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OK, I signed up this morning for my first sprint tri. Now I just need some help. Since I am doing this all on my own, I am nervous about it. I have ventured into this arena out of the competitiveness. No training partner to help me along.<br><br>
I did do a tri about three years ago, but I didn't train for it, and I had someone to walk me through the process.<br><br>
I am doing the Parris Island sprint on March 15. Is anyone else competing in it and willing to assist me once I get there?<br><br>
Any pointers you all can give me would be great. I just want to make sure I am prepared this time.
 

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Congrats on throwing your hat in the ring.<br>
We used to have a great post on transitions. Hopefully someone saved it.<br>
Also tithers (I think) has a great list of things not to forget.<br><br>
I think it's improtant you practice the changes. But from the daily it looks like you have the distance more than covered.
 

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I tried to collect some stuff <a href="http://coolrunningnewbie.pbwiki.com" target="_blank">here</a> - under "Triathlons/Multi-Sport" down near the bottom of the page.<br><br>
(Please feel free to add - the editing password is "newbie".)<br><br>
And congrats on taking the plunge!!
 

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I'm doing my first this april.<br>
It should prove to be fun!
 

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Woohoo! Congrats on taking the plunge. Keep on asking questions....well pull you along.<br><br>
Sounds like it's almost time for another newbie amnesty thread.
 

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yay, boyer & stitcher!<br><br>
If anyone's lurking here and not ready to sign up for a tri, just go *watch* one. You'll see how it's done, and you'll see that you can do it! (For me, all it took was to see the worst wave of swimmers in the pool...they looked just like me! I could be one of them!)
 

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I think I'm also going to try to volunteer at one of the longer ones....maybe GCT? Lots of folks here are going, and I might be able to get a very reasonable place to stay from friends.<br><br>
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Which one are you doing in April?
 

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Congrats! I don't have much experience as I've only done one, but I took the training very seriously - find a training plan that works for you, and stick to it as much as possible. On race day, I kept telling myself over and over to trust that training, and it worked like a charm!<br><br>
There is a *ton* of good advice around this place - I'm sure others will chime in with their thoughts. Good luck and enjoy the ride! <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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he he he....<br>
There's one in the Mobile area...."Mullet Man"<br><a href="http://www.florabama.com/Special%20Events/Mullet%20Man%20Triathlon/tri.htm" target="_blank">http://www.florabama.com/Special%20E...athlon/tri.htm</a><br><br>
That a friends says is fun.<br>
They have a 1st timers division, as well as a fat tire one.<br><br>
I signed up as 1st timer, even though I'll be riding my mtn bike. I figure it was 50/50 either way to go for me on that.
 

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David--you are gonna do GREAT!!!<br><br>
My only suggestion is to practice transition. When you are doing bricks, practice transition. Lay stuff out, and you will find what works best for you. And learn from my mistake--in training PUT ON YOUR NUMBER IN T2!<br><br>
I did one sprint last season. I have a sprint and two olys planned for '08. Yah, they're addicting!!!
 

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If it doesn't sell out I might tri it. I will wait though until after Parris Island. Plus I think I am suppose to be camping in panama city that weekend. Not sure, but I will definately look into it.<br><br><br>
I don't think the training is going to be an issue, its all the little stuff that I don't know that will help me. Such as setting up my area for the transition.<br><br>
I posted here becuase of the knowledge of everyone here, you guys are great and share information, that is what I like about this forum.
 

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Before my 1st tri I practiced T1 several times at home by running out of the shower, tearing through the house (sopping wet) down the stairs to the garage, where bike & gear were...it sounds totally dorky, but I got it into a nice smooth system.<br><br>
told ya I'm a dork. see?
 

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What do you mean by put on your number? I have a race belt and shouldn't take but a second or two to put it on. What is the difference from putting it on in T1 vs T2?
 

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As has been said in many previous threads on a variety of other subjects....<br><br>
This is really useless without some VIDEO!! <img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif">
 

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Thanks LRR, some good information there.<br><br>
I don't think that would go over very well with DW. I might think about using the hose outside though. Of course this is not the right time of year to do that. Hmmm?
 

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A couple of summers ago when DS1 was gonna try his first... he and I ran our own triathlon: across and back in our backyard pool, T1 in the driveway, one lap (about 1k) bike around the block, T2 in the driveway, and one lap run around the block. Mom and DS2 got into it by setting up a finish line tape, music, and refreshments at the finish line! Kid sandbagged me on the run and beat me with a finish line kick! At least I won my age group.<br><br>
In all seriousness, it made him much more comfortable about the race knowing what he'd have to do in the transitions.
 

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Yah, your race belt. Oh, it's simple to put on. It's the remembering...<br><br>
Once transition opened, they were on the PA, stressing that you MUST wear your number in the run or you would be DQed. So, I drape my belt over my shoes so no way could I forget. I never practiced this step in training, so it was something new. Well, I come into T2 and the girl next to me had put her bike in my spot. In the process, she dragged my belt in front of the bikes.(found it when I was packing up my gear afterwards). So, I rack my bike, change shoes and I'm off. It wasn't until near the turna round that I didn't have my number... What the he!!, I'm this far, might as well finish it out... I wasn't DQed, but could have been! Long way of saying, had I practiced that in training, I would have known something was missing.
 

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Never having done a tri. Why wouldn't you wear the same shirt to run as you did to bike? You could pin the number on before the race and then not worry about it later.
 

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I wore a tri top and tri shorts for the entire race. Some races require you to wear your number in the back for the bike, and in the front for the run. For this race, the number was to be worn only in the run.
 
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