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2010-06-16 12:21 PM

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Subject: Triathlons are the BEST THING EVER!
I AM NOW A TRIATHLETE!!  I had such a great time at my first race last Sunday.  I finished in 3:55:10, under 4 hours like I'd hoped.  I secretly wanted to finish in 3:30, but it was a tough course, hot and humid, so I paced myself to make sure I didn't overheat.

One thing I've never seen mentioned on the list, though - what if you CAN'T eat breakfast on race day?  I was so sick to my stomach when I woke up (from pre-race jitters), I couldn't eat my breakfast.  I made my oatmeal and even took it in my car with me, but couldn't touch it.  I figured it was better to go into the race a little under-fueled than to throw up and be dehydrated.  I did manage to sip water all the way up until the swim, so at least I was well hydrated.

I am hooked.  I enjoyed every minute of the race.  Now I've got my eyes on doing an HIM next year.

You can see my race report under  South Maui Triathlon at Wailea.

THANKS BT FOLKS - you helped me get there!


 


2010-06-16 1:12 PM
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Awesome!  Congratulations!
I have the same nerves problem.  I found that if I eat some oatmeal right after getting up and am not fully awake I can handle it, but only 1/2 a bowl and a bananna lol! 
2010-06-16 1:16 PM
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Congratulations, now hold onto your wallet! 
2010-06-16 1:33 PM
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That is one tough course for a first tri. One of the toughest. Way to go!!

I have a number of friends that were in the race and they said it was just brutal.
2010-06-16 1:34 PM
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Congrats! As far as eating goes, I'm with you on not eating if you don't feel like you can. I pick up a yogurt smoothie or a veggie/fruit juice smoothie so that I can get in a few calories in sugar at the same time as I'm hydrating on the morning of. If you eat too much too late, you will throw up. If you drink too much, you'll slosh around. I try to drink a higher calorie smoothie a few hours before so that I have enough time to go to the bathroom before the race starts. Another thing that won't upset my stomach is something that Clif makes called shot blocks - they're almost like big fruit snacks packed with sugar and electrolytes, but since they're gummy-like, they're really easy to digest. I'll eat those either before or during the race at T2.
2010-06-16 1:34 PM
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AWESOME, congrats!


2010-06-16 2:56 PM
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Congrats! Sounds like a tough race. The nervous stomach will probably get better, but I recommend finding a backup. I would go with a drinkable option (Odwalla, sport shaken etc). Races of any appreciable length (like more than 1.5 hours to me) would kill me to do with nutrition going in.Good luck!
2010-06-16 2:59 PM
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Congratulations! That's a tough race for your first tri... 
2010-06-16 3:01 PM
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Subject: RE: Triathlons are the BEST THING EVER!
Nice job, Di!!!  So glad you had fun.  When's the next?  Cool
2010-06-16 3:21 PM
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GOOD FOR YOU!!! Welcome to the new addiction that is triathlon!!
2010-06-16 3:24 PM
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Nice job!

But triathlons are the SECOND best thing ever.  Pizza is the best.


2010-06-16 3:50 PM
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I get nerves before my race too, but just force it down, one small bite at a time. It may take me a half hour to down my bowl of oatmeal, drinking isn't too much of a problem for me so I may look into a high calorie shake. In longer races you have to get the food in you in the morning, otherwise you starting with an empty tank. Congrats on your finish.

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