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post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 

the guy on the TT bike with zipps really doesnt deserve his bike.

 

 

Do you really save time having you shoes attached to your bike already? I am a decent cyclist and would have a really tough time getting my shoes on while riding. I d have a really tough time riding with out a shoe.

 

 

 

 

just saying this stuff is really funny!

post #2 of 17

That first clip is horrific.  99% of those folks were walking to the mount line anyway - how fast you mount (or fall off) your bike does not matter when you're on a frigging walk in the park.  The point of a sprint tri is to SPRINT -- the swim portion of that tri was all of .33 mi.  (http://www.redhillstriathlon.org/rh/courseInfo.php). 

 

Second clip is just sad.

 

But horrific and sad can be funny!

post #3 of 17
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post #4 of 17

There are no words. Only facepalm.

 

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post #5 of 17


 

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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post

Do you really save time having you shoes attached to your bike already?

 

Normally, yes.   The alternative is to have these people carry one shoe in each hand AND try to wheel the bike to the mount line. 

 

I am a decent cyclist and would have a really tough time getting my shoes on while riding. I d have a really tough time riding with out a shoe.

 

This is why triathletes have special shoes.   

 

 

BTW- love the spelling fail in the title.

 


Edited by comprex - 11/9/10 at 2:12pm
post #6 of 17

Reminds me of the people who get in the car and drive off immediately, and then for the next 5 miles drive at 3mph trying to buckle their seat belt while juggling their latte and their iphone.

post #7 of 17

Oh cmon...is this normal at a Tri?  My wife and I are signed up to do our first this August - a sprint at the Cayuga Lake Triathlon. I think there are 370 or so entrants.  The kids (girls 10 and 12) are doing the kids distance (only 18 entrants in the kids).

 

But seriously...is this what we can expect? That's f'n nuts....is this the first time these people are riding?  I could get on my bike carrying a pint of beer and ride off faster than that. And not spill any.

 

And BWPA - that link to the thread where the woman sh-t her pants during a ride - on purpose -- wtf?  Are triathletes normally that stupid? 

 

Having serious second thoughts about this...the last thing I need is an injury caused by some moron who can't mount his/her bike.

post #8 of 17

 Posers are my favorite, thank god you can't go to the store and buy heart, passion or skills.

post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by billyymc View Post

Oh cmon...is this normal at a Tri?  My wife and I are signed up to do our first this August - a sprint at the Cayuga Lake Triathlon. I think there are 370 or so entrants.  The kids (girls 10 and 12) are doing the kids distance (only 18 entrants in the kids).

 

But seriously...is this what we can expect?


It IS possible.
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That's f'n nuts....is this the first time these people are riding?  I could get on my bike carrying a pint of beer and ride off faster than that. And not spill any.

 


Yes. There are ANY number of triathlon starters who have _zero_ bike skills, or as close as makes no nevermind. Notice I said "triathlon starters", not "triathletes".

The fact that these people can enjoy some tiny shade of success points to the essential bias of triathlon to favour runners.
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And BWPA - that link to the thread where the woman sh-t her pants during a ride - on purpose -- wtf?  Are triathletes normally that stupid? 


I'm convinced THAT is more an ultrarunner thing. There is a beginning of a trend here.
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Having serious second thoughts about this...the last thing I need is an injury caused by some moron who can't mount his/her bike.


It's a valid concern; the only thing to do is practice your own swim and T1 so that you leave the water well ahead of the run-biased lot and clear the area fast.
post #10 of 17

Having done several triathlons and being on my schools tri club, I can thankfully say that those videos are not the norm. Some people do have trouble getting on the bike( i did during my first) but I like to think that it's a combination of nerves and adrenaline. Things get a lot harder when you are trying to do them as fast as possible.

 

The chick that sh-t her pants: no idea what she was thinking and I have never heard of that happening before.

 

Tri's are great and Ironman especially. Life experiences I will always remember  

post #11 of 17

Well, thanks for the input. Not goign to show those videos to my wife or she'll be freaked out.  Neither of us expect to be competitive, just doing it for fun and some goal to train for with the kids.

 

I was thinking that site - beginnertriathlete.com might be a bit interesting, but the people in the thread about the woman crapping her pants were defending her actions - she was apparnetly well known in some tri community. So I've written that sight off a being a total f-up waste of time.

 

post #12 of 17

What distance are you guys doing? If you have any questions feel free to PM me, I have done every distance from sprint to a full Ironman. I am by no means a training and nutrition expert so my not be the most helpful in relation to that but I can help if you have any questions about race day or equipment.   

 

I will leave you with one tip thou: If you are wearing a wet suit make sure to body glide the back of your neck, the chaffing gets really bad and is often a place first timers forget about. 

 

also be ready for the start

post #13 of 17

haha...funny video.  We're doing a sprint distance.  We'll try to find our way into the part of the pack that divides the competitive folks from the hope-to-finish folks.

 

I was planning to just wear a jammer type swimsuit and yank bike shorts on over it at the transition. 

post #14 of 17

That should work fine but if you are interested they do make tri shorts which have built in bike chamois.  Also if it's a usat tri make sure you have a shirt/jersey of some kind for the bike and run or they can dq you.

post #15 of 17

I've been guilty of wobbling on my bike after a very hard swim (Nations this fall where i think that i drank half the patomic --- ick!!). The funny thing about sprints is that they are either super super competative OR someone's first race. I think that you get the opportunity to see both the best and the worst at that distance. The good guys are too darn fast, so i stick to Oly's thank you very much. I'm still middle of the pack, but the spread is much smaller ... and it hurts less :)

 

For a sprint - jammers are prolly ok, i race in a tri suit always (at all distances) and its really not flattering or does it make me particurly fast (see mop comment above) but it is the most comfortable for me. Double the comment on t-shirt over jammer ... USAT is pretty tight with their definition of "nudity"

 

FYI - bike mount and dismount is WAY less accident prone than turn arounds. Ever see someone with zero handling skills make a tight turn?? EEP! Stay out the way of wobblers there. Seriously,

though ... best advice have FUN!!

 

post #16 of 17
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I've been guilty of wobbling on my bike after a very hard swim (Nations this fall where i think that i drank half the patomic --- ick!!).


Never, ever, am I going to intentionally swim in the Potomac below the Foundry. Eeeew and ICK do not begin to cover it.
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post #17 of 17

FWIW- It ain't easy trying to get a dry shirt on over a wet body, nor cycling shorts, particularly when you are in a bit of a hurry. Many folks use tri shorts as their regular bike training shorts and eschew the heavier pads of cycling shorts all together. I'm not one of them, but many prefer cycling withe the thinner pad. Either way, the butt adjusts.  

 

Blair

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