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post #16 of 24
my gym has an olympic size pool
post #17 of 24
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question: where do you guys swim for tri training? The best I can do is a 25 yard pool, but does this adequately prepare you for a tri?

Depends where your tri is. Pool is probably fine for distance training however I would get some training in, in the same conditions you will race in. When my sister did the Lake Winnie Tri the waves were so big it looked like the ocean, whereas in a smaller tri she did it was a much more calm lake.

This also includes bike and running. You don't want to road bike on just flat roads if the terrain is very hilly.
post #18 of 24
^ +1 Good to get in at least some open water to get the feel for it. The most intimidating part of a tri is the swim start, can be a bit crazed and something you cannot really train for.
post #19 of 24
I'm a cyclist, but since this winter I'm training for the Fortis Marathon Rotterdam 2010. And I'm planning to swim weekly again because I want to participate in the Iron Man (within 10 years, of course).
post #20 of 24
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Depends where your tri is. Pool is probably fine for distance training however I would get some training in, in the same conditions you will race in. When my sister did the Lake Winnie Tri the waves were so big it looked like the ocean, whereas in a smaller tri she did it was a much more calm lake.

This also includes bike and running. You don't want to road bike on just flat roads if the terrain is very hilly.

Perfect advice. If you give open water swimming a try you'll find that it's a totally different beast than lap swimming, even when comparing a very calm lake to a swimming pool. You can check out the forums at beginnertriathlete.com. They have region-specific boards and usually you'll find people who are looking for others to join them in an open water swim, a long saturday morning bike ride or a run.

As far as bikes go, I'll second the advice for checking craigslist. You really only need a decent road bike ($300 for a used bike would do the trick).
post #21 of 24
I am "training" for a sprint tri right now. I have no clue how I will do, but it is a short enough event that I have done the swim/run portion of it several mornings this week. I don't have a road bike right now, So I have been spinning and MTN biking to get my bike legs ready. If i can ge the bike part sorted out I think I may go for an olympic tri later in the year.

On that can any one tell me if bying a 1998 GT Strike road bike would be a good deal for $400 (in good shape)? Here are the specs http://www.epinions.com/bike-Bicycle...T_Strike__1998
post #22 of 24
resurrecting this old post because i just did my first tri today. Olympic distance...what a blast. my time was nothing special (i was next to last in my age group) but i also did it no wetsuit and with a mt bike. with the proper gear, i hope to be more competitive in the next one.

so regale us once again with your tri stories, new or otherwise!

-Jeff
post #23 of 24
Did my first sprint triathlon Sunday. 750m swim/14 mile bike/3.11 mile run

Makes me want to do more.
post #24 of 24
It gets addictive, and you might find yourself spending lots of time on tri forums - if you don't already. I went from sprints all the way through to Ironman distance before having kids derailed my training. Now I'm attempting to get back into it in moderation.
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