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2014-09-12 6:58 PM
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Subject: RE: Todd's Tri Turtles 3 (Beginner, Sprint, 5K, 10K) Basically Closed
Hey Cass

Good Luck for this weekend's tri.

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2014-09-14 6:12 PM
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Subject: RE: Todd's Tri Turtles 3 (Beginner, Sprint, 5K, 10K) Basically Closed
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Everyone seem to be doing well.
I was out all last week after my back went out. Strained muscle and pent up stress, etc.
Short walks then a longer walk on Sunday. Ran tonight oh so slowly, slight back pain for about 10 minutes almost half way through. After that I was okay.

Rebuilding slowly to a regular workout routine is my goal for September.


Sorry about the back as I know what you're going through, but u already know that. Yep getting back in a routine is always the hardest thing to do
2014-09-14 6:16 PM
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Subject: RE: Todd's Tri Turtles 3 (Beginner, Sprint, 5K, 10K) Basically Closed
Hi Turtles

Bad Back must be contagious this week Lovey. I hurt mine doing some landscaping and had to nurse it all week so I could play golf on Sunday. Golf was enjoyable but I was pretty rusty as I hadn't played for 9 months. We came across a 1 metre black snake on the golf course, after that we didn't bother looking for any stray balls that went in the long grass.

Training during the week was very limited due to my back. I've just returned from a jog this morning and pulled up ok so I'll be training this week.

Anna, I had a great Fathers Day last week. My younger son is a personal trainer so I asked him to prepare a stretching program for me as a gift. My older son gave me a sand wedge and some golfing tips.

It's time for me to increase my training intensity in preparation for my first tri in 8 weeks.

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2014-09-15 8:25 AM
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Hey Rod and Lovey, hope you heal up quickly and get back into the training groove soon.

I had my 2nd triathlon race this weekend. The race report is here: http://www.beginnertriathlete.com/discussion/forums/thread-view.asp...

It was a great race with a lot of talented athletes. My overall swim was awesome - I averaged about 1 min 30 sec/100 yards. This is 30 seconds faster than my training pace! I cut my corners too tight around the buoys, which is something to think about in the future.

My biggest goof was during transition 1. I was so quick getting ready, it felt like I was at the top of the pack getting out on my bike... only to realize I forgot my helmet and had to go back. By the time I headed out again it was crowded. I must have lost 1.5 minutes.

My bike ride was good for the level of (or lack of) training that I go in. I averaged above 17 mph on a 15 mile hilly course. Definitely a lot of room for improvement during the bike segment in the future. My goal next year will be 20 mph.

My hands were numb during transition 2. I might want to get pull-string shoe laces in the future.

My run went OK. I averaged about 8 min 30 sec/mile. I really wanted to go faster, but my hamstrings were cramping from the bicycle ride.

Awesome, awesome, VERY CHALLENGING, but awesome race. I'm really glad I did it. And since it was in my old home town, a lot of family was there to cheer me on. A great end to my season of racing, but the training will go on!

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2014-09-15 4:41 PM
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Hey Rod and Lovey, hope you heal up quickly and get back into the training groove soon.

I had my 2nd triathlon race this weekend. The race report is here: http://www.beginnertriathlete.com/discussion/forums/thread-view.asp...

It was a great race with a lot of talented athletes. My overall swim was awesome - I averaged about 1 min 30 sec/100 yards. This is 30 seconds faster than my training pace! I cut my corners too tight around the buoys, which is something to think about in the future.

My biggest goof was during transition 1. I was so quick getting ready, it felt like I was at the top of the pack getting out on my bike... only to realize I forgot my helmet and had to go back. By the time I headed out again it was crowded. I must have lost 1.5 minutes.

My bike ride was good for the level of (or lack of) training that I go in. I averaged above 17 mph on a 15 mile hilly course. Definitely a lot of room for improvement during the bike segment in the future. My goal next year will be 20 mph.

My hands were numb during transition 2. I might want to get pull-string shoe laces in the future.

My run went OK. I averaged about 8 min 30 sec/mile. I really wanted to go faster, but my hamstrings were cramping from the bicycle ride.

Awesome, awesome, VERY CHALLENGING, but awesome race. I'm really glad I did it. And since it was in my old home town, a lot of family was there to cheer me on. A great end to my season of racing, but the training will go on!


Sounds like a super strong showing from where I sit, especially with the injuries and lack of training due to them. What a freaking awesome swim average, I know that you would not have even thought that possible back when. Great Job again Patrick!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2014-09-16 8:22 PM
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Subject: RE: Todd's Tri Turtles 3 (Beginner, Sprint, 5K, 10K) Basically Closed
Hi everyone. I haven't been on the site in forever. Life has been crazy busy! I did my second race this past weekend which I hadn't trained as hard as I'd liked because of my hectic life. They called it a modified Olympic (.5 / 25 / 3.1) my swim time was awful as was most because of very choppy conditions. I would have never expected the water to be like that and don't know how to train for it without doing open water swim practice in high winds. My last race was open water in a resivoir and very calm. This on took place in the ohio river and took me nearly 30 min to complete the .5 mile swim. I swam most of it on my back. If I tried to freestyle every 3rd of 4th breath a wave would hit me in the face. Oh well I survived it. 40 people started the race. I finished 25 out of 27 finishers. The 13 people who didn't finish bailed on the swim. There was a sprint and duathlon going on at the same time. I passed a dozen or more people on the bike and a couple on the run so I thought I was doing a little better than I was. If it wasn't for the choppy swim that I wasn't mentally or physically prepared for I felt prett good about it.

I will try to stay in touch more and plan I. Swimming a lot over the off season and doing one or two races next year.


2014-09-17 12:35 AM
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Subject: RE: Todd's Tri Turtles 3 (Beginner, Sprint, 5K, 10K) Basically Closed
Great effort & results Patrick, particularly with the limited preparation.

Well done

Rod

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Hi everyone. I haven't been on the site in forever. Life has been crazy busy! I did my second race this past weekend which I hadn't trained as hard as I'd liked because of my hectic life. They called it a modified Olympic (.5 / 25 / 3.1) my swim time was awful as was most because of very choppy conditions. I would have never expected the water to be like that and don't know how to train for it without doing open water swim practice in high winds. My last race was open water in a resivoir and very calm. This on took place in the ohio river and took me nearly 30 min to complete the .5 mile swim. I swam most of it on my back. If I tried to freestyle every 3rd of 4th breath a wave would hit me in the face. Oh well I survived it. 40 people started the race. I finished 25 out of 27 finishers. The 13 people who didn't finish bailed on the swim. There was a sprint and duathlon going on at the same time. I passed a dozen or more people on the bike and a couple on the run so I thought I was doing a little better than I was. If it wasn't for the choppy swim that I wasn't mentally or physically prepared for I felt prett good about it.

I will try to stay in touch more and plan I. Swimming a lot over the off season and doing one or two races next year.



Nice job working through the swim. The bicycle and run segment can almost always be completed safely, because no matter how tired you are you can crawl along at a snails pace if need be. But the swim can really put your life on the line! As far as training for chop, I'm not sure. I've noticed that breathing on the side of your body that faces away from the oncoming waves helps me.

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2014-09-19 1:44 AM
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Hi Cass

I was re reading this post and wanted to congratulate you on your swimming. Great achievement to go from half a lap in a pool 12 months ago to 1000 yard open water swims and completing 440 yards in under 7 mins in your latest race.

I'm interested in your feedback regarding the use of a wet suit. Do you think if you used a wet suit in your last swim you'd be warmer from the outset and not experience the problems of being cold for the remainder of the race?

Rod
2014-09-19 7:26 AM
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Hi Rod,

Thanks and great point. While I prefer swimming without the wetsuit, I do think it would have kept my body warmed up for the bike and run segment. I think I was the only one with chattering teeth before the race started. About 80% of the other triathletes had wet suits even though the pond was a warm 73F.

I also wonder if pedaling in a higher gear (higher cadence) would help prevent my feet from going numb. I've had trouble with numb feet on longer rides (>30 miles), but what I felt during this race was a bit extreme for 15 miles.
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