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TrixieTries Rookie 3 posts since
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Jan 3, 2011 12:35 PM

Questions on HIM training

I did two sprint tris last season and placed with very respectable times and I became hooked! I signed up for TImberman 2011 and I'm both nervous and excited about the event. I'm hoping a few of you can offer some solutions to my biggest struggles with triathlon in my last two events.

 

WetSuit Fits:

I am comfortable in the water love the feeling of boyancy that a wetsuit gives me, but opted to not use a wetsuit in my August race because I found that it was just to restrictive in the chest an neck area. A competant swim coach assured me it was the correct fit for the brand (xterra), so I'm wondering if anyone can recommend any wetsuit brands or styles that have lower necks that still provide good boyancy? I just feel like I'm struggling to breathe when something is around my neck.

 

Racing before the "Big One":

I really enjoyed the West Point Tri last year and my goal would be to place at a higher ranking this year in my age group. This sprint distance is exactly 2 weeks before my half ironman. Is this crazy or smart to compete in? I feel like I should  be well adjusted to compete at that distance by that time because I'll be training for a much longer one, yet I dont want to still be recovering when I do the HIM.  THoughts on this either pro or con? I'll do some other races earlier in the season but I just loved the one at WestPoint.

 

Cramping:

For some reason I have an exceptional issue with side cramping when drinking water on the run. My body is screaming "water" but when I drink I seem to cramp in the side just a couple minutes after I swallow. I've tried holding water in my mouth and swallowing slowly but that is tedious on my breathing and I can't get quite enough fluid in me. Any suggestions?

 

Thanks for all the help you can provide. I'm in love with the sport of Triathlon and competing against my own personal bests has been an incredible motivator to keep going and keep doing more!

  • Moriates Legend 296 posts since
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    1. Jan 4, 2011 9:24 AM (in response to TrixieTries)
    Re: Questions on HIM training

    Swimming in a wetsuit is something that you do need to practice and get use to.  It is best to try on as many wetsuits as you can.  I know, you get great deals here and there but even though it looks like it fits on the charts, does not mean it fits you.  I personally like Synergy Sports Hybrid.  They have a lot of stretch in the chest and arm area. I am fairly lean but have broad shoulders.

     

    Doing a sprint two weeks before a 1/2 should not be an issue if you are recovering well.  If you are having a hard time recovering, scratch the race and focus on your 1/2 IM A-priority race.

     

    As far as side pain.  It could be a multitue of issues from dehyration, pushing to hard, bad nutricion choices.  You need to experiment with products during training to find out what works.

     

    If you are looking to try a Synergy Wetsuit, let me know.  I can get you a great deal on 2010's from my sponsor.

     

    Hope this helps.





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  • TriGuyCoaching Amateur 8 posts since
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    2. Jan 4, 2011 9:25 AM (in response to TrixieTries)
    Re: Questions on HIM training

    Racing before the "Big One":

    I really enjoyed the West Point Tri last year and my goal would be to place at a higher ranking this year in my age group. This sprint distance is exactly 2 weeks before my half ironman. Is this crazy or smart to compete in? I feel like I should  be well adjusted to compete at that distance by that time because I'll be training for a much longer one, yet I dont want to still be recovering when I do the HIM.  THoughts on this either pro or con? I'll do some other races earlier in the season but I just loved the one at WestPoint.

     

     

    - Is it crazy? Not really, however 2-3 weeks prior to your big A race, you should be peaking, so your volume or intensity might be high and having that sprint race 2 weeks before your 70.3 is a great idea.  You will be able to see your fitness and get a general idea of your pacing, nutrition you might use, equipment you will use or issues you might have on your big race.  That sprint will work out the kinks and cobbwebs you might have from the year.  Take a day off and begin your taper for your A race.  Good Luck and let me know how it goes - alan@triguycoaching.com

     

     

    Cramping:

    For some reason I have an exceptional issue with side cramping when drinking water on the run. My body is screaming "water" but when I drink I seem to cramp in the side just a couple minutes after I swallow. I've tried holding water in my mouth and swallowing slowly but that is tedious on my breathing and I can't get quite enough fluid in me. Any suggestions?

     

     

    Are you cramping only during racing or during training or both?   and specifically what side are you cramping?

  • Moriates Legend 296 posts since
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    5. Jan 5, 2011 9:20 AM (in response to TrixieTries)
    Re: Questions on HIM training

    I am allowed through my sponsorship to sell the suits.  Right now, the 2010 suits are on clearance to make way for 2011.  The only difference between 2010 and 2011 is the graphics.  However, the performance is the same.

     

    Go to www.xtrememultisports.com

    Bottom left click on "Shop Xtreme Multisports" then items.

     

    Or go to http://s286898528.e-shop.info/ then click on items and you will see everything listed.

     

    Let me know if you have any questions.  I personally love the suits because they are so fexible in the shoulders and chest.  I swam 2xu, Orca, Ironman (now blue seventy), and QR.  All top level and the only suit in my opinion that is comparable is 2XU.

     

    Good luck with everything and let me know if you need anything else.





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  • Joe_h1 Community Moderator 1,833 posts since
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    6. Jan 5, 2011 11:31 AM (in response to TrixieTries)
    Re: Questions on HIM training

    wetsuits all have different fits. go to a good tri shop and try some one and see what works for you

     

    agree w/ above the sprint should be fine. i say go for it

     

    not idea about the water cramps while running. do you get while cycling?

     

    good luck and ahve fun Timberman is an awesome event. enjoy





    goals for 2011:

    break 19minutes for 5k

    break 2:42 for olympic triathlon probably Anthracite olympic

    break 3:16 for marathon ( a long shot but it's fun putting yourself out there)

  • BT.ROB Legend 272 posts since
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    7. Jan 5, 2011 2:50 PM (in response to TrixieTries)
    Re: Questions on HIM training

    Wet Suit Fits: sometimes you just have to try a bunch on. You can also try pulling up on the back of the neck of the wetsuit making sure the suit is snug in the crotch and see if that helps. Just getting used to wearing a wetsuit and swimming is tough for many beginners. There is also a tendency to panic/hyperventilate in open water that makes you feel constricted.

     

    Racing before "Big One": As others mentioned, the timing two weeks out is perfect to work out any bugs, especially in transition and nutrition. Have fun!

     

    Cramping: Sounds like the classic side stitch which may be related to pre-race food or ligament attachment near the liver (no one knows for sure). Here's a link to an interesting article on the subject:  http://sportsmedicine.about.com/cs/injuries/a/aa053100a.htm

     

    Good luck and have fun!

     

    BT

  • Moriates Legend 296 posts since
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    8. Jan 5, 2011 2:59 PM (in response to BT.ROB)
    Re: Questions on HIM training

    Good point BT.  If you took 2 minutes to put on a wetsuit, it is likely that you do not have it on right.  It takes time and a lot of pulling, stretching and adjusting.  There is a science to putting on a wetsuit.





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  • BT.ROB Legend 272 posts since
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    9. Jan 5, 2011 3:27 PM (in response to Moriates)
    Re: Questions on HIM training

    I like to think of it more of an art than a science...:-)

     

    It's the sucking in the gut part that's tough!

     

    BT

  • Moriates Legend 296 posts since
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    10. Jan 6, 2011 10:19 AM (in response to BT.ROB)
    Re: Questions on HIM training

    Awesome.  The push/tuck and zip.





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