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Swim. Bike. Run. Triathlon nerves are kicking in.

Swim. Bike. Run. #Triathlon

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One Week to go until the Lobsterman Triathlon!

In one week I will be getting ready to head to Maine for the Lobsterman Triathlon! It will be my first triathlon and I will be racing the Olympic Distance.  I have been training hard but at this point I have absolutely no clue how it’s going to go?!? I have to admit I am starting to get nervous so I was hoping all of you experienced triathletes could help me answer my questions and help to ease my nerves. Each discipline, swimming, biking, and running presents its own challenges. While I have grown stronger in each sport over the summer the idea of combining all three sports together has me feeling a little shaky.

Here are my worries/questions

Swim

  • How do I avoid the other swimmers so I don’t get kicked?
  • Will I have a hard time staying on the course?
  • Do I have the needed endurance for the swim?
  • Will I be able to get out of my wetsuit at the transition? Do you have any tips and/or tricks for this?
  • What type of nutrition is best as you are going from the swim to the bike?

Bike

  • Will I have trouble with a flat tire during the race? Has this happened to you? I am still a newbie when it comes to changing tires and other mechanical issues with my bike.
  • Will I have any trouble with my pedals?
  • Will I be able to ride at a consistent pace? I have no idea how to pace the bike portion!

Run

  • Will my legs feel like noodles for the whole run?
  • Will I have managed my nutrition and hydration well during the race so that I feel strong and ready to race when I come off the bike?

I’d love to hear about your triathlon experiences and any helpful advice would be fantastic! good luck with all of your upcoming racing adventures!

Organic Runner Mom

 

Check out this awesome post from fellow NH blogger Michele of Michele in Transition  in response to my postwhere she talks about “Getting Ready for your First Tri.”

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18 responses

18 responses

  1. Congratulations, ORM, on your first Oly! Some thoughts:
    (1) on the swim, line up on the outside of the racers in your wave. There’s no need to try to swim in the middle of everyone. It’s not worth it for a few seconds. That way, you can swim in a comfortable manner and remember to sight to make sure you stay on course. Start unzipping your wetsuit as soon as you get out of the water and pull it down to your waist. When you get it to there, sit down on the ground and calmly pull it off. When it’s wet, it should slide right off.
    (2) while unlikely, flats may happen. I wouldn’t worry about it though. If it’s going to happen, it’s out of your control. One thing to consider, a good local bike shop will give you a tutorial on fixing a flat and even let you practice a little. Maybe do that and feel more confident before the race.
    (3) your legs will feel like noodles to start the run. It’s natural and we all feel it. But after a few minutes, the blood will migrate to the running muscles and you’ll be fine.

    It’s natural to have nerves. Everyone from first-timers to experienced triathletes get them. Use them. Let them keep your energy level at its optimal level. You’ll do great!! Rock the race!!

  2. In a sentence, here’s how to do a tri: Swim to bike, bike to run, race to the finish. In other words: Save something for the run, but still push yourself in the other two.

    As to the swim and the getting kicked fear–your best defense is a good offense. Just put your head down and go. It’s when you start hesitating and worrying that you get pummeled. If you can plough on through, you’ll be better off.

    On the tire concerns: practice changing flats now if that’s what you want to do on the race course if it occurs. There’s always waiting for the support vehicle to help, but you could lose eons doing that.

    Best of luck–you will have SO much fun, you may not go back to just running, I promise!
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  3. You have awesome questions and many of them go through my head all the time! I haven’t had an issue of being kicked in the swims of my tris, but some have not quite so busy/mass starts. The last one I did was a time trial – they sent in 2 people at a time into the water. I’ve had people hit me but not hard and never knocked off goggles. Stay calm and regroup if you need to, but keep going because as Amanda says it does get hard when people are stopped in the water.

    They might have a flat changing clinic at packet pickup or see if you can have someone show you at home. I have done it on my own to practice but not in the heat of the moment so I’m going to practice again soon as if I were in a hurry and flustered. So watch it once and practice it once if you can!

    ENJOY!!!
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    1. Thank you for all of the fantastic advice Cynthia! It looks like this race will start in waves which has me feeling a little more relieved!

  4. I haven’t ever done a triathlon but you go girl!! My boyfriends brother, David, runs the NYC tri and we always go to watch. It’s very exciting! It’s so funny but until reading your post I never really thought about people getting kicked in the face while swimming. I’m definitely going to have to ask Dave about that one!
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  5. I’ve never done a tri but I’ve heard many that have said to try and swim to the outside of the pack and to swim head up (breast stroke, side, doggie) until the pack thins out.

    Good luck, you’ll be fantastic! Can’t wait to read your recap!
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  6. I’ve always found the best advice is to race your own race. If you’re nervous with too many swimmers around you, wait 30s for most to get ahead and then start your swim. Take your time in transition, only swim, bike and run as fast as YOU want to, and talk to people – before, during and after the race. You will finish, you will be an inspiration to at least one person, and hopefully you will have fun.
    As for some of your more specific questions:
    – Only you know if you have enough endurance for the swim, but breaststroke, backstroke and even floating are all options 🙂
    – Put BodyGlide on your wrists and ankles to help get your wetsuit off
    – Bike easy for the first half, then evaluate and see if you want to go faster
    -Your legs won’t feel like noodles for the whole run. Sometimes walking a little at the beginning helps.

    You go girl! Have fun and good luck!
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    1. Thanks for the wonderful tips Kim and your first piece of advice is definitely one of the most important 🙂 How many triathlons have you raced?

  7. Best of luck! I have practiced the course and have this advice about the bike…PACE yourself and take moments to hydrate. It is a very hilly course so on the flats it would be wise to get in the “spinning” mode every now and then…one gear lighter than you would normally go and let your legs recover. The last part is a downhill…which means the first part of the run is uphill..so let your legs recover. Good Luck! I injured my calf last week..first injury ever..so have to withdraw unfortunately. Have fun! The swim will be BEAUTIFUL so enjoy it!

    1. Thank you for your tips Renee! It is so helpful to hear about the course! I am so sorry to hear you had to withdraw and hope you recover from your calf injury soon!

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