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Recruiting More Triathletes

Posted by madtrippin on January 24, 2009

If you’ve read any of my previous posts, it’s pretty clear that since doing my first tri last summer… I’m hooked.  I’m planning to do 4-6 tris and a duathlon next summer, as well as a few 5 and 10Ks as well.

I’ll take credit for coming up with the idea of doing the tri with one of my friends and he talked his brother into doing it with us.  They’re hooked now too.  His family came and watched the race.  Since then, his sister, brother-in law, father and wife have all decided to give next year’s Chaska tri a try.

I’m sure they won’t all stick with it, but this is why Triathlon is one of the fastest growing growing sports out there.  Plus it really requires very little investment to get started and those who have the drive to do one are usually driven to more.

You also don’t have to worry about being the rookie.  About 40% or 50% of the people there are new to the sport.  There are also a lot of people there that aren’t really competing to win – they just love to race.  Plus… those who are looking to win are very supportive and definitely don’t look down on newbies.  In fact it’s the opposite.

If you’re thinking about doing a tri but aren’t quite sure… drop me a line.  I’ll talk you into it.

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Duathlon?… Maybe? + REI deal

Posted by madtrippin on January 19, 2009

I was on the Gear West website ( and saw that registration is open for the Gear West Duathlon.  Looks like it goes a little something like this - 5k run/28k bike/4k run.  I’ve heard that the run is a little hairier than you’d expect, as it’s cross country, rather than a typical road course.

Duathlons may be my thing.  I’m not a strong swimmer and I felt like the effort I exerted in my first Triathlon swim really killed my bike and run.    I will admit that I like the challenge presented by the swim though.  I working on just being comfortable with it and finishing with plenty of energy and will power for the bike – rather than being nearly broken by it.

On a side note… I saw some pretty good deals on Pearl Izumi tri tops on REI’s outlet site.  I’ve read that Pearl Izumi isn’t really the best brand, but for $16, it might be worth a try.  They will probably sell out pretty fast.

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