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    Tri-out.

    I'm sitting in Orlando feeling kind of chuffed.

    18 months ago I weighed 113kgs and struggled to run up the stairs.

    Today I weigh 98kgs and last weekend I finished my first ever triathlon.

    OK- it was sprint race, so not massive distances, but following heart problems last autumn I really wanted to focus my energies on getting fit and achieving something.

    So my girlfriend and one of my oldest school chums (UB excepting) entered into the Dorney Lake triathlon on 25th May.

    Training had gone well I thought, I wasn't really following a schedule but I tried to exercise most days. I actually felt pretty comfortable when the day came and the three of us found ourselves squeezed into rubber alongside 500 other fetishists.



    The outside air temperature was 5.3c. The water was 14.5c, which meant that if you so chose, you were allowed to do the swim in Dorney rowing lake without a wet suit. Sod that!

    At 9.40am we were summonsed to the water for a deep water start. Jumping off the jetty into the water took my breath away and I took 30 seconds just trying not to panic. I made my way to the edge of the group so as not to be bashed about when we started and prepared myself.

    At 9.45am the hooter blew and we were off. Much to my surprise I very quickly broke through to the front of the pack and started making some space.

    Oh my God I thought- I'm going to bloody well win this, this is easy, I'm winning, I'm winning!

    And I was, right up to the point where I was supposed to turn left and swim across the lake. Not me though- I carried straight on.

    Lots of cursing and splashing later and I was back in the pack, lots of bumping and churning water as I rounded the last buoy onto the final straight and then I was out of the water, still well placed in the field.



    One thing I had spent a lot of time thinking about, but no time actually practising, was the transition stages. I mean how hard could they be? Take off wet suit, put on helmet and shoes, jump on bike, go!

    The eventual winner did all this in 48 seconds. I took 3:05.

    My girlfriend, who had finished the swim 30 seconds behind me, left transition 30 seconds ahead.

    Stupidly I'd put my timing chip on the outside of my wetsuit leg and then couldn't get it off. I then decided to put on an extra layer for the bike ride as it was a bit chilly out and finally faffed over my gloves. What a cock!

    Onto the bike and I pedalled hard. It was four laps of the lake, 13.25 miles.

    Second lap in and I decided it was time for the power drink I had carefully prepared that morning. I reached down, took two swigs and promptly dropped the bottle. Then I rode over it.



    41:13 later and I was into transition 2. I didn't know my girlfriend was in front of me and not only that, but she'd also completed a demon cycle of 39:54 that had actually put her in 7th place over all and left me 2.5 mins behind her.

    Leaving transition I saw my school mate's girlfriend who told me Laura was kicking my ass. I thought she was joking as I was convinced I was well ahead.

    The 3.15 mile run was up and down one side of the lake twice. Half way up the first 1/4 I saw Laura running the other way. Jesus she was in front of me!

    I increased my pace even though everything was hurting by now and my brain was telling me it was fine to stop and walk and letting Laura win was a good thing.

    However by the end of the third quarter I was really catching up and with 2-300m left to run I was alongside her.

    Now I had a problem.

    Did I overtake and be the man, winning in a glorious style and proving to her who was the daddy?

    Or hang back and and follow her over the line, congratulating her on an amazing performance?

    Either way I'd never hear the end of it.

    So I took the cheesiest option, grabbed her hand and we crossed the line side by side.



    01:21:09

    Only I was a couple of tenths quicker and placed ahead. Ahem.

    The feeling of achievement was fantastic, really satisfying.



    I came 240th out of 496, smack in the middle of my age group and quite honestly considering I had no idea what i was doing most of the time, I should be pleased about that.

    Of course I'm not- I want to go faster. I could have swum the right way, I could have saved a couple of mins in transition, I could have finished the run faster, five mins off would have put me in the top 150.............

    Laura did incredibly, finishing 16th out of all the women and 241st over all.

    My school chum came rather lower down the field due to a slight counting issue. He decided to do five laps of the lake for some reason, the extra 3.5 miles costing him 11 minutes!

    Post race celebrations involved cider, steak and lots of red wine. And a massive sleep.



    Can't wait to do another one in September.

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    Lunatic. Well done!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peach-uk View Post
    Lunatic. Well done!
    Indeed. But would you want a lunatic to hold your life in his hands while on holiday? Oh - hang on. I had 2 pax laps of the Ring in the Hondalise!
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    Brill.

    I fancy doing a tri, once I've grown out of this rugby with pads phase I'll give one a go.

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    Bloody well done Oakboy.

    Loved the write up!

    I did a Duathlon; run-bike-run and I ****ed up the transition and tried to leave the 'pen' with my helmet on backwards! What a ****!

    You aren't alone.

    Good luck! I want to a Tri too.

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    Good work!

    Motivational.

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    Fantastic, well done to you sir.
    Tremendous achievement, given the background you outlined.

    I do bike events, but have a few of tri-events planned for this Summer...
    dreading the running part as I'm just not a runner.

    Thanks for the write-up; interesting and entertaining read.

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    That's a very local event for me I know a few friends doing different ones over the next couple of months well done.
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    Excellent stuff. Might motivate me to do something. I have the equipment, just not enough will power at the moment.

    PS - I like the cheesy ending!
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    I doff my cap.
    I bet the transitions are alot harder than people imagine, especially when rushing against the clock...


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    Congratulations and well done

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    Thank you everybody!

    I hope you don't think I'm showing off, well I guess I kind of am, I'm just rather chuffed!!

    Next event is 30th June when I'm doing the around London cycle race.

    Then I'm booked in for a sprint triathlon (longer swim) on 15th September.

    Going to work on my transitions this time!!

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    Fantastic effort, Nick! That's a chunk of weight to lose!
    Looking forward to hearing about the cycle race. Wish I'd done more events when I lived there.
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    Nice work nick. Now that slippery slide of cyclin performance gains begin. You *need* an aero bike, aero wheels, carbon pedals etc... You thought motoring was expensive ;)

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    Brilliant stuff Nick. I love reading your shizzle. It makes I chuckle. Well done to Laura too
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    No f**king racing!

    Oh, hang on.

    Triathlons have never appealed to me. It's because there's running involved.

    You want to be careful - the path you're on leads this way: http://toughmudder.com/

    And that's pure hard work.

    Good effort on the weight loss and suchlike. 113kg though? HOW? Where?
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    A great bit of weight loss, and a great effort! Well done!
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    Good effort!!! I want to do a tri but the cycling bit is holding me back.... Muchos need to stop this lame excuse and work something out.
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    I've seen You practise swimming Oakie and you look ultra smooth like a Dolphin - no wonder you were ahead. Thanks for sharing the race report but next time I want to see mid race 'hand on chin' posing, ok?
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    Nick, that's just fantastic. Made up for you, what a guy
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    Fantastic result. Well done

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    Well done to both you & Laura.

    Brilliant write up!
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    Quote Originally Posted by leavingeasy View Post
    My school chum came rather lower down the field due to a slight counting issue. He decided to do five laps of the lake for some reason, the extra 3.5 miles costing him 11 minutes!
    DOH!!

    Well done though!! Great effort and write up..

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    Great guns Oakie, proud of you :-)

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    I also need to get fit and lose weight. Need to get off my backside and stop eating puddings first, though.
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    That's awesome! Well done Nick
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    I keep thinking about tri's but it's the swim that puts me off.
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    Bloody good effort Nick
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    Did you ever do any more triathlons?

    I just did my first one yesterday, Skipton sprint triathlon. I was a bit slower than you. Plus it was a pool swim, which was part of the appeal for me. So I didn't need to be a rubber fetishist.

    I was pleased with my time: 1:33.02

    400m Swim is my worst event, but 10:08 I was happy with. T1 was time enough to make a cuppa, because it's 200m away from the pool, my number came off partially as I put my cycling top on as I didn't have a number belt. So I was 5:29. A tri suit and number belt will definitely help there.

    then the cycle leg. 20km in 49:02. not super fast but I was doing way more overtaking. And I don't think I was passed. My legs still haven't fully recovered from 312 cycle miles training the previous week. So some time to come there.

    T2 was simple, 1:38, basically dump the bike, dump the cycle gear from my pockets, and stick my trainers on. Job done.

    Then a 5k run. It was a bit hilly in places but a time of 26:43 when my PB for a 5k is 23:50, I'm quite happy with. the first km or so was pretty hard, trying to settle myself down, but it's a great feeling finishing.

    Now, half ironman next year maybe?

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    Great start - that's about the same time I got in my first one back in 2008. Most recent was Alpe d'Huez tri last July. I've not done anything since then, as I slipped a disc just after the finish and am still recuperating

    A few tips for newbies...

    Before the race:
    - Use new goggles or very well demist-treated goggles
    - Wear goggles under your swim cap to prevent others pulling them off your head
    - Wear a trisuit
    - Chip goes UNDER the wetsuit.
    - Rub bodyglide over your heels, shoulders and wrists to allow the wetsuit to slip of much more quickly and to get into cycling shoes and running shoes easily

    T1:
    - Remove swimcap and goggles (do this on the way to your bike) and wetsuit (don't fanny about with a towel)
    - Put on bike helmet with integrated visor (don't fanny about with a jacket, sunnies or gloves)
    - Put on cycling shoes (don't fanny about with socks or even the shoes-on-bike technique)
    - Go

    T2:
    - Remove helmet
    - Turn number belt to your front
    - Remove cycling shoes
    - Slip on running shoes (no socks, use elastic laces for fast entry)
    - Go

    Practise the above and your transition times will be superbadass.

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    One trick I missed was a small saddle bag for spare innertube, tyre levers minitool and pump. I had to waste time putting the stuff in and out of my pockets. Conflicts with my cycling aesthetic though!
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    fantastic Nick and Laura - I would have had heart troubles trying to do that......................
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    Well done guys.

    My sister in law is in the GB triathlon team, I went to watch her do the NY tri but only caught the end of her run as I was still in the hotel bar chatting up a South African bird when they set off

    If you want any tips for Olympic distance holla and I'll ask her think her best time is just over 2 hours so she's quite good at it .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim View Post
    Brill.

    I fancy doing a tri, once I've grown out of this rugby with pads phase I'll give one a go.
    Always interesting reading back.

    This is the first year in many I haven't played a sport involving an egg, and as a result I've just signed up to do my first triathlon in July. It's a sprint tri, and fairly local to Sheffield (Hathersage).

    I was unsure the last time I road cycled, thinking it had probably been 4 or 5 years.. nah. I sold my road bike 2011. I haven't done any real running for some time, and the less said about swimming the better. BUT, without a goal that would likely remain the same, so I have 4 months to go from dad bod to triathlete!

    What could possibly go wrong?
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    Good luck with this venture. I remember doing a few tris over a decade ago, they frustrated me as I ended up mediocre at two sports and remained on the rubbish side of swimming!

    No doubt a good way to jolt the fitness back, it'll be interesting to follow how you find it and fitting it all in.
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    Good luck Tim. Keep us updated chap
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    You'll have fun timbo, I've done a couple, I did a report on the 1st one here-

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    Whoop whoop, I could do the swim and bike stuff , but I would fall over on the running ,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim View Post
    Always interesting reading back.

    This is the first year in many I haven't played a sport involving an egg, and as a result I've just signed up to do my first triathlon in July. It's a sprint tri, and fairly local to Sheffield (Hathersage).

    I was unsure the last time I road cycled, thinking it had probably been 4 or 5 years.. nah. I sold my road bike 2011. I haven't done any real running for some time, and the less said about swimming the better. BUT, without a goal that would likely remain the same, so I have 4 months to go from dad bod to triathlete!

    What could possibly go wrong?
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    Its a dark place.
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    So the Hathersage Hilly, is as follows:

    420m pool swim (30m pool, 14 lengths)
    19km bike (239m of climb)
    6km run (138m of climb)

    http://www.sheffieldtriclub.com/hath...athlon-race-2/

    Training is happening, or has been happening since I posted back in March. My biggest issue has and continues to be the swim. I'm now in the pool 3 times a week and it's paying off, to give some perspective, my first time in the pool back in March I could swim a length of crawl and a length of breast stroke and that was it, I'd rest and repeat. I'm now at 40 lengths of crawl over 30 minutes or so in the pool. My goal is for a sub 9 minute swim which should be do able.

    I've done the bike route a few times now, my goal is around a 40 minute lap. It's fairly steady going, but it's on the open road and there is a bloody foot down stop which I normally just balance on the pedals for. The climb is akin to pedalling up Kesselchen, it just goes on and on. The downhill back to transition is properly fast, and assuming I can keep off the pedals should give my legs some time to recover.

    It's the run that might be my biggest challenge, there's a hell of a hump to get over about half way through and it's all through woods and off road. I'm steady away when it comes to, well, all of it, but especially running. ~ 6 min/km is about my comfort zone. I'll kick on for the last 1km or so into the finish line, but if I can get round in less than 40 minutes I'll be over the moon.

    So my goal is 90 minutes for the whole thing, or there abouts anyway. A friend of mine is also taking part, I suspect he'll be placing near the top where as I'll be languishing nearer to the bottom, but it'll be nice to catch up with him afterwards, assuming it's still light out when I finish!

    I need to buy a tri-suit, but other than that I'm fairly set with gear. Not sure if I should be taking something to snack on, I'm terrible at consuming food during sporting endeavours.

    I'm nervous, but quite looking forward to the day. 5 weeks out, not long to go now.

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    For 90 minutes I'd be tempted with a 500ml bottle on the bike with some energy drink in it, but not plan to drink it all, just sip as required. Then maybe a single gel as you get off the bike.

    You could do it all without anything but I suspect a gel just before the run will give you a well needed physical and mental boost.

    Good luck and remember there's time to be saved (and lost) in transition as well.
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    I'm impressed with anyone that can these type of events. Well done!
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    Awesome job! I always hated going from bike to the run, legs were so wobbly...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Floyd View Post
    I'm impressed with anyone that can these type of events. Well done!
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    Good man Tim, mucho respecto & best of luck with it.

    I've been very tempted by competing in Triathlons in the past but resisted because of 1 factor - the running. Reasonably comfortable with the swim and the cycling, but running just ain't my bag! Screw that.

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