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2013-06-29 4:51 PM

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Subject: What should I put for my swim time for upcoming pool tri?
Hi, all. I have one week and one day until my first tri! I am super excited. It will be a 750m serpentine swim in a 50m pool. So, they want a time on an 800 yard TT to get everyone seeded correctly. I put in 18 minutes flat as I don't regularly have access to a pool that is in yards. I have done several 750 meter TTs and my best time is 16:52. Also I did a splash and dash a few weeks ago with a 500 yard swim and got a time of 9:56. My plan for the upcoming tri is to start out easy and speed up if and when I feel comfortable. I am pretty anxious about the serpentine swim. If you were me, what time would you enter for your 800 yard TT. They just extended the date to update the swim time so now I am way overthinking this. lol Thanks, everybody!


2013-06-29 4:58 PM
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Subject: RE: What should I put for my swim time for upcoming pool tri?
Hi Margo,

750 m is 820 yards, and you said that your best at this distance was 16:52, so you might want to shorten your originally entered time by a minute?

I've never done a pool tri, so I'm afraid that I can't offer any sage advise on this. However, good luck, don't panic, and remember the most important thing in your first triathlon- HAVE FUN!
2013-06-29 5:09 PM
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Subject: RE: What should I put for my swim time for upcoming pool tri?
Originally posted by wartho

Hi Margo,

750 m is 820 yards, and you said that your best at this distance was 16:52, so you might want to shorten your originally entered time by a minute?

I've never done a pool tri, so I'm afraid that I can't offer any sage advise on this. However, good luck, don't panic, and remember the most important thing in your first triathlon- HAVE FUN!


I was kinda thinking the same thing about taking a minute off my time. I know need to relax as my goal is just to complete and enjoy the day. No chance if of placing at this stage of the game! Thanks for the reply.
2013-06-29 8:18 PM
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Subject: RE: What should I put for my swim time for upcoming pool tri?
Definitely put in a quicker time. If the swim has you do two laps in a lane, then it can be harder to pass people.

Also practice going under the lane lines, especially when you are more tired.
2013-06-29 8:43 PM
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Subject: RE: What should I put for my swim time for upcoming pool tri?
Ok, I resubmitted my time for 17:00. Thanks for the advice on practicing going under the lane lines. It's those little things that I haven't thought to practice that will throw me off. I was thinking on the bike the other day that I haven't tried running with it in my bicycle shoes. I have spd cleats which are a real treat to walk in. I need to practice running the bike out to a pretend mount line to make sure I don't fall. That would totally suck!
2013-06-30 1:56 AM
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Yeah, I always run like a duck in my Speedplay cleated shoes. I tend to go at a slow trot out to the bike mounting line. Grass is the easiest to run on with cleated shoes, asphalt is okay as it fairly rough, but concrete is..... interesting, and a bit slippy. I've never managed a flying leap onto my bike, as I always clip in my right shoe then take off. I have a few balance issues with my ears, which are noticeable after a long cold swim, and I don't trust myself to fall off at the mounting line. Not that I really care, but my body has had enough road rash in its life!

Try out flying leaps, clipping in first, and running in shoes-that-aren't-designed-to-run-(or that matter walk)-in.

Have fun


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