Well the Pinkie Tri is almost here, and then the following week is our very own PURSUIT Fitness Triathlon Event Series, so I hope you are all participating and have registered, it’s going to be a lot of fun and a great way to keep fit and challenge yourself.
A few things to consider if you are doing the events are:
- What are you going to wear, and have you practiced wearing it in your training to make sure there’s no chaffing, its not too hot, it doesn’t ride up, it doesn’t slow you down and most importantly, does it make you look awesome?
- What are you going to have for breakfast and have you practiced eating it before training to make sure you don’t get a stitch or bloat, that it digests easily, and most importantly does it taste yummy and is it good for you?
- Has your bike been serviced to make sure its running smoothly, tyres pumped up, chain lubed, do you have a helmet and most importantly, have you practiced riding your bike?
- Do you have goggles, have you practiced swimming and most importantly, do they co ordinate with your swim outfit?
- Do your running shoes have elastic laces so that you can have a faster transition, have you practiced running, are you planning to run with or without socks and more importantly have you practiced your finishing pose for the camera when you run over the finishing line?
Checklist of items you will need:
- Togs or tri suit
- Bathing cap and goggles
- Bike and helmet
- Running shoes , socks if youre wearing them
- Hat and sunglasses
- Shorts to put on if youre not wearing a trisuit or riding and running in your togs
- A towel in transition and sunscreen applied before you race.
- Vaseline or body glide to prevent chaffing and strapping tape to stop any blisters if you’re running without socks
- A bag to carry everything into transition
- A big smile and finishing pose for the camera at the end of the race.
Generally athletes would do two or three “mini” tris of shorter distance than race distance in training. But don’t do it within a week of your race as you want to be fresh to go as hard as you can.
Also practice your transitions, an example of that is running to your bike and getting helmet and gear on quickly. Fast transitions mean faster overall finishing times and often you can make up a lot of time by running from the swim to transition, running with your bike to and from dismount and also not putting on socks and running straight out, but this is of course your choice of how you want to race.