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2013-12-06 5:47 PM

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Subject: Newbie at 56
I'm Dave and I live in Connecticut. And yes, I am 56 years old. ( Wow, how did THAT happen!) I'm married with 3 kids: 25, 21, 19.

After too many years of the sendentary lifestyle, I finally got motivated to change. Over the last two years, I've worked with a trainer and have lost about 50lbs. I like training and do both strength and cardio work. Eating right is my challenge.

Next year, I've decided to mix up my routine a bit and sign up for a sprint distance event to be held in June.

Right now, I train 6 days per week. I run and bike a bit, but I don't swim yet, so my plan is to get a swim coach to help me develop some kind of swimming technique over the next 4-5 months.

I've been lurking here for a few weeks and it seems like a great place to get information and share ideas. With that said, I hope to pick up some pointers and look forward to learning the ropes.


2013-12-06 7:35 PM
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Welcome and congratulations on your weight loss!

I joined in 2010, Now my husband wants to know if I am STILL a beginner .

Now get swimming!

2013-12-07 7:25 AM
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Congratulations! After your first race, you'll be hooked. Don't get discouraged if you hate swimming at first, I found that it was the most challenging thing I've ever learned to do and I dreaded the workouts. Now, it's my favorite - especially the day after a hard run and I'm achey. It's like a miracle drug.

2013-12-07 10:56 AM
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Thank you for the welcome. I'm kind of ready to dig into this sport.

And yes Ma'am! I just bought a new swimsuit online, did my morning run, now its off to the local pool to sign up and find a swim coach.

Regarding your ability to continue to claim "new" tri status to your husband: I'd say that will be no problem for several more years, as long as you have a more experienced triathlete to reference when he brings it up, lol.
2013-12-07 11:12 AM
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SmallTriGirl,

Thanks for your note.

Good to know that swimming is an acquired taste. Also, your comment about swimming being a way to ease aching muscles is very interesting, since I'm prone to hamstring and achilles issues from running. That's what prompted me to take up biking initially . I was looking for a different cardio workout to replace or supplement running each week. Sounds like swimming may also help me there.

Looking forward to figuring this out.

2013-12-15 8:17 PM
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Hi Dave

glad you joined us. You'll enjoy the sport. Just finished my third year of it so still new at it. From Ct myself up in the northeast corner, the quiet corner just off 395. Maybe we'll run into each other sometime. Kev


2013-12-15 9:25 PM
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Welcome!  Lots of experienced folks here despite the "beginner" label...I came to traithlon "larter" also, and as someone else said..after the 1st sprint 1 I was hooked- still having a blast , learning, and trying new challenges after 8 years..!

2013-12-15 9:25 PM
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Welcome!  Lots of experienced folks here despite the "beginner" label...I came to triathlon "later" also, and as someone else said..after the 1st sprint 1 I was hooked- still having a blast , learning, and trying new challenges after 8 years..!

2013-12-19 8:39 PM
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Hi there Dave in Ct. I am Dave in Ct also. Welcome to BT. I am a Newbie as well and completed my 1st Sprint in Sept. As you will hear from so many, it is very easy to become hooked. This sight is very informative and a great resource for info. Good luck to you in your training and your inaugural tri.

What race are you looking to do?

Regards-the other "Dave in CT"
2013-12-22 1:17 PM
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Thanks to everyone for the welcome,

Regarding training, I've just had a major reality check. Took my first dip in the pool on Friday and realized that without some coaching to improve my technique, the swim will be ugly. Good news is the local tri club holds swim clinics on Monday nights, so I'm going to sign up.

To "the other Dave" ;

I'm going to sign up for the Sprint event in Ridgefield, Ct to be held on June 1st.
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