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2007-01-01 12:30 PM

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Subject: 5430 Sprint Triathlon
Happy New Year All! The 5430 Sprint will be my first race, any advice you can give a newbie would be great.



2007-02-22 8:02 PM
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I've never done the 5430 so I can't really tell you much about that specific course, but I have some general advice if that's helpful.

Try to get out and do a couple of open water swims before the race itself. Then on race day when everyone is frantically throwing their arms and legs around and hitting and kicking you during the swim, remember that you've done this before so you'll be just fine, take a couple deep breaths, and keep plowing on.

If you plan on wearing a wetsuit, remember to PAM yourself up pretty good before hand and body glide the lower legs and practice getting out of it a couple of times before race day so you'll be more comfortable getting out of it quickly during transition. The first time I tried to do this I almost pulled a hamstring muscle and learned a few lessons about how to do it in the future.

Set up a mock transition as well so you can figure out where to put everything. I put everything in my helmet and then I can be sure I won't forget any of it because it all has to be out of there before I can put the helmet on. Then for the bike to run transition I have everything in my running shoes (a hat and a gu if I need it) and then I know I won't forget anything because it all has to be out of there in order to put my shoes on.

Lastly, when the race gets a little closer (maybe a month or so out) practice the bike to run transition a few times. Your legs will feel like they are filled with lead when you come off the bike and it takes some getting used to. Maybe ride 20-30 minutes and then run for 5-10 minutes. GOOD LUCK.
2007-02-22 11:26 PM
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well, looks like you got lots of advice above, so I'll tell you about the course!  Boulder Rez is nice.  You'll be swimming into the sun on the first leg of the swim and it's a little tough to see.  And it's a decent run (200yds maybe) from the swim to the transition area.  The bike is NICE.  A little climbing out of the Rez at first and then it is FAST from then on.  The run is totally flat and on roads or a dirt path (with just a little bit of stones). 

It's a great race!  see you there!

2007-02-23 7:40 AM
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A couple of pieces of advice.

 1.  The day before when you come up for packet pick-up, bring your wetsuit and swim a little.  (I wish I had done that). 

2.  Come up and ride the course.  The first half is pretty much up hill, but the second half is screaming fast.  Watch and I'm sure there will be some groups from here practicing the course and come up and join them.  Knowing the ride will help in determining where you can push it and where to pace yourself.

2007-02-23 12:01 PM
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This will also be my first Triathlon! So, I have absolutly no advise but, wanted to say "yo". This has added a whole new motivation for training! Getting my "full 100% stretch" wetsuit this weekend and will try it out in the pool next week. Using the "Original 13 Week Sprint Training Plan". Still have to get a bike.
2007-02-23 4:30 PM
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I'm moving to Colorado in April. This will me my first tri in over ten years. I did do the "Ride the Buffalo" century ride in Boulder last year though. That was alot of fun.


2007-02-23 4:57 PM
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I can't think of any specific advice for this race off the top of my head but the course is nice just for training rides so keep a look out for group rides posted in this forum.
2007-05-15 4:05 PM
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I hear there is a pretty serious hill in the bike course, is that right? Or is that just in the Peak?
2007-05-15 4:09 PM
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bertvl - 2007-05-15 3:05 PM I hear there is a pretty serious hill in the bike course, is that right? Or is that just in the Peak?

That's just for the Peak. The first part (maybe first quarter) of this course is rolling hills with nothing too long. After that it's a pretty fast course.

2007-05-15 4:56 PM
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wildbillsworld - 2007-02-23 12:01 PM

This will also be my first Triathlon! So, I have absolutly no advise but, wanted to say "yo". This has added a whole new motivation for training! Getting my "full 100% stretch" wetsuit this weekend and will try it out in the pool next week. Using the "Original 13 Week Sprint Training Plan". Still have to get a bike.


Just make sure you rinse your wetsuit out really well after the pool. The chlorine isn't good for it. Congrats to all you first timers on signing up to do this. You're going to have an awesome time.

Oh, and for the newbies, if the first half the bike involves lots of uphills, even small ones, go into a lower gear with less resistance for them. It's more efficient and it will help save your muscles for the second half and for the run.
2007-05-15 9:42 PM
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My first tri also!  Looking forward to seeing you all there!



2007-05-24 4:53 PM
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Hey, just wanted to shout out, as I am entered too with my girlfriend. This will be my 2nd TRI, I think Im hooked.

Wonder if anyone has some suggestions for me as well.

My girlfriend got really inspired since Ive become a fan of the TRI, so she wanted to try out this one. Ive been working with her in the pool, but she's insisting she wont ever be a good swimmer, she's not comfortable swimming at all... I know she can make it through the swim portion, but my support isnt making her anymore confident.

We'll be on our Mtn bikes, hehe... Road bikes arent in the budget... yet!

2007-05-25 4:43 PM
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If she isn't comfortable swimming tell her to start in the back and towards the outside of her wave. If you stay towards the outside you can generally stay away from everyone else. I would also go out to the Boulder Res a few times to practice open water swimming. You can do laps just inside the roped area and the more comfortable in open water she is the more confident she will be come race time. The first time or two in open water can be unnerving so its good to practice beforehand.
2007-05-25 6:05 PM
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Gearbri-Tell her she is not alone in her anticipation and feelings of inadequacy about the swim. This is my third season of doing tri's and when I first started swimming again, I couldn't make it 25 yards in the pool without having to stop because I was so winded. I slowly worked up to 50's, then 100's and so forth. I just takes time, but tell her not to give up. I am still nervous of the swim, but Drew gave great advice to start in the back. I also know that it is sometimes difficult to train with your partner, so if she ever needs someone else to train with, let me know!
2007-05-25 8:12 PM
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Thanks! I'll propose these, and see where it goes!
2007-05-30 12:55 PM
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Best advice I ever received:

NO FIBER for at LEAST 48 hours before the race!!!!  Hehe...trust me, ignore this one and you'll find out exactly why this is the most important "unwritten" rule in all of triathlon. 

Good luck - we'll see you out there!

 



2007-06-11 2:12 PM
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I was out there riding the bike course on Sunday. I am not a very allergic person but got all "stuffed up" during the ride. Lots of cottonwood and other allergens in the air.
I am popping an antihistamine before the race.
2007-06-11 2:27 PM
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Have none this race for a few years, but when I did it, it was hot, so be careful, as there is NO shade on either the ride or the run.

The swim was pretty nice and there is a floating swim raft right around the turn around if you need a break and want something to hang on to.

Another tip for the swim is that if they are still using horns to start the waves, you can estimate your time based on how many horns have gone off. Also, the field can be kind of aggressive, so I find it helpful to slow down and move off to the side and let the faster swimmers go by you and not OVER you.

One other thing is that hill at the bottom of Neva road right after you turn off of Foothill can be very sandy, so be careful, as you will be hauling a$$

Good luck,

Devin



Edited by co_tri_guy 2007-06-11 2:33 PM
2007-06-11 5:33 PM
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Do you recommend a wetsuit for the swim portion of the 5430 Sprint? If it's doable without, I'll probably not wear one. But, if there's a good chance I'll risk hypothermia without, then I most definately will. I've heard that the water temp at the rez will probably be in the low to mid 60's.

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2007-06-11 5:42 PM
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danodude - 2007-06-11 4:33 PM

Do you recommend a wetsuit for the swim portion of the 5430 Sprint? If it's doable without, I'll probably not wear one. But, if there's a good chance I'll risk hypothermia without, then I most definately will. I've heard that the water temp at the rez will probably be in the low to mid 60's.

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Mid 60's is probably about right. I swam there over the weekend and there were people swimming without wetsuits but they were cold. It's short enough though that if you don't want to wear a wetsuit and you don't mind being a little cold you will be ok.
2007-06-12 10:45 PM
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Good luck everyone!
See you there.

Edited by bertvl 2007-06-12 10:45 PM


2007-06-13 9:35 AM
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I hope everyone has a great race. See you all there.
2007-06-13 6:00 PM
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I was wondering if anyone would like to meet up at the expo or, better yet since we'll all be there at the same time, before the race. I'm doing this one with my mom and two of her co-workers. I've never done it so I don't know a good place for us all to meet up. Does anyone have any recommendations?
2007-06-13 8:09 PM
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My wife and I will be in town on Friday, and of course at the expo. I'm not familiar with the area either. If you BTers want to meet up, just let me know where.

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2007-06-14 2:06 PM
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For all the newbies, with it predicted to be 90 on Sunday, be sure you hydrate well on the bike and the run. I know it's a shorter race, but it can still be a problem, particularly for those who are out there a little longer. It will be easier to hydrate on the bike because you're likely to be carrying a bottle with you and can drink when you need to, plus your stomach will be a little more settled than on the run, but make sure you take in enough fluids and electrolytes either way.

Good luck everyone!!

Suggestions on where to meet before the race? Anyone? Bueller?

Edited by kmarzano 2007-06-14 2:07 PM
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