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Today at 10:11
Have a look at the BTF Age Group qualifying lists and see who has qualified and how their results compare with yours see conversation
08/08/2018 at 17:25
Scott, not an ideal situation but it wouldn't be a challenge if it was easy. I've not had your problems so I hope you don't mind me making some suggestions.

As a strong swimmer you should have good technique but are maybe lacking in fitness and but do know how to train. A coach may be a good idea but consider persuading a physio to join you pool side to look at movement patterns and come up with strengthening work so you can train. Then keep your training conservative and accept that you will be slower than at your best on race day. That is put swim training into survival mode.

Use the time released by the reduced swimming to change your cycling from moderate to strong. You may loose a couple of minutes on your swim but will save many times that on the bike.

Like the rest of us - do what you can

hope this helps see conversation
18/07/2018 at 13:02
If you get nothing here why not try email the same question to your HRM and pacemaker manufacturers? see conversation
17/07/2018 at 17:14
Have a chat with your cardiologist or the cardiology technician who sets up your pacemaker about the issue. see conversation
12/07/2018 at 09:28
With a little thought most outrage will pass into acceptance. The organisers have to put safety first because all to often many competitors don't. Want examples: Consider the Windsor Tri horse rider episode - does anyone really think that passing close or on the left was ever a good idea: Ripon Tri a couple of years ago I saw a guy cycling no handed in a group putting his number belt on as he wandered all over the road or stand at the mount/dismount line of any event and see how many do them both safely - yet 20min of training will sort it out.

Enjoy the race, its still going ahead. Can always push it a bit more on the bike see conversation
30/06/2018 at 09:22
Of course you can train on a cruiser. May take a few rides to adapt and don't expect too much in terms of speed. see conversation
22/06/2018 at 16:30
Let us know how you get on see conversation
18/06/2018 at 08:58
Just a few thoughts. Do you get calf cramps when pool swimming? Can I assume you wore a wetsuit on your 70.3? Did you wear calf guards underneath? So early on in the race I think dehydration or illness can be discounted especially as you reported no cramps during the bike or run.

I don't think the rough and tumble nor the breaststroke are like causes. When frontcrawl kick your feet should be plantar flexed (pointed). This means your calf muscles are at the limit of their range of movement which is when they are at their weakest and so most likely to cramp (the fatigue model of cramping).

If the only time your calves cramp is when wearing a wetsuit or wetsuit/calf guards then somehow they could be interfering with your calf muscle actions. Solutions include strengthening your calves at full plantar flexion (calf raises up onto your tip toes or tip toe walking), swimming more in your exact race gear (remember do nothing new in a race - thats what training is for), not wearing calf guards for the swim and ensuring an unrestricted wetsuit fit around your knees and calves (use lots of body glide/baby oil to lubricate and position the wetsuit. One thing I would recommend is a sports massage with a focus on your legs.

Let us know how you get on see conversation
16/06/2018 at 09:32
Brent, welcome to triathlon. Good to hear your enthusiasm.

Your feeling is right, your son's swim time is pretty good especially taking into account his age and swimming background. I would be surprised if there wasn't a lot more to come with consistent and progressive training. How much? You never can tell. Most triathletes peak physically in their late 20s and then become more cunning and so performance doesn't have to drop for a long time after. You should be looking for month on month year on year improvements.

If you do find a swim coach make sure that they know the difference between pool sprints and longer open water endurance swims. Not that many do. Have a look on You Tube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9eAiTyJhpl0

Remember that triathlon is a sport is made up of three elements and not three consecutive sports. The swimming makes up 20%, cycling 50% and running 30%. Beast the swim and your bike will suffer etc.

Having sorted out swimming I'd then have a look at running. Make sure Kesyon's running form and technique is right. Good form and technique will make him more efficient and reduce the chance of injury and layoffs. He's at the age where he is still able to learn the right skills. You should be able to find a run coach easier than a swim coach.

Keep the cycling going. Plenty of time to develop there. Not much technique to cycling - mostly leg strength

There are various training plans on this website to consider. For swimming get the SwimSmooth book and register with their website for the weekly blogs. To pull it all together get Joe Friel's Triathlon Training Bible which will enable you to analyse strengths/ weaknesses and do your own training plans. see conversation
04/06/2018 at 09:52
Stop thinking about it and do the sprint in September. You'll not regret it and learn so much that you can put towards next years Olympic distance race. see conversation

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