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Old 07-10-2005, 03:42 PM   #1
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Just finished the Carlsbad Triathlon, a hair over 2 hours, but more importantly, beat my buddy who was running a lot of smack before hand!

Anybody else into this stuff? I wanted to see if anyone has been doing this for a while and had some advice for a better finish time next time. There is nothing that gets my adrenaline pumping like finishing something like this with the crowds cheering you in. It's inspirational to see 60 year olds passing me up like I was standing still.

This is why (part of) why I want to ER!



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What were the distances?
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Congratulations on completing your tri. I have done several and think that it is a great way to stay in shape and plan to continue after retirement. I used to play golf but that was not helping my health the way that tri training does.
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Good for you Laurence. You posted recently that you've lost weight. Was training for this triathalon the reason you lost weight?

I have a friend that is a regular marathon runner and does a few triathalons a year. I'll ask her for advice.
She's in her mid 50s and occasionally places first in her division.
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Good Job Laurence. I never had the nerve to try it, and now I don't have the knees. Congratulations.
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Great job, Laurence. That's a wonderful accomplishment.

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Thanks all! Yes, I lost the weight for this tri. It was a 1 kilometer swim, a 25k bike ride, and a 5k run. The swim is the hardest, the kelp beds kept tying me up, and the rip currents were horrible! Glad to finish strong though.
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I don't know but it looks like Laurence is signaling for a beer instead of a water

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Congrats L.

Looking fit.
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Well I am not a triathlete, nor do I play one on TV, but I did try to train for the 2001 Triatholon in Lake Placid (2.4 Mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and 26 mile run)...my very best hope was to finish alive...I did manage to screw up my knees on a few 22+ mile training runs so it seems me completing and ironman distance triathalon will go on the list of "never gonna happen"..

For those of you that don't know much about them, the top finishers in these races are truly AMAZING atheltes....you think running a marathon (26.2 miles) is hard? Try swimming a few miles, biking 112 miles AND THEN running 26.2 miles AND STILL finishing in just over 2.5 hours (for the run)...truly amazing and awe-inspiring.

If I could be reincarnated I would come back as a world-class triathelete (and then as a world-class cyclists in the tour de-france in the life after that!)
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Good for you guys.

I have a 26 year old nephew that does that sort of thing.

Me - couch potato - New Orleans food. Probably die young, out of shape and happy.

Sigh! - should do some!!! exercise though - perhaps a kayak.
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I did one of those with the same distances a few years ago. It was gratifying to beat my daughter, who was 14 at the time. She was way ahead in the swimming, but I passed her on the bike race.

The very first finisher, for all age classes, was a 55-year-old!

Someone told me that for a marathon, even if you train really hard for a year beforehand, you can only expect to take about 10 minutes off your time. YMMV I guess.
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For those of you that don't know much about them, the top finishers in these races are truly AMAZING atheltes....you think running a marathon (26.2 miles) is hard? Try swimming a few miles, biking 112 miles AND THEN running 26.2 miles AND STILL finishing in just over 2.5 hours (for the run)...truly amazing and awe-inspiring.
They are amazing.
But why do I have the feeling that there is something wrong about it.
Is it excessive?
Why does running 26 miles, biking 112 miles and swimming ? miles make me think of Dolly Parton's breasts?
Is something out of wack?
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Good for you guys.

I have a 26 year old nephew that does that sort of thing.

Me - couch potato - New Orleans food. Probably die young, out of shape and happy.

Sigh! - should do some!!! exercise though - perhaps a kayak.
I am not a "couch potato", but am out of shape and need to get more
exercise. Hey, UncleMick, we are about the same age with a similar ER
history. We might check out at the same time. That would be pretty
interesting, also not showing up here any more. They'd sure miss us too

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Or those badwater ultramarathoners who run over a hundred miles through death valley. Endorphin addicts. My friends did the half ironman last year, they said that was enough. I hope to do a marathon someday, that's my high point. I believe there are some people who are built for those long distances, but the risks on knees etc. is not worth it to me. I try to run on treadmills and sandy paths as much as possible.
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Those people are sick.
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Those people are sick.
Of course they are. The Iron Man was started in the 1970s by John Collins, a sadomasochist naval officer with such a high tolerance for pain that even the other naval officers noticed.

I'd like to think that genetics plays a big part in this, 'cause I'll never do one. He and his wife ran for years and I believe he ran his last IronMan a couple years ago (in his 50s) at its 25th anniversary. Their son finished an Ironman when he was 16 and their daughter was a nationally-ranked collegiate swimmer.

Unless they're Ironman fans, no one goes to Kona in October.
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Congrats Laurence!* My wife does triathlons and has even thrown in a couple of half marathons in for good measure.* She's become quite the workout fiend.* I just assume go out for a nice hike instead.
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Congrats Laurence!*

I would love to try a tri - but I'm a lousy swimmer.* *I'm thinking about going for the Seattle half-marathon in November, but so far just thinking.* I've kind of hit a wall at about the 10k distance lately.* I get bored after that.* * One of the 20-somethings in our office is talking about doing it so I might just have to do it to prove that I can beat her.

I wussed out, and didn't try this one Saturday, but it was gratifying to see the 40-somethings win both M and F.

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Awesome! I have ten years left to win these things then!

You can get better at the swim, and there are sprint distance triathlons where you only have 500 meters in the water, which if you are in shape to do it at all, you can crank out on sheer willpower alone! My friend swore this would be his first and last tri before we raced, afterwards he emailed me three upcoming tris he wants to train for so he can beat me to get revenge. Best addiction I ever aquired.
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