With no running this week I thought I would see how much I can ride and swim. Riding into work today I came up on a guy coming out of the Heritage Apartments by the trail riding a rode bike with carbon tubulars. He had a full back pack and on was riding pretty quick. Don't see to many bike commuters riding a race setup like that. Just for fun I'm trying to get in 200 miles on the bike and 10,000 yards of swimming for the week. Maybe I'll make it maybe I won't, but worth a shot. Trying to keep the depression away from the thought of not being able to run for a good while.
Rev3 put on a good show at Knoxville Olympic Distance Triathlon May 9th (.9 mile swim, 25.8 mile ride, 6.2 mile run). I drove down Saturday and got there just before packet pickup and the transition area closed. Having visited the Worlds Fair way back when I immediately recognized the park downtown, very nice place. Liked having all the personalization like your name on your race number and your transition spot. Race morning I stayed in the room till the last minute so as to not be cold hanging around for the start. Got my stuff set, put on the wetsuit and still had to wait a long time for the last wave to go. The swim was 400 meters or so back into the current in the Tennessee River, take a right turn around a large buoy then a straight shot to the dock at the end. All went smooth till the end where I tried to pull myself out of the water without any steps. A volunteer grabbed my arm and pulled me straight up onto the dock. It was like the hand of God reaching down. Needl
Talked to a friend doing her first triathlon and what few tips I could offer in a few minutes at the side of the pool yesterday. Thinking about it a bit more here is my top 10 tips for a sprint triathlon: 1 Relax in the swim and just enjoy it. If it’s a pool swim or a wetsuit swim you have nothing to worry about. In a pool if you get tight just stop for a second, stand up or grab the lane line. In an open water swim with a wetsuit just stop and let the suit hold you up and float. Biggest problem with the swim is just getting overly worked up about it. By the way, get a wetsuit made specifically for triathlon that fits you. Worth their weight in gold they are. 2 Practice transitions several times before the race. The key to good transition from swim to bike and bike to run is simplicity. Do as little as possible with an absolute minimum of equipment. Run from the swim to the bike don’t just jog. Have your helmet and sunglasses on top of the handlebars an