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2018-09-02 10:16 PM


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Subject: HELP!!!!
Next year for my 50th Birthday i would like to attempt a triathlon. Currently i am out of shape ( understatement of the year ). I need to know what to do and how to train for this. When i was younger i use to run allot and im an Army vet so not scared to work hard. Would like to find a trainer/partner to train with. I live in Cheyenne WY but im in the fort collins area allot. I am not looking to win the dang thing i just wish to survive and finish. Any hints or tricks to training you may have would go a long way. I am a man that is 6'5 and about 260 lbs currently want to get back to 220 thats where i feel good at and dont look like a twig. Thank you in advance for any info you can give.


2018-09-03 7:28 AM
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Welcome to BT. The site has a lot of good information including training plans and a lot of tips but the first step is to start training. look at the time you have in your day and block off a section for training and make a habit of using it. One of the biggest mistakes we older folks do is add too much too soon get a injury and then quit. take it slow but get started.

2018-09-03 9:50 AM
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Welcome! I actually started later than you...been racing 6 years now and getting ready to turn 59.

First, as mentioned, start slow, especially with regard to running.

Second, whether or not you swam as a youth, get swim lessons. Many folks "think" they can bypass the lessons part and do ok by going to the pool and swimming some laps ... unless they come from a competitive youth swim background, they'll spend way to much energy fighting bad mechanics.

Third, regarding the bike, just ride. You'll help your riding immensely if you're properly fitted on a properly sized bike.

Fourth, consistency is the best way to get better and prevent injury...especially for the running. Start slow and short but try to run 4-6 times a week (if only for 10 minutes at a time). Your body needs to adjust to the demands of running so you have to add the time component slowly but steadily.
2018-09-03 12:03 PM
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interesting too!

Edited by Deuz 2018-09-03 12:04 PM
2018-09-03 1:11 PM
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Good advice already. Many people doing their first look for a Sprint triathlon (shortest distance) and a pool swim.
2018-09-06 9:38 AM
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I have some sample workout plans you could pick the shorter workouts from.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vRFMlblb1yqKn9H8OctU3i7S...

By now means don't hit the 70.3 or full IM plan, but any workouts less than 60 minutes would be fair game.

Strength stuff in there, too.


2018-09-06 1:53 PM
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Thank you all for the help.i will TRY to take it slow lol. I am looking for a cheep bike right now to train on and use in the sprint race. Nothing fancy
2018-09-07 3:51 PM
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My mom is from Cheyenne, WY.  I attended the University of Wyoming.  The Laramie Duathlon was my first Multisport event about 18 years ago.  I didn't get all the way into the sport until 4 years ago when I was living in the Austin area.  The first race I did was the 2015 HITS 70.3 Marble Falls Triathlon.  I was living in Marble Falls, TX with the starting line 10 minutes from my front door and after seeing athletes in town on race day for a few years I decided that I wanted to be a participant and not just a spectator.  The over all winner in 2014 was an age group athlete living in Austin.  I read his race report from 2014 when I was getting ready for the race in 2015 and enjoyed his blog so I followed him for a few years since he was local and we had a lot (well a little bit anyways) in common.  I since moved to Oklahoma and he has since moved to Fort Collins.  You won't want to train with him, but he and his wife both coach triathlon so I you are looking for group training or an insider on gyms with pools, bike shops, etc I could get you in touch.  He would surely would have connections.  This forum is my favorite place for information though.  When I started I knew I wanted to do the race but didn't have any training information. I spent about 3 weeks just looking at the race distances and race times and figuring out how to manage my time to spend proportional amounts of time to train for each.  Then I got started and trained by time.  I didn't do everything the way the training manuals prescribe but I was still successful.  I learned a lot here while training for my first race.  I now do things much better than I did while training for my first race but we all start somewhere.  There is a learning curve and everyone here is willing to share what they learned with others and help them get through their first race and meet their goals.



Edited by BlueBoy26 2018-09-07 3:54 PM
2018-09-07 7:11 PM
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Lots of races have a Try a Tri. It's usually really short and you get to see how you like it and practise the transitions.
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