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Friday, November 26th, 2010
11:35 pm - bike + deer



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Monday, September 27th, 2010
10:29 am

Saturday I did an ultra distance triathlon.

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Monday, September 20th, 2010
4:37 pm

I've got an ultra distance triathlon (140.6) this Saturday and I think I'm syking myself out right now. I haven't been feeling too hot the past two days, and I'm scared I'm catching a cold or something. It's probably just allergies with the seasons changing and all.

I'm worried I haven't done enough prep work. For some reason, I'm having trouble imagining running a marathon right now. I don't think that I could run a marathon right now even WITHOUT swimming and biking first. The longest run I've done leading up to this weekend was 17 miles.

Really, I just think I need to take it easy and rest up this week. I know what's entailed. I know what it's going to feel like. I'm sure I'll be fine.

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Saturday, August 28th, 2010
5:30 pm - Blurred, watery vision after swim training (wearing goggles)

Hi all,

First a bit of background: I'm brand new to this community. I've been running for almost three years, and completed my first marathon earlier this year. Friends have been on at me to give triathlons a go, and so I've finally decided to take the plunge (no pun intended). I haven't signed up for anything yet, and plan on using the winter to build my cycling and swimming fitness so that I can do a couple of sprints next summer.

Anyway: the point of this post! Today I swam just over a mile (1800 meters), wearing goggles. All good, though in fairness there was a little pressure from the goggles at points. Anyway, about twenty minutes after getting out of the pool I get this really weird watery, shimmery, blurred vision, kind of in circles across my eyes. No blackness or 'curtains' or flashing lights; it just kind of looked like I still had the goggles on and that water had collected round the edges. A little bit of pressure, but no pain.

An hour later it's all gone. I've spoken with NHS direct (24 hour NHS helpline here in the UK) and they say it's nothing to worry about (ruled out detached retina or anything neurological - thank god!) But I'm curious as to what might have caused this. I would also prefer for it to not happen again!

Anyone experienced anything similar? Any advice?

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Monday, August 2nd, 2010
12:16 am - gear/apparel question

So... I'm doing my first ever sprint triathlon a week from today. (The Baierl YMCA sprint triathlon in Pittsburgh, in case there's anyone local here - 700 meter swim, 12 mile bike, 5K run.) And there's something that's causing me a decent amount of anxiety.

I don't know what I'm going to wear.

I was planning to wear a plain old Speedo training suit for the swim. (The swimming portion is in a pool in what will most likely be 80+ degree weather, so I had assumed that a wetsuit would be completely unnecessary.) I have good padded bike shorts and decent running shoes. My main concern (and I apologize if this is TMI), but I'm a relatively, err... voluptuous woman (between D and DD cups), and I don't think I've ever run more than three steps without a sports bra since I was about twelve. (Insert joke about two black eyes here.) Doing the bike portion without one would be inconvenient and uncomfortable; doing the running portion without one would be pretty much impossible.

This is probably incredibly stupid on my part, but I had assumed that the transition areas would have tents or booths or something where people could change clothes. There is absolutely no information about the logistics of this particular triathlon online, so I have no idea whether people typically change clothes during the transitions or not, but from reading over a few posts in this community, this appears to be pretty uncommon in the sprint distances. I suppose if absolutely necessary I could try to (discreetly) change into a sports bra during the first transition regardless of what other people are doing, but I would really, really prefer not to be either disqualified or arrested.

Does anyone have any advice? My (very well-meaning) husband has suggested that I wear a sports bra under my swimsuit during the swim, but I think that would look pretty stupid and also feel incredibly uncomfortable given that I think a wet sports bra must weigh 5 pounds. I've seen special triathlon suits that are meant to be worn for all three legs of the triathlon, but (a) I didn't see any that included an underwire sports bra, (b) they were all pretty expensive - more money than I can justify given that I essentially signed up for this on a whim, and (c) I would need to basically order one tomorrow and pray it got here in time.

Thank you so much in advance for any help you can give.

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Sunday, August 1st, 2010
7:54 pm - GULP

My first ever Oly is coming up in 3 weeks.

I still have a week to register, and I'm glad I haven't yet because it turns out there was a huge fire at a fertilizer store in the city, and all the water they used to put the flames out has carried the fertilizer into a nearby creek that empties into the lake where the race is being held. No one is allowed to swim in that area right now.

So while I hope that the race will still go on, I'm also incredibly nervous. I'm not good at open water swimming so I expect about half my swim will be breaststroke. That's okay. 40 minutes.

I'm in great shape for cycling so no issues there, and I used to live in Kelowna so I know the route well. 100 minutes.

The run...the run is killer. I haven't been able to run a full 10k at all during training, because my knees are so bad. After this race and over the winter, I'm going to focus on increasing my speed for sprint distances races and strengthening my knees. Honestly I just hope I can do this in 75 minutes.

Even if I have to walk half the 10k, I know I can finish, and I should still come in under 4 hours. However, I'm also disappointed in myself for not being faster by now. Most people say, "wow, it's such an accomplishment just to finish an Olympic distance tri!" but at age 31, and working out 6 days a week (and hard, too), I really feel like I should be faster.

Once I'm done I'll still be proud of myself (as long as I do finish under 4 hours)...but until then...butterflies in stomach, etc.

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Sunday, May 30th, 2010
7:13 pm - Recovery Techniques

I've done a few Sprint-distance races over the past few years, and this October I'll be doing my first Olympic-distance race in LA, so I'm trying to up my training distances. I ran a 10k yesterday (and posted a surprisingly good time, according to my iPod!), but now my legs and knees are rather sore. I'm sure once I get used to these longer distances, it'll get better, but I was wondering...

What do you do in order to speed up your recovery after intense training? Hot tub? Massage? Banana-protein shake?

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Sunday, May 2nd, 2010
10:02 pm

Starting a new fitness routine. I am taking up running. Anyone have any tips on how to get started? Tomorrow I am running for 3 mins and walking for 3 mins.  I have done elliptical for years as my only source of cardio.

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Friday, April 16th, 2010
10:44 am - IM Coeur d'Alene

Have any of you participated in IM Coeur d'Alene? I am considering signing up for next year, and I am wondering how quickly it fills up. I know for IM Canada, all of the spaces are sold the day after the race to those standing in line to sign up and no places are ever posted online. Is it the same for Coeur d'Alene? I won't be able to go to the race this summer, so I'd like to know if I could count on online registration.

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Wednesday, March 31st, 2010
3:20 pm

I am doing my first sprint triathlon July 27th. The running part is a 5k (no worries there) the swimming portion is 300 meters (really nervous, need to train like crazy) and the cycling portion is 10 miles (Not that worried, except my bike is a heavy steel POS from the 70s, might decide to upgrade before the race or convert to a single speed, the derailers are all kinds of crazy and getting the cables strung and tensioned correctly was a huge pain in the ass when I built this bike up, plus it's too big for me, but I digress...).

I would like to solicit advice about what kind of gear I'll need for the swim portion? board shorts? wet suit? speedo? Actually any advice on how to approach my first sprint tri would be appreciated. Gear, transitions, training, etc. Thanks, y'all!

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Wednesday, March 24th, 2010
1:51 am - What should I do?


Which one should I do?

The Sprint (800m swim, 6 mile bike, 2 mile run)
Mini-Sprint/non-competetive race (400m swim, 3 mile bike, 1 mile run)

Okay, so I thought the local sprint triathlon was going to be in 7 months, so I thought I'd be fine doing the regular sprint by then.

The problem is, it's in 10 weeks.

I've never done any sort of triathlon before, and I'm not in good shape.

Swimming: I haven't swam in years, but in my experiences I can work up to at least 1000m 3x a week within a couple weeks, and have been able to do it in under 20 minutes after 8 weeks of practice. This seems to me a triathlon with a proportionately much larger swimming part, which I actually favor because swimming is my strength; I'm only worried about building up to an 800 km OPEN WATER swim in just over 2 months. It scares me, to be honest.

Cycling: I can ride 3 miles pretty easily, and do it a few times a week. I think this would be too easy, and that I could complete a 6-mile ride without having to train too hard.

Running: I haven't run in at least a year. I don't think I can run. My knees suck and I am terribly out of shape. A mile might take me 10 minutes, but I'm not sure if I could even run at all after the swimming and cycling.... even walking 2 miles after that, in the shape I'm in now, makes me want to faint.

I'm stressed out because I really want to do this event, but I feel kind of embarrassed for registering for the mini-sprint. I mean.... I've never heard of a mini-sprint before, it's open to children as young as 10, and it's non-competetive.

At the same time, I feel like 10 weeks is not enough time for me to be ready for the full sprint. I am in terrible cardiovascular/muscular shape, though, and I'm afraid I won't be ready. I am nervous and feel I will be lucky to even finish.

I am 25 years old and I'm of average health and weight if that makes any difference with regard to my potential.

So... what do you think?

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Saturday, March 13th, 2010
12:16 pm - lake temperatures

Is there a site where you can find the average/current temperatures of lakes?
Or, in particular, Beaverdam Lake, NC?


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Friday, January 29th, 2010
1:08 pm - Choosing a Training Plan

First, a little background. I am a new athlete -- started running in April of 2008. I am still slow, but have made great progress in 2 years -- completed tons of 5Ks, a few 10Ks, 3 half marathons, and I'm currently training for my first marathon at the end of February.

Tomorrow is my last long run of marathon training and then I begin the taper, so I thought that would be a good time to begin slowly adding in swimming and biking to rebuild that base. Last year I ventured into the world of triathlons and completed a few sprints and a duathlon. This year I want to push myself a bit and train for an olympic triathlon in September.

Last year I didn't have a structured training plan for the tris, but I did ok. This year I want to be a bit more serious about my tri training like I have been with my marathon training. I'm trying to pick an olympic triathlon training plan and have a few questions for those with more experience:

1) Should I choose a balanced training plan of all 3 sports or give a bigger focus to one sport? I was considering a run focus to maintain my running base for marathon training starting in June, and because I enjoy running the most, but maybe I should focus on improving my weakest sport? Even that is not so clear cut though. Swimming is clearly my weakest sport, but I think I can make bigger gains by trying to improve my bike than my swim. Swimming is all about survival for me and I don't care that much if I become a faster swimmer.

2) I still want to have time for yoga, strength/core training, and occasionally kickboxing. So I am torned between a 3x balanced plan and a run focused plan with 2 swim, 2 bike, and 3 run.

3) Most plans are 16-20 weeks, but I have like 30. What do I do in the meantime? I plan to race some B and C races for fun and practice, but not sure if I should start a sprint training plan now and then switch to an olympic 20 weeks out or just build a base some other way.


Thanks for your input!


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Saturday, January 2nd, 2010
3:20 pm - kinesio tape

Has anyone ever used kinesio tape? I was injured in a car accident (bruised bone in my left knee) and the physical therapist put this on the other day. It is amazing!! I feel 99% better....I was on the road to recovery before this, he put it on when there was this sudden intense sharp pain out of the blue, but now with the tape I feel ready to do almost anything now.
Just curious if anyone has used it and what their opinion was.
And yeah its the funny black stuff Kerri Walsh uses. Lance Armstrong has too and he calls it "magic tape" with "magic powers."

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Sunday, December 20th, 2009
1:24 pm

Anyone have experience with the POSE method?


I just found out about it and it looks interesting.

Secondary question: Anyone try Chi Running?

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Wednesday, December 9th, 2009
9:45 am - Race Report: Tinman Triathlon, Tauranga

First, thank you very, very much to everyone who offered such wonderful advice in my previous thread as I was panicking over whether or not to do this tri. I went with the bulk of the advice from trigeeks, as just about everyone said to drop to the Sprint, back out if I felt feverish again, and set my sights on a standard tri later in the season. It was sound advice, and absolutely right. Oddly, the advice on runners was a lot more varied: there was a lot of "Do it!" or "Stay home!", not much in between. I don't know what that says, if anything, about the difference between the sports or the communities, lj or real world.
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Typed very, very quickly on a public computer, so apologies for the lack of coherence.

Cross posted to runners

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Monday, December 7th, 2009
6:47 pm - Night Riding

Or 6 pm riding...

I'm fairly new to the DC area, and to biking. I've got all the right equipment (lights, light colored clothing) but I'm still a little nervous to go and hit the trails at night. I'm pretty much a nervous biker in general, I'll swim a mile then go for a run any day if I can avoid the bike, but that's not going to fly as I'm signed up for my first Olympic length tri this spring (St. Anthony's). Does anyone have any advice for DC area trails at night? Where are the best places to go? Are there any evening groups that go out for a ride and put up with slow pokes like me? (I'm in NoVA)

Thanks in advance!

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Thursday, December 3rd, 2009
8:32 pm - trainer vs roller

Last week I asked about buying a bike trainer and what your thoughts were. Thank you to those who responded. Tonight I learned about rollers. Read reviews on a bunch of sites and seems that most people said roller instead of trainer. Does anyone here have rollers? I have about $200 to spend. Is it possible to get some for that amount? Please let me know what brand/model you have or recommend.

Again, thank you in advance.

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9:32 am - Panic in crunch-time

So, I'm registered to do my *first* Olympic-length triathlon this Sunday. Which is exciting.

BUT (you knew there was a but)

I've been down with flu this week. All week. Today is Thursday down here, the race is Sunday, I've been stuck in bed since *last* Sunday, which means I missed my last key bike ride.

I'm mostly better today (no fever since yesterday morning), but I still get tired fairly easily. And my cough is lingering. And it is a productive cough (In other words, stuff gets hacked up.) I'm coughing much less frequently than I have been, but I'm nervous about getting back. I don't want to do much on Saturday, so it would only be today and tomorrow that I can do much exercise at all.

My training got me to the point where I feel like I could finish, but it would be ugly. This flu has knocked me far enough back that I'm nervous about finishing, especially if I'm not fully recovered by Sunday.

The way I see it, I have basically three options:
1. Do it anyway and push through. (However, I do work 2 days later)
2. Call the event organizers and ask to drop down to the Sprint Distance instead. (Which means I'll have wasted half my training.)
3. Call the event organizers and cancel my entry. (Which means I'll have wasted all my training and my entry fee, but would be the safest tack.)

Has anyone else had something like this happen? In any distance race, triathlon or not? What did you do?

*Note: I know that it is really common to get sick during the taper period. I just didn't expect to get sick, since I was being careful. Or, at least not *this* sick.

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current mood: stressed

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Tuesday, December 1st, 2009
7:41 pm - Sleeeepy

So. I started a 20-week Oly training plan, for some early season tris I want to do in 2010. I'm on week 3 of the program and as I push my volume up I'm noticing I am SO. TIRED. Both after my workouts, and when I get up in the morning, even if I've had plenty of sleep the night before.

I can only assume that I'm missing something in my diet, or not getting enough of some nutrient that I need to keep my energy up.

Question is. What is that nutrient? I'm not much of a meat eater - I don't eat any red meat, almost no pork, and chicken/fish only in moderation. Perhaps I'm missing some iron? Hmmm.

Anyways, in general, what do you do to keep your energy levels up when you're training? I'm also doing personal fitness training once per week. It's definitely more exercise, and more intense exercise, than I've ever done in my life. I really enjoy it though and haven't had any injuries, thankfully.

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