So I’ve been running for a few years and have a bunch of 1/2 and 1 full marathon under my belt. I live in Melbourne FL now and decided doing some tri’s would be more fun than just running. I signed up for a Sprint mainly due to my horrible swimming skills and the short time to prepare (Battle of the Bridges 8 Oct)
So I ran out and got myself a decent road bike (Terk) and have really just started swimming about 3 weeks ago. I’m not concerned about the bike or run portion of the tri as I know I can power through those no matter what happens but I’m concerned about the swim. I’m really just now beginning to master freestyle swimming where I can properly stroke, breath, and keep my heart under 1M bpm.
So the swim is 1/4mi, bike 12mi, 3mi run.
Any tips or advice for a first timer? I’m planning to pretty much ignore my times and focus on becoming familiar with the transitions and various etiquette etc… I’m going to try to get in a couple of open water swims before then if I can.
Is there any bike or swim etiquette I should be aware of? Any tips on surviving the mob at the beginning when we hit the water?