How long to morph from mere mortal?

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04/02/2004 at 16:42
Hi can anyone who remembers being a novice triathlete advise how long it takes to get match-fit as it were?
I quite fancy the London Triathlon... next year :-)... but need to work on the swimming/cycling.
Also are all of you mega speedy or is there room in the bigger events for people who do it for er, fun??
04/02/2004 at 16:53
I remember doing my first tri in '96 and taking 27 minutes for the final 5K thinking someone must have put lead into my blood as my legs were that heavy, I trained for the same race next year and dropped about 15 minutes overall but it did take a while to go from "this is really painful" to "I can run after getting off a bike wahey".
Best of luck whatever you do.
04/02/2004 at 16:55
Cheers mountain goat.
I doubt I could better your 27 mins on the 5K after swimming and cycling!
I am possibly getting carried away because I bought a new bike!
04/02/2004 at 17:08
hi guinevere,
dont worry there are loads of people that enter tri's for fun. it always amazes me that a tri in middle of essex countryside called the ongar try-a-tri attracts 120 (novice only!!!) people every year.

I started running in 98/99, did my first duathlon in 2000 and then started tri's properly in 2001. I settled in quite easily. And you'll never have a perfect race.....always something to learn. But that's what's great about tri's.

Not sure what else to say to you....:O/
04/02/2004 at 17:12
What's a duathlon? Bike and run? Showing my ignorance here Daz :-)
I might see if there are any popular with novices up my end of the country (Edinburgh)unless London is popular with first timers as well!
I think my first love is running but I'd enjoy the challenge of the tri. I think.
It can't be harder than a marathon.. Can it?
04/02/2004 at 17:22
yes usually run/bike/run.

keep updated with the triathletes-uk website ( and the 220 mag for up and coming races.

edinbrrrrrugh - bit cold for tri's up there aint it!?

I think runners coming into tri have a slight advantage as your legs are a bit more able to cope with the wobbly 'feel' you get coming off the bike.

i guess depends on distance. ive done marathons and i still reckon a mar falls somewhere between an olympic/standard and a half-ironman distance triathlon.....but everyones different.
04/02/2004 at 17:30
Edinburgh's not THAT cold!
But my bike did nearly get blown away in the wind the other day!
I am planning to do the sprint distance (I think it's 750M swim, 20K bike, 10K run?) at London next year. Not really worried TOO much about the running bit, or even the cycling, but the swimming, definitely.
Also wouldn't mind shifting half a stone of flab before donning a wet suit!!
04/02/2004 at 17:35
And if it's your king of thing, you could always try your hand at an off-road duathlon... that's cross-country running and mountain biking. Great fun and hard work!
04/02/2004 at 17:40
Sounds a bit hardcore!! But I've been told that triathletes are masochists :D
But perhaps that's something to graduate to.. eventually!
04/02/2004 at 18:09
What I mean by mega speedy is that I am not a fast runner by any stretch of the imagination, I just enjoy doing it!
So every event I ever enter is just for fun!!
04/02/2004 at 19:00
Dazzle! Tell me more about the Ongar thingy!

(my email's fecked at the mo)
Bouncing Barlist    pirate
04/02/2004 at 19:43
Just like you im contemplating 2005 as im sure ill spend most of this year finding my feet. I have hardly been out on my brand spanking new bike thats 2 weeks old and sitting in the hall but I keep walking past and looking at it, sitting on it soimetimes lol.

Oh and nice photo :-)
04/02/2004 at 20:06
To be honest Carl the running has been enough of a challenge until recently. Only started a couple of years ago, then stopped, then started, then got injured, etc etc. I think my body was so out of condition it didn't know wot had hit it!
Like you I need a goal to motivate me which is why I'm back marathon training and it seems to be going a bit better this time around.
Am contemplating cycling to work tomorrow.
But then there is the Edinburgh wind to contend with...
04/02/2004 at 20:21
You are darn right H.I.
I was out running last nite with a forumite who is also training for Edinburgh Marathon and a ned shouted Get a life.
For the first time I actually shouted back! All I said was Why don't you?
This is progress on two counts though. 1. I am obviously more confident and 2. I wasn't so out of breath I couldn't speak
Bouncing Barlist    pirate
04/02/2004 at 20:27
Edinburgh wind... we have Milton Keynes wind here and its been blowing a gale since Saturday.

Im looking forward to the summer months when I can get out more, im a big guy and not really that suited to running and kind of hoping ill be more suited to Troi as the bike and swim arnt weight bearing.

Im in it for the fun and self satisfaction as im never going to win anything but just corssing that line in what I would consider a half respectable time would be my equivilant of an gold medal.

Good luck its nice to hear its going well.

Oh, talking of speed, I filled in my application for Statford Sprint tri yesterday and they asked for an estimated time for the 400m swim, I guessed at 13 minutes... maybe getting it under 10 would be nice but I bet some of the experinaced peeps do it in 5 or 6.
04/02/2004 at 20:33
Yes not convinced I have a classic runners build either, so am probably more suited to swimming, but it'll need a lot of work. 13 mins for 400 m sounds fast enough to me!
Know what you mean about crossing the line - when I finished the marathon last year I was so happy I burst into tears for a minute. Just never thought I could do it. The fact it was a pretty slow time didn't matter.
Though obviously it would be nice to do it faster next time...
04/02/2004 at 20:39
is the london sprint distance really a 10k run? i thought they were normally 5k.

i keep trying to do the triathlon training but to be honest i don't know how you are supposed to do marathon training and triathlon training together - i'm giving it up till after rotterdam!

still hoping to do my first olympic distance this year though after 2 successful (as in i made it to the finish) sprint events last year.
Bouncing Barlist    pirate
04/02/2004 at 20:41
I cried when I crossed the line after my 1st Marathon (only done 2), im not really superfit or anything, pulled a hampstring really badly in Nov 2001 and took a year to get back to being able to run comfortably again, by then id lost the bug and became a couch potato blooming to nearly 15 stone when I decided enough was enough. Ive lost 20lbs since last July and things are going relatively well re my ultimate goal (getting fit and loosing weight) but concerning setting a Marathon PB in April and completing an Ironman in July things are looking dodgy as my legs are rejecting my minds requests to put in the miles. Ive been off my legs all week after a slowish ½ Marathon and all things considered it doesn’t bode well for my plans this year.

Conerning the 13 mins for the swim, I average about 50 secs per length of a 25m pool just x that by 16. That’s breast stroke which im pretty good at and faster than my crawl which I can only sustain for about 6 lengths consecutively (havnt been able to train as I have a shoulder injury grrrrr)
Bouncing Barlist    pirate
04/02/2004 at 20:46
Date: 31-Jul-04
Region: London
Event: London Triathlon
Distances: 1.5k 40k 10k (SoBR)
Organiser: "The London Triathlon, 14-15 Lower Grosvenor Place, London SW1W 0EX"
Cost: £63.00
Phone: (020) 7559 2929
Location: "Excel, Royal Victoria Dock"

Date: 01-Aug-04
Region: London
Event: London Triathlon Sprint
Distances: 750m 20k 5k (SoBR)
Organiser: "The London Triathlon, 14-15 Lower Grosvenor Place, London SW1W 0EX"
Cost: £TBC
Phone: (020) 7559 2929
Location: "Excel, Royal Victoria Dock"
Bouncing Barlist    pirate
04/02/2004 at 20:47
There seems to be a sprint and Olympic distance. Sprint appears to be 5k run.
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