I'm training for a Triathlon for June or July of 2006. I am a plus size athlete still losing weight. I am 40 pounds lighter on my way to my 100 pound weight loss goal. I decided to do a Triathlon now instead of waiting until I lose the weight.
I start private swim lessons today with a guy who does and trains people for Triathlons. I started weight training last week. Have been taking spinning classes now for 5 months and can do the 90 minute class without dying now. I'm scared about the run the most. I will be doing a 5K this month and next and spend time on the treadmill at the gym.
My question is have any of you done this as an overweight person? Where can I find plus size triathon gear? Is Eric Harr's Triathlon training book a good one to read and train with? I don't have a lot of money, can I do this without a lot of personal training? Is this realistic or should I wait until I lose more weight? Any advice would be appreciated.
I'm gonna Tri,
"I only have good and great days." -Lance Armstrong
Congratulations on your incredible progress! I have a booklet called Lean for a Lifetime: An Athlete's Guide to Losing the Last Ten Pounds which I will be happy to send to anyone who emails me at CoachKen@erols.com My wife and I have lost a combined 160 pounds using these methods, which work with your body instead of fighting it. The key is eating in a way that fuels your muscles for workouts, but doesn't fuel your fat cells.
You might check out my book the Triathlete's Guide to Run Training or my video about running technique, Evolution Running: Run Faster with Fewer Injuries. Both are available at www.Fitness-Concepts.com
The best advice I can give you is be patient and enjoy it! Enjoy the training process and being fit, but let weight loss be a fortunate byproduct, not the focus. It will continue to be a slow process, so don't be in a hurry.
Good luck and be proud of yourself!
Congrats! You've got the right idea: don't wait until you're a stringbean to race, race to become fitter. Anyways, I've found that it is easier to find XL, XXL tri gear than it is to find something to fit me (5'10 140lbs). Don't fear the run, walk if you must. As for personal training, I'm self-coached and trained. I regularly finish in the top 5%, almost always place in my age group, and sometimes win it. Knowledge is key, and if you don't have a lot of money (I'm poor too) a $20-$30 book and a library card is all you need to learn about the science of training. I recommend "The Triathlete's Training Bible" by Joe Friel and "Triathlon Training" by Michael Finch. Active's boards are a good resource as well. For your first tri, focus on finishing and comfort. Don't worry about lightning fast transitions, being at the very front of the swim start, and taking corners fast. That stuff comes later. Have a blast, talk to people, you'll definitely make some friends.
Have your cake and eat it too, metaphorically speaking that is of course. Lose weight and do the race.
My wife started off walking, then jogging to the corner, then farther. A few years later she is doing sub 4 hour marathons.
Don't get hung up on the gear. Whatever you buy now will not really fit you in a few months anyway.
Not that you asked but for myself I went psycho and really toned up. I only work out 1-2 per week BUT I do not eat ANY sugar. I cut it all out. I won't eat a cookie, Halloween candy, Thanksgiving pie. Nada. My kids make me a cookie that says love you on it; I won't eat it either. At little kids birthday parties, I wont eat their cake. In the last year I have had 3 M&Ms (I was damn hungry), and 1 bite of cheesecake (a girl begged me to eat it. I'm weak).
Sign up for a 5k or someting. Just start building.
BTY, dont get too bummed out when swimming seems hard. I swam in HS and had a really hard time after not being in a pool for 10 years. Put in the yards.
Thanks so much for the great advice. I found a place I can get some workout clothes. It's a website and catalog called www.junonia.com I know the clothes won't fit in a few months, but I need something to wear now. I'm tired of the xxl t-shirts and stretch pants. I feel cuter, so want to look cuter while working out. I've come along way to be able to say that.
I will be doing my first 5K in a long time on October 30th. I'm very excited about that and will try and do another in December. It gets harder to find them as it gets colder here in the Midwest.
I got my new bike on October 14, the day after my 32nd birthday. I rode 10 miles my first day, 10 miles this past Monday and 10 on Tuesday. I had to take a break on Wednesday cause I was not feeling well and today it was a little cold so I went to spinning class. I absolutely love my new bike.
Anyway, that's the update on how I am doing. I messed up a little in the eating area this week, but am back on track. Before I would have let that get me down, but I just picked myself up and am back to it.
Thanks again for all the good input and advice. Keep it coming.
I'm gonna Tri or die tri-ing!!!
Your Tri Newbie,
"I now only have good days and great days." -Lance Armstrong
There is a great book called "Slow Fat Triathlete". Can't remember the author's name but...her first name is Jayne. It is quite hysterical and it talks about her journey into the triathlon sport being a "big girl."
Anyway...good for you and good luck!!
What kind of bike did you get??
I have just lost alomost 50 pounds on my way to over 100 and have my first 5k coming up too. It is so much fun getting into shape and not feeling fat and tired all the time. My ultimate goal is also to do a triathlon in 2006. Keep up the good work!!!
www.aerotechdesigns.com has some big sizes for bike shorts and tops
This summer I did my first sprint triathlon. I have lost over 100 pounds and have been running for almost two years. I borrowed a bike from my daughter, and mixed and matched what I needed for clothes. The only things that I did buy was a water bottle for the bike and a helmet. I didn't want to invest money until I knew if I would like the sport. Now I am excited about next year and doing some better training. Just go with what you have. There will be people there with better and worst stuff then you have and there really is no uniform for the sport. It is fun if you can find someone to race with so you have some one to help you set up and share the experience with. Also if you have a chance check out the course before hand it sure helped me to know where to go and what the course looked like. Good luck you can do it cause I did.
Hey...the author of the book "Slow Fat Triathlete" is Jayne Williams. It is super easy reading and quite comedic!!
Congrats to all who have lost the weight you have!! It took me 2 1/2 yrs to lose 27 pounds!! My only goal is to NOT be a couch potato.
Some of you asked what kind of bike I got.
I wanted a bike that I could take on the trails and on the road, so I got a hybrid. It is a Trek 7500 FX. It is the closest thing to a road bike without being a road bike. It has thinner tires than a normal hybrid and it is stripped of all the shock absorbers etc, so it is lighter. Here is the link if anyone wants to check out my bike. I love it.
Things are going well this week. I did a 5k on the treadmill on wednesday night and did OK. It was under an hour. My first 5k was in over an hour. Sunday I'm hoping to get under 50 minutes. I'll let you know how it goes.
I read the book BIG FAT TRIATHLETE. It is a very good read and I also read WHEN BIG BOYS TRI. Another good read for motivation and encouragement.
Congrats on your success and pursuing your goal. The September and November issues of Bicycling magazine had some articles about larger cyclists and how they are using cycling to improve their health. As for gear (clothing) they mentioned AeroTech, Perfomance, and Mt. Borah. They should have web sites. You said you live in the Midwest, there is a sprint distance triathlon in central Iowa in early July, the Cornman. They also have an Athena division. I checked out your bike, good choice to get started, decent trail bike. Might be geared a little too low for racing with a 48 tooth big chain ring. Road bikes have a 52, 53, or even a 54 tooth for the upper ring. Keep riding while the weather holds (it's in the 70's today) and start saving up for the road bike you will want to get after you do a couple of these.
Hi, thanks for your comments. I'll check out the Iowa race. Thanks for letting me know. Also, thanks for the input about my bike. I have young kids and lots of trails and not sure I'll stick with the Triathlon thing. Those are the reasons I went Hybrid. If I think I'm going to stick with it then I'm definetely going to get a road bike. What kind do you think is good and not TOO expensive.
Keep your eyes and ears open for someone who would be willing to sell an extra bike that they may have. Cyclists can be known to purchase new equipment often, so they might have a gently used bike. I got a one year old KHS road bike for $300. It was $800 new and is in great condition. Good luck.
Welcome to the club! You will find 98% of triathletes will embrace you and not only help you but cheer you on. I call myself a Super Clydesdale @ 6'3 and 350lbs I am usually the biggest out racing. I have done about 8 races including 2004 Escape From Alcatraz (for race overview and pics go to www.betacode.com ) This year I go for ironman Flordia. All I want is under 17 hours and a tattoo(When I complete the goal Triathlon is a great sport with great people (spectators, volunteers, and racers.) You are going to feel great when you complete your first race.
Best of luck and let us know how it's going,