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Just for kicks, I thought about maybe training for an Olympic, rather than a sprint tri. Mainly because the schedule for a sprint tri just feels so...light. How much more of a strain is Oly training vs. sprint. On paper, it looks manageable.<br><br>
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with a good base, very manageable. Only 1-2hrs/wk more
 

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The training is not much more. If you have a decent base, go for it. I love the Oly distance. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
Go for it!
 

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haha, I'm thinking about the same thing... I know we have them in Colorado, so I should find one and look up a schedule.<br><br>
My real concern is that running is my favorite, and I don't want to decrease what I'm doing now. So let's say I run 4x week. Long run on Saturday with my group. Could I do my long bike ride on Sunday, plus a Spin class, and then try and stuff some swimming in there?<br><br>
Ack. I never get as much swimming in as I should. But now I have Mondays off, and I can actually go open water swim, which I like so much more...
 

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I'm thinking the same things, Courtney. I could probably train on the bike and swim for a sprint, but go heavy on running, which means I could still have a schedule with more bulk. Still, I think training for an Oly would give me more of a challenge, and I sort of like that right now.<br><br>
I have been in contact with a tri coach who has offered me her company to do an ows once a week locally.
 

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The ows is much more fun (to me) than pool swimming. If I plan things right I can go for a run in the afternoon heat (yuck, but necessary sometimes) and then jump in the reservoir for a swim... I'd definitely take the tri coach up on the swimming!<br><br>
I know for me that my running fitness this summer carried me well thru my sprint tri. I bested my time on that course by over 5 minutes, and my swim training was pretty non-existent.<br><br>
I must do bricks this year. Last year I didn't do any and my run wasn't strong at all. But I kicked ass on the bike, so I kind of want to work hard on that, too. I think I have more potential there than anything, but I enjoy running more.
 

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Haha - you can totally do an Oly. It's definitely a step up, but you can do it. If you're thinking about it for April, you have plenty of time - and that course is pretty flat (the only problem could the wind).<br><br>
I have used trinewbies.com for Oly's and have felt very well trained for each race.
 

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Haha,<br>
I found a site that lets you pick one sport over the others... Here's a run focused oly plan...<br><a href="http://www.beginnertriathlete.com/Programs/16wkOlympicRun.htm" target="_blank">http://www.beginnertriathlete.com/Pr...OlympicRun.htm</a>
 

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I did my first (and only) tri as olympic last season. I peaked around 8-9 hours / week, using a beginner triathlete plan, and it worked very well. I work full time and have a 5 year old, and it was pretty manageable (but I did most of my workouts early morning before child/dh were awake).
 

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As a prior runner-exclusive, it is tough to give up the run workouts, but I think you'll appreciate that you did cut back the running when you finally get to race day, and you'll be surprised how well your running fitness holds up.<br><br>
I kinda' overtrained on the run my first time out training for a tri (due to a HM that I originally had not planned on doing in the middle of the schedule) and really felt the wear & tear of all that extra running a few weeks before race day.<br><br>
I did little to no running those final two weeks - pretty much all biking & swimming - and did just fine during the run portion on race day (my race was a tweener between sprint & oly distance).
 
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