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There's a woman in our club who had her leg basically crushed by her horse 2 years ago - she can swim just fine and is a kickass cyclist, but can't run. However, she's learned the mechanics of race walking, and continues to do tris because it's what she loves to do. And damn, she's fast! I think I'd take a lesson from her and do the same, if I were in her shoes.
But now, I don't know if I would. It would really depend on how my training had been going. If I thought I could swim/bike well (and not exacerbate the injury) I would probably go for it. I tend to use races as a motivation to get my butt out the door to train, so that plays into it also. But if I was all around under-prepared, then I'd probably pass.
So, I guess that's my long-winded way of saying "it depends." :-)
The beatings will continue until morale improves
I personally wouldn't be able to just walk it because I'm an idiot. But I think its great if someone wants to walk instead of not race!
I recently traveled for a 1/2 marathon and was actually pretty excited to race as I've recently moved to a climate where I've been able to run outdoors yearround and I know my running has come a long way. However, it turns out another friend who was traveling to the race is 3months pregnant and wanted someone to "run" with her - meaning we couldn't let her heartrate get over 130. I chose to run with her and we were so far back in the pack I think even the BOP people were ahead of us! But honestly, it was a blast - I was that sickenly chearful person cheering on all the other BOP people b/c I could have held that pace forever. So while we ran I was encouraging other runners and generally cheering on those around me. At the very end towards the finishing chute it was hard not to pick it up and race to the finish line but we kept our slow and steady pace. Honestly, it was one of the most fun races I've ever had and gave me a completely different perspective on races as a whole.
Go out and do it - you just never know what you'll learn, about others or yourself, through it.
Perhaps setting a swim goal for yourself or a bike goal, could keep it interesting.
There is one athlete in my area, he is 77 years old and he does all the local tri's up to HIM, with no intention of running the run. He is a fine athlete and it took me til mile 13 to catch him in a HIM.
I have another idea for participation without running if you are interested...it's a little off the page...
How about doing "aquabikes" or "swim-cycle" (whatever they are called) instead or do a Tri with one (or more team) and do the swim and/or bike leg(s)?
I have done a 1/2 iron distance "aquabike" the week before IMLP, and it was was great. I also did a sprint Tri with two teams (swim with one, and bike with other team). There is nothing like swiming like there is no bike and run, and biking like there is no run after.... It is a lot of fun!
Fred (a guy).
The mistake I made was assuming that since it was just walking I didn't need to train at all for it and it would be no big deal. Well walking 13.1 miles turned out to be a little harder than I expected. This is the only time I have ever cramped while walking and I found myself pretty sore the next day. So, my recommendation is to train some for the walk!
If you choose to give it a try, have fun and good luck!
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