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22/05/2018 at 13:09

Well done Gareth! The referees are there to help you. Yes they will have a chat if there is something wrong, but only give you a penalty if you've done something really, deliberately wrong. Guess you're hooked now.

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30/04/2018 at 08:38

I had the same problem (sinky legs) but found if your head is in the right position your legs stay up more. I kick a lot less now and find swimming less stressful. My swim instructor told me that some of the best swimmers only get about 10% of their propulsion from their legs. 

The better I swim the less I kick and I am getting faster. I do believe there is a balance, but often find if I swim in open water (in a wetsuit) I forget to kick all together.

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24/04/2018 at 12:04

Some friendly advice:

1) have a few swims of 1000m - an open water swim rarely comes out under 750m with wind and currents pulling you all over the place. It's good to have to confidence that you have that reserve in you if you need it. Try and swim in open water if you haven't already done so - it's a bit different to the pool - the first shock (after the temperature) is there is no wall to push off of.

2) Get that bike on out the road! Indoor miles are one thing, but outdoor miles are better. I turbo train all winter and don't really appreciate how different it is outdoors until I get back out there in spring. A good friend of mine once told me to cycle twice the distance you plan to do in a triathlon to build up your stamina for the run.

3) Practice transition - so much time can be lost if you don't know what you're doing and you'll kick yourself for it later.

4) Most importantly - enjoy it. Forget times, just go out to complete it and you'll love it. Times can be for the second one. What ever you get in your first tri will be a PB anyway.

Have fun

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16/04/2018 at 13:20

Hi Hannah, 

Well done, I think you'll appreciate the sense of achievement at the end - maybe not immediately but when those happy hormones kick in you'll fell wonderful. Don't forget to drink something during your event - little sips often.Come back and let us know how you got on. 

Best of Luck to you


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09/04/2018 at 11:35

Hi Hannah,

My first triathlon was a Pink triathlon too - except I took the full plunge and went "long" (300m, 9Km and 3km). I knew I could do the swim, I knew I could do the cycle, but the run was daunting for me - I'd never run before. I ended up walking a lot of the run, but I finished and it inspired me to carry on.

The question is do you want to "smash it" or "finish it"?

If you are looking for a challenge to complete and you can swim the 200m now, I'd go medium - the 6km bike will fly past and you know you can do the run. A reasonable test is can you exercise for 60 minutes non-stop without collapsing. 

If you want to "smash it" go short and train hard for speed in each event. 

The most important thing is to enjoy it - and the pink triathlons are designed to be fun. Even if you go medium - don't worry about it - you will finish. The adrenaline rush and determination drag you round and as the swimming sounds like its your weakest discipline its out the way first.

Just a suggestion with the swimming - I struggled at first to get past 50m until I slowed down and then, suddenly, I could do 200m without stopping. it's easier to say than do, but relax swimming and it will come more easily.

Best of luck which ever distance you chose!



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04/04/2018 at 11:52

Hi Laura,

Firstly check your swim distance is 750m - it's an unusual distance for a pool based sprint triathlon. Don't worry there will be other people mixing strokes - you won't be the only one. Don't worry about looking silly - we all do when we're clad in lycra - just enjoy it. If people catch up to you they will touch your toes and the etiquette is to let them pass when you get to end of the lane. Yes we wear trisuits in the pool too, not just for under wetsuits. Tumble turns are OK, unless strictly prohibited by your event organiser but they should tell you that in the pre-race briefing.

We were all beginners once and it's an inclusive sport. Just be aware of people who are faster than you and let them pass as described and you'll hve a great time.

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26/03/2018 at 07:55

I've heard a lot of people compliment the decathlon bikes for people new to road riding. Don't be afraid of cleats - make sure you have them set at their most loose and practice clipping in and out with both feet (separately) before you get on your bike - then to only thing you need to remember is to repeat "cleats" to yourself everytime you slow down. Be prepared to fall over at least once, just try to dow it to the kerb side.

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23/03/2018 at 11:16

A second hand one would be my suggestion. That's how I started. Like you I did a Try a tri on a mountain bike and loved it,so bought a second hand Specialized Dolce to try road cycling. I now have an Axial Cube WLS after a bike fit


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15/02/2018 at 20:14

Go and do Cross country skiing instead - just like a run in the snow!


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30/11/2017 at 12:43

i go cross country skiing in Norway - not tri training but really sets my fitness up for the rest of the year


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