I am overcome with emotion after completing my first Tri Sprint today. I had a great time at 1:33+. 1/3 mile swim, 11.5 mile bike, 3 mile run. I cried when I completed the swim and I sobbed as I crossed the finish line. Several times I had to hoop and hollar it was so much fun. By the way- I am a 5'3, 185 pounds and I DID IT! Thank to BT for the wonderful training program, the great tips on the forums, awesome articles, etc. Keep Tri'n everyone!
Hi mate,Just wanted to drop you a note to say that I completed the aggressive couch to 5km program yesterday and it has been an enormous success. I am 29 and a type 1 diabetic. After I stopped playing competitive team sport my weight got up to about 88kg before I finally decided to do something. I found beginnertriathlete.com through Google and decided your programs looked achievable even for a person like me who hated jogging.
I missed only 2 sessions over the four months and with dietary changes as well, I am now fitter than I've ever been. My weight is 72kg, my resting heart rate is down to around 65 (from somewhere in the high 80s) and best of all I've halved the amount of insulin I need to take.
I really wanted to thank you for the inspiration your website gives and for giving average joes like me exercise programs that work. I am now looking forward to continuing jogging and starting on the bike next week. I still hate jogging but I love the results!
Thanks again, cheers.Mike Australia
This is a great website. I am participating in my first sprint this month. It is one week before my 44th birthday. I started running late last year and in February of this year I ran a ½ marathon. After my ½ marathon I was ready for my next challenge. So, needless to say, I am jazzed about my upcoming tri and know that I will not be satisfied until I have made it and completed an Ironman event. I have planned to participate in 4 (sprint) triathlons this year and will train for a ½ Ironman for next year. I know I will visit your website many times and take advantage of all its resources.
Thanks for all the help.
Last July, I was sitting by the neighborhood pool, and decided to get off my fat butt and swim. One lap totally winded me. Feeling ashamed, I challenged myself to run the Reston Triathlon in 2004. BTW, I am a 41-year-old woman, 5'5", 200#, who has never been an athlete. 5 years in the Navy made me hate running.
I found your Conservative Program and started walking. I got up to 30 minutes walking. In September 2003, I ran 2 minutes, walking 28. I thought I was gonna die. I persevered, though. Today, for the first time, I ran 30 minutes nonstop at a 11:30-12:00-minute pace. I feel great.
I've tweaked the program a bit and have tied it into Steve Jonas' recommended preparations for his Ordinary Mortals program. After the new year, I'll learn how to ride the 15-speed mountain bike that has been collecting dust in the corner. If I finish Reston next year, my gift to myself will be a new bike.
Thanks for the website and the program.
I'm a runner now.
Thanks man! The race went really well. I was pleased with my time: 1.27.02 There's another sprint coming up in December that I'll be training for again! I'm pretty excited! Your website has been extremely helpful! Thanks for having it! Steve
Hi Ron, I just wanted to say that I love your website and I find it so helpful. It is packed with awesome information and it is coming from just the right angle for someone like me who is entirely new to the sport and knows absolutely nothing. There have been a couple of days where I am just not feeling keen to train at all, so I have read the website and within minutes I am bouncing into my sports gear and hitting the road, freshly motivated. I am a 23 year old New Zealand girl, and planning to do my first triathlon early next year. I have conviced a friend to do it with me, so I have a training buddy and someone to share the experience with. We have chosen the sprint distance so that we won't kill ourselves and can hopefully have some fun on the day! I am moderately fit and run about 12 miles a week normally, but the swimming is a real challenge and I have dug my brother's old mountain bike out from the basement, dusted off the cobwebs and am trying to fix it up and begin riding for the first time in about 10 years! I'm already having a blast and can hardly wait for my first triathlon! Thanks for your help and inspiration. Regards, Anwen.
I just wanted to say how much I enjoy your website. I actually just found it today. I am 31 and have been working on a healthier lifestyle for the last year. Recently, I decided I would enjoy doing a triathlon, however I have found limited resources for information. My local library has books on running, books on biking, books on cycling, but not on triath. then when I began searching the web I found many sites requiring a fee to participate.
So thanks for all the useful tips and information. How often do you update your website? (I did notice your workout journal is updated regularly) - Tami
thanx becky. you should set a date for your first tri, then giddy-up!!! all the learning about the sport you can handle. feel free to write about your experiences! we want to know. knowledge is power.
I would like to start by saying that your website is very informative. I am interested in Tri-training. I purchased a road bike in April 02 just to mix up my normal training which consists of running/walking and lifting weights. I have now got the bug to do a triathlon. I have been lifting weights for about 10 years and I competed at powerlifting for about 3 years. I got tired of lifting weights so much and that’s when I began to find other ways of staying fit.
Thank you, Brian
Thanks for the reply! I am going to start today after work on the new workout. I decided to do my running and swimming after I weight train. One question though,” How long should each cardio session last?” Should my goal be distance or time? I have been biking on Saturdays already and I usually ride around 21 miles. Also how do you keep from Burning muscle vs. fat when training in the tri exercises? I ran into this problem this past summer when I was biking at too high of a heart rate. I backed off of the intensity but I always seem to go over my target heart rate when biking or running. Just for your info. I live in South Carolina and the weather is pretty training friendly all but a couple of months per year. I go to a fitness center that has all the latest cardio equip so when time changes and daylight decreases I should be o.k. as for as indoor training.
I don’t mean to be a dope about this stuff but I am lost when it comes to getting the most out of training for an event like this and most books that I have bought just skim the surface or are geared for the pros.
Any experiences or advice that you think would be helpful for me would be greatly appreciated!!!
The best way to learn is from someone who has been there and you are the man at this.
Thanks again for your help!
- Point taken Jacques, it is now easier to read (no more background pics). Thanx
SUCCESS IS A MATTER OF EXPECTATION
'You may first expect to succeed if you want to succeed. And you can't expect to succeed beyond your wildest expectations unless you begin with some pretty wild expectations.
When you expect good things will happen, strangely enough, they will happen. Your expectation energizes your goals and gives them momentum. Since your life will always respond to your outlook, set your goals high.
The dreams you choose to believe in will come to be.'