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    Since I spelt triathlon wrong (rookie season, forgive me), figured I’d start this one for this year.

    Thinking about the Wasa Tri, the Okotoks tri and the invermere one for this year, mostly cause open water swimming is my jam! Maybe do the airdrie one just to get the legs moving. Looks like they cancelled the MEC one this year


    Is this wetsuit garbage?

    https://www.wiggle.co.uk/dhb-hydron-wetsuit/

    I know @CLiVE is one of them, any other tri folks?
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    Sounds like a good season you have planned out. Iíll likely be volunteering at most of those. Fun races!

    That wetsuit would do the trick....but I notice it is a combination of 2mm and 3mm. You may want to look for a 5mm suit as the added buoyancy will help most swimmers. The slightly higher end suits will have a combination of thicknesses to give buoyancy in some places and flexibility in others (like arms and shoulders).

    My season is IM Boulder, IM Canada, and IM MT Tremblant so far...
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    I did the red deer sprint last June. Plan to do it again this year. Not sure if I will expand to more or not but I enjoyed doing the last one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lasimmon View Post
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    I did the red deer sprint last June. Plan to do it again this year. Not sure if I will expand to more or not but I enjoyed doing the last one!
    How'd you like the pool swim? That kinda drives me a bit nut!

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    I'm not a very strong swimmer by any means, did the 750 m in about 22 mins, so I didn't mind it. I could see if you are a strong swimmer how it could be an issue for you. Since the people in the lane with you have similar swim times I didn't run into anyone and think I only needed to pass 2 times towards the end.

    Having the mitchener hill at the end of the bike and in the run was pretty killer for me though!

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    Didnt mind pool swimming until i started playing outdoor more. Open water swimming is pretty fun.. wish i had access to a local lake

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent.ff View Post
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    Didnt mind pool swimming until i started playing outdoor more. Open water swimming is pretty fun.. wish i had access to a local lake
    Pool tri's - I can't stand them. You end up waiting around for hours to start if you're a faster swimmer. I'll send you a PM about lake swimming options.

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    How long do you have to swim in a triathlon, I reckon I could pull my weight in the running and cycling but swimming properly I suck at. Ive been interested in these triathlons, is there any beginner version ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nzwasp View Post
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    How long do you have to swim in a triathlon, I reckon I could pull my weight in the running and cycling but swimming properly I suck at. Ive been interested in these triathlons, is there any beginner version ?
    There are different distances.
    There are several beginner "Try-a-tri" races which are a good place to start. Most try-a-tris are pool swims, ~10k bike, ~2.5km run.

    Try-a-tri usually 350 - 500m swim. 10k bike, ~2.5k run.
    Sprint 750m swim, 20k bike, 5k run.
    Olympic 1500m / 40k / 10k
    Half Iron 1900m / 90k / 21k
    Iron/Full 3800m / 180k / 42k

    Check out the race schedules on the Triathlon Alberta website. https://www.triathlonalberta.ca/events

    My wife could not swim at all in September 3 years ago. By May the the following year she did her first sprint. Lots of good clubs / classes out there. Let me know if you need some resources for swim training.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nzwasp View Post
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    How long do you have to swim in a triathlon, I reckon I could pull my weight in the running and cycling but swimming properly I suck at. Ive been interested in these triathlons, is there any beginner version ?
    The okotoks and chapparal try-a-tri would be up your alley

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    I'll mention giving a sprinT a try. I couldn't swim 750 m in like 45 minutes in January last year and by June I was able to do it in 22 mins (not a crazy good time or anything but decent) with probably what most would call minimal swimming training haha. I had a hard time getting motivated to get in the pool.

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    Ive pitched the chapparel one to my wife, we both did a spartan sprint last year and we are keen to do more adventure type events so hopefully she would be keen with this type of activity too. How warm is that lake in mid summer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lasimmon View Post
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    I'll mention giving a sprinT a try. I couldn't swim 750 m in like 45 minutes in January last year and by June I was able to do it in 22 mins (not a crazy good time or anything but decent) with probably what most would call minimal swimming training haha. I had a hard time getting motivated to get in the pool.
    You'd be fine for a sprint. My first sprint I was about ~20mins. Now my 750 is around the 11 min mark.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nzwasp View Post
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    Ive pitched the chapparel one to my wife, we both did a spartan sprint last year and we are keen to do more adventure type events so hopefully she would be keen with this type of activity too. How warm is that lake in mid summer?
    Super warm, i was swimming in it and Mackenzie with no wetsuit in july and august last year no problem. According to my watch Mackenzie was ~22 to 23 degrees. Only slightly cold when it gets windy and the bottom layer gets mixed in. I did the tri with a wetsuit as it makes you considerably faster

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    I learned how to swim last year as an adult and was able to do a sprint and an Olympic distance. My swim times are pretty bad (20+ mins in sprint, 40+ in Oly), but I make up for it on the bike and run. Also makes the bike leg fun when you pass 200 people in 40km.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buh_buh View Post
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    I learned how to swim last year as an adult and was able to do a sprint and an Olympic distance. My swim times are pretty bad (20+ mins in sprint, 40+ in Oly), but I make up for it on the bike and run. Also makes the bike leg fun when you pass 200 people in 40km.
    Which did you end up doing? I know you were signed up for the MEC Duathlon

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    I did a Sprint distance in Austin and Wasa Olympic distance.
    I can honestly say though the only parts of them I enjoyed were the bike legs, so I think I'll just stick with biking going forward. Could also be that I suck at the other two.

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    I’m thinking of doing some open water training this year, but don’t know where to look. I’ve been doing the critical speed brick sessions since November, 5 hours last Sunday was a killer.
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    3433 does some open water stuff, but not sure they start up until later this year. Did a couple bike sessions with them and enjoyed it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buh_buh View Post
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    3433 does some open water stuff, but not sure they start up until later this year. Did a couple bike sessions with them and enjoyed it.

    Lake access in the city sucks. Like was said - easiest is to join a tri club. Lynx, No Limits, Vitalize all have open water swim sessions a few times per week.
    The only other option close by is Ghost Lake; but it is very cold and lots of boat traffic. Swim parallel near the shore and never by yourself. Suggest a "swim-buddy buoy" for visibility also.

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