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2019-07-15 3:30 AM


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Subject: Going to give Tri a go - cyclist/runner with sinky legs syndrome
Hi all,

Firstly, I love this website/forum - there is an absolute ton of information here, and lots of great people willing to offer helpful advice from what I've seen lurking the past week.

I suspect there are hundred of people like me on this forum - I got into cycling a few years ago as a way of exercising after losing some weight (3 stone / 19kg). Before that, I'd been quite athletic in school, and had an active career but my fitness was woeful (running for a bus once almost made me sick) and my weight just kept going up and up.

It was actually just messing around with an unwanted step-meter that got me thinking about losing weight and getting fit again. Found myfitnesspal app, tracked my calorie intake, and cut out the snacks I always ate as well as doing 3 walks a day and some light cycling on a weekend (10-20 miles). Suddenly the weight just fell off (2 lbs a week roughly) and the whole thing just snowballed. The weight kept dropping, and as I got more confident on the bike, I bought a road bike and joined a local cycling club.

This was the turning point in my lifestyle. More and more mileage with a great set of cycling friends, now the fitness was coming on really well. And I've kinda just kept it going from there. Started running last year and have done a few 10-12 mile local off-road races and a few long runs in training too.

I guess Tri is the next challenge, I can't swim well at all really. Maybe 50m front crawl and I'm struggling to breathe. My legs sink without trace (quite lean, 177cm/5'9" and 70kg/154 lbs). I've started going to adult improvers swimming classes - and the coach (a lady who also does Tri) is already improving me after 1 lesson! She obviously has a very good eye for what I'm doing wrong.

Right now, I have some questions although I think these may be answered by local race organisers.

1. There's no way I'll be able to 400m (super sprint, pool only for now) non-stop just yet. Should I wait until I can do this, or should I just get stuck in to racing and do my best?

2. Does swimming fitness buidl the same way cycling and running fitness does? i.e. is it just a case of getting in there and doing the miles? I realise I have to work on technique (a lot) but did you guys starting from zero swimming see gains just from regular pool time?

Thanks guys!

Joe


2019-07-15 12:22 PM
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Subject: RE: Going to give Tri a go - cyclist/runner with sinky legs syndrome
Congrats on your path to fitness and your weight loss. Your story sounds pretty much like mine when I got off the couch and got into working out, then triathlon.

It was my experience that swim fitness ramped up much like bike or run fitness. When I started a 50 yard swim was tough. Don't worry, just swim and it'll come. It's good that you have a swim coach to improve your technique. That will help a lot.

Welcome to this forum.
2019-07-15 12:43 PM
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Subject: RE: Going to give Tri a go - cyclist/runner with sinky legs syndrome
Coming to tri with no swim background, I can relate. I'm pretty sure even sinky-leg syndrome can be overcome with consistent visits to the pool. Sooner rather than later if you've got a swim coach watching you...

Until then, have you considered looking for a duathlon instead of a tri? Some people love these...

Best of luck with your training; seems like you've made some awesome changes...
2019-07-16 8:57 PM
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Welcome to BT. Work on your swim there is a great difference between pool and open water take your time the Tris will be there
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