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TheTB2001




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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2018 8:22 pm    Post subject: Basics Reply with quote

Hi everyone,

I'm new to triathlons and would like to know a few things if possible.

1. How much should you train for a triathlon?
2. What is it like taking part in a triathlon?
3. Top tips?

Many thanks.
Terry
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome. Pretty open ended questions!

1. As much time as you want to / your family will allow.
2. Do one, and find out. 👍😉
3. Join a club.

Have you got an event in mind? Whatís your background.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1. All the time! Itís fun! Smile

How fit are you in each sport now?

2. Itís a Type 2 Fun activity

https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=type%202%20fun

3. Swap driving and train journeys for running and cycling there.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2018 11:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

1. depends; https://www.triradar.com/training-plans/

2. emotional!

3. Learn to do transitions and practice them
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2018 1:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1. If you can already swim 400m, bike 20k and walk 5k then no need to train. Just do one.
2. Do one and you'll know a lot better.
3. Don't take tips from an internet forum (at least not on open questions).

After you've done one you'll know pretty well what to do next.

Helpful? Not really. Smile But there'll be as many different answers to the questions as there are (active) users on here. Most likely you'll get more confused than helped, despite everyone's best interest in you doing well. We all individually advise based on what we found out but that might not help your achilles heel.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2018 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Easy. Just sign up for a local sprint. Hell, you don't even need to do much training for it - it's easy to 'wing' it.

Then see what hurts, and work on that.

Smile

PS. Then buy your wife/girlfriend/partner a whole flowershop full of flowers to make up for the amount of money you're going to happily spend over the next few years feeding your kit addiction.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2018 2:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1. If you can already swim 400m, bike 20k and walk 5k then no need to train. Just do one.
2. Do one and you'll know a lot better.
3. Don't take tips from an internet forum (at least not on open questions).

After you've done one you'll know pretty well what to do next.

Helpful? Not really. Smile But there'll be as many different answers to the questions as there are (active) users on here. Most likely you'll get more confused than helped, despite everyone's best interest in you doing well. We all individually advise based on what we found out but that might not help your achilles heel.




Edit: Hey look you were wrong we gave exactly the same answer!!!!

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2018 6:59 pm    Post subject: Re: Basics Reply with quote

TheTB2001 wrote:
Hi everyone,

I'm new to triathlons and would like to know a few things if possible.

1. How much should you train for a triathlon?
2. What is it like taking part in a triathlon?
3. Top tips?

Many thanks.
Terry


1. Lots.
2. Fun, unless itís long, when you will get to know yourself a bit better, but still fun.
3. If you are able - just do it.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2018 9:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1. If you have a local tri club, join up, typically they will Swim a couple of times a week, run once a week, and organise a bike ride on Saturday morning. Get into a routine of doing these sessions, and that will be an excellent start

2. As many people have said, do a sprint or super sprint. They tend to be pretty informal, and you really dont have to train to complete one unless you are super unfit. This was my entry and I was instantly hooked

3, You don't need a mega expensive bike... in fact a good second hand bike will only cost you a couple of minutes compared with a high end super bike. You probably don't need a coach (despite what people on other forums advise). You don't need to do an Ironman as soon as possible
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

1. As little as possible
2. Agony from start to finish due to #1
3. Take up baking instead
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2018 8:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Haha - but baking adds calories!

blindcider wrote:
1. As little as possible
2. Agony from start to finish due to #1
3. Take up baking instead
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