    pirate
17/03/2004 at 10:00
Pete - what is your background ? You need to analyse your weaknesses and spend more time on them than your strengths.
17/03/2004 at 10:01

My training plan from May to August will be something like this:-

Mon. AM, Swim, PM Run.
Tues. Cycle to work, PM Run.
Wed. AM Swim, PM Run.
Thurs. Cycle to work, PM Run.
Fri. AM Swim, PM Run.
Sat. Rest
Sun. Cycle/Run - probably the most important session, getting used to that unique pain of running after cycling and chance practice transtition.

It seemed work OK last year. It not set in concrete though, I'll adapt it on a day to basis if I need to.
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