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Subject: First tri coming up Saturday...
I'm 43, and before last July I hadn't exercised regularly in about 15 years. (shame on me) Started running with the couch to 5K program in order to a Warrior Dash with my son, and kept doing it. I've now worked my way up to about 20 mpw with a long run of 5-7. Lost about 50 lbs. this year too, though I'm still not what you'd call in really good shape.

Anyway a colleague talked me into doing a sprint with him and it's this Saturday. 400m swim, 10 mile bike, 5K run. Started training in April. I knew how to swim and am comfortable in the water, plenty of snorkeling, etc. But had never swam (swum?) before as exercise. Couldn't go a lap without gasping for air, but now I can go 800-1000 yds pretty comfortably, though I am S L O W. Whatever, I'll keep working on it.

Bike? Meh. I'll be on a borrowed cheap hybrid. I've really enjoyed the limited bike training I've been able to do, and I want to keep it going, get a decent starter road bike, etc. 10 miles is easy to do on a bike even with no training if you're not worried much about speed, so I focused more on the swim and the running.

Anyway no point to this other than to say wish me luck, and thanks for all the great tips I've gotten from the site just by lurking.

Edited by RollTideTri 2013-07-18 9:30 AM


2013-07-18 6:57 PM
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Subject: RE: First tri coming up Saturday...

Welcome to BT! This site is a terrific resource for new and experienced triathletes. It sounds like you're on a good path for training and doing races with your kids is a great way to keep the entire family involved. No worries about borrowed hybrid bikes for your first (and second, third etc) races.  You'll find plenty of information/advice here when you're ready to purchase a road bike. Until then, enjoy.

Good luck at your race this weekend! Smile, thank the volunteers and have a terrific day. 

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