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2014-07-21 10:44 AM
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I love race reports. I swear every weekend when I see others doing events I get antsy and wish I was racing! This weekend has sucked as I sit here getting fatter and out of shape. Thats how I feel anyways.

Next week will be the last hard week and then a somewhat taper week and then race week. I think I am really not gonna taper much since its just a sprint


Hopefully I didn't put you to sleep with mine. I know how tough this last weekend must have been for you. You'll be back in stride in no time!


2014-07-21 10:51 AM
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So I picked up a new bike - specialized Allez - new to me - used! Couple years old.
Bike is in good condition and is a fit size wise! Got some new shoes:pedals:cleats as well!
Taking it for a test ride this weekend!


How's the new ride? My road bike is a Specialized Secteur and I know several that ride Allez and love it. Best of luck with it! Pics?
2014-07-21 10:52 AM
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My calories are pretty darn good during the week. Almost all from chicken/fish, protein smoothies, veggies and fruits.

Did 30 miles with the bike group and It was tough, this group is fast and the course is always full of hills. At first I think I was into it because it was something different but now that I know the general route(s) it has kind of lost its appeal because I know where all the super tough areas are and kind of dread them


I've resolved myself to riding alone. I can't find a group that we all pace the same. I either push too hard to keep up or I'm not pushing hard enough because I don't want to drop someone.
2014-07-21 10:53 AM
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Congratulations to you and the whole family! What an inspiration. I am at the beginning ( day 1) of my journey to a sprint tri. My last was 15 years and 30 lbs ago. So I'm looking for inspiration, motivation and a virtual training group. Thanks for reopening this forum. I hope we get a conversation started.


Welcome aboard!
2014-07-21 10:56 AM
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Oh, and 1 more thing. I'm 4 weeks away from my first Olympic distance tri and I'm freaking out! How the hell am I going to run a 10K after 25 miles on the bike? I'm strugging with 5k on the sprint.
2014-07-21 12:17 PM
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Awesome, that is a huge triathlon, congrats.

With your training you'll be fine, you can always walk or take a break, I know many people walk the water station

I'm excited for today, 3 days off and I feel super fresh. Gonna run to the Y, swim, and then run home.

I love to hear about races, I assume because it's still new at this point, although it's great to talk with similar athletes with similar goals. For me on top I'd just getting back to training but I really need to get on the bike and have a good week


2014-07-21 9:45 PM
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Update time......all good news for once!

Scale time, 4 days of zero workouts, my daughters birthday party, and sitting around bored only resulted in a 3 lb weight gain and after my workout today, those 3 pounds were gone! Ran 3 miles to they gym, swam 1500, 3 miles home.

So, more good news. Well first, I was at the hospital all day with my mom who was having the minor surgery this time, between the 2 of us we had a rough couple days!, but she is fine and I sat in the hospital for about 6 hours. During the time I decided I would investigate Total Immersion swimming. Sooooooo, I try it out tonight, totally self teaching which I am sure I still doing tons of things wrong, but get this. My normal amount of strokes to cross a 25m pool is 22-25. Tonight, 15-18. Holy crap I couldn't believe it, I am excited to dig even deeper into this

Check this out though, so I am over at my moms, thus using the Y by her house. I see a sign in the lobby, total immersion swimming clinic this weekend. It was like a sign from above!! I am like, what is the chances the day I study all this their is a class here this weekend. Totally excited......until I check out the sign up. 450! You have gotta be kidding me, FOUR HUNDRED AND FIFTY DOLLARS FOR A SWIM CLASS. I was/am in shock
2014-07-22 8:34 AM
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Update time......all good news for once!

Scale time, 4 days of zero workouts, my daughters birthday party, and sitting around bored only resulted in a 3 lb weight gain and after my workout today, those 3 pounds were gone! Ran 3 miles to they gym, swam 1500, 3 miles home.

So, more good news. Well first, I was at the hospital all day with my mom who was having the minor surgery this time, between the 2 of us we had a rough couple days!, but she is fine and I sat in the hospital for about 6 hours. During the time I decided I would investigate Total Immersion swimming. Sooooooo, I try it out tonight, totally self teaching which I am sure I still doing tons of things wrong, but get this. My normal amount of strokes to cross a 25m pool is 22-25. Tonight, 15-18. Holy crap I couldn't believe it, I am excited to dig even deeper into this

Check this out though, so I am over at my moms, thus using the Y by her house. I see a sign in the lobby, total immersion swimming clinic this weekend. It was like a sign from above!! I am like, what is the chances the day I study all this their is a class here this weekend. Totally excited......until I check out the sign up. 450! You have gotta be kidding me, FOUR HUNDRED AND FIFTY DOLLARS FOR A SWIM CLASS. I was/am in shock


That IS good news all around! I'm glad the weight dropped right off and it doesn't sound like fitness suffered. The rest probably did you good.

$450 is insane! That's almost a year's membership at the Y.
2014-07-22 9:10 AM
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I agree 450 kinda of a lot. I have paid $200 for a chi running clinic so I understand things cost money and renting pools even more. Nice thing about running clinic is you can pretty much do them anywhere.

If you want to get better at swimming master swim class especially if the coach is a triathlete would probably help more and be cheaper. Same time I done many sessions with many coaches and ironically the last one to help me did the most for me. That being said even the one who did least for me directly helped me out the most.

Finger tip drills, catch up drill. learning to make sure you swim wide and tall. Main thing I learned is stroke goes into the water and not on top. . It helps havine someone who can look at you.
2014-07-22 10:33 AM
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MY girl and I bought a vitamix yesterday. Mainly for her but I am starting to think how can I use it to lose weight myself.
2014-07-22 11:12 AM
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I did find out my Y has a masters swim class, 30 bucks a month. I believe they swim 7 days a week but only 3-4 of those have a "coach"

As far as the vitamix, I am sure you will love it. I use our mixer all the time to come up with low cal and nutritious drinks


2014-07-22 6:47 PM
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Originally posted by Mfechter67

Oh, and 1 more thing. I'm 4 weeks away from my first Olympic distance tri and I'm freaking out! How the hell am I going to run a 10K after 25 miles on the bike? I'm strugging with 5k on the sprint.


Scratch that, it's really 3 weeks to my Oly. I did 15 miles on the trainer this morning, then ran5.75 after work.
2014-07-22 7:07 PM
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ECS: I can only speak for the Ys in Memphis, but those that have Master's Swim only run 3x a week...
2014-07-22 7:08 PM
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ECS - congrats on the maintenance of the weight! - although 450 is a ton I understand it - they are a specialty and elite!

Mike - good luck in your race! That's my goal end of next season! Rocket man Florida!,,,,,!

I took the new bike out for its first ride last night and I Love it!
Not as good as the Fuji I rented for my Tri, but compared to my jalopy it's GREAT!
Yeah I'll post pics as soon as I can - nothing special - 2011 model in great shape - orig owner replaced the fork due to a defect. And upgraded the crank... Not sure to what, but said he put $200 into last season w the crank and new tires. - tires has Zero wear on them! Plus tossed in a decent pump and really handy bike tool, plus a lock that I will never use!
2014-07-22 9:19 PM
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Went for a long swim today to see if this whole TI swim is as legit as it felt in the other pool.

I honestly can't believe its taking me almost 10 LESS strokes to get across a 25m pool. I normally do 200's in 190-195 strokes (i count, lol) and I was doing 200's in the 130 range. That is huge! My times weren't WAY faster, in fact they were pretty darn close, but the effort level is considerably less. Hopefully/maybe the speed comes as I start to learn and train my body.

Flaked out on the bike as its just SO inconvenient to ride my bike anywhere around here. Gonna get up bright and early while the wife is home w kids and take it too my favorite bike path, do a nice long ride and finish it up with a solid little brick run.

I think I am 2 weeks out from my sprint and then 4 from my first ever Olympic
2014-07-23 8:35 AM
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Mike and ECS- Good luck to both of you on your upcoming races!

Clarkey- Jealous about the bike! Ride it like you stole it!


I'm personally hoping to join the Olympic crowd during the '16 season. I'm training swim and bike at almost Oly distances now, the run is holding me back... but *knocks on wood*, I seem to have worked out the injury issues and am progressing nicely. Keep your fingers crossed because I'm planning on a full run 5K this Sat in place of a brick. Nothing special, not a race, but will track it with Strava and maybe... juuuust maybe I'll post the results, lol!


2014-07-23 1:13 PM
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Hey all. I have been lurking and not playing here for a while. I have been desperately trying to make up training time before NYC tri NEXT weekend. EGADS!!! I still need to get my butt out in the lake and swim. Rain has kept me out of the water for a while now. this weekend, I am gonna get a couple of miles in. I swear!

2014-07-23 10:19 PM
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Clarkey- Jealous about the bike! Ride it like you stole it!

I'm personally hoping to join the Olympic crowd during the '16 season.


Love the bike, not need to get the neck back in shape for long rides (haven't been riding much this summer since I broke down on a group ride earlier this year....

OLY for me in 15 hopefully!
2014-07-23 10:21 PM
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Hey all. I have been lurking and not playing here for a while. I have been desperately trying to make up training time before NYC tri NEXT weekend. EGADS!!! I still need to get my butt out in the lake and swim. Rain has kept me out of the water for a while now. this weekend, I am gonna get a couple of miles in. I swear!




My brother dropped out as he got pretty sick (cold/flu/virus) and he couldn't train for a few weeks recently and this was his first OLY.
Didn't feel comfortable going to NYC half sick doing a stretch race.

I wont see you there, as Im no longer heading down there.
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