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2013-07-05 7:58 AM


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Subject: Total newbie here!
Hi everyone!

I'm completely new to this website and to this sport, or should I say.. any sport !
I live in Austria and last week did a fun run for women for cancer awareness... only 5k but I loved it! I hadn't trained really apart from my usual bike riding to work and occasional swim. Anyhow I picked up a flyer for an "aquathon" in 2 weeks time - It's part of a larger triathlon weekend... but it's perfect for a beginner to get a taste - only 200m swim and 2.5k run, women only
I'm a bit nervous but I think I'm going to give it a go...
Training is a bit hard as I'm a single mum with a 5 year old... she can't swim yet so if we go swimming somewhere I always have to stay near her...

I've never done anything remotely like this before so feel a bit like a fish out of water
Also I'm 41 so no spring chicken anymore ;-)

Any tips would be welcome... one question I have is what to wear? I don't want to fork out lots of money on wetsuits and tri suits for such a short event...
Was planning on just wearing a swimming costume for the 200m (water temp is about 20-21 deg) and then should I change into something to run or for 2.5 km could I run in my swimsuit ??
I haven't got a clue about these things

Nice to meet you all!

Regards
Isabel


2013-07-05 8:11 AM
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Subject: RE: Total newbie here!
Originally posted by trevy32

Hi everyone!

I'm completely new to this website and to this sport, or should I say.. any sport !
I live in Austria and last week did a fun run for women for cancer awareness... only 5k but I loved it! I hadn't trained really apart from my usual bike riding to work and occasional swim. Anyhow I picked up a flyer for an "aquathon" in 2 weeks time - It's part of a larger triathlon weekend... but it's perfect for a beginner to get a taste - only 200m swim and 2.5k run, women only
I'm a bit nervous but I think I'm going to give it a go...
Training is a bit hard as I'm a single mum with a 5 year old... she can't swim yet so if we go swimming somewhere I always have to stay near her...

I've never done anything remotely like this before so feel a bit like a fish out of water
Also I'm 41 so no spring chicken anymore ;-)

Any tips would be welcome... one question I have is what to wear? I don't want to fork out lots of money on wetsuits and tri suits for such a short event...
Was planning on just wearing a swimming costume for the 200m (water temp is about 20-21 deg) and then should I change into something to run or for 2.5 km could I run in my swimsuit ??
I haven't got a clue about these things

Nice to meet you all!

Regards
Isabel


hi Isabel - and welcome! ohhh Austria - i'm jealous! My friend and I were looking at the pictures IM Austria the other day and making comments about how we would love to go sometime!

My recommendation for your first one would be swim in a swimsuit and then just throw some shorts on with your shoes at the transition - they may get a bit damp, but its a short run, so shouldn't be too bad. You may want to wear a bra under your swimsuit depending on size/comfort etc (I do) and it isn't too bad

Good luck!
2013-07-05 8:20 AM
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Subject: RE: Total newbie here!
Austria is a fab place for holidays, let me know if you need any info!

Thanks a lot for the tips! Great
I never thought of wearing a bra under the swimsuit but it's a good idea...

I'm a bit nervous about swimming in the lake - I'm not a bad swimmer but usually go swimming in the local pool
Anyway, there are lots of lakes around here to practise in - I guess I just have to take the plunge (excuse the pun!) and go for it!

Cheers!

2013-07-05 9:13 AM
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Subject: RE: Total newbie here!
Originally posted by trevy32

Austria is a fab place for holidays, let me know if you need any info!

Thanks a lot for the tips! Great
I never thought of wearing a bra under the swimsuit but it's a good idea...

I'm a bit nervous about swimming in the lake - I'm not a bad swimmer but usually go swimming in the local pool
Anyway, there are lots of lakes around here to practise in - I guess I just have to take the plunge (excuse the pun!) and go for it!

Cheers!




maybe there is a group that does OWS (open water swims) that you could join in - might be worth asking - I did my first tri a few years back in the ocean with no OWS experience (aside from fooling around at the beach as a kid)...yeah, lesson learned there...
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