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2019-03-04 9:57 AM
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I like shorter races but all the sprints I have done so far have had a shortened swim.

it's a 2 and a half hour drive, I don't think the guests will want to come. Although it is on their way home and they are leaving on the Sunday anyway. They'd only have to leave earlier. I know at least one of them would be interested in watching. He is not an active triathlete at the moment but he has done a couple of ironmans. Maybe he'll get the bug again...

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2019-03-04 3:48 PM
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.... He is not an active triathlete at the moment but he has done a couple of ironmans. Maybe he'll get the bug again...
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Sounds like someone I know.

I like the idea of seeing if your guests would be interested in the longer race on their way home too. Always fun to spread our bug around.
2019-03-29 10:26 AM
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Newbie here! Doing a triathlon is on my bucket list. Got a training plan off this website and for a 20-week sprint. Training starts Monday. I am planning to do a Spring in September so that gives me 20+ weeks to get ready.

STORY/CURRENT TRAINING: I am 51YO. I was a college tennis player and still play competitively 1-3X/week. I "wog" (walk/jog) several times a week. I have yo-yo'd in my fitness regimine throughout the years. I tend to hot and cold with my fitness....I get on a program/idea...stick to it well...then get bored and stop. Take off a few months...then find something else. Hoping this one still stick! I love any sport that has a ball in it. Although I've played multiple sports throughout my life...I have never been good at endurnance sports (I stink at running, swimming and biking) or any sport without balls. So why I am doing this? I have no idea except it'll make me feel accomplished.

FAMILY: Married with 2 grown kids. Will be a grandma in July! We are big baseball fans.

WEIGHT LOSS: Yes please! I am 5'9" and about 20 pounds above my happy place. About ten years ago I trained for a marathon (never finished cause I got bored) but was 40 pounds less than where I am now. With the training - I should be able to conquer multiple goals of losing weight and checking something off of my bucket list.

Wish me luck! Thanks in advance for your patience with me as I will be asking lots of dumb questions along the way.

2019-03-29 4:48 PM
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Welcome! Hope it sticks too. It took me about 4 years to really enjoy this but now I love it. Like you, the thought of a sport not involving a ball was, meh.. what’s the point? But as my unstable knees did not allow me to do any ”fun” sports, I persevered.
Triathlon is less boring than just running or just cycling or just swimming, you’ll see.

2019-03-29 5:30 PM
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Subject: RE: Gray Guys/Gals Masters Mentor Group - OPEN

Originally posted by Laura_Smith

Newbie here! Doing a triathlon is on my bucket list. Got a training plan off this website and for a 20-week sprint. Training starts Monday. I am planning to do a Spring in September so that gives me 20+ weeks to get ready . . .

Wish me luck! Thanks in advance for your patience with me as I will be asking lots of dumb questions along the way.

Hi Laura,

Welcome!

The good news is with three sports, it's a bit harder to get bored with the training!  20-weeks is plenty of time to be ready.  The key is consistency - steady, regular training.  Follow the plan you've got and you'll be fine.

There are no dumb questions.  Everyone on this site started from exactly where you are starting from.  Everyone on this site had many of the same questions you likely have when they all began.  Don't hesitate to ask when a question forms.

One final thing.  You may have noticed this group isn't as "busy" as some of the other groups.  We choose to be more of a "functional, educational" group rather than an extension of Facebook.  I get an email whenever a post is made to the group so if/when you post something I will know fairly quickly and will try to get on within a couple of hours to read/respond.  Otherwise I check the group every couple of days.

Again, welcome.  I look forward to watching as you begin your triathlon journey!

2019-04-01 11:13 AM
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NAME:  Janet

STORY: I did my first triathlon in May of 2009 and loved it.  Before that I wasn’t much of an athlete – the occasional school sports, recreational softball/soccer leagues but nothing that I really enjoyed or was very good at.  Not that I’m all that good at triathlon but at least I enjoy doing it, and I feel like I’ve improved a bit over the years.  I’ve done everything from sprints to one HIM and am planning for my 2nd HIM in Sept. – I just need to keep myself motivated and on track until then. 

FAMILY STATUS: Married for almost 29 years (anniversary is next week), 2 grown kids, down to 3 cats (we had as many as 12 at one time – long story there  ). 

CURRENT TRAINING: Currently following a plan that has me doing an average of 2 swims, 3 bikes and 2 runs per week plus some strength training and yoga – all together about 9-10 hours a week.  I try to add a 3rd swim in when I can. 

2019 PLANNED RACES: KC Triathlon Olympic – May 12th; St Louis Triathlon sprint – May 19th; New Town Triathlon – July 9th (haven’t decided on short or long course); Redman HIM – Sept 21st

WEIGHT LOSS: I’ve lost about 7 pounds since the beginning of the year and am hoping to lose an additional 10 or so.  It’s been slow but steady so far. 

 

I wanted to expand a bit on my current training and maybe get some advice/suggestions.  My cycling has been going well.  I feel like I’ve made some real progress over the winter.  I’ll find out for sure once I can get outside to ride again, which with any luck will be next weekend, provided the weatherman is correct and we get up into the lower 70’s.

My running has been limited.  I’ve had some issues with my lower back and left knee – getting treated for it but it’s been slow going.  I am up to about 4 miles but it’s at a very slow pace.  Just trying to get my mileage up at this point and not worry about my pace.  I’ve never been fast, but this is slow even for me!

Swimming – this has always been my nemesis.  I taught myself to swim (not very well) when I started training for my first race 10 years ago.  I swim better now but still not well.  I can, at least, swim longer distances so that’s a plus.  Part of it is lack of time in the pool, I know that.  The pool where I swim though has very limited lap swimming hours (soon to be even more limited since they’re adding aqua aerobics classes in the evening and taking away the 2 lanes that were normally reserved for lap swimming).  I try to go in the mornings but usually have to cut my workout short to make it to work on time.  All this leaves me frustrated with swimming so a lot of times it just gets skipped – not ideal, I know.  I’m thinking about joining a local tri club that does group swimming a couple of times a week.  The “class” is led by a local tri coach who belongs to the club.  It’s not a master’s swim, but something like it I think.  I sent them an email to try to get more information.  I’m thinking this might be just what I need to get my swimming moving in the right direction. 

Sorry for the long post 

Janet



2019-04-02 4:05 AM
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NAME:  Janet

2019 PLANNED RACES: KC Triathlon Olympic – May 12th; St Louis Triathlon sprint – May 19th; New Town Triathlon – July 9th (haven’t decided on short or long course); Redman HIM – Sept 21st.  

Hello Janet!  And welcome back, it's been awhile.  Glad you decided to join us again this season.

Originally posted by soccermom15

My cycling has been going well. 

My running has been limited.  I’ve had some issues with my lower back and left knee – getting treated for it but it’s been slow going.

Swimming – this has always been my nemesis . . . I’m thinking about joining a local tri club that does group swimming a couple of times a week.  The “class” is led by a local tri coach who belongs to the club.  It’s not a master’s swim, but something like it I think.  I sent them an email to try to get more information.  I’m thinking this might be just what I need to get my swimming moving in the right direction. 

Sounds like your cycling is coming along.  I'm with you, can't wait to get outside on my bike again!  We've had a couple days where it was close.  Another week or two and we should be good to go!

You've heard me say this before with respect to injuries - listen to whoever is treating you.  Whether that's a PT or a Physician, they are the experts.  It's better to take a bit longer and come back healthy than to try and come-back too soon and have a nagging injury stick with you all season.

You've also heard me say this before.  Frequency trumps everything else in the pool.  The more frequently you can get in the water - even if it's for a shorter duration - the better your swimming will become.  Training in a group or team environment is also very beneficial for most people.  Let's face it, swimming is a solitary sport - it's just you, your thoughts and that lane line going by under you.  However, when you introduce a group of like minded athletes. suddenly there's a social component that makes swimming a bit more tolerable.  It also tends to drive the competitive spirit which also helps with training.  If the leader of the group provides some technique instruction and or writes workouts, so much the better.

Again, welcome Janet.  Glad you're back.

2019-04-05 9:56 AM
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I had a "win" at the pool this morning - besides actually getting to the pool, which is a win in itself.  It was drill day, which I don't particularly like but they only come up about every 3 weeks or so, so that's not too bad.  And today actually went well.  I'm getting much better at one-arm drill - I no longer feel like I'm trying to drown myself, and I was able to do several laps with my paddles without them coming off my hands - that's never happened before.  I talked with someone from the tri club last time I swam with them and he gave me some tips on using them.  Seemed to work.  I also spent some time concentrating on keeping my head down when I breathe.  I know I come up too much which makes my legs sink even more than they already do.  I read or saw somewhere about imagining that you're holding a ball between your chin and chest and you don't want to lose the ball when you turn your head to breathe (hope that makes sense).  So I worked on that during my cooldown.  That's going to take a little practice to get right I think.  

It's supposed to be a fairly good weekend weather-wise so a run is on tap for tomorrow morning, followed by volunteering at a 25k/50k/50m trail race, then hopefully the first outdoor ride of the season on Sunday!

Have a good weekend!
Janet

2019-04-05 5:00 PM
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I have been following the group all year but have failed to introduce myself to the newbies.

STORY/CURRENT TRAINING: I am in the M40-45 AG making me one of the young pumps in the Gray Group but I found my first grey hair at age 37 and relate better to this group since I was a competitive runner for about 30 years and didn't switch to races longer than a 5K and to Triathlons until after I started to lose hair and my speed and to slow down.  I am very happy learning how to age gracefully. 

I red shirted on the indoor and outdoor track team for the University of Wyoming my freshman year of college. I was one of the slow guys and felt that it would be better to focus on the books and to save the running for recreation later in life so I only ran one year in college.  I grew up in Utah but moved to Oklahoma my Junior Year of high school and have called Oklahoma home ever since even though I still can't wrap my head around some of the backwards things they do here and even though I have lived in California, Wyoming, Colorado, and Texas since then as well.  I moved back to Oklahoma about 3 years ago from Texas with my second job transfer.

FAMILY: Married with 3 daughters under the age of 10. My oldest threw a big fit when she was six years old saying it was pointless to go to a 5K that I was running because she never gets to participate.  She said if she didn't get to run she wasn't going to go at all.  So at age 6 she completed her first 5K in 38 minutes.  At age 8 she was in an under 12 age group (Boys&Girls) at a 5K and got first place.  The 2nd and 3rd place finishers were both boys that were about 11 years old.  I don't know how the boys felt about standing on the podium that day.  I guess you take what you can get an any age.  My oldest is also an accomplished singer and got call backs for the part of the young Elsa in the community theater production of Frozen Junior.  I am excited about her call backs that will be all day tomorrow.  

WEIGHT LOSS: Since I started triathlon 4 years ago I have gained about 8 lbs, but my body fat is down about 4%.  So...I worked hard for the muscle I have gained and don't have much fat to lose so weight lose isn't going to be something I am going to try to do this year (I did have to size up on the wetsuit last year though).  

RACES:  After focusing on 70.3 distance races for the past four years I am going to do some shorter races this year.  I plan to do a Sprint Triathlons, followed by an Olympic Triathlons, followed by a 70.3 Triathlon.  I am calling it the triple crown.  I wanted to do races close to home this year so I can do more races (I only do 1-2 races ever year).  I am looking forward to trying the shorter races and think it will be fun to see how my USAT scored compare at different distances.  

 



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2019-04-06 3:03 AM
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Hi Janet and Curtis, good to have you here both! You must be a proud dad Curtis.

Well done on your ”win” in the pool Janet! And I agree with Scott about injuries, best to listen to the pros. Had a nagging pain in my foot which did not go away on its own after almost 2 months of rest only. After seeing a physio about it and getting an exercice program, it’s gone and I am starting to introduce running in my training again, although I am still very careful.

The good thing about not running or running less is that It gives me time to do more swimming and cycling. I have joined a swimming class and when that’s done, I have a cycling group waiting for me. I enjoy training on my own but let’s face it, if I want to get better, I need help.

Have a great weekend all!
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I have been following the group all year but have failed to introduce myself to the newbies.

Hey Curtis,

Welcome back!  Glad to have you with us for another season.



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First outdoor ride of the season this past Sunday.  It went well overall.  I kept it short and went easy for the first half - just making sure I remembered how to ride outdoors (clipping in and out/steering/braking/etc).  Once I was comfortable I tried to pick up the speed a little bit.  Hard to do though riding into a pretty good headwind.  It's good practice though - I've heard that the bike course at Redman can be pretty windy.  And since I was doing an out and back, the return trip was much more fun .  And there are 2 small hills - I've always had to switch to easier gears to get up them, but this time I went right up without changing gears at all.  Very pleased with that!  I guess the trainer work over the winter helped.

Janet

2019-04-10 3:09 PM
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Cool Janet! I too went on my first outdoor ride of the year. Well, on my racer that is, I have been riding my mountain bike on icy paths all winter. Went really well, faster than I was expecting for a first.
I love Spring...
2019-04-14 3:15 PM
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First outdoor ride of the season this past Sunday.  It went well overall. 

Janet

Janet,

Glad you got outside to ride!  When we still lived in California, I admittedly didn't understand the desire to "get outside."  I rode indoors on the trainer most of the time, by choice so it just didn't seem like that big a deal.  Now that we live where there's a true winter climate that forces you onto the trainer, well, I understand now.  There's a huge difference between riding on the trainer because you choose too and riding on the trainer because you're forced too!

I've gotten both my first outdoor ride and run.  Never thought I'd be so happy to have sunlight on my shoulders!

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