Tinman Quick Tips

July 28th, 2009
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OK so I was obviously a bit MIA yesterday (and Friday for that matter). Apologies... your boy was busy healing his wounds from "competing" (and I use that term lightly :P ) in the 2009 Tinman Hawaii triathlon.

Gonna (hopefully) blow this out into a full-blown article on AroundHawaii.com, but until then, I wanted to share some tidbits for those of you who are interested in "competing" in the near future. Enjoy! 

Still in good spirits on Heartbreak Hill at the 2009 Tinman Triathlon

Still in good spirits on Heartbreak Hill at the 2009 Tinman Triathlon

 * Get ready to invest - if you're a "newb" like me and going in from scratch, be prepared to shell out some pretty pennies in order to get the party started. Bicycle (mountain bike doesn't count!), helmet, tri-shorts (specially padded swim trunks that are waaaay too tight), no-blister socks, goggles, water bottle, water bottle holder, miscellaneous bike tools/kits, etc., are just some of the things to think about. And that doesn't include the $80-100 entrance fee.
* Take it serious - unlike the marathon, there are a lot less "just for fun" participants, as made obvious by my finishing rank! LOL! Being fairly athletic and in reasonably good shape does not equal Tinman success. Not training seriously will not only be dangerous to your health, but frustrate the bejesus outta you (when your muscles don't agree with what your mind is telling them).
* Train! - I would recommend training each activity/concentration successively, in addition to individually. In other words, it's good to swim until the cows come home, but you should follow it up with a bike and then a swim. Yes, on the same day.
* Be prepared for rough surf - Before the race, someone told me that the waves were expected to be 3-5 that morning at Queens. Not sure if that was true, but there was definitely a bit of washing machine action going on. Rough water swimming in the ocean is A LOT harder than flat water swimming in the ocean or in your local pool fo sho.
* Buy a good bike! - thanks to my great friend who shall remain nameless, Bari thought it would be a good idea to buy a bike from a Craigslist ad. 8) Come to find out the puppy was from Walmart. Um yeah. So even when I was flying it at full blast on the highest gear, everyone continued to whiz right by me. WTH!?
* Hydrate, esp during the bike portion! - there are NO aid stations during the 20 something mile bike portion of the race. Be sure you have a water bottle or two filled with your favorite fluid.
* Be prepared for a sore bum - after sitting on a teeny seat for that long, your butt and "special areas" (if you're a man) will undoubtedly get sore. I'm just sayin'.
* Be careful on the bike dismount - if you didn't train properly (or even if you did!), when you dismount your bike, be aware that your legs will be J-e-l-l-o. This happened to me as well as my unnamed friend Bari, and I wouldn't be surprised if there were actually some who ate it coming off of the bike.
* Transitions, transitions, transitions! - Our transition times were just plain ridiculous. Streamline your in-between time to shave precious minutes off your time.
* Don't take pictures - unless you're a dedicated blogger extraordinaire (like me) :P , don't stop to smell the roses. Taking mental notes and photos during this race is not a good idea for your finishing time. Lesson learned.

So thar ya have it! I hope this helped at least a little. A special Mahalo to M for the pre-race tips!

Now that the first time, just-for-fun itch is under the belt, there is no doubt that I will take it VERY seriously next time and own it the next time around.

Talk to me!
* Any tri-ers or racers in general have anything to share with the WWE `Ohana?
* Did this blog make you the tad bit interested in possibly racing the Tinman one day?
* If you were to judge yourself, would you say you're strongest at swimming, biking or jogging?
* Is there anything that you'd like to accomplish one day? What's on your bucket list?

35 Responses to “Tinman Quick Tips”

  1. S-Ticket:

    See! Now you know why I "wussed out" according to our unnamed friend...I knew I wasn't ready...next year will probably be a different story. Props to the B-Man for actually wanting to go out to eat later in the evening! And...like I said dude, you're already in shape, you might as well join us for the marathon! hahaha


  2. Matt:

    big ups to you, WWE. You're either more man, more lolo or a little bit more of both than me (or maybe I'm just smarter?)


  3. Rosette:

    If you were to judge yourself, would you say you're strongest at swimming, biking or jogging? YES MY STRONGEST IS NAPPING !


  4. Rosette:

    REASONS WHY I HIDE MY BIKE SO MY HUSBANDWONT PESTER ME TO GO!!! YUP PUT A BIT OF HOLES IN MY BIKE SORRY I CANNOT GO CYCLING !!!


  5. Rosette:

    YES I DROWN SO SOMEBODY HAS TO JOG AND GET THE PARMEDICS!


  6. Rosette:

    ALL YOU DO IS ASK YOU BROTHER TO SIT IN THE CORNER AND BLAST YOU WITH WATER GUN AND OPEN YOUR MOUTH DRINK ! YOU STRAP THE CAMERA INFRONT OF YOUR BIKE AND CLICK CLICK CLICK!!


  7. hemajang:

    Congratulations Mr. Ed, great job in just participating...I give you credit for taking up the challenge. So...next year again? The only suggestion is getting a better bike, yeah, the Walmart variety won't cut it and possibly training with a group that has experience and expertise in triathlons. I don't have a bucket list or any burning desire to climb Mr. Everest or anything but do want to keep fit and still have some competitiveness left in my old body so I run and enter races...not the long marathon kind but 5k, 10k and GAR. What was your 10k time?


  8. M:

    Good morning Ed!

    Congrats on finishing your first Tinman! Now you know what to expect next year. Being prepared is the key.

    My strongest event was biking I would make up a lot of time in the bike portion.

    I completed 4 tinmans in a roll and my best time was 2:12:23. That was many many years ago.


  9. kuya.d:

    .... how 'bout a round of applause, standing ovation.

    Let's see, I think I'm best equipped for volunteering at the finish line as an official encourager.

    Bucket list, I'd one day like to longboard.


  10. M:

    Ed, how are you feeling today? a bit sore? If you are up to it, the best thing to do is to do a very light work. An easy slow swim or slow bike or slow jog. The pain in your muscles is the lactic acid that was produced in your muscles tissue when you do strenuous excerise. By doing a light work out you will feel better sooner as the lacitc acid will be removed sooner.


  11. frankie:

    Wear black pants so if you shi-shi on the bike no one can tell!


  12. NeedaHobby:

    Congratulations Ed!!! Way to go! I give you a lot of credit (and M too)! My brother does triathlons. Me, noooooo. Maybe I could volunteer to be one of those to pass out drinks during the bike portion of the race? I'm surprised that they didn't have anyone.

    I would definitely say I'm strongest at swimming. Maybe one of these days I'll try competing in a rough water swim. ;)


  13. kako mochi:

    all i can say is...CONGRATULATIONS!!

    i should start training now ~ for the 2012 tinman, i think that's how long it would take me to even get in the right mind-set!


  14. skycastles:

    Wow, congrats Ed!

    Besides a better bike, maybe you need to invest in one of those extra padded seats to save your man bits?

    I is definitely not a triathlete, nor will I ever be. And there's nuttin you can do to entice me either :lol:

    Here's my bucket list that I made in April. I actually haven't really done much to get them checked off yet. Some are a bit harder than others. Some just take some planning to do. But I update my progress every week to keep it fresh in my mind, and I notice that that's half the fun of it.

    http://skycastles808.blogspot.com/2009/04/bucket-list.html


  15. pink lady:

    Congrats Ed! At first I laughed at frankie's comment but then I thought that brings up a good question of where you would go shi shi...or does your body just retain all the water?


  16. M:

    I started doing triathlons by accident. I was training for the marthon and I got a hip injury. I wanted to maintain my fitness so a friend said I should try riding a bike and my hip didn't hurt while biking. I missed the marathon that year because I wasn't 100% at the time. I figured I was already biking and running why not swim too then I can enter the Tinman. After having completed several tinmans my goal was the Ironman. I did the marathon, 26.2 miles, did the waikiki rough water swim, 2.2 miles and I did the race around the island bike race, 112 mile, all in the same year. I just had to put all 3 distance together for the Ironman which I did and competed years ago.
    Today all I do is swim, I'm too old to and beat up to do anything more.


  17. Chicken Grease:

    Yep. Always knew The Ed' was a strongman (you don't need to PROVE it to us . . . uh, what's the label you use? Oh, yeah, "son!"). Good for you, man, keep in shape and all.

    Love the getup. Very Tron-like.

    Nice biceps. That's why you did it, right, Ed? To show off the biceps. If you got it . . .

    Hats off to you man. These things do NOT seem to be easy to do.


  18. M:

    pink lady, to answer your question about going shi shi while biking, I never had to go since it was just a short race. But doing the Ironman I would just pee while riding my bike and just use my water bottle to rinse off.


  19. Dave:

    Good job finishing the tin man Ed, thats awesome. I always wanted to do the tinman, not for the competition, not for the personal accomplishment, not for the lifetime goal, but because I always wanted to wear those speedos.


  20. Rosette:

    NEXT TIME WEAR DEPENDS and buy those jelly seats thingy so easy on hte bum and grease your gears! HAve frozen water it will melts slowly under your hat omg funny!


  21. rayboyjr:

    Wow ... BIG PROPS to you!!! Amazed at anyone who would even attempt any of these events ...

    Only good advice I would take from you is "DON'T DO IT!"

    I also see you are in full color coordination for the race ... BLUE helmet, BLUE shirt and BLUE bike ... your idea?? or the wife's??? :)


  22. M:

    Ed, I hope that you have a great time in the Tinman and didn't get hurt. It's all about the experince and having fun at the same time. Again, great job!


  23. MakiSushi:

    Congrats Ed!!! I admire all you folks who participate in such high endurance races. Me, I'm relegated to Couch Olympics.


  24. NeedaHobby:

    @Ed - BTW, it was good to see you still smiling during the bike portion. Just FYI, thought I would mention that my brother started doing triathlons as part of the Team in Training organization.

    http://www.teamintraining.org/

    I'm not necessarily trying to promote their cause, just thought I would mention it, in case you've never heard of it and it would be something you would be interested in for future races (they do some traveling) ...


  25. unca juncz:

    dude!

    a Phillie Phan an' a TinMan.. :lol:

    whoa.. im-press-ive.. but t'nk mebbe dat was wtf on da wal-maht speshul..

    but, den again, you po-lite buggah, yeah?


  26. mcat:

    congrats ed! thanks for sharing these tips w/ us! i would love to do a triathlon someday... it would definitely be a huge accomplishment. not to compete but as a personal goal. maybe... someday... i would definitely have to train a lot... i would HATE to have to quit from any pain. LOL!


  27. World Wide Ed:

    * 1.S-Ticket:
    And...like I said dude, you're already in shape, you might as well join us for the marathon! hahaha

    Nah, two of those is enough for me Stickit. Can't be good on my legs/knees. Mayyyybe one more time before I die. 8)

    * 2.Matt:
    big ups to you, WWE. You're either more man, more lolo or a little bit more of both than me (or maybe I'm just smarter?)

    Ahahaha! Probably more lolo than you Matty!

    * 3.Rosette:
    If you were to judge yourself, would you say you're strongest at swimming, biking or jogging? YES MY STRONGEST IS NAPPING !

    Sweet Rosey! New Quad-athlon? 8)

    * 7.hemajang:
    Congratulations Mr. Ed, great job in just participating...I give you credit for taking up the challenge. So...next year again?

    Mayyyybe.... I do want to do it again for redemption, but too sore right now to answer with a sound mind hemmaz! LOL!

    * 8.M:
    I completed 4 tinmans in a roll and my best time was 2:12:23.

    Woah! You are a god M!!! I stay jealous!

    * 9.kuya.d:
    Bucket list, I'd one day like to longboard.

    We go!

    * 10.M:
    Ed, how are you feeling today? a bit sore?

    Shmall kine. Mostly my quads are sore (that's what was cramping during the race). Should be ok though...

    * 11.frankie:
    Wear black pants so if you shi-shi on the bike no one can tell!

    No laugh frankie! I heard that the serious ones do that so they don't have to stop. Yikes!

    * 12.NeedaHobby:
    My brother does triathlons. Me, noooooo. Maybe I could volunteer to be one of those to pass out drinks during the bike portion of the race? I'm surprised that they didn't have anyone.

    They were actually very nice and encouraging Hobbz. Maybe because I was so far behind. LOL! But yeah, they weren't around during the bike portion and that was rough. Had to limit my intake cause I only had one bottle. :(

    * 13.kako mochi:
    i should start training now ~ for the 2012 tinman, i think that's how long it would take me to even get in the right mind-set!

    I'll join ya then moch! :P

    * 14.skycastles:
    Besides a better bike, maybe you need to invest in one of those extra padded seats to save your man bits?

    Don'tIknowit! Heh! Sweet list BTW sky. And smart to put it on your blog so you can always refer to it/update it. I might just haveta do the same! :)

    * 15.pink lady:
    Congrats Ed! At first I laughed at frankie's comment but then I thought that brings up a good question of where you would go shi shi...or does your body just retain all the water?

    Haha! I'm not a big shi shi-er so twas no problem for me pinky. But yeah, for those who no can hold um, I think they just go. Tinman is kinda short/fast so not too bad...

    * 16.M:
    I just had to put all 3 distance together for the Ironman which I did and competed years ago.

    Holy crap, you are my idol M! I hope to get there one day...

    * 17.Chicken Grease:
    Love the getup. Very Tron-like.

    Bwahahahaha! Tron! Love it!

    * 18.M:
    pink lady, to answer your question about going shi shi while biking, I never had to go since it was just a short race. But doing the Ironman I would just pee while riding my bike and just use my water bottle to rinse off.

    It's true! Ahaha!

    * 19.Dave:
    Good job finishing the tin man Ed, thats awesome. I always wanted to do the tinman, not for the competition, not for the personal accomplishment, not for the lifetime goal, but because I always wanted to wear those speedos.

    You can borrow mine if you like Davey D! Just be sure to wash um first! :P

    * 20.Rosette:
    NEXT TIME WEAR DEPENDS and buy those jelly seats thingy so easy on hte bum and grease your gears! HAve frozen water it will melts slowly under your hat omg funny!

    Actually some not bad advice Rosey. Well, up until the hat part... Hehe!

    * 21.rayboyjr:
    I also see you are in full color coordination for the race ... BLUE helmet, BLUE shirt and BLUE bike ... your idea?? or the wife's???

    LOLOLOL! You guys are mean! What!? Blue is my fave color. So sue me! Haha! But it does go good with my eyes don't it beej? :P

    * 22.M:
    It's all about the experince and having fun at the same time. Again, great job!

    Much Mahaloz M! Your pre-race advice helped us a lot too! Now that we know what to expect, the next few should be more about improving and less about uncertainty. :)

    * 23.MakiSushi:
    Congrats Ed!!! I admire all you folks who participate in such high endurance races. Me, I'm relegated to Couch Olympics.

    I'm pretty good at that too Maks! Hehe!

    * 24.NeedaHobby:
    @Ed - BTW, it was good to see you still smiling during the bike portion.

    LOL! Guess I didn't know what was to come eh Hobbz? And thanks for the linkage. I think I know someone on that team...

    * 25.unca juncz:
    dude!

    a Phillie Phan an' a TinMan..

    whoa.. im-press-ive

    Tanks ooj! Speaking of which, I may be catching a game next weekend! Anything you want me to tell our boys? :P

    * 26.mcat:
    congrats ed! thanks for sharing these tips w/ us! i would love to do a triathlon someday... it would definitely be a huge accomplishment. not to compete but as a personal goal. maybe... someday... i would definitely have to train a lot... i would HATE to have to quit from any pain. LOL!

    LOL! Yeah, a lot of it is mental. I'm sure I could've given up many, MANY times, but just gotta push through. Go get um m.c. at! :)


  28. YN:

    awesome ed... congrats!!! need a shot or two? :D


  29. Robbie:

    I feel that Tinmen distances are sane, as compared with the Ironman. No personal interest in endurance events- too much wear and tear on the body and too much time training doing solitary monotonous activity. Would much rather keep in shape playing team sports.


  30. tita leerz:

    AWESOME!
    Hopefully you didn't wound your "BMX" too much. :p


  31. Scott:

    I thought this blog entry was about the Wizard of Oz. Shows you what I know. Anyway, good job Ed.


  32. M:

    Ed, if you are planning to race again next year, maintain that base you have now. Come March or April of next year increase your training distance slowly. If you want to be faster, do some sprint intervals in your workouts. Throw in some mini triathlons just to practice transitions. By doing that, your legs will get use to the transitions from bike to run and your legs won't feel like jello when you get off your bike.


  33. S TIcket:

    oooohhh....I saw the mmmaaayyyybbeee a couple of times in your responses Ed, we all know what that means.....BTW saying "next few times" means you'll be doing it with us the next few times...hahahaha.


  34. EMM386:

    Not a technically proficient swimmer, so no triathlons for me. If there was a run/bik biathlon, I'd probably give it a try.


  35. David In Oregon:

    Wow Ed, doing the Tinman on a Wally World bike? Now that's amazing. I'm surprised the bike (yes, the bike) made it through the race. I'm also glad you knew enough not to try and use a mountain bike in the race. That would have been even more frustrating. That's like showing up to a race where others are driving sports cars, and you're driving a fully loaded 18-wheeler. By the time you get the truck rolling, everyone else will have finished the race and gone home.

    Judging myself, I'd say I'm the strongest at bicycling. I would gladly do more cycling in favor of running or swimming. For me, it won't be a triathlon that I enter. It will be a bicycle race.

    Ed, if you want a bunch of website links to all kinds of bicycle related stuff (bicycle manufacturers, message boards, repair sites, etc.), email me off the blog, as there are too many websites to post here.