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 Post subject: Re: triathlons
PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2015 9:27 am 
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How are our PPK triathletes?

I'm not doing much at the moment but I started spinning so as not to be completely lazy about biking this winter. I usually end up doing very little biking during winter because I get so bored on the trainer. So every spring I'm pretty much starting from zero. But not this year! I don't think the fit of the spin bike is preparing me for my road bike but I'm hoping my bike muscles aren't completely atrophied. Anyone have good results with spinning? Or tips?


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 Post subject: Re: triathlons
PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2015 6:45 pm 
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I have never ridden a spin bike. I just suffer through the trainer in winter. I got both my bikes fit a couple weeks ago and rode outside for the first time this season on Sunday. My first race will be a 70.3 in mid-June. I have been fairly lazy since IM so it's time (past time) to buckle down.

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 Post subject: Re: triathlons
PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2015 2:30 pm 
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MT what are your race plans this year? You have such an exciting race schedule, let me live vicariously through you!

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 Post subject: Re: triathlons
PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2015 7:06 pm 
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Hmm... I don't know how exciting it is but my plan for the year is:

Mid-June: IM Victoria 70.3
July & August: a couple of local Olympic distance tris
Mid-September: the same local 70.3 where I got hit by a truck last year
Mid-November: IM Arizona

I was also going to run the Vancouver half marathon in May but I don't want to afford back-to-back trips to BC and I haven't been able to do any speedwork for the last few weeks because it aggravates a rib injury I'm nursing, so I wouldn't be likely to get the kind of result I want out of my next half. Vancouver will still be there next year.

I may try to do a couple of longer (1.2 & 2.4 mile) swim races as well. We have a Friday night series here in summer but it's so hard to get there after work.

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 Post subject: Re: triathlons
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That seems like an amazing race schedule to me!

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 Post subject: Re: triathlons
PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2015 8:36 pm 
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The amazing part will be if I can get through that September race unscathed. I have started it three times and only finished it once!

IM Arizona is going to be So. Fun. My team has 50+ people racing and with each of us dragging family and friends down there with us, we should have a cheering section of over 100 people.

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 Post subject: Re: triathlons
PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2015 9:24 am 
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First tri of the season this Sunday. I am predicting that it will be a shiitake show. Starting the season with a half-Iron was maybe a bit too ambitious. Oh well. The ride in Victoria is really pretty, a bunch of teammates will be out there with me and once it's out of the way the next two (Olympics) will seem like a breeze.

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 Post subject: Re: triathlons
PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2015 7:45 am 
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Go, monkeytoes! Good luck and let us know how it goes! (ps there's a chance I'll be moving to Seattle and I'm going to bug you for a million training tips!)

I did my first tri of the season last week, a sprint. The swim was shortened to 500m because of cold water temps but it was fun! I actually did 4 races in May: a 70km bike race, a 1.9km swim race, a sprint tri and a 10k running race. One race of each sport and then one race of all three! And the tri and 10k were on the same weekend.

Remember last year when I complained about being so slow on the bike? Well, I still am but i recently got a new bike and it is soooo great! Turns out my old bike was too big and really low-end for racing. New bike (a Trek Madone 3.1) is still entry level but so much more responsive and smooth! So I'm trying to slowly improve my biking. I get discouraged easily because I'm slow and because I get major shoulder pain so I kind of started over and am now doing shorter distances more often to get my muscles adjusted. This makes sense, no? I'm eyeing a half ironman in sept IF i can get used to being on the bike.

Can't wait to hear about your race, mt!


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 Post subject: Re: triathlons
PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2015 9:19 am 
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Congrats on the new bike! That made a big difference for me. I didn't gain a lot of speed but I am more efficient on the bike now so my runs are better. Have you had a bike fit? I was carrying a lot of tension across my shoulder blades but a bike fit took care of that (I went to a physical therapist who is also a triathlon coach.)

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 Post subject: Re: triathlons
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Thanks, I did get a fit! It was pretty helpful and his adjustments were almost the opposite of what I would have done but it all came together magically at the end. He's the one who suggested taking a step back when I was complaining about how unmotivated I am to ride because of the horrible shoulder pain I was experiencing every time. Hard to be excited about riding when you end up miserable and need a whole day to relax your shoulder muscles! But i didn't gain a whole lot of speed unfortunately. I think I need a technique clinic or something to just learn the basics.


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 Post subject: Re: triathlons
PostPosted: Fri Jul 10, 2015 8:39 am 
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monkeytoes, how was your race?

My running club had our unofficial tri last week and I'm pretty happy with how I did. Out of the 7 women who participated I had the fastest swim time (5th fastest overall out of 20) and the second fastest run time. Bike was one of the slowest though, ha! It was almost 10 minute course PR.


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 Post subject: Re: triathlons
PostPosted: Fri Jul 10, 2015 7:05 pm 
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Nice job inceptisol! I missed the part about possibly moving to Seattle before... I promise I would not have ignored that tidbit!

My race was pretty meh. But I figured as much going in. A 70.3 is a little bit ambitious for starting the season. But Victoria is a beautiful place to ride and it was fun. I have an Olympic in 9 days.

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 Post subject: Re: triathlons
PostPosted: Sat Jul 11, 2015 2:19 am 
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Nice one inceptisol!


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 Post subject: Re: triathlons
PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2015 11:26 am 
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Thanks, guys! And thanks for letting me pat my own back.

Sorry your race wasn't great, mt. Yeah, 70.3 is a hell of a season starter! Good luck for the next one!


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 Post subject: Re: triathlons
PostPosted: Sat Sep 12, 2015 11:33 pm 
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70.3 tomorrow, my last race until Ironman. Same course where I got hit by a truck last year so... wish me luck!

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 Post subject: Re: triathlons
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Not only did I not get hit by a truck or have any other unfortunate mishap, I came away with a 15 minute PR. Yay!

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 14, 2015 9:22 am 
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Dang, monkeytoes! Way to go! And I'm glad you didn't get hit by a truck (again).


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 Post subject: Re: triathlons
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Wrapping up my season tomorrow with Ironman Arizona. Am I ready? We'll see.

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