Love or hate? Your first triathlon.

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    Mar 16, 2009 9:31 PM GMT
    I have mine in June and my 12 wks training starts the end of this week.
    I was working on schedule and it got me thinking.
    How you guys did it for your first triathlon? Was it how you expected? Did u make it through? Did you hate it? or loved it?
    OK, how was your first time? That's my question.icon_razz.gif
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    Mar 17, 2009 12:44 AM GMT
    I completed my first event which consisted of an outdoor pool swim in June,1986. I thoroughly enjoyed it, although the run was rather short (the event was organised by a woman). Yet I still felt that I achieved something which opened a door to a new sport, leading up to the Bananaman Grand Prix Championships the following year in 1987.
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    Mar 17, 2009 4:05 AM GMT
    Oh god , that was a long time ago . I did not do as good as i hoped or believed . I love to run. And love to ride . But the swim...................My swim technique was not efficient . As a result I lost time that I had to make up. And that messed with my head for the rest of the event . I pushed to hard on the bike. That effected my run . And well you get the point . I was a very humbling experience . I worked diligently on my swim and to just improve all around . So in essence my first Triathlons was good . icon_biggrin.gif
  • Atriathlete

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    Mar 19, 2009 7:51 PM GMT
    I was so clueless. Was on an old steel hybrid with toe straps. Had no clue about transitions (I put bike shorts on over my speedo in the transition). Got passed by 50 year old women on the downhill on the bike. Never had done a brick. Probably did about everything wrong that I could have. But I had a blast. There's something to be said for just setting a goal of completing your first race and then doing it. Don't worry about your time. Just remember to be smiling for the photographer as you cross the finish line. You'll want to buy that picture.
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    Mar 19, 2009 7:56 PM GMT
    Loved It. I had never been much of a runner, had to learn to ride a bike and the swim was ok. But at the end... the feeling of accomplishment. Amazing. Since then I have done several olympic and a 1/2 and am training for a full iron. Got hooked. Good for you for setting the goal and I hope you exceed your exectations.
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    Mar 19, 2009 8:13 PM GMT
    Loved it! Great sense of accomplishment.

    Make sure you do some bricks as a part of your training. When I first started, knowing that my legs feel like crap for the first mile of the run, and then get stronger made a huge difference mentally. enjoy!
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    Mar 22, 2009 2:47 AM GMT
    Atriathlete saidDon't worry about your time. Just remember to be smiling for the photographer as you cross the finish line. You'll want to buy that picture.


    Hehe, Atriathlete, good advice. Thanks.
    I will be trying to catch my breath after swimming, but will try to get a nice picture taken.icon_razz.gif

    I am not trying to compete, I mean, I never done this before, so that's not my goal. My goal is to enjoy the race and finish it, rather swim too fast in a beginning, use all the energy, and give up in the middle of the race.
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    Mar 22, 2009 2:54 AM GMT
    stringman saidLoved It. I had never been much of a runner, had to learn to ride a bike and the swim was ok. But at the end... the feeling of accomplishment. Amazing. Since then I have done several olympic and a 1/2 and am training for a full iron. Got hooked. Good for you for setting the goal and I hope you exceed your exectations.


    Yeah, that's all the guys i met who do triathlon told me.
    I guess there is something about triathlon that catches you and don't let you go...icon_razz.gif
    I actually enjoy training a lot. I hate running but slowly run more and more...
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    Mar 22, 2009 3:07 AM GMT
    What distances are you doing? I hope I didn't miss it on the post above.

    For the first one, you are training to finish, not to win. Later, once you understand triathlon, then you can work towards more aggressive goals... in my opinion. Good luck!
  • swimbikerun

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    Mar 22, 2009 3:17 AM GMT
    It was an amazing event. I did Strawberry Fields in Oxnard 2004 and won a medal! (I was the only who who did it on a mountainbike,lol)
    Don't worry about your time, just try to finish injury free and have fun!
    Awww...gonna get your tri cherry popped. So sweet.
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    Mar 22, 2009 6:32 PM GMT
    swimbikerun saidIt was an amazing event. I did Strawberry Fields in Oxnard 2004 and won a medal! (I was the only who who did it on a mountainbike,lol)
    Don't worry about your time, just try to finish injury free and have fun!
    Awww...gonna get your tri cherry popped. So sweet.


    Will try!icon_razz.gif Thanks guys.
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    Jun 03, 2009 6:20 PM GMT
    Just did my first. It was so much fun and felt great. Ready to work on improving my run speed for the next one!
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    Jun 07, 2009 2:36 PM GMT
    Hey Monky, that's awesome. Mine will be nest Sunday, so will let you know if i could survive...LOL
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    Jun 08, 2009 2:44 AM GMT
    Best of luck!
  • Atriathlete

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    Jun 11, 2009 1:47 AM GMT
    Kick ass, and remember to finish with a smile for the camera.
  • Ironman4U

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    Jun 14, 2009 2:01 PM GMT
    First one was in 1993. Had a blast. Bought a book called "Triathlon For Fun" when I started training. And that's what I had...fun.

    And if the race isn't great enough for you...the eye candy will keep you coming back!
  • UStriathlete

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    Jun 14, 2009 3:04 PM GMT
    LOVED IT! i had a blast, over 20 yrs ago at USTS Encinitas 1988. i'm pretty sure no one remembers the USTS series.
    and i'm still racing ever since, it's a lifestyle for me, 20+ ironmans later, several national and world championship and 100's of triathlons, plus 2 GG's, loving IT still. icon_smile.gif

    Enjoy yourself!!!!! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 14, 2009 3:37 PM GMT
    My first is totally fresh in my mind: it was less than a month ago ... May 16th in Galena IL. Beyond anything that I thought it would be. Crossed the finish line and broke down. I was mentally, physically and emotionally spent.

    For me, the hardest part was the swim. My adrenaline was pumping and I pushed way to hard out of the gate trying to stay with my wave. Had an open water "uh-oh" moment, freaked out and had to hit my "safety stroke" to calm down and catch my breath. Lost a lot of focus and confidence as swimmers passed me. Started feeling like I was in way over my head (literally and figuratively). I just trudged through it and then I was done...

    As hard as it was, I never had the "there I did it - never again" thoughts. When it was over, I sat under a tree, regained my composure ... ate a banana, drank some gatorade ... and proceeded to make a check list of what I need to do to for the next race to do better...I am hooked.

    Have three more races (one as part of a relay team) over the next 12 weeks.

  • Atriathlete

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    Jun 22, 2009 6:56 PM GMT
    Front2back, congrats. To quote Kurt Vonnegut, "Welcome to the Monkey House."
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    Jun 22, 2009 7:05 PM GMT
    I only ever wanted to do one.....

    8 triathlons and a marathon later, after a 6week rest break from the marathon, i am itching to get going again....

    ....first thought after finishing my first full tri....


    ...´i can go faster!´
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    Jun 22, 2009 7:42 PM GMT
    Hate it during, love it after, addicted for life.
  • DrStorm

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    Jun 22, 2009 7:57 PM GMT
    Mine was a totally nightmare. It was a sprint race in central Florida in 2000. I got kicked in the face twice, lost my goggles, and then went on to get not one, but two flats within 0.25 mile of each other. I only had one spare tube, and I had also accidentally lost all my gatorade out my drink bottle when I turned my bike upside down. What was worse, it was at the half way point of the bike portion, 95F, humid and mosquitoes were killing me. Race support only picked me up when the last person had biked through the half-way point some 2 hours after my 2nd flat. Then when I got back to the transition my ex wasn't even aware I had not finished the race and never occurred to him I was nowhere to be found, as he was too busy basking in his great finish. Needless to say, the only word that really describes this ordeal is "abortion".

    But here we are, 2009 and I am still racing strong - a silver medal at the gay games for the sprint triathlon in 2006 and triathlon is still my #1 passion. I never grow tired of it and want to still be doing it into my 80s!

    The whole point of doing triathlon is to ENJOY both the race and the training, if you're not enjoying either, then you shouldn't be doing it. Do not let one bad race make you want to pack it all up. Get out there, soak it all up and I bet you after the race you will feel really good about yourself for having completed an event. That adrenaline keeps pumping for days!

    TKLA80 I wish you a great race - just make sure you have TWO inner tubes and gas canisters to inflate them. AND make sure you know how to change a tire before the race - I know it sounds stupid, but most triathletes who do their first race have never changed a tire...

    GO GET THEM!

    PEACE
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    Jun 22, 2009 9:12 PM GMT
    Mine was hard also. at least the swim part. Once I was back on dry land, it was great. Take your time and dont get caught up in everyone else's race. You are doing this just for you. Since that first race, I have done a full Ironman and several 1/2 Ironman races. This summer I am off to do another 1/2 Ironman. Enjoy the day and like others said, smile for the camera.
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    Jul 02, 2009 4:25 AM GMT
    I'm a duathlon guy (can't get past hating the idea of swimming somewhere in a rush), but I can tell you that I remember distinctly, in the final run of my first du thinking, "This really hurts." That thought was immediately followed by "I'm DEFINITELY doing another one of these!" Been addicted ever since.

    So TKLA, how'd it go?!
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    Jul 03, 2009 3:28 PM GMT
    Ironman4U said
    And if the race isn't great enough for you...the eye candy will keep you coming back!


    This was so true, I did enjoy looking around and man, all those triathletes at the race were HOT! Especially a guy who had his bike right next to me. icon_razz.gif