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St. Louis Based 'triathlete' used to train crossfit/SEALfit for 2-3 2011 was introduced and fallen in love with sport of triathlon. On top I also have practiced kendo since about 2004, as well as Tang Soo Do, aikido, and tai chi all since 2011. If you'd like to join me for training session or laugh at how slow I usually am please feel free to contact me. Thanks for visit!

2k swim, quick 20 mile ride and passed aikido 4th kyu

MarkChaoby MarkChaoMay 26th 2012
Open water swim series, did two laps of 1k around the lake which took just over 1 hour. Probably slowest swimmer there at lake and really, really worried about 70.3 June 17. Right after 2 laps jumped on bike practicing T1 which went smoothly except putting foot while pedaling took slightly longer than I would've liked. On the bike though which is definitely my strength I was flying past everyone on the road averaging around 22-23mph and finished ride in less than 50mins. Luckily I only chose 20mile ride rather 40 as Nam called and I had to pick him up due to him having a flat with no spare and after took quick nap. Went to test and pass 4th kyu in afternoon and evening. Overall I still am a poor swimmer but flying on tri-bars even with headwind is always good morale booster after my pathetic swim splits!
Tags: 70.3, aikido, bike, swim
Hartybeastby member: Hartybeast, May 31st 2012 10:09
Dont worry about the swim, struggled to do 1500m on Saturday almost gave up, however Sunday finished 3km with ease. Give those ahead 20 secs start then you might find you get some clear water and can get into your own swimming rhythm rather than the breath gasping panic of being in the middle of the 'washer'.
MarkChaoby blog author: MarkChao, May 31st 2012 15:05
Hartybeast, thanks for the comment! That is good point as I generally have a tendency to follow in wake of a much more advanced swimmer and end up struggling. I'm still trying to find smoothness in my stroke as my free style endurance has only been up to 400m but lately I've been doing 250m.
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