What is your strongest event, how do you compare to "pure" swimmers, cyclists, and runners?

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    Feb 15, 2009 8:42 AM GMT
    Like most triathlestes I am classically mediocre. My focus has always been having enough endurance to get the job done, and I just sort of bungle through the events: swim, bike, and run. Over the years, I have developed a pretty good freestyle, and learned to do the butterfly. So in the swimming department I can hold my own. Cyclists and runners however, blow me out of the water.

    How many of you struggle with not having enough time to get really good at any one of the sports?
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    Feb 15, 2009 7:57 PM GMT
    Heh. Swimming has always been my strongest event, followed by the cycling. On the run part though, I've always just tried to muddle my way through it. I've never been a strong runner in any sense.

    Having swam in college, I'd say I've got that aspect nailed down pretty well. The cycling I'm really pretty amateur at, but can hold my own at least. Runners however, they can kick my ass.
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    Feb 15, 2009 8:19 PM GMT
    I got my first "10-speed" derailleur bike in 1962, when those were very rare in the US, and promptly started taking 70-mile, single-day round trips at age 13. I'd already been doing nearly that distance on a clunky old Schwinn-style, single-speed American standard cantilever bike.

    When my older friends started getting their car driver's licenses before me, and we'd all take weekend drives together through the country, I'd be giving the directions, and they'd ask me how I knew all these rural back roads, so far away from home. And when I told them this is where I rode my bicycle, they wouldn't believe me.

    At 15 I took up tennis, and for 2 years I was our country club champion for my age group. And sometimes I'd pedal 20 miles to the club, win my match, and then pedal 20 miles back home. I was anything but a gay wimp.

    Then at age 19 I had a terrible motorcycle crash, and my life changed. Disfigured & mentally impaired, I enlisted in the US Army in despair, a form of indirect suicide. Tennis & serious bicycling were forgotten.

    But bicycling is still something I attempt, even disabled now. And this past November I pedaled 165 miles down to Key West for charity. I didn't practice or get adequately ready, just relied on what residual ability I had left, from all those years ago.

    I've never been "pure" anything, but of all the things I can still barely do, I guess bicycling would be it. And given my age & limitations, I may be as "competitive" as the next guy.
  • Atriathlete

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    Feb 18, 2009 4:07 PM GMT
    There's no shame in being mediocre in 3 sports. In fact, it can be an advantage.

    In terms of getting better, I try to focus on technique in winter. There is technique to cycling and running, contrary to popular belief. Also, go for the low hanging fruit. Have you been properly fitted on your bike?
  • rnch

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    Feb 18, 2009 4:13 PM GMT
    swimmers...i know enough NOT to get my pic taken stuffing my face into a bong. icon_lol.gif
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    Feb 18, 2009 4:55 PM GMT
    Running is my sport, but I cross train by lifting weights and cycling. I was never close to being a world class runner but my philosophy is to train has hard as I can to become competitive in my running club's races. I almost always place in my age group at races, and in larger races my goal is to place within the top 10 to 25 percent of the field. I recognize that I'm not a world beater, but I don't concede anything in a race and push myself out of a sense of pride of what I have achieved as a runner.
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    Feb 18, 2009 6:27 PM GMT
    I can run circles around most people and I'm pretty good on the bike, but you get me in water and I'm more like a fish out of water instead of in it....I've always avoided tri's for this reason.....I can swim, it's just not pretty, fluid or graceful.icon_redface.gif
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    Feb 18, 2009 6:29 PM GMT
    Ranked in Order
    1) Run
    2) Bike


    3) Swim
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    Mar 20, 2009 12:26 AM GMT
    Before joining a triathlon club in 1986, I used to run half marathons mainly to raise funds for a charity I was involved in. The fundraising was a success. Then someone came up to me and suggest that I have a go at a triathlon. So I entered a local event which was designed for novices, and later became one of the national Try-a-Tri series of events. I was near tops on the cycling leg. By training and competing, I found that I came third in the cycling leg at one event, but both the swim and the run brought me further down the field, despite my training. So my order of strengths were Cycling, Running, Swimming.
    Training on two wheels consisted in 20-30 miles fast sprints, usually early Sunday mornings when the roads were free of traffic. Bank holidays were taken by cycling 60-70 miles to the coast, the longest fast sprint was one of 60 miles done in 1988, and in 1990 I cycled the whole length of the UK, about 1,000 miles, in two weeks. Cycling is still my main activity to this day.
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    Mar 20, 2009 5:55 PM GMT
    Swimming is my weakest event . I had to train with a pro to develop an efficient stroke and learn to taking advantage of my body structure. I am 6'3" tall ,I have a long water line . Now on the cycling end , I will rip some and not all a new ass. On the Smart Ride in 07 I did a century in 3 hours 47 minuets . Mind you, I trained for that event very rigorously and I have bin racing bikes all my life . And as for the running, I love it .I have the body for it . I can maintain a 7/8 minute mile so I am cool with that . But ultimately my method is try to kill them in the cycling section and hope to run them down at the end. icon_wink.gif
  • UStriathlete

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    Mar 27, 2009 4:28 AM GMT
    I'm good at one sport, Triathlon. it's not three sports, swim + bike+ run. my coach is great at balancing out my training. www.ironguides.net, vinnie is my coach. it's the best coaching/training i've done in my 20+ yrs in the sport. icon_lol.gif
  • swimbikerun

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    Mar 27, 2009 4:31 AM GMT
    UStriathlete saidI'm good at one sport, Triathlon. it's not three sports, swim + bike+ run. my coach is great at balancing out my training. www.ironguides.net, vinnie is my coach. it's the best coaching/training i've done in my 20+ yrs in the sport. icon_lol.gif
    Yes that's how many non-triathletes see it: three separate sports instead of one activity
  • jrs1

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    Sep 03, 2009 7:32 PM GMT


    I struggle with the running portion and my strongest would be the swimming element.

    I was bread a competitive swimmer and triathlons are always a welcomed challenged to help get a mental edge ... but the running ... yikes. I'm not a runner.
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    Sep 15, 2009 1:58 PM GMT
    Not a swimmer at all. Currently focus on duathlons and try to kick some butts before transitioning back to triathlons. This coming January -- moving up to a new age group classification -- Masters!.... Ok... I am dreading to start swimming again.

    Countdown to swim train -- 3 months 20 days icon_sad.gif

    Cheers

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    Sep 15, 2009 2:41 PM GMT
    Bike

    Running

    Swimming
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    Oct 18, 2009 2:05 AM GMT
    i was a good racer on the bike, mind you that was cross country, but racing is racing.(except MTbike racing has no rhythm but it's hell anyway )
    I'd decent at running , will manage a 10k in 39 min. ( that wouldn't hold in a solo tri race of course )
    but i swim like ... no , i don't swim , i just displace enormous amounts of water .
    i often thought of taking up swimming and see how i would progress but as the OP hinted, the time commitment becomes hellish.
    It's hard enough to find time to bike, run , go to gym and go shopping ( that is a sport right ? ) .
    But i love triathlon. As a consolation, i've done a team one last year..lol.I ran the 10k.

  • iamhman

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    Feb 27, 2010 11:34 PM GMT
    I love the swim, even while knowing all the people behind me
    will pass me on the bike and run.
  • DanOmatic

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    Mar 03, 2010 5:13 PM GMT
    I grew up swimming, and I'm usually one of the first guys in my wave out of the water, but I think it's pointless to "race" the swim. I just try to use it to get in a good position for the bike, and then I hammer it out. On the swim, I'm usually top two or three in my AG, on the bike top two or three in my AG, but the run is clearly wanting. I just kind of hold on as best I can. It generally works out in the end with a top-3 AG finish, but the run is where I need work. Can't help it--swimming and biking are more fun; running is such a chore.
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    Mar 03, 2010 5:49 PM GMT
    This will be my second year competing in tris. I have spent the winter weight training which has made a HUGE difference in the pool, hopefully will translate to a stronger more confident performance in open water too.

    I really like what USTriathlete said: "I'm good at one sport, Triathlon"... never really thought about it that way - but it is about putting three events together into one cohesive performance.

    With that said ... I also do individual cycling events, running events and duathlons. Hmmm - guess what's missing! icon_wink.gif
  • jrs1

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    Mar 03, 2010 6:19 PM GMT

    I don't do this thing with which your refer to as ' running. ' c'est quoi, ├ža?