First Triathlon on Sunday

Need some newbie advice

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17/08/2012 at 10:11

Morning all,

My husband has come out of his lack of exercise haze by "surprising" me with a lovely present of a triathlon on Sunday morning.

It's 500m swim, 24km bike, 5km run

All very simple and managable and I know that I can do the distance BUT.... does anyone have any tips or things that I should know before starting? I've been trying to read some threads but am getting in way over my head.

  • What gear do I *really* need? I'm not talking about clothes as i'm just going to use my regular sports gear the moment. I'll be using sunscreen.

My thoughts were:
- Swim: Costume, googles, swim cap?
- Bike: Helmet
- Run: Hat

  • Anything to avoid?


Bouncing Barlist    pirate
17/08/2012 at 10:19


This quite to Sprint Triathlons is really good if youve not seen it before:

Dont forget trainers for the run and a number belt or safety pins.

WildWill    pirate
17/08/2012 at 10:27

Biggest thing to remember for first Tri ....


... ENJOY 

17/08/2012 at 10:28

Thanks BB, that's absolutely perfect!

17/08/2012 at 10:31

@Wildwill - I'll let you know how I find it after it! I'm sure that it'll be a lot of fun...

17/08/2012 at 11:11

Wow, Emmy, that's quite a surprise! Which one is it you're doing?

17/08/2012 at 11:18

@Sarah - I was a little shocked too. He came home muttering something about the local triathlon and that he was interested... then in the next breathe my name was put down for the sprint (he could of chosen the olympic version so i'm kinda happy about that!),

It's a local triathlon where we live in Belgium, so it's not going to be a competitive field but it should be a lot of fun. We'll see of course - i'm fully expecting him to leave me paddling in the water within the first 5 minutes!

Edited: 17/08/2012 at 11:19
17/08/2012 at 11:18

When I first started I would wear thigh-length lycra shorts over my swim cozzie for the whole race

17/08/2012 at 11:27

@IronWolf - did you put the lycra shorts on after the swim? or if you swam in them - didnt you get cold on the bike? I know that i'll dry off and am planning to wear my sports bra under my costume but thought that the shorts could be "too much"

17/08/2012 at 16:00


Most important thing is the helmet rule - your helmet must go on and be clipped up before you touch the bike in T1, and must not be unclipped until you have hooked up the bike in T2 - or you risk disqualification. And don't do a Jonny Brownlee and mount it too soon either

Also, you will feel like you are trying to run after downing several pints when you get off the bike, but it will ease after a couple of minutes. Don't try and go off too hard though.

17/08/2012 at 19:37

Enjoy it!

M...eldy    pirate
17/08/2012 at 19:45

Emmy if the weather is like it is here currently you really wont get cold, it sounds horrid cycling in wet clothes but you really dont notice it

Enjoy !

17/08/2012 at 21:20

emmy - no, I swam with the shorts on. Like Meldy said, you don't feel cold. Nowadays I use a pirate top and shorts or a skin suit from start to finish, I never feel cold.

Blisters    pirate
17/08/2012 at 21:33

Good luck Emmy, you'll be fine.

Which reminds me........

My very first triathlon is on Sunday 26th August at Malmesbury. I'm beginning to get nervously excited. I hope that the bike transition's not too long, as I will have to wear my cleated bike shoes.

19/08/2012 at 14:14
Hi all, just wanted to say thank you for all of your advice. We did it this morning and I felt a little more prepared after reading the guide from BB. three words... I LOVED IT.

I was always near the back of the pack but felt really good (mostly). The one thing I seemed to struggle with was heavy legs in the transition from bike to run but I think that practice will help that.

I'm not sure of my time but bike + run was 1.27. It was definitely around 1.50/2.00 mark in total.

Most satisfying thing of the day? I beat the other two guys I was with. One I overtook on the bike, the other in the last 300m of the run.... I may not have been first of the day but I felt like I won my race today!

So thank you! Thank you for your help and great advice...... Now, when's the next one?
PSC    pirate
19/08/2012 at 14:38

excellent, well done!  So, Outlaw next year?

19/08/2012 at 14:48

Well done Emmy! Onwards and upwards now. Running "off the bike" as it's called, will get easier, especially if you do it in training. When you practice 2 sports one after the other it's called a 'brick". Swim to bike is usually easy, bike to run transition is the one you should work on. Doesn't need to be a long distance, you can do something like a 5km bike and 2km run and repeat. As you get stronger you can up the distance a bit, my favourite is 25km bike, 5km run. After you have practiced this a bit it will become 2nd nature and you will no longer feel like your legs are struggling in sand when you get off your bike.

19/08/2012 at 15:58

well done emmy!

19/08/2012 at 17:11
@gavin - during our celebratory BBQ I was telling them about outlaw...I've planted the seeds I'm trying to persuade them that even if they don't do the full - they could do another as a relay

@ironwolf - thanks for the tip about bike to run transition. I've only ever done it the other way round so this time it was a little strange. I'm going to give it some practice and see how I get many repeats would you start off with? 2x5 x5? Or more?

@mathschick - thank you!
Red_dog_chris    pirate
19/08/2012 at 19:26

well done Emmy, superb time for a first tri. I did Outlaw this year and only ever did 3 sprint tri's before doing it, so it can be done- it is the training that is the killer- especially time wise. I am hooked on tri now, I am not fast or ever going to win a race but it's the personal challenge I enjoy. As far as bricks go I do 2 a week- a one hour cycle quite hard then a 30 min run, then a 2-3 hr cycle and 1- 1/2 hour run, but that's because I am doing longer distances now, you could do a 30 min cycle and 15 min run. As Ironwolf says it does get easier, it will improve your running speeds overall too.  

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