I have just taken up the sport of running and have participted in2 5K races so far this year and plan on at least 1 per month to winter. I'm not that young but I am in pretty good shape and I do cycle recreationlly (hybrid bike). I know how to swim but I have limited access to a pool.
Question: There is a sprint trahalon in Sept (.4 mile swim-13 K bike-5K run) that I have been eyeing. Is this to ambitious for a newbie? The most daunting tasks seem to be the transtions from swim to bike to run.
I think it's doable. I participate in the Master's swiim at my gym because I don't think I would have been as successful teaching myself to swim. 400 meters is not too long that you can't build up to that speed by September. Good luck.
I just did my first Sprint Tri a few weeks ago... I don't know your capabilities or fitness level for sure, but I'll relay some of my newbie experiences...
I have been training since last July (my ultimate goal is a Half-Ironman in August) so when I did my first sprint - I felt more than ready... and I was starting up after a long break from running (used to run regularly, but let life get in the way...) I have some other races between now and my HIM in August - including one international distance.
Best advice someone gave me was to aim to complete your first sprint. I took that and ran with it - I wasn't looking to break records, I just aimed for the finish line - and I did better than I expected. My 700 meter swim was 14 mins, my 18 Mile bike was 1:03 and my 5 K run was 27:28.
Some of the more experienced athletes on these forums (and I agree) will tell you to include in your training plan the transitions - the bike to run transition always gets me - my legs feel heavy and jello-like. It goes away after the first 3/4 of mile or so. I'm glad that I practice the transitions - I didn't feel totally lost on race day! I didn't notice anything unsettling about the transition between the swim and the bike - but that could have just been the adrenaline pumping during the race... I felt great and exhilarated coming out of the water.
As far as the swim goes - very important to get into a pool (even open water if possible) and start swimming... the more comfortable you are, the better you'll feel on the swim leg. .4 miles seems short - but mix in all of the other triathletes - unpredictable water conditions and only a medium comfort level with swimming and that could ruin triathlons for you. I didn't have the opportunity to get to an open water swim before my first sprint - and I thought that I would do okay despite... I managed, but I definately had a turbulent swim for the first 200 meters or so (I was asking my self why I was doing this...) - something to keep in the back of your head. I wish I found a time to get into the open water... but difficult in Mass. before May.
Hope this helps. Aim for completion and keep up with your workouts! Good luck.
Absolutely not! I trained for a little over 2 months with no swim experience, extremely little bike experience and a decent running background... but not in the shape that you are probably in now. I finished in a pretty good time too... my advice though is practice as much as you can in open water (and with a wetsuit if you are going to use one). Swimming in a pool is nothing like swimming in open water....
I am built for endurance sport, but a sprint tri is much easier than it looks... it does take some training and hard work, but definitely doable and definitely not too ambitious!
I say go for it and you will more than likely get hooked... I did!
A sprint is very doable-especially if your a runner. I have been doing olympic distance for five years being stronger a a cyclist. I had to develop the running aspect of multi-sporting but feel that those athletes that were runners to begin had an easier transition to triathlons. This year I have actually added a few half-marathons to my race schedule prior to the olympic triathlons I do (five a year). I am hoping this additional base training will improve my run times. Good luck
Nancy in Oregon
This is exactly what I'm doing. I starting running in January having been completely out of shape. Now, I'm running, swimming and biking! I'm excited. Keep up the great work. Focus on finishing not breaking a world record and you'll be happy!
I think the best way to decide is to look at the event in terms of what kind of cardio endurance you need to build within the time allowed to prepare.
You said .4 mile swim so I'm going to guess around 800 yards? You are not a regular swimmer, so I will be conservative and say the swim should take you about 20-25 minutes, assuming a 2:30 to 3:00/100yd pace.
13 miles for a recreational biker on a hybrid bike... again, I will be conservative and say 1 hour for the bike.
No idea how fast you are on the run. Conservatively, a 30 minute run.
So you are looking at approx. 2 hour cardio workout, compared to a current cardio workout of 30 minutes (running). You need to quadruple that within 4mos time. With a modest training plan using small incremental increases in volume, you should certainly have enough time to prepare for the sprint. Get a training plan and stick to it, to meet your goal. A good training plan will have you doing each sport 3x/week.
GOOD LUCK ON YOUR FIRST TRI!
I am a runner. I started with a 5k last year now have done 2- 1/2 Marathons and 2-Marathons. Yesterday I did the Danskin Triathlon held at Disneyland California. To me this is like the 5k's of the triathalon world--not challenging enough that you feel like your going to die, but a good introduction into this venue. I feel very fortunate that I chose this one,, being new to tri's and all. This was a fabulous event.
This was not open water, we swam in the lagoon in the California Adventure theme park. I am not a swimmer nor a biker (I used a heavy mountain bike)
I had sooooooo much fun. Althought I am more of a runner, the endurance trianing I have from doing big run races is what helped me. Swimming with a bunch of people kicking you, touching your legs, splashing youcaused a weird feeling almost claustrohpobiabut I kept calm. If you have strong mental game and can self-talk,,you can do this. I would really stay away from open water for your first tri I have read on this same website that certified open water divers have panicked during open-water tri's. Look for a tri in a pool . Hemet has the Tinsel TriI think that would be perfect. One of my friends has done both the Tisel and the Disney-Danskin tri and she struggled in the Disney lagoon--so the Tinsel is much easier.
I plan to do an open water tri but will take a clinic to get tips on swimming in a wet-suit and in open-water. Train in a pool trying to swim for 20 minutes without stopping and learn how to rest, by stopping to just float, dog paddle, whatever you can without holding on to the ledge-so you have a plan to rest in the water. Biking and running is just about endurance, one foot in front of the other, or keep peddling--swimming to me is keeping calm.
Check out YOU-TUBE for tips about Transition training, punch in sprint tri's like the Danskin Tri..Great help is found on You-Tube. Look at the amount of people in the water at the same time,,it makes so much difference than training in a pool alone,,just be prepared to be squished, hit, swallowing water and finishing all of it with a smile!!! Good luck and have fun. Train and you can do anything
I am convinced!! I am 41 did my first Marathon at 40never to late, never too hard.