I have never run a triathlon before and am thinking about doing the Riviera Beach Triathlon on June 19th. Is anyone else going to? I need to train for the swimming part 'cause I suck at it. Any pointers? OnOn SMD multirace.com/Triathlon/RivieraBeach.htm
Sure, a few hashers always do the Loggerhead Triathlon in Juno Beach (August 13 this year) and the Tropical Triathlon in Lake Worth (Sept 11 this year). We usually do both of these races.
You may want to consider the "skip the swim" option they are letting people do at the BIG Triathlon in Miami Metrozoo June 5. It is an option of several different choices to register for: Half Iron Man (1.2 Mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13 mile run) International Distance (.6 mile swim, 26 mile bike, 6.2 mile run) Half Iron Man Duathlon (1 mile run, 56 mile bike, 13 mile run) International Duathlon (1 mile run, 26 mile bike, 6.2 mile run) It will be a REALLY BIG event though, maybe you should go for one of the local (smaller) ones for the first one Registration: www.multirace.com
Want some tips for the swim if you decide on the "real" triathlon: stay away from the front of the pack or the middle of the pack at the start of the swim - slower swimmers will get run over in the water, kicked, and hit by lots of arms and legs as the faster swimmers go by. Get out to the side of the big pack - if you can - once you make the first turn (the course is usually set up so that it goes straight out into the ocean maybe 30 yards, then turns parallel to shoreline for the main part of the swim, then a second turn near the end to bring you in). I always try to focus on breathing, and not on the swimming or trying to swim fast - trying to get into a comfortable pace/rhythm and then to make sure I also keep my breathng syncronized to that pace, since a couple times I pretty much exhausted myself trying to swim fast, skimped on breathing properly, and was totally winded getting out of the water with the full bike and run left to do. Take it from me you don't want to have that happen to you too. Then again, there's always the back of the pack that will be doing the breast stroke, side stroke, doggy paddle, and back stroke - these give you a chance to breathe more than freestyle and you can always do a combination of freestyle interspersed with one of these every now and then during your swim - you might even want to train in the ocean this way a few times - I think TriMasterBaiter does a swim in Juno Beach a few times a week. Or you could take up cigar smoking and train with Knot Hung !
When swimming, try to stay on top of the water. Really, any part of you that's in the water is creating drag, and slows you down. So remember to always stay on top of the water. Staying up there also makes it easier to breathe.