UB - that is brilliant - I didn't expect anyone to take the time to answer all 10 questions!
A couple of things - on the swim they ahve asked for everybody's estimated time and said we will be going off in waves of 12 - I am presuming that is 20 lengths each then the next wave but maybe what I am imagining and reality will be completely different.
I can only do breast stroke - I know that if I ever want to go serious with triathlon then I need to spend a winter working on my front crawl but at the moment I am hoping that running will still be my major sport.
I think your advice about getting on and off the bike may prove to be invaluable - I'll keep it sensible!
Its the Carlisle Sprint Tri this Sunday coming. Fingers crossed it will be a nice day and I'm sure I'll enjoy it.
Hi everyone - I thought there was a beginners tri thread but can't find it so please either redirect me or humour me.
I'm a runner doing my first sprint triathlon on Sunday following an injury period where I couldn't run. As its my first I'm really just hoping for a good fun experience but I think i will learn a lot more from it by trying to do everything right this time. I've done all the obvious things like practice running after biking, running with a bike and ridden the course but I have a list of 'stupid' beginner questions that I can't find answers to anywhere that I'm sure you will all be able to answer. I've numbered them so you if you feel like answering one just the number and the answer will be great.
1) It's a pool swim, 500m - do you normally have to dive in for a pool swim as I don't know how to dive in.
2) Even if I don't have to dive in I would like to as it must be faster - is there a simple tip like focus on lifting your legs in the air or something that would help me 'get away with it'?
3) When I get out and run to put on my shoes with wet feet do you dry them with a towel or just shove the wet feet into your shoes full of talc?
4) Do you dry rest of your body before putting on your running T shirt? (obviously I don't have a tri suit)
5) Any tips for getting on and off the bike? - I've practiced it a few times but none of them have been anytihng other than stopping and clumsily clambering on.
6) Bearing in mind my running shorts that I am wearing for the swim will be soaking wet should I be taking extra time at first transition to smear some vaseline into inside of my thighs?
7) I'm hoping for sub 1:20 - my best times solo are 11:42 for 500m swim, 41:17 for bike and I've been injured so my running PB is not relevant. I'm thinking of aiming for 12 minutes and 42 minutes - are these reasonable or do I need to back off more to allow for doing the 3 events one after the other?
8) Timing - normally I wear a garmin watch for cycle and run - do I waste time putting this on at first transition or just cycle and run to feel?
9) (really basic question) - how do you put your number on before the swim?
10) When I run races I normally do a 3 mile warm up with some strides - what do you do before a triathlon?