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My First Triathlon is in 2 Days!

Posted by madtrippin on July 17, 2008

Wow!  This is coming up quickly.  I’m just hoping the weather holds.  Yesterday it was saying 40% chance of thunder storms for Saturday and now it’s showing 30%.  It would really stink if there was a thunder storm and the tri got cancelled.  Man… that would be a let down after all the training and preparation.

Last night I broke down and bought a tri shirt.  I wasn’t going to, but changed my mind last minute.  I was back at Start Line last night, where I bought my shoes, to pick up a pair of Yankz laces for my shoes and found a deal on a Sugoi Fuel Tri Shirt in Cobalt, so I bought it.

For those of you who don’t know, a tri shirt is made to be worn for all three events.  This one is basically a tank made of spandex (and other fancy space age materials).  In comparison to a cycling jersey… it’s tighter, the material is thinner, the zipper goes about 3/4 of the way to your wast on the front of the shirt and the pockets are smaller, tighter and on each side of the back, instead of all the way across.

I actually tried it on, which is very unlike me.  It’s a good thing I did, as all the fitment guides online seem to put me in a Medium.  I put on the medium and it was so tight you could see my chest hair through the shirt.  I didn’t come up with that one… it was actually the sales woman’s comment.  It was so tight that when I tried to take it off I had to pull it down over my shoulders and step out of it, instead of pulling it over my head.  So large it was.  Now I’ll look like a pro and, hopefully, not perform like a rookie.

The Yankz lacing system is basically elastic laces that you put in your shoes and adjust to fit.  Then you just pull your shoes on and you don’t have to tie them.  It’s supposed to speed up your transition time.

Today I’ll be purchasing the rest of the materials to make the Team Triple H Flag for our transition area.  Then tonight I’ll do my swim, lube up the bike (she’s all degreased already) and put the flag together.

An interesting idea was brought up today via email by my teammates.  We really haven’t talked too much about any of us beating one another in the race.  Sometimes Michael and I mention that Ben will whoop both of us in the swim, but no one has mentioned who might actually have the best time.  Now there’s been a wager placed.  The loser must buy a round.  It’s getting interesting.

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It’s Race Week!!!!!!!!!

Posted by madtrippin on July 14, 2008

The Chaska River City Days Triathlon is this week!  I’m amped.  I’m not all that nervous, just excited for the event.  The nerves really only come from the having never done all this before – picking up the race packet, getting onsite at 6:00 in the morning, setting up transition area, coordinating Team Triple H’s families… But I’m ready for the swimming, biking and running.

I did a decent swim yesterday and ran about 1.5 miles at a brisk pace afterwards.  It was the first time I’d swam in the tri shorts.  What a difference in drag.  You get a lot more out of your strokes.  I’ve set a swim goal for myself of under 20 minutes and I’m feeling like that is certainly an attainable time.  Maybe it’s not aggressive enough, as I’ve been able to do that pretty easily in training.  I’m just accounting for last minute nerves, open water and the mass start.

Training overall is going to lighten up this week.  I’m going to squeeze another 2 swims in, but my run and bike will be less demanding.  Durations will be pretty much the same, but intensity will go down.  I’m saving up for the big day.

I got some new rubber for the bike this weekend at REI.  I also got new tire levers, 3 tubes, some cheapo Chilis sunglasses and a couple of new water bottles.  Today I ran some errands to get a new Helmet (the old one is way too old to be effective – besides having a cracked core), some new goggles, a number belt and 1 pack of Clif Shot Gel to try.

The helmet is a Specialized Chamonix from Erik’s Bike Shop.  I’m on a budget, otherwise I’m sure I would have been tempted by one of the other more pricey models with more color choices.  While there I also picked up a pair of Tyr brand goggles – nothing fancy, just more adjustable than the speedos I currently have.

Then I ran over to The Running Room and bought a number belt and the energy gel.  Erik’s didn’t have the non-caffenated versions of Clif gels, so I got a Razz flavored one and The Running Room.  If it’s decent tasting, doesn’t give me gut rot and actually seems to work, I’ll buy a few for the race.

Tonight I’m going to see if I can’t find me a Tri shirt locally for cheap.  Sounds like Gear West Bike and Tri may have some for a reasonable price.

I may be in trouble for the expenditures when I get home.  If the tri goes well and I decided to do more (which I think I’ve already decided), my tri expenditures will probably continue to be a problem.  I’m going to have to find another source of income to support it.  I’ve already got a nasty motorcycle accessory addiction, which I’ve been neglecting because of the tri training.

We’re (Team Triple H) already talking about the post-race festivities.  Sounds like it should be a good time.  Ben and Michael seem ready to go and now Michael is talking like he may want to do a tri next year as well.

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July 4th Weekend

Posted by madtrippin on July 7, 2008

I did an 8 mile ride Thursday night and then did nothing on Friday (the 4th).  We (my family) was invited to our neighbors’ party, so we hung out there all day and then had a monster fireworks show in front of the house.

Saturday we went to the outlaws’ house for the day and hung out in the yard.  I left before my family (I took the motorcycle) and had enough time before they go home to do a quick 3 mile run on the street.  It was the first time on the street for the new kicks and they did their duty.

Sunday it was 90+ degrees and humidity had to be in the insane range.  I wound up at the community center pool.  I did 15 laps – not fast and not consecutive.   I then ran 3.5 miles on the treadmill and added a few reps with the weights.  My arms were like linguini from the swim, but I felt pretty good overall.

This week I’ll be focusing on swimming stamina.  I’m throw in a run or bike route here and there, but I need to improve my swim.

I was talking with the other members of Team Triple H via email this morning and they were relaying their long weekend workout routines.  I think this helps keep you training and not skipping a workout if you have to share what you did – unless you want to lie to your friends – teammates – brothers. 

We were also talking about consuming energy gels during the race.  Michael said he tried Clif Shot energy gel and it was pretty good.  The question of what do you do with the spent packet if you’re on the bike came up. 

We also briefly discussed clipless vs. running shoes with toe clips.  Ben and Michael both have clipless pedals, while I’ll be sporting the running shoes and toe clips.  BeginnerTriathlete.com has an article on transitioning with clipless pedals, but it seems complicated for a first race.  I think I may have the edge in transition.

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