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Old 03-10-2013, 08:03 PM   #16
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This sizing tool worked for me...... http://www.xterrawetsuits.com/index....e-sizing-tool/
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Do you have a gym with good spin classes? The bike was my weak link in my first 70.3. I've been spinning my *** off again though despite my arthritis in my hip complaining. Hoping to Sub 3 hour in Williamsburg if I have the funds to go.
I think it does but the spin bike at the gym are crap. They show no metrics so wouldn't know speed, distance, watts anything. I end up using the life fitness bikes instead. I took 40 minutes off my best Olympic distance triathlon bike last year. I just want to be trained enough to finish in about 15 hours for the whole race at Lake Placid.
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I'm planning to do my first sprint tri in June. I've already signed up for a training group that starts in a few weeks and I'm hoping I'll learn everything I need to know from there, but I'll keep checking this thread for tips too.

The swim is my weakest sport as I'm pretty much a complete beginner. I'm not great on the bike, but I've managed to finish a couple duathlons. I don't expect the run to be a problem.

Here's my question: Is it silly to think that I can train for a marathon and a tri at the same time? The marathon is on June 1 and the tri is on June 22. It would be my 4th marathon so I know what I'm getting into with marathon training. The way I see it, the bike and swim would be my cross training. My only goal with the tri is to finish. I know I already have the endurance to do it, I just need to work on the swim a bit and then learn all the multi-sport stuff like what to wear and how to handle transitions.
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I think it does but the spin bike at the gym are crap. They show no metrics so wouldn't know speed, distance, watts anything. I end up using the life fitness bikes instead. I took 40 minutes off my best Olympic distance triathlon bike last year. I just want to be trained enough to finish in about 15 hours for the whole race at Lake Placid.
If your thighs burn, you're breathy, and your shoes are soaked you're doing a spin class right. I leave everyone I go to soaked and I am not a heavy sweater unless I'm on prednisone for my condition, or sick.
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I'm planning to do my first sprint tri in June. I've already signed up for a training group that starts in a few weeks and I'm hoping I'll learn everything I need to know from there, but I'll keep checking this thread for tips too.

The swim is my weakest sport as I'm pretty much a complete beginner. I'm not great on the bike, but I've managed to finish a couple duathlons. I don't expect the run to be a problem.

Here's my question: Is it silly to think that I can train for a marathon and a tri at the same time? The marathon is on June 1 and the tri is on June 22. It would be my 4th marathon so I know what I'm getting into with marathon training. The way I see it, the bike and swim would be my cross training. My only goal with the tri is to finish. I know I already have the endurance to do it, I just need to work on the swim a bit and then learn all the multi-sport stuff like what to wear and how to handle transitions.
I'm training for 2 halfs and a tri right now. In the fall I'll be training for a full marathon, and a 70.3. It can be done just space them out.

As to the swimming master swim is your friend. Many triathletes are crappy swimmers unfortunatly, but the swim is also the most dangerous leg. The swim is a crutial opening to a good triathlon. Be prepared to get crawled on and kicked in open water. The bouancy will be different too. Learn how to sight its a big deal, and learn how to be one with the water. You're going to swallow water, you've got to learn how to just push through like its nothing in the water. The water is the most violent stage. I personally love the water. Hoping if I do a 70.3 this fall to sub 40 the 1.25 mile swim. I completed the last one in 43 but didnt push too hard. I view the swim as the stretching before the bike, the bike as the warm up to the run. I'm all about the run.
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I have no idea what my sizing would be. There is no place near me that sells wetsuits so I will be going off measurements. I also hope to be slightly different measurements for each race. I think I will do the race site rentals, those I can try on at least.
Xterra has good customer service and can help with sizing...they also run sales pretty frequently. Just check on return policy, in case, esp given your location/situation.


As for me...tri season is delayed until mid summer, as I just had rotator cuff surgery. Will just do some sprints, I suppose, and then get back on track next year.
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Xterra has good customer service and can help with sizing...they also run sales pretty frequently. Just check on return policy, in case, esp given your location/situation.

As for me...tri season is delayed until mid summer, as I just had rotator cuff surgery. Will just do some sprints, I suppose, and then get back on track next year.
That sucks about the shoulder. I had this kinda happen about two years ago. Did one race the whole season. But it gave me time to recoup and decide what I wanted to do. Now I am signed up for Lake Placid. Hope all you need is a little pixie dust.
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I have an Xterra that I use at work. It's a 2/3, so it's pretty thin, but in spite of that, some sort of wonkanations in my left shoulder tell me that swimming in a sleeved wet suit is not gonna' be my thing. So I'm probably (one of these days) going to purchase a sleeveless one. If I'm ever at a Tri that is suit legal, that is......

My only Tri on the books right now is the Florida 70.3 in May. By the time it rolls around I should be ready. Looking to take a 1/2 hour off of last year.......

I would LOVE to do the Rocketman in Cocoa in a coupla' months, but I am going to be held prisoner on a cruise ship that weekend instead. The sacifices I make........
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Old 03-13-2013, 01:20 AM   #24
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I have an Xterra that I use at work. It's a 2/3, so it's pretty thin, but in spite of that, some sort of wonkanations in my left shoulder tell me that swimming in a sleeved wet suit is not gonna' be my thing. So I'm probably (one of these days) going to purchase a sleeveless one. If I'm ever at a Tri that is suit legal, that is......

My only Tri on the books right now is the Florida 70.3 in May. By the time it rolls around I should be ready. Looking to take a 1/2 hour off of last year.......

I would LOVE to do the Rocketman in Cocoa in a coupla' months, but I am going to be held prisoner on a cruise ship that weekend instead. The sacifices I make........
Just waiting on their next sale. I am part of a club that gets a really good discount with them but can't seem to nail down my sizing. If I use the interactive sizing tool they say WM. If I go by the little sizing chart it says WMS. Or if I read the reviews, I have a long torso for a woman I should go with the WSL. I am so confused.
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Just waiting on their next sale. I am part of a club that gets a really good discount with them but can't seem to nail down my sizing. If I use the interactive sizing tool they say WM. If I go by the little sizing chart it says WMS. Or if I read the reviews, I have a long torso for a woman I should go with the WSL. I am so confused.
I just started tri-ing last year after learning to swim freestyle. Only a fair swimmer due to movement restrictions from arthritis, broken neck, right shoulder that is in need of a total replacement, and 62 years of age. I purchased 2 suits from Xterra for $425 with a regular price of $1,000 so waiting for a sale is advisable. The 30 day return policy is enough time to know if the ordered suit(s) is(are) fine.

Heading to the pool shortly for another 1500/2000 yard, bone grinding swim. At least the water is 82F.
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I just started tri-ing last year after learning to swim freestyle. Only a fair swimmer due to movement restrictions from arthritis, broken neck, right shoulder that is in need of a total replacement, and 62 years of age. I purchased 2 suits from Xterra for $425 with a regular price of $1,000 so waiting for a sale is advisable. The 30 day return policy is enough time to know if the ordered suit(s) is(are) fine.

Heading to the pool shortly for another 1500/2000 yard, bone grinding swim. At least the water is 82F.
Yep, Xterra is great and they do have the 30 day return policy. The sizing on their site fit me perfectly. I purchased the full sleeve because if I am going to wear one, I want to get as much buoyancy as I can. If they allow a wetsuit you really should wear one.

Just Google Xterra discount codes. Always a sale going on. Heck it is cheaper than renting 3 times and you have it for a long time.
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Xterra has good customer service and can help with sizing...they also run sales pretty frequently. Just check on return policy, in case, esp given your location/situation.


As for me...tri season is delayed until mid summer, as I just had rotator cuff surgery. Will just do some sprints, I suppose, and then get back on track next year.
Bummer! That really stinks. Had that 4 yeas ago with a torn bicep (they had a fancier name). Do the rehab! They wouldn't even let me run for a long time (afraid I'd fall)
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I'm planning to do my first sprint tri in June. I've already signed up for a training group that starts in a few weeks and I'm hoping I'll learn everything I need to know from there, but I'll keep checking this thread for tips too.

The swim is my weakest sport as I'm pretty much a complete beginner. I'm not great on the bike, but I've managed to finish a couple duathlons. I don't expect the run to be a problem.

Here's my question: Is it silly to think that I can train for a marathon and a tri at the same time? The marathon is on June 1 and the tri is on June 22. It would be my 4th marathon so I know what I'm getting into with marathon training. The way I see it, the bike and swim would be my cross training. My only goal with the tri is to finish. I know I already have the endurance to do it, I just need to work on the swim a bit and then learn all the multi-sport stuff like what to wear and how to handle transitions.
Great news! And yes, you can train for the Sprint while training for a marathon. I assume this first tri is just for fun. As long as you get your swimming down, bike a little then you will kill the run I was a completed beginner in the swim and bike too.

Just go out and have fun. If you are uncomfortable on the swim, just start at the back. Heck, some people I know still let the whole wave start then go in 15 seconds later. In the grand scheme of things 15 seconds isn't much. I do like to start at the front in the smaller races, much more fun

Just go out and have fun!
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Great to see this thread up, just found it. I haven't been back to the boards in awhile but I see Betsy is still here, although not racing this spring

I started with the Disney marathon, a couple of Goofy's then got tired of "just" running. Joined a tri club 3 years ago and have since completed 2 full IM, 7 HIM, countless sprints and 2 Oly's. And John I did IMFl twice, you will love it!

I am skipping IM this year, just don't feel like putting that much training in. Actually I just don't feel like putting that much biking in this year. That's the time killer. 2013 is a slow year, kind of taking abreak. On tap for 2013
  • New Orleans 70.3
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  • Local sprints, Oly's, 5ks and HM's. Just not sure which ones yet.
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I'm training for 2 halfs and a tri right now. In the fall I'll be training for a full marathon, and a 70.3. It can be done just space them out.

As to the swimming master swim is your friend. Many triathletes are crappy swimmers unfortunatly, but the swim is also the most dangerous leg. The swim is a crutial opening to a good triathlon. Be prepared to get crawled on and kicked in open water. The bouancy will be different too. Learn how to sight its a big deal, and learn how to be one with the water. You're going to swallow water, you've got to learn how to just push through like its nothing in the water. The water is the most violent stage. I personally love the water. Hoping if I do a 70.3 this fall to sub 40 the 1.25 mile swim. I completed the last one in 43 but didnt push too hard. I view the swim as the stretching before the bike, the bike as the warm up to the run. I'm all about the run.
Yeah, the whole open water in the midst of a crowd of people thing scares me. The training group will be doing some open water swims at the same lake as the tri so hopefully that will help.

What exactly is sighting? I've heard the term, but not really sure what it means.

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Great news! And yes, you can train for the Sprint while training for a marathon. I assume this first tri is just for fun. As long as you get your swimming down, bike a little then you will kill the run I was a completed beginner in the swim and bike too.

Just go out and have fun. If you are uncomfortable on the swim, just start at the back. Heck, some people I know still let the whole wave start then go in 15 seconds later. In the grand scheme of things 15 seconds isn't much. I do like to start at the front in the smaller races, much more fun

Just go out and have fun!
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Yep, this first tri is just for fun, to see how I like the world of triathlons. Thanks for the tip!
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