Losing my triathlon v-card!

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    Jun 10, 2011 11:33 PM GMT
    Hey guys, so I just recently entered myself in a triathlon. I've been swimming for 14 years, so I'm not too worried about that. Unfortunately the majority of the race is biking/running lol. I was just wondering if I could get some advice from anyone who is competitive in the sport. The triathlon I'm training in is a 1000 m swim, 18 mile bike, and 4.5 mile run. I guess the question I'm asking is what is the most effective way to train for this?

    Oh, and I just got a new bike, its a trek 2.1 triple, I plan on doing other bike races this summer as well.
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    Jun 11, 2011 12:26 AM GMT
    If you're a beginner in the sport find a club/team to join and train with over the winter and you'll acquire a lot of inside knowledge on training and performance in a very short time. After that you'll know the community in your area and can take on a private coach or set your own training program. Sounds like you're jumping into the sport at the opening of the season now so just have fun and remember two things: it's three sports but ONE event, so don't blow everything on the bike (since the pool will be easy for you), and cheer on the person who crosses the line after you. Have a GREAT summer!
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    Jun 11, 2011 12:45 AM GMT
    Awesome! Well good thing you have a lot of swimming training. I think this is hardest for a lot of people, including myself. I sink like a stone but I just love the bike/run part.

    Just make sure you train for the transitions and pace yourself. Your legs will feel like jello. I don't race competitively, but I do enjoy the workout. I might do it someday after I finish med school or maybe during my vacation month.
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    Jun 11, 2011 3:59 AM GMT
    check out beginnertriathlete.com

    great forums, bike reviews, training plans etc.

    good luck!
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    Jun 11, 2011 4:25 PM GMT
    Honestly, just work on your transitions - that's the part that gives most people the most trouble. Even experienced triathletes are constantly having to practice the transitions.

    As I was told when I first started thinking about taking up triathlons, "as long as you can keep your body moving for a couple hours without rest, you're fine. It's the technical part that can fuck you up!"

    Good luck!!