frightened: (bike)
[personal profile] frightened
Hi,

I did my first triathlon - sprint distance - at the end of August, and frankly I'm getting all ahead of myself and thinking Ironman thoughts one day. Anyway. It was great fun and I finished in under two hours, and didn't walk, and this pleases me, given my ambition was to finish at all.

I also did a 7 km road run recently, and I've been doing Shotokan karate (traditional style, legendarily hard on the knees) for a few years, and I've recently taken up capoeira. So I'm slightly worried that my knees are going to explode. I get some pain when I've clearly overworked them, but it's not chronic or anything.

I know the glucosamine-chondroitin combo is supposed to be good, but I don't eat fish, and I'd rather not take it on ethical grounds. (No judgement implied of people who do take it, and I don't really want to get into a discussion about my diet - it's just not right for me.)

I've got in the habit of wearing elasticated bandages to support my knees when running or doing karate, though I've also heard that they can do more harm than good, so I'm a bit nervous about that now.

I've heard one cause of knee pain in runners is weak quadriceps compared to hamstrings, so I figure I can hit the (horrible horrible difficult painful) machine at the gym where you sit and straighten your legs against the weights. (And frankly I need better quads for my karate anyway.) And I've heard running backwards can sort of balance things out if you've worked one set of muscles around your knees too hard, and helps you maintain fitness without making things worse.

Any other ideas?
melusina: (Any swim watersword)
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I came out of my last race on a natural high -- my times for that race were the best I've ever had, the event was super fun and I was highly motivated. But in the interim, I've had job stress and long days at work, a fun vacation that resulted in me missing 5 days of real training, and bad weather at home that's kept me off my bike. I typically follow a training plan where I do my longest training sessions 2-3 weeks out from the race and I missed most of those sessions entirely!

I was really questioning whether I even wanted to do the next tri I'd planned, but I made myself register this morning. Yesterday I did a short ride on the stationary bike at the gym (since the weather here was still awful) and this morning I swam half a mile. But if I'm not going to crash and burn on the 18th, I need to stick with it and not let myself drop any more training sessions!

Any tips or tricks for when you're struggling with motivation and kind of bored with your training routine?
melusina: (any magneticwave death beginning)
[personal profile] melusina
Let's talk about getting started as a triathlete!

1. What gear do you need to start training and to do your first event?

2. Do you have a recommended training routine?

3. Tell us about your first tri - what do you wish you'd known? What would/did you do differently next time?

4. Sprint or Oly for your first tri?

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