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It’s on! See you at the New England TriFest!

Sun Multisport Events–New England TriFest–Olympic Distance Triathlon

New England TriFest

New England TriFest

There is no turning back now.  I have been all talk about doing a triathlon but now I have gotten up the courage and have signed up for my first official Olympic Distance Triathlon.  I have picked the New England TriFest which is put on by Sun Multisport Events. This race takes place the last weekend in June in Fairlee, Vermont. This race is actually local to me and the swim takes place in gorgeous Lake Fairlee (which will hopefully be a bit warmer by race day!).  I am a bit nervous about how my legs will feel as this is one week after the Mount Washington Road Race (7.6 miles up a mountain, yikes!). The goal for my first triathlon however is to have a blast and to soak in the experience.  If I get the “Tri-Bug” once I’ve done the race then it will be time to get a bit more serious about my training (although who am I kidding, I’m always serious when it comes to training!)

Now that I am in, there is now backing out.  I have so many questions about doing a triathlon that maybe you can help me answer some of them.  I will be sure to have many more along the way!

Triathlon Newbie questions:

  1. How long does each transition usually take you?
  2. What do you like to wear during the triathlon?
  3. Do you wear the same clothes the whole race? (and I am serious about this)
  4. Do you get more chafing during a triathlon than during a marathon?
  5. Where do you wear your race number?
  6. Do you have a favorite brand of swimming cap? I don’t have one yet but am in serious need!
  7. How often do your practice transitions during your training cycle.
  8. How do YOU fuel yourself during a triathlon.
  9. Do you have a any special strategies for the swim (or are those top secret?)
  10. Which part of the triathlon is your favorite?
Keep Calm and Tri On

Keep Calm and Tri On

OK. GAME ON. Challenge accepted! It’s triathlon time! See you at the TriFest!

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3 responses

3 responses

  1. Welcome to the awesome world of triathlon! As the Race Director for the New England Trifest I couldn’t resist throwing in my 2 cents to answer your questions…
    1. The swim to bike to transition and at last year’s NE Trifest the average was about 3 minutes but some took more than 10! The bike to run is quicker… with an average around 2 mins
    2. Wetsuit for the swim with tri shorts underneath that I can bike and run in; I put on my tri top after the swim (I’m a guy) and wear that for the bike and run.
    3. Yes! See #2.
    4. Me, personally, no.
    5. I wear a race belt so the # is around my waist but many pin it to their top
    6. TYR is my favorite swim brand. We give all athletes a latex TYR swim cap for the race… they are color-coded to help organize the start of the race.
    7. Not enough! Haven’t practiced it in years and wing it during the race (and my transition times reflect it).
    8. Gels, water and an electrolyte drink for the longer tris… just water and a gel for a sprint.
    9. I like to stay to the side to avoid the craziness of the start and then settle in behind
    10. Crossing the finish!

    Good luck with your training!

  2. Good for you! You will have a blast, and SUN is a GREAT race company who puts on a quality experience! Hope you enjoy it and get the bug! I’ve done a few tri’s, mostly sprint, one olympic and one half iron, so take this advice with a grain of salt, but I will answer your questions!
    How long does each transition usually take you? swim to bike takes me about 3 minutes and bike to run about 2
    What do you like to wear during the triathlon? a tri suit is well worth the $. My first time, I wore a one piece bathing suit with shorts over it the whole time but bought a trisuit shortly after and have not regretted it. I ran boston in my tri shorts, no chafing AT ALL.
    Do you wear the same clothes the whole race? (and I am serious about this) yes. Some people will wear a bathing suit for the swim and throw a shirt/or shorts over it after the swim, but most people wear a trisuit and wear the same thing through the whole thing.
    Do you get more chafing during a triathlon than during a marathon? no, not at all.
    Where do you wear your race number? you don’t wear it during the swim, (sorry for the obvious) you have it attached to a race belt that you can snap on quickly in transition. I wear it on my back during the bike and spin it around to the front for the run. Easy peasy.
    Do you have a favorite brand of swimming cap? I don’t have one yet but am in serious need! no, it depends drastically on how much hair you have. There are lots of different materials caps are made of. I assume you ask this just for your practice swimming? For the race they will give you a color coded cap that you have to wear!
    How often do your practice transitions during your training cycle. Before my first triathlon I did a few 10-10-10 workouts to practice transition.
    How do YOU fuel yourself during a triathlon. I really love infinite and find it VERY easy to fule with on the bike. I do find it easier to fuel with “real” food during a tri than during the marathon, so sometimes I will have a honeystinger waffle, or even a couple of mini twix bars. You should expect to take in about 200 calories an hour give or take from whatever source works for you.
    Do you have a any special strategies for the swim (or are those top secret?) I’m a terrible swimmer, and as I”m sure you have heard, those of us in this category tend to start near the back and off to the side. It is FAR easier for me to start off at this slight disadvantage than to deal with being swam (swum?) over during the race.
    Which part of the triathlon is your favorite? BEING DONE!!!!! They are really fun, but nothing is better than the finish line.

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