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Any groups or teams about this? I've never done one but would like to try. I'm not such a good swimmer. Is this ok? probably sounds silly but thought this would be a good place to ask.....especially since it's anonymous....

Fri. Aug 25, 2:17pm

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I'm not in a tri group and so far have only participated in Super Sprints but I love tri's. Lots of people are not good swimmers. Races really aren't won or lost in the water portion. Tri (pun intended!)'s really fun:)

Friday, August 25, 2006, 4:48 PM

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i am in an open water swimmers group (probably one of you two above posters is in the same group.) i think we all have tri's on our minds, but the group mostly talks about how to improve the swimming portion. we have one opening left if you're interested.

Friday, August 25, 2006, 4:50 PM

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you can also do a tri as a relay, if you're really uncomfortable in the water.

Friday, August 25, 2006, 4:51 PM

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Maybe until you strengthen your swim skills you can try a biathlon? It's still 3 events, but it's run-bike-run.
Good luck!

Friday, August 25, 2006, 7:29 PM

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Ironic everyone seems to need to improve the swimming- I haven't tried a tri because of the running. It's 4K of swimming for the ironman- I can do 4 k in a pool in an hour and a half- though I know open water is harder...

Friday, August 25, 2006, 7:48 PM

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actually i'm a swimmer too. i swim 3-4K for my workout in about the same time as the 7:48 poster. currently i do open water races or triathlon relays. my knees are crap and i'm terrified to run - in fact i just got my first pair of running shoes last week and went into the store clueless. plus i don't own a bike, which puts a big damper on doing a triathlon.

Saturday, August 26, 2006, 3:47 PM

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7:48 again- to the 3:47 poster, if you haven't read elsewhere, proper form when running can sometimes alleviate knee pain. It's helped mine. Make sure your feet are always pointed straight ahead when running (not pidgeon toed, but certainly not out to the side) try not to let your butt stick out, but rather almost tuck it under (you'll feel it in your abs- actually helps to strengthen and tone abs if they're not used to it) and keep your shoulders back.

Saturday, August 26, 2006, 5:57 PM

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Do you really think anyone can do these? Aren't some people more physically adept than others?

Monday, August 28, 2006, 10:50 AM

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I didn't say everyone can win...I said everyone can do it. Somebody has to come in last. As long as you have the courage to start then you can do it.

Monday, August 28, 2006, 1:27 PM

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i worked a triathlon as a volunteer in april - it had 4000 participants. it was a 1.5k swim, 26mile bike, and 6 mile run. some of the participants were over 70years old, some were paraplegics, some were cancer survivors, etc. made me feel lazy! anyone can get into good enough shape to do one if they have the time and discipline. a lot of everyday people do them all the time, but they are committed to train daily for months on end. that's where i always get stumped.

Monday, August 28, 2006, 5:55 PM

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I would say that you start with super sprint or a sprint distance triathlon if you're not a very strong swimmer. Most of the time, the supersprints are 1/4 mile. Sprint distances range and from what I've seen from a 1/4 - 1/2 mile.

I just learned how to swim a few months ago and did my first sprint distance tri a couple of weekends ago. (1/2 mile swim, 12.1 mile bike ride, 3.1 mile run)

The swim was a lot easier than I thought it would be! It's all about relaxing and moving slowly. If you rush through your strokes, you get tired easily. I also have asthma so this whole event was challenging for me.

My goal was to cross the darn finish line! Which I did! I am so addicted. I plan to do another one in a couple of weeks!

You can do it if you put your mind to it! Check this video out - From Fat Man to Iron Man:

So inspirational!

Monday, August 28, 2006, 6:27 PM

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Think of all those that never try. You'd be way ahead of the game. Do it.

Monday, August 28, 2006, 6:58 PM

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or those who never "TRI." HA HA HA HA!!!

okay, horrible pun out of the way now....

Monday, August 28, 2006, 8:20 PM

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You don't have to be strong in each leg. Prepare yourself mentally and you'll be fine.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006, 12:11 PM

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Maybe you should try a marathon? Are you a good runner?

Wednesday, September 06, 2006, 12:22 PM

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