LA Triathlon in October?

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    Jul 19, 2009 6:03 PM GMT
    Hey fellas, anyone competing in the LA Triathlon this October? Its going to be my first try, just the sprint version though to get my feet wet. Any advice would be welcomed on training, especially on the swimming part.
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    Jul 19, 2009 10:10 PM GMT
    I'm not competing in LA, but am in my 23rd consecutive season of triathlons and am always happy to share what I know with neophytes. First, you have to be comfortable with swimming in a crowd for the first 1-2 minutes, and you need to train in open water, at least enough to learn how to orient yourself (get used to breathing up/forward every other breath to visually pick out a landmark to stay on course). Second, understand that some triathletes are primarily bikers, so they will whiz by you during that part of the race, which can be potentially demoralizing – until you end up passing their sorry asses in the run later in the race. The beginning of the run you may think "my legs are like lead, how will I ever do this?" Just start with a slow jog, one foot in front of the other, and pretty soon you'll find a comfortable pace. Overall, learn to allocate your energy – if you go too hard in the beginning you won't have much left later on. And, think through the food/bathroom part of the race as best you can. In the big (8,000+ competitors) Chicago race, that means over three hours of wave starts, even though everyone has to check in before 6 a.m. So if you eat breakfast at 4:30 a.m., but your wave doesn't go until 9:15 a.m., and you run around a 3 hour race, that breakfast won't be sufficient. So supplement with energy bars, sports drinks, or even fresh fruit (I have a bag of grapes with me at the transition and as I bike). I love the sport and hope to keep doing it for at least another 23 years -- have fun and good luck.
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    Aug 02, 2009 4:12 PM GMT
    Hey, I'm doing LA tri sprint too. I just did my first tri in June and I started training since Jan.

    first of all, I hated Swimming, so I had to force myself to go swimming... swimming in the gym pool was ok but I needed to work on my forms and techniques so I decided to join a master swim team.
    Witch helped me a lot and I also go to meet guys and some triathlete through the team.
    So for me it was win-win situation.
    Now I swim about 3 times a week plus running and biking, and lifting a bit.
    I stop lifting heavy and focusing more on running and swimming.
    I biked since when I was little, so just bike on weekends. I'm working on my weak parts. After my first tri, I've been a bit lazy, but we have two months to the race, and I need to get back on track...LOL

    From my experience,
    you should try some open water swim before the race to see/learn how it is to swim in the ocean, with hundreds of others, it's a bit different (OK totally different!) than just swimming alone. Some guys swimming next to you might hit u or kick you, or can't go fast because there are people right in front of you... etc.

    And I do recommend doing some brick training, bike run combo, as well.
    I did few before the race but now I know I should have done it more.

    Before the race, you should be able to swim/bike/run a bit longer than the race distance too.

    For ocean swim, LA Triathlon Club does a lot of those, in a morning and afternoon. They do it in Malibu, Santa Monica, Manhattan beach, all over the pace. It's pretty good social group too. so check it out.
    If you are interested swimming with our team, feel free to message me.
    U can come try swim with us and see if you like it or not.

    For my first tri, I just tried to enjoy the race, and I did it was blast. (including, feeling my calves about to cramp while running was pretty insane experience but now its a good memory of mine...LOL)

    Good luck with your first tri, I'm sure you will love it.