Taking Part in Your First Triathlons, Here some Tips:
I encourage all ages and levels to give triathlons a try; it really is a sport everyone can enjoy. Especially when you pick a beautiful setting like Blenheim to race in.
Here’s what I have learnt in my first three triathlons, which I hope help you avoid the mistakes I made!
1. Practice an open water swim in a wetsuit as much as possible before the event, and if you have time acclimatise in the water (dunk your head under and try and breathe out under water).
2. Practice transitions; you can save minutes on a smooth transition and always make sure you have your helmet on before touching the bike!
3. Look for signs/marker to memorise where you rack your bike and remember the row number. Take a bright towel to place your trainers on so you can spot it on return from bike.
4. Wear goggles under your swim hat, not over! This stops other competitors knocking them off in the scrabble! Also spit in your goggles before racing this stops them fogging up.
Apply Vaseline on your inner wrists, ankles and neck to stop your wetsuit rubbing. Also apply onto the outside of your wetsuit up from your ankles to knees and wrists to elbows to help it easily slide off.
6. As you exit the water, open the neck of your wetsuit to let the water gush out (this makes it easier to take the top half off when running).
7. Don't dry your feet or bother wearing socks when getting on your bike, your feet will dry on the bike (saving a lot of time).
8. Take water on the bike (this may seem simple but I have forgotten this before and forgotten to drink if I have taken it! Dehydration will not only be detrimental for your run but will also slow down your recovery time after the race).
9. Practice drinking on the bike and how much you drink. I can only sip a small amount regularly or I get a stich on the run!
10.Use elastic laces, when your adrenaline is high and you've leapt of the bike, tying laces is impossible.
11. Save some energy for a sprint finish and enjoy the race, smile at the crowds and if the race is at Blenheim, you’re encouraged to high five the spectators on your run in, which makes you feel pretty cool :)